Race to the finish at Cantley Park dog showBy Jon Nurse
May 24, 2012
Dozens of dog teams from around the country raced to Wokingham this weekend for a hotly contested relay tournament.
Ash Vale’s Dream Team Flyball Club hosted a flyball tournament and fun dog show at Cantley Park on Saturday.
Flyball has teams of four dogs running over jumps and retrieving a ball in a relay race.
Dream Team manager Michelle White, 29, said: “It’s our first time in Wokingham and I think it went really well. We even got a bit of sunshine too.
“There must have been nearly 200 dogs there and I know some families even came from London for the day.”
The flyball tournament had 30 teams from across the south east competing in different divisions.
The division one title, for the fastest teams, was won by the hosting Dream Team Dog Club.
Mrs White, of Bucks Horn Oak near Farnham, said: “There were faster teams there than us, so we did really well.
“The fastest team in the division only came fifth.
“I started taking part back in 1999 and when I used to say ‘flyball’ to people they would say ‘what’s that?’. But now I’m finding more and more people know it.”
The sport is held professionally, with electronic sensors watching dogs crossing the line and triggering a light to release the next dog.
Chris Hughes, club captain of Wokingham’s Rooky Racers, said: “It was a good day’s racing and a lot of fun. We had three teams enter on the day and one of them came third in their division. We had a number of people express interest to join the club.”
The Rooky Racers was set up in 2009 and already has 40 members. The team trains at Ashley Farm in Binfield.
Mr Hughes, 54, from Blackwater, said: “It’s the fastest growing dog sport in the country.
“I’ve been doing flyball for six years now. I started with one dog and now I’ve got six. It’s a fun spectator sport. It’s noisy, it’s fast. I’ve seen all sorts from Chihuahuas to Great Danes.”
For more information visit www.flyball-league.co.uk