CMHOF, RMVP and JOY Nominees for 2013

2013 Clyde Moore Memorial Hall of Fame Nominees

2013 Regional MVP Nominees

REGION 2

REGION 4

REGION 5

REGION 7

REGION 8

REGION 9

REGION 10

REGION 11

REGION 12

REGION 13

REGION 14

REGION 15

REGION 16

REGION 18

REGION 19

REGION 20

REGION 21

2013 Judge of the Year Nominees



2013 Nominees for Clyde Moore Memorial Hall of Fame

Nomination for the NAFA Clyde Moore Memorial Hall of Fame
Britt - Mix, CRN 990623, (43) C.O.K.C. High Flyers, Susan Andrey
Nominated by: Diane Moorehead, Brandon, MB, CA

Britt was adopted from a local rescue in Brandon Manitoba and was owned and loved by Susan Andrey. She caught on to the sport of flyball fast and hit the lanes in July 1999 with the C.O.K.C. High Flyers Team. At 26" with her long legs and big stride she was able to power over 14" jumps at a consistent 4.2 seconds. Britt could run in any position and was very solid, never making an error. She was a fearless passer and helped many green dogs settle into the sport. Although very vocal about her love for the game she never tired out. Britt gave 100% all the time and after 10 years of racing she retired in 2008 with 52863 points. Truly a great dog that will be forever remembered!! We hope you will give her the recognition she deserves and consider her to be inducted into the Clyde Moore Memorial Hall of Fame.


Nomination for the NAFA Clyde Moore Memorial Hall of Fame
Shadow - Mix, CRN 980128, (15) Paws-a-tive Attitude, Karen Larkin
Nominated by: Rocket Relay Flyball Club, Caledonia, ON, CA

Every now and then we look at the NAFA Hall of Fame and see so many great dogs, including some of our own, but we also notice one dog missing and that is Karen Larkin's cool little dog Shadow. When we think of what a Hall Of Fame dog should have done in their career we think of having a tremendous contribution to the sport, leading the way and longevity. Well Shadow ran from 1998 to 2011 and received an Iron Dog Award so there is your longevity. Shadow was NAFA's top pointed dog when she retired with over 150,000 points and did most of that as a height dog so that covers contribution and leading the way, how is this dog not in the Hall of Fame? Please do us the honour and vote for Shadow to be inducted into the NAFA Hall of Fame. We feel any dog who has achieved all these goals deserves to be honoured with entry into the NAFA Hall Of Fame and we hope you feel the same. Thanks for considering Shadow. Rocket Relay Flyball Club


Nomination for the NAFA Clyde Moore Memorial Hall of Fame
Xandr - Jack/Parson Russell Terrier, CRN 980294, (495) Quick Silver, Linda Sell
Nominated by: Colleen Croxall, Willis, MI, US

Xandr was both our team and Linda's first (of many) JRT and was a great ambassador for her breed- Sweet, obedient, highly trainable, but competitive and driven. At 13 months she started racing and threw her heart and body into competition. Xandr's racing longevity, from 1998 until 2009, earned her 111,699 points, competing in 148 events and averaging 755 points each tournament. She was the first JRT to earn her Hobbes and was extremely reliable, consistent and dependable throughout her career. She earned most of her points as the primary height dog on the team, jumping 9 inches (old rule) and consistently stayed under 5 seconds most of her career, racing in any position. She frequently double ran on our mixed breed and regular teams, earning over 30,000 mixed breed points. Xandr enjoyed traveling to participate, competing in all of region 1 and 2 regularly, but also going as far as Arizona, Alaska and Nova Scotia (and many other states). Although she retired at 12.5 yrs old due to a medical condition (Myasthenia Gravis), she continues to thrive and be a great cheerleader to the team, wanting to race even at 16.5 yrs old- just without the jumps and ball!


2013 Nominees for Regional MVP

Back to Top ^

REGION 2

Nomination Regional MVP 2013 - REGION 2
Rythm - Whippet, CRN 051183, (46) Some Ruff Competition, Barbara Stopay
Nominated by: Venator Emily, (46) Some Ruff Competition, Innisfil, ON, CA

Barb Stopay's, Whippet 'Rythm', has earned many milestones in his NAFA career and his driving starts have led our club from the 17's through the 16's and now into the 15's. From his racing debut in July 2006, it was apparent that he was a competitor as 3.9's quickly became 3.6's in his first season. In 2008, Rythm was the first dog to reach into the elusive 3.4 second range clocking a 3.48. Two years later, he led the Some Ruff Competition CanAm Multibreed lineup to a new PB with a 15.778. In 2011, Rythm led us to a Regional Multibreed Championship, a National Multibreed Co-Championship, the Sabre award and many Division 1 wins. What we value as a club is the relationship that Rythm has with his family and the joy he displays whenever he is on the floor. In the fall of 2012, Rythm suffered a freak accident, unrelated to Flyball, requiring complex surgery and months of rehabilitation. In the summer of 2013, he was cleared to return to Flyball, and again, he led the way to another club PB. Please consider 'Whispers Eurythmics' our "once in a lifetime" team mate as your 2013 Region 2 MVP.


