2012 NAFA CMHOF, RMVP and JOY

2012 Clyde Moore Memorial Hall of Fame

2012 Regional MVPs

Region 1

Region 2

Region 3

Region 4

Region 5

Region 6

Region 8

Region 9

Region 10

Region 11

Region 12

Region 13

Region 14

Region 15

Region 16

Region 18

Region 19

Region 20

Region 21

2012 Judge of the Year


2012 Clyde Moore Memorial Hall of Fame

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Dog's Call Name:

Alibi

Dog's Breed:

Border Collie

Dog's CRN:

010450

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(164) Rocket Relay

Dog's Owner:

Ron Gosciminski

Nominated by:

Rocket Relay Flyball Club
Caledonia, ON
CA

The impact Alibi has had on the sport of flyball has been tremendous and rather remarkable. She stood out from the first time she hit the mats and continued with unreal consistency right to her last heat. Her accomplishments are numerous which includes many regular world records as well as being a part of the first multi team to run 15's and many multi records after that. She also set the standard many years back for what people thought a dog was capable of when she was taking 3.5 seconds off a clock in a pass when no other dog was even close to that. Her contribution to the sport came from off the lanes as well with the puppies she has produced. Once she was retired, her pups took the torch and helped many teams continue to get faster as well as run world records. With all these contributions to the sport, we fell Alibi deserves the recognition of being inducted into the hall of fame and we would be honoured if you felt the same way. Thanks for your time, Rocket Relay Flyball Club.

2012 Regional MVPs

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Regional MVP - Region 1

Dog's Call Name:

Simmer

Dog's Breed:

Mix

Dog's CRN:

050489

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(108) Ballistics

Dog's Owner:

Bob Kozminski

Nominated by:

Shannon Seeger
(108) Ballistics
Hemlock, MI
US

Most everyone in Region 1 has had the honor to watch this little powerhouse of a dog run her heart out for Bob. She bottles up her energy to stay perched on Bob's lap to enter the ring but when her feet touch the ground she is ready to launch. All business, Simmer runs hard and tugs harder pushing her Dad to HER limits, not his! Simmer has been a driving force in bringing Ballistics to their best times ever and not only pushing us into Division 1 but helping to make our team competitive there. To many of us Simmer would be a dream flyball dog, to Region 1 she is a well known athelete but to Ballistics, Simmer and Bob are family. To see so much dog, so under control, so patient, so focused, so solid, so driven, so fast... is to see Simmer. Please consider Simmer for Region 1 MVP.

Regional MVP - Region 2

Dog's Call Name:

Turner

Dog's Breed:

Border Collie

Dog's CRN:

020959

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(331) Bad to the Bone

Dog's Owner:

Craig & Sharon MacSween

Nominated by:

Andrea Walli
(331) Bad to the Bone
RR 1 Hawkestone, ON
CA

I am thrilled to nominate Turner,the ultimate Border Collie owned by Craig and Sharon MacSween, for Region 2's MVP. Turner, an invaluable member of Bad to the Bone for the past 3 years and of other teams since 2002, is the epitome of a Flyball MVP. Now 11 years young, an Iron Dog Award recipient and close to 80,000 points, she still lives for the game,running 3.8s and 3.9s ín her prime and even now in the low 4's. Her skill and longevity are found not only at the Flyball box but also in her offspring from the whelping box. Turner produced 11 puppies, all outstanding in Flyball including both height and strong powerful dogs. Two of her sons have gone on to produce equally outstanding progeny and Turner's legacy will live on in the Flyball community for many years to come. Myles, Hoochie, Sever, Cheech, Grip, Juice, Sydney, Bayou, Guilty, Fly, and Cork, on Region 1 and Region 2 teams,have helped significantly lower their teams' times in competition and all share their mother's indomitable spirit. Please join me in celebrating Turner's joie de Flyball and vote for her as Region 2's MVP. Respectfully and proudly submitted, Andrea Walli Bad to the Bone (331) Region 2

