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It is said that a journey of a thousand miles starts with just one footstep. In the Flyball World, this journey starts with each clean run and slowly you gain momentum in gathering speed to reaching the milestones of FD/FDX/ Champion/Grand Champion and finally that of the 1 500 Flyball points (the title of which will be named after the first dog that officially reaches this status). It is with much enthusiasm, that we announce that the first Dog in South Africa to reach the milestone of 1500 Flyball points is Giftnell Th One and Only known as Keagan.
Keagan joined his fledgling Flyball team, Mach4, in 2006 and quickly became known for his enthusiasm and love of the sport. Together with his handlers, team-mates and many supporters, his quest to become the first dog to achieve 1 500 points for Flyball in South Africa and have the title named after him, saw his entourage travel the country far and wide. His owners, Lynda and Lesley, would like to extend their appreciation to all the Flyballers countrywide, in particular the Gauteng Flyball Teams, for their constant support and motivation over the years! To Onel Orsmond of Giftnell Kennels, a special congratulations to your Kennel for this achievement.
COURAGE became a FLYBALL CHAMPION at the Cape Utility Dog Club Championship Show on the 21st October 2010. Courage is owned by Lloyd and Adrienne Bristow.
Shannybrae Seven-of-Nine (Seven) became a Flyball Grand Champion at the Cape Utility Dog Club Championship show on the 21st October 2010. Seven is the only 5 way Champion in South Africa, holding Champ status in Dog Jumping, Agility, Non-Contact and Carting as well. Proudly owned by Nadine Shortland who thanks everyone in Cape Town who helped Seven get the last points she needed. (Photo by Shannen Jacoby)
Joy Knighton-Fitt with BREEZER who is Flyball impassioned. Breezer attained her Flyball Dog Excellent title on the 17th October 2009 and her Championship Status on the 22nd November 2009 at age 3 yrs and 10 months. BREEZER OBTAINED HER GRAND CHAMPION FLYBALL TITLE ON 24th MARCH 2012
(ACCORDING TO KUSA AS AT 14TH MAY 2012)
BREEZER IS THE ONLY KUSA CERTIFIED PUREBRED GOLDEN RETRIEVER FLYBALL CHAMPION AND FLYBALL GRAND CHAMPION DOG
She began Flyball competitions in July 2009, running with the CPDC Greazed Lightning team.
CONGRATULATIONS to KING owned by Kirsti-Lee Kingwell on becoming a FLYBALL CHAMPION at the Liesbeek Kennel Club Show on the 15th August 2010. King became a FLYBALL DOG EXCELLENT at the Austalian Shepherd show on the 6th March 2010.
CONGRATULATIONS to Grumpy, owned by Annami and Heidi Grabe, who became a SAFDA Master Flyball Dog on the 29th November 2009 at the Boland Regional Trials.
CONGRATULATIONS to Annelie Jordaan and CLEO who became a FLYBALL GRAND CHAMPION on the 5th September 2010 at the GSD Club Champ show.
CONGRATULATIONS to Ike, owned by Karen Vermaak, for becoming a SAFDA Grand Champion on the 26th September 2009 at the Freestate Regional Trials.
CONGRATULATIONS to Filip van Roey and XENA who became a FLYBALL CHAMPION on the 27th March 2010. Xena became a FLYBALL DOG EXCELLENT at the Belgian Shepherd Show on the 23rd August 2009.
WIZKI became a KUSA FLYBALL DOG at the Champ shows in Bloemfontein on the 11th August 2009 and a SAFDA Flyball Dog Excellent on the 29th November 2009. Congratulations. Wizki is owned by Anthea Fuller and fills in for whichever Flyball team needs him!
CONGRATULATIONS to Ian Hall and MISTY who became a GRAND CHAMPION in Bloemfontein in August. Misty runs for team Fast4wd
CONGRATULATIONS Arlene Johnson's Australian Shepherd, Troy, was the first Australian Shepherd in South Africa to be awarded the title of Flyball Champion and who subsequently became a FLYBALL GRAND CHAMPION in Bloemfontein in August. Troy runs in team Hambe Kakula.
CONGRATULATIONS to DENVER owned by Dean Urquhart who became a FLYBALL CHAMPION on the 8th March at the Doberman Club of Northern Transvaal Champ Show and a GRAND CHAMPION in July in Port Elizabeth. Hambe Kakula's box loader, KENDAL is Denver's other Flyball Handler and is recognised for helping Denver to achieve this milestone.
