2017 NAFA CMHOF, RMVP and JOY Nominees

2017 Clyde Moore Memorial Hall of Fame Nominees

2017 Regional MVP Nominees

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2017 Judge of the Year Nominees


2017 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:

DJ

Dog's Breed:

Jack/Parson Russell Terrier

Dog's CRN:

060724

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(928) Kinetic

Dog's Owner:

Donna Zywiec

Nominated by:

Becky Knox
Camp Hill , PA
US

DJ started her flyball career a couple of months before she turned 2 on Clean Break flyball. It didn't take her long to be the team's most consistent height dog. DJ would run in any position and it didn't matter who she had to pass or pass into. For a jack russell she was easy to handle. Donna often let new team members and junior handlers run her at tournaments so they could learn how to pass and get some experience in the lanes. If they accidently let her go a little early she would often check up a little so she wouldn't bad pass. She watched the lights and knew when there was a false start, she would stop barking and turn to look at her handler. If there was a hold up in racing she would roll on the ground and scratch her back. Because of where she was released she would often go over and say hi to the judge. DJ earned her Iron Dog Award and it was well deserved. She ran consistent her entire career and it never mattered who was handling her. She ran her last race shortly after she turned 11 years old.

Nomination for the NAFA Clyde Moore Memorial Hall of Fame

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Dog's Call Name:

Jazz

Dog's Breed:

Saint Germain Pointer

Dog's CRN:

070730

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(883) Barkaholics

Dog's Owner:

Stacy Groff

Nominated by:

The Barkaholics
Sarasota, FL
US

Jazz went to her first tournament in July, 2007. Jazz was a four time shelter return and was adopted as "last chance" - flyball was the outlet that let her succeed. Jazz ran with anyone, anywhere in the pack, and did her job with few errors. In her career, 2/3 of 60 dogs she ran with were from other clubs, showing how she helped other clubs round out teams. Jazz ran in 137 tournaments: 52 were on Open and Vets teams with mixed-club participation. More than 40 were on Multibreed teams. She ended her career with FGDCH, MBMX, and Iron Dog. She raced at 4 CanAms, one on a pickup team. Everyone who raced in Florida remembers hearing "Jazzy.Bring.Me.Your.Ball." and hearing her bark as she smack talked other racers. She was known for grinning while running down the lane. Her last heat was her Iron Dog run in Multibreed at CanAm, with friends from all over watching. Jazz was an unsung hero. Teamwork is a huge part of flyball and Jazz exhibits the spirit of team. Without Jazz, many teams would not have been able to race. Jazz also titled in Rally, Obedience, and was a therapy dog.

Nomination for the NAFA Clyde Moore Memorial Hall of Fame

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Dog's Call Name:

Kami

Dog's Breed:

Jack/Parson Russell Terrier

Dog's CRN:

000677

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(481) Bay Racers

Dog's Owner:

Diana/Dawn Foster/Painter

Nominated by:

Karen Green
Redwood City, CA
US

I would like nominate Jack of Hearts Kamilla (Kami) for the Hall of Fame. Kami earned her first flyball points in May2000 as a member of Gold Rush. She went on to become the founding height dog for Bay Racers. 9 and a half years later, Kami retired with over 40K points at a time when 25 point runs were few and far between for Bay Racers. Topping out at about 10lbs and not quite 12inches, Kami helped her teammates by setting the NAFA minimum jump height. At that size, she had the most heart and competitive spirit per ounce of any flyball dog in the racing lanes. She was known for screaming in jealous fits when she was stuck in her crate while other dogs raced. While Kami was an important foundation height dog for Bay Racers, she also contributed to the flyball careers of many dogs in Region 6/16. During her career she ran on teams with over 60 different dogs, and contributed to the training of many more at practice. Thank you for considering Kami for the Clyde Moore Hall of Fame.

Nomination for the NAFA Clyde Moore Memorial Hall of Fame

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Dog's Call Name:

Rodeo

Dog's Breed:

Australian Shepherd

Dog's CRN:

040583

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(578) Music City Road Dogs

Dog's Owner:

Elaine Nichols

Nominated by:

Jane Kline
Ashland City, TN
US

We respectfully submit the nomination of Australian Shepherd Rodeo for the Clyde Moore Memorial Hall of Fame. Rodeo began his racing career in September of 2004, earned his Iron Dog in October of 2012 and continued racing until March 2016. At the time of his retirement he was the highest pointed dog in Region 14 with 86505 points. His flyball career was celebrated by everyone in the region at his last tournament. Rodeo is well known and admired in Region 14. If the Road Dogs were short on handlers, there was no shortage of people willing to step in to help run him, he was fun to run. When Open racing began he helped many smaller clubs and new clubs race. When he missed a tournament (thankfully not often) many people would inquire as to his whereabouts, wanting to be sure he was ok. The Music City Road Dogs would be a lesser club if Rodeo had not played. Tireless start dog, but easily ran in any position. Getting to run Rodeo hooked many new handlers on the sport and on training their dogs to reach their potential. Throughout his long career, the only thing he ever asked for was another ball.

2017 Nominees for Regional MVP

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Regional MVP Nominees - Region 3

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 3

Dog's Call Name:

Dobby

Dog's Breed:

Miniature Pinscher

Dog's CRN:

080286

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(759) Nose to Nose

Dog's Owner:

Sue Vital

Nominated by:

Kailey Smith
(759) Nose to Nose
Brooklyn Park, MN
US

I would like to nominate Dobby from the Nose 2 Nose Flyball club. Dobby has been our clubs primary height dog for 5+ years. Dobby (and his handler Sue) give their all to help the team. The determination Dobby has every time he runs is unmatched. He gives 110% when Sue only asks for 100. In late 2012 an incident happened that prevented Dobby from racing. Dobby and Sue worked their tails off to get Dobby back on the track. And without missing a beat he began running back to full form. Now at 11 years old he is running some of his best times and helping Nose 2 Nose run a regular team. He was able to obtain his onyx award and is currently the 2nd highest actively running Miniature Pincher.

