Yvonne Kempenich's 3-year-old German shorthaired pointer, Odie, leaped 21 feet, six inches into a 40-foot pool on Sunday, earning first place in the DockDogs competition at the Bismarck Event Center.

"I didn't expect those jumps out of him," said Kempenich, of Randall, Minn. "He did a very good job."

Bismarck's Sandy Thiel and her Chesapeake Bay retriever, Skeeto Bear, took second place, with Skeeto Bear jumping 19 feet, two inches into the pool.

"I'm very excited, very proud of her," Thiel said Monday. "(Skeeto Bear) was so excited to go up there and jump, and she just has a blast doing that."

Skeeto Bear was understandably tired after spending three days jumping in and out of the pool for the DockDogs event, which was part of The Bismarck Tribune Sport Show.

On Monday morning, Skeeto Bear was sleeping and didn't feel like doing much of anything, Thiel said. The pair has more dock jumping competitions to prepare for, with one in Deadwood, S.D., in June, and others across the state this summer, including Williston, Minot, Grand Forks and Fargo.

Other dogs that took home medals in the competition include:

Semi-pro division:

First place — Vitaliy Verbovskiy and Abby, 21 feet, two inches

Second place — Katie Priebe and Tucker, 20 feet, five inches

Third place — Michael Anderson and Sammy, 20 feet, four inches

The winners for the semi-pro division of the DockDogs competition are, from left, Vitaliy Verbovskiy and Abby, first place; Katie Priebe and Tucker, second place; and Michael Anderson and Sammy, third place. STACEY LANG

Contender division:

First place — Ben Langton and Lilly, 17 feet, 1 inch

Second place — Travis Helfrich and Earl, 16 feet, 10 inches

Third place — Stephanie Michels and Dempsey, 16 feet, 10 inches

Winners for the contender division are, from left, Travis Helfrich and Earl, second place; Ben Langton and Lilly, first place; and Stephanie Michels and Dempsey, third place. STACEY LANG

Amateur division:

First place — Mike Ficken and Bella, 14 feet, 10 inches

Second place — Emily Bruss and Remington, 12 feet

Third place — Lindsey Carpenter and Buck, 10 feet, 9 inches

Amateur division winners. From left, Emily Bruss and Remington, second place; Mike Ficken and Bella, first place; and Lindsey Carpenter and Buck. PROVIDED

(Reach Blair Emerson at 701-250-8251 or Blair.Emerson@bismarcktribune.com)

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