2016 NAFA CMHOF, RMVP and JOY Nominees

2016 Clyde Moore Memorial Hall of Fame Nominees

2016 Regional MVP Nominees

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2016 Judge of the Year Nominees


2016 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:

Envy

Dog's Breed:

Bearded Collie

Dog's CRN:

020772

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(78) Ruff Riders

Dog's Owner:

Riekie Evans

Nominated by:

Anja Evans
Regina, SK
CA

We would be honored if you would take into consideration our Bearded Collie, Envy, owned by Riekie Evans for nomination into the NAFA Hall of Fame. Envy was a well known competitor in Region 8 flyball. The "flying carpet" (aka the Hair Clog) ran for 12 years, earning her Iron Dog Award in October of 2010. She ran for a number of years as the height dog on the Ruff Riders, consistently, in any position. Envy has run in 4 different provinces and once in North Dakota. Envy ran for the pure joy of the sport. Though she was accomplished in conformation and obedience/rally as well, Envy LOVED flyball. Get out of her way, because she was going down the lane! As with most of the Hall of Fame dogs, Envy helped the new dogs and new handlers with their introduction into the sport of flyball. She retired June 22, 2014 just before her 14th birthday with a total of 90,121 points, making her NAFA's #1 Bearded Collie. Ask just about anyone in Region 8 about the brown Beardie and they will know Envy. Thank you so much for your consideration.

Nomination for the NAFA Clyde Moore Memorial Hall of Fame

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Dog's Call Name:

Fever

Dog's Breed:

Border Collie

Dog's CRN:

000662

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(490) Spring Loaded

Dog's Owner:

Levi Hilliker

Nominated by:

Julie Jenkins
Climax, NC
US

First flyball dogs are always special. Some are challenging to train, others are quick studies who catch on right away. Very few first flyball dogs go on to run as fast, for as long, and set as many world records as Fever Hilliker. Fever debuted in April, 2001 and ran his last race in December 2012. Running on Springloaded, Fever and Levi had many accomplishments throughout his 11-year career: • First US team to break 16 seconds. • EIGHT separate NAFA World Records (Regular & Multibreed) • Multibreed World Record of 15.36, set in September, 2004, stood for an unprecedented 8.5 years. • 2009 Can Am Multibreed Grand Champions (at the age of 9) • Best career time 3.69 over 11", one of the fastest border collies of his time Aside from this impressive list, Fever had all the intangibles of a truly great flyball dog. He raced hard, with all his heart, and no one who watched him play will ever forget him.

Nomination for the NAFA Clyde Moore Memorial Hall of Fame

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Dog's Call Name:

Orbit

Dog's Breed:

Mix

Dog's CRN:

050977

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(2) Animal Inn

Dog's Owner:

Chad Wahl

Nominated by:

Sharon Anderson
White Bear Lake, MN
US

The Whole World Revolves Around Me- Orbit. In over 30 years of racing, Animal Inn has been proud to have had so many incredible dogs race for us, and Orbit certainly distinguished himself to be one of those special dogs. Orbit was a border staffie that came to Chad and Laurie in 2004, in hopes of being a game changing height dog, except Orbit had different plans. He grew to big for a height dog, and instead became a pure powerhouse to anchor our top team and was an immediate contributor. During his career of 10 NAFA seasons, he anchored our club to help win 5 regional championships, while traveling to 10 states, and 3 provinces, and over 265 tournaments. He raced in our first appearance at Cynosports in Arizona as well as 5 CanAm events. At age 8 he helped Animal Inn qualify for its first CanAm Invitational, finishing 4th. Orbit was a crowd favorite at many demos he performed in. For each of his tournaments he announced his presence with an unmistakable bark/scream, leaving every ounce of effort in the lanes, and would dazzle with a turn-on-a-dime rerun. Please consider Orbit for the Clyde Moor Hall of Fame.

Nomination for the NAFA Clyde Moore Memorial Hall of Fame

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Dog's Call Name:

Scooby

Dog's Breed:

Border Collie

Dog's CRN:

040545

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(299) Omaha Speedracers

Dog's Owner:

Crystal Cappel

Nominated by:

Omaha Speed Racers Jennifer Vincent
Council Bluffs , IA
US

Sometimes a dog comes along that defines a team and truly embodies the spirit of flyball. Scooby is such a dog. Scooby is a member of the Omaha Speed Racers who began his flyball career in 2004. From the first time he stepped on the mat until he retired, he was a rock solid team member. Scooby has been the recipient of an IRON dog award, HOBBES award, top pointed dog and was a Region 21 MVP. Scooby also has been the top pointed border collie since 2012. We all know flyball is not about the awards, it is about the heart of the dog. Scooby has a heart of gold. He ran for 11 years as the start dog on the Omaha Speed Racers, quite a feat. He was tireless and driven to play the game. Scooby could be run by anyone from a 7 year old to a 70 year old, which made him a great teacher of the game also! Scooby is retired, but his flyball legacy lives on currently with his grandchildren and great grandchildren playing the game. We are honored to nominate Scooby for the Clyde Moore Hall of Fame. Thank you for your consideration.

Nomination for the NAFA Clyde Moore Memorial Hall of Fame

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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:

Julie Jenkins
Climax, NC
US

Shiner is an exceptional border collie who truly left her mark on the sport of flyball. In her 11-year career, Shiner lived up to her name, shining bright in the lanes and outside of them. She was the fastest dog in several regions for years, with a best time of 3.73, run in 2004. She helped her club, Fur Fun, set numerous best times and win regional championships in three different NAFA regions (13, 15 and 9). She holds an Iron Dog award and the HOBBES award. Despite her owner/handler's mobility issues and bilateral knee replacements, Shiner was incredibly easy to train and ran as fast as she possibly could for, what some would consider, minimal motivation. Her enviable box turn never changed, even as she aged and her times got a little slower. Shiner hooked many new handlers on flyball, since she was perfectly behaved and very easy to run. Outside of the lanes she remains great ambassador for the sport and the border collie breed. Although she's retired from flyball, her legacy lives on in her kids and grand-kids racing all over the country.