REGION 4

Nomination Regional MVP 2013 - REGION 4
Jersey - Italian Greyhound, CRN 060231, (85) Canine Dirt Diggers, Michelle Lind
Nominated by: Lana Luhring, (899) Outrun, Center Point, IA,

Outrun would like to nominate "Jersey" Girl owned by Michelle Lind for the honor of MVP of Region 4. Jersey spent most of her career as the only height dog on Canine Dirt Diggers flyball team. Jersey allowed the team to jump 9 inches and also increased their speed often running under 5 seconds with good passes. She has earned over 75,900 points to date and is presently the number one Italian Greyhound in NAFA. More impressive is that Jersey loves to race the other dogs. After retrieving the ball from the box she checks the other lane and then turns on the speed. Jersey can run for anyone and seems very happy to stretch her legs in the lanes. Jersey ran in every Region 4 tournament this year, an important factor when selecting an MVP. It is hoped you will agree that Jersey and Michelle make a very good team who deserves this award. Your support is appreciated!


REGION 5

Nomination Regional MVP 2013 - REGION 5
LJ - Golden Retriever, CRN 040537, (642) Texas Twisters, RJ MCCLELLAN
Nominated by: Mike Smith, (642) Texas Twisters, Hempstead, TX, US

All of us know that there is that one dog, that someone special, that only comes across once in a lifetime. For RJ "Mack" McClellan, that dog has been LJ, his beloved Golden Retriever. After LJ's training as a service dog, he headed to the home where he's been loved and cared for ever since. Mack decided that LJ would be a great dog to run in flyball. It took LJ no time at all to pick up the game and he started running in 2004 and earned his FGDCH on June 11th, 2011. LJ has helped many dogs in his flyball career achieve their own titles as well. He is a rock solid dog in the lanes and all those who have had met LJ know his heart to be pure. Most, if not all of us have fallen down in the flyball lane from time to time. LJ immediately goes into action helping his beloved owner, Mack, when this has happened in the past. LJ is really a site to see, in the flyball lanes or just in passing. He is everything that makes up an MVP, loyal, loving, and a great flyball racer! Mike Smith and the Texas Twisters


REGION 7

Nomination Regional MVP 2013 - REGION 7
Chum - Mix, CRN 051109, (418) Total Anarchy, Joanne Fryia
Nominated by: Corinne Andersen, (418) Total Anarchy, Shawnigan Lake, BC, CA

Chum is very deserving of this award of MVP of Region 7. He has been the height dog for Total Anarchy since he began his racing career in 2005. He recently earned FG60K which is quite an accomplishment for a speedy little height dog. He has helped the team win many races, tournaments, set new regional best times and a 1st place win at CanAm 2008. And he still has many more years to come.


Nomination Regional MVP 2013 - REGION 7
Dixie - Jack/Parson Russell Terrier, CRN 100481, (891) Animal House, Debra Baller
Nominated by: Patty Hoban, (891) Animal House, Salem, OR, US

Dixie is our energizer bunny -- she just keeps going and going. She sets jump heights at 8", and her average time is 5.2 seconds. At tournaments, she usually runs full-time on both an open and regular team, and she never slows down. All teams have dogs like this, but we just feel it is amazing that a little dog can do this. Her record is 60 heats, and at the end of the day she still wanted more. Her spirit, attitude and stamina are what make her a MVP to us. We hope that she gets recognized as MVP for our region.


Nomination Regional MVP 2013 - REGION 7
Gabriel - Miniature American/Australian Sheph, CRN 110643, (945) Boondog Saints, Stephen Miller
Nominated by: Veronica Miller, (945) Boondog Saints, Redmond, OR, US

What is an MVP? Is it the fastest, the strongest or the dog with the most points? To us, a MVP is the dog that has the biggest heart, the dog that overcomes a million and one challenges, the dog that makes everyone around them smile and the dog that loves the game and gives their all each and every time they enter the ring. Gabriel was never the fastest dog on our team (or any team), and he will never set a record for the most points or longest career...but this boy had heart and that is what matters the most. Gabriel made his way from a life of abuse and neglect to become Boondog Saints very first superstar. No matter what happened to his ball, he would chase it down and come back over those jumps, even when it rolled out of the ring into a random crating area. He knew his job and loved to play. While his career was cut short (this was his last racing year), he will always be our MVP and fondly remembered. Being named the region MVP would be an amazing memorial for our little man.


