Estherville Daily News from Estherville, Iowa on February 10, 1972 · Page 4
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Estherville Daily News from Estherville, Iowa · Page 4

Estherville, Iowa
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Thursday, February 10, 1972
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1st. ALL-IOWA ILUB BCD)© CHAMPIONSHIP ESTHERVILLE, IOWA FEBRUARY 12-13,1972 $1,350^^ SCHEDULE JUNIOR CLASS 2 TO 3 DOGS Starts at 11:00 am 1.7 miles 1 Minute Intervals CLASS C 3 TO 5 DOGS SEE THE SLED DOG RACES! Starts at 11:30 am 5 miles 1 Minute Intervals CLASS B 4 TO 7 DOGS Starts at 12:30 pm 10 miles 1 Minute Intervals CLASS A 5 OR MORE DOGS Starts at 2:00 pm 18 miles 2 Minute Intervals BOTH SATURDAY AND SUNDAY RACES MUTT RACES FOR AREA BOYS & GIRLS SUNDAYJJJ_ P.M. OFFICIALS Chief Judge-Milt Froehlich Trail Boss-Bob Hammond Chute-Pat Karns Chief Turner-Vern Thompson Marking-Gary Fredrickson Trail-Bob Kasper WELCOME TO THE EXCITING SPORT OF SLED DOG RACING The Estherville Winter Sports Festival and theNorthStar Sled Dog Club welcome you to the First All Iowa Sled Dog Championship Races and hopes you will enjoy Jhe newly offered sport. : You, as a spectator, can help us make the race more enjoyable but a few simple Suggestions are in order so you can enjoy the race to its fullest, and we can give you our best in Sled Dog Racing. For viewing a sled dog race, be sure you dress in warm clothes, warm comfortable boots and mittens. This can make the difference between enjoyment and fmisery. Bring your camera. There will be pictures a-plenty. Just remember, do not interfere with the progress of the race or the team. Pick a team to cheer for, and let the driver know by your applause that you appreciate his team's efforts. As in all sports, it always helps to know you have some- .one cheering you on. : Never bring a dog or cat to a sled dog race. If you have one with you, leave it in your car. Remember a driver handling several dogs can not be responsible for ;your pet. Keep toddlers and small children in hand. The dogs are eager to run, and leap up in anticipation. It would be costly to have your child hurt because he or she was ;left unattended. Most drivers prefer you stay away from the dogs especially before the race. These dogs are not vicious, but before racing they are nervous, high strung, and probably suffering from 'butterflies.' Be sure you give the dogs and handlers plenty of space to move freely. Stand back from the starting chute and out on the trail. Getting too close might distract the dogs, causing them to leave the trail and costing the team valuable time, possibly resulting in disqualification of that team. Watch out for ganglines, tow lines, sleds, and equipment. Do not feed or pet these dogs unless approval is given by the owner. These dogs are trained racing dogs and in most cases are not house pets. These dogs love to run— it's their life. The dog may look tired or be breathing hard and covered with frost but he is still happy, hoping he did well. The sled dog is only unhappy when he is left behind, and not part of the team. Ask questions of the drivers and handlers. They appreciate your interest and are generally glad to answer but, as it takes time to get a team ready for the race and up to the starting line, will probably enjoy your conversation more following the race. And above all, don't forget the musher who is last. He and his team have worked hard too. A little applause when the team crosses the finish line will let them know that you appreciate their efforts. Most drivers will appreciate your cooperation in staying out of the hitch-up area and away from the dogs while they are being hitched up. SPONSORED BY ESTHERVILLE WINTER SPORTS FESTIVAL

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