2011 NAFA CMHOF, RMVP and JOY Nominees

2011 Clyde Moore Memorial Hall of Fame Nominees

2011 Regional MVP Nominees

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2011 Judge of the Year Nominees


2011 Nominees for the Clyde Moore Memorial Hall of Fame

Nomination for the NAFA Clyde Moore Memorial Hall of Fame

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Dog's Call Name:

Bainbridge Savannah "Hannah"

Dog's Breed:

Australian Shepherd

Dog's CRN:

981124

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(299) Omaha Speedracers

Dog's Owner:

Sharon Atkinson

Nominated by:

Lyndsy King
Omaha, NE
US

I would like to nominate Bainbridge Savannah- "Hannah" for the Clyde Moore Hall of Fame. Hannah is an Australian Shepherd who was owned and loved by Sharon Atkinson of Omaha Speed Racers. Hannah played until she was 12 years of age racking up over 100,000 points and becoming the first Aussie to achieve such a great accomplishment. Hannah consistently ran on our multi-breed team for years helping us clinch the region year after year. She was a dog who could be run by anyone in any position and was a staple in our foundation. Hannah will always share a special place in many peoples hearts. In July, 2011 Hannah went peacefully over the rainbow bridge and will continue barking and playing flyball. We would love to celebrate her career by having Hannah be recognized with this honor. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Nomination for the NAFA Clyde Moore Memorial Hall of Fame

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Dog's Call Name:

Braehead's Pleasure of Q (Teez)

Dog's Breed:

White German Shepherd Dog

Dog's CRN:

000981

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(108) Ballistics

Dog's Owner:

Maurice Seeger

Nominated by:

Shannon Seeger
Midland, MI
US

Please consider Teez for the Clyde Moore Hall of Fame. Teez learned to play Flyball at four months and actively enjoyed racing for over ten years. Teez earned every one of her 76,903 points on Ballistics, with a personal best time of 4.01, not bad for a 65 pound White German Shepherd! She was always a very serious competitor, doing anything she could to beat the other dog back even if it meant leaving her ball if she heard the other dog hit their box first! She would drag us into the lane, race 5 heats and turn around and drag us out, she NEVER gave up. Even in her last race two weeks before she died at 10 1/2 and full of cancer, she was determined to bring her team to a first place, which she did. Outside of flyball, Teez was a true show dog. Earning Championships in 5 different clubs, several Best In Shows and a two time National Specialty Best of Breed winner, once from the Veterans class in 2009. The judges always commented on her muscle tone and what great shape she was in, I always told them "she earned that body playing Flyball"!

Nomination for the NAFA Clyde Moore Memorial Hall of Fame

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Dog's Call Name:

Glide

Dog's Breed:

Border Collie

Dog's CRN:

960417

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(15) Paws-a-tive Attitude

Dog's Owner:

Cindy Arnold

Nominated by:

Cindy Berens
Hazel Park, MI
US

Glide was a swift, solid, stable and consistent running mate who could run on more than one team for most of her career, giving many other teammates a chance to run. Glide was committed to Flyball, showing an undying love for the sport throughout her 11+ year career. The team sometimes joked that she could run it all on her own, but it's always more fun with a friend you love. She was well known in her Region and her retirement weekend in Vassar, MI allowed for many of her Flyball family to witness her final event and a special final lap with her puppies. Glide brought five new puppies, and a new handler, into the sport. She encouraged others to compete through her participation in demonstrations over the years. With her gentle temperament, she 'trained' new handlers in the sport, as well as canines in the performance of exchanges. Glide achieved titles FD 1997-Hobbes 2006, retired 2008 at age 13. All her years and achievements were with Pawsitive Attitudes. Still cherished by her family, loved by her team, and missed on the racing lanes. We hope you find her just as worthy of this award as her team does.

Nomination for the NAFA Clyde Moore Memorial Hall of Fame

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Dog's Call Name:

Marco

Dog's Breed:

Pomeranian

Dog's CRN:

001440

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(507) Flat Out Flyers

Dog's Owner:

Kim & John Cagle

Nominated by:

Tracy Bunker
Houston, TX
US

Please consider the nomination of Prince Marco Polo, a Pomeranian, for the Clyde Moore Hall of Fame. Marco, owned and loved by Kim Switzer Cagle, quickly caught on to the sport of Flyball in 2002. After a long flyball career, Marco stands among the top four highest pointed Pomeranians in NAFA with 23,765 points. Marco was an important height dog for the Flat Out Flyers until his retirement in 2010. He was the dog that they could count on to take a pass from any dog, run in any position and never, ever, drop his ball. His consistency helped win many a heat. Marco traveled to tournaments all over the US. He was consistently a crowd favorite. Seeing Marco running flyball showed the crowds how even the smaller breeds can play the sport. In the book, "Living with a Pomeranian", Marco's flyball career was featured to give people the idea that Pomeranians can also be athletic. He has truly been an ambassador to the sport of Flyball, on and off the lanes. Your consideration of recognizing his wonderful flyball career, by giving him your vote, would be sincerely appreciated.

Nomination for the NAFA Clyde Moore Memorial Hall of Fame

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Dog's Call Name:

Snap

Dog's Breed:

Mix

Dog's CRN:

000470

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(168) Flying Colors

Dog's Owner:

Tooie Crooks

Nominated by:

Steve Morris
Las Vegas, NV
US

Snap is a 13 year old Border Border, 9" height dog that runs on Flying Colors in Las Vegas, Nevada. She is owned by Tooie and Ian Crooks. In her prime, Snap was one of a handful of truly exceptional height dogs. She consistently ran between 4.0 – 4.2 and occasionally clocked some high 3.9's. Her most noted athletic skill was her lightning fast turn. She runs any position, passes fearlessly and, while her true love is Ian, she will run for anybody and has taught many a green dog and handler how to play. Although Snap is a great height dog and gives the game everything she has, her legacy to the sport lies within the paws of her offspring. The fierce drive and competitive nature of this little dog has been passed on and through her offspring, who are racing in NAFA in the USA, Canada, with one even in Poland. Through them, she has helped many a team achieve their personal best times. Snap has had a phenomenal impact on the North American flyball community and is truly deserving of this award!

2011 Nominees for Regional MVP

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Regional MVP Nominees - Region 1

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 1

Dog's Call Name:

Dahlia

Dog's Breed:

Miniature Pinscher

Dog's CRN:

050362

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(681) Fur in a Blur

Dog's Owner:

Karen & Chet Day

Nominated by:

Robin Gray
(681) Fur in a Blur
Sagamore Hills, OH
US

Dahlia is the first height dog and a founding member of Fur in a Blur. Dahlia along with Karen & Chet went to their first flyball tournament in April of 2005 in Davisburg Michigan, having never even seen a "real" flyball race. She earned 95 points that weekend and has never looked back. She is now the NUMBER ONE pointed Miniature Pinscher in all of NAFA. At nine years old, she is currently posting her best running times ever, because she is not merely running the lane but RACING her fellow competitors. She has been an integral height dog for "FIAB" that is dependable and amazingly consistent. Many dogs have come and gone, yet the legacy of a small but mighty Min Pin who has made many a clean run earning copious points, wins, and awards is still going strong. From a green dog on a green team from Ohio who along with a little help from region 1 flyball friends and teams, Dahlia and her owners Karen & Chet have evolved into valuable trainers and teammates for FIAB. The littlest dog on the team, Dahlia exudes the love of flyball, and joy of being a dog and faithful friend.