Nomination Regional MVP 2013 - REGION 7
Jack - Flat Coated Retriever, CRN 100284, (903) Stumptown Racers, Richard & Barbara Phillips
Nominated by: Nancy Denier, (903) Stumptown Racers, Newberg, OR, US

Jack is a second chance rescue dog that has had a rough time finding the right family until meeting Richard and Bobbie and starting flyball. Jack has run on many open teams in our region, regardless of if they win lots of points or not, they are just so happy to play flyball. Jack is rock steady, runs in any order, and is wonderful for teaching new green dogs how to pass and ignore distractions. Jack goes to many demos, including demos held by other teams in the area, promoting flyball and how great rescue dogs are. He is great with the public and truly a crowd pleaser. Jack's family are great representatives of the sport, willing to help out any team any time they have the chance. They love flyball and are great at identifying and recruiting people and dogs to come try it out. They will chat up the public that may be watching at a tournament and are always willing to answer any questions. Jack and his family are a great addition to our region, we are truly lucky to have them in our flyball community.


Nomination Regional MVP 2013 - REGION 7
Savage - Mix, CRN 081180, (761) Unorthodogs, Paul Edler
Nominated by: Kristie Burke, (761) Unorthodogs, Duvall, WA, US

Savage, a red border staffy, is one of those dogs who completely changes a team. Blessed with amazing drive, and a perfect body it was no secret he would be something great. Savage is better than great. He has a turn so perfect that he's a dream to pass. He pulls 3.8's just as easily in the pack as in start (with the help of his first class handler Paul Edler, and with other handlers too!). He is a core A team racing dog, can pass anyone, and does a bang-up job helping to train green dogs and handlers. Savage lives up to his name - destroying anything in or near his kennel. We strongly encourage anyone who handles him to wear body armor. He will run for just about anyone who's willing to endure the occasional bite or scratch (accidentally, of course). Has been known to occasionally give the overly enthusiastic kiss. Savage has helped turn Unorthodogs into a division 1 team and we feel like he's much deserving of the Regional MVP award.


Nomination Regional MVP 2013 - REGION 7
Zhen - Jack/Parson Russell Terrier, CRN 030369, (577) Muddy Paws-A-Flyin', Rebecca Rutschman
Nominated by: Tim Marshall, (577) Muddy Paws-A-Flyin', Salem, OR, US

In 2003 when Muddy Paws A-Flyin' first came together (with all green dogs) we relied on one height dog, an adorable little Jack Russell named Zhen. At that first tournament she put on quite a show but as she matured she became a very solid and reliable height dog running on lots of open teams and willing to run for anyone. Zhen has been racing in Region 7 for 11 years now and while she is missing half her teeth and her face is mostly greyed, she still loves to play and is as reliable as always. Without Zhen, I don't know that Muddy Paws would even be around. She often had to iron dog as a height dog but didn't mind one bit because she loves to play. I am nominating Zhen not only because she has put in so many years of racing with Muddy Paws and so many other clubs, but also because Zhen is a wonderful flyball dog trainer. She has played a HUGE part in helping our team grow, mature and expand as we rely on her steady and focused demeanor while working with green dogs. Zhenners has the true heart of a flyball dog.


REGION 8

Nomination Regional MVP 2013 - REGION 8
Bonus - Jack/Parson Russell Terrier, CRN 030663, (78) Ruff Riders, Riekie Evans
Nominated by: Anja Evans, (78) Ruff Riders, Regina, SK, CA

We would like to respectfully nominate Bonus, an 11 yr old Jack Russell Terrier who races in Regina, Saskatchewan. Bonus began his career 10 years ago as height dog for the Ruff Riders. This little 12 inch dog runs his heart out, every heat, every race over two days of tournaments every race weekend. He was and still is one of the foundation blocks of our team today. Even at practices, Bonus is there to help the new dogs with their passes. Any dog worrying about a dog running in to them never seemed to mind little Bonus. Not only has Bonus introduced new dogs to the art of passing, but he also introduced a new generation to the joy of racing. Bonus is a solid dog who can be handled by anyone, new or seasoned, The past 2 years, his secondary handler has been his 11 yr old boy, Justin. We truly feel that without Bonus (and we were without him for 4 months when he went missing) that there would be a huge hole within the team. We ask that you please consider Bonus for Region 8 MVP. Thank you


Nomination Regional MVP 2013 - REGION 8
Sketch - Border Collie, CRN 060681, (674) Flyball N~R~G, Stacey Conolly
Nominated by: Courtney Voth, (858) Wild, Winnipeg, MB, CA

Sketch started her flyball career back in June 2006. She became one of the fastest dogs in Manitoba, and continues to go strong. She is currently a Flyball Grand Champion which was achieved in April 2012. She is still running 3.7-3.8 consistently at 8 years old. She has helped teams acheive their personal best times and has been on many 15 second teams. She is an asset in our region, and will leave behind a great legacy in the future.


