Mt. Spokane Skijor Team Headed to 2017 World Championships

14 Nov 2016 2:03 PM | Todd Dunfield


Local Skijor Team of Louie (Australian Shepherd), Lucky (Border Collie), Mountie (Greyster) and Dan Hanks (Human) are headed to the 2017 IFSS World Championships in Haliburton Ontario to compete for team USA in the categories of 1-dog and 2-dog Skijor.  The World Championships are held every two years and consist of competitors from national teams of over 30+ countries. 2017 will be held in the Haliburton Forrest in Ontario, Canada from January 23rd to February 3rd.

During the 2015-2016 season Team Hanks competed in six total dog powered sports events resulting in three 1st place finishes and three 3rd place finishes. Including a 1st place finish in one of the longest running snow dog events in the United States at Priest Lake Sled Dog Race. During the ski season, you will find the team on Mt. Spokane almost every Wednesday morning and Sunday afternoon taking advantage of the opportunity to share the trails with other Nordic skiers. Skijoring friendly trails also abound in the Methow valley and is a regular training spot during the season.

Dan says that “Skijoring is an amazing opportunity to deeply bond with your dog and really learn what it means to fully work together as a team”.  He further goes on to explain that locally there are so many Nordic and endurance athletes and so many dog lovers, that there seems to be a logical opportunity for more athletes wanting to get out exercise with their dogs through cannicross, bikjoring, and skijoring.

Internationally the sport is dominated by Northern European countries, with teams from the United States steadily making ground. The sport in the United States has significant opportunities for new athletes to be competitive quickly, especially young athletes who love to ski and love dogs.

If you have never heard of the “International Federation of Sled Dog Sport” (IFSS)  The mission of IFSS is to promote comprehensive development, expansion and participation in sled dog sports in all their diverse aspects, with the ultimate goal of Olympic recognition. Rumors inside the United States Federation of Sled Dog Sports indicate a strong possibility of inclusion of Skijor in 2018 or 2022 Winter Olympics. 


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