The Weston Whirlwinds have been participating in North
American Flyball Association flyball tournaments since 2000.
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.
Flyball MAINEia 2016
Weston Whirlwinds Lightning took 4th place in Regular 2
while the Northern Lights took 1st place in the Veterans
division at the 10th annual (but actually the 11th) Flyball MAINEia
tournament, November 5-6 at the Boothbay YMCA in Boothbay Harbor,
ME. In addition, Ruff Enuff Just Enuff, which included
2 dogs from the Weston Whirlwinds, placed 2nd in Open 1.
The Lightning (Gehrig, Zak, Henna, and Dillon with backup by Mattingly) performed very well the entire tournament and posted the fastest time in their division (18.994 seconds).
The Northern Lights, (Kick, Jesse, Remi, and Addie with cameos by Onyx) ran fairly well on Saturday but then on Sunday had trouble keeping it together - we're not sure if it was old age kicking in or just that the dogs had other ideas, but it certainly made things interesting. In any case the team held it together enough to take first place, and everyone had fun which after all is the point of the Veterans division.
Many thanks to Kathy and Kick and to Lorraine and Onyx for running with us on the Northern Lights, and to Joe and Sue and Mel from Ruff Enuff for letting Gunnar and Torre run with you on Just Enuff. Gunnar really loved that long-tailed box, we think.
Congratulations to our junior handler Kylie for doing a great job running Zak this weekend, and also for running Mattingly a couple of times. It was Kylie's first time running a big dog and she did a great job.
Congratulations to Addie for earning her Iron Dog title. It's hard to believe that this is her 10th year of Flyball; it seems like only yesterday she was a little puppy chewing holes in everything.
Pictures of the tournament can be seen here and a video can be seen here
For the second year in a row, our very own Cindy Henderson
was the Championship Judge at the NAFA® CanAm Classic,
October 7-8-9 in Indianapolis, IN. Cindy and Mattingly
interviewed by the local TV station on Friday (Cindy's
interview is the third one on the page).
Organized Chaos 2016
Weston Whirlwinds Thunder placed 1st in Open 3, while
the Northern Lights placed 1st in Vets and the
Hurricanes placed 3rd in Multi 1 at the 2016
Organized Chaos tournament, September 17-18 at the Franklin
County Fairgrounds in Greenfield, MA.
In what could have been a difficult tournament after three dogs had to be scratched from the lineups due to kennel cough, all three teams performed very well in spite of having "mix and match" lineups.
The Hurricanes consisted of Gehrig, Gunnar, Zak, Stella, and Finn, while Thunder consisted of Gehrig, Gunnar, Max, Mattingly, Sophie, and Dillon. Sophie and Dillon shared height dog duties on Thunder, while Gehrig and Gunnar traded places between the Hurricanes and Thunder as circumstances dictated.
Northern Lights consisted of Shilo (from Flyball Maineiacs), Jessie, Wish, and Torre.
Emergency backups were Max (for the Hurricanes) and Bero of Fast Attack (for the Northern Lights).
We owe a huge thanks to Rebeccah for lending us Shilo and to Nathalie from FAME for running him all weekend.
This tournament marked the return of Wish to the Flyball lanes after he spent a year with his family in France. He did an amazing job, stepping right back into the sport flawlessly. Good work, Wish and Susan!
Congratulations to Mattingly for earning his Flyball Grand Champion 60K title. Well done!
Congratulations also to Gehrig for posting a new personal best time of 3.811.
Carleton County Pawtatoes 2016
Weston Whirlwinds sent a small contingent to compete
in the 2016 Carleton County Pawtatoes 2016 tournament,
August 27-28 at the Northern Carleton Civic Center
in Florenceville-Bristol, NB. A beautiful facility
that serves as the local hockey rink for most of the
year, the Civic Center is in the midst of a very picturesque
and friendly town in the St. John River valley, about 30 miles
from the US/Canada border crossing on I95. The town features
what is billed as the longest covered bridge in the world,
which spans the St. John River.
The tournament drew spectators from around the region, and local townsfolk volunteered as line and box judges while the local 4H club supplied ball shaggers for all of the teams. The tournament included two excellent raffles and, after racing on Saturday, a corn boil supplied with local corn and hosted by the Carelton County club.
