Flyball

Welcome to all those who have or haven’t or read about the ‘The Terrierists Flyabll Team’. Here is a brief introduction.

Faye and Lee have kept Staffordshire bull terriers for over ten years. Faye has been showing Staffords for two and a half years before showing Staffordshire Bull Terriers she showed Labrador Retrievers for ten years.

They met 9 years ago when she was in the park with her Labrador Jack. Lee had three Staffords, Bonnie, Clyde and Millie. Now they have 10 Staffordshire Bull Terriers and Jack the Labrador.

Faye and Lee write:

Lee has been rescuing and re homing Staffords for some time when he and Faye met, now they work together.

Lee saw a Flyball Tournament taking place at ‘All About Dogs’ at Brentwood four years ago and thought, ‘my dogs would love this’, that’s when we met a fly ball team called ‘Mad Mutts’ and they had plenty of tips and advice for us. Lee then went off to start an all Staffordshire Bull Terrier Flyball Team with help from Faye and good friend Tony. A few years on we are now running at least twelve Staffords in tournaments across the country accompanied by the famous Terrierists, the only full Staffordshire Bull Terrier team in the country.

People love racing the Terrierists but don’t be fooled we are very competitive, often achieving the fastest times in our division. We have come first many times and feel justifiably proud that at least half of the Staffords taking part in Flyball are rescue dogs.

Towards the end of the season we finished by winning the last three tournaments, one of which was the British Summer Championship in our division.

Here is a brief description of Flyball.

Flyball is a relay race with four dogs on a team. The course consists of a starting line, four handles and a box. The dogs jump the hurdles and steps on a spring loaded box that shoots out a tennis ball. The dog catches the tennis ball and then runs back over the four hurdles. When the dog crosses the starting line the next dog goes. Two teams run against each other in rotation, one dog from each team at a time. The first team to have all four dog run without errors wins the leg (Round). Faults include early starts, early change overs, dog dropping the ball, dog missing the jump and interference in the lanes. The dog must trigger the box with his paw to fire the ball.

Dogs that compete in the BFA Flyball across the country gain points by winning their leg. The points are then added together and you receive a certificate and awards.

If your dog loves a tennis ball and has plenty of energy, Flyball may be the thing for you and your dog. Look up you nearest Flyball team and go for some training. Watch out for The Terrierists coming to a showground near you!

Please feel free to come along on a Wednesday night between 5pm-7pm and give Flyball a try.

The Terrierists handlers and dogs are…

Handlers

Tony, Lee, Faye, Gabbie, George, Katie, Dave

Dogs

Baloo and Cassie, Tess and PaigeMille, Mille, Leo and Jack, Suey, Sheila, Lilly, Tyler