Holy crap, right?! I'm always thrilled to look up at the digital display and see 16's or 17's when I race.
(One time we did run just three dogs because of a flag and looked up to see 14's on the display, and did a happy dance pretending that we broke the record. What a trip it would be to look up there and see that time for real.)
Touch N Go did it with four borderstaffies: Chef, Urgent, Warrant, and Reflex (7 1/2 year-old height dog).
Here are the stats from the run, quoted directly from TNG's Facebook page (thanks for permission to use this stuff, guys):
- "Chef 3.633 (remove start time of .073 for a line to line time of 3.560)"
- "Warrant 3.762 (remove 2 feet of passing error for a line to line time of 3.696)"
- "Reflex 3.843 (remove 2 feet of passing error for a line to line time of 3.777)"
- "Urgent 3.685 (remove 2 feet of passing error for a line to line time of 3.619)"
Here's a link to the video on their Facebook page:
A few things that come to mind as I write this post:
Touch N Go is a very talented and dedicated group of people.
Regardless of your politics, you have to admit that it's an incredible feat to run a 14.92. Although there is a ton of training behind it, there's also an extra magical component of synergy. It's not just about having fast dogs and great handlers -- all the planets have to align for all four dogs to be running in tip-top form with a good start and tight passes, all in the same heat.
It takes so much work to compete at this level of flyball. Several practices a week, consistent training methods, teamwork, discipline. It takes great boxloaders and pass callers and in some cases great handlers willing to run somebody else's great dog with the same amount of attention and enthusiasm that they would give to their own dog. There's no just-going-through-the-motions when you run a 14.92.
There is something really special about borderstaffies. Almost every one I've met has a happy biddable temperament packaged in an incredibly powerful body...they were truly born to play flyball.
Here are TNG's four borderstaffies from the 14.92 run:
(P.S.: My borderstaffy, Punk, is Warrant's littermate. :))
Records aren't celebrated like they used to be.
It's sort of disheartening to me that records like this aren't celebrated like they used to be. Remember the old days on the flyball list when Spring Loaded was breaking records, and everybody was talking about it?
Is it that politics have gotten in the way now? Is it that things have become very regionalized and we don't really notice what happens over in California if we're on the east coast?
Why hasn't anybody in NAFA set a new record now that the jump heights are lowered?
NAFA lowered the jump heights by an inch a couple of years ago, and I haven't heard anything about anybody really threatening to break the NAFA record, which was set by Spring Loaded back in 2005 (a 15.22).
2005?? Really? Nobody has been able to beat that in almost 5 years? With lowered jump heights, new training methods and equipment, and the ultimate secret weapon -- borderstaffies??