2014 NAFA CMHOF, RMVP and JOY Nominees

2014 Clyde Moore Memorial Hall of Fame Nominees

2014 Regional MVP Nominees

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2014 Judge of the Year Nominees


2014 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:

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:

Donna Sapp
Glen Burnie, MD
US

A Border Terrier is supposed to be a solid working dog in a plain brown coat. Free was not a flashy dog, but she was a solid working, reasonably fast, height dog. For most of her career she ran in the low 5's and she ran and she ran. She started at just a year old and ran solidly from the start. She ran full time, without faltering, at her last tournament at more than 13 years old. She ran every position from start to last dog and with every size and shape dog and on all sorts of boxes. If her handler wasn't around, or even if she was, Free would run with anyone who wanted to bring her out in the lanes. She ran in tournaments as far south as South Carolina, as far west as Indiana, and as far north and east as Nova Scotia and many many points in between. She was the first dog in her region to earn the Hobbes title, well before any other dog, and is the highest pointed Border Terrier in NAFA. She was just a plain brown dog, but she would never quit.

Nomination for the NAFA Clyde Moore Memorial Hall of Fame

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Dog's Call Name:

J.S. Jesu's Joy

Dog's Breed:

Australian Shepherd

Dog's CRN:

970451

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(36) Makin' Trax

Dog's Owner:

Kim Gorman

Nominated by:

Kelsey Aszmann
Hastings, MN
US

JS Jesu's Joy, Kobe, a red merle Aussie that lived, breathed flyball. Kobe was a rescue and started flyball in 1997, the fastest dog on Makin' Trax at 4.4 seconds. The go to dog for new dogs and handlers learning passing and excitability, and the anchor dog for not quite ready teams. Above all, she helped one junior handler fall in love with flyball. Kobe knew when it was flyball weekend. She whined all the way to the venue! Kim was late one weekend. She arrived, opened the car door, and her handler called Kobe from the race lane. Kobe literally ran onto the floor ran her run and won the race for her team. Kobe's owner, decided it was time to retire from flyball, but Kobe would not have it. As Kim would say, Kobe packed her bags and moved in with the junior handler to play flyball. Kobe was such a remarkable flyballer that she literally played until she died. One practice she did three runs and dropped to the ground refusing to run again. The vet found large lung masses. Kobe finished her 12 year flyball career as an Iron Dog and with 72,146 points.

Nomination for the NAFA Clyde Moore Memorial Hall of Fame

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Dog's Call Name:

Olive

Dog's Breed:

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Dog's CRN:

060593

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(834) Hard Drive

Dog's Owner:

Beth Zeiner

Nominated by:

Aaron & Rebecca Kirzner
Hanover, PA
US

Every time Beth and Olive stepped into the ring, it was clear that they were about to do something they both loved. Olive is the 12th highest NAFA points earning Staffy Bull from a career that was cut short due to an unexpected illness. She always ran as hard as she could, and seeing her make a mistake was an extreme rarity. Olive worked with Beth so seamlessly, they were clearly two parts of one whole. Olive was usually Hard Drive's height dog, and could be counted on to turn in times securly in the low 4 second range. Olive was a great ambassador for both her breed and flyball. She was alywas happy to meet new people, and would enthusiastically wag her tail while people gave her a pet and said hello. Olive's illness, which cut both her career and her life short, was felt throughout both the flyball and Staffy communities. Olive touched the lives of everyone she met, and her absence has been deeply felt by all. Rarely has a dog come along who deserves to be inducted into the Clyde Moore Memorial Hall of Fame as much as Olive.

Nomination for the NAFA Clyde Moore Memorial Hall of Fame

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Dog's Call Name:

Pyp

Dog's Breed:

Jack/Parson Russell Terrier

Dog's CRN:

981008

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(198) Blockade Runners

Dog's Owner:

Mike Randall

Nominated by:

Mike Randall
Raleigh, NC
US

Pyp's best time was 4.123 (NAFA), 4.233 (UFL) at 9 and past his prime. Pyp earned 98,678 points w/NAFA and 3,160 points w/UFL. A solid 4.2 and 4.3 second height dog – when Pyp had to he could run a 4.1. Pyp's career spanned over 13 years, competing with 87 different dogs in 148 NAFA tournaments and 4 U-FLI tournaments, with 45 Division One First Places and 6 Regional Championships. Pyp competed in tournaments in 12 different states and twice in the Purina Incredible Dog Challenge. Pyp would run for anyone, on any team, in any position, into or against any dog - big or small, aggressive or timid. Not only a competitor, but also a great dog if you wanted to train an inexperienced or timid dog. Pyp had a few faults - birds in the building or if he didn't have a ball when he returned, he would head back to the box - it didn't matter if it was his turn or not or if there was another dog in the lane. If he got knocked down he would bounce right back up and complete the race. Pyp gave it all he had all the time.

