Uxbridge team to have a ball at Crufts
UXBRIDGE Flyball Association team FourPaws Racing have qualified for the Crufts Flyball competition at the Birmingham NEC from tomorrow (Thursday).
The team, who have been together for 10 years, have made it into the final eight teams from around the country competing for the national title.
Flyball is a relay race between two teams of dogs and handlers with six members, although only four participate in each heat.
According to Crufts rules, each team must have at least one breed, other than a border collie. The aim is to get their team over the 51ft long course lane, featuring four low jumps at various intervals.
For the final jump, the dog must release a concealed ball, catch it and return it over the line before one of its team members can begin their leg of the race.
Team captain Terry Condra said: “Our dogs absolutely love the excitement of the racing and it gets very vocal. My own dog Zoie, who runs the last leg, loves to compete against the other dogs.”
The team spent last weekend prepping for the event at a training centre in Chatham to make sure they are in the best possible shape for their showdown in the Midlands.
n EXCITEMENT: An enthusiastic flyball