2016 Nominees for Regional MVP

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Regional MVP Nominees - Region 2

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 2

Dog's Call Name:

Filbert

Dog's Breed:

Mix

Dog's CRN:

130717

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(490) Spring Loaded

Dog's Owner:

Edward Barzal

Nominated by:

Kelly Price
(490) Spring Loaded
Casco, MI

Springloaded Flyball Team would like to nominate Filbert for Region 2 MVP. Filbert is a Quicksilver Border-Rat, bred by Julie & Leerie Jenkins, and owned by Ed & Kathy Barzal. As a puppy, he learned the game of flyball very quickly and he started to race shortly after his first birthday. He has barely put a foot down wrong ever since. No matter what position, no matter whether he's running as a 'Big Dog' or a height dog, Filbert is your man. Not only is he rock-solid reliable but you can always count on his handler Ed for the great start or killer pass that you need. Filbert is also an MVP when it comes to helping to get our green dogs ready to race. He has a bomb-proof temperament and is always happy to work with the kids - even though he is still a pretty young guy himself. It goes without saying that there are many great dogs in Region 2 but we hope you will join us in recognizing Filbert's immense contribution to our team.

Regional MVP Nominees - Region 4

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 4

Dog's Call Name:

Blade

Dog's Breed:

Border Collie

Dog's CRN:

080846

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(459) Ruff Position

Dog's Owner:

Gloria Budziak

Nominated by:

Carl Gavin
(459) Ruff Position
Madison, WI
US

Ruff Position would like to nominate Blade for Region 4 MVP. Blade was able to run in any position, with any dogs, and on any team. He loved coming back for a toy from Gloria's Toy 'Chest'. Blade started his NAFA career in July 2008, and was NAFA's top point earning dog for fiscal year 2010 with 27,513 points. He has also achieved the highest NAFA award, the Hobbes on 09/07/2014. Blade was Gloria's baby boy and loyal companion, as he was the one to let her know that she had a heart condition well before Gloria knew it herself. He was her Guardian Angel as he would wake her up in the middle of the night by howling because of her health issue at the time. Blade has left us far too soon, but we know he continues to watch over Gloria from the Rainbow Bridge. For this, he will always be our team's Guardian Angel and MVP.

Regional MVP Nominees - Region 5

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 5

Dog's Call Name:

Hawkeye

Dog's Breed:

Border Collie

Dog's CRN:

060551

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(343) Alamo Racing Canines

Dog's Owner:

Jennifer Steede

Nominated by:

Ashley Stricklin
(343) Alamo Racing Canines
Bee Cave, TX
US

I'm pretty sure everyone knows Jenn's pookie bear, Mr. Hawkeye Pierce. Either by his consistent and reliable speed, his loud bark letting everyone know he's ready to race, or that sweet face with kisses to give, Hawkeye is a memorable guy. Hawkeye Pierce is one of those tough as nails competitors. He's been an integral part of ARC, BW (during Jenn's time in vet school), and back in the day, DR. He's been that stalwart, never fail dog that runs for anyone in any position. Now, that doesn't mean he was easy to train! He taught Jenn many lessons about training a headstrong border collie that are invaluable to her and her many friends in the Flyball world. He has allowed many people the chance to become successful first time handlers and instilled a love of the sport in them. Hawkeye has proudly earned his Onyx and Iron Dog titles and currently has over 41,000 points! Hawkeye ran on many teams in Region 5 becoming a handler favorite and deserves the title of Region 5 MVP, so please vote for him!!

Regional MVP Nominees - Region 7

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 FG70K and his Iron Dog which is quite an accomplishment for a speedy little height dog and is now almost half way to his 80K. He has helped our club win many tournaments. He was the comeback kid, coming back from a serious illness to still carry the Div 1 team to success as the height dog. He was also our height dog for a 1st place win at Cynosports 2008 in Phoenix, AZ. He is now over twelve years old and still able to help out when needed. And he still has a few 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. Chum is also an excellent Service Dog. 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:

Clarabelle Tailfeathers

Dog's Breed:

Australian Shepherd

Dog's CRN:

100071

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(749) Portland Tail Blazers

Dog's Owner:

Nancy Westrell

Nominated by:

Jett Wyatt
(749) Portland Tail Blazers
Portland, OR
US

Bella is the heart & soul of the Tail Blazers! She races in any position, for anyone (with treats!), at any time, with a huge smile on her face and the "flyball high" in her eyes. She has taught many green handlers the art of racing and helped all our green dogs learn the joy of flyball. Her Mom, Nancy, started helping out at tournaments before she ever thought of having a flyball dog. When Bella was adopted, she showed an obvious love for running and jumping and learned her box turn quickly. But retrieving a ball just didn't seem to interest her. With patience and some trial & error, Nancy taught her that bringing the ball back was so rewarding that, now, even if she bobbles, she always gets her ball! Over the years, Bella has raced Open with many Division 7 teams, including Barnstormers, Jet City, Puget Hounds, Stumptown, Cascade Comets and X-Fidos. Now 11 years old and battling cancer, she continues to anchor our team -- running full time and setting personal bests. She became a Flyball Grand Champion in 2015. She is an amazing girl and is most definitely our MVP.

