HUNTSVILLE, Ala.-- When you say jump, they say how high?! The Super Retriever Series Crown Championship took place at Cabela's Saturday morning. Pro handlers and their canine competitors came from all across the country to see whose dog will take home the prize for the longest jump.
The Super Retriever Series is basically a contest to see how far and how high these dogs can jump. But for the competitors, it's more than that. It's turned into a nationwide sport.
"This thing started just from two guys just arguing on a dock who's dog could jump the farthest and it's grown into a sport now that has over 20,000 dogs registered for it," said Lee Hall, one of Saturday's semi-finalists.
Hall has taken three dogs to the Super Retriever Series World Championships. Even though he's a pro, he says it's not that hard of a sport to break into.
"First thing is your basic obedience. If you have basic obedience, yeah you can start in this. Of course, obviously, the first thing you want your dog to be able to do is swim. And if your dog can swim, yeah they can do this. And, it's a lot of fun," he explained.
Event emcee Brent Ohlson said they have some talented dogs and handlers taking part in the Crown Championship this year.
"We had some of the best teams from around the whole United States here. So we're gonna see, the world record right now starts at thirty-one feet. And I don't know, if everything works out right we might see a thirty, thirty-one foot jump," he said.
Ohlson wants people to know these competitions are family-friendly and worth the watch.
"We want to see all the family come out. Bring the kids. Bring your dogs. Get involved. Talk to people. I mean it's so easy to do," he said.
The finals of the Super Retriever Series are taking place at Cabela's Sunday morning at 10 AM. Anyone is welcome to come and watch. There might even be some open dock time for spectators who want to try the jump with their own dogs.