Nomination for the NAFA Clyde Moore Memorial Hall of Fame

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Dog's Call Name:

Sydney

Dog's Breed:

Border Collie

Dog's CRN:

970925

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(36) Makin' Trax

Dog's Owner:

Camie Pederson

Nominated by:

Camie Pederson
Eagan, MN
US

Sydney was a red merle tri border collie and she passed away at the ripe old age of 16 years. She learned the game in about 3 months when she was 1 year old, she raced until the age of 13. She loved the game and hardly missed a beat in her 12 year career. She could run in any position and was even a height dog for several tournaments when she was the smallest dog on the team. She made some great saves and could always be counted on to go and get her ball and bring it back. Division 3 knows the command "Get your all Syd!" because I must have yelled it about a billion times! When she retired from racing it was because her eye sight and kidneys were not doing so well but she continued to play at practice until she was 15 years old. She was a stable consistent dog on Makin Trax for 12 years and will always be remembered for her barking at the box at every dog she raced. Two memorable saves, when ball rolled 20feet into the audience and ball rolled down to the lights, both runs were completed accurately!!

2014 Nominees for Regional MVP

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Regional MVP Nominees - Region 3

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 3

Dog's Call Name:

Epic

Dog's Breed:

Mix

Dog's CRN:

120381

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(2) Animal Inn

Dog's Owner:

Carolyn Flood

Nominated by:

Mary Amann
(2) Animal Inn
White Bear Lake, MN
US

Epic is one member of an amazing A Team. In the Spring of 2013, Epic sustained a DEVASTATING injury in a flyball racing collision, causing a spinal injury and rear-end paralysis. The crash left us heartbroken--it was unknown if Epic would ever walk again much less race. Before Epic's injury, we knew we had something special with a young developing A Team that had exciting and promising potential! After Epic's injury there was such a sense of loss and huge team void. Through perseverance, rehab, and conditioning, Epic came back to race part-time. Showing a determined spirit and big heart, Epic began posting occasional 3.6s that mirrored the greatness she exhibited pre-injury. The A Team, running together again as a whole in May 2014, with Epic back in the line up at start position, posted Animal Inn's first ever times in the 14's! This was a culmination of team commitment and hard work, showing the unique value of each team member. The MVP nomination for Epic illustrates the significance of losing a valued team member, and the accomplishment possible when that member returns. Epic was a vital piece to our team's first venture into the 14's during the 2014 racing year!

Regional MVP Nominees - Region 4

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 4

Dog's Call Name:

Bo Bailey

Dog's Breed:

Jack/Parson Russell Terrier

Dog's CRN:

070051

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(899) Outrun

Dog's Owner:

S.W. Bailey

Nominated by:

Lana Luhring
(899) Outrun
Waverly, IA

Bo Bailey has spent his entire career as a height dog, which is not an easy task. As a result, he has always had to jump just inches under his shoulder height. He is a jack russell terrier, who is well known in Region 4. Bo ended his current racing year in September 2014 with a total of 99,615 points. He is racing for his Hobbes in October 2014. A record search shows that he will be the first height dog from Region 4 to earn NAFA's top title. He started his career in April 2007 and has consistently been in the NAFA's 250 top point earning dogs since 2008. The other thing that makes Bo a very remarkable dog is his personality. He has been handled by dozens of people and that includes children. Bo is a very lovable JRT. He is very personable and loves everyone and runs for any handler. Many junior handlers have had the opportunity to learn the sport running Bo Bailey. Bo is a dependable runner and can be passed very closely. Please consider honoring this special little height dog, who has proven you can be small and mighty!

