Uxbridge team to have a ball at Crufts

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT -

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

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