First Person Video View from the Mushers Perspective
Story, Photos and Video by Kaitlynn Tidwell
Matt Paguette and I can both say without question that for our first season racing ever, Kearney was by far the best race for us and our dogs so far. We are not very serious yet, our team is made of our two pet Alaskan Huskies and our close friend’s Eurohound, but we had the opportunity to race with some of the best and we couldn’t say no. We are also lucky enough to know Luke and Mike Siertsema and they were kind enough to lend us their dog Ludo for the weekend so we would have a 4th dog to race. If I thought our dogs had heart, Ludo the mostly blind little hound had triple that and was a wonderful addition for the weekend. Luke and Mike are a testament to how much help and support we saw given and received ourselves at this race.
Video – Mushers View of the 4 Dog Sprint Race
Matt’s runs on day 1 and 2 at Kearney. Seeded 12th and passed 3 teams on the first day. Second day finished 35 seconds faster than the first time for a 17 minute 4 mile. Best time they’ve done that distance. Thanks to our friend Luke we had a 4th dog as well which helped out our guys a TON. Wicked weekend.. Can’t wait to do it again.
Because our team is made with our friend Andrew Buzzeo we’ve been alternating drivers and this weekend was Matt’s turn. It was our dogs’ second time at a sled race and Matt’s first time driving so when we were seeded 12th we were pretty excited. We generally record our training runs and races for our learning; it’s great to watch the video and see how the dogs perform without worrying about hitting trees or eating snow on a corner. We knew the videos would be beautiful this weekend just by looking at the scenery around us but watching the dogs pull their hearts out up Widowmaker, plow through the downhill turns, and pass 3 teams almost flawlessly, we had to post the video solely based on how proud we are of our dogs. We wanted to share how great the trail was here and how much the hard work of the trail crew was evident. We ended up with an 8th place finish in the 4 dog open class and it was also the best time our dogs have ever ran that distance; Matt came back both days amazed at their performance.
Eventually we plan on having more dogs once we are in a position to do so, but for now we are just out to have fun. Kearney was most definitely a fun weekend and well worth the drive. Every race we learn more, meet more amazing people, and enjoy trails we could only dream of back home in Windsor. We are truly happy that we found this sport and fully intend on staying as involved as we can for many years to come.
Left to right is Ludo, Buddy, Arrow, Mira.
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2015 Kearney 4 Dog Sprint Race Results