2012 NAFA CMHOF, RMVP and JOY Nominees

2012 Clyde Moore Memorial Hall of Fame Nominees

2012 Regional MVP Nominees

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2012 Judge of the Year Nominees


2012 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:

Alibi

Dog's Breed:

Border Collie

Dog's CRN:

010450

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(164) Rocket Relay

Dog's Owner:

Ron Gosciminski

Nominated by:

Rocket Relay Flyball Club
Caledonia, ON
CA

The impact Alibi has had on the sport of flyball has been tremendous and rather remarkable. She stood out from the first time she hit the mats and continued with unreal consistency right to her last heat. Her accomplishments are numerous which includes many regular world records as well as being a part of the first multi team to run 15's and many multi records after that. She also set the standard many years back for what people thought a dog was capable of when she was taking 3.5 seconds off a clock in a pass when no other dog was even close to that. Her contribution to the sport came from off the lanes as well with the puppies she has produced. Once she was retired, her pups took the torch and helped many teams continue to get faster as well as run world records. With all these contributions to the sport, we fell Alibi deserves the recognition of being inducted into the hall of fame and we would be honoured if you felt the same way. Thanks for your time, Rocket Relay Flyball Club.

Nomination for the NAFA Clyde Moore Memorial Hall of Fame

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Dog's Call Name:

Kaya

Dog's Breed:

Mix

Dog's CRN:

050146

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(509) D.E.O. Speedwaggin'

Dog's Owner:

Sean Higley & Keri Caraher

Nominated by:

Alaska Dogs Gone Wild
Anchorage, AK
US

Kaya has been the foundation height dog for D.E.O. Speedwaggin' since 2004. She was adopted as a 2-month-old puppy from a Nebraska Rat Terrier rescue group, and is believed to be mixed with Border Collie. Kaya was the height dog for one or both Region 19 championship teams every year from 2006, when the region was formed, through 2011. Her personal best split is 3.8 seconds, and she helped set the regional record time of 16.78 seconds. Kaya has raced all across North America, from California to Prince Edward Island to Florida, and even to Alaska--twice for flyball tournaments and once to perform with The Canine Stars. She has raced at every NAFA Cynosport World Championship and CanAm Classic since 2004, with a top placement of 3rd in Regular at Cynosport and 4th in Multibreed at CanAm. Kaya is currently the #2 pointed mix breed in NAFA and was ranked in the yearly top 10 pointed dogs from 2007-2011. Kaya is extremely versatile. She has run for dozens of handlers, competed in agility, and performed in trick dog productions all over the US and Canada. Kaya is a special dog who has truly made her mark on flyball.

Nomination for the NAFA Clyde Moore Memorial Hall of Fame

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Dog's Call Name:

Possum

Dog's Breed:

Chinese Crested

Dog's CRN:

981080

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(507) Flat Out Flyers

Dog's Owner:

Robin Buehl

Nominated by:

Kim Davis
New Caney, TX
US

Who would have thought a returned show-puppy, eight months old, having no socialization, no name and its only world a kennel, would end up being NAFA's first titled Chinese Crested? After co-worker brought him to find him a home, Robin took the pup in. Watching him cowering at the back of his crate, a whitish furball with teeth, he looked more like a cornered possum -- and the name stuck. But Possum went on to become a star competitor, both in flyball and agility. Overcoming his total lack of socialization, and a broken leg (compliments of his housemate Aussies), he became the first of his breed to play flyball. In addition to Possum, there are only six titled Cresteds. Earning the breed's first four titles, one and five points at a time, Possum was all heart. While not amassing a lot of points, he was a steady height dog for many years for his Texas clubs. Watching him fly down the lanes was always a treat. Unfortunately his career came to an early close when he was injured during racing at Cynosports in 2007. Please consider this pioneer for his breed as you select the Clyde Moore Hall of Fame inductees.

Nomination for the NAFA Clyde Moore Memorial Hall of Fame

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Dog's Call Name:

Razor

Dog's Breed:

Mix

Dog's CRN:

990354

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(734) Holeshot Racers

Dog's Owner:

Angela Stefanec

Nominated by:

Dayna Quinn-LaFleche
Winnipeg, MB
CA

Razor is an amazing little dog with a big heart for the game of Flyball. She has been an outstanding height dog during her 12 year Flyball career. Her first appearance into the Flyball community had everyone in awe. She put out so much for such a little dog, nothing like this had ever been seen before. From her Flyball Dog Title in 1999 to becoming the first dog in Western Canada to earn the Hobbes Award in 2007, Razor has continued to play with drive and heart. She has raced against the best of the best and has helped her teams win Regional titles. Razor, always incredibly consistent, has a natural four foot turn off the box (that was never trained!). She has the most reliable re-run of any dog. Razor loves the game so much even at the age of fourteen she still manages running times in the 4.8 range. Razor retired from the game on May 15, 2011. The Region 8 racing lanes will miss her. She was the most valuable height dog of her time, and will never be forgotten or replaced. Razor will live on to be an inspiration for many of our future racers.

Nomination for the NAFA Clyde Moore Memorial Hall of Fame

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Dog's Call Name:

Shadow

Dog's Breed:

Mix

Dog's CRN:

980128

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(15) Paws-a-tive Attitude

Dog's Owner:

Karen Larkin

Nominated by:

Cindy Arnold
Fair Haven, MI
US

Meet Shadow. A great little mix that is sturdy and consistent. He and Karen joined up with Pawsitive Attitudes in 1998. Shadow was a height dog for our club for the majority of his 14 racing years. He was able to run both a regular and multi team most of those tournaments to allow for many of his teammates to play this game we all love. He is well known in Region 1 and in neighboring Region 2. Shadow achieved the Hobbes award 1/2004, less than 5 years later he was the first dog to reach 150,000 points in 8/2008, an Iron Dog recipient and held the top pointed dog in the NAFA register from 9/2004 – 9/2012. In consideration of his longevity, notoriety, value to his team, and his long list of Flyball achievements, we hope you will help put the icing on the cake and find him just as worthy and deserving of your votes to bestow on him the honor of the Clyde Moore Hall of Fame!

