Siberian Huskies & Sled Dog Racing in NZ Blog

Raumai Cup Day One

Raumai Cup Day One

Raumai Cup Race morning began with drizzle and thick mist hanging over the forest. I arrived early to help set up then headed off to walk the trail. Thankfully it was pretty dry in the sheltered depths of the trees. Walking along I took time to help by clearing debris...

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Raumai Forest Training and Mock Race

Leading up to the Raumai Cup race weekend, Ridge Runners Sled Dog Racing Club (RRSDRC) have training runs at the forest, as well as a Mock Race afternoon for mushers, new and seasoned, to come train in race conditions. 

A training session in mid-May was my first trip to Raumai Forest. Unfortunately for me, I missed the critical right hand turn. . .

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Sled Dog Fundamentals Training Weekend

Back in May I was invited to attend a Sled Dog Fundamentals Training weekend held just north of Otaki.  It was run by Curt and Fleur Perano, of Underdog NZ, who together have many years of experience running, racing and caring for sled dogs here and overseas. Check out their website for a full bio. This weekend was all about the fundamentals of training and developing a team of dogs . . .

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Siberian Huskies on Show

Show time!!! Up until now I’ve only ever been to one dog show in my life, and that was nearly 20 years ago to check out the breeds I was interested in before deciding a husky was the dog for me.

My first show this year was at Levin where Nardine was showing three of her dogs. I arrived at 8.30am and quickly found where the dogs were set up in the gazebo, with crates, mats and grooming table.

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Introducing Spirit and the Birth of Her Pups

It was early December last year when I travelled to meet Spirit for the first time at her home, Kiwidinok Siberian Huskies, near Woodville.
Two trips were made pre-birth to orientate myself with the location/environment and get a shot of a very pregnant Spirit. On both these trips I took the chance to enjoy another one of my passions. . .

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Training in Waitarere Forest and Autumn Burn Sled Dog Derby

July last year I re-connected with the Central Territories Siberian Husky Club (CTSHC) and joined them at a training day in Waitarere Forest, north of Levin.

Living where I do, this meant being on the road by 5am Saturday morning to reach the meet up point at 6am, then a 10-15 minute drive into the middle of the forest to a small open area.

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Siberian Huskies and Sled Dog Racing In NZ

Thanks for signing up to follow my adventures in capturing the essence of the Siberian Husky dogs and Sled Dog Racing in NZ.

To get started let me fill you in on the back story of how the Siberian Huskies and Sled dog Racing in NZ project came about, combining my passion for the Siberian Huskies and photography.

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