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THE 2015 ANNUAL

October 5th and 6th, 2013

October 3rd& 4th, 2015

Hopkinton Fairgrounds, Contoocook, NH

(green gate entrance)

see www.sleddogtradefair.org  for more details

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE 2013 ANNUAL

October 5th and 6th, 2013

October 5th & 6th, 2013

Hopkinton Fairgrounds, Contoocook, NH

(green gate entrance)

see www.sleddogtradefair.org  for more details

 

Featured Speakers: Aily Zirkle & Allen Moore     

                                  
    

2012 and 2013  2nd Place Iditarod Finisher

2000  Yukon Quest Champion

2013 Yukon Quest Champion

2012  2nd Place Yukon Quest Finisher

     

and

   

Dr. Donna Gigliotti, Doctor of Chiropractic

2012  Keynote Speaker Alaska Sled Dog Symposium in Fairbanks, Alaska

 

Johnn Molburg

2011 ISDRA Gold Medalist 4 Dog Rig

ISDRA Silver Medalist 2 Dog Scooter

ISDRA Silver Medalist 2 Dog Scooter

 

Saturday
9:00 a.m. Vendor Building Opens
9:30 a.m. Donna Gigliotti, DC: How does it work, why
isn’t it working, what can I do?
11:00 a.m. Aliy Zirkle & Allen Moore: How we breed —
breed less, get more
12:30 p.m. NH Mushers Association Annual Meeting
1:30 p.m. Aliy Zirkle & Allen Moore: How we manage our
kennel — facilities, training, schedule
3:00 p.m. Raffle draw
4:00 p.m. Johnn Molburg: Getting your team ready for
the next season
5:00 p.m. Fun dog/musher contests
6:30 p.m. Pot luck BBQ - Whats on the menu? coming soon.
7:30 p.m. Aliy Zirkle & Allen Moore: Post racing touring trips


Sunday
8:00 a.m. Vendor Building opens
8:00 a.m. Rig Race registration
8:30 a.m. Rig Race start!
11:00 a.m. Donna Gigliotti, DC & Christine Richardson:
Form & Function Workshop
1:00 p.m. Aliy Zirkle & Allen Moore: How we race, including
differences in the
Yukon Quest and Iditarod
3:00 p.m. Fair Closes

 

 

YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER FOR CAMPING

all dogs must be leashed!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE 2012 ANNUAL

September 29th & 30th

Hopkinton Fairgrounds, Contoocook, NH

The following information has been copied from the Mountain Ridge Equipment website

Sebastian Schnuelle

2009 Yukon Quest Champion

Sebastian Schnuelle, 39, is the 2009 Yukon Quest Champion and record-breaker as well (9d, 23h, 20m).He has earned his reputation as a great musher and dog man, as well as a great person. In the 2007 Quest he was awarded both the Humanitarian Award for assisting mushers on Eagle summit and the Veterinarians' Choice Award for superb dog care. When his friend William Kleedehn fractured his thigh in the 2004 Quest, Sebastian had his "signature" locks shorn and sold as individual ponytails to raise money to help pay for his friend's expenses. Sebastian was born in Wuppertal, Germany. Until 1995 he was an industrial mechanic with Mercedes-Benz and also studied environmental engineering. That year he took a leave of absence from work "to seek adventure", traveling to Ontario, Canada. At one point he had a ride on a dogsled and was "hooked". Subsequently, he moved to the Yukon Territory, Canada, met a stray Alaskan Husky named Blue, and started a dogsled tour company (Blue Kennels) which he has expanded into a successful business. Although he failed to finish the 1999 Yukon Quest in his rooke attempt, from 2005 he continued to improve his finishing position. In 2005 he placed 9th, 2006 6th, 2007 7th, and 2009 1st. (In 2008 he guided a film crew for the Quest and didn't race). Since 2005 he has also run the Iditarod "back to back" with the Quest and has continued to improve his standings there as well. In 2005 38th, 2006 35th, 2007 22nd, 2008 10th and 2009 2nd!