Regional MVP Nominees - Region 4

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 4

Dog's Call Name:

Mojo

Dog's Breed:

Portuguese Podengo

Dog's CRN:

070654

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(142) BC Boomerangs

Dog's Owner:

Christina Tresch

Nominated by:

Phyllis Martin
(142) BC Boomerangs
Cary, IL
US

BC Boomerangs would like to nominate Mojo for Regional MVP. Mojo is a Katrina dog hence his name Mojo up from the storm. He came to BC Boomerangs as a potential "height dog" BUT he kept growing. Currently Mojo has 75,469 + points and is still running strong. He has represented Region 4 at the CanAm Classic many times. Mojo is an easy going guy who runs any position and loves to break in NEW teammates. Mojo is a solid performer who loves his FLYBALL and wants to run everyday. A different kind of dog please consider Mojo for Region 4 MVP 2017.

Regional MVP Nominees - Region 5

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 5

Dog's Call Name:

Brewski

Dog's Breed:

Mix

Dog's CRN:

070627

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(1035) RUSH!

Dog's Owner:

Wendy Truelove

Nominated by:

Jennifer Steede
(343) Alamo Racing Canines
Bee Cave, TX
US

Blue Cedar's Strange Brew, "Brewski" All of us in NAFA Region 5 know and love Wendy Truelove's adorable little terrier mix, Brewski. And if you are lucky, you've had the opportunity to handle the little spitfire in the lanes! Brewski is the best little height dog - he will run for anyone, in any position. Brewski recently earned his Iron Dog title, and he's getting very close to his FGDCh 40K! He was also the height dog for Texas Heat's Division 4 championship team at CanAm in 2013. While training a terrier was, as Wendy puts it, "an interesting experience to say the least", Brewski is a solid, reliable flyball dog that is as cute as he professional in the lanes. He never gives less than his heart and soul while running flyball, and for this and the many other reasons mentioned, I'd like to nominate Brewski for NAFA Region 5's MVP for 2017. Please vote for him!

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 5

Dog's Call Name:

Nitro

Dog's Breed:

Border Collie

Dog's CRN:

050536

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(885) Barkworthy

Dog's Owner:

Matt Orillion

Nominated by:

Marilyn Orillion
(885) Barkworthy
Huffman, TX
US

Nitro started his career at 18 months of age on May 6, 2005 earning FD and FDX titles and is still running as of September 30, 2017. During his remarkable career, he has earned 66,181 points...so far. Nitro has been a valued member of several clubs, running as much as was asked of him and more. He will always be our MVP, and we hope he will be Region 5's MVP, too.

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 5

Dog's Call Name:

Ocho

Dog's Breed:

Jack/Parson Russell Terrier

Dog's CRN:

120414

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(375) Canines in Action

Dog's Owner:

Aubrey Kotlarich

Nominated by:

Michelle Merrill
(375) Canines in Action
Houston, TX
US

I would like to nominate Ocho, loved by Aubrey Kotlarich. Ocho, aka "Crazy Little White Dog", is an amazing height dog who has helped many dogs on CIA and Barkworthy get points! Anyone can run him, in any position, using the directions "just point him towards the box and let go". Just make sure you have a treat at the end to catch him with. He likes treats a lot! Ocho has a heart as big as Texas. He gets along well with other dogs and people. His greatest love, however, is flyball and he trembles all over when getting ready to run! Thanks, Ocho, for loving the game as much as we do!

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 5

Dog's Call Name:

Red

Dog's Breed:

Border Collie

Dog's CRN:

120566

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(642) Texas Twisters

Dog's Owner:

Mike Smith

Nominated by:

Mike Smith
(642) Texas Twisters
Hempstead, TX
US

Secretariat, "Red" started running flyball on his first birthday. Red has been an extremely consistent and fast dog running for several clubs both in and out of region 5. He is one of those once-in-a-lifetime dogs for me in that he lives for the sport. He truly knows this is a racing competition and always looks in the other lane to check out his competition. When running for other clubs, most everyone is very pleased with his performance as they know he puts up some great times for them. He runs in any position and with any dog with ease. He has also had many handlers in his career and can run for anyone when I am not able to handle him. I hope you would consider him for the region MVP.

Regional MVP Nominees - Region 6

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 6

Dog's Call Name:

Casey

Dog's Breed:

Mix

Dog's CRN:

060482

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(804) Blazin' K9's

Dog's Owner:

Carol Osterhaus

Nominated by:

Debbie Maerker
(804) Blazin' K9's
Chandler, AZ
US

Once again, we on the Blazin' K9s team would like to nominate Casey as an MVP candidate. Our team as a whole feels that Casey is a dog that epitomizes an MVP, so much so that we agreed for her to be on our team logo. She is every bit an integral part of our team and is well known for her consistency in racing, dependability as backup, and her love for the game. She will run for anyone and we often say she would run herself if she had to. There is no doubt that Casey loves flyball; when getting ready to race we can hear her distinctive song that she sings. Casey has been racing since 2007 and helped start three teams in the Phoenix area. She is currently a Flyball Grand Champion and is approaching 45,000 racing points. At 13 years old she still loves to race! She has helped train new dogs, green dogs, new handlers, and junior handlers. She has also run on many other teams in the region.

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 6

Dog's Call Name:

Dude

Dog's Breed:

Mix

Dog's CRN:

080098

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(971) K9 Outlaws

Dog's Owner:

Kimberly Kowalski

Nominated by:

Kimberly Kowalski
(971) K9 Outlaws
Chandler, AZ
US

Teams members throughout Region 6/16 know Dude. Dude is a handsome 12-year old mix that responds to more name-calling than any in the two regions combined. Lil' Dude, Prancer, Doodles Kowalski, Princess – yes Princess because of his ballerina like racing form in the lanes. Dude made his racing debut on a new to the sport team in the summer of 2008. Dude quickly picked up the sport and became the bedrock to this and his current team. Along his illustrious journey, Dude has turned left, right, ran every spot in the line-up and has even earned a perfect start! While Dude nears the age of 13, he continues to shine as the lead fill-in racer, Dude is always up to the challenge! Because of his mom's hard work and consummate care, he has achieved great success in the sport he loves earning his ONYX award in 2013, his IRONDDOG award in 2016 and his Flyball Dog Grand Champion award in 2017 – at the age of 12! He has a funny looking set of chompers but with his smiley ball facing out, he comes down the lane, smiles right back, grabs his ball and prances back to Kim.