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 1

Dog's Call Name:

Gwen

Dog's Breed:

Border Collie

Dog's CRN:

060329

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(596) Rockin Flyball Gang

Dog's Owner:

Gregory Homann

Nominated by:

Chip Clarke
(596) Rockin Flyball Gang
Gates Mills, OH
US

Gwen has ben a consistent performer since she ran her first tournament in February of 2006 at 16 months old. A once in a lifetime dog her love for the game is demonstrated by her ability to run in any position, by any handler and pass any dog. A tireless start dog and dependable anchor her value is in her speed and flexibility. Always the Iron Dog of the Rockin Flyball Gang Gwen started the 2011 season by anchoring the CanAm Classic Division V Champion team. A clutch performer and team player that can handle the pressure she has continued to be a solid dependable dog throughout the year running wherever and whenever needed scoring a total of 5358 pts by Memorial Day 2011 and contributing to RFG's Regional Points.

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 1

Dog's Call Name:

Tess

Dog's Breed:

Jack/Parson Russell Terrier

Dog's CRN:

981105

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(15) Paws-a-tive Attitude

Dog's Owner:

Linda Anderson

Nominated by:

Cindy Arnold
(15) Paws-a-tive Attitude
Fair Haven, MI
US

Tess, a Jack Russell Terrier, embodies what it means to be a most valued player because of the inspiring tale that accompanies her. Tess is a reliable height dog, always getting the job done no matter what the circumstances. In 2005, tragedy struck when Tess was hit by a car. Tess was rushed to the vet who was able to save Tess, but not one of her legs. In the following months, Tess learned to adapt to her new situation that only included three legs. Most dogs would simply be thankful to be alive, content with life, and retire from flyball, but not Tess. Her leg was missing, but the determination and steadfast desire to contribute to her team was still present. Tess and Linda returned to flyball within a matter of months. Today, Tess remains among NAFA's top pointed dogs, ranking 215 of 23,147 dogs and 24 of 1,466 Jack Russell Terriers. In Tess and Linda, we find a tale about overcoming adversity in order to do what we love. At 13 1/2 Tess continues to show great enthusiam for Flyball and brings a smile to the face of her handler and teammates.

Regional MVP Nominees - Region 2

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 2

Dog's Call Name:

Daisy

Dog's Breed:

Jack/Parson Russell Terrier

Dog's CRN:

011142

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(63) Ballderdashers

Dog's Owner:

Carol-Anne DeVenne

Nominated by:

Suzanne Brown
(63) Ballderdashers
Anacaster, ON
CA

" The best little white dog in the whole wide world" with legs not as long as the 7" jumps are tall and a heart bigger than a Great Danes', A.K.A "Daisy", is recognized by her high pitched bark while waiting to race. Daisy has been a full time height dog on BallderDashers her entire career, helping 13 of her team mates achieve top standings in their own brred statistics as well as countless N.A.F.A. titles.She is #92 of the top point earning dogs in N.A.F.A. for the current flyball year and she is not finished yet. On July 9, 2011 Daisy became the newest Hobbes award winner having attained 100,000 points over 10 years of racing in 178 tournaments and handled by almost every BallderDasher team member and even some who were not team members. She is well known to competitors in Regions 2, 13 and 20 as an invaluable asset to her team and truly deserving of this honour. As one of Daisy's many admirers stated: "It's not the size of the dog in the race, but the size of the race in the dog" which epitomises Daisy's philosophy about everything that she does!

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 2

Dog's Call Name:

Jack-Jack

Dog's Breed:

Whippet

Dog's CRN:

060666

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(503) Extreme Chaos

Dog's Owner:

Gord Mak

Nominated by:

Jenn Bell
(503) Extreme Chaos
Barrie, ON
CA

On behalf of Extreme Chaos I would like to nominate Jack Jack for MVP. This tiny male whippet pup was overlooked by everyone until he met the Mak's, a young active family, who were thrilled at the prospect of a new pet. At first, Jack's endless energy terrorized the household, but then Gord Mak "heard" the young dog scream "let me play flyball". Jack Jack was a natural, learning the game quickly. He debuted just after his first birthday on Push This. The rising star tried all positions but it was evident he favored start. In time, Gord had to make a tough decision and leave his friends in search of a more competitive team. "Extreme Chaos" welcomed the Mak family, openly. It was a great fit. Jack Jack has played a considerable role in the success of Extreme Chaos. His contributions lead the team to win the region 2 multi-breed class consecutive years. Everyone who's seen Jack race knows that, although he may be small in stature, his athleticism, speed and giant heart are impossible to miss. Please consider Jack as a worthy candidate for an MVP award. "Extreme Chaos" needs a reason to celebrate and eat cake.

Regional MVP Nominees - Region 3

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 3

Dog's Call Name:

Elvis

Dog's Breed:

Mix

Dog's CRN:

970806

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(400) Balls Out

Dog's Owner:

Jennifer Rohling

Nominated by:

John Rohling
(400) Balls Out
Corcoran, MN
US

I would like to nominate Elvis of Balls Out Region 3 for the Regional MVP award. Elvis is a Border-Border, one of the original "flyball mixes". Before there were Border-Staffies and Border-Jacks there were Border-Borders. Elvis has been competing in flyball for nearly 14 years! During this time he has run as a tireless height dog. A true team player, he has run for a number of different handlers and can run in any position from start dog to anchor. He has allowed larger dogs to run over a lower height so they could earn more titles and awards, and he has helped train countless new dogs in the sport of flyball. He has lead Balls Out to 4 Multibreed Regional Championships and has earned over 91,000 points. This currently puts him in the Top 35 for all breeds and Top 10 for Mix breeds. Not quite ready to retire, Elvis has dialed it down a notch and still enjoys practicing Flyball and competing on occasion with his owner, Jennifer Rohling. Please consider him for Regional MVP honors.

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 3

Dog's Call Name:

Zing

Dog's Breed:

Border Collie

Dog's CRN:

021325

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(808) SuperNova

Dog's Owner:

Julie Tillman

Nominated by:

Amy Sadowski
(808) SuperNova
Minnestrista, MN
US

Zing, a pretty, petite black and white border collie, started her career in flyball in 2002. As a individual dog, Zing ranks as one of the most solid dogs in our region as well as on her team and does it all with a positive energetic attitude. This, and the fact that we love this little girl madly, is why her team, SuperNova, is nominating Zing for the Regional MVP award. Zing began her career on the team BOTC in 2002. In 2004 she moved to RAID. With the disallution of RAID in 2007, Zing became one of the founding members of SuperNova and is a core member of the "Bubble Team" lineup. Whether running in start or in the pack, Zing brings her heart to the lanes each and everytime she's out there. Her strength is her consistency and competitive nature as well as her flexibility to get the job done no matter what the situation. Her love for her owner, Julie Tillman, as well as the game of flyball is, evident just by looking at her face as she sets up to fly down the lanes. Zing is the definition of SuperNova - A true SUPERSTAR!

Regional MVP Nominees - Region 4

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 4

Dog's Call Name:

Cricket

Dog's Breed:

Australian Shepherd

Dog's CRN:

010387

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(907) Ruff House

Dog's Owner:

Gloria Budziak

Nominated by:

wendy hudson
(907) Ruff House
Cicero, IL
US

Cricket is always ready to run and has always been dependable no matter what.She has been racing since 2001. Flyball is her passion. She can run in any position, start being her favorite. When she was two years old she suffered a very serious injury to her front leg. It took many surgeries to save her leg. It was a very long, hard fight and many months of rehab. After a year and a half she came back to the game she loves to play. She is now almost 12 years young and still playing, earning over 50,000 points. She is still a very important part of our team. When she is not playing flyball she puts on her therapy dog hat and visits nursing homes and schools.

