The Weston Whirlwinds have been participating in North
American Flyball Association flyball tournaments since 2000.
We currently have 17 dogs at various levels of competition and
training. The mission of the Weston Whirlwinds Flyball Team
is above all to have fun with our canine companions while
training to be the best we can be and exhibiting good
Regular Team Best Time: 17.238 seconds, October 2013 (Gunnar, Mattingly, Finn and Krave, jumping 8 inches).
Multibreed Team Best Time: 18.479 seconds, November 2012 (Mattingly, Eika, Addie, and Zak, jumping 9 inches).
Flyball is a relay race for teams of dogs in which each of the four dogs on a team must run down a 51 foot course, jump four hurdles, trigger a "box" which releases a tennis ball, and return back over the hurdles with the ball. Each dog must run in turn and may not cross the start line before the previous dog has returned.
Races occur between pairs of teams running on parallel courses and are electronically timed; sometimes races are decided by as little as one thousandth of a second.
A fast-paced sport open to dogs of all sizes and breeds, Flyball is unique among dog sports in that it is truly a team sport - all the dogs on the team as well as their handlers must work together in order for the team to be successful.
Greenfield Derby 2015
Weston Whirlwinds Lightning took 1st in Regular 3
while the Hurricanes took 4th in Multi 1 at the
2015 Greenfield Derby, May 2-3 at the Franklin County Fairgrounds
in Greenfield, MA. The weather was well-nigh perfect, and
the Lighning (Mattingly, Stella, Zak, Finn, and Patches)
pretty much dominated the competition, even flirting with breaking
out while posting a best time of 20.313. The Hurricanes
had a harder time of it, but managed to pull things together
enough to win some points and some cheers from the onlookers
as they closed out the tournament with the last race.
Congratulations to Sophie for earning her FDCh-S.
Many thanks to Junior Handlers Kylie (running Zak), Sebastian (running Finn), and Keely (ball shagging). Great job!
Pictures can be seen here and a time lapse video can be seen here
Spring Fling 2015
In the first Region 13 tournament since last September
that didn't feature snowflakes falling from the sky,
the Weston Whirlwinds Lightning placed 1st in Regular 2
while Thunder placed 2nd in Open 2 and the Hurricanes
placed 3rd in Multi 1 at the Maine Coast Runners 14th annual
Spring Fling tournament, April 11-12 at the Dover Ice Arena
in Dover, NH.
Lightning, consisting of Mattingly, Eika, Max, and Finn (ably handled by Junior Handler Sebastian), with cameo appearances by Patches (making her Flyball debut in great fashion), ran very consistently throughout the tournament and pretty much dominated their competition, posting a best time of 18.991.
Thunder (Zak, Kick, Remi, Addie, and Sophie) had some rough moments but did a great job. It was especially nice to see Sophie beginning to settle into her role - she ran very well the entire tournament. We look forward to seeing her expand her repertoire to include both lanes in the not too distant future.
The Hurricanes (Gunnar, Stella, Torre, and Henna) performed admirably in their division (Multi 1 is always tough), posting a best time of 21.157 and managing to beat their seeding by one place. Addie pulled double duty by acting as cheerleader and one-time standin for Henna.
Congratulations to our Junior Handlers Kylie (running Zak), Sebastian (running Finn), and Peyton (running Sophie). You guys did a great job!
Many thanks to Kathy and Kick from Buffalo Wings for running with us on Thunder.
Milestones: congratulations to Addie for earning her FGDCh-40 and to Patches for earning her FD and FDX.
Pictures of the tournament can be seen here.
Video can be seen here.
Flakes a Flyin' 2015
We don't know if it was the weather or the winter cobwebs or what,
but things were definitely flakely at the 2015 edition of
Fetch 'n Fly's Flakes a Flyin' tournament, March 14-15 at
Boom Towne Canine Campus in Farmington, NY.
Weston Whirlwinds Lightning (Mattingly, Finn, Addie, Henna, Torre, and Remi) placed 1st in Regular 2, showing once again that consistancy often beats speed. They cranked out a best time of 20.292 while dealing with the unfortunate loss of Addie for the second day of racing. Kudos to Torre and Remi for their excellent work in replacing her and helping the team to their first place finish.
Weston Whirlwinds Blizzard, running in Open 1, consisted of Fyurie and Errow from Buffalo Wings, Iago from On The Fly, and Torre (with backup by Finn) - that's right, three German Shepherd Dogs and a mini Aussie. That's something you don't see very often. The team ran a little ragged at the start of the tournament but settled down to finish nicely - most likely just shaking off the winter blahs. We'd love to be able to run this team again some time. Many thanks to Kevin, Trish, Tim, and Tracey for running with us.
A.R.F.F. Tug Thugs, with Jessie, Whit, our own Remi, and Secret, placed first in Open 3, a very competitive division with several excitingly tight races. The Thugs ended up winning all but one of their races, and even that one went to five heats. Thanks to Barb and the entire A.R.F.F. team for letting Remi run with them.
Kudos to Junior Handler Sebastian, who handled Finn all by himself for the entire tournament - not only as planned on Lightning but also on Blizzard as part of the replacement shuffle for Addie. It's not everyone who can run a dog on two different teams like that - great job! And thanks for sharing your birthday cake with us!
Pictures can be seen here.
Videos can be seen here and here.