Regional MVP Nominees - Region 5

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 5

Dog's Call Name:

Eilidh

Dog's Breed:

Border Collie

Dog's CRN:

021068

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(841) Special Fources

Dog's Owner:

Bill Davis

Nominated by:

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

Eilidh was taken in by Border Collie rescue after being dropped off at a vet office as a tiny puppy in 2001. Bill and his wife were able to adopt her very quickly. During her short time with fosters, she learned to tug and play with a tennis ball. Bill soon had a tennis ball obsessive dog. Flyball came to Eilidh quickly with her first competition in August of 2002 where she achieved her FD and FDX. She has just recently started retirement after the July tournament in Houston. Over her Flyball career she earned the Iron Dog Award and was one of the first in our region to achieve 60,000 points (67,652 was her final total). Eilidh has run in several positions, could be handled by anyone and has helped train many dogs new to the sport. Her ability to be so focused, her toughness and endurance led to a long and successful career. Many teams have enjoyed running with Eilidh over her wonderful career. In Celtic, her name means "light". True to her name, she has demonstrated that energy and brightness throughout her Flyball career and with her family at home.

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 5

Dog's Call Name:

Kandi

Dog's Breed:

Labrador Retriever

Dog's CRN:

050940

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(89) K-9 Kommotion

Dog's Owner:

Tracey Taylor

Nominated by:

Carolyn Ramsay
(89) K-9 Kommotion
LaWard, TX
US

Kandi was rescued from the Houston SPCA at 2 months old and has been in her forever home since. Kandi started training early for Flyball and by 18 months old, ran her first tournament in July 2005. Kandi was you normal stable and predictable lab. She loved Flyball and all the trips to shows were just simply the best times ever. As Kandi aged to around 7 years old she hit her all time high. She broke her individual time records and would run without mistakes endlessly. Kandi trained many new dogs and did not get concerned with early passes or new dogs running towards her. Kandi could run any position and for anyone. As a senior Kandi ran veterans with 3 other teams. With many years of hard work and not always on the fastest team, Kandi earned her Onyx title. This along with getting her Iron Dog Award made Tracy very proud. This past year Kandi has continued to run and support fill in positions where needed. However, with the onset of wrist arthritis, Kandi struggled to make box turns and has begun retirement. Forever in our hearts and mind, Kandi will now cheerlead from the sidelines.

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 5

Dog's Call Name:

Liberty

Dog's Breed:

Jack/Parson Russell Terrier

Dog's CRN:

071064

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(670) Dogz Rule!

Dog's Owner:

Danielle Prince

Nominated by:

Lauren Noland
(670) Dogz Rule!
Austin, TX
US

I think most of you might know Miss Liberty-Belle. After all she's been seen on TV commercials and in magazine ads..currently being the cutest model for Neiman Marcus' Cusp Magazine. But the reason "We" love this prissy little Jack is when it comes to flyball she is all business. You wind her up with a little cheese, put her on the 15 foot line, and let her rip. She will run any position, with any handler, and literally never comes back without her ball. She has patiently taught many dogs and handlers the art of a nose to nose pass. She will fearlessly pass into new dogs over and over until they are confident enough to pass the larger dogs. And she makes a new handler feel the thrill of achieving their first "check" pass. What a special girl she is! From prissy actress to determined Tom·boy she does her job. Liberty has earned her Onyx and is a valuable asset to Dogz Rule! and all of region 5. She deserves MVP. Please vote for Miss Cuteness...Texas Jack Liberty-Belle

Regional MVP Nominees - Region 6

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 6

Dog's Call Name:

Shazam

Dog's Breed:

Border Collie

Dog's CRN:

041235

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(168) Flying Colors

Dog's Owner:

Kristina Pickering

Nominated by:

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

Shazam made her flyball debut on a cold fall morning in Carson City. She stunned her teammates on Flying Colors, with whom she ran her whole life, by running under 4 seconds her first time out -- outdoors and on grass. With others now passed or retired, she was on our fastest teams, both multibreed and regular. But more than speed was her gentle heart, her willingness to run with any dog, in any position--so long as it wasn't a rerun--and the joy she brought to her owners and team. She earned her Onyx, her multibreed champion-silver, and her Iron Dog, before succumbing to cancer on September 1, 2014. The flyball community saw Shazzy running at tournaments but those of us on Flying Colors also know how much she gave to the team as a whole in training and practice -- so steady (she never crossed), so tiny and quick (she never scared a green dog, even on a close pass), and her speed (she taught the green dogs it is a RACE, not a lope). Shazam--an MVP in every sense of the word. Godspeed, Shazam.

