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Training Times 

  • Sunday 4:30 Onwards, end time depends on the number of dogs that week but usually 6:30
  • Help from members to set up the equipment is appreciated 15 minutes before.
  • Location can be found at the bottom of this page, the field we use may vary therefore check for updates before coming, or contact one of us!

Membership

We welcome everyone to come give flyball a try, and offer an initial taster session for free.

Membership is £12 per full year per member to contribute towards covering club costs, with part year membership available changed on a pro-rata basis.

There is a charge to all members of £2 per flyball training session attended.

Classes for the Good Citizen Dog Scheme are £20 for six lessons.

A Little History

April 2004 The club began with eight members practicing on any open ground available. Then started practices at Norwood Equestrian Centre, Ramshaw. A club from Peterlee helped us by lending us a set of equipment and allowing us to compete under their name.
May 2004 Our ‘Bombers’ team qualified for Crufts flyball competition 2005 at Glennifer.
June 2004 Held our first committee meeting.
Sept 2004 Applied for and received a grant of £300 from the European Regional Development Fund which helped to buy more equipment. John Miller also donated a set of equipment. Boehringer pharmaceutical company gave us money to buy polo shirts and Castle Vets donated £100
Mar 2005 Got through to the semi-final stages of Crufts flyball competition – still running as Peterlee as not yet registered as a club in our own right with the Kennel Club.
May 2005 Gave our first flyball demonstration at the Barnard Castle Steam Fair.
July 2005 Qualified for Crufts flyball competition 2006 at Weardale.
Summer 2005 Gave a demonstration at Amirene to raise funds for the RSPCA
Jan 2006 The Kennel Club completed our own club registration, though we still had to run as Peterlee at Crufts in March.
2006 Moved to Langton Farm as a practice venue , thanks to Hilary and John Heslop. Two of our teams qualified for Crufts flyball competition – the ‘Teesdale Tornadoes’, and the ‘Teesdale Bombers’.Later in the year the club, and our dogs, featured in a feature article on BBC’s Look North programme.
March 2007 The ‘Tornadoes’ knocked out our ‘Bombers’ team at Crufts and went on to come second overall in the competition.Tyne Tees television film an article featuring the club giving a flyball demonstration at an event at Witton Castle.
April 2007 At qualifiers for Crufts in Scunthorpe, the ‘Tornadoes’ came first in their qualifier and were the first team in the country to qualify for Crufts that year.
July 2007 At East Lothian qualifiers for Crufts, the ‘Bombers’ came first in their qualifiying heat.
May 2008 At Glennifer, the ‘Tornadoes’ came first in their Crufts qualifier.
2009 The club did not attempt to qualify for the Crufts competition 2010 as the Kennel Club introduced the new style flyball box for the competition and for a while this meant the club was practicing withoutthe correct equipment.Conducted many demonstrations in Teesdale and the surrounding areas – and put many of our dogs through the Kennel Club Good Citizen tests – with many achieving Gold Level.
June 2010July 2011 Qualified as winners at Ayr to progress to the Crufts 2011 Flyball Competition. Qualified as second at Broxburn to progress to Crufts 2012 Flyball Compition

Teesdale Flyball Club Committee as of March 2013

Chair:

Vice Chair:

Michelle Zamir

Neil Malkin

Secretary: Bev Rutherford
Treasurer: Bev Rutherford
Team Manager: Claire Todd
Committee Member: Deb Toward