The 2022 Flyball Classic CanAm took place from October 7 to October 9 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, Indiana. Consisting of three one-day tournaments in the Premier and Multibreed and two championship tournaments featuring the eight fastest Regular teams and four fastest Multibreed teems, hundreds of dogs raced in the relay-style competition.
Each class ran a single elimination bracket-style tournament with the best three out of five runs. A second loser bracket ran, as well. The championship aired on ESPN2 on October 23, and champions were announced for both classes.
Winning a best three out of five races in the final round, Run Free from Langley, BC, Canada took home the top prize against Skidmarkz Silent But Deadly from Iowa City, Iowa. The team consisted of four dogs and one alternate:
- Lear – Border Collie/Whippet mix; Age: 4; Handler: Karl Braun
- Beckham – Border Collie/Whippet Mix; Age: 6; Handler: Meagan Ram
- Squidgy – All American Dog; Age 6; Handler: Joanne Friya
- Legion (Anchor) – Border Collie/Whippet Mix; Age 5; Handler: Lynda Mantler
Regular Premier Class
- Run Free
- Skidmarkz Silent But Deadly
- Celtic Mayhem
- Diamonds in the Ruff
- Skidmarkz Fire in the Hole
- Canine Dirt Diggers
- Be Crazy
- Fur Fun
- Animal Inn
- Omaha Speed Racers
Want to Get Started in Flyball?
If seeing Flyball on TV has gotten you excited about participating with your own dog, getting started is easier than you think. The best way is to find a club near you that offers classes. Because Flyball is a team sport, you’re going to want to find a team that works for both you and your dog.
If you’re not ready to go to a class, many clubs host online classes and seminars, and you can try practicing jumps with at-home equipment.
While you’re searching for Flyball clubs in your state, you can also read the NAFA Rulebook to familiarize yourself with the sport.
Don’t think Flyball is for you? Don’t worry! There are many dog sports that are suitable for dogs of all ages and abilities.