Regional MVP Nominees - Region 7

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 7

Dog's Call Name:

Chaos

Dog's Breed:

Mix

Dog's CRN:

050718

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(903) Stumptown Racers

Dog's Owner:

Stephen McComb

Nominated by:

Richard Phillips
(903) Stumptown Racers
Newberg, OR
US

Stumptown Racers is happy to nominate Chaos for Region 7 MVP, one of the hardest working dogs in the Region. Earning his first points in September 2005, and his Onyx in 2008, Chaos currently has over 75,000 points. He has run Open with most team in the region and is known as a dog that can drop in and perform. Regional points leader for 3 yrs. he helped many teams run clean solid heats. His points leadership ended in September 2012. In a collision with a younger dog he suffered injuries requiring extensive surgery and a long rehab that included crate rest (Border-jacks love forced rest). After much work from Chaos and his handler Steve, Chaos slowly returned to the lanes and now runs full time, gathering points for himself and the team he is running with. When you watch Chaos you see a dog truly happy to run and do his job, and he does it well. Rarely missing a tournament, Chaos and Steve are well known to help out wherever they are needed. We feel that Chaos is deserving of MVP for his long, distinguished career and hope his contribution to the region is recognized this year.

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 7

Dog's Call Name:

Chum

Dog's Breed:

Mix

Dog's CRN:

051109

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(418) Total Anarchy

Dog's Owner:

Joanne Fryia

Nominated by:

Corinne Andersen
(418) Total Anarchy
Shawnigan Lake, BC
CA

Chum is very deserving of this award for MVP of Region 7. He has been the height dog for Total Anarchy since he began his racing career in 2005. He has earned his FG60K which is quite an accomplishment for a speedy little height dog and is now over half way to his 70K. He has helped our club win many races and tournaments, and set new regional best times. He was also our height dog for a 1st place win at Cynosports 2008 in Phoenix, AZ. He is now over ten years old and still able to help out on our Div 1 team when needed. And he still has more years to come. Chum always gives it his all, which makes him easy to pass and extremely reliable. He can run in any position with any dog and he will run for any person, or even any team. This dog is all heart and serious about his job as height dog but once the racing is over he is a big love bug.

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 7

Dog's Call Name:

Havok

Dog's Breed:

Doberman Pinscher

Dog's CRN:

081168

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(274) Puget Hounds

Dog's Owner:

Susan Lynch

Nominated by:

Amanda Kinnaird
(274) Puget Hounds
Olympia, WA
US

I would like to nominate Havok for region 7 MVP. Havok's enthusiasm is evident as soon as he approaches the lanes, telling everyone in the building about it. He runs at full power,has a reputation for both knocking people off the box and destroying back stops. Havok is definitely mission focused and has a presence about him. He has been instrumental in the success of all of our current dogs. He is the dog we use to train passing and the one who has had to run almost every race to make time. Havok's accomplishments could not have happened without the support of the entire region. Being on a very small club we had to rely on the good nature of the region to create an open team for the vast majority of our entries, and more often than not, help catching him as he ran through a back stop. There were many times that our little club could have fallen apart and disbanded. Through the loss of several dogs and two critical human team members, including our longtime team Captain; Havok remained the one constant team member, anchoring our team in our lineups and as a club.

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 7

Dog's Call Name:

TBO

Dog's Breed:

Jack/Parson Russell Terrier

Dog's CRN:

060731

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(801) Run Free

Dog's Owner:

Karl Braun

Nominated by:

Jenny yu
(801) Run Free
Langley, BC
CA

I would like to nominate TBO . He has been racing since 2006 in that time he has helped a club win a regional championship.He was also the only height dog Run free had when it started and for the first while he ran every heat in every race.over the years he has helped train many a dog and new handlers.he has also amassed over 72,000 points making him the highest pointed JR in Region 7 and placing him at number 20 amongst all JRs.this little dog puts his heart and soul into every run and will run for anyone Making him Invaluable.with out TBO we could not have started the Runfree flyball club . he continues to be a very valuable member of our club to this day

Regional MVP Nominees - Region 8

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 8

Dog's Call Name:

Sam

Dog's Breed:

Mix

Dog's CRN:

051021

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(258) KAOS

Dog's Owner:

Sherry LeCouillard

Nominated by:

Donna Lewis
(258) KAOS
Copper Sands, SK
CA

KAOS Dogsports would like to nominate Sam for Regional MVP. Sam is an easy going, solid performer, running in any postition and always ready to help his team mates achieve their goals. Sam recieved his first Flyball title in 2005 and completed his HOBBES Award,in 2014. Sam is the first dog in Saskatchewan to achieve this milestone. KAOS is proud to have been part of Sam's road to success. We hope you will consider Sam for Region 8 MVP 2014.

