New this year to Kigluait is the consistent monthly special events. We have set these up to provide a bit of diversity for our participants.
This should be an interesting year for the dogs of Flash Kennels. As those of you who have been following us for a while know, we have a bunch of young dogs in the kennel.
We have 31 dogs in training to race this year. Of that group, there are only 3 older dogs- 7 and 8- Creamer, Goldeen, and Beatrice, that have a lot of race experience. Then we have 4 dogs- Pika, Andy, Burn, & Iggy- who are all in the 3-4 year old range but have no race experience. The rest are 2 years old, about half with limited race experience last year, and the other half with no race experience.
And, oh ya, we have 7 dogs that are just 1 year olds.... (all of this can be seen on our Google Doc spread sheet)
So, this year is going to be a pretty laid back racing year. We don't have any high expectations other than to fully train all the dogs to thier best possible conditioning then go have fun in the races... and not worry about how we place.
One other thing is that this is going to be both Tina and Pippin's first year racing! So tons of FIRST this year should be lots of fun!
Here is a list of the races we are hoping to get to this year:
The Excursion 120 (Rich)
The Knic 200 (Rich and Tina)
The Jr. Tustamena (Pippin)
The Tustamena 100 or 200 (Rich -& maybe Tina)
The Jr Willow 100 (Pippin)
The Jr. Iditarod (Pippin)
The Jr. Quest (Pippin)
The Tiaga 300 (Rich and Tina)
Which, after listing it all out seems like a very busy year! We probably won't make all of these races, though. The key ones are the Knic 200, Jr. Tustamena, Jr Iditarod, and Tiaga 300. The others will just be icing.
The goal is just to give the dogs and muchers a lot of good fun experiences. Those will be the factors that really determine what races we get to and what races we don't. Beyond racing, it's high on our list this year to get and have some fun camping trips with the dogs so that might over-ride some of the spring races.
Top of yoder during fall training come a long ways since this photo... just checking the if the photoupload feature was fixed on the blog