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 4

Dog's Call Name:

Scout

Dog's Breed:

Mix

Dog's CRN:

030786

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(142) BC Boomerangs

Dog's Owner:

Christina Tresch

Nominated by:

Phyllis Martin
(142) BC Boomerangs
Cary, IL
US

Scout is that go-to dog, the dog you go to when your border collie starts to limp or your Jack Russell has a melt-down. A street urchin, the Sheltie mix that must have been found on a tennis court in Chicago, Scout's big break came when Chris Tresch of Wisconsin Sheltie Rescue decided to keep him instead of putting him up for adoption. Scout represents what every rescue dog can be if given a chance. Scout is now eleven years old and starting to get a little gray and his sight is not what it use to be but he still wants to run every heat. He has earned 60,000 points in his lifetime, but he really doesn't give a hoot about points, placements, wins, or titles. He just loves this game. When Scout is competing, you can see from his shining eyes and big Sheltie grin the pure enjoyment he gets from running. The BC Boomerangs feel honored to have such a wonderful, happy, and fun-loving teammate as Scout, and we would like to honor him and Chris with this award.

Regional MVP Nominees - Region 5

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 5

Dog's Call Name:

Katy

Dog's Breed:

Border Collie

Dog's CRN:

070655

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(642) Texas Twisters

Dog's Owner:

Diane Bissell

Nominated by:

Teresa Turner
(89) K-9 Kommotion
LaWard, TX
US

Katy was picked up in a raid, undernourished and afraid, when she was 3 months old. She was taken to a kill shelter which then called Forgotten Friends (a rescue organization). Forgotten Friends was given an hour to come "get the dog" or she would be put down. After 6 months, Katy was put up for adoption by Forgotten Friends and went to her forever home on October 10, 2005 with Diane. They began Flyball training the very next weekend. The ball, box and pattern were easy, but "do the pattern when you're supposed to" was an issue. Katy would head for the box then veer off running in circles to visit anyone in her view. At tournaments, she lets everyone know it is almost her turn with incessant barking. She seems to have forgotten that she had to learn the game and is now convinced she invented it. Katy earned her FGDCH at Reliant this year. She runs with several teams and can run in an position, just let her go and she is a happy Border Collie.

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 5

Dog's Call Name:

Merlin

Dog's Breed:

Bassett Hound

Dog's CRN:

060197

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(641) Paws And Effect

Dog's Owner:

Tammy Allison

Nominated by:

Terry Pendas
(641) Paws And Effect
Brenham, TX
US

Laughter and joy are the words that best describe Merlin, the Basset Hound. Merlin continually reminded us that you don't have to be the fastest or best at what you do, just have fun doing it. Merlin loved entertaining the crowds. He was famous for his clown antics in the ring, especially the way he would howl before every run. He showed the flyball world that Basset Hounds can have just as much fun in the lanes as a Border Collie or other "typical" flyball dog. He ran from the heart and his exuberance for the game opened the door for many breeds whose handlers didn't realize that flyball is for any dog, any breed and any size. Sadly, Merlin went to the Rainbow Bridge in June 2011 at age 8. He was missed by all at Reliant, especially the crowds who cheered him on with oohs, ahhs and applause whenever his short legs, floppy ears and determination headed down the lane. On Paws & Effect and in Region 5, Merlin's "can do" attitude lives on and reminds us all that flyball is about having fun, being with friends and taking it one jump at a time!

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 5

Dog's Call Name:

Minnie Louise

Dog's Breed:

Border Collie

Dog's CRN:

990563

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(507) Flat Out Flyers

Dog's Owner:

JoAnne Sigler

Nominated by:

Tracy Bunker
(507) Flat Out Flyers
SPRING, TX
US

Minnie Louise, a beautiful curly coated BC, started her flyball career in 1999 with the Gulf Coast Mavericks and then became an inaugural member of the Flat Out Flyers. Minnie also ran for the Texas Twisters and various vet/open teams for other clubs when needed. With her focus/determination, it didn't take long for her to be 100% consistent, add speed to her beauty, and graduate to the Flyers top team. Minnie would run anywhere but she and mom JoAnne were stellar at starting so it was rare to see her run anywhere but lead dog! Minnie ignored dogs, people, balls or other obstacles in her way or chasing her down the lane, continuing to run her pattern without missing a step. Competing for 12 years, Minnie finally retired in 2011 at age 13 after earning over 45,000 points. Minnie competed all over Texas as well as Tennessee and Oklahoma and would have hit every state if it had been up to her! While Minnie now only runs flyball in her doggie dreams, the Flat Out Flyers still miss her speed, spunk and leadership in the lanes. Please help us honor Minnie's wonderful flyball career by voting her Region 5 MVP!

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 5

Dog's Call Name:

Pippin

Dog's Breed:

Pomeranian

Dog's CRN:

030213

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(95) Do Run Run

Dog's Owner:

Beverly J. Taub

Nominated by:

Lucinda Howard
(95) Do Run Run
Houston, TX
US

Six pounds of pure heart and tenacity races up and down the lanes and is fondly known and loved by Do Run Run and his mom Beverly Taub. This little man, named Pippin, has often solely held down two teams with no back -up and still keeps DRR in the points! Short of 30, 000 by about 3, 000 pts., Pippin wiggles, barks and squirms to get out of his mom's arms to do his job. This rescue Pom is outstanding in so many ways, not because he is a bullet, but because his love for flyball shows in every heat. Pippin's job away from the flyball lanes is to work with at-risk children at an elementary school as a therapy dog at the local school. Isn't Region 5 lucky to have the third highest scoring Pomeranian in the nation? I proudly nominate this fluff ball for his spirit in flyball and for his contributions to his community.

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 5

Dog's Call Name:

Shiner

Dog's Breed:

Mix

Dog's CRN:

080131

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(536) Hot Rod Hounds

Dog's Owner:

Donald Watson

Nominated by:

Randy Hunt
(536) Hot Rod Hounds
Carson City, NV

Shiner is one of Hot Rod Hounds height dogs and is the epitome of calm, cool, and collected. Shiner came from a shelter as a puppy and is handled by Don Watson. Consistency and durability are two more adjectives that describe this Flyball Dog. During his time with Hot Rod Hounds Shiner has had the opportunity to run with several different teams and can run with any dog. On more than one occassion (too many to count) he has been called on to run on two teams and fill in when/where needed. He never seems to tire and remains consistent to the last race on Sunday. Shiner can run in any position and runs anywhere from a 4.9 and 5.2. Shiner's "coolness" is what makes him fun to watch in and out of the racing lanes. He is the "Fonz" of Hot Rod Hounds. Shiner has achieved his FMXCh and is working on his Onyx. You just cannot say enough good things about this wonderful Flyball Dog.

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 5

Dog's Call Name:

Trixi

Dog's Breed:

Jack/Parson Russell Terrier

Dog's CRN:

040314

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(670) Dogz Rule!

Dog's Owner:

Kim Galusha

Nominated by:

Alissa Eisbrenner
(670) Dogz Rule!
Austin, TX
US

Trixi: Warrior Princess! The Definition of MVP! They say dynamite comes in small packages. If that's true, then Dogz Rule! has a nuclear missile and we aren't afraid to use it. Trixi, rescued & owned by Kim Galusha, (if anyone truly owns a Terrier) is one amazing Flyball girl and quintessential Height Dog. She's been racing since 2004 and her stamina and drive bedazzle even the most experienced Flyball people. This tiny girl, with a heart of a lion, digs deep coming off the box and beats even the big dogs to the finish line; equaling 100's of come from behind wins for her teams. Exciting for the sport of Flyball? You Bet! This dog does not know quit! "Ball bobble", "run around jumps", "no ball", these words are not in her vocabulary as she runs literally error free. By far the biggest asset to our club is Trixi's flexibility. She can run in any position, pass any dog and be handled by anyone that holds the magic cheese stick. Nothing fazes her. We're so grateful for the contribution she and Kim have given to our club. Trixi: Warrior Princess! The Definition of MVP!