REGION 9

Nomination Regional MVP 2013 - REGION 9
Rhys - Welsh Corgi (Pembroke), CRN 110207, (898) Blue Ridge Blast, Victoria Gise
Nominated by: Julie Jenkins, (171) Fur Fun, Climax, NC,

Rhys, or more formally, Victoria's Canterbury Tail-less, is a little Pembroke corgi dynamo, and a freak of nature. Legs that short can't possibly move that quickly. Teams in regions 9 and 15 know the ways of racing Blue Ridge Blast when "the lead killer corgi" is in the line-up. You run your first 3 dogs and you might have what seems like a comfortable lead, your release your own anchor dog when suddenly this tiny, crazy-fast corgi thunders (can a corgi thunder?) down the lane and back, completely eliminating your lead and winning the heat for BRB. He sets the jumps at a mere 7" and is the fiercest anchor dog competitor in our region. A rock solid height dog who always brings home the win, how could he be more valuable? Fur Fun nominates Rhys as the 2013 Region 9 MVP and asks that we give him the recognition he deserves.


REGION 10

Nomination Regional MVP 2013 - REGION 10
Gypsy - American Cocker Spaniel, CRN 040681, (266) Fast 'n FURious, Peggy Arsenault
Nominated by: Eileen Higginbotham, (266) Fast 'n FURious, Winsloe, PE, CA

Gypsy is a twelve-year-old 9 inch American Cocker Spaniel owned and loved by Peggy Arsenault. He began his flyball career in 2004 and was immediately addicted to the game. At 12 years of age Gypsy can still carry his own team as the height dog! You instantly notice his enthusiasm and excitement on the mats. A well-rounded dog, Gypsy is able to run in any position, pass fearlessly in either direction, and is consistent in retrieving the ball and returning to Peggy for his reward. Because he is so solid, with a calm and non-threatening demeanor, Gypsy is frequently called upon to help train green dogs. Despite having been diagnosed with several ailments in recent years, including seizures, hypothyroidism, cataracts, and a heart murmur, Gypsy has been able to continue playing flyball with the guidance of several wonderful veterinarians, the love of his momma, and the support of his team. Fast 'n Furious asks you to support this solid height dog, Grand Champion, Iron Dog, respected veteran dog, and beloved pet for this year's MVP award.


Nomination Regional MVP 2013 - REGION 10
Shadow - Shetland Sheepdog, CRN 060529, (73) F.A.M.E., Richard Landry
Nominated by: Cyril Edmonds, (73) F.A.M.E., Moncton, NB, CA

Shadow was adopted as a ten month old puppy by Richard Landry. He got his FD in 2007 and was the first dog in Region 10 to reach 60, 000 points in 2012 and also 70, 000 points in 2013. He races in any position and has run on many Open teams in Regions 10 and 13 and is a valued member of FAME. Shadow is presently #114 out of all NAFA dogs and #5 Sheltie. He is well known as the Border Sheltie. While racing in Montreal, he won the Secret Weapon Award. Most importantly, he is the protector of Silver, wrestling partner of Trip and his most valued role is loving member of the Landry family.


REGION 11

Nomination Regional MVP 2013 - REGION 11
Ranger - Jack/Parson Russell Terrier, CRN 000415, (279) Ketch This, Denise Neuner
Nominated by: Debbie Hedrick, (279) Ketch This, Tampa, FL, US

We nominate Farrier's Point Ranger, born in February, 1998, as Region 11 MVP. Ranger ran in his first tournament on July 1, 2000. During his career, Ranger has run on 224 teams across 13 states; earned numerous titles, including Iron Dog; accumulated nearly 79,000 points; and run on three 16 second teams. Since coming to Florida to live with Mike Pape and race with the KETCH flyball team, Ranger has become an invaluable teammate. He's been the height dog on three Region 11 multibreed division championship teams, and helps KETCH remain one of the top clubs in the Region. Ranger has helped a lot of dogs begin racing and helped them earn a lot of points. Ranger, currently the #10 active JRT and the #13 JRT of all time, is well known in Region 11 and across the country. When Ranger is in the lanes, a hurricane could take down the walls of the building, but he would remain focused on racing. Despite his age, Ranger has the heart of a champion and loves to compete. We do not believe there is any dog more deserving than Ranger to be this year's Region 11 MVP.


Nomination Regional MVP 2013 - REGION 11
Scooter - Miniature Poodle, CRN 040169, (830) Dogs Of Anarchy, Cindy Doerr
Nominated by: Shannon Taaffe, (830) Dogs Of Anarchy, Lakeland, FL, US

Scooter ran his first tournament in April 2004. Scooter was the height dog for Florida Air Express and helped them win multi breed regional championships in 2005, 2006 & 2007. In July 2008, Scooter joined Dogs of Anarchy. Scooter has been and still is a valuable member of our team. He has been a reliable height dog for our team for 5 yrs now. He earned his Iron Dog Award and currently has over 40,000 points. He has always been there for us and we owe him a lot of gratitude.


