Last weekend Dockdogs teams from 15 U.S. States and Canada converged on the WISP resort in Garrett County, Maryland for the first-ever Eastern Regional Championships. This was the biggest Dockdogs event we’ve ever attended and it featured two pools, nightly social gatherings, and the best Big Air and Extreme Vertical dogs in the country. The goal of the event (besides having fun and hanging out with friends!) was to earn an invitation to the Dockdogs World Championships that will take place in Dubuque, Iowa in November.
You may be wondering… did Bailey the Little GSP make the cut and earn a World invite? Did she hold her own against our friends and competitors from all over the east coast? Did she thrive in the 90+ degree hot and humid temps? I’m happy to say that the answer to all of those questions is YES!! After a long weekend of more than 20 competition jumps Matt and Bailey placed fourth in the Elite division. Watch out Dubuque… We’re going to Worlds!
Bailey’s jumps weren’t stellar — actually none of the elite competitors were jumping the types of 23+ foot jumps we’re used to seeing out of them — but her 22’6″ qualifier jump with Matt was good enough to earn her a spot in the Elite finals. Bailey also jumped a respectable 22’3″ for me which would have qualified us for finals if she hadn’t already been in the line-up with Matt. (Matt and I always have a friendly competition going on to see who can get the biggest jump out of Bailey… I’m still ahead for the season with Bailey’s 23’1″ jump from Hog Dog a few weeks ago!)
Here are a few photos from the event:
To see more photos of the Dockdogs Eastern Regional Championships, you can visit my Flickr photo album of the event.
Thanks for stopping by and good luck to all of the teams who are going to World Championships!