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.
Spring Fling 2017
Weston Whirlwinds Lightning placed 4th in Regular 2
while the Northern Lights placed 1st in the Veterans
division at the 2017 Spring Fling tournament, April 8-9 at
the Dover Ice Arena in Dover, NH.
Lightning (Gehrig, Henna, Zak, and Dillon with backup by Mattingly and Odo) struggled to find their rhythm during the first day of the tournament but managed to pull things together on the second day for a strong finish - not strong enough to move up in the standings but a good ending to the tournament nonetheless.
The original plan had been to have Odo do just warmups during this, his first tournament, but he was doing so well that he was put in for a couple of heats on Saturday and then in a more significant role on Sunday. In the process he earned both his FD and FDX titles - well done Odo!
Northern Lights (Gunnar, Jessie, Remi, Addie, and Torre, in rotation) performed solidly the entire tournament - they may be getting older, but they definitely know what they're doing. Particularly noteworthy was one run when Torre bobbled the ball, chased it down a full 20 feet outside the ring, and then came back into the ring to make all four jumps cleanly on the return. A true Flyball moment - very impressive!
Also of note was the Human Flyball after Saturday racing was completed - our team of Dave, Cindy, Jen, and Brie had a great time competing against Ruff Enuff's offering and even managed to squeak out a win.
After racing (both canine and human) was over we all went out to Newick's for seafood with our good friends from 2 Fast Fur U. This outing is becoming one of our favorite aspects of the Dover tournament and we look forward to continuing the tradition in future years.
Many thanks to our friends from 2 Fast Fur U for helping us run our dogs - Tim for boxloading (not an easy job with Gunnar hitting the box full force), John for running Mattingly and Gehrig when we really needed it, Kathy for calling passes, and Steve for ball shagging. Thanks also to Brie for running Torre and to Mel for boxloading when Tim was unavailable. We love it that we can always count on the Flyball Family for help when we need it.
Title earned this tournament:
- Odo - FD and FDX
- Henna - FMCh
- Jessie - FGDCh 30K
A video of the tournament can be seen here and photos can be seen here.
March Madness 2017
There's nothing like stepping outside to be greeted by a
wall of white - that's Flyball in Syracuse in March. Snow
and wind and cold, lake effect snow squalls, sunshine, all
within the space of a couple of minutes. March Madness
Weston Whirlwinds Lightning placed 4th in Regular 3 while the Northern Lights placed 1st in the Veterans division at Syracuse Flyball's 2nd annual March Madness tournament, March 11-12 at the Syracuse Obedience Training Center.
The Lightning, consisting of Gehrig, Henna, Zak, and Dillon with backup by Mattingly posted a fasted time of 19.440 and performed well in a grueling tournament that featured 6 races on Saturday and 4 on Sunday.
The Northern Lights, consisting of Gunnar, Jessie, Remi, Addie, and Torre also performed very well and had some excitingly close races with our friends from BARK.
All in all the dogs had a lot of fun, and it was a good start to the year for the team.
Many thanks to Joe from Ruff Enuff and Carrie from Mass Chaos for boxloading for us when we needed some extra help.
Pictures of the tournament can be seen here and a video can be seen here.
Santa Paws 2016
Weston Whirlwinds Lightning took 3rd place in Regular 3
at the 2016 version of 2 Fast Fur U's Santa Paws Comes to Town
tournament, December 10-11 at the Finger Lakes Pet Resort in
Farmington, NY. The team of Gehrig, Henna, Remi, and Torre,
with cameo appearances by Mattingly and Addie, performed very
well throughout the weekend. No records were set and no new
titles were earned, but everyone had a good time.
Many thanks to our partners in crime on Ruff Enuff - Joe for boxloading, Shannon for running Gehrig and Mattingly, and Mel and Sue for calling passes and ball shagging.
Pictures of the tournament can be seen here.
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).