Friday, March 18, 2011

Some thoughts on the Winter, Ekran, Sørlie, and Wærner

Hey Everyone,

Well the last few weeks have been exciting ones for us. The race season here in Norway has been at it's peak and is starting to wind down now.

We have been concentrating on all of our young puppies, and have not run any races after the Vikerfjell race in January. We have been having a blast with these pups and are dreading the approach of May when we will have to say goodbye to more than half of them as they go back to their owners. We are lucky to be able to hold on to 7 or 8 in total and that will be a great bonus for us as we build up our own racing team over the next few years.

We are thrilled to report that our friend Sigrid Ekran won the Femundløpet in february and has just yesterday crossed the finish line of the finnmarksløpet 1000 in 2nd place, 50 minutes behind "Mr. Finnmarksløpet" Roger Dahl. Sigrid has matured a ton as a racer these last two seasons and has left no doubt in anyones mind that she is a top competitor and musher. The puppies we have from Sigrid are among the very best pups of the more than 100 puppies I have trained in my career.

Robert Sørlie came second in the Femundløpet and 3rd in the finnmarksløpet! Against some very stiff competition Robert has again shown how this sport is done. There are very few people who do as well, as consistantly, as Robert does. His longevity in this sport is amazing, and he is what we call in the USA "A dangerous dog man". What it means is that you can never underestimate Robert. The moment you underestimate Robert or his dogs, you have lost the race.

Our friend's Thomas and Birgitte Wærner at kennel berserk, have had an amazing season. They have made the switch from sprint to long distance, and have worked with amazing patience and dedication to attain their goals of becoming one of the top long distance racing teams in Norway. This year they are enjoying the benefits of all of that hard work. Thomas has placed 3rd in Femundløpet and 5th in Finnmarksløpet. We are so happy for them and wish them the best of luck and most success in the years to come.

We are proud to run the same trails as mushers of this caliber!

Congratulations one and all!

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