Regional MVP Nominees - Region 9

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 9

Dog's Call Name:

Elphaba

Dog's Breed:

Mix

Dog's CRN:

120535

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(171) Fur Fun

Dog's Owner:

Leerie and Julie Jenkins

Nominated by:

Geoffrey Brown
(233) DogGoneFast
Raleigh, NC
US

I wish to nominate Flying Puck's Wicked Witch of the West, Elphaba, for MVP. She is a Fur Fun power house height dog. Running for Leerie, Elphie has shown us speed, versatility and stamina. Starting with a bang, she debuted in the summer of 2012 and that fall was running in the CanAm Champions class, boosting Fur Fun to a 4th place finish. Running starts, this little dynamo was never daunted by her speedy competitors, regularly posting sub-4 times (best of 3.82). The little witch has lots of magic in her broom, often putting up best times at the end of the weekend. A seasoned competitor, Elphie now runs in the pack without any drop off in her times. In FY2013, Fur Fun won the Region 9 Regular and Multi Championships. They are on pace to repeat the sweep in FY2014. They broke and re-broke their club record with littlest Elphie in the lineup. So far this year, Formula Fun (Regular) has run 15.205 and Faux Fur (Multi) has run 15.630, both club records. If you're ever at a tournament and see the club in pink in the lanes, take a second and watch Leerie and Elphie put on a show!

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 9

Dog's Call Name:

Phoebe

Dog's Breed:

American Cocker Spaniel

Dog's CRN:

120402

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(480) Pawmetto Pack

Dog's Owner:

Deborah Rhodes

Nominated by:

Kyle Mankes
(493) Go Dog Go
Raleigh, NC
US

Phoebe is an American Cocker Spaniel that runs with Pawmetto Pack. She is a loving and happy dog who took quickly to flyball, running as a height dog. Phoebe has always had vision issues, but earlier this year she lost her right eye. She adjusted amazingly well. Competitors and guests would never guess she can only see out of one eye. This sweet, fun-loving little girl deserves to be Region 9 MVP because she overcame adversity and a potential game-ending limitation, and she did it all with a hop in her step and a wag in her tail.

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 9

Dog's Call Name:

Poindexter

Dog's Breed:

Border Collie

Dog's CRN:

090264

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(171) Fur Fun

Dog's Owner:

Leerie & Julie Jenkins

Nominated by:

Jonathan Bescher
(398) Psychedelic Blur
Franklinville, NC
US

Dexter is a multi-purpose dog. He may not be the fastest around, but if you need a dog that can run fast to help your team, Dexter is the dog. He seems to be always running at a tournament and it seems for a different team. He allows other teams to make points and compete. Dexter will run for anybody which makes him a great dog and in my opinion a very valuable dog in the region. Jonathan Bescher NAFA Approved Judge

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 9

Dog's Call Name:

Shiner

Dog's Breed:

Border Collie

Dog's CRN:

030907

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(171) Fur Fun

Dog's Owner:

Deb Norman

Nominated by:

Alena Tune
(898) Blue Ridge Blast
Martinsburg, WV
US

Blue Ridge Blast would like to nominate Deb Norman's Shiner as the Region 9 MVP. Shiner has had a stellar career in the lanes, and at 12 years young, she brings speed and reliability to not only Fur Fun teams, but also to Open and Vets teams across regions 9 and 15. But her most lasting contribution to flyball will be the legacy she leaves in her kids and grandkids that are already making their mark in the lanes.

Regional MVP Nominees - Region 10

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 10

Dog's Call Name:

Eryx

Dog's Breed:

Giant Schnauzer

Dog's CRN:

070997

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(1002) On My Go!

Dog's Owner:

Sandra & David Foster

Nominated by:

Amanda Keddy
(1002) On My Go!
Mazerolle Settlement, NB
CA

Eryx is an 8 year old Giant Schnauzer owned and loved by Sandra Foster. Eryx is one of those dogs that took to flyball like a fish takes to water; we pointed him at a flyball box and he never looked back! Eryx is invaluable to our club as he will run for anyone brave enough to hold his tug and will run in any position. He is fast ( pb is 3.99s) and is super consistent, making him an asset to any team. Eryx is our go-to dog for teaching green dogs (and handlers!) to pass thanks to his calm, rock steady, temperament. Eryx is currently the top pointed Giant Schnauzer in NAFA. When not racing, Eryx is a loving family dog and participates in a pet therapy program.

