Dog-sled racing in the United States was a popular sport for many years in those states covered in snow during winter and recently it's been regaining its popularity.
MV&CU Dog before start of race (6 shots)
GV Dogs and sleds away (4 shots)
GV Dogs and sleds around course (5 shots)
CU Dogs and sled handlers around corners (3 shots)
GV Sleds around course (3 shots)
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SPORT: DOG-SLED RACING
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Background: Dog-sled racing in the United States was a popular sport for many years in those states covered in snow during winter and recently it's been regaining its popularity.
It was in Idaho that the first official dog-sled races were ever held in the United States, and in that state a small but dedicated group of dog-lovers still compete on the snowy courses.
The sports is popular enough to still have official competitions and at a recent meeting 11 teams from three states gathered in the city of Preston. The gods were a mixture. Some of the huskies had long pedigrees, other were refugees from the pound.
The dogs become part of the owner's family -- and as each dog eats about a quart (litre) of food a day it is obvious they are expensive family members.
As recently as the 1920s, the mail was delivered by dog-sled in many parts of Idaho - and it was the mailmen who organised the first dog-sled races.