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 7

Dog's Call Name:

Nico

Dog's Breed:

Australian Shepherd

Dog's CRN:

071233

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(761) Unorthodogs

Dog's Owner:

Veronica Miller

Nominated by:

Stephen Miller
(761) Unorthodogs
Duvall, WA
US

Nico got his start in Region 7, just about 10 years ago. Though he spent a short time making a splash in R5, this has always been his home. When Nico returned he quickly became our region's "Mr. Dependable". The dog we can always count on. Nico has been the go-to Open team dog for a number of years.. Your team has an issue, you need a dog at the last minute, call on Nico. Any team, any position, any handlers. He's even trained a few of R7's Junior Handlers. Odds are, if you've found yourself short a dog, you've asked to borrow him. :) That's what an MVP is. The guy that will jump in, and get the job done. Screeching monkey noises included! You always know when he's waiting his turn!! It's not just that he can run anywhere, at any time - Nico is as solid as they come. Run down, get the ball, come back. Every. Single. Time. No one would've guessed he's been running all these years partially blind! It's a pretty special dog that can offer so much to a region, and that's why Nico should get your vote for MVP!

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 7

Dog's Call Name:

Ollie

Dog's Breed:

Border Collie

Dog's CRN:

120756

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(903) Stumptown Racers

Dog's Owner:

Jessi Pierce

Nominated by:

Richard Phillips
(903) Stumptown Racers
Newberg, OR
US

The members of Stumptown Racers would be honored to nominate Ollie for Region 7 MVP. Always more than willing, eager and happy to run, Ollie has proven himself to be the rock of our club. He is the go-to dog every club dreams of having. Tireless when running full time, on many occasions he has been called upon to back up our open team as well. Willing to run for anyone, he can step in and perform, never missing a step and always runs clean. At practice Ollie is once again the go-to dog. Steady and reliable as ever, no matter what the new dogs might throw at him. Passing, chase, distraction, you name it, go get Ollie! New handlers earn their stripes with Ollie as well, as he patiently helps them become more confident with their starting and passing skills. For the past few years Ollie has consistently been one of the top scoring dogs in NAFA and this year is the high pointing dog for Region 7. Beyond that he runs every race with a huge smile on his face with the love of the game so evident in every stride. Please consider Ollie for this year's MVP!

Regional MVP Nominees - Region 8

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 8

Dog's Call Name:

Halo

Dog's Breed:

Mix

Dog's CRN:

060748

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(258) KAOS

Dog's Owner:

Stuart Tait

Nominated by:

Donna Lewis
(258) KAOS
Copper Sands, SK
CA

Halo was born April 5, 2005 at Blue Cedar Sports Dogs and her parents are Snap and Vice. She started her flyball training as a puppy and got her CRN in April 2006. Halo ran her first tournament in August 2006 at the KAOS HEAT is On tournament and achieved her FDCH-G that same year. Halo has been a valuable member of the KAOS Flyball team ever since. She can run in any position,and will run with young dogs and veteran dogs alike, rarely making a mistake. Her Personal Best time is 3.798 secs with a Team Personal Best of 16.2. Halo runs with heart and soul and is an asset to the whole team as a reliable team member running Regular and Multi. She received her IRONDOG Award in 2014. Halo, now 11 years old, currently has more than 75,486 and is still running strong supporting her team. We, KAOS Dog Sports,would like to nominate HALO for MVP Region 8 for 2016.

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 8

Dog's Call Name:

Stryker

Dog's Breed:

Mix

Dog's CRN:

090496

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(43) C.O.K.C. High Flyers

Dog's Owner:

Jim Scott

Nominated by:

Courtney Voth
(43) C.O.K.C. High Flyers
Brandon, MB
CA

Stryker and Jim are the perfect handler/dog team! Those two get a minimum of 3 perfect starts every weekend. They know each other so well. They have a level of trust that makes them the ideal starting team, its really something to see. Stryker is really fast and solid as they come, I don't think this team gets the recognition that they deserve. Great team to watch, awesome little height dog. I hope they get MVP!

Regional MVP Nominees - Region 9

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 9

Dog's Call Name:

Moose

Dog's Breed:

Jack/Parson Russell Terrier

Dog's CRN:

110297

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(223) First In Flight

Dog's Owner:

Chip & Susan Dawson

Nominated by:

Sharon Neal
(223) First In Flight
Maiden, NC
US

Moose is an amazing little dog, a rock star. Susan and Moose are very well known to everyone in our region. Moose will run for anyone, anywhere, anytime. She will run as fast for a stranger as for her mom. Our club does not go to every tournament, so when a call goes out that someone needs a height dog, Susan is the first to answer. She loves flyball and the people of our region recognise her devotion. Plus I think that there are a few clubs that will contact her directly to see if we are going as a club, so that they can be first to ask for Moose to run with them. Of course, if we are going we as a club depend on Moose as a solid consistent height dog. She loves this game and she loves to run. Gives everything she has for each and every heat. People know Moose and Susan and they know they can count of Moose to give everything she has to give and Susan is right there beside her. A great team if there ever was one.

Regional MVP Nominees - Region 10

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 10

Dog's Call Name:

Brooke

Dog's Breed:

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

Dog's CRN:

110354

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(717) Prepare for Takeoff

Dog's Owner:

Daniel & Holly Kirkpatrick

Nominated by:

Holly Kirkpatrick
(717) Prepare for Takeoff
Rusagonis, NB
CA

Prepare for Takeoff would like to nominate Brooke, a 7 year old Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. Brooke began her racing career in 2011 and we knew from the start that she was something special. Over her 6 year racing career Brooke has been part of our team's one and only Multi-Breed Championship team (2011-2012) and is on the Regional Multi-Breed Speed Record team (16.830). She has been on all 3 of our club's Regular Championships teams (2012-2013; 2014-2015 & 2015-2016). She was on the first team in Region 10 to break into the 15's and is also on the team that currently holds the Region 10 Speed Record (15.828). Her personal best time stands at 3.764 over 10"; which is pretty unheard of for her breed. She is also one of the only known Duck Tollers in the sport to consistently run sub 4 seconds. She is currently the #14 Toller in NAFA for overall points. Known affectionately as a "freak on the lanes" Brooke has always done things her way, which keeps things interesting to say the least! We hope you will consider voting for this one-of-a-kind dog for our Region 10 MVP.

