Eight crufts qualifying flyball heats confirmed by Kennel Club

The Kennel Club has announced eight heats to take place throughout the year across the UK, which will qualify flyball teams for the final at Crufts 2017.

The Kennel Club has announced eight heats to take place throughout the year across the UK, which will qualify flyball teams for the final at Crufts 2017.

The two highest placed teams from each heat will be invited to compete in the semi-final/final at Crufts 2017. Teams that have previously qualified cannot enter further heats for competition.

  • At: Scunthorpe Obedience & Agility Training Club
    When: 8th April 2016
    Contact: Amy Smith (Show Secretary).

Flyball is a team sport which is run on a knockout basis. Two teams of four dogs compete at the same time, each using a parallel ‘racing lane’ down which each dog in turn runs, clearing four hurdles in succession before triggering a pedal on the flyball box.

A tennis ball is then released which the dog must hold before returning over the hurdles to the start line. The first team to have its fourth dog across the finish line, with any part of the dog’s body, wins the race. Each dog must cross the finish line before the next dog can start, and handlers aim to release their dog so that it will cross with a returning dog just at the line.

Usually the best of three runs decides which team proceeds to the next heat but five runs are also sometimes used. Each team consists of four handlers plus a ‘box loader’ and two reserves.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said:

We are pleased to confirm the eight Crufts qualifying flyball heats for the remainder of the year and look forward to seeing which teams are up for the challenge.

Flyball is a fun and energetic competition for dogs and their owners to take part in, and with all of the teams in previous years it’s clear to see the dedication and team spirit they have. We are looking forward to seeing which teams will be victorious at this year’s heats and would like to wish all competitors the best of luck.

Anyone who wants to enter the heats should contact the societies directly using the contacts above. For further information please visit:

www.thekennelclub.org.uk/activities/flyball/crufts-team-flyball-finals-and-qualifiers/

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