Some pictures of Nikon's recent flyball accomplishments....
In April we went to Ohio for one of the National qualifiers. In order to qualify for Nationals you had to compete at one of the qualifier tournaments (I think there were 3 or 4 nationwide) and place first or second in your division. Our team won their division. It was an expensive tournament since it was so far away (like 6 hours) and at a nice hotel/conference center, but it ended up being a really handy venue, having the tournament on site and plenty of indoor crating.
In June we competed in our only "local" tournament (about 40 minutes away). Indy showed in Pre-Flight (something offered in the U-FLI league, you basically pay for practice time during the lunch break).
I missed the July tournament because I had a family vacation that was planned two years ago.
In August we went 9 hours to St. Louis for Nationals. Unfortunately the team did not do as well as we'd hoped. One of our fastest dogs changed clubs after the qualifier, so the team was not capable of running the time we qualified/seeded with even though we came into the tournament with the fastest seed time in our division. We placed 4th in our division but did win several heats and several races. It was a tough tournament! I bought some photos of Nikon (a little disappointed since I gave the photographer a list of Nikon's races but did not get a single extended jumping or box turn photo, oh well).
We got a few team photos. Our shirts were provided by our sponsor. L-R Marley the BSD, Lola the smooth BC, Rhythm the mini-Aussie, and Nikon.
Our team shirts were provided by our sponsor, RawDog+
Indy came along and got to play with her new gear
Last weekend we had another no-frills tournament about 3 hours away. The same team that ran at Nationals and the tournament before that ran this one. Too bad THIS was not our National, this team is finally really tight. My first pass of the entire weekend was perfect and I had plenty of 0-2' passes. Nikon beat his previous personal best anchor time, and then later that day beat it again, so he's shaved .2 seconds off just since Nationals (a tenth of a second is like a half hour in flyball, lol). He also earned exactly 4000 points for his TFE-I title and is the 6th ranked GSD (only *one* winning heat separate him from 4th place GSD). Indy did Pre-Flight again and my husband took a few pics of her.
We have to miss the next tournament because I'm showing Nikon in Indianapolis
I like to do one tournament a month but some times of the year are slower and I don't like to constantly travel out of state.
Here are our latest training clips if anyone is interested. Nikon is basically trained so I don't work him much. He runs with his team to practice passing once every other week or so. I made his short video to show a friend that his box turn is still fine without constant repetition. Indy gets some drills like in the video once or twice a week at home, plus I meet with two other team mates that also have young dogs once a week. Indy is VERY fast and has a clean turn but we're working on her not being so "sticky" on the box. Sometimes she kind of lingers instead of popping off. She's also been training for food rewards and I'm switching her to using a tug as much as possible (if you drop food in the lane it can really distract other dogs and people hate you, lol).