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Our next event will be the Calcutta races, Saturday, November 11, 2017, at Elinor’s house.


2015 Calcutta

Another great time was had November 8 at our annual Calcutta races. The event was originally scheduled for the previous day which was rainy and dreary. On Sunday the weather cooperated with a sunny, not-too-hot day. The temperature was cool enough early in the morning that some of the racing teams were able to hold their first training run for the season before the Calcutta.

This year we had 14 teams competing. The winning team was Frank’s number 1 team with Dawson, Nikko, and Gelph with a raw time of 10.78 (time with penalty 11.28). The team was owned by Diane. Diane also owned the second place team, Ron number 1 with Halley, Robin, and Hero. In third place was Frank number 2 with Nate, Cutter, and Samba, owned by Jane.

Several puppies (Melody, Keeonah, and Baxter) also attended and watched, maybe picking up tips for next year.


2015 Calcutta results

Here are some photos from the event, thanks to Bunny (Houston and Willow) and Bernie (all others).

First Race of 2015

Bernie reported from the Jim Lobdell Memorial Sled Dog Races in Clarendon, PA, held January 17 and 18.

Our Chesapeake Siberian Sled Racing team just got back from a fantastic and fun filled race weekend in Western PA with our dogs, 33 Siberian Huskies, including our mascot and Public Relations Coordinator – “Blizzard”.
After all the races were over, awards given, we wanted to take a group picture of each of our mushers and their lead dog(s).
I shot one of the way we WANT you to see it,…
Then I snuck the second shot in, when they were NOT paying attention (that happens occasionally in our Group)…as a perfect example of the REALITY in this wonderful group of friends and our dogs.
PS, and for Jill, this was her very first sled dog race ever, she made it around the entire course, (5 miles, with a 4 dog team) uneventfully, BOTH days, and ultimately placed 5th out of 11 teams entered in her class! I’m SO proud of her, considering…she did not have *real* lead dogs!
Left to right: Storm Simms (Jill) with “Luna”, Cassandra Florian with “Lily”, Joseph Fitzgerald with “Holly”, Ron Gagne and Terri Rendon with Hiro and Halley.

Mushers and their lead dogs

Mushers and their lead dogs

Mushers with their lead dogs - trying to pose

Mushers with their lead dogs – trying to pose

Another photo from Bernie of the whole crew that made it to this race.

Members of the Chesapeake racing team

Members of the Chesapeake racing team

Kevin, Cassandra, Debby, Jill, Ron, Edie, Sandrina, Bernie, Gale, Terri, and Joe.

2014 Calcutta

Saturday November 8 CSHC held its annual Calcutta race and meeting. As usual we had a great day betting, racing, and eating! Unfortunately some members who are usually there could not make it, but some newer members and potential members joined in.

We had a total of 13 teams racing. Five teams had novice drivers. All did well and all finishing times were within 4 seconds. The winning team of Dawson, Nikko and Nate was driven by Frank and owned by Diane. Joe’s team of Holly, Gretzky, and Christian (owned by Debby) was second and his team of Greyson, Knight, and Holly (owned by Scott) took third.

Calcutta Results 2014

Calcutta Results 2014

Auction of the teams

Auction of the teams


Karen and team at the start

Karen and team at the start

Bunny and team at the start

Bunny and team at the start

We of course had abundant and wonderful food following the racing. One favorite dish was Doug’s crab soup. He has kindly shared the recipe.

                                 Maryland Crab Soup

1 bag (1 lb) soup mix vegetables from Giant (carrots, potatoes, corn, green beans, Lima beans, okra, peas, celery, onions)
2 (14.5 oz) cans petite diced tomatoes (do not drain)
1 qt. low sodium chicken broth
3/4 cup chopped onion
2-3 tbs minced garlic
1/4 cup Old Bay Seasoning (not crab seasoning, OLD BAY, there is no substitute!!!!)
8oz container crab claw meat drained and well rinsed
1-2tsp olive oil
1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce

Put onions and olive oil in a large pot on stove top and set heat to medium-high. While they begin to cook open cans and rinse crab meat. Once onions have started to turn translucent pour in chicken broth, tomatoes, and Worcestershire Sauce. Bring to a low boil. Add the entire bag of soup mix vegetables (these have Lima beans, green beans, potatoes, okra, carrots and celery). Bring back up to a boil. Add in garlic and most of the Old Bay. Taste and add more Old Bay as needed. Old Bay is the predominant flavor in this soup, so you will probably use the whole 1/4 cup. Reduce heat to a simmer and add the crab meat, folding in carefully to not break up too much, you want whole pieces, not shreds. Simmer 5 minutes to heat crab meat and serve. This is actually best made a day ahead and reheated, but it’s still really good straight off the stove. We like it with hot French bread and butter or garlic toast as a dinner, but it’s great with crackers for lunch. Microwaves well and freezes OK, but it’s so easy I just make it and we eat it for a couple days. Recipe also doubles well and works as a great football game day meal for friends.          (From Staci Wolfe)

Sled Racing 2014

CSHC members have taken their sled dog teams to a number of races this winter.

