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AKC Agility officially began January 1, 1994. The Jumpers With Weaves (JWW) classes officially began January 1, 1998. The AKC Agility Championship (MACH) program began January 1, 1999. Preferred classes were officially added beginning September 1, 2002. The Fifteen And Send Time (FAST) classes officially began January 1, 2007. The Time 2 Beat (T2B) classes officially began July 1, 2011. The AKC Preferred Agility Championship (PACH) program also began July 1, 2011. The Lifetime Achievement titles began July 1, 2012, in order to recognize consistency and longevity in the Master classes, both Regular and Preferred. Premier classes were officially added beginning October 1, 2015.
To obtain the MASTER AGILITY CHAMPION title (MACH), a dog must exhibit superior performance on the agility course. Speed and consistency are the two major qualities denoting "superior performance." In order to acquire the MACH title, a dog must achieve a minimum of 750 championship points and 20 double qualifying scores obtained from the Master Standard Agility class and the Master Jumpers With Weaves class.
Qualifying in both the Master Standard Agility class and the Master Jumpers With Weaves class on the same day equals one Double Q.
Following are the Irish Setters that have earned the coveted MACH title. (verified AKC records thru 12-06-18)
MACH Meadowlark's Star Burst CDX MXB MJS
CH MACH Harborlight Promises to Keep CD JH MXS MJG
CH MACH2 Classic Bryce Canyon CD RE MXS MJG
MACH3 Twinhearts Teagans Honor UDX MXB2 MJS2
MACH6 Rusticwood Swing Softly CD RA MXS3 MJG3 MXP AJP MXF
CH MACH3 Harborlight Forerunner MXB2 MJB2 OJP
CH MACH Courtwood Private Eye UDX OM1 RE MXB MJS OAP OJP NF NFP
MACH11 PACH2 Lakeffect's Jazmin Unleashed MXG4 MJC4 MXP7 MXPS MJP6 MJPS PAX2 FTC1 MFC TQX T2B3 T2BP
MACH9 Rusticwood Short & Sweet MXS3 MJB4 MXF MFB TQX T2B
CH MACH Beaubriar Electric Kyra VCD2 RE MXS MJG MXP2 MJP3 MJPB OF
MACH7 Marlyn A Magic Wand JH MXB3 MJG3 XF T2B
MACH5 Redfeathers Saratoga MXG2 MJC2 OF T2B RATN CGC
MACH5 Token What A Clever Cat UDX OM1 MXG2 MJC2 MXP MJP XF T2B
MACH Ritchie's Cherokee Red CD RE MXB MJB AXP AJP
CH MACH Redfeathers Hullabaloo MXB MJS MXP2 MJP3 MJPB OF OFP
MACH12 Salisbury's Tuesday Red Irish Jewel RN JH MXB4 MJG4 MXF TQX T2B2
CH MACH2 PACH Harborlight Never Too Late CDX RE MXC MJG MXP4 MXPB MJP4 MJPB PAX T2B2 T2BP
OTCH MACH2 Token Chessie The Railroad Cat UDX OM1 MXG MJG
MACH3 PACH5 Salisbury's Irish Bucket O' Rust RN JH MXG MJB2 MXP12 MXPC MJP18 MJPG2 PAX5 OF XFP T2B T2BP THDA CGCA TKN
MACH7 Redmeath Celtic Dream MXB3 MJS3 OF T2B
CH MACH Fyrethorn Straight From The Heart UD RN MXS MJG MXF T2B CGCA TKN
GCH CH MACH2 Fyrethorn Steppin' Out CDX BN GN RAE FDC MXG MJG MXP MJP XF CA SCN SBN CGCU TKN
CH MACH Galewinns Huntersglen Badlands MXG MJG MXF MFB T2B
MACH Silhouettes Rounder MXB MJS OF
MACH Aintree Maighread Shona BN RE MXB MJS MJP
MACH Starwood's Some Like It Hot VCD2 RA MXB MJS XF
MACH Jadestar Reach For The Sky JH MXG MJS XF T2B
CH MACH Bluerose Rhythm In Motion UD BN GN GO RE MXC MJC XF T2B2
MACH PACH4 Redfeathers I Hope You Dance MXB MJB MXP9 MXPG MJP11 MJPC PAX4 OF OFP T2B CGC TKN
CH OTCH MACH Redtale Sunshine On Ice OM1 MXB MJB
MACH Mystic's Hot To Trot JH MXB MJG XF
MACH Redfeathers Regardless MXS MJB
CH OTCH MACH Shine-On Polka Dots & Moonbeams UDX OM1 MXB MJB
GCH CH MACH Rosette Mardi Gras BN RN JH MXB MJS MXP2 MJP2 MJPB XF T2B
CH MACH Challenge Thunder And Lightening RA MXS MJG MXF T2B CGC TKN
MACH3 Carousel's In The Nick Of Time At Salisburys RN JH MXG MJC MXF CA CGCA TKN
CH MACH Roclyn Machismo MXS MJS NF T2B
MACH Heartsong's Finn O'Hara MXS MJS XF T2B2
MACH Lunn's Classic Constellation MXS MJB
When I lead out on course, every single time, there is one last thing I say to myself before I turn around to release my dog.
I pause, take a breath and think... "I love this dog with all my heart... "
You never, ever know when you won't have your beloved companion any longer. You never know if the run you're about to enjoy is the last one you'll ever have together.
You'd better enjoy every single moment while you can. If you do not, you will have missed the only lesson that really matters... the pure enjoyment that comes from the love and companionship of a trusted, loyal and loving canine partner.
by Leslie Renaud
Sophie at the AKC Agility Invitational
in Orlando, Florida - December 2014