 

Ken Chezik

2012 Fur Rondy Champion

Kenny and Lori Chezik are owners of Betcha Katcha Kennels, a premier racing kennel based in Fife Lake, located in northern lower Michigan. Betcha Katcha Kennels was established in 1975 by Dale and Barb Munford. Lori joined the Betcha Katcha team several years later to learn the day to day running of the kennel, study genetics/breeding, training of teams and to participate in some racing. In 1980 Ken joined the team and started driving dogs and racing. Ken and Lori took over the day to day running of the kennel in 1997. With the reputation they had built for racing and sled dog breeding lines, Betcha Katcha Kennels was ready to be taken to a higher level of racing. The Betcha Katcha Kennels racing team has excelled in some of the most highly competitive and acclaimed races in the country such as the Fur Rondy World Championship, The Open North American Championship and the TOK Race of Champions just to name a few. Since he began sled dog racing more than 30 years ago, Ken has competed in well over 200 races, starting with only two dogs then stepping it up to six dogs, then eight and ten and now he races with sixteen. Ken and Lori maintain a kennel of 50 adult dogs and typically travel with 38 at a time. Their dogs are trained throughout the year with conditioning reaching close to 1,000 miles a year, starting with two miles and gradually working their way up. Ken Chezik works as a service manager for an underground irrigation company in Traverse City during the warm months. His wife Lori begins training the dogs in September and then the couple and the dog's head to Alaska from January to March. Kenny has always been very particular about his trail conditions and surface preparation, as a poor trail surface can lead to injuries in a dog that can take them out of competition for a season, or even for their life. This includes not just a race trail but also training trails, which are important because you often spend more time on them than race trails. Betcha Katcha Kennels

 

Johnn Molburg

   2011 ISDRA Gold Medalist 4 Dog Rig

2011 ISDRA Silver Medalist 2 Dog Scooter

2011 Bronze Medalist 1 Dog Bike

As a youngster, Johnn Molburg participated in the New England Sled Dog Club's junior races and continued to run dogs as an adult. Johnn has won 12 medals in a span of 9 years as well as a Silver World Cup. He has raced in New England, New York, the mid-Atlantic States, Michigan, Minnesota, Colorado, several Canadian provinces and Germany. Johnn and his wife Nancy own and operate Arctic Star Dogsleds

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Tom Dimaggio

Schedule of events for 2012

                      Saturday

9:00-------------Vendor Building Opens

9:00-10:00------New Hampshire Mushers Association Annual Meeting

10:00-11:00----Tom Dimaggio Leader Training

11:15-12:30----Ken Chezik Fall Training & Traveling with Dogs

12:30-1:00------Lunch Break

1:00-1:30-------Bailey Vitello Racing in the Jr. Iditarod

1:30-2:30-------Sebastian Schnuelle Changing of the Guard in Distance Mushing

2:30-------------Raffle Draw

3:30-5:00-------Panel Discussion Ken Chezik, Sebastian Schnuelle, Christine Richardson                       Sprint,Distance & Mid-Distance: "How They Train"

5:00-------------Vendor Building Closes

6:00-------------Pot Luck/BBQ, Fun Dog/Musher Contests!

                       Sunday

8:00-------------Vendor Building Opens

8:00-------------Rig Race Registration

8:30-------------Rig Race Start

10:30------------Weight Pull Demo Followed by a contest (Beginners Welcome!)

11:30-12:30----Ken Chezik Benefits of Loose Dropping & Caring for Feet

12:30-2:00-----Johnn Molburg "Are you ready?" Preparing the team for whatever you want to do

2:00-------------Fair Closes

 

General Information

Admission Fee:  adults (age 12 on up):  $7;      ages 7-12:  $2/day;       under 7:  free

                                               

Admission for campers (for 2 nights):  $12/adults;  $4/children 7-12

Parking is free 

Camping Information (click)-please read  before arriving      You must pre-register !

Camping Registration Form (click to fill out)

                        $25/night (plain site)                                      

                        $40/night (for power hook-up)   

Raffle tickets :    $1.00  6/$5.00

      

Dryland/RigRace:   Sunday 8:00 AM (registration)  Strart time: 8:30

1-2 dog bike, 1-4 dog rig, 5-6 Dog Rig Classes-Short distance to be determined  (temperature permitting)

Rig Race entrance fee:  $10

LODGING IN HOPKINTON/CONTOOCOOK, NH AREA

                                                                                                                                                  

Directions: (use Green Gate Entrance only)

At the Hopkinton Fairgrounds in Contoocook, N.H.  Located right off I-89, 45 minutes from Manchester and just west of Concord. From the east take I-93 to I-89, then exit 7 and follow signs for the fairgrounds. From the west, take I-89 to exit 7. For best directions go to  http://www.hsfair.org/generalinfo.htm

Entrance is via the GREEN GATE only

Please Note: While dogs are welcome at the fair, they MUST be leashed at all times and please come prepared to pick up after your dog

A food vendor will be on the premises Saturday & Sunday for Breakfast and Lunch(Fatboys /same as last year with NEW and delicious treats added)

 

For vendor or more information contactAmy Dugan (207) 695-3754,  info@mtnridge.com

 

JOIN US FOR A FUN AND EDUCATIONAL WEEKEND OF "TALKING DOGS"!

