1 Hounds Fred Hall
A favorite tradition at Fred Hall Shows is the Ultimate Air Dogs competition. How far can they jump? Check out this Impact Zone to see how.
2 Milt Wilcox
A feature often overlooked by many of the thousands attending either The Fred Hall Shows-The Ultimate Outdoor Experience, Long Beach or Del Mar, is the exciting and entertaining Dock Diving Competition hosted by “Ultimate Air Dogs” (UAD) under the watchful eyes of Milt Wilcox acting as ringmaster.
3 How Far
Cathi Wilcox along with their dogs: Slash (1.5-years-old); Nash (8.5-years-old); and their father, Flash (10.5-years-old) from Jacksonville, Florida while not competing can’t resist showing off their dog’s skill during the downtime on the platform.
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With an all-about-family, grass roots attitude and the ability to make every competitor and spectator feel welcomed.
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One of the fastest-growing segments of competition in the Dog World. “UAD” has been traveling from coast to coast since 2005 and has contributed to the growing popularity of the sport.
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From the smallest jumper like Lori and Heather Signs’ Rambo,. all mixes and breeds (mixed or purebred), any size, (Yorkies to Great Danes), are encouraged as long as they can swim, with or without a life vest!
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To the largest high flyer, like Skye owned by Sherry Howell . .
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All are welcome at UAD — every dog is equally special, Rambo owned by Lori and Heather Signs
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For dogs having difficulty learning, there are volunteer instructors willing to assist between activities; Barley and Pam Sheets
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It isn’t necessary for the dogs to leap 20 feet to earn a ribbon. UAD’s divisional finals level the playing field with top dogs in each division competing in the “Grand Finale.” Shari Robinson’s Nevada
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Throughout the Fred Hall show there is ample practice time for the owners and dogs to fine-tune their jumping techniques as Beverly Familar demonstrates with one of her two dogs.
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Determining the toy a dog likes and throwing it at the proper speed and distance are essential for success. Jacquie Ochsner and Kima
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Spectator’s jaws drop as the dogs and handlers perform.
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A perfect throw equals a perfect catch proven by Skye and Sherry Howell.
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The entire family becomes involved as young Riley Weinstein exhibits with Pismo.
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Often desire outdistances form.
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Apparently it’s all about how Cathy Segura and Ollie hold their mouth.
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Perfect “throw” and perfect “take-off” is poetry.
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Shari Robinson’s Nevada’s techniques are an example of how each dog’s style varies. First studying the challenge.
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Then plunging in head first in search of the toy at the bottom of the pool.
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UAD sets up beneath the famous Clock Tower at Del Mar Fairgrounds.
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Let the games begin! Josh Balon and Shelly
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We can do this! Tammy Strassenberg with Reese
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A rare double-jump thrills the crowd. Andra Lew with Kalani and Pam Sheets with Brooklyn
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Pounce! Candis Amasalian and Tribute
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The prize. Brooklyn owned by Pam Sheets.
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The stretch! James Wall and Raven
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Dogs of all shapes compete. Pam Brody, with one of her three Labradoodles (a cross-breed of a Labrador and a standard poodle).
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Skye stretches for the sky.
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The toy is bigger than the Tiny Tonic, the dog and owner Amanda Kinley.
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Matching outfits with matching ribbons for accessories yield smiles and kisses for Lori and Heather Signs with their marvelous Macho.
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The “Ultimate Air Dogs” puts the SPLASH in The Fred Hall Shows-The Ultimate Outdoor Experience, at Long Beach next to the Food Court outside or Del Mar, beneath the Clock tower. Check them out at in 2017!