2012 Nominees for Regional MVP

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Regional MVP Nominees - Region 1

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 1

Dog's Call Name:

Simmer

Dog's Breed:

Mix

Dog's CRN:

050489

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(108) Ballistics

Dog's Owner:

Bob Kozminski

Nominated by:

Shannon Seeger
(108) Ballistics
Hemlock, MI
US

Most everyone in Region 1 has had the honor to watch this little powerhouse of a dog run her heart out for Bob. She bottles up her energy to stay perched on Bob's lap to enter the ring but when her feet touch the ground she is ready to launch. All business, Simmer runs hard and tugs harder pushing her Dad to HER limits, not his! Simmer has been a driving force in bringing Ballistics to their best times ever and not only pushing us into Division 1 but helping to make our team competitive there. To many of us Simmer would be a dream flyball dog, to Region 1 she is a well known athelete but to Ballistics, Simmer and Bob are family. To see so much dog, so under control, so patient, so focused, so solid, so driven, so fast... is to see Simmer. Please consider Simmer for Region 1 MVP.

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 is spunky, sweet and loving. She may be a little dog in size, but in every other aspect she is colossal. Tess embodies what it means to be a most valued player. 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. Tess's leg was missing, but she was determined to keep going and giving her best. Tess and Linda returned to Flyball within a matter of months. Today, Tess remains in the top 50 Jack Russell Terriers ranking #29 of 1,530. At 14 1/2 Tess continues to show great enthusiasm for Flyball and brings a smile to the face of her handler, teammates, participants in Region 1 and spectators when she is out in the racing lanes. She is an MVP on our team, and we hope you will cast your votes to recognize her as Region 1 MVP as well!

Regional MVP Nominees - Region 2

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 2

Dog's Call Name:

Turner

Dog's Breed:

Border Collie

Dog's CRN:

020959

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(331) Bad to the Bone

Dog's Owner:

Craig & Sharon MacSween

Nominated by:

Andrea Walli
(331) Bad to the Bone
RR 1 Hawkestone, ON
CA

I am thrilled to nominate Turner,the ultimate Border Collie owned by Craig and Sharon MacSween, for Region 2's MVP. Turner, an invaluable member of Bad to the Bone for the past 3 years and of other teams since 2002, is the epitome of a Flyball MVP. Now 11 years young, an Iron Dog Award recipient and close to 80,000 points, she still lives for the game,running 3.8s and 3.9s νn her prime and even now in the low 4's. Her skill and longevity are found not only at the Flyball box but also in her offspring from the whelping box. Turner produced 11 puppies, all outstanding in Flyball including both height and strong powerful dogs. Two of her sons have gone on to produce equally outstanding progeny and Turner's legacy will live on in the Flyball community for many years to come. Myles, Hoochie, Sever, Cheech, Grip, Juice, Sydney, Bayou, Guilty, Fly, and Cork, on Region 1 and Region 2 teams,have helped significantly lower their teams' times in competition and all share their mother's indomitable spirit. Please join me in celebrating Turner's joie de Flyball and vote for her as Region 2's MVP. Respectfully and proudly submitted, Andrea Walli Bad to the Bone (331) Region 2

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 2

Dog's Call Name:

Vixen

Dog's Breed:

Belgian Malinois

Dog's CRN:

100858

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(164) Rocket Relay

Dog's Owner:

Brittney Hambleton

Nominated by:

Dave Walt
(164) Rocket Relay
Mount Hope, ON
CA

Here is something you do not see too often, a RR dog being nominated for Regional MVP but how can we ignore what Vixen has meant to our club this past year. With her in our line up we not only won CanAm but ran 4 world records this year and become the first NAFA team into the 14's. This team would not be able to do that without her in our line up. We do not think anyone has put more time and effort into their dog then Brittney and cannot think of a better way to reward her for all that work then to nominate Vixen. We would be honoured and extremely appreciative if you considered Vixen for Regional MVP. Thanks!!! Rocket Relay Flyball Club

Regional MVP Nominees - Region 3

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 3

Dog's Call Name:

Riley

Dog's Breed:

Rat Terrier

Dog's CRN:

030283

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(822) E-Z-Goin'

Dog's Owner:

Bob Atol

Nominated by:

Kris Bowder
(817) Stack Attack
Le Sueur, MN
US

I would like to nominate Bob Atol's Rat Terrier, Riley, for Region 3 MVP. Riley is a height dog, running over 8" jumps with an average time of 5.4 to 5.6 in his prime. Bob and Riley have been a team since 2003. They have traveled together extensively since that time, which has resulted in Riley earning not only his Hobbes this year, but also the distinction of being Top Point Dog in the Region. Riley has also been running long enough to have earned his Iron Dog Award. Because Bob and Riley have worked so hard, they have helped many other dogs to earn points and titles. Whether Bob and Riley are running with their team or running on an open team to help other people, they always do their very best. I think Riley deserves to be Region 3 MVP. His consistency at being able to race all weekend at 11 years of age is a testament to how much Riley and Bob both enjoy the sport of flyball. And the fact that Riley has earned his Hobbes, Iron Dog Award and Top Point Dog speaks for itself.

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 3

Dog's Call Name:

Zip

Dog's Breed:

Labrador Retriever

Dog's CRN:

040434

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(30) Happy Hurdlers

Dog's Owner:

Dan Rode

Nominated by:

Pat Kasperson
(30) Happy Hurdlers
Brooklyn Park, MN
US

We are nominating ZIP for the MVP award recognition. Zip, owned by Dan Rode, is a nine year old chocolate lab who has earned 72,910 points to date. (She took time out to have a litter of pups.) Zip is capable of running in any team position, is extremely consistent and dependable, plus she will run for any handler. Therefore, when we have a team traveling out of town and need an extra dog, Zip is frequently the dog we ask to borrow. Zip is also very friendly, loving and calm--- that is unless you kennel her in the racing area. That day she tore through her kennel door in her eagerness to race.

Regional MVP Nominees - Region 4

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 4

Dog's Call Name:

Cheddar

Dog's Breed:

Mix

Dog's CRN:

040701

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(800) Synergy

Dog's Owner:

Marty Wojtal

Nominated by:

Cindi Waller
(800) Synergy
Waukesha, WI
US

If there is a little dog deserving of an award of this caliber, its Synergy's Cheddar Cheese. He has been playing flyball since 2004 and has over 45,000 points. Cheddar is well known throughout the Midwest and has helped many teams achieve new personal bests. Cheddar came to Marty in 2007 and was one of the founding dogs of Synergy. He has helped our team to multiple Regular and MultiBreed Championships. This boy can run any position, on any surface, in any environment, with any dogs and be run by anyone who is brave enough to face the challenge. Despite being in chronic renal failure and blind in one eye, he hasn't slowed down much and rarely makes a mistake. We can always count on him to get the job done. At home, Cheddar spends most of his time on his back being cuddled. He loves nothing more than to be close to his mom Marty and of course...his favorite food...cheddar cheese. We will never be able to thank Jessica Love enough for letting Cheddar Cheese come to Wisconsin and be the light in Marty's life and a solid foundation of Synergy. Please consider Cheddar Cheese as Region 4's MVP.