Regional MVP - Region 3

Dog's Call Name:

Riley

Dog's Breed:

Rat Terrier

Dog's CRN:

030283

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(822) E-Z-Goin'

Dog's Owner:

Bob Atol

Nominated by:

Kris Bowder
(817) Stack Attack
Richfield, MN
US

I would like to nominate Bob Atol's Rat Terrier, Riley, for Region 3 MVP. Riley is a height dog, running over 8" jumps with an average time of 5.4 to 5.6 in his prime. Bob and Riley have been a team since 2003. They have traveled together extensively since that time, which has resulted in Riley earning not only his Hobbes this year, but also the distinction of being Top Point Dog in the Region. Riley has also been running long enough to have earned his Iron Dog Award. Because Bob and Riley have worked so hard, they have helped many other dogs to earn points and titles. Whether Bob and Riley are running with their team or running on an open team to help other people, they always do their very best. I think Riley deserves to be Region 3 MVP. His consistency at being able to race all weekend at 11 years of age is a testament to how much Riley and Bob both enjoy the sport of flyball. And the fact that Riley has earned his Hobbes, Iron Dog Award and Top Point Dog speaks for itself.

Regional MVP - Region 4

Dog's Call Name:

Scully

Dog's Breed:

Mini Australian/American Shepherd

Dog's CRN:

041356

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(327) High Fives

Dog's Owner:

Scott & Tija Mohr

Nominated by:

Alicia Kraucunas
(327) High Fives
Eagle, WI
US

High Fives would like to recommend Scully for Region 4 MVP. Scully is owned by Tija and Scott Mohr, but loved by everyone that meets him. Tija received Scully for her birthday in 2003 and a year later, again on her birthday, ran his first tournament. In fact he started a mini Aussie craze in our area, everyone wants a Scully or wants to steal him, but they broke the mold after they made him. Scully has been a solid foundation for our team. He has run on regular, open, mulit teams and in any position from start to anchor. As High Fives has been short on height dogs in the past couple of years, we have had to rely heavily on Scully and he never misses a beat. Whenever or wherever we need him he is there, be it to train new dogs on passing, attending all our tournaments, or participating in demos to promote the sport, you can always count on Scully and Tija. Although he is old enough to run vets, slowing down is not in this dog's vocabulary, he is just as scrappy as ever and challenges all our dogs to do their best.

Nomination for Regional MVP - Region 5

Dog's Call Name:

Laser

Dog's Breed:

Border Collie

Dog's CRN:

030581

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(180) Top Dog Racers

Dog's Owner:

Karen Erz

Nominated by:

Elizabeth Currin
(180) Top Dog Racers
Carrollton, TX
US

Laser, was born to play flyball. There are lots of black and white border collies in Region 5, but I believe Laser loves the sport even more than most. You can't help but notice Laser in the lanes; yes he's barking like a banshee, but he's also literally smiling! Of all Karen's dogs, Laser was the easiest to train. At his very first tournament, Laser was supposed to only warm-up, but as it turned out, he ran full time-- flawlessly! Laser has the smoothest, most consistent box turn I've ever seen. It's the lucky person who gets to pass Laser in a line-up. When TDR starts to train new dogs how to pass, Laser and his easygoing attitude make him the go to dog to get the job done. After 9 years running on Top Dog Racers, Laser now plays with several Region 5 Open teams like ARC and DFA whenever needed. If he's not helping new dogs learn the sport or running on Open teams to help other dogs earn points, this Iron Dog is dreaming about being in the lanes barking, smiling and playing flyball to his heart's content. Yep, Laser was born to play flyball!