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 10

Dog's Call Name:

Piper

Dog's Breed:

Jack/Parson Russell Terrier

Dog's CRN:

030430

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(1002) On My Go!

Dog's Owner:

Paula Cave

Nominated by:

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

Piper is a 14 year old Jack Russell Terrier who has long been a fixture in Region 10. She started competing back in 2003 and has accomplished a great deal throughout her long flyball career. She's played on a few different teams in the region and holds several regular and multi-breed titles, including her FG70K which she earned this past season. She received her Iron Dog Award in 2011 and has kept going strong ever since! She is currently the 2nd top pointed dog in Region 10 and sits in the top 25 pointed of all JRTs in NAFA. Outside of a trip to CanAms in 2012, all of Piper's points have been accumulated in Region 10, making her truly a Region 10 dog! What Piper lacks in size, she makes up for in spirit and heart. Unbelievably, she still holds down a full-time racing spot! Her no-quit attitude helps make her a dependable and consistent height dog who truly loves to play the game. We're very proud to have been a part of her amazing flyball journey.

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 10

Dog's Call Name:

Pulse

Dog's Breed:

Border Collie

Dog's CRN:

110505

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(266) Fast 'n FURious

Dog's Owner:

Diana Murphy

Nominated by:

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

Feel My Heartbeat "Pulse" is a 6 ˝ year old Border Collie from Rival Kennels. She plays with Fast'n Furious in PEI and is lovingly owned by the Murphys. She is so happy and surprised to get the nod from her mates for MVP this year. She knows everyone on the team very well….every dog and handler. It's because she has kind of become the team dog….our go-to girl, running any position, with any dog or handler! A-Z, she's there. Pulse is quiet, confident, and consistent in the lanes making her an invaluable training asset, assisting many up-and-comers…rookie dogs and handlers. She wasn't always that way though. She broke her toe in one of her first tournaments and needed the winter to recover. She returned to racing only to whack her tail on an upright during boxwork that caused her to tuck her tail during her box turn needing another winter - dedicated to retraining the box. She did it with gusto though, returned to racing and was awarded "Best Box Turn" by Region 10 peers at a tournament. Very proud "Mama" moment! She's personality plus! She always has a smile and full body wag for every person she sees.

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 10

Dog's Call Name:

Wager

Dog's Breed:

American Cocker Spaniel

Dog's CRN:

100688

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(73) F.A.M.E.

Dog's Owner:

Cy Edmonds

Nominated by:

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

Wager is a small but determined seven inch height dog. He started playing flybal at 1 1/2 years and at 7 years of age has become the number one American Cocker Spaniel in NAFA. He will run in any position with any group of dogs and has run for a number of novice and junior handlers. Because of his steady personality, he is often used to train other dogs to pass and to ignore other dogs when playing. Wager loves the game and shows it every time he runs.

Regional MVP Nominees - Region 11

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 11

Dog's Call Name:

DogGone Sydney

Dog's Breed:

Treeing Feist

Dog's CRN:

040761

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(472) Dog Gone

Dog's Owner:

Nancy Murphy

Nominated by:

K Louie Hellard
(472) Dog Gone
Bradenton, FL
US

Sydney was a little street dog rescue that needed a job to do and she found that job in Flyball. She was a Treeing Feist who took being feisty very seriously, and to say she liked variety was an understatement. She taught many new handlers how to play Flyball and rarely had the same handler more than two tournaments in a row. All you had to do was show her the treats and she was ready to run for anyone and with anyone. She ran with just about every team in the region, plus a few other regions in the south and included CanAm in her many adventures. She was always there for the newbies, ready to show them how it was done, both on and off the lanes. And at a little over 15 years old she ran her last race, earned her FG50K, and happily settled into retirement. She was truly an MVP to a lot of dogs and handlers in Region 11.

Regional MVP Nominees - Region 12

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 12

Dog's Call Name:

Frenzy

Dog's Breed:

Mix

Dog's CRN:

080227

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(684) Redline Dogsports

Dog's Owner:

Kurt & Mona Johnson

Nominated by:

Leanne Bishop
(542) Tailwind Flyball Club
Airdrie, AB
CA

Frenzy is from a repeat breeding of Elektra and Saber that gave their son Riley his heart dog Singe. The Johnson's loved Singe so much they had to get a Singe sister from the next litter. Frenzy's Grandma, Indy Anna, was inducted into the Clyde Moore Hall of Fame in 2005. Frenzy earned her FDX at Coaldale in June 2008, ONYX in August 2010, FGDCH June 2012, has continued to keep earning amazing titles and currently sits at 56,769 points. Frenzy is one of those dogs who can run in any position, pass any dog and continues to help her teammates achieve their points & titles. For years Frenzy held the height dog position on Redline's Div 1 team & helped earn Redline the Regional championship more than once. Frenzy is the Mom of 3 incredible dogs in Region 12 – Trooper, Rhyme and Lego. These 3 boys are amazing flyball dogs & wonderful family members. At 10 Frenzy continues to be Redline's most reliable dog running her little heart out, enjoying the game. These are but a few reasons why Frenzy is MVP material.

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 12

Dog's Call Name:

O.D.