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 4

Dog's Call Name:

Scully

Dog's Breed:

Mini Australian/N American Shepherd

Dog's CRN:

041356

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(327) High Fives

Dog's Owner:

Scott & Tija Mohr

Nominated by:

Alicia Kraucunas
(327) High Fives
Eagle, WI
US

High Fives would like to recommend Scully for Region 4 MVP. Scully is owned by Tija and Scott Mohr, but loved by everyone that meets him. Tija received Scully for her birthday in 2003 and a year later, again on her birthday, ran his first tournament. In fact he started a mini Aussie craze in our area, everyone wants a Scully or wants to steal him, but they broke the mold after they made him. Scully has been a solid foundation for our team. He has run on regular, open, mulit teams and in any position from start to anchor. As High Fives has been short on height dogs in the past couple of years, we have had to rely heavily on Scully and he never misses a beat. Whenever or wherever we need him he is there, be it to train new dogs on passing, attending all our tournaments, or participating in demos to promote the sport, you can always count on Scully and Tija. Although he is old enough to run vets, slowing down is not in this dog's vocabulary, he is just as scrappy as ever and challenges all our dogs to do their best.

Regional MVP Nominees - Region 5

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 5

Dog's Call Name:

Dora

Dog's Breed:

Mini Australian/N American Shepherd

Dog's CRN:

011015

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(61) Texas Allstar Express

Dog's Owner:

Mary Ann Beseda

Nominated by:

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

Dora began her Flyball career in 2002 at a 3 day event in downtown San Antonio. She was as fast as lightning and earned two titles that weekend with 480 points. From that beginning, she has become a fast reliable height dog. She has an intense drive and a love for speed. Dora loves to run anchor - she gets so excited waiting her turn watching the other dogs. At Reliant one year, Mary Ann tripped and fell as she relesed Dora. Dora ignored her and completed the pattern winning the heat. During her career, Dora lost about two years of racing due to various injuries. She has no fear for her body so she has had her share of injuries and rehab. Dora is a testament to the healing powers of massage, chiropractic and acupuncture. On New Year's Day of 2012, Dora earned her 30,000th point in Nashville. We have always known she was a champion. She is ranked 20th for her breed. Dora also compete in agility. Highlights of USDAA agility career include first place Steeplechase at Regional, four trips to the Nationals and two ADCH titles (Agility Dog Champion).

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 5

Dog's Call Name:

Laser

Dog's Breed:

Border Collie

Dog's CRN:

030581

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(180) Top Dog Racers

Dog's Owner:

Karen Erz

Nominated by:

Elizabeth Currin
(180) Top Dog Racers
Carrollton, TX
US

Laser, was born to play flyball. There are lots of black and white border collies in Region 5, but I believe Laser loves the sport even more than most. You can't help but notice Laser in the lanes; yes he's barking like a banshee, but he's also literally smiling! Of all Karen's dogs, Laser was the easiest to train. At his very first tournament, Laser was supposed to only warm-up, but as it turned out, he ran full time-- flawlessly! Laser has the smoothest, most consistent box turn I've ever seen. It's the lucky person who gets to pass Laser in a line-up. When TDR starts to train new dogs how to pass, Laser and his easygoing attitude make him the go to dog to get the job done. After 9 years running on Top Dog Racers, Laser now plays with several Region 5 Open teams like ARC and DFA whenever needed. If he's not helping new dogs learn the sport or running on Open teams to help other dogs earn points, this Iron Dog is dreaming about being in the lanes barking, smiling and playing flyball to his heart's content. Yep, Laser was born to play flyball!

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 5

Dog's Call Name:

Marz

Dog's Breed:

Border Collie

Dog's CRN:

050235

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(670) Dogz Rule!

Dog's Owner:

Lauren Noland

Nominated by:

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

Hi guys, Marz here with Dogz Rule Flyball! You should vote for me because I've had to learn and run flyball with Lauren Noland. Don't get me wrong, I love Lauren, but sheesh give me a break would ya! I picked up the sport immediately and became the first sub 4 dog for Dogz Rule! Pretty impressive, right? So then what? She starts putting all these obstacles at the box to change my turn. Hellooo, I'm sub four. I approach flyball as if it's a fight to the death, but Lauren has her club members scream at me right before I hit the box..."EASSYY" Hellooo, is this a Race? I even have my own movie on YouTube "Border Collies are Crazy" Really? Whooo made the stupid movie? So after 37,901 NAFA points she still isn't satisfied. I never let the team down, any handler can race me (if they dare), I represent the sport with mad skills; still weekly she continues to try and change me. Hellooo...they call me OCD? Yep, I definitely deserve this award. Even though I wouldn't trade her for anything. Lauren is a constant piece of work. Vote for me & make her stop!

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 5

Dog's Call Name:

Nitro

Dog's Breed:

Border Collie

Dog's CRN:

050536

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(885) Barkworthy

Dog's Owner:

Matt Orillion

Nominated by:

Marilyn Orillion
(885) Barkworthy
Huffman, TX
US

Nitro was "thrown" into his first tournament in June, 2005. We didn't know how well he'd do, but two days and two titles later, we knew exactly how well he'd do. Just over two years after that day, he had his Onyx. Less than four years beyond that award, he reached 50,000 pts., and he's still going. For three years early in his career, he was the only dog from Region 5 on the "Most Points Earned This Year" list. During several other years, he was one of two or three from our region to be so noted. Over time, through various clubs, Nitro has always run as often and as much as was asked of him. When he was young, he was our own "perpetual motion machine". Now, in his ninth year, he has finally learned he can just relax once in awhile, too. To the members of Barkworthy Flyball Club, he is one of our very own MVP's. That'll do dog. That'll do.

Regional MVP Nominees - Region 6

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 6

Dog's Call Name:

Joe

Dog's Breed:

Border Collie

Dog's CRN:

020185

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(168) Flying Colors

Dog's Owner:

Henry Pfiester

Nominated by:

Kris Pickering
(168) Flying Colors
Las Vegas, NV
US

Flying Colors nominates Henry Pfiester's ONYX border collie Joe as Region 6's MVP, not just for the preceding racing year, but for the preceding racing decade. Joe is a big, almost smooth-coated border collie, with strong herding drive. He has run on Flying Colors for his entire flyball career – in every position and on every team, from the A team in his prime, to the multi-breed team, to the green dog teams, where a steady dog to help the new pups make their debut was what was required, to the vets team "Goofballs." Joe was sidelined by injury for part of one racing year, so narrowly missed an Iron Dog Award. But if there ever was an iron dog, in terms of tireless effort out on the flyball lanes, no matter what was asked of him, it is Joe. For these reasons, we nominate Joe as Region 6 MVP!

