|10-01-2013 05:36 PM|
Yeah, what we lack in Schutzhund/IPO we definitely make up for in flyball! We have almost no trouble competing once a month between the two leagues (though some of the tournaments my team has attended have been 9-12 hour drives). Unfortunately I can never make CanAm with all the other dog commitments I have in the fall (I already go to Indy each Nov. for the OG Indy show/trial).
At U-FLI Nationals they said next year there is no qualifier. I guess the attendance was low because of how spread out the qualifiers are. Not only that but attendance at the qualifiers was low so most teams qualified just by showing up, which seems like a waste of traveling. I think our team would have qualified just by showing up but we did have some competition in our division and beat them fair and square. The annoying thing with U-FLI is that regardless of your times in the qualifier, your Nationals seed time is always your team's fastest time during the previous year. Someone quit our team taking the lead off dog with her and he was running a 4.2. We had another dog to replace him with but she is even newer and misses a lot of practice because she is intact and she competes nationally in herding events. So the team we took to Nationals was not the line-up that ran the seed time and we were not as fast or as sharp with passes at that point.
|10-01-2013 04:26 PM|
|Cassidy's Mom||I'm envious that you're close enough to BOTH the U-FLI and NAFA nationals to actually go! There are qualifying tournaments not that far away from us, but then if we did qualify I don't know how many people in our club would actually want to drive that far. According to the NAFA website, (unofficial so far) Marin Running Riot are Regional Champions in both Multi-Breed and Regular again this year, though.|
|10-01-2013 03:40 PM|
|Shade||Awww I love the 1st, 3rd, and last photo! Nikon's a hunk and Indy is just adorable but I love her intensity!|
|10-01-2013 03:06 PM|
|Tiffseagles||Great photos! Indy is a very interesting looking girl and looks like a ton of fun|
|10-01-2013 02:54 PM|
|Liesje||Thanks! Nikon barks the whole time other than when he's actually running but flyball is all about drive and speed and FUN. It's crazy loud. I'm glad I have dogs that have "real" barks, I hate the chirping and monkey squealing of the smaller dogs. I was so thrilled when I drove down to Indianapolis to adopt Indy and heard a big "woof!"|
|09-30-2013 09:59 PM|
|Cassidy's Mom||Great pics, Indy is coming along really wells!|
|09-30-2013 09:46 PM|
|Cschmidt88||I absolutely love that barking shot!! They're all great though! Flyball looks like such an awesome sport!|
|09-30-2013 08:53 PM|
|mbussinger166||Very cool. Thanks for sharing|
|09-30-2013 07:54 PM|
Flyball pictures & training
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).