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 6

Dog's Call Name:

Pfister

Dog's Breed:

Belgian Malinois

Dog's CRN:

080966

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(971) K9 Outlaws

Dog's Owner:

Erin Cross

Nominated by:

Kimberly Kowalski
(971) K9 Outlaws
Chandler, AZ
US

Bring It, Pfister, bring, bring, bring! These words are ones many of us racing in regions 6 and 16 have heard over the years. Pfister a Belgian Malinois, made her debut in the racing lanes in September of 2008. While on a new to the sport club, Pfister picked up the sport under the handling and training of her mom, Erin. Together, the two have persevered through various training techniques to improve her form, too numerous to count motivators (treats and toys) and more injuries than any one dog should have to work through. Together, along with part-time handlers Carla, Steve, Jaime and Steve (yes, two Steve's), Pfister turned into a seasoned pro with her current team. Along her journey, Pfister has been called to run most positions on 100s of teams bringing with her, her I am ready to race attitude! For her team, Pfister has been used as both a distraction and 'bait' dog for new pups in training. Pfister earned her ONYX award in 2013 at the age of nine and the prestigious IRONDOG award in 2016. Due to her age and overall well-being, Erin made the difficult decision to retire Pfister in the spring of 2017.

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 6

Dog's Call Name:

YETA

Dog's Breed:

Mix

Dog's CRN:

090439

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(757) Crazy Train

Dog's Owner:

JUDY OVERHOLTZER

Nominated by:

Dave Collett
(757) Crazy Train
El Mirage, AZ
US

Crazy Train Flyball Team would like to nominate Yeta for Region 6 MVP. Yeta is a Border Staffy bred by Judy Hagen and owned by Judy Overholtzer. An extremely solid dog that can run in any position she has been a member of Sedona Red Rockets, Phoenix Hot Pawsuit and Crazy Train. She was the anchor on Crazy Train's NAFA Champion Multibreed team but is just as happy running on any team or providing a dog in training with an opponent or passing partner. At 9 years old she is still running sub 4 posting a 3.980 time at the Dog Days of Summer tournament in August. Yeta earned the Onyx award April 2016, and will achieve Flyball Grand Champion at CanAm 2017. Yeta also competes in obedience and loves to chase a lure around. Please consider Yeta for Region 6 MVP.

Regional MVP Nominees - Region 7

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 7

Dog's Call Name:

Pennie

Dog's Breed:

Mix

Dog's CRN:

150259

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(903) Stumptown Racers

Dog's Owner:

Jessi Pierce

Nominated by:

Richard Phillips
(903) Stumptown Racers
Newberg, OR
US

Stumptown Racers is happy to nominate Pennie for Region 7 MVP. A rescued puppy that by all measures should never have been a Flyball dog, this little mix (Chi/IG ??) has shown all the drive and guts anyone could ask for. If you are in Region 7 you have seen her taking the jumps in single strides, making her a crowd favorite at Demos. Since she is our only height dog, Pennie has been asked to run full time, all the time. As long as you do the game right, she is more than happy to oblige. Full of attitude, Pennie will let you know when you did it wrong. Quite the competitor, she will race the dog in the other ring to the finish line, and beam in Jessi's arms after the win. Pennie has a second life as an unofficial therapy dog, going to work with Jessi and visiting with the clients at the care home. She loves people and can be seen asking if anyone wants to pet her wherever she goes. Please join us in voting for Pennie, Region 7 MVP. Sincerely, Richard Phillips

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 7

Dog's Call Name:

Pi

Dog's Breed:

Mix

Dog's CRN:

090417

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(387) The X-Fidos

Dog's Owner:

Laura Wilson

Nominated by:

Laura Wilson
(387) The X-Fidos
Hillsboro, OR
US

All of our dogs are most valuable...... And then there's Pi. He is the heart of X-Fidos, our top scorer, who loves flyball like nobody's business. While his club is not Div. 1 and doesn't play every tournament, he has led the club with consistency and speed. He was often the only height dog who could run every race and run any position for any handler. When X-Fidos is not entered, Pi brings his consistency to the open class, and he remembers and greets those team mates as friends. As he approaches his 10th year, X-Fidos celebrates who he is to us and to region 7: an odd dog, saved from euthanasia by a 3rd owner, now a successful, driven, leader powered by positive training and his almighty love for a ball. Pi is our club's story, proof that any dog, any size, breed, or background, can be successful when doing what they love with who they love. If you've been in the ring with Pi, same lane or opposing lane, you were/are his world. His nomination is also our "thank you" to Reg. 7 for creating the world that makes Pi our MVP. The X-Fidos

Regional MVP Nominees - Region 8

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 8

Dog's Call Name:

Sid

Dog's Breed:

Mix

Dog's CRN:

080511

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(858) Wild

Dog's Owner:

Jeff Cabiles

Nominated by:

Emily Lowes
(858) Wild
Winnipeg, MB
CA

Sid is one of the original W!LD dogs. He consistent on the lanes and he is a tremendous help to our newer dogs at practice. He was one of the first sub four dogs in our region, with his best time being a 3.69. Sid is the first W!LD dog to achieve 30,000 NAFA points and receive his Iron Dog award. Sid is a rescue dog that many people gave up on, but Courtney and Jeff saw his potential. He has helped our team reach PB times on numerous occasions and we know we can always count on him. I love watching Sid, he has so much talent, drive and passion and it is an honour to be on the same team as him. I started flyball at twelve years old and I could not believe how fast Sid was. He was racing with me the first time I ever ran my dog, Hope. I am so honoured that they have raced together for so many years. Jeff and Sid showed me that you can do anything you set your mind to. Sid is our team MVP and I nominate him as Region Eight's MVP.