Regional MVP Nominees - Region 6

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 6

Dog's Call Name:

Snap

Dog's Breed:

Mix

Dog's CRN:

000470

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(168) Flying Colors

Dog's Owner:

Tooie Crooks

Nominated by:

Steve Morris
(168) Flying Colors
Las Vegas, NV
US

Snap is a 13 year old Border Border, 9" height dog that runs on Flying Colors in Las Vegas, Nevada. She is owned by Tooie and Ian Crooks. In her prime, Snap was one of a handful of truly exceptional height dogs. She consistently ran between 4.0 – 4.2 and occasionally clocked some high 3.9's. Her most noted athletic skill was her lightning fast turn. She runs any position, passes fearlessly and, while her true love is Ian, she will run for anybody and has taught many a green dog and handler how to play. Although Snap is a great height dog and gives the game everything she has, her legacy to the sport lies within the paws of her offspring. The fierce drive and competitive nature of this little dog has been passed on and through her offspring, who are racing in NAFA in the USA, Canada, with one even in Poland. Through them, she has helped many a team achieve their personal best times. Snap has had a phenomenal impact on the North American flyball community and is truly deserving of this award!

Regional MVP Nominees - Region 7

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 7

Dog's Call Name:

Phoebe

Dog's Breed:

Jack/Parson Russell Terrier

Dog's CRN:

051083

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(219) Jet City Jumpers

Dog's Owner:

Joy Adiletta

Nominated by:

Ben Shryock
(219) Jet City Jumpers
Issaquah, WA
US

The Jet City Jumpers would have a lot of upset dogs and humans if not for Phoebe the Jack Russell Terrier, and we know she is our MVP! Phoebe found her forever home at age 6 after not fitting in with her previous home because of her intensity. She has been JCJ's only height dog for months at a time, often running tirelessly on both regular and open teams so that her teammates could keep competing. Despite running in every heat of every tournament JCJ has attended since May 2007, she is still turning in times in the high 5's and going nuts for the tennis ball at the end of the day on Sunday. Phoebe will happily run for anyone and it's not unusual for her to run for five different people throughout the day. Despite being handled by numerous people and passing different dogs at nearly every tournament, Phoebe has earned over 53,000 points in just 5.5 years. Phoebe has been in the top 100 pointed dogs since 2008, is currently ranked 39th among all NAFA JRTs, and 2010, at the age of eleven, she earned 13,000 points making her the ninth highest pointed JRT in 2010.

Regional MVP Nominees - Region 9

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 9

Dog's Call Name:

Scandal

Dog's Breed:

Shetland Sheepdog

Dog's CRN:

001222

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(171) Fur Fun

Dog's Owner:

Julie Jenkins

Nominated by:

Sharon Harrell
(805) New River Rapids
Blacksburg, VA
US

Scandal has proven her worth over and over again in Regions 9, 13 and 15. A super reliable 9" height dog, this Sheltie is truly in a class of her own. Scandal has helped win regional championships in all 3 regions both on Regular and Multibreed teams. With a personal best time of 4.3 seconds, Scandal also helped her team, Fur Fun, to their first 16 second times. In her 10 years of flyball, Scandal has earned over 80,000 NAFA points and is the #3 ranked Sheltie. Now, at 12 years old she is still a valuable asset to any team regularly posting sub-5 second times. Scandal and her owner, Julie Jenkins, are truly an inspiration for many dog owners and trainers all over the country and I can't imagine another pair more deserving of the MVP award.

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 9

Dog's Call Name:

Skeet

Dog's Breed:

Jack/Parson Russell Terrier

Dog's CRN:

011568

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(482) Carpe Pilam

Dog's Owner:

Todd Pope

Nominated by:

D Roberts
(482) Carpe Pilam
Stokesdale, NC
US

Carpe Pilam would like to nominate Skeet for region 9 MVP. Skeet has been playing flyball since October 2001, is currently a FDGCh40K and still running strong at 10 years old. Skeet should be our region's 2011 MVP because she is , well, valuable! Skeet is a 7" height dog, can run anywhere in a line-up & never balks at passing larger dogs. She can be handled by anyone & never loses focus. She has provided many teams the opportunity to play by being a height dog including Fur Fun, Max Fast, Dixie Devil Dogs, Heads or Tails, 4 Dog Night, Go Dog Go and Fayetteville Freedom Flyers. Skeet rarely makes mistakes and has never had to be pulled for any reason, injury included. Skeet is an asset to our team because she is a height dog, a veteran and a different breed for multibreed. She's a small dog who travels well in a small crate, there's always room for Skeet! Our youngest handler, Gia, was three years old the first time she ran Skeet in a tournament. At four, Gia ran Skeet at the Can Am and officially became NAFA's youngest handler, which could not have achieved without Skeet.

Regional MVP Nominees - Region 10

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 10

Dog's Call Name:

Caber

Dog's Breed:

Border Collie

Dog's CRN:

040539

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(266) Fast 'n FURious

Dog's Owner:

Craig & Shari Dawson

Nominated by:

Eileen Higginbotham
(266) Fast 'n FURious
Winsloe, PE
CA

Caber was loved and owned by Craig and Shari Dawson and came from Rival Kennels in Ontario. He started playing flyball in March 2004 when he was just a year old and never looked back. He absolutely loved to play. Caber was handled by Craig, but would run for any handler, in any position, with any dog, consistently every time. He was about as solid as you could get on the flyball mats or off. These skills kept him in Division One for most of his career. His versatility meant he could go to tournaments without his owners, a high value quality as many of you know. Above all that, Caber made contributions to building the sport by training green handlers and helping with green dogs. His last tournament was probably one of the best ever. At 8 years old, he was showing no signs of slowing down. Sadly though, the day after his last tournament, Caber died very suddenly from a possible brain tumor. He was 600 pts from receiving his 40,000. I hope you will consider Caber for Region 10 MVP. I can't think of a more fitting way to remember such a great flyball dog.

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 10

Dog's Call Name:

Fling

Dog's Breed:

Australian Shepherd

Dog's CRN:

041042

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(849) Carleton County Flyball

Dog's Owner:

Jennifer Stairs

Nominated by:

Carole Anne Naves
(849) Carleton County Flyball
Florenceville-Bristol, NB
CA

It has been an honor and pleasure to have dog like Fling in our club as well as Region 10. She is just an awesome dog, in so many ways. Fling is a dog that is extremely smart, she respects her handlers and fellow teammates, also has patience with green dogs, and helps bring out the confidence in them. She works well with anyone, any age, handling her. She has earned 90% of her points with endless number of people running her. Fling is always eager to please, has a postitive attitude and is ready to jump in when needed. I feel that Fling is a good nomination due to the fact that she has been handled by many people in Region 10, has ran for most of the other clubs, at one time or another. From regular,open,and this year a vets team. Fling can run in any postition, she is not the fastest dog but is always consistent, giving her best. Fling and Jen are true role models for anyone just wanting to play flyabll, with just thier pet. I only wish Fling was mine, but it is an honor to run her each time. Thank You!

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 10

Dog's Call Name:

Shadow

Dog's Breed:

Shetland Sheepdog

Dog's CRN:

060529

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(73) F.A.M.E.

Dog's Owner:

Richard Landry

Nominated by:

Lynette Brown
(73) F.A.M.E.
Moncton, NB
CA

Shadow ran in his first tournament in July 2006 which he earned his FD and FDX. He currently has 47,452 points. Since July 2006, Shadow has participated in tournaments in Region 10 (NB, NS and PEI), 13 (Foxborough, Fitchburg and Booth Bay) and Region 20 (Montreal). He has run open with many different clubs which shows how well he can fit into any situation. Shadow loves the game and likes to make the rest of the team aware by his loud encouragement - i.e. barking on the lane. We have often been asked is he really a Sheltie? He is one hundred percent Sheltie but thinks he has Border collie brain on the flyball lane. At the age of 7, he runs an average of 4.38. Shadow is one of a very few members of FAME with over 40,000 points and he is well on his way to the 1st with 50,000.

