The 2018-19 winter sled dog racing season is underway. Over 30 teams gathered in Fort Providence, NWT from Dec. 15 to 16 to test their nerves and teams in the first sled dog race competition of the winter season.
Several of the fastest teams in Northern Canada were on hand to try their skill against the dynamic husband and wife duo of Buddy and Lina Streeper.
However, those teams were no match for Streeper Kennels, the current World Champions and reigning Triple Crown winners. The Streeper team showed their speed and set the pace on both days of the 14-mile completion.
Buddy and Lina Finished first and second overall after two days of racing.
The mushers were happy with the ideal racing conditions, as noted by Lina in her acceptance speech.
“The race was really fun, the trail was in great shape, and it was special to race our teams on the river banks of the mighty Mackenzie River. I am proud of the dogs and my fellow mushers,” Lina said.
The next race for Team Streeper is the highly anticipated 2019 Wyoming Stage Race in Jackson, Jan. 27 to Feb. 4. Lina is the two-time defending champion.
Streeper Kennels is offering sled dog rides, and encourages any one to contact them for a dog sled ride
— Maria Glad