Regional MVP Nominees - Region 9

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 9

Dog's Call Name:

Isaac

Dog's Breed:

Border Collie

Dog's CRN:

051294

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(805) New River Rapids

Dog's Owner:

Sharon Harrell

Nominated by:

Amanda Brown
(233) DogGoneFast
Raleigh, NC
US

Isaac is well known in Region 9, he is hard to miss when running in the lanes with those amazing blue eyes! He began his career in June of 2006 and remains an extremely reliable competitor. Isaac can run in any position, but spent the majority of his career as the start dog because of his stamina and consistency. He was NRR's first dog to hit a 3.8 time and remained the fastest dog on their club for years. He helped them win their first divisional championship at CanAm, Regular IV in 2012, and he was on their team which won the Regular V division in 2013. On the homefront, Isaac is one of NRR's "training" dogs. In 2012, Isaac was nominated to represent NRR for DGF's "Trainer Taz" photo. The idea behind the photo was to represent the dog on each club who helps new dogs and handlers learn the ropes. In 2014, Isaac was awarded the Iron Dog award for ten consecutive years of racing in NAFA. Even more impressive, in 2017 Isaac earned the HOBBES award, the highest achievement a dog can earn in NAFA. We think Isaac is more than deserving of Region 9's MVP award.

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 9

Dog's Call Name:

Tiki

Dog's Breed:

Mix

Dog's CRN:

140771

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(480) Pawmetto Pack

Dog's Owner:

David Moore

Nominated by:

Donna Shelton
(171) Fur Fun
Climax, NC
US

Tiki is a rescue dog that ran across a wonderful streak of luck as a puppy and has made the most of her life ever since. The world isn't as much of a scare place anymore, thanks to the positive and encouraging home that Margi and David Moore provide. Tiki earned her first flyball points in 2015 and has now earned her ONYX and MBM titles. Her split times are often in the low 4 second range. She is part of a regular team that recently set a club personal best. Tiki has become an invaluable and extremely reliable teammate for her Pawmetto Pack and looks adorable doing it.

Regional MVP Nominees - Region 10

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 10

Dog's Call Name:

Pongo

Dog's Breed:

Mix

Dog's CRN:

100635

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(717) Prepare for Takeoff

Dog's Owner:

Sonya Lee Lacelle

Nominated by:

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

Prepare for Takeoff would like to nominate Pongo, an 8 year old mix breed for Region 10 MVP. Sonya adopted Pongo from the Fredericton SPCA in 2009. He began his racing career in 2011 and has never looked back. A force in the lanes, this powerhouse of a dog has been one of the most consistent and reliable dogs we have ever had the privilege to have race on our team. Over his career Pongo has been part of our 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 Region 10 Regular Championships team. His personal best time stands at 4.060 over 10" and to this day he can still pull out low 4's. Need to train a new dog? There is no better trainer than Pongo, and he has certainly played a huge role in the training of our new flyball dogs. Off the lanes you can find Pongo competing in various dog sports and activities. Disc, dog sledding, skijoring, canicross, obedience…Pongo can literally do it all! He is also therapy tested with Saint John Ambulance and the River Valley Obedience Club. We hope you will consider voting for this well rounded and accomplished dog for our Region 10 MVP!

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 10

Dog's Call Name:

SHAZAM!

Dog's Breed:

Mix

Dog's CRN:

140743

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

Fast n FURious has selected Rocket Relay's Canine Marvel "SHAZAM!" as our MVP candidate for this year. Shazam has been a key player in our success in Division One this past season, helping our team race to several new personal bests. Shazam can run for any handler in any position and has handled changes in both over a single racing day many times. He is all business out on the lanes and is a lot of fun to run. Because he has such focus on the game while on the mats, he has been an excellent dog to pair with new dogs. His ability to ignore everything around him has been key to our Airwave team gelling over the past two seasons. He has even been asked to warm up versus dogs on competitor's teams. So not only has he helped his own teams and dogs develop, but has helped develop others. We are pleased to put him forth this year as our candidate and know there will be many excellent dogs submitted from our region to compete alongside him for this title. Thank you for your consideration and support! Good luck to all!

Regional MVP Nominees - Region 11

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 11

Dog's Call Name:

Bella

Dog's Breed:

Border Collie

Dog's CRN:

090041

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(920) Terminal Velocity

Dog's Owner:

Gaile/Todd McCafferty/Todd

Nominated by:

Chris Sells
(920) Terminal Velocity
Archer, FL
US

Bella was born sometime in 2005. Gaile didn't get her hands on her until 2007, she was a Craig list dog out of Fort Myers. Bella took awhile to get trained, a year on box turn's, a ½ year to teach her a recall and another year to put all the pieces together. She debut in 12/2010 and did not get a point until 03/12/2012. 2012 was really the year she bloomed and came onto Terminal Velocity's top team. Bella helped Terminal Velocity get into the 17's up until last year. Bella has given her all to the team every time she stepped onto the lanes. Bella always had to have a catcher in the backfield as she loved to go trash talking to the other team. Gaile made the hard decision to retired Bella this year to keep her sound and let her enjoy her retirement. She will continue to help the new young one's do recalls on the flat and still trash talk the other dog. Thank you for your consideration of voting for Bella as Region 11 MVP.

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 11

Dog's Call Name:

Joey

Dog's Breed:

Mix

Dog's CRN:

060118

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(1025) Celtic Mayhem

Dog's Owner:

Debbie Hedrick

Nominated by:

Michele King
(1025) Celtic Mayhem
Brooksville, FL
US

Celtic Mayhem nominates Iron Dog FGDCH Joey, lovingly known as 'Joey Long Legs' by most all who know him, for 2017's Region 11 MVP. Joey began his career with KETCH THIS in September 2006 when Debbie Hedrick adopted this little pup listed as a beagle. His success with the game was questionable in those early days as Joey's nose lead him on numerous jaunts around the building shopping for treats. As time passed and Joey grew, it became clear that this 'beagle' was no beagle. His crafty nosework, long legs and resounding deep bark depicted his inner hound and 'Joey Long Legs' was born! Joey has continued to play with Celtic Mayhem since 2013. He has taught a multitude of new handlers and pups the joy of flyball. For many years, Joey ran on our 'green dog' teams as the solid, consistent model necessary for the next generation to learn the game correctly. He has run with at least five other clubs when they've needed to round out an Open team with a dog they could count on. Although a veteran now, Joey proudly makes his presence known the minute he hits the lanes with his loud, deep MVP "WOOF'!

