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Updated: 09 January 2013

News Archives: 2009

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Submitted by Terry Quesnel,

Arctic Winter Games is looking for participants

The Northern Alberta Sled Dog Team is looking for sled dog racers with their teams to compete in the Arctic Winter Games. If you are resident in northern Alberta and are between 11 and 19 years of age, please register your team with Terry Quesnel at  or phone 780-882-3504.

There are monies to get your team, yourself and your handlers to Grande Prairie in March and the games will feed, uniform and house you while you are there. This is an opportunity of a lifetime to meet and have great fun with people from the arctic, world wide.

Sincerely, Terry Quesnel, coach, ARCTIC WINTER GAMES, Northern Alberta Sled Dog Team

Also see:

Alaska’s Arctic Winter Games team is seeking athletes »

Submitted by Mike Bishop,
(907) 495-5737,

Don Bowers Memorial Sleddog Race - 200 Miles through the MatSu Valley

The Bowers race will take place on the customary last weekend of January if snow and weather allow for a decent trail and musher interest warrants the effort.

It will likely be a single event of 200 miles in lieu of the previous 200/300 format; Willow to May's cabin and return to Willow via Morgans camp and Schulin Lake. Food drop, mandatory rest and hospitality will be at the Trapper Creek turnaround as in the past. It will essentially remain a low key training and learning race and will pay a purse based on entry fees minus trail expenses.

It will not be an Iditarod qualifier as the new Iditarod rookie report card requirement is incompatible with the Bowers trail topography and the relatively short time frame of the race. There will be veterinary and communications support.

Interested mushers are asked to pay a $50 deposit to place their name on the list. If the race is cancelled for lack of snow or interest the deposit will be refunded. The remainder of the entry fee ($150) is payable within a week of the start date.

The old rule set and web page will be modified to reflect the new format and will be posted by Nov. 1.

Anyone seriously interested please contact Mike Bishop ASAP so we have a preliminary assessment of interest. (907) 495-5737.

Submitted by Dee Enright, 867-456-7483 ext 224,

Yukon Quest Announces Minimum Purse of $150,000

August 5, 2009 (Fairbanks, Alaska) - The Board of Directors in both Alaska and the Yukon of the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race are pleased to announce a minimum $150,000 USD purse for the 2010 race.

“We are thrilled to be able to announce a guaranteed minimum purse at this early stage of the year,” said Al Doherty, Yukon Board President. “We are incredibly excited about our new sponsorship programs for 2010 and we have already seen enough positive reaction to our efforts that we are able to make this commitment.”

Sponsor solicitation is well underway for 2010 and the current response has enabled the Boards to guarantee a purse at this level so early in the season. The Boards and staff continue their work to meet and exceed sponsorship and fundraising targets for 2010.

The total purse for 2009 was $154,000 and despite the current economic downturn, sponsor confidence in the Yukon Quest has allowed the Boards to set a guaranteed purse comparable to last year’s final purse.

The announcement comes just days before Opening Day of signups. Mushers can sign up in person on August 8th either at the log cabin in Fairbanks from 9 am – 1pm or at the White Pass Depot in Whitehorse from 10am – 2pm. There will be an incentive draw held on August 14th for all mushers officially entered on or before Opening Day with the winner receiving a prize of $1,000 USD.

The Yukon Quest is pleased to offer the same low entry fee of $1500, which includes food drop, vet check, straw and methanol. The non-refundable portion of this entry fee has been set at $500 for 2010 in order to reduce the effect of late withdrawals on race revenues.

“We’re looking forward to an excellent field of mushers in 2010,” said Tania Simpson, Executive Director in Alaska. “We believe we will prove yet again why the Yukon Quest is one of the world’s premier sled dog races.”

Submitted by Susan Duck, Executive Director – Rondy
907-351-9979 or

Rondy 75th Anniversary

For Immediate Release - Anchorage, AK, July 31, 2009: Rondy World Championship Sled Dog Races purse set
at $80,000 minimum- the highest ever for sprint racing.

Greater Anchorage Inc (GAI) and Alaskan Sled Dog & Racing Association, (ASDRA) announce a guaranteed minimum purse of $80,000 for the 2010 World Championship Sled Dog Races.

The purse payout structure has been changed significantly to pay more to lower finishing mushers to encourage participation. The entry fees will remain at similar levels as in recent years. (Details of the purse payout and
entry fees are attached.)

By announcing a guaranteed minimum purse, entry fees and new payout, GAI and ASDRA confirm their commitment to the growth of the race and sprint racing. This announcement will encourage and give ample planning time to national and international mushers interested in attending.

GAI and ASDRA partner to produce this historic and world renowned event that was again voted “Event of the Year” by members of the International Sled Dog Racing Association.

The major sponsors for the Rondy World Championship Sled Dog Races are Tudor Road Bingo Center and Hotwire Electric with support from the Municipality of Anchorage.

The World Championship Sled Dog Races are February 26, 27 & 28th, 2010 at Noon, 4th & D Street, Downtown Anchorage.

