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Sled Dog Racing in Hill, New Hampshire

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Real Estate Agent with Bean Group / Franklin

Dog Sled Racing in Hill, New Hampshire

When you mention dog sledding, the Iditarod® comes to mind, but that race is in Alaska. What about right here in New Hampshire?

The New England Sled Dog Club, Inc. is running its 80th Annual Sled Dog Race in Laconia, New Hampshire, next weekend: February 13-15, 2009.

 

 

 

 

 

Flood control Valley in Hill

In preparation for the big race, the Lakes Region Sled Dog Club sponsored a race this past weekend in the Army Corps of Engineers' Flood Control Valley between Bristol and Franklin. This is part of the Heritage Trail.

Hill, New Hampshire, is smack dab in the middle of Bristol and Franklin. The race was held at Profile Falls, right on the border of Bristol and Hill.

Mushers participate from as far away as Canada and Europe. Classes included the 1-2 dog Skijors 3-dog Juniors, 4-dog and 6-dog Pro and Sportsmen, and the 8-dog Professional teams. 

Judging by the size of the purse payoffs, my guess is that the competitors aren't here for the prize money.

 

 

dog sled waitWhen my husband and arrived at Profile Falls, we were greeted by the sounds of excited dogs, ready to run. Chained to sides of their owners' vehicles, their howls and dog speak said "Let's Go!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Young ones, the Juniors, raced with 3 dogs. As I stood, waiting for them to mush past me, I could hear the children gently egging their dogs on with the command "Hike Up!" Unlike the noisy barking that greeted us when we arrived, the dogs had grown quiet with concentration and pleasure. They were in their element.

 

Dog Sled JuniorWhen I say that the event was absolutely beautiful, I am speaking of sparkling snow, the sun filtering through the trees, and the quiet shushing of a sled dog race in progress.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dog sled startI get the feeling that it is about more than just seeing that checkered flag at the end of the race. These folks enjoy the camaraderie of their sport. Not only do they get to play with man's best friend, their dogs, but they get to do it with other friends who share the same sense of play.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you'd like to find out more about the big race in Laconia next week, go to http://www.weirs.com/archivepdfs/wtimes020509.pdf. This link will bring you to the Weirs Times, our weekly free Lakes Region newspaper. This is a great event for children and adults alike.

Frances Sanderson, Franklin, NH  REALTOR®, Certified EcoBroker®

Comments (3)

Jeff R. Geoghan
Coldwell Banker Realty - Lancaster, PA
REALTOR, Marketing Manager

Maybe you should go out and get a sled team for yourself?  Nice frameing on the photos!

Feb 09, 2009 01:54 PM
Frances Sanderson
Bean Group / Franklin - Franklin, NH

Jeff,

My husband and I have a Sphepard/Lab/Husky mix, 2-year old female. I have only had her for 5 months, but the thought of teaching her to pull a sled had crossed my mind. I thought she'd be a great sled dog, but when I tried to have her drag me on my plastic toboggan, she simply jumped on top of me. So, I think I'm better off just watching the sport :-)

Fran

Feb 09, 2009 10:25 PM
Jeff R. Geoghan
Coldwell Banker Realty - Lancaster, PA
REALTOR, Marketing Manager

That's pretty funny.  I don't think your particular animal is bred pure enough - she sounds like she just wants to HAVE FUN :>

Feb 10, 2009 02:43 PM