 

 

 

 

 

THE 2011 ANNUAL

Featured Speakers

 

Mike Ellis

2011 8th Place Yukon Quest Finisher Fastest Purebred Siberian Team Record Holder

2011 Veterinarians Choice Award (Yukon Quest)

2011 Sportsmanship Award (Yukon Quest)

 

Mushing since 1993, Mike Ellis started his 'dog career' as a handler in New Hampshire.  He ran several races that winter, including Marmora and Sandwich, and was hooked.  In 1997 he married Sue, and they soon began Team Tsuga Siberians, named for the hemlock grove their first litter was born under in 1998.  They raced in New England through the 2007 season, but always thought their team was just getting warmed-up by the finish line.  Always looking for a longer, tougher race, in 2008 Mike raced his first 1000-mile Yukon Quest, the longest and toughest of all.   In 2009, Mike and Sue relocated Team Tsuga from Rumney, NH to Two Rivers, Alaska and the following winter, Mike finished the Quest in a record-setting 10 days, 20 hours, 29 minutes, over a full day faster than any registered team has ever run 1000 miles.   Along the way, Team Tsuga has earned numerous Vet's Choice Awards, including at the Wilderness 100, GinGin 200, Copper Basin 300, Two Rivers 200, and most recently at Mike's 8th place finish in the 2011 Yukon Quest, where we were also honored to share in the Sportsmanship Award.   Their team is well-known from New England to Alaska for it's happy, healthy, well-trained Siberian Huskies that compete on the toughest race trails in the world.

 

Rene Marchildon

2011 1st Place CanAm 250 Finisher

2011 1st Place Wilderness 100 Finisher

 

Johnn Molburg

2011 ISDRA Gold Medallist 4 Dog Rig

2011 ISDRA Silver Medallist 2 Dog Scooter

2011 ISDRA Bronze Medallist 1 Dog Bike

As a youngster, Johnn Molburg participated in the New England Sled Dog Club's junior races and continued to run dogs as an adult. Johnn has won 12 medals in a span of 9 years as well as a Silver World Cup. He has raced in New England, New York, the mid-Atlantic States, Michigan, Minnesota, Colorado, several Canadian provinces and Germany. Johnn and his wife Nancy own and operate Arctic Star Dog Sleds.

  Check back for more speaker updates    

 

 

General Information

Admission Fee:  adults (age 12 on up):  $7;  $12/2days

                                              ages 7-12:  $2/day       under 7:  free  

Admission for campers (for 2 nights):  $12/adults;  $4/children 7-12

Parking is free 

Camping Information (click)-please read  before arriving      You must pre-register !

Camping Registration Form (click to fill out)

                        $25/night (plain site)                                      

                        $40/night (for power hook-up)   

Raffle tickets :    $1.00  6/$5.00

      

Dryland/RigRace:   Sunday 8:00 AM (registration)  Strart time: 8:30

1-2 dog bike, 1-4 dog rig, 5-6 Dog Rig Classes-Short distance to be determined  (temperature permitting)

Rig Race entrance fee:  $10

LODGING IN HOPKINTON/CONTOOCOOK, NH AREA

                                                                                                                                                  

Directions: (use Green Gate Entrance only)

At the Hopkinton Fairgrounds in Contoocook, N.H.  Located right off I-89, 45 minutes from Manchester and just west of Concord. From the east take I-93 to I-89, then exit 7 and follow signs for the fairgrounds. From the west, take I-89 to exit 7. For best directions go to  http://www.hsfair.org/generalinfo.htm

Entrance is via the GREEN GATE only

Please Note: While dogs are welcome at the fair, they MUST be leashed at all times and please come prepared to pick up after your dog

A food vendor will be on the premises Saturday & Sunday for Breakfast and Lunch(Fatboys /same as last year with NEW and delicious treats added)

 

For vendor or more information contactAmy Dugan (207) 695-3754,  info@mtnridge.com

 

JOIN US FOR A FUN AND EDUCATIONAL WEEKEND OF "TALKING DOGS"!

