Flyball racers earn titles at 2018 CanAm Classic

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 31: A Border Collie competes in the Flyball during The World Dog Games at Acer Arena on October 31, 2009 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 31: A Border Collie competes in the Flyball during The World Dog Games at Acer Arena on October 31, 2009 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images) /

Flyball racers earned many awards and set personal bests during the 2018 CanAm Classic this weekend.

The 2018 NAFA CanAm Classic flyball tournament, the Super Bowl of the sport, was held this weekend in Indianapolis, and over 200 teams competed in close to 800 races over three days of competition.

Many of the dogs on these teams set personal bests or achieved new titles declaring their progress or excellence in the sport.

(For an introduction to flyball, click here for our outline of the sport.)

These titles work similarly to progress in martial arts – the higher you go, the more points you earn.

The Ballderdasher’s Rum Runner, Disorderly Conduct’s Cali & Max, DogGoneFast’s Dakota, the Dixie Flyers’ Gil, Penny of Ruff Position, Torch of Tenacity, RF Revolution’s Crash & Drew, Lunatic Fringe’s Cupid, the Music City Road Dogs’ Abby, and the Weston Whirlwinds’ Gunnar earned their Iron Dog awards, which means they’ve scored at least one point for ten straight years.

Revolution Flyball had three dogs – Damage, Jealousy and Vengeance – all earn their CanAm Iron Dog title.

Winnie of Two-Lane Highway also earned her CanAm Iron Dog award, running at every single event, as did DGF’s Halo

No Speed Limit’s Pesto earned made Iron Dog, and attended all ten CanAms, racing in nine of them. Peso also earned the HOBBES Award, the highest rank possible in flyball, at 100,000 career points.

Rocky of RUFF set personal bests two days in a row, with a new fastest time of 4.536 seconds. Ballderdasher’s Boston Terrier Bacardi Breezer also set a PB of  4.189.

Chattanooga Chomp’s Jundi earne her Flyball Dog title, which is given at 20 points. Also earning FD was MCRD’s Jasper in his first tournament ever.

MCRD’s Marty picked up the Flyball Dog Excellent (FDX) title, given at 100 career points.

Marty’s teammate Gordie earned the Flyball Dog Champion-Gold title, awarded at 2,500 points.

Good2Go height dog Dunn earned his Flyball Master (FM) title, given at 5,000 points, and set a new PB of 4.838. Also earning FMs were the Ball Driven Bandits’ Storm, Good2Go’s Sabia, the Obsessed K-9’s Keegan, the Rocket City Racers’ Marley.

Surf City’s Luna picked up her Flyball Master Excellent (FMX) title, given at 10,000 points.

Nyx earned the title of Flyball Master Champion (FMCh), given out at 15,000 career points. Also earning their FMCh was Fur in a Blur’s Trophy.

Blurr of RUSH! earned the ONYX Award, given to dogs who have achieved 20,000 points in their career. Also earning the ONYX was the Omaha Speedracers’ Lochlan,

Alaska Dogs Gone Wild had two dogs, Diva and Rocket, set PBs at 4.819 and 3.566, respectively. Diva also won her ONYX title.

In only his second tournament ever, Higgins of Happily Evfur After earned his Multibreed Flyball Dog (MBD 20 points) and Multibreed Flyball Dog Excellent (MBDX 100 points) titles.

In his first tournament ever, Skidmarkz’s Larson earned his FD, MBD, FDX and MBDX titles.

Remi, from the Weston Whirlwinds, earned the Multibreed ONYX title, unlocked at 20,000 career points.

Fur in a Blur’s Evee chased her lost ball into the neighboring ring (track), which was in the middle of a race at the time, retrieved and returned her ball, then finished all four jumps cleanly, and they still won the race.

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Congratulations to all these fantastic racers!

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