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 11

Dog's Call Name:

Piper

Dog's Breed:

Rat Terrier

Dog's CRN:

120109

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(851) Jumpin' Jax

Dog's Owner:

Maryann Deschler

Nominated by:

Maryann Deschler
(851) Jumpin' Jax
Jacksonville, FL
US

Piper came into our lives as a little puppy that we met during a flyball demo for a rescue benefit trying to spread the love of flyball. She loved a ball and loved to please so she was always the most perfect flyball dog. She caught onto the sport quickly, and began her career in about a year. Piper has always been our go to dog for training newbie handlers and newbie flyball dogs. She is one of the most steady height dogs on our team and has helped other teams as well. Piper is now 6 years old and will go to a part time position but she will always be our special little rat terrier who truly blossomed my mom and i's love for flyball.

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 11

Dog's Call Name:

Shelby

Dog's Breed:

Border Collie

Dog's CRN:

120200

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(883) Barkaholics

Dog's Owner:

Christine Heckman

Nominated by:

Stacy Groff
(883) Barkaholics
Myakka City, FL
US

Shelby started racing in November, 2012. Since then, she has accumulated more than 30,000 points (earning her Grand Champion title), and over 5,000 multibreed points. Shelby has been on two teams that won in CanAm Divisional Finals. She raced for a while with the Barkaholics Div1 Regular Team that also placed first in our region while she was on the team, and currently races on our Multibreed team. Shelby ran on our first team to break into the 17 second range, and when we were short on height dogs ran at 11 inches for a while, still clocking times in the low 4 second range! Shelby is a rock solid dog that can run with anyone, any position, and remain consistent throughout a race weekend. She is often used to break in new dogs in passing drills and head to heads. Shelby will run at her 5th CanAm this year. Shelby may be best known for loving to stare at her opponents as if saying "Game On!" before taking off down the lane. She has been an extraordinarily valuable dog on our team, and while her career is far from over, we believe she is a MVP today (and always!).

Regional MVP Nominees - Region 12

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 excels running lead but the true MVP in her is her willingness to adapt within our top team and run in any position needed when asked. 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 2017.

Regional MVP Nominees - Region 13

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 13

Dog's Call Name:

Baklava

Dog's Breed:

Mix

Dog's CRN:

110250

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(1018) Syracuse

Dog's Owner:

Terri Parrow Botsford

Nominated by:

Terri Parrow Botsford
(1018) Syracuse
Chittenango, NY
US

Baklava started his flyball career in Virginia but we moved back to Syracuse, NY and since there were no teams in the area, we started a new team. Once we had enough dogs ready to compete, Baklava was there to give the Syracuse dogs the opportunity to start their flyball careers. Then suddenly he had cancer of the spline and liver at the age of 6. They only gave him a week to live. He needed 14 points for his Onyx. One week after his diagnosis, we were at a tournament and he was barely eating and moving at this point. He was in the camper and when I went to get the other dog out to race on Sunday, Baklava got out of bed, had more energy than he had in days and indicated he wanted to race. He did his warm-ups and though he was slower, he kept his box turn and completed. We let him race and he made enough points for his Onyx. There was not a dry eye in the building. He died one week later. Baklava loved flyball, he gave it his all right to the end and was instrumental in helping grow flyball in Syracuse.

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 13

Dog's Call Name:

Little Dani

Dog's Breed:

Papillon

Dog's CRN:

080819

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(1009) B.A.R.K.

Dog's Owner:

Janet Hall

Nominated by:

Gail Davolio
(1009) B.A.R.K.
Penacook, NH
US

She might look like a petite princess but Little Dani runs with the heart of a true champion. Every time she steps in the lanes, she brings her A-game. She learned early on how to throw her weight around to trigger the box and since then there's been no stopping her. Dani runs any position, with any group of dogs and always delivers with spunk, passion and a little a bit of "in your face" diva attitude. At 12 years old she's still as reliable as ever and loves to show those big dogs how it's done. She's our team's smallest dog and loudest cheerleader and we wouldn't have it any other way!

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 13

Dog's Call Name:

Shilo

Dog's Breed:

Border Collie

Dog's CRN:

060014

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(639) Flyball MAINEiacs

Dog's Owner:

Rebeccah Aube

Nominated by:

Sarah Labonte
(639) Flyball MAINEiacs
Buxton , ME
US

The Flyball MAINEiacs nominate border collie Shilo for Region 13 MVP. MAINEiacs founder Monica Roberts adopted Shilo from New England Border Collie Rescue in the fall of 2005. Shilo earned his first points in the lanes in early 2006 and from then on, flyball was life! Shilo moved in with new team captain Rebeccah Aube after Monica's unexpected death, but he really became the team's - and region's - dog over the years. Shilo has always been THAT dog - that dog that could double-run, that dog that would run for any handler, that dog that helped train the green dogs, that dog who easily stepped into teams unfamiliar to him when needed. He was fast and dependable, and a solid start dog. Shilo retired with 64,125 NAFA points in July 2017 after an amazing career as a competitive flyball machine. Even though he no longer competes, he continues to help train green dogs for the team. Shilo is the ultimate team player, and truly represents what MVP is all about.

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 13

Dog's Call Name:

Vortex

Dog's Breed:

Jack/Parson Russell Terrier

Dog's CRN:

050359

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(787) NASDOG Racing

Dog's Owner:

Valerie Whiterock

Nominated by:

Jeannie Johnson
(787) NASDOG Racing
Athol, MA
US

Vortex ("Tex") made his flyball debut back in 2006 and is still going strong today at almost 14 years old! Tex is a true "been there, done that" dog amassing just shy of 60,000 points with his sights set on his 60K by the end of 2017. During his career he has called 3 Clubs home and has also run Open with 10 different Clubs in Regions 13 & 15 as a highly coveted 7" HD. He can run in any position needed and never flinches no matter the size of the dog he is passing. Back in the early years he was often called upon to run extra as HDs were few and far between. In later years after the creation of the Open Division he helped several Clubs as an Open HD and was almost always on our own roster as a backup dog as well. Tex has been a little workhorse his entire career and while not quite as fast as he once was, he's still out there giving it his all and barking up a storm at every event. For these reasons we feel Tex is an excellent candidate for Region 13 MVP.

