There is an exciting energy at the race this year with lots of new changes and new race crew members. There were some last minute rule changes that didn’t go over very well due to the delayed announcement. This is understandable; however, most of the changes were in the interest of safety for dogs and others so it’s hard to take issue with that. Due to the rule changes there was a wee bit of tension at the driver’s meeting, but nothing the new Race Marshall, Terry Adkins couldn’t handle, especially since he packs heat! LOL
The ceremonial start went off flawlessly. There was one change this year and that was that the times do not mean anything. They used to determine your starting order for the next day; however, this year we will start in Alpine based on when we signed up. Bruce will be the 4th team out. The trail received a foot of new snow on Thursday and given that we will run this stage on Saturday, we expect to see quite a bit of snowmobile traffic. This means that trail will most likely be soft and a bit of work for the dogs. It was a very wet snow, so we are hoping that an early start will have a freshly groomed trail and we can beat the sledders heading out to the mountains. As of this evening they intend to do the 58 mile loop.
Here is our 2014 Stage Team:
Meet Cora, 3 years old. Billy x Ira How can you not love that smile? Don’t be fooled this little gal is tough. She helped lead Bruce out of some very tough conditions last year in Kemmerer.
This is Toohey 4 years old Fireball x Turtle Penny is one of our main leaders and will be paired with her sister Penny. They are the only two that can put up with each other as they both have lots of attitude to go!
SikSik 6 yrs Marmelade x Porcha One of our main leaders. Hard driving and fast. He will be paired with his brother Spike who I neglected to get a photo of. Imagine same dog, but all white! Sedona 7 yrs Ricky x Witch – Sedona is this years seasoned veteran. Having run every Stage Stop with us since she was a yearling, this dog is invincible. She is having one of her best training seasons this year and is remarkable. She is a leader and cheerleader for the team.
Triscuit 3yrs Della x Dash Super point dog that has proven she is a multiple day stage dog. Outstanding speed and she will run up front if necessary. This is Kaloof. 4 yrs Sedona x Kenny brother to Durbin. This dog is nuts. He got it from his mother. An absolute powerhouse on the line. He had bad luck last year after getting into a tiny spat before the race and it took him out of the race. He is back this year with a vengeance. Breezy 3 years Utah x Stina This is one tireless dog. It will be interesting to see if she ever tires. If she is like her Aunt Sedona, she should prove to be an energizer bunny. Durbin 4 yrs Sedona x Kenny a veteran stage dog that gives us multiple days and has gifted speed. He is Kaloof’s brother and a key part of the team.
Not pictured – Spike 6 yrs. Marmelade x Porcha — Spike is the brother to SikSik and a main Leader. The two of them led my winning TCSDR team this year in 18″ of fresh snow; they were like a freight train.
Not pictured – Zesty 3 yrs Della x Dash — sister to Melba and Triscuit this dynamo is a super point dog that is a proven multi-day dog. She loves to run fast and looks awesome doing it.
The team and the rest of the crew are ready for some racing tomorrow. So let’s get’s this party started!!