HUNDREDS of people, and around 500 dogs, from across Australia converged on the Moira Park Scout Camp at the weekend, to take part in the fifth Northern Victorian Sled Dog Club (NVSDC) Classic.
The ‘classic’ as it is better known, had previously run for 21 years as the Undera Sled Dog Dash, but was reborn and revitalised as the Northern Victorian Sled Dog Classic in 2012.
The event is the largest dry land sled dog race in Australasia, attracting entries from Western Australia, South Australia, Queensland, New South Wales, Canberra, Victoria and Tasmania.
NVSDC president, Evette Levett said, “It’s the best year we’ve had in years for dogs.
“This year saw the relatively new classes for the ‘classic’ Bikejoring and Canicross prove popular.
“Bikejoring is the sport where the musher rides behind a dog or team of dogs that are attached to the bike by a tow line. Canicross is the sport of running cross country while attached to a dog. Canicross, in particular, provides the opportunity for dogs not normally seen in the sledding scene to participate, such as entries this year, which included a West Highland White Terrier and a Jack Russell Terrier.”