30 March 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Veronica Corr

Dartrey Forest was the stunning backdrop to the inaugural Tails ‘n’ Trails Dryland Mushing National Championship Final which took place over last weekend, on Saturday night and Sunday morning.
Paul Treanor from Glaslough, joined the internet based club three years ago and was the one to suggest bringing an event to Monaghan, Rockcorry to be precise. His efforts were rewarded as he won the canicross class.
His interest in the sport was first ignited when he met Michael Rolston, who is a UK-based husky dog breeder. Paul later got a Siberian Husky of his own, Molly, who has been with him since she was a pup.
Paul wants to bring the championship to the county on an annual basis going forward and hopes that it will ignite interest in this sport. There are many different competitions one can enter in, including junior classes.
Dryland mushing is a sport where one or more dogs pull an unmotorized kick scooter/bike or rig. It is similar to mushing, which is done in the winter, but generally with fewer dogs and with a scooter instead of a dogsled.
The dogs wear the same harnesses that sled dogs wear, and are hooked to the scooter with a gangline. Any dog showing a willingness to pull can become a sled dog including labradors, …

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