Dog's Breed:

Border Collie

Dog's CRN:

050630

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(518) Prairie Pirates

Dog's Owner:

Lara Sorensen

Nominated by:

Kirstin Oneill
(362) Dynamo DARTs
Edmonton, AB
CA

O.D is an amazing and crazy border collie. With almost 78000 points, this dog still throws out very low 4 sec times at the age of 12. In his younger days he would run 3.7 like they where nothing, and occasionally spinning uncontrollably at the box when he thought another ball could be found. He was one of the first really FAST dogs in our region. Helping his team set many new PBs and raising the bar for what a border collie was capable of. Even with his antics and quirks he was one of very few truly GREAT dogs.

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 12

Dog's Call Name:

Temper

Dog's Breed:

Mix

Dog's CRN:

140538

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(475) Northern Power Paws

Dog's Owner:

Tim Martin

Nominated by:

Sarah Laudin
(475) Northern Power Paws
Leduc County, AB
CA

Northern Power Paws is honoured to nominate one of our own as Regional MVP. Temper is owned and handled by Tim Martin.Temper is a tireless start dog who sets the pace and feel of every race that she runs on our Pack team. Along with Tim they are an amazing starting pair who gives our team the best start every time they come to the floor. Temper is a constant dog both in speed,accuracy and endurance. Temper has been a major player in pushing our team record, and has lead our team to our current PB of 15.126 posting many 3.5s herself. For these reasons we would like to nominate Temper for Region 12 MVP for 2016.

Regional MVP Nominees - Region 13

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 13

Dog's Call Name:

Mini

Dog's Breed:

Chihuahua

Dog's CRN:

080269

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(787) NASDOG Racing

Dog's Owner:

Jeannie Johnson

Nominated by:

Jeannie Johnson
(787) NASDOG Racing
Athol, MA
US

The Mini Monster, a rescue Chihuahua, was added to the NASDOG family back in 2007 when we were desperately short on height dogs. She was small, fast, and full of attitude – perfect for what we needed. Over the past 9 years she has proven to be all of those things and more. Mini has amassed over 47,000 points and has run as an Open HD with 11 different clubs in Regions 13 & 15 and is still going strong. Small but mighty she is always listed as a backup on our other team and is often times called upon to fill in and run a little extra and loves it. She is also "the enforcer" and has helped train many a green dog to respect her lane and has been our go-to dog for helping up and coming greenies get some much needed lane time at tournaments. At almost 10yo she can still pull some 5.0's in the pack and still loves to trash-talk in the lanes. For these reasons (and her awesome snaggle tooth) we feel Mini is an excellent candidate for Region 13 MVP.

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 13

Dog's Call Name:

Razor

Dog's Breed:

Belgian Malinois

Dog's CRN:

071054

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(500) Ruff Enuff

Dog's Owner:

Bonnie & John Deschenes

Nominated by:

Sue Bonofiglio
(500) Ruff Enuff
Canterbury, CT
US

Razor is the dog that typically goes unnoticed on a team he doesn't jump around and rarely even barks. He stands quietly waiting his turn with a fierce intense look on his face. He has been an extreme asset to Ruff Enuff since he began his racing career. He helped the team set their first sub 16 time, he was a key dog on the numerous regular and multi-breed regional champion teams. Razor ran on the NAFA Multi-Breed Champion team in 2015, and he was a key dog on both the 2014 and 2016 Can-Am Classic Multi-Breed Championships. He is a great asset in teaching other lane hogs to pass correctly and the easiest most consistent dog to pass on the team. Razor never tires and always gives his all he recently turned 10 and still puts up sub 4 times on the clock. When he walks off the lanes for the last time his calming and confident presence will be missed by handlers and dogs that have had the privilege of running with him. I hope you will consider voting for him for he is deserving of it.

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 13

Dog's Call Name:

Secret

Dog's Breed:

Jack/Parson Russell Terrier

Dog's CRN:

050177

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(308) A.R.F.F.

Dog's Owner:

Barb Black

Nominated by:

Barb Black
(308) A.R.F.F.
Southborough, MA
US

Secret has loved flyball since joining ARFF in 2005 after being being re-homed from a breeder's kennel where she spent the first 18 months of her life. She learned the sport quickly, serving as ARFF's totally reliable height dog for over a decade. During her long career, Secret has helped train handling and passing skills to many an ARFF newbie. A tireless Iron Dog, Secret has run for many, many handlers in any position and has been the perfect "point and shoot" height dog. Turning fourteen in January, 2017, Secret's eyesight is now fading and--after accumulating over 75,000 NAFA points and topping the list as Region 13's highest pointed canine for the past three years--retirement is rapidly approacing. Given her long and joyful flyball career and her incredible contributions to our club--and all the teams she has run with--we feel Secret has earned the honor of being nominated NAFA Region 13's Most Valuable Player of 2016.

Regional MVP Nominees - Region 14

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 14

Dog's Call Name:

Gil

Dog's Breed:

Border Collie

Dog's CRN:

090583

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(906) Dixie Flyers

Dog's Owner:

Virginia McRoy

Nominated by:

Linda Walters
(649) Panhandle Supersonics
Pensacola, FL

Lochlea Gil McBeinn (Gil) made his flyball debut in December 2009. Gil's love for the game is unwavering and he has taught numerous new flyball handlers (including several junior handlers) the flyball game. Additionally, his great attitude and temperament has been extremely valuable training new green dogs (and their handlers) to pass. Gil has raced with dogs from several different clubs without hesitation, just let him race and he is happy. His consistent performance is evidenced by being Region 14's highest point earner with over 90,000 points. Gil has been instrumental in helping his team become Regular and Multibreed Champions in Region 14 for the past 5 years, running on both teams. Gil is an excellent ambassador for flyball and I cannot think of a better role model for the MVP award.

