Bonnie Nessia sits with her dog Portia. Bonnie and her spouse, Jim, are hoping to get their dogs back in competition next winter after a lost season due to COVID-19. ALEX COOPER/OBSERVER-DISPATCH - New York, NY
'Closest to God you can get.' NY couple thinks nothing compares to sled dog racing
While most Central New York residents are looking forward to spring weather, Jim and Bonnie Nessia of Schuyler are looking forward to next winter.
That’s because the Nessias race sled dogs, and after a season of canceled races due to COVID-19 and a recent cancellation due to lack of snow, they’re hoping to get their dogs back in competition next winter.
Last year, Bonnie Nessia and a Howlin’ Harmony Huskies four-dog team finished first for the fourth year in a row in the 4.5-mile class at the 2020 Tug Hill Challenge in Mannsville.
That finish, along with placements in other sanctioned races during the 2019-20 season, earned her third place among more than 90 competitors from 16 countries in the International Federation of Sledding Sports World Cup.
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