Regional MVP Nominees - Region 11

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 11

Dog's Call Name:

Dusti

Dog's Breed:

Shetland Sheepdog

Dog's CRN:

040860

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(540) Too Hot to Handle

Dog's Owner:

Christine/Richard Sells

Nominated by:

Brett Deutsch
(920) Terminal Velocity
Archer, FL
US

Dusti was a character. She was just one of those dogs that people remember. Personality plus. An awesome height dog, she frequently helped her team pull in excellent placements. She ran any position, any time, however just for fun, every now and then she'd turn and throw her ball at her box loader just for the reaction especially if it was a new box loader. Dusti left us too soon and the hole she left in our hearts and our team will be hard to fill.

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 11

Dog's Call Name:

Scooter

Dog's Breed:

Miniature Poodle

Dog's CRN:

040169

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(830) Dogs Of Anarchy

Dog's Owner:

Cindy Doerr

Nominated by:

DOA Team
(830) Dogs Of Anarchy
Lakeland, FL
US

Scooter started racing in 2004 with Florida Air Xpress (FAX). During Scooter's time with FAX he was an important part of the teams achievement of Regional Multibreed Champions for 2005, 2006 and 2007. Scooter currently runs on Dogs Of Anarchy (DOA) and earned his FG40K on 6/4/11. Scooter has been a value height dog for 7 years and still remains an important member of our team. Without Scooter, the team would not be where we are today.

Regional MVP Nominees - Region 12

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 12

Dog's Call Name:

Jonah

Dog's Breed:

Border Collie

Dog's CRN:

041362

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(684) Redline Dogsports

Dog's Owner:

Pat LaValley

Nominated by:

Bobbi Urness
(853) Aftershock
Calgary, AB
CA

Aftershock would like to nominate Jonah for Regional MVP. Jonah has raced in our region since 2004, he runs consistently and is a core member of Redline. He has been the solid start dog on their Division 1 team for his entire racing career. Jonah has taken his team to several regional championships and has also travelled to Cynosports twice to compete there. He often races out of region and he performs just as well home and away. One of the first red border collies in our region, he was not only noticed for his unique color but for his steady, reliable performance. When running for Pat, he works his hardest to beat the other dog every time. In the beginning he was one of only a handful of dogs able to run sub 4 times in our region. We feel Jonah is a super dog and very deserving of this award.

Regional MVP Nominees - Region 13

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 13

Dog's Call Name:

Bero

Dog's Breed:

Entlebucher Mountain Dog

Dog's CRN:

050065

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(309) Fast Attack

Dog's Owner:

Melissa Gugliotti

Nominated by:

Donalee Slater
(309) Fast Attack
Baltic, CT
US

We would like to nominate Bero for MVP in Region13. Bero owned by Melissa Gugliotti started racing in 2004. He was placed in start position not because Mel was so good at starting but by default. You see Bero wanted to take the ball from the dog passing into him which did work out so well for the other dog….. but if he ran first there was no problem. Seven years later Bero is still running as start dog because he is good at it and because we have not wanted to test fate. Bero has been a huge asset to Fast Attack. He never misses a tournament in our Region; he always runs with all his might; and is one of the most consistent dogs I have run with. And for Bero it isn't so much about the competition or the reward of tugging but it's the THRILL of the race. He may not win every heat but he is full of heart and is the epitome of a true competitor. This year Bero became the third Entlebucher Mountain Dog in NAFA flyball to achieve his Onyx. To say we are proud of Bero and Mel is an understatement.

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 13

Dog's Call Name:

Blu

Dog's Breed:

Australian Shepherd

Dog's CRN:

030519

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(916) Howl

Dog's Owner:

Chris and Trish Bjurling

Nominated by:

Trish Bjurling
(916) Howl
New Boston, NH
US

Blu started his Flyball career in 2003 at the age of two. He picked the game up so quickly he was put in his first tournament while he was still in class when the team needed a dog. He loves the game and is focused and eager to go again and again. He always knows his job and mistakes are few and far between. And while he is not the fastest dog in the region, his times rarely vary and consistency has helped many dogs on different teams and clubs earn lots of points and titles. He's a team player, always sharing with the new guys, letting a green dog run one heat until they had the confidence to fill a full spot. And he's an equal opportunity flyballer, running consistently on Open Teams without any prior practice and is focused on the game no matter the venue, indoors with mats or outdoors on grass. Blu can run in any position, with anyone, anywhere and anytime, and all with a certain "mojo" when it comes to getting points. He has earned over 40 thousand points (43,323) and is currently ranked as the number 40 Australian Shepherd in the NAFA Database.

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 13

Dog's Call Name:

Highwater Bennington

Dog's Breed:

Jack/Russell Terrier

Dog's CRN:

990376

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(787) NASDOG Racing

Dog's Owner:

Valerie Whiterock

Nominated by:

Belinda Lang
(787) NASDOG Racing
Athol, MA
US

One little dog with 'Big' attitude is what first comes to mind when meeting Benny. Benny, a JRT, has been enjoying flyball since 1998. Back in a time when height dogs were rare Benny always pulled double duty as full time height dog in both Regular and Multi. Double running only elevated Benny's attitude and he made it known and HEARD when he was on his way to and in the lanes. Benny's even temperament, size, and consistency has made him an asset in our area at a time when so many green dogs were learning the ropes. He became the go to guy to pass into either way, super consistent and flawless never skipping a beat. Every rock star has a manager. Benny's would be Val, who is just as dedicated to the sport as Benny. Val has had some physical impairments over the years but it has never stopped this team. At times Val showed up in the racing lanes in a wheelchair and Benny never missed a step. Benny just retired this spring with over 40K points. Benny will be 15 in August. At the time of this writing Benny still attends flyball tourneys with Val.

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 13

Dog's Call Name:

Hype

Dog's Breed:

Border Collie

Dog's CRN:

060336

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(355) Maine Coast Runners

Dog's Owner:

Cheryn Breeling

Nominated by:

Cheryn Breeling
(355) Maine Coast Runners
Sanford, ME
US

Maine Coast Runners want to recognize Hype as our MVP for 2011. Hype is well known in Region 13 as the cross eyed Border Collie obsessed with Flyball. Hype started her Flyball career in January 2006 racing with New England Trailblazers. During her career she has run with Boston Stragglers, Flyball Maineaics, and in June 2009 Hype joined Maine Coast Runners. Hype has been a valuable addition to our team. She can race in any position and be handled by anyone. Her reward is to keep racing. Hype is no longer crosseyed. She is crazy for the ball!!! Hype was a dog in search of a special needs home when I acquired her in 2006. She was too intense and intolerent of most other dogs in a home setting. She adjusted very quickly to a structured setting and became best friends with Barr, a Rottweiler with issues similar to Hype's. When Hype is not playing Flyball or dockdog she and Barr are romping the yards bouncing off eachother. Hype has never let me down with anything I have asked of her. She deserves to be recognized in Region 13as the MVP 2011.

