The original and longest running disc dog competition series in the world. 

Ashley Whippet
The story of Alex Stein and his incredibly talented whippet named Ashley is told through numerous articles and video clips found across the world wide web. Alex freely admits he was not the first person to throw a disc to a dog, but on August 5, 1974 he catapulted the game of canine flying disc into the national spotlight at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. His daredevil stunt leaping over the infield wall and playing disc with his dog (uninvited) during the seventh inning stretch caught the attention of Irv Lander, from Wham-O. Alex and Ashley were separated as he was removed from the field and arrested. After a brief stint in jail and a nerve-wracking few days searching for Ashley, Alex was well on his way to becoming the icon for a beloved dog sport now celebrating its 43rd year.

Even though Alex is retired from the sport of canine disc he still carries on the legacy of Ashley Whippet® through the Ashley Whippet® Invitational (AWI) series.

The AWI is the original and longest running disc dog competition series in the world. With events run in many countries across the world, it is truly an international series. Qualified teams from every event (US and international) are invited to a world championship (#AWIFinals) at the end of the season.
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The AWI Qualifiers consist of:
  • Open Overall Division  (Combined Freestyle and Toss and Catch)
  • AWI Open Toss and Catch Division
  • Small Dog Division

AWI qualifying events now include a Freestyle Only Division which consists of 2 rounds of freestyle only.  This is not a qualifying event though Medals will be awarded to the top three competitors in this division.  

Optional Hosts Choice:
  • Recreational Freestyle  
  • Recreational Toss and Catch Divisions 



World Series

Jan 19th

Feb 9-10

Feb 24th

March 10th

April 20

​May 1-2


May 26-27

June 8th

April 27th

June 16th

July 14th​ 

July 20th

​July 27

Aug 4th



​World Finals

Davison, Michigan          


Jacksonville, FL   
 

Tampa FL. 
  

Texas


Millersville, Maryland


​China Qualifier
Asian Championships  
Locations - to be announced



Frankenmuth, MI 


Thornton, Colorado 


California  


Gray Summit, MO


New Hampshire


Michigan


Kansas   


Dracula,  Georgia 




Naperville : 
Last Chance Qualifier Aug 31st  
World Championships  Sept 1st
CHANGE TO ALL QUALIFYING COMPETITIONS:
Only the top THREE COMPETITORS IN EACH DIVISION will qualify to participate in the World Championships, not FOUR as previously stated in the rules and in
previous years competitions.
A team can still qualify with a maximum of 4 dogs, maximum of 2 per division, now
across all three divisions instead of 2 divisions as last year. A thrower can have dogs
in all three divisions, but cannot compete with their small dog in both small dog and
open divisions (can compete in one or the other with small dog, your choice).
At the World Championships we will crown champions in Open Overall, Open Toss
and Catch, and Small Dog.

We have eliminated the Event Freestyle Champion trophy at each qualifying event.  Freestyle only division will be offered at each qualifying event with medals awarded to the top three competitors.  There will be a Freestyle Champion awarded at the World Championship.



ANNOUNCING SMALL DOG DIVISION FOR 2019 DETAILS:
Small dog Division is a qualifying division for the World Championships. The top
three dogs at each qualifying event are eligible to compete at the World
Championships. Competition consists of one round of Freestyle and one round of
Toss and Catch for this division.
As in our rules for all dogs, Freestyle can only be run with dogs a minimum of 18
months old, so this age applies to eligibility for the Small Dog Division as well.
Small dog is defined as a maximum measurement of 16” at the shoulder when
measured on a flat surface. It is the responsibility of the Host or Head Judge to make
sure this is established and enforced for all Small Dog teams participating.
Small Dog Division canines cannot compete in Open Overall or Open Toss and Catch
and Small Dog. Open Divisions or Small Dog, but not both divisions.
Any disc that is already on our “allowed disc” list can be used for the Small Dog
Division. Smaller discs are also allowed.  $20 entry fee
Be sure to check out the famous ​​ Ashley Whippet Museum

Catch It!

Events