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28 September 2011

DockDogs® National Championships Come To Killington

They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. But that’s not true in Killington, VT, where dogs of every age will compete on October 7 – 9, 2011 to see which canine athlete has the best tricks in the country!

The Town of Killington and organizers of the DockDogs® National Championships are pleased to accound that the event scheduled for October 7 – 9 at the Snowshed Base Area at Killington Resort will go on as planned this autumn.  The three-day competition is one event to continue from the Killington Hay Festival’s long calendar of special events, which has been condensed from five weeks to three weeks due to the historic and devastating flood damage caused by Tropical Storm Irene.  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 Championship within their divisions.

DockDogs Championships - Killington, VT - October 9 - 11, 2011

“We are so pleased that this event will go on as planned and appreciate the outpouring of support for the Town,” says Suzie Dundas of the Office of Economic Development and Tourism.  “This is a tremendous opportunity to provide quality family entertainment for locals and visitors alike during the absolute peak of fall color and foliage.”

DockDogs®, as seen on ABC, ESPN and the Outdoor Channel, feature distance jumping and retrieving competitions from the world’s best canine athletes.  At speeds over 20 mph, guests will see Big Air dogs catapult off the end of a 50-foot dock into a 40-foot 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 handlers and their dogs,” says Grant Reeves, DockDogs® CEO.  “It’s an ear-to-ear grin sport for competitors and a wildly popular spectator sport.”

The DockDogs® National Championships will take place during the final weekend of the award-winning Killington Hay Festival, a celebration of the Vermont harvest that normally runs from Labor Day to Columbus Day.  This year’s festival unofficially kicked-off on September 16th with the re-opening of Route 4 in Mendon; which had been closed since August 28th.  The centerpiece of the festival is the show-stopping Grass Menagerie – a collection of more than 30 gigantic animal sculptures made entirely of hay.  Additional activities and events include a scavenger hunt, hay maze, Killington Resort’s annual Brewfest weekend, and endless outdoor recreational offerings.

About DockDogs®—DockDogs®is the independent governing and sanctioning body for Regional, National and International Dock jumping performance sports. DockDogs® establishes the rules and standards of the sport, tracks results and records and supports and promotes the growth of its athletes, events, spectators, and sponsors. For additional information visit www.dockdogs.com.

The DockDogs® National Championships competition is open to teams that hold a valid 2011 DockDogs® Worldwide member, have a National or Regional DockDogs® title, and have attended at least one National or Regional DockDogs® event this season.  Registration for this event is currently open via fax.  Spectators are welcome, and there is no admission charge.  Additionally, there will be one hour set aside each day for locals and first-timers to test their dock-diving skills as a part of a fund raiser for the B.A.A.R.K. Foundation.  The registration fee is $5 per team and amateur teams can register onsite at the event.

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 of lodging options visit DiscoverKillington.com, or visit DockDogs.com to register and compete!

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