Introduction

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In Victoria we get very little snow, and access to the snow fields (mostly in National Parks) is restricted.  Hence most of our competitions are based on dirt tracks using wheeled gigs and scooters. The scooter is standard equipment for most of the 1-dog and 2-dog classes.  Larger classes use several types of gigs.

1-dog team

1-dog class

2-dog team

2-dog class

The Club runs our Social Sledding programme each year during the autumn & winter months. The programme consists of a series of workshop and racing events, conducted during weekends - usually Saturday afternoon/evening through to Sunday morning. The weekends provide a relaxed, yet competitive, environment that are a fantastic introduction to the sport of dog sledding. Our events are held at a variety of bush locations, mostly within a 90 minute drive from central Melbourne.

Social Sledding has proven very popular over the years, for newcomers and experienced mushers alike. It's a fantastic way to exercise your dogs, and an opportunity to get together with other Siberian Husky owners for a great weekend away. For newcomers, we can provide all the pointers you'll need to get started in the sport. Best of all, the dogs love it too!

4-dog team

4-dog class

Pee Wee team

Pee wee class for the younger mushers!

This season's events

Workshops

The SHCV Inc welcomes all newcomers and members to our FREE workshop and social/training weekend.

Come along and learn about:

What you need:

Date: 29th April 2017
Venue: Knowsley (TBC)
Contact: Scott by e-mail

Note we will now have starter kits and some equipment available for purchase at workshop or from club races.

Click for 2016 workshop flyer.

Races

Race #DateNameLocation
1 20–21 May Race 1 Wellsford (TBC)
2 3–4 Jun Race 2 You Yangs (TBC)
3 24–25 Jun Race 3 Knowsley (TBC)
4 5–6 Aug Race 4 Kingower (TBC)
5 26–27 Aug Race 5 (Cup Weekend) Longbush (TBC)

Click on the location above to view a map & instructions for how to get there
Race entry forms available below, or you can just enter on the day!

New in 2016 - We hope to also have canicross and bikejoring as single heat classes (1-dog) at some races this year and our Cup weekend (trail and temperature permitting)! We had some great entries and fun in Canicross at the 2015 Cup Race, and over the off season we've had a number enquiries for both canicross and bikjoring. We are happy to trial these classes IF there is sufficient committed interest so please let us know if you are keen. They are fun classes and will also provide an opportunity for people to get out on the trails with some of their dogs that may not have had a sledding run over the weekend, or for new people who don't want to give sledding a go at the moment but are keen to have some fun on the bush trails with their dog/s. Further information will be provided closer to race dates.

New in 2015 - we will also be running 6-dog class for the first time! LJ Cary Cup for 6-dog class will also be on offer for the first time!

Please note that the sled race calendar is getting busier every year with more and more Open races. From late June through to mid Aug there are now Open races every weekend therefore it is now impossible to avoid a clash whilst still giving our own members who only run at Club events an opportunity to still do so during this winter period and in the lead up to our Cup race at the end of August. Since we are unable to avoid a clash in this period, we have tried to choose the race weekend that will impact the least number of our members. We know some members will be disappointed but hope you can understand how busy and short our season is. Please remember if you choose to miss one Club Race you will not be disadvantaged in our Pointscore following the pointscore rule changes in 2014.

For further information on Social Sledding events, please
contact Scott by e-mail with your question.

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Help & guides

Some resources to get you started

Race times

These times are for SHCV Social Sledding races; other clubs have their own requirements.

Entry fees

Entry fees as follows:

Click for 2016 entry form if you want to complete it before each race weekend.

Click for Canicross and bikejoring entry form if you want to complete it before the race weekend.

Click for Pee wee and mini pee wee entry form if you want to complete it before each race weekend.

Equipment

See the Novice's Sledding Guide (above) to get started. Note that for Club races you will need battery-operated lighting (headlamp) for the night heat, especially 2, 4 & 6 dog classes. If it's cold enough to start at 5pm, 1 dog mushers will probably be able to get away without lights required, but please don't rely on that! Please see SHCV race rules for other compulsory items of equipment.

Sled dog outfitters in Victoria:

Windchill

Camping

Non-Husky entries

Breeds other than Siberian Huskies are welcome & encouraged to compete in our Social Sledding race events, although only Siberian Huskies are eligible for point score, sash & trophy awards. Obviously your dog must be athletically inclined!

Campfire

Socialising around the campfire

Driver's meeting

The pre-race driver's meeting

Photography & videography

A couple of our Club members have established professional photography & videography services for our sled dog sports:

Huskywatch Huskywatch.com, operated by Jamie Myers, specialises in sled dog photography & has a huge stock of sled dog event photos since 2005.
Husky Production Husky Production, operated by Jennie Lamond, specialises in sled dog videography, & has footage of many sled dog events since 2004.

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Other race clubs

There are several other sled dog racing clubs in Victoria & interstate. Most clubs (other than the breed clubs) stage only one event per year, however these are large meetings which attract competitors from several states. Many of these race clubs are affiliated with ASSA, the Australian Sleddog Sports Association.

The biggest event on the Australian sled dog calendar is the snow-based Altitude 5000 Sled Dog Challenge. Generally held on the second weekend in August at the Dinner Plain alpine village, this exclusive event is a once-in-a-year opportunity to race sled dogs on snow. Teams competing in this event must have first competed in several dirt-track races to gain experience.

2-dog snow team

Altitude 5000 - 2 dog class

4-dog snow team

Altitude 5000 - 4 dog class

Other race clubs - 2016 calendar

Event Date
16-17 April Northern Victorian Sled Dog Club boot camp - Kingower (Vic)
24-25 April Alaskan Malamute Club of Victoria (Vic) boot camp - You Yangs (Vic)
11-13 June Northern Victorian Sled Dog Club 2015 Classic - Kialla West (Vic)
25-26 June The Gold Rush - Kooyoora Forest, Kingower (Vic)
1-3 July NEGRC Northern Challenge; ASSA Nationals (QLD Club/Girard State forest NSW)
9-10 July Wild Dog Derby (SA), Sibe Ex (NSW)
16-17 July SHCNSW Sled Dog Shield (NSW), SASDC Trophy (SA)
30-31 July Mt Baw Baw Sled Dog Dash (Vic - snow)
2-3 August Mt Buller Sled Dog Quest (Vic - snow)
6-7 August Falls Creek Sled Dog Classic (Vic - snow)
13-14 August Altitude 5000 Sled Dog Challenge - Dinner Plain (Vic - snow)
20-21 August Canberra Sled Dog Classic - Kowen Forest (ACT)

Refer to the following websites for more information about events organised by other clubs

ASSA

Australian Sleddog
Sports Association

WASSA

Western Australian Sleddog
Sports Association