Newcomers win at scarper event

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IT was a successful meet for Southland sled dog racing newcomers David Fosbender and Georgie Galloway at the Southland Sled Dog Association’s 20th anniversary Scarper at Sandy Point over Queen’s Birthday Weekend, club member Karen Owen said.
Fosbender and his dog Alex won the scooter fun run, canicross (cross country running with dogs) and single dog scooter on day one and went on to win the single dog scooter event on day two.
Galloway and her dogs, Jet and Meisie, won the two dog scooter open fun run and placed second in the three dog rig along with her third dog, Sam, on day one, and won the three dog rig race on day two.
About 60 mushers and their dogs from as far north as Nelson participated in the annual event, which included novice, junior and veteran classes, canicross, bikejor (being pulled by dogs while riding a bike) and New Zealand Federation of Sled Dog Sports-sanctioned events.
Owen said this year saw an increased number of competitors in the three and four dog rig sections, and the club welcomed new members to the sport competing in the open fun scooter race, which was ideal for first-time competitors.
While Southland has always had some fast competitors do well at various events, it was very noticeable Southlanders won or were placed in far more events than usual, she said.

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