The members of Patriot Flyball have been participating in
NAFA® flyball tournaments since the year 2000, when
Lorraine Messier joined Canine Mastery Jumpmasters and Cindy
Henderson formed the Weston Whirlwinds. Over the years Lorraine
and Cindy were both competitors and friends, so when
Lorraine formed her own club in 2019 it seemed natural that
the two clubs should join forces.
The mission of the club is, above all, to have fun with our canine companions while training to be the best we can be and exhibiting good sportsmanship.
The Weston Whirlwinds Hurricanes (Gehrig, Henna, Remi, and Zak) were the 2018 CanAm Multibreed Division 4 Champions.
Regular Team Best Time (Patriot Flyball): 17.026 seconds, September 2021 (Thor, Henry, Maris, and GG, jumping 8 inches).
Multibreed Team Best Time (Weston Whirlwinds): 18.479 seconds, November 2012 (Mattingly, Eika, Addie, and Zak, jumping 9 inches).
Open Team Best Time (Patriot Flyball): 16.434 seconds, September 2019 (Cedar, Gehrig, GG, and Thor, jumping 7 inches).
Flyball is a relay race for teams of dogs in which each of the four dogs on a team must run down a 51 foot course, jump four hurdles, trigger a "box" which releases a tennis ball, and return back over the hurdles with the ball. Each dog must run in turn and may not cross the start line before the previous dog has returned.
Races occur between pairs of teams running on parallel courses and are electronically timed; sometimes races are decided by as little as one thousandth of a second.
A fast-paced sport open to dogs of all sizes and breeds, Flyball is unique among dog sports in that it is truly a team sport - all the dogs on the team as well as their handlers must work together in order for the team to be successful.
Organized Chaos 2021
Patriot Flyball Offense placed 2nd in Regular 1 while Defense placed 2nd in Regular 2 and Special Teams placed 3rd in Open 2 at Organized Chaos 2021, September 25-26 at the Franklin County Fairgrounds, Greenfield, MA.
In a warmup for CanAm in less than two weeks, Offense (Thor, Henry, Maris, and GG, with a cameo by Phantom and backup height duties by Dillon) posted a Patriot Flyball regular team record time of 17.026 seconds. The team looked very solid and really had a good time racing. 16 seconds here we come!
Defense (Cedar, Gehrig, Henna, Nixx, and Violet) also ran a very good tournament. All five dogs looked comfortable running together, and Nixx especially turned in a very solid performance in what was only his second tournament. Good job team!
Special Teams (Winchester, Quinn, Violet, Rocky, and Revel, with a cameo by Torre) was indeed a special team. Featuring three green dogs (Quinn, Revel, and Rocky), this team had the potential for disaster but turned out to be very steady against some tough competition. Rocky in particular turned out to be very versatile, running both in the pack and in anchor in his Flyball debut. The team ended up tied for second place in tournament points with NASDOG, but slipped into third place on the fastest-overall-time tiebreaker. Overall a very impressive performance!
New titles went to Thor (FM), Maris (FDCh), Nixx (FDCh), Quinn (FDCh), Revel (FDCh), and Rocky (FD, FDX). Great job team!
Special shout outs go to junior handler Alex, who ran Gehrig and who also ran Arrow in start for the MAINEiacs, and junior handler Peyton who ran Quinn. Also many thanks to Carlos for boxloading for Defense and Offense in his very first boxloading stint. Not an easy job, especially since we kept changing the lineups on him, but he did really great.
Pictures of the tournament can be seen here. A video of the tournament can be seen here.
Return to Racing 2021
In the first Region 13 tournament since the COVID-19
pandemic began, Patriot Flyball Offense placed 1st in
Regular 1 while Defense placed 2nd and Special Teams
placed 4th in Open 1 at their own Return to Racing tournament,
June 19-20 at Canine New England in Walpole, MA.
A total of eight teams took the opportunity to shake out the kinks and the cobwebs and get back into the swing of playing Flyball after almost a year and a half of pandemic lockdown. The racing was a little ragged in spots but overall everyone had a good time at this small, low key tournament.
The tournament gave us a first look at new teammates Henry, Violet, and Winchester, and featured the Flyball debuts of Nixx, Revel, Quinn, and Maris, all four of whom earned their FD and FDX titles. It was great to be back in the lanes!
Pictures of the tournament can be seen here. A video of the tournament can be seen here.
Winter Blast 2020
Patriot Flyball Offensive Line placed 4th in
Regular 1, Defensive Line placed 2nd in Multi 1,
and Special Teams placed 4th in Open 2 at
their own Winter Blast tournament, February 1 at Canine New England
in Walpole, MA.
In addition to the club's signature hospitality table and Pot Luck Lunch, the small one-day event also featured two sessions of Singles Racing - one before team racing began and the second during the lunch break. Open only to dogs who were not entered as tournament competitors, the sessions allowed green dogs a chance to race in a tournament environment. From what we can tell this was a much appreciated addition to the tournament offerings and we anticipate offering it again in future tournaments.
