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.
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“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.”
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