Regional MVP Nominees - Region 8

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 8

Dog's Call Name:

Piston

Dog's Breed:

Shetland Sheepdog

Dog's CRN:

100862

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(941) Fli Ballers

Dog's Owner:

May Fischer

Nominated by:

Amanda Bosley
(941) Fli Ballers
Regina, SK
CA

Piston is a solid little height dog that runs his little heart out every race. He is a founding member of the Fli Ballers Flyball Team and the only height dog on the team so he always has to play. He runs solid 4.9s which we think is pretty good for a little guy running his height at 9 inchs. It seems everyone knows him in our area even if they don't know his handler/owner. We certainly couldn't do it with out him.

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 8

Dog's Call Name:

Ruth-less

Dog's Breed:

Border Collie

Dog's CRN:

010833

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(516) BLUR

Dog's Owner:

Alex Zdanowski

Nominated by:

Ashley Hyde
(516) BLUR
Regina, SK
CA

Ruth has been Alex's first flyball dog at 12 years old. We just retired her with her 90,000 point title. Always solid and consistent! Ruth has ran on multiple teams over the years and has helped many achieve milestone markers. She ran in any position for anybody -- and gave 110% each race!

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 8

Dog's Call Name:

Seven

Dog's Breed:

Jack/Parson Russell Terrier

Dog's CRN:

031321

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(258) KAOS

Dog's Owner:

Michelle Reimer

Nominated by:

Jennifer Remackers
(258) KAOS
Copper Sands, SK
CA

Seven started her flyball career with Good 2 Go and achieved her first flyball title in April of 2004. For the past several years Seven and her owner Michelle Reimer have been running with KAOS Dogsports in Regina, SK (Region 8). Throughout her career Seven has suffered from severe allergies, eye problems and at one point even a broken toe. She was always able to overcome any set-backs and has proven time and time again that she is a reliable 7" height dog even at the age of 10!! Seven has been a solid dog for many teams, has run with many different dogs, is able to run in any position and has travelled to tournaments all over the prairies, Fargo and even Alaska!! Seven has earned over 50,000 NAFA points and has just recently started enjoying her well earned retirement. She will be dearly missed on the lanes and we feel that she is very deserving of the MVP award!!

Regional MVP Nominees - Region 9

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 9

Dog's Call Name:

Ginny

Dog's Breed:

Golden Retriever

Dog's CRN:

070685

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(493) Go Dog Go

Dog's Owner:

Dave Thomas

Nominated by:

Cheryl Motheral-Lynn
(493) Go Dog Go
Raleigh, NC
US

When flyballers hear Dave Thomas yell "Go Ginny Go" you see heads turn to watch the wicked-fast Golden Retriever race up the lane. Her speed, grace, athleticism, and enthusiasm are a joy to watch. Top Brass Gingersnap (Ginny) has earned 57689 NAFA points in just 5 years of competition, is the #1 Golden Retriever in Region 9, and is listed #6 in NAFA points for her breed. Preparing Ginny for competition was no easy task, but when the light went on, it burned bright. Ginny was selected to the Dream Team at the 2008 Coconut Classic, and in 2012 Dave was named Dream Team captain. Consistent and indefatigable, Go Dog Go has come to rely on Ginny's speed, skill, and drive. She was an essential dog in the club's multibreed team that took the regional championship in 2009 and catapulted Go Dog Go! into a truly competitive force in Region 9 flyball. Ginny's passion for flyball led handler Dave to invent a high-tech system that captures passes displayed on video screens in real time. This system is now used by many clubs to improve their passes. For these reasons, we feel Ginny is the perfect MVP for Region 9.

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 9

Dog's Call Name:

Rhys

Dog's Breed:

Welsh Corgi (Pembroke)

Dog's CRN:

110207

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(898) Blue Ridge Blast

Dog's Owner:

Victoria Gise

Nominated by:

Julie Jenkins
(171) Fur Fun
Climax, NC

What makes a great height dog? Short legs, check; big heart, check; need for speed, check. Rhys embodies those qualities and many more. Setting the jumps at a mere 7", this little corgi makes his team a tough competitor in any division in which he's racing. Rhys is a true presence in the lanes and he cannot be missed, despite his small stature. His distinctive bark doesn't hurt either (well, it kind of hurts your ears if you're standing nearby)! A fierce and formidable anchor dog who hates to lose, Rhys turns heads and annihilates leads wherever he races. Fur Fun would like to nominate Rhys as the regional MVP for Region 9. We believe his contribution to his club is invaluable, as a height dog, a fast dog, a multi-breed dog and an all-around top tier flyball athlete.

Regional MVP Nominees - Region 10

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 10

Dog's Call Name:

Sisqo

Dog's Breed:

Mix

Dog's CRN:

081123

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(266) Fast 'n FURious

Dog's Owner:

Mike Devine

Nominated by:

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

Sisqo is a 5 year old BorderStaffie, owned/handled by Mike Devine. This dog is born to play flyball, a natural who learned the game easily and demonstrated his ability by passing both ways in his first tournament with no prior practice and did so flawlessly. Sisqo's greatest attributes are his focus, consistency, versatility, and, of course, speed. He can run in any position, pass with any dog, be handled by any number of handlers, and run as a big dog or as an 11 inch height dog while maintaining 3.9 - 4.1 speeds regardless of height. Sisqo is a key member to his club, Fast 'n Furious, helping them defend their regional championship as a height dog for 2 years, and now willingly and happily passes that torch to his little sister, Viper. This past year he has run on both the record setting Airwave Regular and Blitz Multi teams as the height dog. Sisqo is an athlete who consistently demonstrates his worth to his club. He would be a welcome and valuable addition to any team/club. We believe these attributes qualify him as a deserving nominee to be Region 10's MVP for the 2011/2012 racing season. Thank You

Regional MVP Nominees - Region 11

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 11

Dog's Call Name:

Aiden

Dog's Breed:

Border Collie

Dog's CRN:

070647

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(472) Dog Gone

Dog's Owner:

Karen Skoyec

Nominated by:

Nancy Murphy
(472) Dog Gone
Bradenton, FL
US

As a 10 year old black and white border collie, Aiden doesn't stand out from many other flyball dogs until you learn what a great ambassador for our sport he and his handler are. When his handler, Karen Skoyec, met Aiden at Animal Services, this stray was almost hairless from skin infections, heartworm positive and exposed to kennel cough. Somehow, Karen brought him back to a happy, healthy dog who has been a valuable member of Dog>Gone Flyball for over 5 years. Everywhere Aiden and Karen go - from obedience to agility, he is the ideal ambassador for our sport - excelling in other sports, but loving flyball the most! Aiden shows the dog world that a flyball dog can be a great obedience dog earning his CDX and one leg in Utility, a Canine Good Citizen, and a great agility dog with three MACH's to his name. All while contributing to his flyball team and working steadily toward his FGDCH! Aiden's versatility makes him an MVP for our region - spreading the word about flyball in every dog sport he plays!