The weather was very cooperative and the tournament ran very smoothly (even though there were problems before the tournament with the EJS display and the judge's remote was not working until a programming fix during the lunch break).
One high point of the tournament for the club was when Odo (running on Offensive Line) got his FDCh-G title in the first race. Well done team, and congratulations Odo!
Special shout-outs go to Nancy and Angelica for once again running the scoring table (and having fun while doing it!), and to Junior Handlers Alex, Keely, Peyton, and Ciara, who did everthing from ball shagging to running dogs to helping at the scoring table to helping with the raffle to judging. Thank you all for doing such a great job.
Pictures of the tournament can be seen here
Flyball MAINEia 2019
Patriot Flyball Starting Lineup placed
4th in Open 1 while Stars and Stripes placed
3rd in Open 2 at the 2019 Flyball MAINEia tournament,
November 9-10 at the Boothbay YMCA in Boothbay Harbor, ME.
The tournament began on an ominous note when GG had to be scratched due to an injury and Torre and Gehrig were stranded 160 miles away because of an 8pm Friday night flat tire. But Torre and Gehrig made it to the Y with 30 minutes to spare and then went on to perform admirably for their respective teams.
Starting Lineup (Thor, Phantom, Jessie, Torre, and Wicked) definitely felt GG's absence, and even though Torre ran gamely the entire tournament in her place (not the original plan) the team was no match for the Open 1 competition. But they ran well and were able to get Wicked some more experience running in a tournament (as well as 25 points), and Phantom earned her FDCh-G. Good work!
Stars and Stripes (Cedar, Gehrig, Henna, Dillon, and Zak with Poison doing warmup runs) fared better, posting a best time of 18.306 and narrowly missing 2nd place on a tiebreaker. Cedar and Gehrig ran full time while Henna, Dillon, and Zak rotated through the remaining 2 slots, earning Cedar his FM title and having a good time overall. Congratulations, Cedar!
Pictures of the tournament can be seen here and a video can be seen here.
Merging with Patriot Flyball
In November 2019, Weston Whirlwinds and Patriot Flyball
announced that they will be joining forces and will become
one club under the name Patriot Flyball.
In the words of Weston Whirlwinds club owner Cindy Henderson:
Watch this space for more information as the merge
progresses. Note that team practices remain the same
(Sunday mornings at 8am at Canine New England, when the
facility is available). In addition, some of the club
members participate in Canine New England's drop-in Flyball
training sessions on Wednesdays from 7 to 9 pm.
Weston Whirlwinds Thunder placed 4th in Open 4 on
Friday, 3rd in Open 3 on Saturday, and 2nd in Open 3 on Sunday
at the 11th annual CanAm Classic tournament, October 11-13 at
the Indiana State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis, IN.
The team of Cedar, Gehrig, Jessie, Torre, and Dillon, augmented by Bella from NASDOG, had trouble finding their rhythm on Friday but pulled it together on Saturday and Sunday for a quite respectable showing with some very tight races. Saturday included one race (against Shenanigans Unleashed) that went to five heats, with the last heat ending up in a 19.565 second tie. On Sunday the Open 3 division ended up with a 3-way tie for first place that was decided on tiebreakers.
Weston Whirlwinds went to Indianapolis this year with a very small group - only 3 handlers and 5 dogs - and we are very grateful for all of our friends who helped us out, including Jeff from NASDOG who ran Bella with us, and everyone from Ready, Set, Ruckus! who boxloaded for us for the entire tournament. Many many thanks - we couldn't have done it without you!
Such a fun event - we're already looking forward to next year!
End of Summer 2019
Weston Whirlwinds Hurricanes placed 3rd in Multi 1,
while Thunder placed 4th in Open 2 and Patriot
Flyball's Starting Lineup placed 1st in Open 1 at
our own End of Summer tournament, September 28-29 at Canine
New England in Walpole, MA.
Co-hosted by Patriot Flyball, the tournament featured a breakfast hospitality table, potluck lunches, placement prizes, title ribbons, and plenty of fun racing. New team member Maris was introduced to Flyball as she attended her very first tournament.
With a primary goal of getting Wicked on the board, Thunder (Cedar, Zak, Finn, Henna, and Wicked with backup by Gehrig) had trouble finding a rhythm but in the end succeeded in getting Wicked her first Flyball points and her FD title. In addition, Junior Handler Alex did an outstanding job of running Finn the entire tournament. We saw some pretty tight passes out there and were very impressed. Well done team!
Thunder (Gehrig, Phantom, Max, Stella, and Odo) ran very well, and there were some tight races with the competition. Phantom in particular is coming along nicely, and Gehrig posted some 3.9's running start. All in all a very good tournament for this group.
Starting Lineup (GG, Thor, Jessie, Torre, and Dillon) blew away their competition, easily winning first place in the division by a wide margin. Junior Handler Peyton continued to impress, running GG in start for several heats. Well done!
Pictures of the tournament can be seen here.