 

 

 

 

Previous Trade Fairs

 

 

THE 15TH ANNUAL

October 2-3, 2010  

Hopkinton Fairgrounds

Contoocook New Hampshire

 

Featured Speakers

Blake Freking

Back in 1991, thirty-six year-old Minnesota native Blake Freking’s first view behind Siberian Huskies was from a pair of skis. Seven years later he began mushing in earnest, working for Alaskans Earl and Natalie Norris. In the 2000 Iditarod, his fourth race, Blake took their Anydar Siberian Huskies to a respectable 46th place (out of 81 entries) finish! Since then Blake and his Manitou Crossing Siberian Huskies have competed successfully across the country against Alaskan Husky teams in many mid and long distance events, including winning the 2004 400-mile John Beargrease Sleddog Marathon (Minnesota) as a rookie; finishing 11th in the 2005 Yukon Quest; 2nd in the 2006 Beargrease and 5th in the Can-AM 250 in Fort Kent, Maine.

In the 2008 Iditarod Blake finished 51st out of 96 entries, setting the Siberian Husky speed record. And in 2010, he broke that record, finishing 42nd out of 71 entries with a time of 11 days, 20 hours, 39 minutes, and 11 seconds!

Blake and his wife Jennifer, also an Iditarod veteran, and about 70 dogs live on 120 remote acres near Finland, Minnesota. Together they are proving that a strong line of Siberian Huskies is very capable of competing successfully against Alaskan Huskies in mid and long distance races!

Hugh Neff

Hugh Neff, 42, left Evanston, Illinois and wandered around the lower 48 before finding his way to Alaska in 1995 where he discovered the world of mushing. He spent years apprenticing under the tutelage of sprint and distance mushers in Fairbanks, Tanana, Nenana and Manley Hot Springs including, among others,

Lester Erhart, Jerry Riley, Ramy Brooks and Gareth Wright. While working at a truck stop in Coldfoot for two years, Hugh fine-tuned his long distance skills, training his dogs in the Brooks Range.

Hugh entered his first Yukon Quest in 2000 with only ten dogs, but finished a respectable 13th and won the “Challenge of the North” award. Since 2005, Hugh and his Alaskan huskies have finished in the top ten. In 2009, he finished second, a mere four minutes behind Sebastian Schneulle. That year Neff and Schneulle broke records by over three hours for the fastest Yukon Quest finishes ever!

Hugh entered his first Iditarod in 2004, finishing 22nd and earning him “Rookie of the Year” award. His best finish, 9th place, came in 2010. Since 2005 he has been one of only a handful of mushers to compete in both the Iditarod and the Yukon Quest in the same year.

Hugh Neff and his partner Tamra Reynolds own Laughing Eyes Kennels in Tok, Alaska.

Johnn Molburg

will speak on scootering and bikejoring both Saturday & Sunday

As a youngster, Johnn Molburg participated in the New England Sled Dog Club's junior races and continued to run dogs as an adult. He has won 3 ISDRA Gold Medals and a Silver World Cup. Johnn has raced in New England, New York, the mid-Atlantic States,  Michigan, Minnesota, Colorado, several Canadian provinces and Germany. Johnn and his wife Nancy own and operate Arctic Star Dog Sleds.         

Photo by Nancy Molburg

Mitch Ingerson had a dream to build a treadmill to accomodate a large team of huskies, that dream came true with a whole lot of hard work! Come see what could be the longest treadmill in the country! Photo is by Julia Bayly, story can be found in the July/August issue of Mushing Magazine.                  

  The "Cool Runner"

 

Schedule of Events

Saturday

8:30         Gates open

9:00         Fair opens/Vendor building opens

9:00         NESDC Annual Fall Meeting-anyone interested is welcome to attend               

10:00       Northern Breeds Presentations-What makes these breeds different and simular, learn about

                    the Alaskan Husky, Alaskan Malamute, Chinook, Inuit Dog, Samoyed and  Siberian Husky  

11:30       Johnn Molburg- How you can enjoy and exercise one dog with a scooter or bicycle!  Mushing 101 from this 2nd                             generation New Hampshire  native with over 50 years of experience.                                               

12:30       Break--food, shop, dog talk                                        

1:00         Mitch Ingerson & The Coolrunner Treadmill

1:30         Blake Freking-Kennel management from puppyhood to the finish line                                         

3:30         Hugh Neff-Creating and Controlling a Dog team's "Energy"                                                

5:00              Vendor building closes

Sunday

8:00          Rig Race Registration                                                                    

8:30          Rig Race                                             

10:30        Hugh Neff-What type of Dogmusher do YOU want to be?   

