The 2022 Flyball Dog Challenge took place on May 22 at the Cabarrus Arena & Events Center in Concord, North Carolina. Eight Flyball teams competed in a bracket-style best three out of five relay race to determine who took home the top prize and all of the bragging rights.
The competition aired on ESPN2 on June 25, and champions were announced for the quarter-finals, semi-finals, finals, and the winning team.
Winning a best three out of five races in the final round, High Velocity took home the top prize against Celtic Mayhem. The team consisted of four dogs and one alternate:
- Riddle – All American Dog; Age: 4; Handler: Stacie Mutzberg
- Shudder – Border Collie/Whippet Mix; Age: 3; Handler: Eric Todd
- Swat – Border Collie/Whippet Mix; Age 5; Handler: Neil Flood
- Ditto (Anchor) – Border Collie/Whippet Mix; Age 6; Handler: Dawn Todd
- Mojo (Alternate) – Border Collie/Whippet Mix; Age 10; Handler: Eric Todd
- High Velocity
- Celtic Mayhem
- Fur Fun
- Patriot Flyball
- Doggone Fast
- Mass Chaos
- Spring Loaded
- Some Ruff Competition
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.