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 10

Dog's Call Name:

Kombat

Dog's Breed:

Mix

Dog's CRN:

081111

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(266) Fast 'n FURious

Dog's Owner:

Chris and Eileen Higginbotham

Nominated by:

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

Kombat is a six year old BorderStaffie mix. She started her flyball career in 2009 and quickly moved to our Airwave team in Division 1, where she has played much of her career. Kombat has demonstrated her ability to run in any position with any dog and is able to run for any handler, travelling to away tournaments in our region and to the U.S. to run for other teammates, and has been part of region speed records and championships. Kombat is solid and can be counted on to do whatever her team needs her to do, whether it be play on Airwave, Blitz, Multibreed, or help with up and comers, earning her MBCH-S and FGDCH-40K along the way. In addition to all of that, Kombat goes to school sometimes as part of an animal-assisted therapy program and she is a perfect dog at home, helping to support and train our foster dogs. Fast 'n FURious hopes you will support this all round, all Canadian Staffie girl for this year's Region 10 MVP.

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 10

Dog's Call Name:

Shadow

Dog's Breed:

Shetland Sheepdog

Dog's CRN:

060529

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(73) F.A.M.E.

Dog's Owner:

Richard Landry

Nominated by:

Cyril Edmonds
(73) F.A.M.E.
Moncton, NB
CA

Shadow was adopted as a 10 month old puppy by Richard Landry. He got his FD in 2007 and was the first dog in Region 10 to reach 60000 points and this year reached 80000. He races in any position and has run on many Open teams in Regions 10 and 13. Shadow is often used as a steady dog for assisting in training new dogs. He is presently # 78 out of all NAFA dogs and # 5 Sheltie. While racing in Montreal he received the Secret Weapon Award. Shadow is a valued member of FAME, but most importantly he is the King of the Landry family, protector of Silver and tugging partner to Trip and Tonka. Shadow is a well known dog in Region 10, has accomplished and continues to accomplish milestones and is a worthy candidate for MVP.

Regional MVP Nominees - Region 11

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 11

Dog's Call Name:

Mattie

Dog's Breed:

Border Collie

Dog's CRN:

061105

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(883) Barkaholics

Dog's Owner:

Christine Heckman

Nominated by:

Barb Miller
(883) Barkaholics
Myakka City, FL
US

Mattie or "Mattie Pattie" as she is affectionately called by those who know her best, began racing in 2005. She quickly became an essential part of the team racking up almost 42,000 points in just 7 years of racing. Although she was able to run in any position, Mattie was infamous in her role as anchor dog as she knew exactly what she had to do to win the heat. With her charismatic growl and shake of her head as she would cross that finish line first, Mattie loved what she did. Mattie has helped to bring up many green dogs on two clubs over the years and her accomplishment of Flyball Grand Champion in 2012 was felt around the region as Mattie and her owner Christine Heckman are very special to many of us. Mattie is currently the #2 Border Collie in the region and through dedication and determination has competed in a grand total of 153 tournaments in her career. Although mostly retired, Mattie will be on the lanes this fall to earn her title as Iron Dog and complete her incredible and unforgettable flyball career.

Regional MVP Nominees - Region 13

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 13

Dog's Call Name:

Chase

Dog's Breed:

Mix

Dog's CRN:

040885

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(965) Mass Chaos

Dog's Owner:

Amanda Haldeman

Nominated by:

Deborah Taylor
(965) Mass Chaos
Sturbridge, MA
US

I would like to nominate Chase for region 13 MVP. Chase is a rescue who ran the lanes for anyone, young or old, as long as they had a stick of cheese. Over the last 10 years, Chase ran regular, multi, open and veterans with a total of 79 different running mates! As a height dog, he was a valued member of his teams and could run in any position. Chase always ran with a smile on his face and licks for anyone that asked. Not only did he play flyball, but he also ran agility for a while and was a certified therapy dog, visiting hospitals on occasion. Chase retired this year after obtaining his Iron Dog title. He does get to come to practice to help train the young dogs that need a little distraction.... He is always up to barking and hopping around, for cheese, of course!