REGION 12

Nomination Regional MVP 2013 - REGION 12
Zebra - Mix, CRN 110483, (685) Synergetic Surge, Diamond Ruman
Nominated by: Kurt & Mona Johnson, (684) Redline Dogsports, Coalhurst, AB, CA

Zebra just won the vote for "The Dog You Wished You Owned" at a recent Regional tournament and that is exactly how we feel about her! She is an untiring start dog that gives her team the lead in nearly every heat. She is one of the fastest dogs in our region but besides that she is poetry in motion and gives her heart and soul to the game. You cannot miss her enthusiasm as she dances on the lanes. We hope you will consider her for Regional MVP.


REGION 13

Nomination Regional MVP 2013 - REGION 13
Mini - Chihuahua, CRN 080269, (787) NASDOG Racing, Jeannie Johnson
Nominated by: Valerie Whiterock, (787) NASDOG Racing, Athol, MA, US

Mini had a rough start as a stray on the streets of Puerto Rico, but her luck changed when she was rescued by Jeannie Johnson. Mini had no idea that her life would turn out so well. She is a quirky little spitfire that enjoys basking in the sun and keeping her pack members in line. Mini has become a valuable fixture in the flyball lanes running with NASDOG and helping to round out many other clubs Open teams. Jeannie and Mini are always up for a challenge and display the epitome of teamwork and dedication. Mini's consistency, power, and speed make her an exceptional flyball dog and invaluable team member. Mini has been racing since 2008 achieving her FGDCH in June 2013 and we wish her many more years in the lanes. It has been an honor to run with this outstanding competitor; she is well deserving of the Regional MVP Award.


Nomination Regional MVP 2013 - REGION 13
Nova - Mix, CRN 120251, (404) Buffalo Wings, Steven Taran
Nominated by: Toby Emo, (404) Buffalo Wings, Nunda, NY, US

On behalf of Buffalo Wings, I would like to nominate Nova, our two year old BorderJack owned by Steve Taran, for Region 13 MVP. The Buffalo Wings Flyball Team are proud to be Region 13 Champions in both the Multibreed and Regular Classes, a first time accomplishment in either for us. As a team, we feel Nova was the most crucial part of our success. Nova was a dog dream come true for us! Easy to train, she came flying over the start line at one year old, always solid with a cookie cutter box turn. Perhaps we expected a lot from the little white dynamo in only her second year of racing but she delivered like the happy barking star she is. Nova is our Regular A team height dog where she helped us win races and set that team's fastest time. When our Multibreed team height dog had some racing hiccups, Nova easily subbed into this lineup, also bringing home the wins and fast times. She traveled to many out of state tournaments and had 4 different handlers and never missed a beat. Nova is the epitome of a dog that loves Flyball, please consider her for MVP.


Nomination Regional MVP 2013 - REGION 13
Secret - Jack/Russell Terrier, CRN 050177, (308) A.R.F.F., Barb Black
Nominated by: Barb Black, (308) A.R.F.F., Southborough, MA, US

Secret is a Jack Russell Terrier that spent the first 18 months of her life in her breeder's dog yard with various untrained JRTs and BCs. She arrived at Barb Black's home un-house trained and un-spayed. After a month, the messes in her crate every two hours were making her a less-than-welcome new family member. In frustration, Barb called the breeder to discuss Secret's possible return. Fortunately, the breeder couldn't be reached, so Barb had no choice but to keep her a "little while" longer. Secret's diet was changed. She was neutered. Things improved greatly. Secret turned out to be a natural athlete who loved to run. She adored flyball and learned the game quickly. Within six months, she was a speedy, "bullet-proof" height dog. She would run flawlessly for *anyone* in any position. For the past eight years, Secret has been the perfect "passing practice dog" for all our green dogs and handlers. Closing in on 60,000 points, Secret is still going strong, and we look forward to her remaining ARFF's "MVHD" for many years to come. Because of her consistency, versatility, stamina and enthusiasm for flyball, ARFF is pleased to nominate Secret for Region 13's 2013 MVP Award.