Regional MVP - Region 6

Dog's Call Name:

Joe

Dog's Breed:

Border Collie

Dog's CRN:

020185

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(168) Flying Colors

Dog's Owner:

Henry Pfiester

Nominated by:

Kris Pickering
(168) Flying Colors
Las Vegas, NV
US

Flying Colors nominates Henry Pfiester's ONYX border collie Joe as Region 6's MVP, not just for the preceding racing year, but for the preceding racing decade. Joe is a big, almost smooth-coated border collie, with strong herding drive. He has run on Flying Colors for his entire flyball career – in every position and on every team, from the A team in his prime, to the multi-breed team, to the green dog teams, where a steady dog to help the new pups make their debut was what was required, to the vets team "Goofballs." Joe was sidelined by injury for part of one racing year, so narrowly missed an Iron Dog Award. But if there ever was an iron dog, in terms of tireless effort out on the flyball lanes, no matter what was asked of him, it is Joe. For these reasons, we nominate Joe as Region 6 MVP!

Regional MVP - Region 8

Dog's Call Name:

Ruth-less

Dog's Breed:

Border Collie

Dog's CRN:

010833

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(516) BLUR

Dog's Owner:

Alex Zdanowski

Nominated by:

Ashley Hyde
(516) BLUR
Regina, SK
CA

Ruth has been Alex's first flyball dog at 12 years old. We just retired her with her 90,000 point title. Always solid and consistent! Ruth has ran on multiple teams over the years and has helped many achieve milestone markers. She ran in any position for anybody -- and gave 110% each race!

Regional MVP - Region 9

Dog's Call Name:

Ginny

Dog's Breed:

Golden Retriever

Dog's CRN:

070685

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(493) Go Dog Go

Dog's Owner:

Dave Thomas

Nominated by:

Cheryl Motheral-Lynn
(493) Go Dog Go
Wake Forest, NC
US

When flyballers hear Dave Thomas yell "Go Ginny Go" you see heads turn to watch the wicked-fast Golden Retriever race up the lane. Her speed, grace, athleticism, and enthusiasm are a joy to watch. Top Brass Gingersnap (Ginny) has earned 57689 NAFA points in just 5 years of competition, is the #1 Golden Retriever in Region 9, and is listed #6 in NAFA points for her breed. Preparing Ginny for competition was no easy task, but when the light went on, it burned bright. Ginny was selected to the Dream Team at the 2008 Coconut Classic, and in 2012 Dave was named Dream Team captain. Consistent and indefatigable, Go Dog Go has come to rely on Ginny's speed, skill, and drive. She was an essential dog in the club's multibreed team that took the regional championship in 2009 and catapulted Go Dog Go! into a truly competitive force in Region 9 flyball. Ginny's passion for flyball led handler Dave to invent a high-tech system that captures passes displayed on video screens in real time. This system is now used by many clubs to improve their passes. For these reasons, we feel Ginny is the perfect MVP for Region 9.

Regional MVP - Region 10

Dog's Call Name:

Sisqo

Dog's Breed:

Mix

Dog's CRN:

081123

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(266) Fast 'n FURious

Dog's Owner:

Mike Devine

Nominated by:

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

Sisqo is a 5 year old BorderStaffie, owned/handled by Mike Devine. This dog is born to play flyball, a natural who learned the game easily and demonstrated his ability by passing both ways in his first tournament with no prior practice and did so flawlessly. Sisqo's greatest attributes are his focus, consistency, versatility, and, of course, speed. He can run in any position, pass with any dog, be handled by any number of handlers, and run as a big dog or as an 11 inch height dog while maintaining 3.9 - 4.1 speeds regardless of height. Sisqo is a key member to his club, Fast 'n Furious, helping them defend their regional championship as a height dog for 2 years, and now willingly and happily passes that torch to his little sister, Viper. This past year he has run on both the record setting Airwave Regular and Blitz Multi teams as the height dog. Sisqo is an athlete who consistently demonstrates his worth to his club. He would be a welcome and valuable addition to any team/club. We believe these attributes qualify him as a deserving nominee to be Region 10's MVP for the 2011/2012 racing season. Thank You

Regional MVP - Region 11

Dog's Call Name:

Lexi

Dog's Breed:

Labrador Retriever

Dog's CRN:

050883

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(883) Barkaholics

Dog's Owner:

Michael & Barbara Miller

Nominated by:

Stacy Groff
(883) Barkaholics
Myakka City, FL
US

Lexi began her racing career in 2005. Lexi will always be an MVP in my mind- she is one of those amazing dogs that will run in any position and remain rock solid- a flyball unsung hero of sorts. Lexi has taught many green dogs how to pass and to stay in their own lanes- in fact, dogs she has "broken in" are now running on at least 3 different teams within our region. She is a wonderful, non reactive dog that has really been an asset for racing and training alike. Due to her great temperament and ability to run anywhere in a line up, she has also helped out many open and vet teams within our region. Lexi now has her Grand Champion title and runs with the same level of excitement that she did when she first started more than 7 years ago. She has rarely missed a tournament in our region within 7 years, and has traveled to Can Am multiple times.

Regional MVP - Region 12

Dog's Call Name:

Razor

Dog's Breed:

Mix

Dog's CRN:

100108

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(475) Northern Power Paws

Dog's Owner:

John Hendriks

Nominated by:

Kurt Johnson
(684) Redline Dogsports
Leduc County, AB
CA

Redline Dogsports is honored to nominate Razor for Regional MVP. No dog has so clearly distanced us from our competion as Razor has. She sets 8", runs 3.8 in the pack, and is a huge part of Northern Power Paws being the current Regional and NAFA champions. In just over two years, Razor has enabled NPP to set many new personal bests and to be the first team in Region 12 to break into the 15 seconds. Razor is the height dog that only comes along once in a lifetime and we truly believe she deserves your recognition as Region 12 MVP.

Regional MVP - Region 13

Dog's Call Name:

Jeter

Dog's Breed:

Border Collie

Dog's CRN:

040735

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(382) Weston Whirlwinds

Dog's Owner:

Cynthia Henderson

Nominated by:

Cindy Henderson
(382) Weston Whirlwinds
Grafton, MA
US

Jeter has been racing on the Weston Whirlwinds for 8 years and while not one of the fastest dogs he is a solid dog and serves a very important purpose for our team and the sport as a whole. Jeter is an excellent training dog. He is used to help train new dogs and handlers due to the nature of his calm personality and solid understanding of flyball. This is been especially true this year where he has helped train several new dogs on our team as they learn passing and running against competition in the other lane. Most importantly he has helped train several new junior handlers. He is wonderful with children and just loves running for them and they love handling him because he is so gentle with them and just does his job. In this past year alone Jeter has had 5 different junior handlers run him at various tournaments helping ensure the future of our sport is secure as he shows them how fun running a dog and playing flyball can be. Jeter has earned over 30,000 points to date and continues to run primarliy in Veterans but also on a regular team when needed.

Regional MVP - Region 14

Dog's Call Name:

PDQ

Dog's Breed:

Rat Terrier

Dog's CRN:

050823

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(634) Chattanooga Chomp

Dog's Owner:

Be Hudson

Nominated by:

Howard Bayerle & Danie Arnt
(634) Chattanooga Chomp
Chattanooga, TN
US

Chattanooga Chomp was formed in 2004. They had tons of enthusiasm, great dogs, and lots of support from region 14. They just had one problem: they had no height dog. The club was about to fold after struggling at 16" for a few tournaments. A chance meeting between Be Hudson and a 14 pound parasite ridden Rat Terrier would change all that. Be Hudson named her little rescue PDQ and though his start was rocky, he was racing in the lanes in less than a year. The charming little dynamo graciously set the jumps down to 9", even though he physically jumped much higher than that with his characteristic high flying hop. Although it took him almost a year to go from FD to FDX, by 2009 he became the Chomp's first ONYX dog and earned his FGDCh on April 30, 2011. Sadly, he went to the bridge way too young on December 28, 2011. The CHOMP is now a cornerstone of Region 14, hosting 2 tournaments a year and supporting regional tournaments year round. Had it not been for little PDQ, the entire club would have folded. I really can't think of a better definition of an MVP dog.