12:00        Johnn Molburg-Bikejoring and scootering with your dog(s) (to be held in the speakers building if raining)  

1:30          Blake Freking-"North to Alaska"- distance racing from the lower 48.       

3:00              Fair closes Campers must be ready to leave fairgrounds

 

 

 

JOIN US FOR A FUN AND EDUCATIONAL WEEKEND OF "TALKING DOGS"!

 

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2009 TRADE FAIR SPEAKERS AND EVENTS

Sebastian Schnuelle, 39, is the 2009 Yukon Quest Champion and record-breaker as well. (9d, 23h, 20m). He has earned his reputation as a great musher and dog man, as well as a great person. In the 2007 Quest he was awarded both the Humanitarian Award for assisting mushers on Eagle summit and the Veterinarians’ Choice award for superb dog care. When his friend William Kleedehn fractured his thigh in the 2004 Quest, Sebastian had his “signature” locks shorn and sold as individual ponytails to raise money to help pay for his friend’s expenses.

Sebastian was born in Wuppertal, Germany. Until 1995 he was an industrial mechanic with Mercedes-Benz and also studied environmental engineering. That year he took a leave of absence from work “to seek adventure”, traveling to Ontario, Canada. At one point, he had a ride on a dogsled and was “hooked”. Subsequently, he moved to the Yukon Territory, Canada, met a stray Alaskan Husky named Blue, and started a dogsled tour company (www.bluekennels.de) which he has expanded into a successful business. Although he failed to finish the 1999 Yukon Quest in his rookie attempt, from 2005 he continued to improve his finishing position. In 2005 he placed 9th, 2006 6th, 2007 7th, and 2009 1st. (In 2008 he guided a film crew for the Quest and didn’t race). Since 2005 he has also run the Iditarod “back to back” with the Quest and has continued to improve his standings here as well. In 2005 38th, 2006 35th, 200722nd, 2008 10th, and 2009 2nd!!

                                                                                                                              Photo by Bibi Chang, Go2Moon.com 

JERRY VANEK, DVM

Dr. Jerry Vanek has served as a Chief or Trail Veterinarian on 70 races since 1992 including the Iditarod, Yukon Quest, John Beargrease, CanAm Crown, Race to the Sky, UP 200, Eagle Cap, Grand Portage Passage, Great Trail, Empire, Apostle Islands, IFSS World and Junior World Championships, and many sprint and dryland races.  He also has been a race marshal and trail boss.  A former sprint musher, he still drives dogs whenever he can.  In 1993, Dr. Vanek served as veterinarian on the Mount Vaughn Antarctic Expedition and in 2007and 2009 he was a veterinarian on the diphtheria Serum Run ’25 from Nenana to Nome.  He is an honorary life member of the North Star Sled Dog Club, a recipient of the Maeb Bayers’ Lifetime Achievement in Mushing award, past president and charter board member of the International Sled Dog Veterinary Medical Association, and an EMT certified in advanced wilderness life support.  He speaks widely on sled dog medicine and he is a regular contributor to ISDRA’s Dog and Driver magazine.  He is trained in canine physiotherapy and rehabilitation though both the University of Tennessee (CCRP) and the Canine Rehabilitation Institute at Colorado State University (CCRT).  His veterinary practice is now limited exclusively to sled dogs and he divides his time among the trails of Alaska, his home in Bemidji, Minnesota, where he is an adjunct professor of cell biology and parasitology at BSU, and his grandfather’s 1881 homestead in the northern Red River Valley.  In his “spare” time he can be found training firefighters and EMTs to rescue animals in emergencies as an instructor for BART—Basic Animal Rescue Training—a FEMA-approved disaster-preparedness program headquartered in Minnesota.

photo provided by Jerry Vanek, DVM

                                           