Regional MVP Nominees - Region 14

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 14

Dog's Call Name:

JAGGER

Dog's Breed:

Mix

Dog's CRN:

050886

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(906) Dixie Flyers

Dog's Owner:

PAMELA MURPHY

Nominated by:

Jane Kline
(578) Music City Road Dogs
Ashland City, TN
US

From a start as an accidental litter on a farm to an Iron Dog with over 60,000 points, Mic Jagger has shown he has the skills and heart of a true flyball dog. Everyone knows when he is in the lanes as he loudly announces his presence with his distinctive, rhythmic bark-bark-bark. He is a reliable, consistent height dog who can run in any position, with any handler, in any combination of dogs. At over 10 years of age, he still regularly runs under 5 seconds and helped his club become both Regular and Multibreed Regional Champions. Jagger frequently helps green dogs learn to pass and focus on their job. He also takes on the task of training new handlers, recently training two junior handlers. When Jagger's owners can't attend tournaments, but his club needs his height and speed, he travels with his club. As long as someone has his food and his tug (and a thick pair of gloves!) he is always ready to race. Jagger is a vital member of the Dixie Flyers and epitomizes the characteristics of MVP. The Music City Road Dogs nominate Mic Jagger for 2014 Region 14 MVP.

Regional MVP Nominees - Region 15

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 15

Dog's Call Name:

Indy

Dog's Breed:

Mix

Dog's CRN:

061069

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(558) Two-Lane Highway

Dog's Owner:

Rachel Lindberg

Nominated by:

Erin Saywell
(558) Two-Lane Highway
Sykesville, MD
US

Indy has been running for years now, but has really come into his own over the past year...loving referred to as "The Ringer", he's our go-to dog at many tournaments. He's of vet's age, but he never runs with the vets, since we need him so much! He's not the fastest dog, he's not the flashiest dog...but he's easy to run (anyone can do it!), and always has a smile on his face...and we cant't forget that beautiful box turn! His mom has her own team, Dirt Road Dawgz, but he's been running under the 2LH team name and helping both teams considerably. He's even traveled to CanAm without his mom to help 2LH out with lineups. Indy is truly our MVP...showing what the MVP title really means...a dog that your team can't do without!

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 15

Dog's Call Name:

Kiva

Dog's Breed:

Border Collie

Dog's CRN:

080410

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(797) Happily Evfur After

Dog's Owner:

Dede Crough

Nominated by:

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

Kiva didn't play flyball full-time until she was done raising puppies and came to her "retirement" home with me at the end of Sept. 2013. Fresh off maternity leave, she began the 2014 racing year by anchoring her team to the CanAm Regular 8 Reserve Championship. She hasn't missed a beat since. She is an extremely reliable dog running in the low 4s in start (best time 4.133), a position in which she excels, but she can run anywhere, pass and be passed by anyone, and will run for anyone. She has also proven her worth as a trainer of green dogs. It doesn't matter what shenanigans they get up to, she just runs, gets her ball and brings it back. And she loves to back them up at tournaments. The more running, the better! In fact, when you watch her, it's clear that she'd prefer to be the only dog on the team and to run 4 times. Most valuable of all, though, is her intense love of the game. There is nothing she'd rather do than play flyball. Her total joy is apparent in and out of the lanes.

Regional MVP Nominees - Region 16

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 16

Dog's Call Name:

Nellie

Dog's Breed:

Danish-Swedish Farmdog

Dog's CRN:

080771

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(923) SoCal Frequent Flyers

Dog's Owner:

Phil & Sue Cohen

Nominated by:

Sue Cohen
(923) SoCal Frequent Flyers
Monarch Beach, CA
US

Nellie, a diminutive Danish/Swedish Farmdog, has run consistently as height dog or regular dog in any position for the last 6+ years. She is a foundation dog on SoCal Frequent Flyers. She has often supported numerous clubs to fill out their teams. Her stamina is incredible. She normally runs full time on two teams per tournament. She earned her Hobbes title this year and is still going very strong. She currently ranks 27 and climbing on the Tog Dog All Breed List. She earned 26,705 points for 2014 which is 6900 more than the next highest pointed dog for 2014. Nellie is the top Farmdog, followed by her grandpa, mom, dad and grandma – something to be said for genetics. She entertains all visitors at a flyball tournament with her rubber duck diving in her cooling tub between races. At 7 years, she gives as much in every race as she did at a year. The girl is all heart and will run for her daddy with everything she's got.

