Hayden Seay, Chattanooga, Tenn., — The Hyperflite Skyhoundz World Canine Disc Championship will be at Coolidge Park Sept. 26-28.
The competition features trials in accuracy, distance and freestyle with a dog and its owner.
Peter Bloeme, one of the co-founders, said Hyperflite was started in 1974 by Wham-O, a Frisbee manufacturer.
Bloeme said prizes for the competition consist of ribbons, plaques and trophies. There are approximately 10-15 competitors for the local championship and several hundred for the World Championship.
Nancy Noel, the manager of Hyperflite, said competitors come from Canada, Japan, Hungary, Germany, United States, Italy, South Korea and China.
There are German shepherds, dalmatians, labradors, McNab terriers, malinois, Welsh corgis and many more competing this year.
“I would go to see all of the different breeds of dogs,” Jason Hayes, a freshman from Nashville said.
Competitors and the open qualifiers for the DiscDogathon and Xtreme Distance begin at Camp Jordan in East Ridge on Tuesday, Sept. 23. The World Championship for these divisions will be Wednesday, Sept. 24.
“If you finish in the top two spots in any of the open qualifiers in the Expert Class, you will automatically be invited
to the World Championship,” Noel said.
Friday marks the beginning of the last chance qualifier for the world championship for the open and youth divisions, which begins on Saturday, Sept. 27.
The competition continues on Sunday, Sept. 28, with the MicroDog, pairs freestyle and sport divisions.
Overall, there are approximately 461 competitors for all of the competitions, with around 180 on Wednesday’s World Championships and around 120 on Saturday and Sunday for those competitions.
“It is free to the public, but competitors have to have qualified previously,” Bloeme said. “Competitors cannot just show up and register.”
Hyperflite also offers a free booklet, “Disc Dogs Rock!” for those interested in either competing or training their dog for fun. It details the history of Hyperflite and is full of methods for training your dog, as well as illustrations and other information for aspiring competitors and those who do not know the proper way to throw a disc.
“I used to have a chocolate lab, who super athletic,” Adam Jones, a sophomore from Chattanooga, said. “I would love to see another lab that can do awesome tricks.”
The booklet also contains a story about the dog Hachiko. Hachiko accompanied his owner to the subway station every day for two years until his owner suddenly died. He waited for his owner at the same spot every day until he died many years later.
The Hyperflite Skyhoundz World Canine Disc Championship takes place on Friday, Sept. 26 through Sunday, Sept. 28 from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. each day at Coolidge Park.