Remi and Henna ran full time with the Flyball Maineiacs Open 1 team, Shut The Front Door, settling down and running very well after a few hiccups in the first race as they got used to a new box. The team ran in some very tight races with a tie in the fourth heat of the first race (22.166 seconds), and placed 2nd in their division on Saturday.
Addie ran part time with the Prepare For Takeoff Open 1 team, Red Eye. Addie also needed a couple of heats to settle in, but then ran very steadily for the rest of the tournament. The team placed 3rd on Saturday and 2nd on Sunday.
We'd like to congratulate Carleton County on a very successful and well-run tournament, their first ever, and hope they continue the tradition.
Many thanks to the Maineiacs and to PFT for letting us run with you. It was fun, and we hope we can do it again in the future.
Pictures of the tournament can be seen here. A video of the tournament can be seen here
Beach Party 2016
Weston Whirlwinds Lightning set the club record for the most
points in a two day tournament, placing 1st in Regular 3 at
the 2016 Beach Party tournament, July 16 - 17 at the Finger
Lakes Pet Resort in Farminton, NY. The team of Gunnar, Remi,
Henna, and Torre, with help from Zak and Mattingly, ran clean
and under 24 seconds in 38 out of 40 heats, and posted points
in 39 heats, for a grand total of 951 points. Nice work, team!
Weston Whirlwinds Thunder, running in Open 2, didn't fare quite as well, placing 5th in their division in what turned out to be a difficult schedule, with 6 races on Saturday and only 3 races on Sunday. The team of Gehrig, Zak, Sting, Mattingly, and Zoey (with backup by Torre) never seemed to find their rhythm, although they did show moments of brilliance.
The weather was very cooperative this year, with temperatures in the upper 70s on Saturday and in the mid 80s on Sunday, and an absolutely gorgeous sunset on Friday. The tournament included a Hot Dog Social/Potluck Saturday evening and a visit by the Finger Lakes Food Cart on Sunday (their pulled pork sandwich is delicious!).
Many thanks to Gail for lending us Sting and to Kyra for running him (it was fun watching Sting and Screech run against each other), to Heather and Zoey for running with us on Sunday, and to Kris for boxloading for the Lightning. We couldn't have done it without you!
Congratulations to Gunnar on earning his FGDCh-30K!
Pictures of the tournament can be seen here.
Weston Whirlwinds Hurricanes placed 2nd in Multi 1 and the Northern Lights placed 2nd in Vets at BARKaritaville 2016, June 11-12 at the Wide World of Indoor Sports in North Smithfield, RI.
It was heartening to see the younger dogs continue to improve as the older dogs gradually ease out of the picture. Gehrig (spelled by Torre) ran well in start for the Hurricanes, running consistently under 4 seconds and even pulling out a couple of 3.8's. Finn (handled extremely ably by Sebastian) was solid as the height dog. Sophie continues to improve, and we look forward to her being a full time height dog in the not too distant future. Stella as usual was very solid - what more can we say? Henna, after having given us a scare at Greenfield, ran solidly in the lower 5 second range almost the entire tournament, only slowing up a little for the last couple of races. This was especially gratifying given that the schedule had the team running 6 races on Saturday. Good job all!
The vets team continues to have fun. This time around it was Mattingly, Addie, and Remi from Weston Whirlwinds, ably aided and abetted by Lorraine's Onyx and by Macy from Infurno. We look forward to racing with them again in the future.
Congratulations and good job to our Junior Handlers Sebastian (Finn) and Peyton (Sophie), and thank you to Keely and Ciara for ball shagging and to Ciara for the cartwheels.
Pictures of the tournament can be seen here.
Chris Livinston's photos from the tournament can be seen here.
Greenfield Derby 2016
In what turned out to be a much more interesting tournament
than we had planned, Weston Whirlwinds Hurricanes placed
5th in Multi 1 while the Northern Lights placed 2nd in the
Vets division at the 2016 running of the Greenfield Derby,
April 30 - May 1 at the Franklin County Fairgrounds in
Many thanks to Jeannie and Scandal and to Bonnie and Juice for running with us in Vets. We had a great time with you!
Pictures of the tournament can be seen here.
Spring Fling 2016
Weston Whirlwinds Northern Lights placed 1st
in the Veterans division, while the Hurricanes
placed 2nd in Multi 1 and Thunder placed
3rd in Open 2 at the 15th annual Spring Fling tournament,
April 9-10 at the Dover Ice Arena in Dover, NH.