Regional MVP Nominees - Region 14

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 14

Dog's Call Name:

Emma

Dog's Breed:

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

Dog's CRN:

110792

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(463) Rocket City Racers

Dog's Owner:

Sharon Casto

Nominated by:

Jeanne Harem
(463) Rocket City Racers
Huntsville, AL
US

The Dixie Flyers would like to nominate Emma, an 8 year old Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever for Region 14 MVP. Emma began her racing career in 2011 and has been a consistent and reliable dog on the Rocket City Racers lineup ever since. Emma has raced with dogs from several different clubs without hesitation; just let her race and she is happy. Over her career Emma has traveled to many tournaments without her regular team and has played in an Open division with at least 6 different clubs over 20 different times. Each time she has shown her adaptability by running cleanly with different dogs in every position of the lineup. Her consistency and love of the game makes Emma a true MVP to Rocket City Racers and Region 14.

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 14

Dog's Call Name:

Jet

Dog's Breed:

Mix

Dog's CRN:

120204

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(634) Chattanooga Chomp

Dog's Owner:

Melinda Norris

Nominated by:

Kate Corum
(634) Chattanooga Chomp
Chattanooga, TN
US

Jet began his flyball career only 10 days after turning one, on December 31, 2011. He never made mistakes, ran consistent times, and was a reliable and tireless start dog. He was perfect from the beginning. Then, in early 2015, Melinda noted lameness in a rear leg and immediately had a veterinary evaluation. It was determined that he had a deformity/injury that would require a dramatic knee surgery similar to a cruciate ligament repair, but much more invasive. Surgery was successful in May 2015, but Melinda was told that he would never play flyball again. Little did they know that Jet isn't a normal dog. He loves flyball and loves to play with his beloved ball and for his beloved mom. He and Melinda did extensive rehab for over a year and proved that veterinarian wrong. He returned to the lanes in August 2016, earned his Onyx this summer, and has never skipped a beat. He's used to train new dogs and handlers. He can be put in any lineup, in any position, and any situation. Every team should have a resilient beast like Jet on their club, and that's why are are proud to nominate him for MVP!

Regional MVP Nominees - Region 15

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 15

Dog's Call Name:

Ally

Dog's Breed:

Whippet

Dog's CRN:

110778

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(751) Scallywags

Dog's Owner:

Tracey Luggiero

Nominated by:

Kathryn Bobb
(751) Scallywags
Baltimore, MD
US

Ally, a 7 year old Whippet, has been racing since 2011 with Bone Crushers and now we are happy to have her run with Scallywags. Ally's speed and consistency allowed us to set new club records for our Multibreed team and also made her a valuable player on many Open teams throughout the region. Ally loves to race and this year she ran at a total of 16 tournaments. Although she can run in any position for any handler, Ally really shines when she gets to run anchor for Steve Bannon and bring home a victory in a tightly matched race! Ally's spirit for racing is contagious among the other dogs and we can count on her to maintain her enthusiasm throughout a long weekend of flyball. Sometimes she pulls her fastest times in the last race of the day. We feel that Ally is very deserving for consideration for Regional 15 MVP as she embodies the speed, drive, and reliability we all work toward with our own dogs.

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 15

Dog's Call Name:

Bertha

Dog's Breed:

Boston Terrier

Dog's CRN:

120820

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(80) Capital Flyers

Dog's Owner:

JEAN THOMPSON

Nominated by:

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

Bertha is an amazing little flyball dog...owned and run originally by Jean Thompson. After Jean passed from cancer, Bertha went to live with Kerry D'Ascoli, and has run her heart out for her. Bertha bobbles, sometimes spectacularly...but she always gives it her all. She's the main height dog for Capital Flyers, and runs full time at each tournament. She is all business at tournaments, so much so that we joke about her "whatever" demeanor. She's an awesome little Boston, and she totally is our MVP.

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 15

Dog's Call Name:

Delaney

Dog's Breed:

Australian Shepherd

Dog's CRN:

080041

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(549) Obsessed K-9's

Dog's Owner:

Dianne Ruddy

Nominated by:

Kim Shepherd
(549) Obsessed K-9's
Warrenton, VA

What can I say about Delaney? She has more drive than most dogs and a love for the game. She was and still is fast for an Australian Shepherd at the age 11. In her prime she was running sub 4s. She loves to race the other dogs and can run anywhere in the pack as long as the dog passing her is strong minded since she has the typical Aussie barking with the pass. You always know when she is in the lanes. She has helped train many dogs in one form or another. Dianne (her owner/handler) and Delaney are a great team and are a joy to watch.

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 15

Dog's Call Name:

Reba

Dog's Breed:

Vizsla

Dog's CRN:

070806

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(797) Happily Evfur After

Dog's Owner:

Marianne Megna

Nominated by:

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

Reba is our nomination for Region 15 MVP. Reba has been the highest-pointed Vizsla since 2014 and can be found in the NAFA record book as the first Vizsla to earn 40K, 50K & 60K titles. She is also a NAFA Iron Dog. The 2016-2017 racing year was Reba's last as her owner decided it was time to retire her and let Reba's daughter, Melody, continue to represent their breed in flyball. Reba has helped many green dogs over the years by providing a "non-scary" picture for a passing partner. She raced in tournaments in multiple regions, running Open with many other clubs when on the road, and raced at CanAm every year from 2013 to 2016. Steady and consistent, Reba was an invaluable member of Happily Evfur After and we will miss her in the lanes.