2010 ENTRY FEE for the Rondy World Championship Sled Dog Races - $ 698.00*
*There is a slight increase that reflects a change in ASDRA's membership to $40.00 per year, up $5.00 from last year’s membership fee of $35.00.

2010 PURSE PAYOUT – Rondy World Championship Sled Dog Races

1 - 12.25%
2 - 10%
3 - 9%
4 - 8%
5 - 7%
6 - 6.5%
7 - 6%
8 - 5.5%
9 - 4.75%
10 - 4.5%
11 - 4.25%
12 - 4%
13 - 3.5%
14 - 3.25%
15 - 3%
16 - 2.25%
17 - 2%
18 - 1.75%
19 - 1.5%
20 - 1%

*In addition, any mushers finishing in places 21- (tbd upon sign up) will receive a $500.00 finishing credit
funded by ASDRA, allowing the full 100% of the payout to be dedicated to overall top 20 finishing places

Christine Tozier, President- ASDRA - 907-230-3970
Susan Duck, Executive Director – Rondy – 907-351-9979 or
Ernie Hall – President, GAI Board of Directors- 907-529-0222

Provided by Dee Enright, Outside the Cube, 867-456-7483

"From Puppies to Pullers - Yukon Quest Experience" a hit!

May 26, 2009; (Fairbanks, Alaska) - The Yukon Quest Experience launched Wednesday, May 20 and has been an immediate hit. The show is presented by Brent Sass and is being held outside the Yukon Quest log cabin in downtown Fairbanks.

Sass is a veteran Yukon Quest musher and was awarded the Sportsmanship Award in the 2009 Yukon Quest. He created this attraction to get people excited about the Yukon Quest while they are visiting Fairbanks and to give people a reason to follow the race throughout the year. The show educates and informs visitors of the rich history and exciting future of the Yukon Quest and incorporates displays, puppies, race history and Sass' personal experience with the race.

Shows are taking place from 11 AM to 3 PM, Sunday to Thursday. Tickets for the show are $10 per person.

Opening day of sign-ups for the 2010 Yukon Quest is August 8th. Opening day events will take place in both Fairbanks and Whitehorse. Check out the event calendar at  for more details.

Submitted by Kris L. Christine, Founder, Co-Trustee The Rabies Challenge Fund

Canine rabies challenge studies begin!

One of the most important vaccine research studies in veterinary medicine is underway at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine in Madison. Dr. Ronald Schultz, a leading authority on veterinary vaccines and Chair of the Department of Pathobiological Sciences, has begun concurrent 5 and 7 year challenge studies to determine the long-term duration of immunity of the canine rabies vaccine, with the goal of extending the state-mandated interval for boosters. These will be the first long-term challenge studies on the canine rabies vaccine to be published in the United States.

Dr. Schultz comments that: "We are all very excited to start this study that will hopefully demonstrate that rabies vaccines can provide a minimum of 7 years of immunity."

This research is being financed by The Rabies Challenge Fund, a charitable trust founded by pet vaccine disclosure advocate Kris L. Christine of Maine, who serves as Co-Trustee with world-renowned veterinary research scientist and practicing clinician, Dr. W. Jean Dodds of Hemopet in California. The Rabies Challenge Fund recently met its goal of $177,000 to fund the studies’ first year budget with contributions from dog owners, canine groups, trainers, veterinarians, and small businesses. Annual budget goals of $150,000 for the studies must be met in the future.

Dr. Jean Dodds, DVM states: "This is the first time in my 43 years of involvement in veterinary issues that what started as a grass-roots effort to change an outmoded regulation affecting animals will be addressed scientifically by an acknowledged expert to benefit all canines in the future."

Scientific data published in 1992 by Michel Aubert and his research team demonstrated that dogs were immune to a rabies challenge 5 years after vaccination, while Dr. Schultz’s serological studies documented antibody titer counts at levels known to confer immunity to rabies 7 years post-vaccination. This data strongly suggests that state laws requiring annual or triennial rabies boosters for dogs are redundant. Because the rabies vaccine is the most potent of the veterinary vaccines and associated with significant adverse reactions, it should not be given more often than is necessary to maintain immunity. Adverse reactions such autoimmune diseases affecting the thyroid, joints, blood, eyes, skin, kidney, liver, bowel and central nervous system; anaphylactic shock; aggression; seizures; epilepsy; and fibrosarcomas at injection sites are linked to rabies vaccinations.

Study co-trustee Kris Christine adds: “Because the USDA does not require vaccine manufacturers to provide long-term duration of immunity studies documenting maximum effectiveness when licensing their products, concerned dog owners have contributed the money to fund this research themselves. We want to ensure that rabies immunization laws are based upon independent, long-term scientific data.”

More information and regular updates on The Rabies Challenge Fund and the concurrent 5 and 7 year challenge studies it is financing can be found at the fund’s website designed by volunteer Andrea Brin at: 


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