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 13

Dog's Call Name:

Mea

Dog's Breed:

Australian Shepherd

Dog's CRN:

070029

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(500) Ruff Enuff

Dog's Owner:

Cheryl Doyle

Nominated by:

Bonnie Deschenes
(500) Ruff Enuff
Canterbury, CT
US

I am nominating Mea for this years Region 13 MVP for many reasons. Not only was Mea one of the driving forces behind Ruff Enuff winning the Multi Regional championship for three years in a row, she is an Australian Shepherd rescue dog that is deaf. Cheryl was told, "she will never be trained for this", "she will chase and get lost", "you are wasting your time". Cheryl rescued Mea after she was being kicked by the previous owner at a children's bus stop for not "listening". Mea has been quite the opposite. She was one of the easier dogs for the team to train, has never chased or crossed lanes, and probably pays attention better than most "hearing" dogs. We have taken great pleasure in having Mea on our team and would not hesitate to include another deaf dog on our roster. Mea was lucky enough to find someone who gave her a chance to shine!

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 13

Dog's Call Name:

Shadow

Dog's Breed:

Border Collie

Dog's CRN:

040355

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(780) Canine Mutiny

Dog's Owner:

David Dubois

Nominated by:

Susan Bonofiglio
(780) Canine Mutiny
Seekonk, MA
US

Shadow's life revolves around two things her Dad Dave and tennis balls, put them together and she is in doggie Heaven. I have been racing with Dave and Shadow for the past 7.5 years and they always have fun when they race. I'm not really sure exactly who is in charge in that duo, but they always work well together and if a mistake is ever made you always hear Dave apologizing to Shadow because it is rarely her fault :-). While Shadow has been retired to the vets team this past year due to a chronic shoulder injury she remains one of the most enthusiastic dogs on our team, start is her favorite but she can run in any position and into any dog with no issues. She is perfect for training green dogs and puppies as she has such patience and tolerance. She is already an MVP in our hearts. Please consider voting for Shadow.

Regional MVP Nominees - Region 14

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 14

Dog's Call Name:

Huey

Dog's Breed:

Whippet

Dog's CRN:

020788

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(583) Double Dog Dare

Dog's Owner:

Dana Hanson

Nominated by:

Paul Ferlitto
(562) The Gamblers
Wilsonville, AL

I would like to nominate Lake's Street Charmer, better known as Huey on Double Dog Dare. Huey helped numerous dogs in their beginning days of flyball, while in South Florida on Raiders of the Lost Bark. He was one of the foundation dogs of Double Dog Dare when the club started in Georgia. Last year Huey overcame another hurdle in his life when he was diagnosed with a malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor. Because of this he had to have his right rear leg amputated. With aggressive therapy, Huey fought and beat the odds. When the team practiced, Huey would bark and carry on because he still wanted to play the game he loves. His owner, Dana Hanson finally gave in and let Huey practice a little at a time. Eventually Huey built up his muscles, regained his balance and the rest is history. Huey is BACK!!!! He can be seen in the lanes playing the game he LOVES. Huey continues to amaze us in Region 14 and he is now the #24th pointed Whippet in NAFA and is on his way to his FDGCh (30K).

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 14

Dog's Call Name:

Jax

Dog's Breed:

Labrador Retriever

Dog's CRN:

040135

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(906) Dixie Flyers

Dog's Owner:

Jeanne Harem

Nominated by:

Deborah Yoder
(798) Queen City Road Runners
Cumberland Furnace, TN
US

Jax is a bouncing black Labrador Retriever who plays flyball with gusto. Jax is well known across Region 14, noted for his slobber balls, reliability and versatility. Perfect starts off a signature slingshot release are common. Slobber strings at the box are legend. Jax is rated the # 11 Labrador in NAFA breed standings and excels in canine sports and antics alike. Accolades include FG40K, MACH, CD, participation in the world record at the 2010 CanAm, and being able to open the refrigerator single pawed to retrieve snacks. Jax will run on any team with near perfection from the novice to experienced handler. Jax still loves the game despite his age of 8. Jax is often double entered and will run any position to help his Dixie Flyer canine teammates earn points/titles. Jax and his owner, Jeanne, are true ambassadors of the sport. The Queen City Road Runners were able to race in flyball in 2011 due to the generous support of Jax and Jeanne. Jax has not only run open with our club but many others in region 14. The Queen City Road Runners are proud to nominate Jax as MVP.

Regional MVP Nominees - Region 15

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 15

Dog's Call Name:

Mischief

Dog's Breed:

Border Collie

Dog's CRN:

061245

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(751) Scallywags

Dog's Owner:

Russell Bobb

Nominated by:

Lorinda McKisson
(751) Scallywags
Baltimore, MD
US

With her consistency, drive, enthusiasm and sheer love for the game, Mischief brings everything she has each time she shows up in the lane. As one of Scallywags original dogs, over the past 5 years Mischief has become a rock upon whom the Scallywags have built our team. Start dog, Anchor dog or running in the pack, she will run any position and with any dog, allowing us to bring new dogs into the lane and helping us grow our team and the sport that we all love. Her confidence in the lane helps "shore-up" our green dogs as she is usually the first dog they run with as they progress through their Flyball training. Mischief also enjoys training new handlers and helping them past the "first race jitters". Although she will run for anyone, her bond with her handler, Russ Bobb is legendary. It almost seems as if they communicate on a higher level. For all these traits and for her extreme passion for the sport. I feel that Mischief deserves to be the Region 15 2011 MVP.

Regional MVP Nominees - Region 16

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 16

Dog's Call Name:

Molly

Dog's Breed:

Australian Shepherd

Dog's CRN:

061271

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(471) Heat Wave

Dog's Owner:

Laura Collett

Nominated by:

Alisa Romaine
(471) Heat Wave
Wittmann, AZ
US

Molly, a tri blue-merle Australian Shepherd, found her racing career on Heat Wave. Whenever Heat Wave races, Molly, and Laura her handler, are sure to be on the field. Molly's bouncing and barking show just how much fun she is having. At home, Molly is a wonderful companion. She knows when to relax on the couch and soak up a little attention. Most people notice Molly's beauty first but her personality is just as sparkling. On any flyball team, a dog who never messes up is a great asset. Molly certainly is That Dog. While Molly excels in start position, she has raced in every position on the team at one time or another. She has helped train up many new dogs and new handlers. Molly has been handled by at least four different people during tournaments and practices. Numerous times she has raced with other clubs who would not have been able to compete without her help. Molly's name is the first to come up when a solid dog is needed to fill out an open team's roster. For these reasons, I nominate Molly, an integral part of western flyball, for MVP of region 16.

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 16

Dog's Call Name:

Skyler

Dog's Breed:

Jack/Parson Russell Terrier

Dog's CRN:

020549

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(848) Surf City Flyball

Dog's Owner:

Stacie Popejoy

Nominated by:

Kathy Haney
(848) Surf City Flyball
Huntington Beach, CA

Skyler is a JRT who has been a height dog for the past 9 years in Region 16. He is well known out here with his scary bared teeth snapping as he "waits" for his turn to go. Luckily he just looks scary and is only expressing his burning desire to get the job done. In his career thus far he has earned over 40,000 points and in the process has helped numerous dogs earn countless numbers of points. Since January 2009 Surf City Flyball has had the honor of having Skyler on our team. He was our only height dog for 2 years and without him we would have really struggled to run in any tournaments. In these past 2+ years Skyler has run with several different dogs, in every position and with several different handlers. Skyler has met us at tournaments when his owner was able to come and has come and stayed with different families when she could not come. He has never missed a beat and has always been the dog we can depend on no matter what the circumstances. Skyler is definitely an MVP for us and certainly deserves the honor of Region 16 MVP.