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 14

Dog's Call Name:

Sobe

Dog's Breed:

German Shorthaired Pointer

Dog's CRN:

070532

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(634) Chattanooga Chomp

Dog's Owner:

George S. Grove

Nominated by:

Wendy Johnson
(634) Chattanooga Chomp
Chattanooga, TN
US

Sobe has been a crucial part of Chattanooga Chomp's team for the last 11 years. She has the most points ever acquired buy a Chattanooga Chomp dog. 55,192 points to date. Sobe was our first team dog to reach 50,000 points and to receive the prestigious Iron dog award. She has ran with multiple teams throughout the region, just to have a chance to play Flyball. Sobe's speed and consistency and her mom's dedication to the sport has helped lead to the success of many newcomers to the sport and also to the success of The Chattanooga Chomp. Sobe is always a team player in any position you put her in. Even though Sobe is a little slower than she used to be and a little grayer around the muzzle than she used to be you can count on one thing for sure. Everyone knows when Sobe is there to play Flyball because she just wants one thing!!! That tennis ball!

Regional MVP Nominees - Region 16

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 16

Dog's Call Name:

Mia

Dog's Breed:

Australian Shepherd

Dog's CRN:

071179

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(923) SoCal Frequent Flyers

Dog's Owner:

Sherry Bruneck

Nominated by:

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

Mia, everyone's favorite start dog, was handled by more than 25 helpful volunteers (Thanks to all of you!). Regularly placing in the top 10 dogs for points year after year, she was consistent, predictable and always ready to run. She received all but one of the titles that NAFA offers, missing the last one by a mere 29 points. Her beautiful red Aussie fur was stunning and made her appear to have always just come from the groomers. Her owners were unable to frequently accompany Mia to tournaments but graciously allowed her to travel with the team. She would set up on the living room couch on Thursday evening and wait until we arrived the following morning. She would watch intently as all the other teams competed while many other napped until their turn. After running her last race in February, she died from cancer in the spring. The smiling faced girl is missed by many.

Regional MVP Nominees - Region 18

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 18

Dog's Call Name:

Darby

Dog's Breed:

Jack/Parson Russell Terrier

Dog's CRN:

100623

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(910) Pawsitive Synergy

Dog's Owner:

Dawn Bell

Nominated by:

Wayne Bell
(910) Pawsitive Synergy
Chugiak, AK
US

Darby is the living personification of flyball. in 2009 we took Darby to puppy class. The instructor asked why they got the breed they had. Darby's mom shrugged her shoulders. "Because he was cute?!" The instructor laughed and said put him in flyball. She was 110% right. As soon as Darby saw the sport he was hooked. Darby has been competing since 2010 and has been the height dog on Pawsitive Synergy since his first race. He is a crowd pleaser with his energy and love for the sport: After his first flyball title he needed leg surgery due to a birth defect. He was in a cast 5mnths. two weeks after the cast was off he got another title. Over time he lost his box turn. The only way we could fix it was to swap his box turn and retrain him from scratch. People told us it would take a year It took him 2 months! At 7 yrs old he is still putting up times to match his personal best. Darby is a force in the lanes and a joy to watch/run. He lives, eats, sleeps and dreams flyball. Please consider him for MVP!

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 18

Dog's Call Name:

Nova

Dog's Breed:

Mix

Dog's CRN:

130837

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(894) Glacier Shakers

Dog's Owner:

Heidi Armstrong

Nominated by:

Holly Evans
(894) Glacier Shakers
Anchorage, AK
US

Super Novak, aka "Nova," came to AK in 2012. Little did this girlie know that her reputation had already preceded her. When news spread of Nova's litter, the flyball world was a buzz. Nova's mother, Rory of Spring Loaded, and her father, Tanner of Mass Chaos, were destined to create something wild for sure...Manbear Piglets to be exact. Alaska was fortunate enough to receive one of the 7 pups. A match made in heaven for Heidi and Nova and an undeniable force for the Glacier Shakers. Nova measures 8", a prize height dog for our club. She started her career in late 2013 and since then it has been full steam ahead. From anchor, to the pack, even starts, Nova can run anywhere. This tiny but mighty has a personal best of 4.049 in the pack, and a 3.969 in starts. She was a huge factor in our club reaching our best time of 16.197, at CanAm in 2014. She is a scruff-faced phenom who has barely scratched the surface on her career, but is destined for continued success. The fastest 8" height in the history of Alaska flyball and we are proud to say "she bleeds Black and Blue!"

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 18

Dog's Call Name:

TOBY

Dog's Breed:

Labrador Retriever

Dog's CRN:

110664

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(695) Alaska Dogs Gone Wild

Dog's Owner:

David Farmer

Nominated by:

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

Froth on the mats, a spit trail on the box, and deafening barking can only mean one thing--TOBY is in the ring! Not your typical flyball dog, TOBY is a 7-year-old Chocolate Labrador Retriever best described as a "Jekyll and Hyde." Outside of flyball, he is mild-mannered and easygoing, but in the flyball ring he is a madman. TOBY is a tremendous asset and can handle anything thrown at him. He helps train beginner dogs, can pass with any dog, can run in any position, and can be run by multiple different handlers. TOBY's favorite handler, though, is his >70-year-old dad with whom he ran his fastest time of 4.00 seconds (with a 3.94 line-to-line). As of the end of the 2016 racing year, TOBY was also the start dog on Alaska Dogs Gone Wild's record runs for Regular, Multibreed, and Open. TOBY's large presence, not only within ADGW but in every Region 18 tourney, makes him distinctly qualified for our regional MVP award.

