A dog jumps at last year’s DockDogs event in Killington. This year’s event will hit the big time—it will be televised nationally on ABC-TV, ESPN and the Outdoors Channel.
Big Air meets fresh air this fall, when the Town of Killington hosts the 2011 DockDogs® National Championships, Oct. 7-9 at the Snowshed Base Area at Killington Resort. The 3-day competition winds up a full calendar of events taking place during the Fourth Annual Killington Hay Festival, which runs from Labor Day to Columbus Day. The DockDogs event is expected to bring in over 300 of the most experienced teams from all parts of the country—and their fans—to compete for the national title.
"We are very pleased and excited to bring this unique event to Killington as a highlight of the Hay Festival,” says Seth Webb, Killington's Economic Development and Tourism Director. “This is a tremendous opportunity to provide quality family entertainment, and will surely make Killington the place to be for fall foliage.”
DockDogs, as seen on ABC-TV, ESPN, and the Outdoor Channel, feature distance jumping and retrieving competitions from the world’s best canine athletes.
At speeds over 20 mph, Big Air dogs catapult off the end of a 40-foot dock into a 28,000-gallon pool to retrieve a floatable object. Jump distances are measured from the end of the dock to where the base of the dog’s tail breaks the water.
“This sport is just so much fun for both the dog handlers and their dogs,” says Grant Reeves, DockDogs CEO. “It’s an ear-to-ear grins sport for competitors and a wildly popular spectator sport.”
The DockDogs National Championships take place during the final weekend of the award-winning Killington Hay Festival, a five week celebration of the Vermont harvest that runs from Labor Day to Columbus Day. The centerpiece of the festival is the show-stopping Grass Menagerie – a collection of 40 gigantic animal sculptures made entirely of hay. The Town hosts a multitude of special events and activities as part of the festival, including a scavenger hunt, a “Farm to Table” food festival, a Brewfest, New England’s largest motorcycle touring rally, a 5K and 15K run/walk for charity, and more.
The public is welcome to pre-register for the National Championships if they are a valid 2011 DockDogs Worldwide member; have a National or Regional DockDogs title; and have attended at lease one National or Regional DockDogs event this season. Registration opens after the DockDogs World Championships take place on Labor Day weekend.
The Town Of Killington offers a wide range of pet-friendly lodging options for both competitors and spectators, including condos that can accommodate an entire team or club. For more information and a complete list lodging options visit www.discoverkillington.com.