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 11

Dog's Call Name:

Lexi

Dog's Breed:

Labrador Retriever

Dog's CRN:

050883

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(883) Barkaholics

Dog's Owner:

Michael & Barbara Miller

Nominated by:

Stacy Groff
(883) Barkaholics
Myakka City, FL
US

Lexi began her racing career in 2005. Lexi will always be an MVP in my mind- she is one of those amazing dogs that will run in any position and remain rock solid- a flyball unsung hero of sorts. Lexi has taught many green dogs how to pass and to stay in their own lanes- in fact, dogs she has "broken in" are now running on at least 3 different teams within our region. She is a wonderful, non reactive dog that has really been an asset for racing and training alike. Due to her great temperament and ability to run anywhere in a line up, she has also helped out many open and vet teams within our region. Lexi now has her Grand Champion title and runs with the same level of excitement that she did when she first started more than 7 years ago. She has rarely missed a tournament in our region within 7 years, and has traveled to Can Am multiple times.

Regional MVP Nominees - Region 12

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 12

Dog's Call Name:

Razor

Dog's Breed:

Mix

Dog's CRN:

100108

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(475) Northern Power Paws

Dog's Owner:

John Hendriks

Nominated by:

Kurt Johnson
(684) Redline Dogsports
Coalhurst, AB
CA

Redline Dogsports is honored to nominate Razor for Regional MVP. No dog has so clearly distanced us from our competion as Razor has. She sets 8", runs 3.8 in the pack, and is a huge part of Northern Power Paws being the current Regional and NAFA champions. In just over two years, Razor has enabled NPP to set many new personal bests and to be the first team in Region 12 to break into the 15 seconds. Razor is the height dog that only comes along once in a lifetime and we truly believe she deserves your recognition as Region 12 MVP.

Regional MVP Nominees - Region 13

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 13

Dog's Call Name:

Jeter

Dog's Breed:

Border Collie

Dog's CRN:

040735

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(382) Weston Whirlwinds

Dog's Owner:

Cynthia Henderson

Nominated by:

Cindy Henderson
(382) Weston Whirlwinds
Grafton, MA
US

Jeter has been racing on the Weston Whirlwinds for 8 years and while not one of the fastest dogs he is a solid dog and serves a very important purpose for our team and the sport as a whole. Jeter is an excellent training dog. He is used to help train new dogs and handlers due to the nature of his calm personality and solid understanding of flyball. This is been especially true this year where he has helped train several new dogs on our team as they learn passing and running against competition in the other lane. Most importantly he has helped train several new junior handlers. He is wonderful with children and just loves running for them and they love handling him because he is so gentle with them and just does his job. In this past year alone Jeter has had 5 different junior handlers run him at various tournaments helping ensure the future of our sport is secure as he shows them how fun running a dog and playing flyball can be. Jeter has earned over 30,000 points to date and continues to run primarliy in Veterans but also on a regular team when needed.

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 13

Dog's Call Name:

Keirra

Dog's Breed:

Labrador Retriever

Dog's CRN:

031312

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(404) Buffalo Wings

Dog's Owner:

Piper Emo

Nominated by:

Toby Emo
(404) Buffalo Wings
Nunda, NY
US

Not many people can miss Keirra and her faithful handler Piper. They run on Buffalo Wing's veterans team. Keirra started her flyball career in Prince Edward Island where she was trained and began her career with the Fast 'n' FURious flyball team. She used to be run by her dad but now wants nothing to do with him. She was a quick learner and is a very consistant dog and almost never makes a mistake. Keirra is not the fastest dog in the world and hasn't set any records but at 10 years old, she outweighs Piper by almost 30 pounds and puts up with anything that Piper throws at her. Anything from dragging her into and out of the ring to "babysitting" Piper in between racing in our trailer. She is the epitome of a faithful companion by following her around day and night. Keirra is our Most Valuable Player nominee because has helped teach Piper the game of flyball and is helping pass on the torch for a future handler. Piper has come along way from just being a ballshagger to now running Keirra almost entirely on her own.

Regional MVP Nominees - Region 14

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 14

Dog's Call Name:

Buddy

Dog's Breed:

American Cocker Spaniel

Dog's CRN:

030133

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(632) Bark O' Loco Flyball Club

Dog's Owner:

Jean Miller-Meek

Nominated by:

Donna Fowler
(829) Beach Rovers
Marianna, FL

How do you measure greatness in a Flyball dog? Speed, points, titles? Heart and Desire are essential parts of a great dog that cannot always be easily measured on paper. Buddy's Christmas Parti (Buddy), of the Bark O' Loungers, has that heart and soul of a true Flyball dog. Buddy began his career in 2002 with the original Alabama Slammers and since that time has been instrumental in providing a sound base for training countless green dogs and building multiple teams. He's been the "solid" dog running in any position and against any dog. This might not be exceptional, but Buddy has had injuries that might end an otherwise "normal" flyball dog career. Suffering an ACL injury that required surgery and extensive rehabilitation, he refused to be left out of the game. He returned to the lanes only to suffer another trauma in 2011 being hit by a car and fracturing his hip. This injury would have reduced less courageous dog to retirement. Done right? Not Buddy! Within less than a year of injury he achieved his iron dog title! What defines a Flyball dog Heart? Soul? Desire? Or just pure love of the game? Buddy has them all!

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 14

Dog's Call Name:

PDQ

Dog's Breed:

Rat Terrier

Dog's CRN:

050823

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(634) Chattanooga Chomp

Dog's Owner:

Be Hudson

Nominated by:

Howard Bayerle & Danie Arnt
(634) Chattanooga Chomp
Chattanooga, TN
US

Chattanooga Chomp was formed in 2004. They had tons of enthusiasm, great dogs, and lots of support from region 14. They just had one problem: they had no height dog. The club was about to fold after struggling at 16" for a few tournaments. A chance meeting between Be Hudson and a 14 pound parasite ridden Rat Terrier would change all that. Be Hudson named her little rescue PDQ and though his start was rocky, he was racing in the lanes in less than a year. The charming little dynamo graciously set the jumps down to 9", even though he physically jumped much higher than that with his characteristic high flying hop. Although it took him almost a year to go from FD to FDX, by 2009 he became the Chomp's first ONYX dog and earned his FGDCh on April 30, 2011. Sadly, he went to the bridge way too young on December 28, 2011. The CHOMP is now a cornerstone of Region 14, hosting 2 tournaments a year and supporting regional tournaments year round. Had it not been for little PDQ, the entire club would have folded. I really can't think of a better definition of an MVP dog.

