FLYBALL IS BACK AFTER THE PANDEMIC .......
The last tournament we took part in was in September 2019.
Following the easing of COVID restrictions, twentyone months later we have competed in our first show at Darley Moor on the 26th/27th June.
Quite a lot has changed .......
Dogs have retired, some have sadly gone to Rainbow Bridge but we are pleased to have many new dogs join which are making very good progress. The teams look quite different too and much effort has been put into training ahead of the reopening of tournaments so that fitness levels/team performances are up to scratch.
It was very satisfying to see all of the hard work pay off at Darley Moor where our three Open teams and Foundation team all enjoyed good results ......
Cheshire Set (Div 2) - 1st Place
Cheshire Chasers (Div 4) - 4th Place
Cheshire Wheatsheafs (Div 5) - 2nd Place
Cheshire Cheeses (Foundation) - 3rd Place
Here are the 'teamies'
WHAT IS FLYBALL ...........
Flyball is a fun sport for you and your dog.
Dogs of almost any age and size can take part, owners of any age and size can also take part!! If your dog is fit enough it can play flyball - you will also find you will get fitter too!
Ready to race .....
The only age restriction is that your dog must be at least 12 months old for starter competitions and 18 months old to take part in a sanctioned flyball tournament. This age restriction is purely to safeguard the dog's long term health.
Flyball is basically a team sport. Each squad can consist of up to 6 dogs and from this 4 are selected to take part in each heat. It is basically a relay race with 4 dogs and their owners/handlers in each team for that heat.
The 5th member of the team is the box loader and whilst they are not running one of the dogs they are critical to the team's performance and have to make sure the ball is ready and in the right place for each dog. They have to know the preference for EVERY dog in the team AND have to be very nimble fingered to reload the box in time for each dog.
The dogs race against a team in another lane over 4 hurdles, retrieve the ball from a box and return it to the handler, the next dog does the same and so on until all 4 dogs have run.
The winning team is the first to get all 4 dogs over the line without any faults.
The sport is the fastest growing dog sport in the country and it also played world wide, using the same rules, in countries as diverse as USA, Canada, Japan, Australia as well as many European countries.
It is a very social sport with most teams opting to "camp" at the various weekend tournaments - resulting in a lively social life for you and your dog.
ABOUT US .......
The Cheshire Set Flyball team was formed to promote the sport in Cheshire. All the founder members have been competing in competitions for a number of years and have won many awards between them.
We travel the length and breadth of the country to compete and have won many British Flyball Association coveted awards.
There is quite a social aspect to Flyball and during the summer months the team will usually pack up belongings and set up camp at the numerous competition venues around the country to take part in the fast and friendly sport.
The Cheshire Set have run breeds as diverse as Smooth Collie, Jack Russell, Spaniels and Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. We welcome any breed of dog including 'rescue dogs'and encourage them to take part. Many rescue dogs have gone on to be very successfull flyball dogs.
WE TRAIN AT THE CHESHIRE POLO CLUB GROUNDS 1/1A. FURTHER INFORMATION IS PROVIDED IN THE 'OUR SHOWS/TRAINING VENUE' PAGE.
IF YOU WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT FLYBALL OR ARE INTERESTED IN JOINING OUR TRAINING SCHEME PLEASE USE THE CONTACT PAGE
THE BFA VIRTUAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2020
Congratulations to all of our dogs and handlers that competed ............
Joe/Mandy & Skye/Dave
Mist/Sally & Skye/Dave
Loki/Samuel & Penny/Jenny
Joe/Mandy, Hazel/Sally, Loki/Samuel & Penny/Jenny
A big well done to Loki/Samuel & Penny/Jenny who were Division 3 Pairs Champions .....
THE BFA INDOOR BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIPS 2019
(HELD AT THE THREE COUNTIES SHOWGROUND, MALVERN)
The competition took place at Malvern, Worcestershire over the weekend 31st August/1st September 2019 and this was our first time competing at this event.
Three of our teams qualified to take part and all put in a terrific performance in an environment where we have limited experience ......
Cheshire Set 4th Place Division 6
Cheshire Monicles 4th Place Division 12
Cheshire Cheeses 1st Place Division 14
Cheshire Cheeses taken at the Three Counties Showground Avon Hall
Cheshire Cheeses taken at the Three Counties Showground
OUR 18TH/19TH MAY 19 SHOW
THE CHESHIRE POLO CLUB ......
This is our lovely Flyball team, The Cheshire Set, who held their first tournament at The Cheshire Polo Club grounds last weekend. It was a real team effort with everyone working really hard all week to put on a competition for around 350 pooches and their owners. It was a great success and here we are with our mugs donated by Beverton Border Collies for every divisional winner. Thank you so much Beverley for your very generous sponsorship of mugs, dog treats and pens. Everyone loved them!
Quotes about our show.....
A big 'Thank You' to Ron, Vera & Cheshire Set from all at Live Wires. A great weekend, lovely venue and fab food vendor...and you ordered perfect flyballing weather too. We can't wait for July.
Thanks to Ron , Vera and all the Cheshire set for a great run competition at the Polo club this weekend . thank you for asking me to be head judge . This is a great venue and hopefully many more here to come . Red Rose had a great weekend and loved it. Well done to you all.
Big thanks from Puparazzi to Cheshire Set for a great show at the Polo Club. Love this venue, so much space!
A big thankyou to Cheshire set for a lovely comp this weekend at the Cheshire polo club. It is a beautiful venue and there was some very close racing. You all did an amazing job as this was your first comp for sometime congratulations and thankyou from all. Piggy backing on the above Little Angels would also like to Thank Sue and Dave and all the Cheshire Set for all the hard work put in to bringing us a great comp in a lovely venue. Thanks a lot!
Kiddy Monsters would like to thank Ron and The Cheshire Set team for a friendly well run tournament today at the Polo Club. Also to our judge Val Currie and other teams we ran against in division four . We tried hard and we're pleased with our final result even though everything didn't go to plan . Can't wait for the next one.
Huge thank you to all at Cheshire Set for a lovely tournament. We love the venue!!! It’s great to be back at one of your shows and nothing has changed brilliantly run as always. Special thank you from myself to you for helping us out so much with racing clashes, genuinely very grateful as you went above and beyond. Thank you to our judges and ring party throughout the two days and a special thank you to Len and Bob for all the laughs throughout, just like the old days!
Muskerhounds would like to give a massive thank you to cheshire set for a wonderful weekend of flyball. A brilliant venue with so much room for the dogs and a fab catering van. Was good to be back at a cheshire set show. Thank you to all the teams we raced over the weekend, due to a couple of injuries over the weekend only Myway got into the rossetts. With one team going down to 3 dogs and when marauders went to 3 it was time for Willow to step up,she’d been on the sheet for warm ups only. Running when the opposing teams 4th dog had finished she got her first points. Sorry we can’t make July comp but hope you do more next year at the Polo Hound Cheshire Set. well done guys .
Big thanks to Cheshire Set for a brilliant well run tournament at a beautiful venue. Ready2Fly had a great time.
Great show, great venue, great racing. Couldn’t ask for more. Thanks Cheshire Set for a thoroughly enjoyable weekend. Looking forward to your next one. From Shaw Cross.
BIG THANKS TO EVERYONE FOR SUPPORTING OUR SHOW
SOME MORE TEAM PHOTOS ............
Taken at Olivers Mount August 2018
Taken at Drax August 2018
SOME OF OUR DOGS IN ACTION ....