Many of our members attended the National Specialty this October 28 – November 2 in Midland, Michigan.
Events began with a Rig Race on Monday. Ron, Terri, and Joe competed in several classes. Ron placed third in the 4-dog rig class and Joe placed forth. Ron also won the 2-dog rig class and the 2-dog scooter class. Terri won the 1-dog canicross class.
Ron and his team at the 2013 SHCA Rig Race
Joe and his team at the 2013 SHCA Rig Race
Tuesday was the day for Obedience and Rally. Jack (Krystal Wolf’s Captain Jack) and Tango (Amorok’s Light Fandango) competed in both. Jack won first place in Rally Advanced and in Rally Excellent classes. It was Tango’s first time ever in the Obedience or Rally ring and he did very well. He qualified in Beginner Novice Obedience and he earned a score of 96 in Novice Rally.
Wednesday Jack and Tango competed in Agility and Jack qualified in JWW and in Time2Beat.
Tango and Jack with ribbons from 2013 SHCA National Specialty
Wednesday was also Sweepstakes judging.
Christian (Amorok’s Fifty Shades Darker) was 2nd in the 9-12 Month Dog class. Gretsky (Yetieska’s Hat Trick of Amorok) was 2nd in the 15-18 Month Dog class.
In the Best of Breed class on Saturday Gale’s Mandy (GCh Amorok’s Lighten Up Kadian) and Laurissa Schmidt’s Poppy (Ch Yetieska’s Wild Poppy, daughter of Sarge) received an Award of Merit.
October 29 – November 2, 2013 the Siberian Husky Club of America National Specialty will take place in Midland, Michigan. For information see the SHCA web site.
On October 28 the SHCA is holding the SHCA Dryland Race at the National. The race will be at City Forest, Midland, Michigan. For more information see Sled Dog Central.
Once the temperatures in the area began to drop in the fall CSHC members began to take their dogs out for sled training. The goal was to be ready to run sprint races scheduled for weekends in January and February. Unfortunately the weather this season was not very cooperative. Many races, especially those closest to us in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and New York, were cancelled for lack of snow. Frank and Ron were able to get to 4 races: Indian River in Michigan, Kearney in Ontario, Hill Village in New Hampshire, and Kinross in the upper peninsula of Michigan. Joe made it to Indian River and Hill Village.
Joe with team 1 (Holly, Sasha, Homer) at the start line. Along with Debby, Ty, Ron, Carolyn, Sandrina, Frank, and Roland.
CSHC held its annual Calcutta rig race on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012. This race is a fund raiser for the club. Mushers and musher wannabes have a chance to test their teams of 3 dogs on a short run (about 100 yards). Teams are auctioned off and owners of the top 3 teams share half of the proceeds and the other half goes to the club.
We had 9 teams running this year, including a team of Samoyeds from Baltimore. The Samoyed’s musher, Mary, had met some of our members the previous weekend at a mushing training camp in Pennsylvania.
Winners of the 2012 race were Roland, Joe’s team no.1, Joe’s team no.2.
All the teams with times and places
The three Samoyeds ready to leave
JD, Cassie, Crosby, Blaze, Bella and Dolce on the line
November 10 and 11 members of CSHC and their dogs went to a site near Altoona PA for a weekend of sled dog training. Those who went were Debby and Joe Fitzgerald, Diane and Frank Wright, Ron Gagne and Gene Smith. There were other mushers at the site with teams of Alaskans and Samoyeds. A variety of rigs, scooters and ATVs were used on the trails. One Sammy team of three were in a fan hitch pulling on a scooter.
Most weekends in November and December club members train on the C & O Canal towpath. The Pennsylvania location was a change of pace and allowed for training not possible on the towpath. The owner of the site has created trails all over the 70 acre property. Joe described it as “Disneyland for mushers”. In addition to lots of trails and wide open spaces the site also features hills – something one definitely does not have on the towpath. Apparently running a team down hill with the training carts was too scary for some drivers.
Debby said that all the dogs enjoyed the runs and everyone had fun talking to the other mushers.