“World Triple Crown” sprint champ one of 23 teams to compete in Wyoming
Jackson, Wyoming – December 14, 2010 – Blayne “Bud” Streeper from British Columbia will return to the International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race to defend his 2010 IPSSSDR championship. Streeper, who won the IPSSSDR in both 2010 and 2004, is one of 23 mushers who will be competing in the 2011 race January 28 – February 5, 2011.
Streeper Kennels is the only kennel in history to have won the World Triple Crown with firsts at the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race, Northern Manitoba Trappers’ Festival World Championship in Le Pas, and Laconia World Championship Sled Dog Derby in New Hampshire. Streeper Kennels was undefeated in 2010 with five first place wins in all, including in the 2010 IPSSSDR, where Lina Gladh, Streeper’s wife, came in second also racing for Streeper Kennels.
Other top mushers signed up for the 2011 IPSSSDR include Lance Mackey—four-time Iditarod winner and the only musher to race and win eight 1,000-mile races back to back and the only musher to win the Iditarod and the Yukon Quest in the same year. The 2011 race will be Mackey’s first time racing in the IPSSSDR.
Ryan Redington, grandson of famed Iditarod founder Joe Redington, will race in Wyoming for the first time when he comes to the 2011 IPSSSDR. Another first for the race: Newton Marshall and his Jamaican sled dog team will make their first IPSSSDR appearance.
“The IPSSSDR has the largest field since 2006 with 22 teams registered for the 2011 event, “ says Race Director Frank Teasley. "It’s a mushing dream come true to have these mushers come to the IPSSSDR.”
With its unique stage stop format, the IPSSSDR has become a popular mushing event attracting the world’s top competitors. Pedigree® Food for Dogs is the title sponsor of the IPSSSDR. The Pedigree® brand actively supports a wide range of programs that promote responsible pet ownership and highlight the contributions dogs make to society.
The International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race was founded in 1996 by Frank Teasley to showcase the state of Wyoming and to make sled dog racing more accessible to the public. Each year the race makes a contribution to communities on the race route for childhood immunizations. For more information, visit the race website at www.wyomingstagestop.org ; contact the race via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone at 307.734.1163.
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