Online Musher Registrations
With the 2015 Kearney Dog Sled Race date approaching fast (Next weekend, Feb 7th & 8th), mushers and their teams are registering and paying online to ensure their spot in the bib draw. This second from last week before race day has seen an influx of new and returning musher registrations.
Our trail team has been out on the trails almost daily and they say that this year is going to be the best year on record for the trails. We’ve listened to what mushers had to say in past years and we’ve eliminated some steep hills and narrow bridges for the 2015 dog sled races. Conditions of the trails are excellent too, we’ve had good snow fall in Kearney that’s allowed us to continue our tradition of being the only race in Ontario to have never been canceled due to snow conditions.
Our feature musher for this post is Tammy from Wahnapitae, Ontario. Tammy enters the 2015 Kearney Dog Sled Races with a team of 4 Belgian Malinois. We asked Tammy a little bit about why she loves dog sled racing and here are her answers.
I am Tammy St. Louis, the owner and operator of Skiplyn Kennels Dog Training. I have always lived with multiple dogs and training dogs is my profession and passion. I have owned a variety of dogs and have competed and trained in many dog sports for more than two decades.
I have been teaching people how to train their dogs continuously since 1997, running classes upstairs at the Garson Arena and then the Wahnipatae Community Center. In 2009 I purchased the church building in Garson to become a permanent, dedicated training school, the only one of its kind in Northern Ontario.
I am a member of the Dog Legislation Council of Canada, the Canadian Kennel Club, the Sudbury District Kennel Club, and the Canadian Ring Sport Association.
How many years have you been running dogs?
7 years “playing around” the past 4 years a bit more seriously
Tell us about your dogs? How many do you have etc?
I run a team of Belgian Malinois , I own 6 of them and 4 other pet dogs
What do you love most about running sled dogs?
Being in the woods and watching dogs work and love it
How did your dogs get their names?
They are all named starting with a “V” the first 2 were just coincidence , after that I had to stay with the theme . Vandal, Villain , Vengeance, Vice , Vee and Voodoo are their names. Together they are “Team Maligator”
List recent sled dog races and/or best performances
Last year only 2014