Regional MVP Nominees - Region 15

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 15

Dog's Call Name:

Damage

Dog's Breed:

Mix

Dog's CRN:

081129

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(461) Revolution Flyball

Dog's Owner:

Lisa DosPassos

Nominated by:

Jennifer Rouse
(461) Revolution Flyball
Coatesville, PA
US

On behalf of Revolution Flyball, I would like to nominate Damage for Region 15 MVP. Damage has been racing with us since 2008 and since that time he has been the cornerstone of our R1 team. He has shown throughout the years that he can run for anyone in any position and has helped to train numerous green dogs. He has taken part in 4 regional championship winning teams and is a consistent sub 4 dog with a best time of 3.786. Damage has functioned on several occasions to be an ambassador for the sport, introducing new people to flyball and making great memories including a young girl with Cerebral Palsy and a Down's Syndrome boy who had never seen flyball- both of which enjoyed handling him in a race at their first tournaments. He is consistent, dependable and a joy to run with and we are proud to have him as a part of our team.

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 15

Dog's Call Name:

Free

Dog's Breed:

Border Terrier

Dog's CRN:

000327

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(102) No Speed Limit

Dog's Owner:

Donna Sapp

Nominated by:

Carle Lee Detweiler
(102) No Speed Limit
Upperco, MD
US

No Speed Limit is honored to nominate 13 year- old Free, for Region 15 MVP for 2012. Border Terrier Free and human Donna Sapp competed in flyball together from February 2000 to December 2011. Free will run any position, pass any dog and is not stressed by green dogs and thus has been a terrific teacher for many of us. Among her great contributions to No Speed Limit include running as the height dog when NSL's Multi team won the Region 9 Multi Championship, as well as 10+ years as a valuable height dog. Even when she was old enough to compete on a veteran team she continued to run on our regular or multibreed teams as a needed height dog. Free's teams were all thrilled to contribute to her Hobbes award and she is the first dog in Region 15 to earn a Hobbes award. Free is a multi-tasker, like her mom, and has other titles in agility, rally, earthdog and freestyle. Free loves to play and we have loved playing beside her.

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 15

Dog's Call Name:

Ripley

Dog's Breed:

Rat Terrier

Dog's CRN:

081014

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(797) Happily Evfur After

Dog's Owner:

Katherine Nieves

Nominated by:

Dede Crough
(797) Happily Evfur After
Glen Moore, PA
US

Ripley the rat terrier is the embodiment of "most valuable player." She started flyball training later in life, a member of the first flyball class I taught at WonderDogs in Oct. 2007 when she was five years old. Happily Evfur After started from scratch, and without her as our height dog we would still be running only in Open. She was the first HEA dog to race (not counting my dogs who raced before I founded the club), and has been the first to achieve every title, including ONYX which she earned at the end of July just a few weeks before her 10th birthday. Once she decided to play by our rules, she became a rock-solid height dog, even running reliably full-time on one team and half-time on another. She doesn't care whom she runs with, she just wants to get that ball! She does an excellent job barking encouragement to her teammates while awaiting her turn (or maybe it's instructions), and does her best to bring home the win. And one more thing – we never could have run our "Lab Rat" team without her!

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 15

Dog's Call Name:

Score

Dog's Breed:

Mix

Dog's CRN:

080016

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(956) Don't Crush On Us

Dog's Owner:

Erin Saywell

Nominated by:

Michelle McNutt
(558) Two-Lane Highway
Sykesville, MD
US

Score was found on the streets at the age of 8 weeks old, and was in training to be a service dog, but was released because of looking too pit bull-ish. He stayed with his puppy raiser, Erin, and learned to play flyball instead. He never looked back! Score is the surprise on the lanes for newbies to Region 15. No one ever expects the plain brown wrapper dog to shoot out to the box, whip around and return for his jolly-ball-on-a-tug so quickly. His best time is a 3.6, but he usually runs around 4.0. He has been running for only 4 years, but it seems like he's been doing this forever. He has been running for the past three years with his best buddy "Score Boy" an 11 year old kid that comes along to play flyball with the team. They run start together, and often hit perfect starts. Score is easy going and travels with other teams when we don't attend tournaments, and runs well for anyone. He truly is an exceptional flyball dog...and is more than worthy of the title of MVP for Region 15.

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 15

Dog's Call Name:

Splash!

Dog's Breed:

Australian Shepherd

Dog's CRN:

060202

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(768) TGIF

Dog's Owner:

Jan Huff

Nominated by:

Jan Huff
(768) TGIF
Glen Burnie, MD
US

Splash! is the quintessential flyball dog – extremely reliable, fast, able to run in any position and with any group of dogs, always brings the ball back. With an obvious love of the sport, she brings an exuberance and athleticism to the game that is hard to match, proven by her earning her 50K title a few months ago. While she gives her all during each and every heat, she does not like to be beaten in a head-to-head race and will dig even deeper to pull out the win. Her times are as good on Sunday afternoon as they are on Saturday morning. Splash! plays flyball as she lives life – with mouth wide open proclaiming her love of the sport and, of course, an exclamation point for emphasis! All of this makes her exciting to watch and definitely worthy of the MVP award.

Regional MVP Nominees - Region 16

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 16

Dog's Call Name:

Emma

Dog's Breed:

Jack/Parson Russell Terrier

Dog's CRN:

041057

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(738) Marin Running Riot

Dog's Owner:

JJ Bowen

Nominated by:

Heather Johnson
(738) Marin Running Riot
Newark, CA
US

I am nominating MRR's extraordinary JRT, Emma, for 2012 Region 16 MVP. In 2012, Emma was the main height dog on both our Regional Championship teams, and earned over 18,000 points. Emma was also the main height dog on our two past Regional Championship teams, and has raced on our Division 1 Regular and Multibreed teams for years. In her 8+ year flyball career, Emma has earned almost 90,000 points, is currently the #10 JRT and #45 Overall, and isn't ready to quit yet. In fact, she still tells us – quite verbally – when she thinks she hasn't been out to race enough. Emma is a tough and consistent little dog, and is a blast to run. She can run anywhere (she loves it when we let her start), for anyone, with any dogs. At the end of the day Sunday, when the rest of us are dragging, Emma is still out there barking up a storm, ready and raring to go. I hope everybody who has had the pleasure of watching Emma racing this season will agree that her reliability, versatility, consistency, and can-do attitude make her a natural choice for MVP.