Regional MVP Nominees - Region 19

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 19

Dog's Call Name:

Ali-Oop

Dog's Breed:

Border Collie

Dog's CRN:

061006

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(842) Agents of Chaos

Dog's Owner:

Mark Creager

Nominated by:

Lydia Creager
(842) Agents of Chaos
Lakewood, CO
US

Ali-oop earned her first points in August 2006; she quickly became an essential part of her team as start dog, earned several 0.000 starts, accumulated 60,872 points and competed in 177 tournaments, mostly within Region 19. Ali competed at CanAm in October 2013 and 2014 and earned her Iron Dog in October 2014. Throughout her career Ali has promoted the sport of flyball by participating in dozens of demos thereby introducing hundreds of people to the sport. Demos have included the National Western Stock Show, the Furry Scurry, Wag N Trail, the Denver Polo Classic, Nuggets and Mammoth games and many more including school groups. Ali loves people and has provided numerous people the opportunity to run her along with teaching people how to run a dog in flyball. Although mostly retired, Ali still enjoys competing and will on occasion participate in a race or two for a little bit of racing fun. Ali has been and continues to be a joy to have around the house; she still likes to chase squirrels and play with her pack mates along with laying out in the yard and enjoying the warm sun while keeping an eye on the backyard.

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 19

Dog's Call Name:

Calvin

Dog's Breed:

Border Collie

Dog's CRN:

090027

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(765) LAUNCH

Dog's Owner:

Jason Leleck

Nominated by:

Beth Leleck
(765) LAUNCH
Wheat Ridge, CO
US

Launch nominates Calvin for the 2016 Region19 MVP. Calvin became part of Beth & Jason Leleck's family in 2007. He began his flyball career in 2008. He's spent the last eight years running with RUFF and Launch, running on teams that hold the regular record in each club. Calvin's own fastest time was 3.889, and now even at age 9 he'll still occasionally pull out a 4.0. He's had the privilege of running on Open teams with multiple clubs including RMF, HDS, HITWG, and MHV. He's traveled to tournaments across five states, and has represented Region19 at Cynosports and CanAm. After 8 years Calvin has earned the title of FG50K. Calvin is focused and serious in the lanes, but his smile and excitement is seen and heard outside the ring! He's known as a reliable "point and shoot" dog who can run in any position on any team, and has run with countless handlers. Calvin loves to show new handlers how fun it is to play flyball! His love for flyball, consistency, accomplishments, and fun loving spirit which hooks new flyballers to the sport are some of the many reasons why we feel he is well deserving of MVP recognition.

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 19

Dog's Call Name:

Clementine

Dog's Breed:

Australian Cattle Dog

Dog's CRN:

061079

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(811) Phantom Flyers

Dog's Owner:

Aly Jabrocki

Nominated by:

Jo Crickenberger
(811) Phantom Flyers
Brighton, CO
US

When Aly first adopted Clem, she was terrified of everything and flyball helped her find her confidence. She's known in the Region for barking sass all the way down the lane. She will run in any position and has assisted in the training of dozens of new flyball dogs on the fine art of passing. Shortly after CanAm 2015, Clementine came up lame in her left rear leg. X-rays showed osteosarcoma (bone cancer) and the decision was made to amputate her leg. With a tournament just six weeks away the club was scrambling to find a replacement - assuming her flyball career was over. The surgeon had no doubt she would be back in the lanes and to everyone's surprise (including her owner's), she was able to run in that tournament - and only a half second slower than she had run 7 weeks prior at CanAm, and with no errors! Aly and Clem are two regular faces in Region 19 and Clem's enthusiasm is loved by all the meet her! She is currently enjoying partial retirement and still competing (very lightly) in flyball, agility and nosework. I is my honor and privilege to nominate Clementine as Region 19's MVP!

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 19

Dog's Call Name:

Cricket

Dog's Breed:

Mini Australian/N American Shepherd

Dog's CRN:

110023

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(982) Mile High Velo-City

Dog's Owner:

Chari Leleck

Nominated by:

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

Cricket is a 7 year old Mini Aussie who had to undergo an emergency craniotomy 09/16/2014. She had a right forebrain mass (brain tumor) and was nearly in a coma by the time she was seen. Cricket was not responding to medications to reduce brain swelling, so surgery was her only option. Before her illness, Cricket was an active participant in Flyball. When she came home from her surgery (which hadn't even been guaranteed to work), she couldn't even walk. Cricket's owners were given cautious encouragement to remember that it was all about quality of life. Cricket's mom, Chari, basically turned into a full-time rehab specialist working with Cricket daily, even building her a home gym! Cricket went from quality of life discussions to not only practicing for flyball tournaments but competing again! While Cricket still has some deficits, she continues to make progress and in June 2016 she earned her FMX! One of the first signs Cricket gave the vet staff when she woke up after her surgery was turning her head towards a tennis ball. While she is still receiving chemotherapy injections, giving up was never an option and Cricket exemplifies what hard work and persistence can accomplish!

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 19

Dog's Call Name:

Greta

Dog's Breed:

German Shorthaired Pointer

Dog's CRN:

060799

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(401) RUFF

Dog's Owner:

Laura Sheldon

Nominated by:

Laura Dolph
(401) RUFF
Denver, CO
US

RUFF would like to nominate one of our veteran dogs, Greta Schmitterling. She came to flyball as a scared little GSP puppy with ears bigger than her head. Through flyball and the constant attention of her mama she has become one of the most consistent flyball dogs in Region 19. In her early days, she made it clear to her teammates that she was made to be a start dog and no racing area was big enough for her. Many a time she has decided when she was done racing for the day and would make an early exit to her car but only after completing the course for the team. She learned early on to make sure the box loader put the ball in the box and to never forget by barking as she runs down the lane. There are many photos for proof! We love our "Princess Greta"!

