Sheepway out in front for Hot Hounds opener

Darryl Sheepway’s three-dog team is fast no matter the season. The Whitehorse musher made that clear by winning the two-mile, two-to-four dog event of the Cadence Cycle Hot Hounds Dryland Race at the Drag N’ Fly Kennels off the Old Alaska Highway on Sunday.

Darryl Sheepway’s three-dog team is fast no matter the season.

The Whitehorse musher made that clear by winning the two-mile, two-to-four dog event of the Cadence Cycle Hot Hounds Dryland Race at the Drag N’ Fly Kennels off the Old Alaska Highway on Sunday.

Sheepway won the season opener of the Hot Hounds race series with a three-dog team that went undefeated in last summer’s races.

“I probably would have been faster with only two (dogs),” said Sheepway. “I had one dog that was a little hesitant at the end there. And he ran the race before, so he might have been a little tired.

“So I’m a little surprised I came out on top this time.

“Coming in I had a couple – I wouldn’t call them bad passes, but they weren’t the smoothest passes. So I was a little worried about my time.”

For the win, Sheepway finished the out-and-back course in seven minutes, 43 seconds, just 12 seconds up from Jean-Marc Champeval in second and 15 seconds up from Alex Rochat in third.

[image2]

Sheepway, who was third in the one mile, one dog event, won 10 out of 11 races last summer, including two in the 2010 season opener.

Also fast on snow, he finished in second in the Copper Haul Twister series last winter.

Sunday’s event was only the second time the Dog Powered Sports Association of the Yukon has allowed competitors to race with more than two dogs.

“Usually it’s a two-dog limit, but this time we’ve made the max four,” said Sheepway. “The most anyone ran today was three though.

“We tried it in October and no one crashed, so we tried it again this time.”

The event was also the scene of the summer’s only freight pull event, the Firstmate Extreme Summer Freight Pull, in which the dogs pull a wagon incrementally loaded with bags of dog food. The competition’s favourite, Jon Lucas’ Rottweiler, Asha, pulled 700 pounds the quickest to win in the over 60 pounds category.

The next Hot Hounds event will take place August 14 at Alex Rochat’s in the Ibex Valley.

“It’s a completely new location; no one has raced there before,” said the association’s Amil Dupuis-Rossi. “It’s the first time she’s hosting, the first time dogs will race on that trail, so it’s really exciting.”

Dog Powered Sports Association of the Yukon is planning to hold a total of four dryland races this summer with another in the Golden Horn area and maybe one in Carcross. More information can be found at dpsay.wordpress.com.

RESULTS

Two-mile, two-four-dog

1st Darryl Sheepway – 7:43

2nd Jean-Marc Champeval – 7:55

3rd Alex Rochat – 7:58

4th Jon Lucas – 8:00

5th Barb Anderson – 9:08

6th Adam Robinson – 9:42

7th Rhonda Kotelko – 14:02

8th Amelie Janin – 17:34

One-mile, one-dog

1st Amil Dupuis-Rossi – 4:44

2nd Deb Knight – 5:16

3rd Darryl Sheepway – 6:17

4th Amelie Janin – 7:40

Canicross

1st Adam Robinson – 5:51

2nd Antoine LeBlanc – 7:12

3rd Amelie Janin – 7:38

Freight pull

Under 60lb class

1st Cash and Heather Desmaris – 220lbs in 6 sec

2nd Grizzly and Amil Dupuis-Rossi – 140lbs in 15 sec

Over 60lb class

1st Asha and Jon Lucas – 700lbs in 9 sec

2nd Puck and Jon Lucas – 700lbs in 15sec

Contact Tom Patrick at tomp@yukon-news.com

Just Posted

Whether the dust jacket of this historical novel is the Canadian version (left) or the American (right), the readable content within is the same. (Michael Gates)
History Hunter: New novel a gripping account of the gold rush

Stampede: Gold Fever and Disaster in the Klondike is an ‘enjoyable and readable’ account of history

Yukonomist Keith Halliday
Yukonomist: Your furnace and your truck need to go

Perhaps the biggest commitment in the NDP deal with the Liberals was boosting the Yukon’s climate target

Awaken Festival organizers Meredith Pritchard, Colin Wolf, Martin Nishikawa inside the Old Firehall in Whitehorse on May 11. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Performing arts fest plans to awaken artistic talent in Whitehorse and the rural North

‘A value of ours is to make theatre as accessible as possible.’

April Mikkelsen tosses a disc during a ladies only disc golf tournament at Solstice DiscGolfPark on May 8. John Tonin/Yukon News
Yukon sees its first-ever women’s disc golf tournament

The Professional Disc Golf Assocation had a global women’s event last weekend. In the Yukon, a women’s only tournament was held for the first time ever.

Dave Blottner, executive director at the Whitehorse Food Bank, said the food bank upped its services because of the pandemic. (John Tonin/Yukon News)
Food Bank sees Yukoners’ generosity firsthand

“Businesses didn’t know if they could stay open but they were calling us to make sure we were able to stay open.”

A prescribed burn is seen from the lookout at Range Road and Whistle Bend Way in Whitehorse May 12. (Stephanie Waddell/Yukon News)
Editorial: Are you ready for a forest fire?

Citizens for a Firesmart Whitehorse have listed some steps for Yukoners to boost safety and awareness

Caribou pass through the Dempster Highway area in their annual migration. A recent decision by the privacy commissioner has recommended the release of some caribou collar re-location data. (Justin Kennedy/Yukon News)
Privacy commissioner recommends release of caribou location data

Department of Environment says consultation with its partners needed before it will consider release

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Family pleased youth will be able to get Pfizer vaccine

Angela Drainville, mother of two, is anxious for a rollout plan to come forward

Safe at home office in Whitehorse on May 10, 2021. (John Tonin/Yukon News)
Federal government provides $1.6 million for Yukon anti-homelessness work

Projects including five mobile homes for small communities received funding.

Drilling at Northern Tiger’s 3Ace gold project in 2011. Randi Newton argues that mining in the territory can be reshaped. (Yukon government/file)
Editorial: There’s momentum for mining reform

CPAWS’ Randi Newton argues that the territory’s mining legislations need a substantial overhaul

At its May 10 meeting, Whitehorse city council approved the subdivision for the Kwanlin Dün First Nation’s business park planned in Marwell. (Submitted)
KDFN business park subdivision approved

Will mean more commercial industrial land available in Whitehorse

Main Street in Whitehorse on May 4. Whitehorse city council has passed the first two readings of a bylaw to allow pop-up patios in city parking spaces. Third reading will come forward later in May. (Stephanie Waddell/Yukon News)
Whitehorse council pursuing restaurant patio possibilities

Council passes first two readings for new patio bylaw

Most Read