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MATT CARSTENS

 Growing up in North Carolina, Matt Carstens never saw a dog sled or a dog team and rarely ever saw snow. Then in 1994 Matt read James Michener’s novel “Alaska”. He was living in Daytona Beach, Florida at the time and the novel so inspired him that he hopped in his pick-up truck and drove almost 6,000 miles to the Last Frontier where dog mushing is the state sport. In 1996, back in the lower 48, Matt bought a husky, then another….until he had a whole yard full. In 2001, Mitch Ingerson offered Matt a job dog handling, a “dream job”. Dog mushing has now become Matt’s lifestyle and he enjoys it that way! Winning has also become a way of life: Matt won the CanAm 250 in 2006 and 2009. Since 2006 he has placed in the top 5. He has won the Eagle Lake 100 in 2006 and 2007 and the 100 Mile Wilderness in 2007. In 2008 he placed 3rd in the John Beargrease Marathon and also won the most coveted “Best Kept Team Award”.

Photo courtesy of Nevahome Kennels

Will be our featured speakers

 

JOHNN MOLBURG

will speak on scootering and bikejoring

As a youngster, Johnn Molburg participated in the New England Sled Dog Club's junior races and continued to run dogs as an adult. He has won 3 ISDRA Gold Medals and a Silver World Cup. Johnn has raced in New England, New York, the mid-Atlantic States,  Michigan, Minnesota, Colorado, several Canadian provinces and Germany. Johnn and his wife Nancy own and operate Arctic Star Dog Sleds.         

Photo by Nancy Molburg

 

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

                                                                                     Saturday

                                                                               9:00       Fair/Vendor building opens

                                                                               9:30       Jerry Vanek, DVM

                                                                                                 Common sled dog parasites—why you’re at risk and why you’re 

                  not winning”  

                                         

    10:30      Matt Carstens

                                                                 “Observations & analysis of sled dog behavior”

                     Noon      Break (food, shop, schmooze)

           1:00        Sebastian Schnuelle

                                                                                      "Training slow, to run fast" a talk about training for long distance racing 

        

           2:30       Jerry Vanek, DVM

                                                                                                                                      Serum Run ’25—the biennial reenactment of the 1925 diphtheria serum  

                            relay race to Nome”

                                                                               5:00        Vendor building closes

                                                                                       Sunday

                             8:00       Fair opens/rig race registration

                 8:00      Vendor building opens

8:30       Rig race

                       

                                            10:30       Sebastian Schnuelle   (approx. to follow race)

                                                                             "2000 miles in a month ", a talk about running the Quest and the   

                                 Iditarod back to back” 

        12:00      Johnn Molburg**

'                                                        “Bikejoring and scootering with your dog(s)

                                                                                                               Following Johnn's presentation, others will be available to show more                                        options fo"small teams."

            1-3:00     Jerry Vanek, DVM

                                                                                                                                     "An introduction to rehabilitating sled dogs" (presentation to be followed by

                                                                          hands- on laboratory with willing canine volunteers)  

                                                                                3:00        Fair closes

                                                               Campers must be ready to leave fairgrounds

                                                                         

                                                                        * Temperature permitting; if it’s too hot, the race will not take place.

                                             ** If raining, Johnn Molburg’s presentation will be held in the Speakers' Building

                                                                            

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 2009 TRADE FAIR

Well, despite very poor weather Saturday many intrepid mushers  and mushing hopefuls braved the rain and enjoyed fantastic talks by all of our speakers. Matt Carstens gave a very insightful talk on his own observations of his kennel and racing dogs. Sebastian spoke on particulars of training techniques as well as his experiences on both the Quest and the Iditarod. On Saturday, Jerry Vanek, DVM spoke on both the Serum Run re-enactment as well as a comprehensive talk on canine parasites. Makes you think twice about letting the dog "kiss" you and makes you want to reach for the handwipes. Sunday afternoon he did a hands-on clinic and detailed discussion with videos on gait and gait abnormalities and diagnosing orthopedic injuries and how to treat them. For those of you who have never been blessed to hear Dr. Vanek speak, you have missed a unique treat. He combines an encyclopedic mind with stand-up comic wit which holds your attention and enhances learning. On Sunday, Johnn Molburg wow'd the newcomer crowd with techniques for biking and scootering with 1-2 dogs .ALL of our speakers went out of their way to meet 'n greet everybody and to make it a very festive event.