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 16

Dog's Call Name:

Toby

Dog's Breed:

Jack/Russell Terrier

Dog's CRN:

110165

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(874) Arizona Supercharged

Dog's Owner:

Anne Lamonica

Nominated by:

Meagan White
(874) Arizona Supercharged
Mesa, AZ
US

Toby the Terror, is a Jack Russell Terrier that runs anchor on Arizona Supercharged's Multi Breed team. He is a founding member of our team, and has proven to be an amazing flyball dog. Although he is fairly new to flyball, you would never know it by watching him. Toby made our new team run like we were old pros and made us competitive with the top teams in our region. He is well known because of his explosive speed and consistency. He is the little height dog that just goes, goes, goes. Toby has run back up for other dogs that needed a break and recently just broke under 5 seconds. Toby the Terror, deserves to be Region 16's Most Valuable Player for 2011!

Regional MVP Nominees - Region 18

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 18

Dog's Call Name:

Ginny

Dog's Breed:

Mix

Dog's CRN:

090623

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(695) Alaska Dogs Gone Wild

Dog's Owner:

Christy Garrett

Nominated by:

Alaska Dogs Gone Wild
(695) Alaska Dogs Gone Wild
Anchorage, AK
US

Ginny “the Freight Train” is a standout in every way. She is big, black, fast, and loud. One of the more unusual flyball dogs out there, she is a lean 68-lb Bernese Mountain Dog/Labrador Retriever mix. Ginny has a box turn to die for, with a blistering fastest time of 4.19 seconds. When it comes to flyball, Ginny has demonstrated that size does not matter…unless you are her handler (there are only a few brave souls who have handled this powerful gladiator!). Ginny can run in any position, but excels in starts where she thrives on racing the other dog. She is consistent, reliable, and game enough to run additional heats when needed as a backup dog. She is also a favorite at demos, wowing spectators and bringing in beginners. Since mastering the flyball course in 2009, Ginny has raced in every Region 18 tournament, as well as at CanAm 2010 where she led Alaska Dogs Gone Wild to Reserve Champion in Division VI. Ginny has exceeded all of our expectations and set the bar high for any flyball dog. She has also proven that even the “big dogs” can take the flyball world by storm.

Regional MVP Nominees - Region 19

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 19

Dog's Call Name:

Cutter

Dog's Breed:

Australian Shepherd

Dog's CRN:

030773

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(809) Westside Woofers

Dog's Owner:

Kay Radinsky

Nominated by:

Jennifer Matthews
(809) Westside Woofers
Grand Junction, CO
US

Cutter was an ALL AROUND great flyball dog he would never let you down. He was always fun to watch at tournaments.

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 19

Dog's Call Name:

Gypsy

Dog's Breed:

Labrador Retriever

Dog's CRN:

031344

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(842) Agents of Chaos

Dog's Owner:

Caryn Ashbay

Nominated by:

Melanie White
(842) Agents of Chaos
Lakewood, CO
US

Gypsy Ashbay is an infallible member of Region 19. She can run on any team in any position and never skips a beat. She has been racing since 2003 and has performed in demonstrations promoting the fun of flyball. She is a beautiful Black Lab. Her happy attitude and calm demeanor encourage dog people to look at flyball as a fun activity for dogs not of the herding breeds. Please vote Gypsy your Region 19 MVP.

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 19

Dog's Call Name:

Kona

Dog's Breed:

Australian Shepherd

Dog's CRN:

020155

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(782) Rocky Mountain Flyball

Dog's Owner:

Jo Crickenberger

Nominated by:

Jo Crickenberger
(811) Phantom Flyers
Brighton, CO
US

Kona (if I remember correctly) is the first dog to receive their ONYX in region 19 and was the 2nd dog to receive their FGDCH.

Regional MVP Nominees - Region 20

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 20

Dog's Call Name:

Kassie

Dog's Breed:

Mix

Dog's CRN:

050296

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(666) Paws on Fire

Dog's Owner:

Blair Carroll

Nominated by:

Danielle Beauregard
(666) Paws on Fire
Woodlawn, ON
CA

Paws On Fire would like to nominate Blair Carroll's Kassie for Region 20 MVP. She embodies everything that says "flyball dog" to us. Kassie, a rescue dog, was not an easy dog to train for this sport. She had many setbacks that she and her owner worked hard to overcome together. Today, Kassie is one of the most consistent dogs we have on the Paws On Fire roster. At 8 years of age, Kassie runs full-time on our Regular and Multibreed teams and will, when the need arises, help fill out an Open team with dogs from other clubs in our Region. Kassie has and coninues to make significant contributions to our club throughout her racing career. She is a rock solid dog that never makes a mistake in the lanes. She can run in any position on any line-up and will also happily do it for any handler. She also helps us train both new handlers and new dogs in our club. Kassie is always happy to go play and plays for the sheer love of the game.

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 20

Dog's Call Name:

Niki

Dog's Breed:

Mix

Dog's CRN:

050286

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(735) Adrenaline Rush Flyball

Dog's Owner:

Marie-H Lacasse

Nominated by:

Marie-Helene Lacasse
(735) Adrenaline Rush Flyball
Ottawa, ON
CA

Niki is a 13-pound mighty little dog full of life and attitude. She had a rough start in life, being tagged "too destructive" and eventually dropped at the Humane Society when she was 10 months old. That's when Niki entered my life. Since then, Niki has overcome many issues such as separation anxiety and her total lack of knowledge on how to play with toys (and balls!!). Today, she is a happy girl who rules the house. So why should Niki be voted MVP? Because she is definitely a valuable player on Leading Edge: overcoming her passing issues, she can now run in every position, passing on any dog. She has been our #1 height dog for many years and she is also our head passing trainer, teaching new club members how to pass at tournaments. She is now being run by a 10-year old junior handler and loves every minute of it! At 8 years old, Niki can still pull times in the high 5s and shows no signs of slowing down. She is one of the foundation dogs of Leading Edge and one of the cutest height dogs out there! Vote for Niki!!

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 20

Dog's Call Name:

Niki

Dog's Breed:

Siberian Husky

Dog's CRN:

060800

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(663) Burnin' Rubber

Dog's Owner:

Nadine Marcotte

Nominated by:

Pam Casselman
(663) Burnin' Rubber
Kanata, ON
CA

Niki the Siberian Husky was rescued as a 6 month old pup. She came a bunch of behavioural issues. Flyball was introduced to her as a means to burn energy. It helped her over come her issues and has now become the perfect pet. She learned the game at a rapid pace and is one of the most reliable dogs on the team. She never makes a mistake and will run in any position for anyone. She loves the game. She is truly an ambassador for her breed. She is currently has her ONYX and in the past has helped her team win many multi breed races. Niki Rocks!!!!

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 20

Dog's Call Name:

Olive

Dog's Breed:

Border Terrier

Dog's CRN:

070561

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(755) Ready Set Go

Dog's Owner:

Sara & Bobby Ogilvie

Nominated by:

Paul Rioux
(755) Ready Set Go
Battersea, ON
CA

What can I say about Olive – other than she has got to be THE most user-friendly height dog I have ever seen or had the pleasure to race with. Point & shoot dog is probably the best way to describe how easy she is to handle. Olive is a Border Terrier…nothing fancy like the other designer dogs out there but when she is asked to run for someone…anyone for that matter, she truly gives it all she's got. To-date, I can recall no less that 15 different handlers that have been trained by this amazing little dog. Never wanting anything other than to be led into the ring for some genuine canine fun is all she's ever asked for. Olive started racing back in 2005 and has since earned many titles and special awards by numerous teams. She is still very much part of Ready Set GO's main line-up and even at the age of 8, she still manages to pull low 5's consistently. Well, that's all I have to say about that – so please support Olive's nomination for MVP. She truly deserves this!