Nomination Regional MVP 2013 - REGION 13
Sting - Mix, CRN 030648, (916) Howl, Gail D'Avolio
Nominated by: Trish Bjurling, (916) Howl, New Boston, NH, US

Sting is 11 years young and still playing Flyball like he is 2. He started his Flyball career in 2003 playing for The New England Trailblazers He picked up the game quickly and was running as a seasoned dog almost from the start. Sting loves the game and has been the perfect dog to help people new to Flyball learn how to play. He is almost automatic and can run in any position and is focused and eager to go again and again. He is one of the most consistent dogs on any team and at 11 he is still running 4.1. Sting can run in any position, for anyone and points come easily to any group of dogs he runs with. Sting has played with several clubs in his flyball career and has played with open teams he always knows his job and mistakes are few and far between. Sting has achieved the title of Flyball Grand Champion 50K and is still going strong, He will be playing and enjoying Flyball for years to come


REGION 14

Nomination Regional MVP 2013 - REGION 14
Jack-A - Jack/Parson Russell Terrier, CRN 060481, (649) Panhandle Supersonics, Joe Davison
Nominated by: Linda Walters, (649) Panhandle Supersonics, Pensacola, FL,

I would like to nominate Jack-A, Jack Russell Terrier, of the Panhandle Supersonics for Regional MVP in Region 14. In February 2006 Jack-A started her flyball career and is currently the oldest active member of the club (as is her human companion). As the only height dog for many months, Jack-A held the team together and at 9-1/2 years old, Jack-A continues to show her dedication to flyball and consistently retrieves her ball without fail, regardless of any obstacles. Jack-A can run in any spot, and while running in the start position she had a perfect start in December 2010. Jack-A earned her NAFA Flyball Master Champion in March 2012 and she is less than 2000 points away from earning her ONYX. Due to the remote location of Pensacola, Florida, we must travel 4 to 8 hours to attend a tournament and we can always count on Jack-A to be in attendance. In addition to flyball, Jack-A is a member of the Caring Canines in Pensacola and travels to schools and nursing homes spreading smiles and happiness wherever she goes. She is a true ambassador to the flyball and canine community.


Nomination Regional MVP 2013 - REGION 14
Rodeo - Australian Shepherd, CRN 040583, (578) Music City Road Dogs, Elaine Nichols
Nominated by: Jeanne Harem, (906) Dixie Flyers, Bessemer, AL, US

The Dixie Flyers are proud to nominate Rodeo from Music City Road Dogs as the 2013 Region 14 MVP. Rodeo has been an invaluable member of the club for his entire racing career, running in every position and on every team from the MCRD A team, to multi breed, to veterans. Now 11 years young, this Iron Dog Award recipient has earned nearly 80,000 points. It is clear that Rodeo lives for the game, since he is currently the #12 Aussie out of the 1577 registered with NAFA. While pure facts are enough to support our nomination, Rodeo's energy, consistency and ability are even more impressive proof of his qualifications for this award. He has been a staple in Region 14 for ten years and is no less enthusiastic than he was on Day One, putting a grin on the face of everyone who watches him race. He has spent many years "training" green dogs and their handlers, acting as the steady dog on the team and helping them make a successful debut and continue to gain experience. The DFs firmly believe that Rodeo is doing his part to grow "Flyball". Region 14 wouldn't be the same without him.


REGION 15

Nomination Regional MVP 2013 - REGION 15
Achilles - American Pit Bull Terrier, CRN 090568, (461) Revolution Flyball, Debra Young
Nominated by: Deb Norman, (216) Furever Fun, Julian, NC,

It's not easy being a pit bull in America today, but Achilles, from Revolution Flyball, makes it appear so. Often seen running start on their fastest teams, he is a speedy, dependable competitor. Despite his size and muscle mass, Achilles is remarkably quick on his feet, faster than a dog his size should be. Watching him run will take your breath away. But really it is off the lanes that he is at his most impressive. As a sweet, gentle ambassador for his much maligned breed, he helps his club carry out their chose mission to champion rescues and bully breeds. Furever Fun expresses our admiration for this noble spirit by nominating him for the 2013 Region 15 MVP Award.


Nomination Regional MVP 2013 - REGION 15
Marco - Border Collie, CRN 120955, (797) Happily Evfur After, Paul Vannozzi III
Nominated by: Dede Crough, (797) Happily Evfur After, Glen Moore, PA, US

I decided to nominate Marco because, very quietly, he became indispensable to our club in this, his rookie year. His racing debut in October 2012 was a little rough, but then he hit his stride, literally and figuratively. Look at his stats from this racing year. If it weren't for the fact that we are holding him out of a Sept. tournament so he can get his title (and a really nice ribbon!) at CanAm, he would most likely have racked up 10,000 pts. in his first year! That's amazing considering the small size of our club and the fact that we have been working in green dogs. He has run several times with another club in out-of-region tournaments and has been a go-to dog for them as well. He runs low to mid 4s, can run any position, and doesn't care who he passes or who passes him. He doesn't even really care who his handler is. He just wants to PLAY THE GAME. For all of these reasons, but especially because this was only his first year of racing, I consider him to be the MVP. I can't wait to see what he does next year!


