All pull together - husky racing in Suffolk
PUBLISHED: 15:55 22 December 2010 | UPDATED: 18:19 20 February 2013
In January's EADT Suffolk magazine Sally Forstal told us about husky racing in the forests of west Suffolk. Fellow racer Caroline Kisko has also chipped in with her views on a sport that seems most appropriate to this time of year
In Januarys EADT Suffolk magazine Sally Forstal told us about husky racing in the forests of west Suffolk. Fellow racer Caroline Kisko has also chipped in with her views on a sport that seems most appropriate to this time of year
How long have you been racing huskies?
Weve been racing huskies for about 30 years now once you get started its a bug!
What got you into this form of dog racing?
Its more about what gets people into huskies really the racing simply comes about as a result of owning the dogs and wanting to get involved in what they enjoy naturally and that is running and pulling in harness. Getting involved with Siberian Huskies in the first place is more about their incredible good looks and very individual personalities but then you realise that theyre much more than that and their instinct to run and pull is all important which is why they dont make the best ordinary pet dogs.
Is it difficult? What challenges do you face?
Racing huskies is really more of a lifestyle than a hobby the dogs take up a lot of time in terms of their day to day care and keeping them fit takes time, energy and effort.I run a 6 dog sprint team so the biggest challenge is really just having the guts to do so!They are powerful and fast so its not for the faint hearted.
Huskies are obviously a hardy and strong breed.is there anything else you can tell our readers about these dogs?
Yes theyre a hardy and healthy breed but they also love their comforts and expect to spend time indoors in front of the telly and the fire the same as any other dog. But they dont make the best of pets since they really cant be trusted off the lead and they have a strong hunting instinct so cant usually be kept with other small pets like cats and rabbits.
Do you only race at this time of year?
We keep our dogs fit all year round by running them in harness athletes stay fit throughout the year and thats what these dogs are.But we only race in the winter months when the weather is (usually!) colder and the dogs can run without risk of over heating.Theres an added benefit which is that the areas we run in (mostly Forestry Commission land like Thetford) are quieter in the winter months when were racing and in the summer when were training were out with the dawn so we rarely meet dog walkers.
I think you race at the Kings Forest near Thetford..are there other places in the region where you race and people can come and watch?
We race at Kings and at High Lodge and Elveden and people are welcome to come along and watch but we do ask that they leave their own dogs at home as they can be very distracting for some race teams.