Raven, a toy poodle, earned her first AKC agility leg in novice jumpers in October 2004 in San Antonio, Texas. Still running more than a decade later, Raven captured the 4″ Preferred 2016 National Agility Champion title in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In addition, Raven bested three other dogs in the smallest height class of the trial under the handling of Courtney Moore–not her regular handler. Raven usually runs with Debbie Moore, Courtney’s mother, but an injury took Debbie off the agility field and left Courtney with big shoes to fill. Debbie, both a judge and competitor, captured three straight AKC National Agility Championships in the 8″ class with her toy poodle April, from 1998-2000. Courtney has been running Raven since the October 2015 USDAA Cynosport World Games.
In the finals, Raven’s 45.91 put her two seconds ahead of Tacarra Andrade and all-American Prince Doggie. Emma Coombes and pomeranian Watson took third, and Donna Chester and her papillon Penny finished in fourth.
A longtime competitor and judge, Courtney had not attended an AKC nationals since 2007. Courtney explains, “I went for fun and just wanted to enjoy the experience and ended up with the best experience! Winning finals was amazing—the support and encouragement from the crowd was unbelievable.” Courtney notes that she has met many great people in the agility community during her travels as a judge and that “hearing them support me before and after the run really meant the most.”