The season opener of The 2000 Flying Disc Dog Open Pro/Am Disc Dog Series was held again in Lyons, Colorado at Meadow Park
on Saturday June 24th, 2000. Lyons is a town we affectionately call disc dog town USA. Even the Mayor of Lyons came out to help judge the freestyle event. 43 teams came out to compete; 32
amateurs and 11 Pros. Head Judge, Bill Keller, sure had his hands full with three events to oversee and such a large field of competitors. Thank you Bill for
all your hard work and dedication to the sport of disc dogs and the FDDO Pro disc dog series. The weather was picture perfect for most of the morning and the early afternoon, but then the wind picked up with gusts up to 20 mph+, making
for tough scoring conditions during the final rounds for both divisions. The high score for the day on the Obstacle Course was by amateur Amanda Guth & Kayleigh, who scored
on 5 of 6 stations for 10 points. Other notable performances came from two first time competitors, Amateur John Shaw & Freida, who took second place in the amateur Division
with two solid rounds on the OC and Amateur Dave Hale & Scooby who performed well scoring a high of 9 points on the OC and taking first place, congradulations. History was made in the Pro division
with our first ever woman champion Pro Marie Earle and Bo, who put on a wonderful display of showmanship and a great routine of disc tricks. She finessed her way though
and scored in all the events even during the wind, which picked up late in the afternoon, dramatically affecting the OC and Distance events. Pro Christi Goodman & Wally took
second place honors and Pro Chris Sexton & Laika took 3rd place. Pro J D Platt & Galaxy, new comers to the sport, came all the way from Bend, Oregon placing 4th. On the OC,
JD & Galaxy were the only team to hit the tough 5 point zone on station 6. Finally, the furthest competitors to travel to Lyons, Marc Blanchette & Maxwell
, came all the way from Massachusetts and placed 6th in the Pro division.
A big doggone thanks to all our sponsors who donated money for the cash
purse and product for the prize bags, the Town of Lyons, the Northern Colorado Disc Dog Club and the Front Range Flyers. And thanks to all the 43
competitors who came out to make the fur fly. Without all of you, this contest could not exist.