The Northern Lights, being the veterans that they are, had no problems putting away the competition, easily winning almost all of their heats even against Open 3 opponents. The team of Eika, Max, Remi, Addie, and Onyx performed solidly throughout the tournament, and helped Max earn his FMX. In true Weston Whirlwinds tradition it took us until the end of the tournament to get him there, but we did it! Congratulations to the team and especially to Max.
The Hurricanes (Gehrig, Zak, Stella, Henna, Mattingly, and Torre) put in a solid performance, managing to pull out a 2nd place finish (they were seeded 3rd) even though an injury to Mattingly knocked him out near the end of the first day. It was an impressive result from what could have been a very difficult tournament. Good work team!
Thunder, consisting of Gunnar, Mattingly, Kick, Sophie, Torre, and Gehrig, also suffered when Mattingly was injured but pulled through in the end to finish well. The loss of Mattingly was especially difficult for this team because it meant shuffling the racing order so Gehrig could run in his preferred starting position. Gunnar ended up running second, which he almost never does - but you wouldn't know it from how well he ran. Sophie also stepped up big time, running without any problems in both the right and the left lanes. It's quite possible that this was a breakthrough tournament for our feisty little height dog, and we look forward to seeing how she does at our next tournament.
Congratulations to Cindy and Gehrig for a perfect start (their second!) in the last heat of Thunder's last race. Way to go!
Congratulations to our Junior Handlers Peyton and Kylie for running Sophie and Zak, and many thanks to Keely for ball shagging the entire tournament - broken wrist and all.
Many thanks to Lorraine and Onyx for running with us on Vets and to Kathy and Kick for running with us on Open 2. We had a lot of fun running with you and we hope we can do it again in the future.
Pictures of the tournament can be see here.
March Madness 2016
Weston Whirlwinds sent two teams to the first ever Flyball
tournament in Syracuse, NY on March 5 and 6. Held at the
Syracuse Obedience Training Club, the two-ring tournament
was actually two one-day events, a rarity for Region 13, and
so there were two sets of results for the weekend.
Running in Regular 2, Weston Whirlwinds Lightning (Gunnar, Torre, Mattingly, and Henna with backup by Addie and Zak) took a little while to shake off the winter cobwebs, placing 4th on day one and 1st on day two.
Running in Multi 1, Weston Whirlwings Hurricanes (Gehrig, Remi, Eika, and Zak with backup by Torre and Addie) also struggled on day one and placed 4th, but settled down and placed a solid 3rd on day two with a best time of 18.616.
We enjoyed just about everything about the tournament - the venue, the food (the stuffed French toast was to die for), the weather, the location (1 hour closer for us!), the early finish on both days. We really enjoyed interacting with the folks from Syracuse Flyball, and we hope to see them in the lanes in the not too distant future. We know how hard it is to man the tables and the judges' chairs and we really appreciate all the hard work you put in. Sure there were a few hiccups but pulling it off as well as you did was a tremendous accomplishment.
Special thanks to Denise for running Zak and to Darla for boxloading, and to everyone else on Buffalo Wings for helping us.
Congratulations to Henna for earning her FMX.
A video of the tournament can be seen here and pictures can be seen here.
Santa Paws Returns
Weston Whirlwinds Lightning placed 4th in Regular 2 while
Thunder placed 4th in Open 2 at the fifth incarnation
of the Santa Paws tournament, December 5-6 2015 at the
Finger Lakes Pet Resort (formerly Boomtowne Canine
Campus) in Farmington, NY.
Both teams ran well but were outclassed by the other teams in their divisions - but not for lack of trying. Many of Thunder's races went to 5 heats, which just goes to show what consistency can do.
Many thanks to everyone who helped us, especially Steve from Buffalo Wings and Jeff from NASDOG who boxloaded for Thunder (and to Stephanie from Ruff Enuff who tried).
Notable accomplishments included:
- Gehrig ran start for the first time and did extemely well, putting up several 3.9 second runs, a best time of 3.856, and even a perfect start. Congratulations Gehrig and Cindy!
- Our Junior Handlers Sebastian (running Finn) and Kylie (running Zak) once again did an excellent job.
- Gehrig earned his FDCh (congratulations Gehrig and Cindy!).
- Finn earned his FMCh (congratulations Finn and Sebastian!)
Pictures of the tournament can be see here and a video can be seen here.