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 15

Dog's Call Name:

Trip

Dog's Breed:

Border Collie

Dog's CRN:

110770

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(928) Kinetic

Dog's Owner:

Brooke Haas

Nominated by:

Becky Knox
(928) Kinetic
Chagrin Falls, OH

Trip is a 7 year old Border Collie from Iron Stone who races on Kinetic and owns the heart of Brooke. He started his career on Dogtown in September 2011 at 15 months old and the following month was start dog on the CanAm Classic Regular 4 Championship team. He has since contributed to the earning of two Regular (2013 & 2014) and two Multibreed (2016 & 2017) Region 15 Championships as well as a second CanAm Classic Regular 4 Championship trophy in 2014. Trip runs consistently in any position and can easily be passed off to others for handling -- he has taught several new flyballers, including juniors how to play his favorite game. Trip is also known to travel out of region and race with other clubs whenever he gets the chance.

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 15

Dog's Call Name:

Vapour

Dog's Breed:

Miniature Schnauzer

Dog's CRN:

110772

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(946) Ruffin' It

Dog's Owner:

Craig Olsen

Nominated by:

Jen Pavillard
(946) Ruffin' It
Gap, PA
US

Region 15 flyballers know when Vapour is heading into the ring by the constant high-pitch 'bark' in which he proclaims his excitement for playing the game. Vapour is a 7-year old, Miniature Schnauzer powerhouse. Starting his flyball career in October 2011, Vapour quickly became and remains a core team dog. Vapour is a solid performer and has earned his MBGDCH and FG90K titles, with a goal of earning his HOBBES in 2018. In 2016, Vapour was the #17 top point earning dog with 15,414 points. He serves as an eight inch, sub 5-second height dog that is able to fill any position (including start on a regular basis) and often backs-up a second team. Big dog, little dogs, fluffy dogs, skinny dogs, and barky dogs… Vapour has passed into and come back on them all. I submit for your consideration Vapour as Regional MVP for his unfailing performance and pure love of the game.

Regional MVP Nominees - Region 18

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 18

Dog's Call Name:

Rugby

Dog's Breed:

Mix

Dog's CRN:

130100

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(695) Alaska Dogs Gone Wild

Dog's Owner:

Stacy & Curtis Smith

Nominated by:

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

Rugby, Region 18's only Border Staffy, is a dog who knows what he wants. He is the total package of brawn, beauty, and brains. Rugby could have been in the movies, or perhaps worked for NASA, but instead he chose flyball. You won't find a dog who works harder or puts more into the game. He is fast, focused, and tireless. When Rugby hit the lanes in 2013, he was the fastest dog to run in Alaska, setting the bar high and bringing ADGW to a new level of competition. His personal best is 3.675. Rugby ran on ADGW's current record-holding teams for Regular, Multibreed, and Open, recently setting a new Regular record of 16.669. This year, he also earned the ONYX title. Whether running in starts or in the pack, Rugby is extremely consistent and reliable, making him a dream to pass. And did we mention his smile? He greets his friends with the most adorable toothy grin and full body wags. Rugby may have a buff physique and a winning personality, but it is his hard work, talent, and achievements that make him the perfect candidate for Region 18 MVP.

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 18

Dog's Call Name:

Tango

Dog's Breed:

American Pit Bull Terrier

Dog's CRN:

140803

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(894) Glacier Shakers

Dog's Owner:

KIM HEDIN

Nominated by:

Holly Evans
(894) Glacier Shakers
Anchorage, AK
US

Tango and his brother Cash joined our club in March 2014. A dynamic duo of pit bulls. While it was Cash that learned the sport first, it would be Tango to carry the torch and excel far beyond Kim's expectations. This brute, weighing in around 60 pounds, debuted with a 4.615 in June 2015. His current fastest time is a 4.297 from this September. Tango aka "No Crop" has been an essential member of our "A" team. Our 16.461 would not have been possible without him in anchor. Kim's dedication to training and Tango's drive to exceed have propelled them to the forefront of flyball in Alaska. A better ambassador for the breed in this dog sport you could not find. His gentle demeanor ringside showcases why pit bulls are so loved, while his incessant barking in the lane tells an all too different story to Kim. This pair is quite the sight to behold in the lanes, Kim's tiny tattooed frame paired with a ripped blue beast makes for an awesome combination. We are lucky to have this twosome be Shakers and they are more than deserving of the MVP for Region 18. Black and Blue Baby!

Regional MVP Nominees - Region 19

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 19

Dog's Call Name:

LEXI

Dog's Breed:

Border Collie

Dog's CRN:

060500

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(401) RUFF

Dog's Owner:

Sharon Torkilson

Nominated by:

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

Aspenkeep Supersonic Alexis (aka Lexi) earned her first points in June 2006; she was a fierce competitor and quickly became an essential part of her team being able to run in any position and for anyone. Lexi earned 62,206 points and competed in 187 tournaments, mostly within Region 19. Lexi competed in the World Cynosports held in Arizona in 2007 & 2008 and in Denver in 2012; she earned her Iron Dog in December 2014. Throughout her career Lexi 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, ThorntonFest, Nuggets games and many more. Lexi loved flyball and told everyone about it; she retired from flyball in March 2017.

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 19

Dog's Call Name:

Maggie

Dog's Breed:

Jack/Parson Russell Terrier

Dog's CRN:

070866

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(809) Westside Woofers

Dog's Owner:

Catherine Stampe

Nominated by:

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

Maggie McFly, a rescued Jack Russell Terrier has been racing since 2008. She represents the Woofers as the mighty, fun loving, string cheese eating, height dog. She has traveled & competed in the 3 states Region 19 consists of (plus a few more) and earned her Iron Dog & Onyx early in 2017. Her joy for the sport is evident and she became a demo favorite – showing off flyball at local schools, 4H demos, Meeker Sheepdog Championships, Cabellas, Strang Ranch Herding Championships, Scottish Fest games even the local news! People watch her barking, how she can't wait to run, and they want their dogs to experience the excitement she displays. She continues racing & helping the growth of flyball in Western Colorado.

