Working your Canadian Eskimo Dog in the UK doesn't conjure up the usual picture of snow and sleds! In fact most of the working rallies are dry land mushing; working your dogs on a rig.
(Picture courtesy of Sharon Flanagan)
A rig is usually a three but can be a four wheeled piece of equipment similar to a bicycle. There are many events and these are usually organised within forestry commision land giving the mushers miles of grassey, gravel and sometimes muddy trails. Although some go around fields and even through fords! Of course when the UK does get enough snow out come the sleds, well those that have them.
There are several organisers of events throughout England, Scotland and Wales. These are ABSA, AMWA, BSHRA, SDAS, SHCGB and SSHC. We have listed links to their websites on our links page. Events cover "rallies" which are usually one or two day events with your team running each day in their correct class at an alloted time. These events are anything from 2.5 miles up to 4 miles each run. Other events include "treks" which are very popular for those preferring a leisurely trail, with longer distances.
There are lots of other things that you can do with your Canadian Eskimo Dog and if you click on the Other Activities page you can find out more. We have listed events and results on the Working Results page and there will always be regular updates and pictures to see in the gallery section. If you would like to learn more about working Canadian Eskimo Dogs contact Simon Atherton or Racheal Bailey our Working and Events co-ordinators. Their details can be found on the committee page.