There is a place in heaven for volunteers and we know that Loranne Carey-Block and Rich Block, Christine Richardson, Joan Chapman, and Nancy Molburg will have openings if they choose to go there! Loranne and Rich did a fabulous job of getting the word out to New Hampshire at large and we can credit our excellent attendance to their diligence. Christine , our Rig Race Marshall, always

does a fantasic job. John Kenney and a surprising substitute on Sunday, Erik Dodge, did great jobs as announcers.

In a class of their own are Betty and Jim Lalla who, every year, have provided a home for our speakers, providing food, laughter and chauffering.  Thank you, once again!

I must also comment on the delicious food provided by Steve Holtby of "Fatboys" concession.

Everyone is on our "shortlist" to invite again! Thank you all for coming and participating.

Pictures and sponsors are below Rig Race results.

RIG RACE RESULTS

   

1 DOG BIKE

Place

Time

Name

1

1:41

Ed Clifford

2

2:03

 Peter Franke

3

2:16

Nate

4

2:30

Kelly McGrath

5

2:41

Baily Vitello

6

2:47

Mark

7

2:53

Peter Smart

8

3:15

Megan

9

3:23

Nova Clifford

10

3:25

Bonnie Tanguay

11

3:36

Ken Haggett

12

4:04

Nesto

13

6:31

Judith Reardon

   

2  DOG BIKE

1

2:05

Krister Raasoch

2

2:09

Peter Franke

3

2:33

Kelly McGrath

4

2:40

Fran Plaisted

5

2:44

Allan Tschorn

6

3:27

Bonnie Tanguay

7

4:13

Tania

   

3-4 DOG RIG

1

1:48

Ed Clifford

2

2:01

Jim Blair

3

2:12

Peter Franke

4

2:14

Marla BB

5

2:31

Justin Eddy

6

2:40

Bailey Vitello

7

2:59

Noah Pereira

8

3:00

Steven Davis

   

5-6 DOG RIG

1

1:43

Ed Clifford

2

2:36

Marla BB

3

2:40

Allan Tschorn

4

3:08

Jim Blair

5

3:31

Justin Eddy

   

Canicross

1

 

Ed Clifford

2

 

Bailey Vitello

3

 

Krister Raasoch

4

 

Sawyer Smith

5

 

Peter Franke

6

tie

John Gallant

6

tie

Danae Bryar

                  

 

                 

 

               

 

                  

 

               

 

                

 

               

 

              

 

             

 

We woud like to thank the following companies for advertising with us and making the Trade Fair possible:

 

                                                                      

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 2007 TRADE FAIR

 

The 2007 Northern New England Sled Dog Trade Fair and Seminars was a resounding success!

Perfect weather, Perfect speakers

Thanks to great advertising by Rank Amateur Productions (Sue & Mark Hamilton),we had a record breaking crowd of over 300 people attend the fair this year. Folks came from as far away as Pennsylvania, Ontario,and the midwest to listen to great speakers like E.Turner Lewis,DVM who covered a variety of timely topics and questions pertinent to racing sled dogs, Johnn Molburg and his Mushing 101 (which this year covered the racing and historical aspects of New England mushing) and Rob Downey who spoke on the physiological complexities of training and overheating your dog

The new Women's Forum was a smashing success and moderator Wendy deCroteau brought out the best in her 3 panelists Joan Chapman, Jaye Foucher and Sue Ellis. Attendees report leaving the forum inspired and with an "I can do it too" attitude.

The biggest draw, however, was Lance Mackey, 3 time winner of the Yukon Quest and the 2007 winner of both the Yukon quest AND Iditarod.   Lance was our houseguest prior to the Trade Fair. Despite jet lag and fatigue he was unfailingly polite and could energize any room he entered-a superb raconteur at dinner as well-and never told the same story twice. BUT as the Trade Fair keynote speaker he was A DREAM!!! The crowd was way more than we expected with over 200 people on Saturday alone-SRO in a huge barn-he received many standing ovations-It was the best ever. Most of all, ALL DAY he made himself available to all and shook hands, signed hundreds of programs and was willing and eager to have his picture taken with everyone.(the same on Sunday) What a guy! We are fans now, not just of Lance the musher, but Lance the man.

 

                        

           Lance, Pam, her son Jacy and "Beth", Jacy's leader.                         Rig Race-coming down the final stretch

                                                                        Maureen, Kat,Lance, and  Kryska's                                       Alex & Lance in deep discussion

                           Ironwill "Rocky Road"           

 

                                                                   Perfect weather for the Rig Race                                            Lance evaluates a possible new lead dog

 

                                                                          

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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