Posted on June 4, 2010 by SuperRetrieverSeries.com Staff
The New American Dictionary defines the word awe-inspiring as "arousing awe through being impressive, formidable, or magnificent." On a rain-soaked Sunday in Little Rock, Arkansas, Quasi and Rande Murphy typified the word and anyone who was fortunate enough to watch the Super Fly event at SRS Crown Championship truly knows how it feels to be awe-inspired.
After an hour's rain delay which has become synonymous with the Crown Championship and Riverfest in recent years, the semifinals of the Super Fly contest got underway with twelve of the greatest jumpers on the planet including defending champions Callie and Ben Propson from Kewaskum, WI, and one of the many newcomers to the SRS, Henry and Perry Collier from San Diego, CA. But it was the SRS veterans Quasi and Murphy who stole the show with one tremendous leap into history.
On his first attempt in the semifinals, Quasi, the black lab from Scottville, KY, and "grandpup" of the Super Fly legend Little Morgan, flew 28 feet 11.59 inches and into history. The jump smashed the previous SRS record (27 feet 10 inches) that Murphy and another dog, Jag, set three years earlier in Dyersburg, TN, and bested the current world record by almost two inches. Literally with one jump, Quasi rewrote the record book.
When the score was announced, the crowd erupted and Murphy responded with a smile and a Tiger Woods-esque fist pump. It was a moment that will live in the record books until another special dog flies further, but in one brief moment, the throng of people who witnessed the event both live and via the webcast truly understood what it meant to be awe-inspired.