Regional MVP - Region 15

Dog's Call Name:

Score

Dog's Breed:

Mix

Dog's CRN:

080016

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(956) Don't Crush On Us

Dog's Owner:

Erin Saywell

Nominated by:

Michelle McNutt
(558) Two-Lane Highway
Williamsport, MD
US

Score was found on the streets at the age of 8 weeks old, and was in training to be a service dog, but was released because of looking too pit bull-ish. He stayed with his puppy raiser, Erin, and learned to play flyball instead. He never looked back! Score is the surprise on the lanes for newbies to Region 15. No one ever expects the plain brown wrapper dog to shoot out to the box, whip around and return for his jolly-ball-on-a-tug so quickly. His best time is a 3.6, but he usually runs around 4.0. He has been running for only 4 years, but it seems like he's been doing this forever. He has been running for the past three years with his best buddy "Score Boy" an 11 year old kid that comes along to play flyball with the team. They run start together, and often hit perfect starts. Score is easy going and travels with other teams when we don't attend tournaments, and runs well for anyone. He truly is an exceptional flyball dog...and is more than worthy of the title of MVP for Region 15.

Regional MVP - Region 16

Dog's Call Name:

Emma

Dog's Breed:

Jack/Parson Russell Terrier

Dog's CRN:

041057

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(738) Marin Running Riot

Dog's Owner:

JJ Bowen

Nominated by:

Heather Johnson
(738) Marin Running Riot
Newark, CA
US

I am nominating MRR's extraordinary JRT, Emma, for 2012 Region 16 MVP. In 2012, Emma was the main height dog on both our Regional Championship teams, and earned over 18,000 points. Emma was also the main height dog on our two past Regional Championship teams, and has raced on our Division 1 Regular and Multibreed teams for years. In her 8+ year flyball career, Emma has earned almost 90,000 points, is currently the #10 JRT and #45 Overall, and isn't ready to quit yet. In fact, she still tells us – quite verbally – when she thinks she hasn't been out to race enough. Emma is a tough and consistent little dog, and is a blast to run. She can run anywhere (she loves it when we let her start), for anyone, with any dogs. At the end of the day Sunday, when the rest of us are dragging, Emma is still out there barking up a storm, ready and raring to go. I hope everybody who has had the pleasure of watching Emma racing this season will agree that her reliability, versatility, consistency, and can-do attitude make her a natural choice for MVP.

Regional MVP - Region 18

Dog's Call Name:

Bree

Dog's Breed:

Border Collie

Dog's CRN:

100036

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(910) Pawsitive Synergy

Dog's Owner:

Brian Sheridan

Nominated by:

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

At Region 18 tournaments, it is impossible not to notice Bree. Simply put, she is the fastest flyball dog in Alaska. When racing, Bree draws in spectators and flyballers alike with her eye-catching speed. Her fastest time to date is 3.798 seconds, and she is the only dog in the region to consistently run sub-4. Bree recently helped her club set a new regional record of 19.187 seconds, and she also helped set a new fastest time of 18.718 seconds for an Alaska Open team. Bree has definitely upped the ante with regard to the level of competition in Region 18. When any new dog in training shows some promising speed, the first question uttered is often: "Do you think s/he will be as fast as Bree?" In addition to her speed, Bree is noteworthy for being the first ever Alaska-trained dog to earn the Onyx title. She is also extremely reliable and versatile. She can be run anytime, anywhere, and by anyone. Bree's presence at tourneys and demos has piqued the interest of many spectators in Alaska; and, at only 4 years of age, she will undoubtedly help Region 18 grow for many years to come.

