Throwback Thursday: Celebrating TWENTY YEARS!!

Throwback Thursday: Celebrating TWENTY YEARS!!

This year the AKC/USA World Team celebrates 20 years of international competition at the FCI Agility World Championship!

In honor of this huge milestone, we’re sharing a BIG Throwback Thursday. Check out some of the Team’s most loved memories from the last 20 years, and watch the Team USA Facebook Page for even more later today!

The first team, Switzerland 1996:

Karen Moreaux & Dallas
Nancy Gyes & Scud
Jane Simmons-Moake & Holly
Stuart Mah & Recce
Pati Hatfield (Mah) & Lily

Team Coach/Leader: Sharon Anderson

1996 Full Team

1996 Arena

1996 Arena

The first Individual Gold Medal winner from the USA, Erin Schaefer with her Shetland Sheepdog, Jag — Germany 2002

First Individual Gold Medal 2002

2012 Team Bonding, Czech Republic

2012 Team Bonding

2004 opening ceremonies in Italy

2004 Opening Ceremonies

A display of the Team’s competition bibs in the locker room — Austria 2009

2009 Bibs Locker Room

2001 Maxi Team Gold Medal, Portugal

2001 Maxi Gold Medal

2006 Sightseeing in Switzerland (Yahoo, everyone remembered a rain jacket!)

2006 Switzerland Travels

Geri Hernandez and her border collie, Focus, warming up for their run at the 2008 AWC in Finland. Individually, this team placed fourth overall at their first ever World Championships.


Focus and Geri were team members again in 2009. Tragically, Focus passed away unexpectedly that year. Here, the team honors his memory and Geri’s loss during the opening ceremonies in Austria.

2009 Opening Ceremonies Focus Honored

A goofy 2012 team photo in Czech Republic.

2012 Silly Team

The victory lap: 2006 Individual Silver Medalists, Jennifer Crank and Guess — Switzerland

2006 Jenn and Guess Silver Medal

Coach Dan Dege takes a moment with the team at a practice in 2004.

2004 Practice Meeting

8-time AKC/USA World Team Members, Karen Holik and Sizzle, at Sizzle’s last FCI Agility World Championships in 2011 — France

2011 Karen Sizzle

Large Dog Silver Medalists — Norway 2007

2007 Large Dog Silver Medal Victory Lap

2007 Large Dog Silver Medal

In 2008 (Finland), Team USA brought home two Individual Gold Medals: Marcus Topps and Juice became Large Dog Gold Medalists and Marcy Mantell and Wave became Small Dog Gold Medalists.

2008 Double Gold Medal

2008 Marcy and Wave Gold

2008 Juice Celebration

Marq Cheek’s legendary dance moves in Austria, 2009.

2009 Marq Dance 2

Fabulously supporting Team USA in 2001 — Portugal

Support 2001

Large Dog Team Jumping Gold — Czech Republic, 2012


1997 AKC/USA Agility World Team — Denmark

1997 Team

Dee Anna Gamel and Kelsi Lee, 8-time AKC/USA World Team Members, competing in Spain in 2005.

Kelsi & Dee6

Opening ceremonies and walking the course in 1997, Denmark.

1997 Ceremonies

1997 Course Walkthrough

Candid of golden retriever, Holly, and Pati Hatfield (Mah) in Switzerland, 1996 (Jane Simmons-Moake seen taking the photo a la mirror reflection).

1996 Holly and Pati Mah

Post your memories from past years to the
Team USA Facebook Page!!

And don’t forget to help support this year’s team by visiting the Team Store for a Team Supporter Shirt!!

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