Regional MVP Nominees - Region 18

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 18

Dog's Call Name:

Bree

Dog's Breed:

Border Collie

Dog's CRN:

100036

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(910) Pawsitive Synergy

Dog's Owner:

Brian Sheridan

Nominated by:

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

At Region 18 tournaments, it is impossible not to notice Bree. Simply put, she is the fastest flyball dog in Alaska. When racing, Bree draws in spectators and flyballers alike with her eye-catching speed. Her fastest time to date is 3.798 seconds, and she is the only dog in the region to consistently run sub-4. Bree recently helped her club set a new regional record of 19.187 seconds, and she also helped set a new fastest time of 18.718 seconds for an Alaska Open team. Bree has definitely upped the ante with regard to the level of competition in Region 18. When any new dog in training shows some promising speed, the first question uttered is often: "Do you think s/he will be as fast as Bree?" In addition to her speed, Bree is noteworthy for being the first ever Alaska-trained dog to earn the Onyx title. She is also extremely reliable and versatile. She can be run anytime, anywhere, and by anyone. Bree's presence at tourneys and demos has piqued the interest of many spectators in Alaska; and, at only 4 years of age, she will undoubtedly help Region 18 grow for many years to come.

Regional MVP Nominees - Region 19

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 19

Dog's Call Name:

Mickey

Dog's Breed:

Mix

Dog's CRN:

060175

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(719) Hole-In-The-Wall Gang

Dog's Owner:

Steven L. Miller

Nominated by:

Steve Miller
(719) Hole-In-The-Wall Gang
Laramie, WY
US

Mickey was the first Wyoming flyball dog in Region 19 and is the highest scoring dog from Wyoming. Without Mickey, there would no organized flyball in Wyoming. AKA "the world's tallest border collie", he is a mix of Border Collie and Borzoi, making him large and striking in appearance. He is a joy for spectators to watch and is known by flyballers all across the country. Along with his cheerful personality, his desire for attention and his absolute love of flyball make him a wonderful ambassador for Region 19 and for NAFA flyball. Mickey received his Onyx in late 2008 and just passed the 30,000 point mark. Mickey can rightly be considered Region 19's own boy, because with such a small club as HITWG, we have called upon individuals from nearly every club in the region to run Mickey at one time or another. On the rare occasion he has been released while already holding a ball, his antics at deciding between two tennis balls at the box are highly entertaining. Hey Mickey you're so fine, you're so fine you blow my mind, hey Mickey!

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 19

Dog's Call Name:

Willow

Dog's Breed:

Jack/Parson Russell Terrier

Dog's CRN:

021252

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(810) Denver Speed Demons

Dog's Owner:

Jackie Dishmon

Nominated by:

Denver Speed Demons
(810) Denver Speed Demons
Aurora, CO
US

Willow is the Postal Service of Flyball. Come rain, snow, sleet or hail, she will find a way to play the game. When she first started playing Flyball, she was so enthusiastic she would rerun herself. Now, she can run anywhere, anytime, on any team by any handler! She is a reliable height dog, and at the age of 11 years old and only 12" tall, she still manages to run 5.6 seconds. Anyone that knows Willow outside of the lane knows she is a sweet, timid, submissive dog (not a typical Jack), but you wouldn't know that by watching her lunge and bark in the ring. She's a point and shoot dog...just hold tight until it is her turn to run. She has run on MANY teams in Region 19, helping them earn points and win divisions, as their sole height dog. Willow has run on 55 different teams with 5 different clubs in the region. Willow is the highest pointed dog in Denver Speed Demons with over 50,000 points, which is a huge accomplishment for such a little dog and a testament to her dedication. She gives 110% for the love of the sport.

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 19

Dog's Call Name:

Zeke

Dog's Breed:

Mix

Dog's CRN:

021409

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(809) Westside Woofers

Dog's Owner:

Sue Haner

Nominated by:

MariAnne Fifield
(809) Westside Woofers
Grand Junction, CO
US

Zeke has been an ambassador for the sport of flyball as one of Colorado's original flyball dogs, his racing career started in Amana IA, a year before there were tournaments offered in Colorado. In the early days, to attend tournaments ment lots of trips out of state. Zeke has raced in 10 different states and has logged lots of miles on the road. Zeke has been one of those dogs that will run for any handler and in any position, though he prefers running as start dog. Zeke has run on teams competing in the opposite lane from his owner and K-9 house brother with out a hitch, completing each run even if the stand-in handler was unfamiluar to him. Zeke has slowed down a bit in his older years but is still consistantly running down the flyball lanes doing what he loves on a vets team running just for fun. He can still really get his bark on waiting to take the lanes. Zeke and Sue were very instrumental in the development of flyball in the state of Colorado, teaching flyball for many years with DEO Speedwaggin'. Zeke is now a beloved member of the Westside Woofers Flyball Club.

Regional MVP Nominees - Region 20

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 20

Dog's Call Name:

IVY

Dog's Breed:

Border Collie

Dog's CRN:

110406

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(452) DogZworth

Dog's Owner:

LOUISE LAMER

Nominated by:

Ally Stern-Kolesnikow
(452) DogZworth
Montreal West, QC
CA

When Ivy started training we had no expectations! She had so many issues! As a puppy Ivy had a bad experience which left her afraid of other dogs. If this wasn't enough, she had a very bad ball obsession issue. All the ingredients for a tough training project! Nevertheless, Ivy's owner trained religiously. Squeaky toys, squeaky balls, tugs, long-lines and people helped train Ivy. But to be quite frank, there was not much hope. Weeks went on and surprisingly, Ivy completed full runs in an empty building! Then she was able to run against a dog and slowly but surely she was ready to warm-up. We wondered- would she warm-up for the rest of her life? At DogZworth's March 12, 2011 tournament a dog was injured. Could Ivy take his place? Ivy completed like a pro! WOW! Patience, determination and hard work were the recipe for success! Ivy was an amazing start dog consistently posting low 4's. Tragically, 7 months after she debuted, Ivy passed away. Still today, her spot isn't filled, always reminding us of how important she was to our team. Ivy- loved and forever missed by Louise Lamer and DogZworth. Please vote for Ivy- MVP for 2012.

