It's been a while since we've blogged about Storie McKnight, but she has been busier than ever. Since April, Storie has spent 11 weekends traveling to dock jump! She added Canada to her list in April, which was fun since neither Storie nor Ronalee had been there.
Storie was in Evansville, IN (home base for one of her sponsors, Earthborn Holistic Foods) as they sponsored bringing in the pool for a Shrine Festival/Air Show (very loud, but didn’t seem to bother Storie). The Ultimate Air Dog Judge guessed that Storie jumped over 100 times during the 3 day event! Her biggest jump was 28’7” and she won both the distance, Fetch It and Catch It competitions (set a new record for UAD too in Catch It!) Storie got to do lots and lots of demos during this 3 day event and lots of people from Earthborn came to the dock to try out their throwing techniques with her.
Storie also competed in the UKC Premier in Kalamazoo, MI. She also won that event with her largest jump of the weekend of 27’9” and she competed with the UPDOG Challenge (frisbee). JD did the winning toss in the toss/fetch competition, they took 1st place!! Way to go, JD and Storie!
They also competed in the Petunia Festival in Dixon, IL where Storie and 5 other Ultimate Dogs competed in the Ultimate category. Another black Lab, named Turbo (from southern Ohio) and from the same champion field grandfather as Storie, went neck and neck-- Storie holding out with a 28’4” high jump for the weekend, this also qualifies her for the UAD Games in St. Louis later in the year (this is the new national event for UA--- Storie is currently the three time defending National Champion for UAD.
This weekend Storie, Ronalee and JD were off to Boston, MA for the Purina ProPlan Eastern Regionals for distance jumping. The two dogs that have beaten Storie in the past year will both be competing, so it's bound to be exciting. JD and Ronalee are hoping that they can switch back and forth throwing for Storie to keep her on her game.
Storie ended up WINNING the Eastern Regional Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge with a jump of 30’5”. They had three jumps, JD threw for the first and the last (which was the winning jump) and Ronalee threw for the middle jump. They were in second place until the final jump. Out of the 10 dogs competing, Storie knew and had competed with 7 of the 10, so lots of friends, competitors and fun and wonderful weather! She’s still flying and now will go to the Purina Nationals to compete as the Eastern Regional Winner for 2015!
Thanks for all the support from all our friends and fans, they really appreciate it! When we get the TV schedule later in the year, we will let you know!
Watch Storie's winning jump. Start at 6:50 on the video to see Storie's incredible 30'5" jump!