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 19

Dog's Call Name:

Ruby

Dog's Breed:

Labrador Retriever

Dog's CRN:

080683

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(401) RUFF

Dog's Owner:

Ric Karsten

Nominated by:

Laura Sheldon
(401) RUFF
Denver, CO
US

RUFF would like to nominate miss Ruby Eukie for MVP. After her owner Ric discovered flyball by following the sound of barking dogs on JeffCo Fairgrounds, he knew his spirited black lab would take to the sport right away. Ruby started racing in 2008 and has been a stable anchor, always ready to help out teams or new dogs with her reliable racing prowess. She raced with miniature schnauzer Daisy Mae, for many years. During that time she started to mimic Daisy's extremely high pitched bark of excitement. Ruby shows off her modified vocal skills to this day when she is waiting to run in the backfield. When racing it's hard to say who has the bigger smile, Ruby or Ric.

Regional MVP Nominees - Region 20

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 20

Dog's Call Name:

Proven

Dog's Breed:

Mix

Dog's CRN:

150019

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(1028) Crossing Borders

Dog's Owner:

Christine Apt

Nominated by:

Matt Stevens
(1028) Crossing Borders
Kemptville, ON
CA

Proven is the start dog that every team in flyball wishes they had. With the awesome starts by his handler and owner, Christine, it is rare that Proven will run slower than 3.6 seconds. In fact he ran his best time this year running a 3.462! But it has not been easy for Proven and Christine. There were times when he wasn't sure that racing down the lane and getting his ball and bringing it all the way back was what he really wanted to do! But with lots of hard work by Christine and Proven, he has become a solid consistant speed demon! His turn on the box is incredible and with a dog with so much speed, you think he would pound the box but that it not the case! And Proovie as he is affectionately called, is a rocket on the return! As a loved family pet at home, Proven is the sweetest and quietest of the pack. Of course, he has to take a step behind his big "little" brother Atticus! I hope that you will consider the black and white BW missile for Region 20 MVP this year. Thanks, Matt.

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 20

Dog's Call Name:

Sonic

Dog's Breed:

Mix

Dog's CRN:

110945

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(755) Ready Set Go

Dog's Owner:

Jason Milburn

Nominated by:

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

Sonic has got to be THE most user-friendly dog I have ever seen or had the pleasure to race with. Point & shoot dog is probably the best way to describe how easy he is to handle. Sonic A.K..A Boom Boom Pow is a mix breed but WOW…What a solid mix… nothing fancy but what is unique to him is that, he can be double-run and not drop his run time by and less than .002 per heat. This dog is a Machine built from steel and attitude. A Terminator if you will. To-date, Sonic has helped train no less than 10 different dogs. Sonic is part of our A-Team on Ready Set GO's and even at the age of 8, he still manages to pull low 4's consistently. Never wanting anything other than to be led into the ring for some genuine canine fun is all he's ever asked for. Please support Sonic's nomination for MVP. He truly deserves this! Thank you for your vote.

Regional MVP Nominees - Region 21

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 21

Dog's Call Name:

Betty

Dog's Breed:

Mix

Dog's CRN:

100470

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(532) Skidmarkz

Dog's Owner:

Jayne McQuillen & Steve Branin

Nominated by:

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

Disorderly Conduct, Omaha Speed Racers, and Skidmarkz are proud to co-nominate the smallest dog with the biggest fan club, Protege's Itty Bitty Betty. Most valuable player isn't always about running the fastest. Sometimes it's about showing others that the seemingly impossible is possible. Betty may have been tiny, but she left a huge impression on so many. Her fan club spoke loud a clear: ********************************* "The lessons learned from her have helped many dogs and will continue to help many dogs in the future." "She inspired and taught so many people!" "She was an incredible little girl with so much heart!" "Betty was a tiny dog with a huge impact." "She had such a story, and really brought out the best in many of us...." "She was an amazing little dog, with a presence far larger than her tiny size!" "She was the bravest dog I ever met since true bravery is doing something in spite of your fears." "She was my favorite little one to watch and cheer in the flyball lanes." "She was one of the most amazingly inspired puppies that could!" "Hard to believe that a 7 pound dog could leave such a huge hole behind. Betty will always be with me." ********************************* Betty will always be with all of us.

2017 Nominees for Judge of the Year

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Nomination for Judge of the Year

Judge:

John Fairbairn
Murphy, TX

Nominated by:

Sherry Hull
Houston, TX
US

Always Fair, and keeps the racing moving. Very friendly and talkative, between heats.

Nomination for Judge of the Year

Judge:

Jonathan Bescher
Clayton, NC

Nominated by:

Ian Cuthbertson
Pelham, AL
US

I am pleased to nominate Jonathan Bescher for NAFA judge of the year. I believe that Jonathan deserves this award because he has a spectacular attitude in the ring and is loved by many competitors across the sport. Jonathan is an incredibly knowledgeable judge and more importantly an incredibly fair and fun judge. He is always willing to help, he always has a smile on his face and is always willing to step up to a tough assignment, whether that be becoming one of the first certified measuring judges for NAFA or organizing the judges at CanAm. I had the privilege to complete my last apprentice judging assignment this June with him as my supervising judge and I can't say enough about how much I learned from him and plan to form much of my future judging style around his. It is important for a judge to be fair, knowledgeable and fun and Jonathan has all of those qualities and more.

Nomination for Judge of the Year

Judge:

Lea Reisig
Abbotsford, BC

Nominated by:

Crystal Beck
Blodgett, OR
US

Lea judges at many local tournaments and is always excited, happy, and friendly. My new teammates get excited when, at a two ring tournament, we are in Lea's ring. She is unfailingly fair. Even when having to do something that is no fun for anyone, like writing up a dog for aggression, she goes out of her way to make sure that everyone is okay emotionally as well as physically afterwards. A new handler's first race with her dog ended in a write up, and Lea took time during her breaks to reassure the handler and provide extra information about exactly what being written up does and does not mean for the dog in question. In addition to her awesome qualities in the ring, Lea is just a fun person to have at a tournament, calling herself "auntie Lea" when talking to the dogs, helping out with setting up tournaments no matter how much we ask her to just relax, and just being a fun, pleasant person to be around at every tournament. Those few tournaments when she is not present as a competitor or judge, she is very missed. I will be so, so sad when she retires.

Nomination for Judge of the Year

Judge:

Steve Corona
Georgetown, TX

Nominated by:

Kerri Oehmen
Needville, TX
US

Steve is a stand up individual that is always ready to help our region. We love have him with us.