Congratulations to CHINZI, owned by Annaret Meintjies, for attaining the KUSA title FLYBALL GRAND CHAMPION on the 27th February 2010 in Constantia. Chinzi became a FLYBALL CHAMPION at Bloemfontein in August 2009. Chinzi also became a SAFDA FLYBALL CHAMPION at the SAFDA Regional Trials held in Tokai, on the 22nd March 2010 and won the SA Fastest Flyball Dog competition on the 29th November 2009 with a time of 4.15 seconds.
CONGRATULATIONS to Kelsey Scholtz and TALLY
(Australian Shepherd) who achieved her CHAMPION status at the P E Kennel Club open show on the 1st August 2009. Tally runs in team Fast4wd and is seen here with her team mates (Kelsey and Tally), Sam Stedman (box l oader), Rory Shortland and Rapid, Nadine Shortland and V , Denise Schoombie and Seven.
Well done to Dash and Lynda Redman who achieved their Grand Flyball Champ Status at the Highveld Belgian Shepherd Club on Sunday 21 June 2009. Dash runs for team Hambe Kakula.
CONGRATULATIONS to NEWTON, owned by Martina Schobel, who achieved the title FLYBALL DOG EXCELLENT at the Australian Shepherd Qualifying Show on the 6th June 2009 and the title MASTER FLYBALL DOG at the SAFDA Western Province Regional trials held at Tokai on the 22nd March 2010.
Darra and Joanna obtained "Flyball Championship" status, at "THE MINIATURE DACHSHUND CLUB OF THE RAND" on the 11th April 2009. She runs for team Hambe Kakulu.
CONGRATULATIONS to JUDD owned by Sharleen Blicher-Olsen who attained the title FLYBALL CHAMPION on the 10th May 2009. Judd achieved his Flyball Dog Excellent Title on the 11th April 2009. (Photo sent in by Astrid Buhmann)
CONGRATULATIONS TO BREEZE owned by Nolene Pretorius who attained the title FLYBALL CHAMPION on the 10th May 2009. Breeze achieved his Flyball Dog Excellent title on the 11th April 2009. (Photo sent in by Astrid Buhmann)
CONGRATULATIONS to LEVI owned by Jason van der Nest who attained the title FLYBALL CHAMPION on the 11th April 2009 (Photo courtesy of Melissa Wilson)
CONGRATULATIONS to PUKA owned by Astrid Buhmann who attained the title FLYBALL CHAMPION on the 11th April 2009 (Photograph courtesy of Lynda Redman) Puka achieved her Flyball Dog Excellent Title on the 28th February 2009. She was also part of the National Flyball Team for 2006.
CONGRATULATIONS to SCOUT owned by Stephen Lamprecht who attained the title FLYBALL DOG EXCELLENT on the 12th April 2009. (Photograph courtesy of Lynda Redman)
CONGRATULATIONS to PUMBA owned by Jean Reed who attained the title FLYBALL GRAND CHAMPION at the PE Championship show weekend in April 2009 and also became a SAFDA FLYBALL CHAMPION in Graaff Reinet on 26 April 2009. Pumba had achieved her SAFDA Master Flyball Dog title in April 2008 and her KUSA Champion title in May 2008. Pumba is also a KUSA National Flyball Dog for 2008(Photo courtesy of Nadine Shortland)
Pumba's trainer posted the following: Pumba,the 1 st non Border Collie in South Africa became a Fly ball Grand Champ during the past PE weekend by achieving her 700 points. Pumba started Fly ball in Wellington Boland on the 9/11/2007.She is a member of the Boland Falcons, one of the most successful teams in the Western Cape. She became Fly ball Champ on the same date this team won the Kusa Nationals on 31/5/2008. Pumba a black X-Breed started training with the Boland in 2007 and was a very unsure dog when she came for her 1st Fly ball lesson. With time and help from her mom and her running partner“Timmie”, she became more sure of herself and started running better times and became a permanent member of this great team. Pumba also enjoys Agility and with her long strides is a sight to behold. Well done Pumba. (Roche.)