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 20

Dog's Call Name:

Striker

Dog's Breed:

Whippet

Dog's CRN:

060901

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(345) Hot Diggity Dogs

Dog's Owner:

Irene Doucet

Nominated by:

Natalie Cornell
(345) Hot Diggity Dogs
Frankford, ON
CA

Striker is a whippet who has been a fixture on Hot Diggity Dogs timesheets in Region 20 for a number of years. Striker is our Most Valuable Player for the following reasons. We are a recreational flyball club who welcomes all breeds and speeds of dogs. That means often we have a 25 second team. With the help of Striker who runs UNDER 4 seconds, we can drop that time and have everyone earn NAFA points and awards. Striker is handled by Irene Doucet. Irene is a lady of a respectable age. Striker is a gentle dog and takes care to not tug too hard or be rough. However when Irene says "GO", Striker is a blur in the race lane. As a captain, I never have to worry about this handler and dog combination. Striker's ability to run in any position with any dogs at any time makes him a versitile asset to our club. His speed is amazing to watch and a crowd pleaser. Striker helps the Hot Diggity dogs earn points and WIN races. He is our MVP!!!

Regional MVP Nominees - Region 21

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 21

Dog's Call Name:

Camden

Dog's Breed:

Mix

Dog's CRN:

070637

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(899) Outrun

Dog's Owner:

Stephanie Hanson

Nominated by:

Lana Luhring
(899) Outrun
Center Point, IA

Camden is presently the top point earning dog in all of NAFA for 2011. As of June 2011 he has earned nearly 20,000 points this year alone. Camden can run in any position and is tireless. He is also able to run for any handler. The handler need only have string cheese. This racing year he has raced in the Twin Cities (MN), Cedar Rapids (IA), Iowa City (IA), Amana (IA),Omaha (NE), Eau Claire (WI), La Crosse (WI), Brighton (Co), Loveland (CO) and Laramie (WY). So he is well known in Region 21 and beyond. Camden is owned and loved by Stephanie Rowe of Outrun Flyball Club. He is a border collie / labrador retriever mix who was adopted from the local animal shelter from a litter that was surrendered. Camden is a rescue dog who has become a first rate flyball dog. He found the perfect home and is an example of dogs with great sports potential that can be found in shelters. Please support Camden for Region MVP as he and Stephanie are a very deserving team!

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 21

Dog's Call Name:

Jester

Dog's Breed:

Mix

Dog's CRN:

021072

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(532) Skidmarkz

Dog's Owner:

Steven Branin & Jayne McQuillen

Nominated by:

Jo Pearson
(532) Skidmarkz
Oxford, IA
US

There's no doubt in any Skidmarkz member's mind that Jester is an MVP flyball dog; we're sure folks on clubs he's helped over the years will agree. Jester was literally born and bred to play flyball, but was "too tall" for his breeder's club, so ended up with Skidz. Jester is any club's dream-come-true flyball dog: he learned fast, runs fast, loves balls, loves racing, will race for anyone, is always ready to go. Jester helps train new members to race: this is how you start a dog, this is how you pass, this is how you get them to run back to you. Jester illustrates everything perfectly for anyone. Kids who want to try flyball can help run Jester. Dogs who need to learn passing can pass Jester. Jester will always focus on the game. In his prime, Jester ran low 4s and was height dog (12" hurdles!) for our club's record-holding teams in 2004, both regular and multi-breed. Jester helps other Open and Vet teams and is always happy to spread the joy of flyball. It's difficult to imagine any dog being more valuable overall to a club than Jester's been to us. He truly is a Flyball-Wonder-Dog.

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 21

Dog's Call Name:

Schemer

Dog's Breed:

Border Collie

Dog's CRN:

040110

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(299) Omaha Speedracers

Dog's Owner:

Michelle and Mary Bolton

Nominated by:

Lyndsy King
(299) Omaha Speedracers
Atlantic, IA
US

I would like to nominate Schemer for region 21 MVP. Schemer has played on many different teams in region 21 and is always there to help in a pinch. He can run in any position by anyone and has helped many dogs obtain titles.

2011 Nominees for Judge of the Year

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Nomination for Judge of the Year

Judge:

Dave Walt
, ON

Nominated by:

Angela Decker
Beamsville, ON
CA

I am pleased to nominate Dave Walt as Judge of the Year. Dave's passion, professionalism, skill and capability make him the best there is. What sets him apart is that he not only has these qualities but he most generously shares them. Dave has a deep understanding of the rules and exercises them with his confidence and quiet authority, without ego and never in a demeaning way. It is not very often Dave's ruling is challenged but if there is ever a question, he skillfully diffuses any potentially emotional reactions before they occur. He takes great pride in keeping things on pace and avoiding long delays. The race day can almost be timed to the minute. Dave has encouraged and tutored several new judges, supervising them thoroughly and professionally without showing power. He is often heard to say he would rather judge than run a dog. He also takes great joy in involving young people in flyball. Judging a tournament and watching a young person handle his dog makes his day. Dave is most supportive of other regions and is often the catalyst for a road trip including his and other teams to a tournament many hours of driving away.

Nomination for Judge of the Year

Judge:

Geoff Brown
Raleigh, NC

Nominated by:

Amy Brubaker
Durham, NC
US

Picture it: any given NAFA flyball tournament, any given weekend. You look around and you will find Geoff Brown either judging, chatting with flyball folks, running a dog, answering questions for spectators, or any numerous other things. He has this way of being able to start a conversation with just about anyone on just about any topic. He has so many stories including life as a Canadian, travels/vacations, flyball statistics, friend's life stories and playing the bagpipes. Some are stories of different judging experiences as other judges approach him about how he feels a situation should be called during racing. Because of the number of tournaments he is asked to judge in a years time, Geoff has many experiences to be able to share with other judges, teammates or competitors alike. He has been asked to judge at CANAM this year (previously serving as a relief judge since its inception) and he recently judged at the national flyball tournament in Australia. Many clubs ask Geoff to come back and judge their tournaments year after year because of his experience and likable personality. Moral of the story = Geoff Brown is more than deserving of NAFA Judge of the Year.

Nomination for Judge of the Year

Judge:

John Fairbairn
Murphy, TX

Nominated by:

Malena Cudd
Magnolia, TX
US

This region is fortunate to have such a professional both in and out of the racing lanes. John is always willing to answer questions, explain details and mediate disputes in a fair and professional manner. Even in the most unfortunate of situations when a dog is called for aggression he takes time to obtain full details and explains the ramifications of the event. His knowledge of the sport, and his ability to judge fairly, reasonably and in a professional manner promotes him worthy of Judge of The Year.

Nomination for Judge of the Year

Judge:

Kevin Gordon
Goffstown, NH

Nominated by:

Cheryn Breeling
Durham, NH
US

As top notch judge, Kevin Gordon is an asset to Region 13. Kevin has always acted in a professional manner while judging. He makes every effort to keep the game safe for the dogs. Kevin makes it a point to work with the new Flyball competitors. He explain the game and provide training tips when needed. Kevin is able to juggle judging and running his dogs without missing a beat. He is more than willing to step in and help out even when he's not judging. Kevin always has a smile on his face, you know he's enjoying himself out there. This is way I feel Kevin should be recognized for Judge of the Year.

Nomination for Judge of the Year

Judge:

Scott Chamberlain
Mount Wolf, PA

Nominated by:

Phil Getty
Kokomo, IN
US

I am nominating Scott Chamberlain as he is a great example of what the JOY award is all about. You will not find a more knowledgable judge in flyball and his command of the ring is outstanding. The professionalism that Scott puts forth everytime he judges is a great example for NAFA and the flyball community. Scott has the utmost integrity and it shows in his performance. I can only hope the rest of the NAFA judges will follow his leadership. Scott is the perfect person to receive JOY to continue the high standards that Brian Fay has set for this award. I ask that everyone that does not know Scott as a judge, look at his performance last year at the CAN AM and his selection again as a CAN AM judge. I am honored to be in the same group as Scott as a Supervising Judge and hope that you give him serious consideration for your vote.