Bryan Landers is still pinching himself after his Oklahoma Thunder Dock Diving facility west of Purcell was deemed the sport’s top facility in the nation for 2020.
The award was one of several Landers picked up while competing at the recent Dock Dogs World Championship in Dubuque, Iowa.
Only dogs which finish in the top four in each division in wild card events receive invitations to compete at the world championship.
Landers hosts a wild card competition in May at Oklahoma Thunder Dock Diving.
His 7-year-old Labrador retriever, Thunder, came away from the world championship with a seventh place finish in the Iron Dog Division.
Final scores in the division are determined by a formula and based on each dog’s performance in big air, speed retrieve and extreme vertical contests.
Thunder also placed 14th among 40 entrants in the speed retrieve.
Landers also competed in the Novice Division with a 1-year-old golden retriever, Harbor.
Although somewhat overwhelmed by the venue, Landers said Harbor never missed a jump off the dock.
“I was happy with her,” he said.
Other members of the Oklahoma Thunder Dock Diving family were also at the world competition.
With Landers handling, Kiwi, owned by Le Campbell of Norman, finished fifth in speed retrieve in the Sonic Division with a time of 5.01seconds.
Landers said the Sonic is the fastest division and Kiwi’s placement means she is the “fifth fastest dog in the world.”
Campbell also competed with her dog in the Iron Dog Gladiator Division, picking up a seventh in speed retrieve and finishing in the Top 10 in the division.
For Kimberly Steagall of Yukon and Riley, a border collie, 2020 was a stellar year on more than one front. It was their first full year to compete in dock diving and their first trip to the world.
The team took a Top 10 berth in Iron Dog.
Jamie Uhles of Maysville may have been the unlikeliest of contestants at the world championship with her Labrador retriever, Bella.
When they began dock diving in the spring, Bella didn’t even know how to swim.
Still, in May the team qualified for the world championship at the Oklahoma Thunder Dock Diving Wild Card.
Then a injury sidelined Bella.
In Dubuque, Uhles and Bella won the speed retrieve in the Nitro Division.
Landers said another wild card event is scheduled at Oklahoma Thunder Dock Diving on May 28-30.