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 19

Dog's Call Name:

Jockey

Dog's Breed:

Australian Shepherd

Dog's CRN:

090906

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(809) Westside Woofers

Dog's Owner:

Kay Radinsky

Nominated by:

Cathy Stampe
(809) Westside Woofers
Grand Junction, CO
US

Jockey, an 8-year-old Australian Shepherd, is a mainstay of flyball racing in our region. Since beginning to race at age two in 2010, he has raced in more tournaments than any other currently-racing dog in Western Colorado. Racing in Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico, and Utah, as well as Indiana for the ultimate joy of a NAFA finals tournament. He achieved his Onyx in 2014 and his Flyball Grand Champion (30k points) in 2015. He has participated in every tournament our club has hosted since he joined the club in 2010 and all the demos the club has performed. He's also found time to earn many titles in agility and rally. He races consistently indoors or outdoors in anything from hot sun to cold drizzle. Especially loving start position where he can clearly race the other dog, he happily runs in any position and is never a threat to any passing dog, and an awesome dog to train new dogs with! Another joy for him is recognizing his many human friends - when he gets to a tournament he greets old friends with full-body wagging, a classic Aussie grin and, if they'll let him, a kiss!

Regional MVP Nominees - Region 20

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 20

Dog's Call Name:

Bilbo

Dog's Breed:

Dachshund -Miniature Long Hair

Dog's CRN:

140604

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(663) Burnin' Rubber

Dog's Owner:

Brent Mitchell

Nominated by:

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

Bilbo is small but has a big presence. He gives it his all every time he races. For him he takes probably hundreds or thousands more steps then any other dog at the tourney but still by the end of the day keeps going. This year he's really gotten into the game proven to be a reliable height dog that can run in the pack. He may not be the fastest but sure can get a crowd to watch him. His turn is incredible for a little guy. I believe he should represent Region 20 as MVP because he's proof that any breed can run at this game and do well.

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 20

Dog's Call Name:

Luke

Dog's Breed:

Beagle

Dog's CRN:

100292

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(966) Land Sharks

Dog's Owner:

Victoria Read

Nominated by:

Jessie Collins
(966) Land Sharks
Bath, ON
CA

Luke is an amazing Beagle and not the 'typical' breed that people think of in relation to flyball. He has been a consistent dog that has helped many green dogs through their tournament debut. He has been the fastest Beagle in our region for quite a while. Even now that he is a 'vet' dog he still pulls off consistent times. Everyone recognizes his trade mark howl/bark when he enters the flyball ring. I believe there is no other beagle like Luke!!

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 20

Dog's Call Name:

Molly

Dog's Breed:

Mix

Dog's CRN:

120905

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(755) Ready Set Go

Dog's Owner:

Kyra Glabb

Nominated by:

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

Just about everyone in Region 20 has had the pleasure to watch this little gray powerhouse of a dog run her heart out for Kyra. She bottles up her energy ahead of racing just to stay focussed on the expected job but when her head is pointed down-range, she is definitely ready to launch. Molly is all about fun but also all about business. She runs hard no matter how many times and in whichever position she needs to race. Molly has been a driving force in bringing our club to it's best times ever and not only pushing us into Division 1 but helping to make our team competitive there. We all believe Molly would make an excellent choice for a dream Flyball dog and for her to win MVP would be a crowning achievement in her already prestigious career. To see so much punch in such a small package is truly a joy to witness and appreciate. Please vote for Molly for Region 20 MVP. She truly deserves it.

Regional MVP Nominees - Region 21

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 21

Dog's Call Name:

TUCKER

Dog's Breed:

Jack/Parson Russell Terrier

Dog's CRN:

080704

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(835) Disorderly Conduct

Dog's Owner:

Michael Betts

Nominated by:

Lori Griffith
(835) Disorderly Conduct
Cedar Rapids, IA
US

Tucker has been an invaluable member of Disorderly Conduct, and we couldn't be happier to nominate him for MVP. Tuck had a delayed flyball career due to a leg injury at an early age. After a surgery and physical therapy, he was ready to hit the lanes and be an all around great height dog. Tuck's love of the game is obvious when he's lined up and bouncing with each bark. He will pass into big dogs, little dogs, fast dogs, and slow dogs without hesitation. Throughout his career he's helped many dogs learn the art of passing. However, training new handlers of all ages is Tuck's specialty. He loves to show adults and children alike how this flyball game is played. He'll run for any one and sometimes even run for no one! Tucker is already Disorderly Conduct's MVP, and we hope he'll become Regional MVP as well.

2016 Nominees for Judge of the Year

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Nomination for Judge of the Year

Judge:

Paul Ferlitto
Wilsonville, AL

Nominated by:

Carol Phillips
Clarksville, TN
US

Paul is very thorough and always fair. Very attuned to the flyball activities.

Nomination for Judge of the Year

Judge:

Steve Heine
Placentia, CA

Nominated by:

Alex Le
Redwood City, CA
US

Steve has all the qualities of a great NAFA judge. He's patient, open minded to hear all sides when issues arise, is courteous on the field, always tactful and firm but carries himself with strong compassion and humility. I've watched him throughout this season deal with competitors and their dogs, always calmly and courteously and looking to hear all sides of whatever is causing the issue. He is extremely even tempered and able to reach a decision confidently with an open mind. He is devoted to his duties, even when he's a competitor. This year, he stepped in without being asked to help move things along when chaos occurred in the ring so that paperwork could be handled while the tournament moved forward. Its hard to spend two full days on your feet and Steve always walks away from the tournaments with a smile on his face. Region 6/16 is lucky to have Steve in our judging pool.