The United States' Northeast Dog Sled Championships took place in the snowy hills of Vermont on Monday (20 January).
The United States' Northeast Dog Sled Championships took place in the snowy hills of Vermont on Monday (20 January). Racing enthusiasts brought dogs from all over New England and Canada to compete.
The Championships were divided into two sections -- Juniors (age 16 and under) and Seniors. Junior racers are restricted to teams of one or five dogs, whereas Seniors have as many dogs as they can handle.
Senior racing depends very much on the dogs' instinctive ability to follow the winding trail. But, in junior racing (with fewer dogs) the individual skill of the sled-racer plays a greater part in the strategy of the run.
The eight-mile (13 kilometre) Vermont course ran across fields, over hills and through woods to the e finish line. Not all the teams competing were made up of pure-bred Siberian huskies. Pedigree dogs can be difficult to get, and today's dog sled racers also use mixed-bred teams to good advantage.