Regional MVP - Region 19

Dog's Call Name:

Mickey

Dog's Breed:

Mix

Dog's CRN:

060175

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(719) Hole-In-The-Wall Gang

Dog's Owner:

Steven L. Miller

Nominated by:

Steve Miller
(719) Hole-In-The-Wall Gang
Laramie, WY
US

Mickey was the first Wyoming flyball dog in Region 19 and is the highest scoring dog from Wyoming. Without Mickey, there would no organized flyball in Wyoming. AKA "the world's tallest border collie", he is a mix of Border Collie and Borzoi, making him large and striking in appearance. He is a joy for spectators to watch and is known by flyballers all across the country. Along with his cheerful personality, his desire for attention and his absolute love of flyball make him a wonderful ambassador for Region 19 and for NAFA flyball. Mickey received his Onyx in late 2008 and just passed the 30,000 point mark. Mickey can rightly be considered Region 19's own boy, because with such a small club as HITWG, we have called upon individuals from nearly every club in the region to run Mickey at one time or another. On the rare occasion he has been released while already holding a ball, his antics at deciding between two tennis balls at the box are highly entertaining. Hey Mickey you're so fine, you're so fine you blow my mind, hey Mickey!

Regional MVP - Region 20

Dog's Call Name:

Win

Dog's Breed:

Border Collie

Dog's CRN:

070435

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(755) Ready Set Go

Dog's Owner:

Connie Moede

Nominated by:

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

What can I say about Win – other than he 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. Win is a Border Collie… nothing fancy but what is unique to him is that, as a young dog, he was quickly learning Flyball until his unfortunate accident. In 2006, Win was hit by a car and had his pelvis shattered. His owner Connie worked on getting him back to 100% and with lots of positive training exercises, Win was back racing. To-date, Win has helped train no less that 15 different dogs. Win started racing back in 2005 and has since earned many titles including ONYX and is now up to FDGCh 30K. He is still very much part of Ready Set GO's main line-up 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 Win's nomination for MVP. He truly deserves this! Thanks

Regional MVP - Region 21

Dog's Call Name:

Turbo

Dog's Breed:

Border Collie

Dog's CRN:

090995

Dog's Club Affiliation:

(682) Dog Gone Devils

Dog's Owner:

Chuck & Connie Adams

Nominated by:

Lana Luhring
(682) Dog Gone Devils
Cedar Rapids, IA, IA
US

Outrun Flyball Club is pleased to nominate Turbo for Region 21 MVP. Turbo's value as a team member of Dog Gone Devils is undeniable as he frequently turns in times of less than 4 seconds. He is consistent, reliable and allows many other team members to achieve team times under 24 seconds. In the current racing season he has participated in every single tournament weekend held in region 21 (except one), which our team believes is an important criterion for being an MVP. In addition, Turbo participated at CanAm in October 2011 as representative of Dog Gone Devils. Outside of his tireless work ethic at flyball tournaments , this amazing dog assists in training new dogs at practice by working with them on passing drills, training new handlers on passing and tugging and working at the owner's business as a dog who helps assess candidates for dog daycare – boarding. He has an excellent demeanor with children and other dogs, even those who are fearful. Turbo is wonderful pet who represents the best attributes of a flyball dog!

2012 Judge of the Year

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Judge:

Mike Smith
Hempstead, TX

Nominated by:

Beverly Taub
Alvin, TX
US

Mike Smith is the epitome of good sportsmanship, fairness and dedication to flyball. Safety in flyball is a priority with Mike. Mike also judges at the CanAm tournament each October. Mike is so much more than a judge. Besides his judging he is responsible more than anyone in the Region (probably all of NAFA) to see to it that our Region has a tournament almost every month. Mike books facilities and applies for tournaments - some tournaments are listed as being 'Region 5' as the host. That means Mike and anyone in the Region who will lend a hand. More often than not you will see him setting up for tournaments with the help of his team, Texas Twisters and other clubs. Mike has also served NAFA on the Board of Directors. Mike has us spoiled with his dedication, fairness and always a smile! If anyone deserves recognition as Judge of the Year it is Mike Smith.