CONGRATULATIONS to Leea, owned by Jean Reed who achieved her KUSA Flyball Grand Champion Status at the Working & Herding Breeds Club of the Cape on the 24th October 2009. Leea also became a SAFDA Champion Flyball Dog on the 26th April 2010 and a SAFDA Grand Champion Flyball Dog on 25 November 2011. She attained her SAFDA Flyball Dog Excellent title on the 22nd February 2009, her KUSA Champion status on the 12th April 2009 and her KUSA FDX title on the 24th October 2008. Leea has now also attained the KUSA title Th One and Only which she got in October 2010! Leea also holds both Boland and Western Province Province Colours for Flyball.
(Photo courtesy of Nadine Shortland)
CONGRATULATIONS to Quinn owned by Ian McFarlane who achieved his Flyball Dog status at the PE Championship show weekend in April 2009.
(Photo courtesy of Nadine Shortland)
CONGRATULATIONS to Gemma owned by Lesley Ball who achieved her KUSA Flyball Champion Status on 28 March 2009. Gemma runs for team MI-5.
(Photo courtesy of Nadine Shortland)
CONGRATULATIONS to PEBBLE, owned by Stephanie Thomas, for attaining the title
Flyball Dog Excellent on 01 March 2009. Pebble is the first height dog under the new KUSA rules to attain this title, and runs for Team FBI.
CONGRATULATIONS to XYLO owned by Fiona Powrie, who attained the title
Grand Champion Flyball Dog on the 1st March 2009 in Constantia, Cape Town. Xylo runs for team MI-5.
Shep, owned by Sarah Gee, became a
Flyball Grand Champion on the 1st March 2009 in Constantia, Cape Town as well as a SAFDA Flyball Champion in Graaff Reinet on 26 April 2009. CONGRATULATIONS
(Photograph courtesy of Johann Theron)
Congratulations to BEAU, owned by Roche & Karen Vermaak, for attaining the title Grand Champion Flyball Dog at the SAFDA Regional Trials on 22nd February 2009 in Constantia, Cape Town AS WELL AS the title KUSA Grand Champion Flyball Dog on the 28th February 2009! (Photograph courtesy of Nadine Shortland) Beau is also the Fastest Flyball Dog for 2008/2009. He ran a time of 4.28 seconds at the Boland SAFDA Regional Trials Fastest Flyball Dog Competition on the 21st November 2008.
Congratulationsto JEANI, owned by Roche and Karen Vermaak, for attaining the title Grand Champion Flyball Dog at the SAFDA Regional trials on the 26th April 2010 in East London as well as the KUSA title Flyball Grand Champion at the PE Championship shows in April 2009. (Photograph courtesy of Nadine Shortland)
Timmie became a Fly ball Grand Champion, the 1st dog to achieve this title in SAFDA. He is also the only dog in South Africa to achieve this title in both dog organisations, namely SAFDA and KUSA, achieving his KUSA title on the 1st November 2008 at the Cape Town Kennel Club Champ Show. Timmie started doing Fly ball in SAFDA at the 1st ever tournament which was held at Knysna on 2004/07/02.
Comet, owned by Sarah Gee, achieved his KUSA GRAND CHAMPION STATUS at the Cape Handlers Championship Show on 27 September 2008 and his SAFDA Grand Champion status on the 22nd March 2010 in Tokai.
(Photograph courtesy of Peter Kirk)
Congratulations to Fast4wd team members Seven and Rapid, owned by Nadine and Rory Shortland, on attaining their Champion status on the 24th October in Cape Town. These are EP's first Flyball Champions.
Seven & Rapid:
CH(DJ) CH(AG) CH(NC) CH(FB) Shannybrae Seven-of-Nine HD00 CGC CD FDx
CH(AG) CH(NC) CH(FB) Giftnell One Rapidrhythm of Mackland HD00 CGC FDx
Blaze, owned by Philip Fourie, SAFDA Flyball Champion on the 29th November 2009, He achieved his title Master Flyball Dog (SAFDA) in Malmesbury on the 23rd November 2008 and became a KUSA Flyball Grand Champion on the 17th October 2009.
Blaze is also a KUSA National Flyball Dog for 2008
Congratulations to Lynda Coughlan and Keagan on Keagan becoming the first South African Flyball Grand Champion. Keagan runs for team Mach 4 and achieved his milestone on the 27th September 2008 in Port Shepstone.
Three dogs in the Fast4wd team achieved their FDX titles in March 2008, Rapid (Border Collie on left), Tally (Australian Shepherd on left) and Seven (Australian Shepherd on right).