Mushers Credit Langlade County Trails for Successes, Plan Events
July 26, 2016
Antigo Daily Journal
Antigo Daily Journal
Local mushers recently traveled to Buffalo, N.Y. for the 50th Annual International Sled Dog Racing Association convention and awards banquet, and collected plenty of honors for their teams and achievements.
Each medal winning musher was quick to say having an excellent training venue provided by the Langlade County trails was paramount to their success.
Individual mushers as well as a Langlade County sled dog race received honors. Kim Scharmer Ruhl of Bryant won the gold medals in both the four and six-dog sled registered breed classes.
Bundled-up Kim Scharmer Ruhl practicing kick technique
with her gold medal winning six-dog team of registered Siberian huskies
on Langlade County Sled Dog training trails near Highway 52.
Donna Koepp from Oconto Falls, who uses Langlade County trails as her training siten captured the bronze medal in four-dog sled registered breed. The four-dog sled all breed bronze medal went to Beth Castaldi of Elton.
Although unable to attend the convention, Joey Carey of Stratford received the bronze medal in six-dog dryland rig class.
Medal rankings were determined by combining an individual’s race results throughout the 2015-2016 race season.
Additionally Redpaw’s Dirty Dog Dryland Derby held annually at the MaKaJaWan Boy Scout Reservation in Pearson, was recognized by receiving an unprecedented five Event of the Year awards for various dryland racing categories.
The awards were received for one-dog bikejoring, two-dog scooter, two-dog bikejoring, four-dog rig and six-dog rig classes.
“It is because of the tremendous support we receive from the staff at MaKaJaWan, businesses, volunteers and the racers that the Dirty Dog was honored,” Dirty Dog Co-chairperson Amy Cooper of Holmen explained. “A special thank you goes to local businesses Covantage Credit Union and Antigo Rendering and Pet Foods. They have been sponsors since the race began in 2006.”
Plans are already being made for the 11th annual event, this year slated for November 5 and 6. The race is hosted by the Langlade County Sled Dog Club and managed by the Wisconsin Trailblazers Sled Dog Club.
Prior to the Dirty Dog in November members of the Langlade County Sled Dog Club are hosting another event at MaKaJaWan Boy Scout Reservation, Dog Powered Sports 101, Sept. 17 and 18.
“Everyone is welcome to attend,” Kim Schoenrock of Deerbrook, one of the event organizers, said. “It is a free event open to anyone interested in learning how you and your dog or dogs can enjoy and benefit from participating in dog powered sports.”
Instruction subjects will include care of the canine athlete, safety on the trail, details about skiing, sledding, biking, running, scootering and carting with your dog.
Additionally there will be a presentation on how to get a dog to pull as well as experienced dog people to help if you care to actually try your dog in harness.
“Most any type dog can learn to run in harness,” Schoenrock said. “ Poodle, beagle, Lab, Border collie or the popular mixed breeds. All healthy dogs are welcome.”