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Goldsby man drops roping to win world titles by flipping discs to dog

Lee Fairchild began watching the sport by chance in 1999, and today he is one of the best competitors.
by Matt Patterson Modified: October 19, 2012 at 9:09 pm •  Published: October 20, 2012

And it also helps to have a partner who brings serious skills to the table. Gracie has been a quick study over the years, and her athletic ability is unsurpassed.

“She's extremely focused and very athletic,” he said. “She's like a mini Michael Jordan.”

Competitions usually consist of two rounds of freestyle where Gracie and Fairchild perform a series of tricks, but all tricks have to begin and end with a disc in flight. There is also one minute of toss and catch. In that event Fairchild throws the disc in an area about half the size of a football field. If Gracie and Fairchild don't connect, points are deducted.

“There's a lot of precision to it,” he said. “You can't be off by much. If you are, things just sort of fall apart.”

While Fairchild was a quick study to the sport, achieving what some take decades to do, he still finds value in the simplest things about it.

“I've always been a pretty competitive person but the real reason I do it is to have fun with my dogs and meet people and establish friendships,” he said. “I didn't get good at it until 2005, but I had a whole lot of fun before then.”

by Matt Patterson
Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun....
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