Dinner Plain Sled Dog Challenge

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Located high up in the Victorian snowfields and bounded by the picturesque Alpine village of Dinner Plain, arrival of the seasons first snow is signal to the Altitude 5000 Sled Dog Group to step up preparation for their spectacular DINNER PLAIN SLED DOG CHALLENGE!

Australia’s original, and most prestigious Sled Dog race will once again see Sled Dog teams from across Australia competing for victory around the snow covered course around Dinner Plain Alpine Village over the weekend of August 8th & 9th.

This annual event showcases the top dogs of sled dog racing in Australia and is unique in being the first Australian snow-based race of its kind. More than 75 Mushers (dog team drivers) and in excess of 350 sled dogs are expected to compete at this year’s event. The race is held over two days with times recorded on both days. Teams who successfully complete the course both days with combined fastest times are the winners.

If you are planning to attend this popular weekend you are in for a unique experience. Expect to see and hear plenty of enthusiastic howling and excited sleddog teams. Witness the awesome speed and pulling power of the new 8 dog team class whilst jostling with spectators and media for the best photographic vantage points.

Siberian Huskies and Alaskan Malamutes are the most common breeds of dogs raced. Both breeds are visually and physically powerful competitors given snow is a part of their natural habitat. Siberian Huskies are extremely quick on their paws, while the Alaskan Malamutes are known for their endurance over long distances. In recent years, more unusual breeds have also competed including Labradors, Hounds and Shepamutes (a cross between German Shepherds and Malamutes).

Event information:    Robert Stevens – 0412 327 997; Sue Simmons – 0412 161 801

Event program and further details will be uploaded shortly.

Dinner Plain is the only Australian Alpine Village where sled dogs are allowed to race and then it is only for this weekend under strict permit conditions. Spectators are most welcome, but it is stressed that dogs not competing be left at home.