New Zealand Dog News

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June 09, 2011

Arctic dog race adapted for NZ winters

Adapting a sport designed for the snow-bound Arctic regions of the United States, Canada and Russia for the milder New Zealand winter requires more than a little Kiwi ingenuity.

Nowhere was that more evident than at the Sandy Point Scarper where labradors, pointers, boxers and huntaways went head to head with the more traditional polar breeds of Siberian huskies and Alaskan malamutes racing in fun and official competition.

Southland Sled Dog Association president Haakon Berg said mushers from across the South Island converged on Fosbender Park, with about 40 en-tries in the competition, which inclu-ded canicross – cross-country running while hitched to a dog – one and two-dog scooters, two-to-six-dog sprints and one-to-three-dog freight races.

A further 30 competed in the fun junior and senior races at the weekend.
The sport has grown rapidly in the South Island from its humble beginnings about 20 years ago.MORE>>


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