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 20

Dog's Call Name:

Win

Dog's Breed:

Border Collie

Dog's CRN:

070435

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(755) Ready Set Go

Dog's Owner:

Connie Moede

Nominated by:

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

What can I say about Win – other than he has got to be THE most user-friendly dog I have ever seen or had the pleasure to race with. Point & shoot dog is probably the best way to describe how easy he is to handle. Win is a Border Collie… nothing fancy but what is unique to him is that, as a young dog, he was quickly learning Flyball until his unfortunate accident. In 2006, Win was hit by a car and had his pelvis shattered. His owner Connie worked on getting him back to 100% and with lots of positive training exercises, Win was back racing. To-date, Win has helped train no less that 15 different dogs. Win started racing back in 2005 and has since earned many titles including ONYX and is now up to FDGCh 30K. He is still very much part of Ready Set GO's main line-up and even at the age of 8, he still manages to pull low 4's consistently. Never wanting anything other than to be led into the ring for some genuine canine fun is all he's ever asked for. Please support Win's nomination for MVP. He truly deserves this! Thanks

Regional MVP Nominees - Region 21

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 21

Dog's Call Name:

Turbo

Dog's Breed:

Border Collie

Dog's CRN:

090995

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(682) Dog Gone Devils

Dog's Owner:

Chuck & Connie Adams

Nominated by:

Lana Luhring
(682) Dog Gone Devils
Cedar Rapids, IA, IA
US

Outrun Flyball Club is pleased to nominate Turbo for Region 21 MVP. Turbo's value as a team member of Dog Gone Devils is undeniable as he frequently turns in times of less than 4 seconds. He is consistent, reliable and allows many other team members to achieve team times under 24 seconds. In the current racing season he has participated in every single tournament weekend held in region 21 (except one), which our team believes is an important criterion for being an MVP. In addition, Turbo participated at CanAm in October 2011 as representative of Dog Gone Devils. Outside of his tireless work ethic at flyball tournaments , this amazing dog assists in training new dogs at practice by working with them on passing drills, training new handlers on passing and tugging and working at the owner's business as a dog who helps assess candidates for dog daycare – boarding. He has an excellent demeanor with children and other dogs, even those who are fearful. Turbo is wonderful pet who represents the best attributes of a flyball dog!

2012 Nominees for Judge of the Year

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Nomination for Judge of the Year

Judge:

Cyril Edmonds
Moncton, NB

Nominated by:

Joe Bonofiglio
, ZZ

I would like to nominate "Cy" Edmonds for NAFA Judge of the Year. I have never met a judge that was happier or had more energy than Cy. From the first race on Saturday to the very last race on Sunday, he is still smiling, cracking jokes and jumping around. He certainly has more energy that most people half his age! As I judge, I have found him to be very fair in his decisions, always keeps the dogs/handlers safety in mind, while at the same time he remembers we are all doing this for fun. Overall, he is great guy and someone NAFA should be proud to give this title. Thanks for your consideration, Joe Bonofiglio Canine Mutiny

Nomination for Judge of the Year

Judge:

Dave Walt
, ON

Nominated by:

Paula Johnson
Anacaster, ON
CA

Dave has been outstanding and that goes without saying as he is well known in NAFA. But as a new club (ZOOM - Region 2) Dave took us under his wing. He has been supportive and encouraging - even taking our team aside after a disappointing train wreck of a race and giving us a pep talk. Making sure we understood that things happen and to stay positive and always keep the right attitude. Zoom was based on people who want to have fun with their dogs and likely will never have 'fast' teams. We have the oddest bunch of breeds (and handlers) and Dave has gone out of his way at every tournament we have been at to encourage us...even loaning us a dog when we needed one. For all of the green handlers I know that they echo my sentiments. Our junior handler box loader was never prouder then when Dave gave him his pin. In fact his Facebook profile pic is of him and Dave! Says volumes. He really to me epitomizes what Flyball is all about.

Nomination for Judge of the Year

Judge:

Kurt Johnson
Coalhurst, AB

Nominated by:

John Hendriks
Leduc County, AB
CA

I would like to nominate Kurt Johnson for Judge Of The Year Kurt has been a Supervising Judge in Region 12 for many years and is known and well respected by all the competitors in the region. This year Kurt has taken on the role of mentoring 3 new judges in our region as well as 1 judge in a neighboring region. He has taken this role with enthusiasm and has shown the knowledge and patience it takes to promote these individuals as new judges. This is not a new role for Kurt as over the past years he has mentored many other new apprentice judges who have become very good judges in their own right. As of now he is the only Supervising Judge in Western Canada. Kurt is the type of individual who you can go to for advice, his knowledge of the sport is second to none. On top of helping competitors he is always willing to give other judges breaks through the course of a tournament. He regularly judges tournaments with no relief judges to give him a break and his attention and attitude always stays positive.

Nomination for Judge of the Year

Judge:

Mike Smith
Hempstead, TX

Nominated by:

Beverly Taub
Alvin, TX
US

Mike Smith is the epitome of good sportsmanship, fairness and dedication to flyball. Safety in flyball is a priority with Mike. Mike also judges at the CanAm tournament each October. Mike is so much more than a judge. Besides his judging he is responsible more than anyone in the Region (probably all of NAFA) to see to it that our Region has a tournament almost every month. Mike books facilities and applies for tournaments - some tournaments are listed as being 'Region 5' as the host. That means Mike and anyone in the Region who will lend a hand. More often than not you will see him setting up for tournaments with the help of his team, Texas Twisters and other clubs. Mike has also served NAFA on the Board of Directors. Mike has us spoiled with his dedication, fairness and always a smile! If anyone deserves recognition as Judge of the Year it is Mike Smith.

Nomination for Judge of the Year

Judge:

Paul Ferlitto
Wilsonville, AL

Nominated by:

Howard Bayerle & Danie Arnt
Cartersville, GA
US

Almost a decade ago Paul Ferlitto recognized the need for a judge local to the southeastern regions, so he stepped up and become a NAFA judge. Not only was he the go-to judge for those regions, but as he gained knowledge and experience from both competing and judging all over North America, Paul shared that wisdom by mentoring new clubs and competitors. Now a widely respected and sought-after supervising judge, Paul continues to be an ambassador of the sport by coaching current and aspiring judges. Long racing schedules are far less daunting to teams when they know that Paul is judging. His relaxed style belies an extremely capable ring master who can keep judging seats filled and racing moving along at a lively clip. One of the great things about Paul as a judge is his patience and fairness. Should a transgression occur, he will calmly take you aside and explain the situation without belittling you. Whether competing or judging, Paul's sense of humor is always in play and is not to be underestimated in the ability to diffuse tension. Paul Ferlitto has made tremendous contributions to NAFA flyball and definitely fits the definition for judge of the year.