REGION 16

Nomination Regional MVP 2013 - REGION 16
Bungee - Jack/Parson Russell Terrier, CRN 011571, (923) SoCal Frequent Flyers, Margaret Lyons
Nominated by: Elaine Alston, (923) SoCal Frequent Flyers, Monarch Beach, CA, US

Bungee, Region 16's JRT known as "Jack in the Box" because she runs into a crate, is 15 y/o! Although she has served as height dog for numerous teams, she usually double runs on SoCal Frequent Flyers' multi and regular teams. The last three years she's placed 25th, 3rd and currently 1st in the Top 250 Dogs. She runs in any position but is frequently found behind an Aussie since she can't be intimidated. Bungee's favorite position is start. Her consistent speed makes dialing in .000 starts possible. Bungee, originally rescued from a kill shelter in Colorado, began her training with Stampede under the name of "Kadja", competing in her first tournament in October 2001. She was wild and crazy. In 2003, Bungee's owner quit flyball, dumping her into a Utah kill shelter. Miraculously, Marge Henderson (Flying Colors and Run Amuck)sprung her. Margaret Lyons (Bark-in-the-Park) gave her a flyball home. Margaret renamed and trained her to run into a crate instead of charging around in all directions. When Elaine Alston's JRT died, Margaret graciously "lent" Bungee to her saying, "You can't run without a flyball dog." Bungee moved into the Cohen home becoming Sue Cohen's Mother's best friend.


REGION 18

Nomination Regional MVP 2013 - REGION 18
Zoom - Siberian Husky, CRN 051308, (695) Alaska Dogs Gone Wild, Maija Doggett
Nominated by: Alaska Dogs Gone Wild, (695) Alaska Dogs Gone Wild, Anchorage, AK, US

Zoom is a 9-year-old Siberian Husky rescued off the streets of Anchorage, Alaska. As a founding member of Alaska Dogs Gone Wild, Zoom began his flyball career in 2004, and he is the only husky racing flyball in Alaska. He also has the distinction of being the only dog to have run in every Region 18 tournament ever held. Currently the #3 ranked Siberian Husky in NAFA, Zoom is poised to become #1 during the 2014 racing year. In January 2013, Zoom became only the second Alaska-trained dog to earn the ONYX title. He is an outstanding representative of Alaska and will be attending his third CanAm event this year. Zoom is an all-around dependable flyball dog who is consistent in the pack or as a start dog. In the runback, you can't miss his rumbling "AR-AR-AR" as he revs up to run, or his fierce complaints when he is moved back out of the lane if the first dog false starts. It's easy to tell when Zoom has been in the ring by the fluffy white "tumble weeds" he leaves behind. Zoom is truly a one-of-a-kind dog in a one-of-a-kind region.


REGION 19

Nomination Regional MVP 2013 - REGION 19
Willow - Jack/Parson Russell Terrier, CRN 021252, (810) Denver Speed Demons, Jackie Dishmon
Nominated by: Denver Speed Demons, (810) Denver Speed Demons, Aurora, CO, US

Willow is the Postal Service of Flyball in Region 19. 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 12 years old and only 12" tall, she can still run 5.6 seconds. Anyone that knows Willow outside of the lanes knows she is a sweet, timid, submissive dog (not a typical JRT), 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's her turn to run. She has run on MANY teams and has traveled to multiple regions, helping them earn points and win divisions, as their sole height dog. Willow has run on 60 different teams with 5 different clubs within the region. Willow is the highest pointed dog in Denver Speed Demons with over 60,000 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.


REGION 20

Nomination Regional MVP 2013 - REGION 20
Niki - Siberian Husky, CRN 060800, (663) Burnin' Rubber, Nadine Marcotte
Nominated by: Pam Casselman, (663) Burnin' Rubber, Kanata, ON, CA

Niki is a prime example of her breed and Showing any breed can play. Who would have thought a husky getting close to her onyx . She has the love for the game beyond. She learnt the game in a few short months, and still has her awesome technique.She always tries her hardest and happy to run for anyone. She may not be the fastest on our team but definitely one of the most reliable dogs. Still though 4.6 for a husky isn't bad especially at 10 years old. Vote for our region 20 Siberian Husky niki!


Nomination Regional MVP 2013 - REGION 20
Olive - Border Terrier, CRN 070561, (755) Ready Set Go, Sara & Bobby Ogilvie
Nominated by: Paul Rioux, (755) Ready Set Go, Battersea, ON, CA

RSG would like to nominate Olive as MVP for Region 20. She 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 mid 5's consistently. Olive is well known by all competitors and is 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 and will run for anyone, giving it all she's got every time. To-date, I can recall no less that 16 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. Please support Olive's nomination for MVP. She truly deserves this!