  • MUSH Boy Scout-Camp Rotary in Clare, MI
  • Stearns Siding Sled Dog Race in Baldwin, MI
  • Kalkaska Winterfest in Kalkaska, MI
  • Tug Hill Challenge in Lorraine, NY
  • MUSH Fort Custer Recreation Area Sled Dog Race in Augusta, MI
Joe and his 6-dog 'Rocket' team in Baldwin, MI

Joe and his 6-dog ‘Rocket’ team in Baldwin, MI

Ron and his 6-dog team in Baldwin, MI

Ron and his 6-dog team in Baldwin, MI

Cassandra with 6-dog team in Baldwin, MI

Cassandra and her 6-dog team, the ‘Ruff Riders’, in Baldwin, MI

Many of the teams had new dogs this year: some dogs obtained from racing kennels and some young Amorok and Kadian dogs. The season for most of the teams was a great success. At the Tug Hill race every one of the teams made SD mile times. Experienced mushers were Frank, Joe, Ron, and Terri. Cassandra joined the group this year as a rookie musher.

Also this year we were lucky and had enough snow in the Maryland area to allow us to train on snow on the C & O Canal tow path, in Michaux State Forest in PA, and in Gambrill State Park in MD.

Bernie got some good photos ( Sat and Sunday) during two training runs on the tow path which are posted to Flickr. She also posted photos from the training in Gambrill.

Here is a link to a Watertown Daily News article on the Tug Hill Challenge which includes photos.

Here is a link to a video from the Kalkaska Winterfest by Jessica Hatch of Gone to the Snow Dogs.

Sunday, Feb. 23, the Frederick News Post published this story.

January 2014 Match

On January 4 CSHC held its annual Specialty B-OB and Rally Match in Point of Rocks.  Here are a few photos taken by Bernie Rogers.

Best Puppy in Match: Robin with Terri

Best Puppy in Match: Robin with Terri

Best Adult in Match: Sherry with Terri

Best Adult in Match: Sherry with Terri

Shine Rogers: Best Stuffed Animal Eater

Shine Rogers: Best Stuffed Animal Eater (an honor awarded by her proud owner because she was so naughty at the match)

Also from Mary Lewis:

BOS Puppy in Match: "Sammie" Playmor's I Can't Drive 55 with Mary

BOS Puppy in Match: “Sammie” Playmor’s I Can’t Drive 55 with Mary

Congratulations to Hali Gange, who won Best Junior in the match, showing Gale’s Cassie. Thanks to Sue Mahla for the photo.

Best Junior in Match: Hali Gange with Gale's Cassie

Best Junior in Match: Hali Gange with Gale’s Cassie

A few members were unable to attend the match because they had gone to Clare, Michigan, for a sled dog race.

Cassendra with team in Clare, MI

Cassandra with team in Clare, MI. This was Cassandra’s first sled dog race.

Joe with team in Clare, MI

Joe with team in Clare, MI

2013 Calcutta

Friends, Food, Fun, and Fundraising! All part of our annual Calcutta races held this past Saturday (Nov. 16).

Why is this called a ‘Calcutta’?

Here is the description of a ‘Calcutta auction’ from Wikipedia:
A Calcutta auction is an open auction held in conjunction with a golf tournament, horse race or similar contest with multiple entrants.
Bidding for each contestant begins in random order, with only one contestant being bid upon at any time. Accordingly, participants (originally in Calcutta, India, from where this technique was first recorded by the Colonial British) bid among themselves to “buy” each of the contestants, with each contestant being assigned to the highest bidder. The contestant will then pay out to the owner a predetermined proportion of the pool depending on how it performs in the tournament.

For the CSHC dog cart races we form teams of three dogs with one musher. People bid on the teams. The club gets half the proceeds (the fundraising part of the event) and the top three team owners split the rest. The fastest team musher also gets a prize. To make things more interesting each owner draws a number (0-5) which adds a penalty (0-2.5 sec) to the time of their team.

This year we had experienced mushers (Roland and Joe) and a number of novices (Jill, Cassandra, Rob). There were also a lot of young, inexperienced dogs. But overall most did very well. There was one sort of pile up and a number of teams wanted to turn off in the middle of the course, but most made it to the end.

First place was won by Jill with the team of Holly, Sarge, and Lilly, owned by Bernie.

Second place was Roland with Knight, Savannah, and Ranger, owned by Carolan.

Third place was Cassandra with Braego, Grayson, and Sobe, owned by John.

The team with the fastest actual time was Roland’s with Knight, Savannah, and Ranger.

Here are the full results.


Racing was followed by food and a meeting.

One dish from the food spread

A few photos of the day, thanks to Bernie.