Regional MVP Nominees - Region 18

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 18

Dog's Call Name:

Lenny

Dog's Breed:

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Dog's CRN:

110086

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(695) Alaska Dogs Gone Wild

Dog's Owner:

Cindy Rabe

Nominated by:

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

Lenny, a beloved 6-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel with Alaska Dogs Gone Wild, is the epitome of reliability and versatility. Since debuting in 2010, Lenny has competed as a treasured height dog in every Alaska tournament and every CanAm. He can run anywhere in the pack and can always be counted on to help train new dogs. Lenny holds the ONYX title and is presently the #5 top-pointed CKCS. His handler, always striving to improve upon Lenny's performance, recently started using a laser light as a reward. Lenny subsequently ran a new personal best of 5.764 seconds, shaving off nearly 0.4 seconds from his previous best time. This is truly a remarkable feat for a dog in mid-career. Lenny makes quite a ruckus in the runback. Sporting a lion cut, he has shown he can "roar" just as loudly as the big dogs. Lenny is always a crowd favorite, especially among kids. When he runs, he is a sight to see with his big red ears that flop as he jumps and swing comically over his eyes during his box turn. As an accomplished flyball dog, Lenny’s motto is: "Cavalier King Charles Spaniel - not just for laps anymore!"

Regional MVP Nominees - Region 19

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 19

Dog's Call Name:

Trinket

Dog's Breed:

Papillon

Dog's CRN:

060052

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(982) Mile High Velo-City

Dog's Owner:

Mary Martin

Nominated by:

Jennifer Giacchi
(982) Mile High Velo-City
Westminster, CO
US

Trinket is a 10.5 year old Papillon with big dog attitude! This little girl loves flyball and can trash talk with the best when she is ready to run. Trinket was formerly a therapy dog but found it a bit boring for her fast paced life. She is "Little Miss Reliable" and runs her heart out for the team. Trinket was diagnosed with Addison's Disease in April 2007 (less than a year after her first tournament), but continues to amaze everyone by still actively competing in flyball over seven years later. Trinket was the first Papillon in Region 19 to hit 40K and next tournament she'll get her Iron Dog. She is also currently the #5 NAFA ranked Papillon!

2014 Nominees for Judge of the Year

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Nomination for Judge of the Year

Judge:

John Fairbairn
Murphy, TX

Nominated by:

Mike Smith
Hempstead, TX
US

I have known John Fairbairn for quite a long time and he is one of the most knowledgable and well respected judges I know. He has judged in many regions and types of venues all across the country. Over the years, as the NAFA rules have grown and adapted to new situations, I have always been able to count on John if I have a question about them. He is very willing to discuss the rules, new and old, and share his knowledge with everyone he makes contact with in a flyball tournament. John always applies the rules to everyone consistently and fairly and is willing to elaborate on rules that were applied when anyone has a question about them. Above all, John has been involved in flyball for close to 20 years and has never done anything to hurt this sport that we all love. His experience and dedication to the game helps us all enjoy it that much more. I am proud to nominate John Fairbairn as Judge of the Year for all that the position of a judge is supposed to hold dear - fairness, knowledge, integrity and love for the game.

Nomination for Judge of the Year

Judge:

Paul Ferlitto
Wilsonville, AL

Nominated by:

Lana Luhring
Waverly, IA
US

Paul Ferlitto is very deserving of the title of judge of the year. He has served NAFA for many years as a supervising judge. Paul follows the rules and cares about making the correct call in each race. He has been known to mentor many new and young judges. He teaches many important skills to apprentice judges that include measuring the lanes and also the boxes. Paul travels outside of his region and judges across the US. In addition to sportsmanlike conduct, Paul demonstrates professionalism in the ring. He is willing to answer questions of participants and those who are simply observing a tournament. Paul is always punctual, polite and approachable. He has a quick smile and seems to enjoy all aspects of judging the competition. Please consider voting for an excellent judge with many years of service to our sport!

Nomination for Judge of the Year

Judge:

Ule James
Rochester, IL

Nominated by:

Debra Steele
Brookfield, IL
US

He is a joy to have at tournaments with his silly hats and outgoing personality! In Reg. 4 we are happy to see him knowing things will go smoothly and timely. To enjoy the tournament and all the people who love doing flyball!