REGION 21

Nomination Regional MVP 2013 - REGION 21
Gabby - Australian Shepherd, CRN 060789, (835) Disorderly Conduct, Lori Griffith
Nominated by: Jayne McQuillen, (532) Skidmarkz, Oxford, IA, US

Skidmarkz nominates Gabby, owned by Lori Griffith. Gabby is a unique-looking Australian Shepherd. With her flashy blue merle coat and her piercing bark, you are sure to notice this pretty girl in the ring. What you might not notice is that she's missing a leg! Gabby started out playing flyball with all four paws, but an accident caused permanent nerve damage to her front leg. This certainly didn't deter Gabby. After she figured out how to balance and run on three legs, Gabby returned to the racing lanes with her "bad leg" tucked into her harness. Unfortunately, many observers tried to stop racing thinking her leg was "caught" in the harness! Eventually the leg had to be amputated. Now things like bringing her ball back remain challenges (she didn't always like to do that with four legs!). We are very proud that NAFA allows dogs of all sorts, even tri-pawds, to participate in this sport. And Gabby's team depends upon her to play. We also think Gabby is an inspiration for everyone: bad things happen, but that doesn't mean you have to give up on the things you love; you just need to find your balance and keep racing.


Nomination Regional MVP 2013 - REGION 21
Ripley - Mix, CRN 061053, (299) Omaha Speedracers, Crystal Cappel
Nominated by: Jennifer Vincent, (299) Omaha Speedracers, Atlantic, IA, US

The Omaha Speedracers Flyball Team would like to nominate Ripley for the Region 21 MVP award. Ripley truly was a team player for the Omaha Speedracers, not because she was one of the main height dogs of the team, but because she was one of the most valuable members of the team. Ripley started out not loving the game, but achieved 88,864 points in her 7 years of running. She touched many lives in the flyball community. Whether it was letting the youngsters on the team have a chance to run her, teaching a new student how to handle a dog, or helping train new dogs on the team, Ripley truly was the "go to" dog. Ripley passed away unexpectedly on August 30. Our team now has a great void that will be impossible to fill. We never know if God has a reason for sending us our pets. Ripley had a reason and she proved it everyday both on and off the mats. She may of left us too soon, but she sure made an impact on many while she was here. God Bless you, Ripley. Thanks for the inspiration and memories! Thanks for your consideration, The Omaha Speedracers


2013 Nominees for Judge of the Year

Back to Top ^

Nomination for Judge of the Year
Cyril Edmonds - Moncton, NB
Nominated by: Trish Bjurling, New Boston, NH, US

I would like to nominate Cy as judge of the year for 2013 because I believe he is one of the best examples of a NAFA Judge. Cy is knowledgeable, able to make quick decisions in the lanes and always puts safety first. He is very respectful of every competitor, person and dog. Cy is efficient with seasoned teams and patient with new handlers, green dogs, and junior handlers but never at the expense of time or safety. His warm personality and upbeat style make him a favorite judge in Region 13 and I am sure Region 10 as well. An avid competitor he enjoys playing as much as judging. He is a genuinely nice person always willing to answer questions and help when he can. I have seen Cy judge many times over the past several years and no matter how long the day he always has a smile on his face.


Nomination for Judge of the Year
Dave Walt - , ON
Nominated by: Kathy Blewett, , 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
Elizabeth Theesfeld - Medina, MN
Nominated by: Lana Luhring, Waverly, IA, US

Our club would like to nominate Elizabeth for the Honor of Judge of the Year. Elizabeth was a NAFA competitor long before she became a judge with many years as a participant. She is responsible as head judge in nearly every Region 3 and 4 tournament. Elizabeth is always very fair, dependable and upstanding. She seems to understand that flyball is about more than running fast and does her best to encourage participation and good sportsmanship at every level of the sport. Most recently she showed up to judge a tournament with a medical "boot" on her foot. It speaks to her level of dedication! Elizabeth also participates with her own dogs and is always the first to congratulate anyone achieving a new title. She is always friendly to new competitors and visitors alike. Elizabeth encourages everyone to have fun and do their best. We hope you will agree she is very deserving of the honor of Judge of the Year.


Nomination for Judge of the Year
Paul Ferlitto - Wilsonville, AL
Nominated by: Dana Hanson, Jefferson, GA, US

Paul Ferlitto is passionate about flyball. Almost as long as he has been a competitor, from flyball's fledgling days in the Southeast, he has been a judge. Paul quickly realized as a competitor that having a judge in region meant more flyball for everyone. His path wasn't easy. He traveled to complete his assignments, and then traveled even more to serve the NAFA organization. In those travels, he amassed knowledge and perspectives that he continues to share. He has been instrumental in the credentialing of many judges. Paul is a knowledgeable, even-handed and patient judge who enjoys talking rules. But he is so much more. He gives smart advice, frequently about being competitive and with the safety and comfort of dogs in mind. He will help anyone who listens. With clarity, I remember the first piece of advice he gave me 10 years ago. The best picture I can paint of his huge heart and enthusiasm for the sport is, during a break from judging, his running up to the line with our junior handler Nolan and the two of them running back with the biggest grins on their faces. The dog running behind them had an uncannily similar grin.