In many ways it is true. As one season is coming to an end, we are already evaluating our team, training methods, feeding/watering schedules etc.
We are looking at what was successful and what we can improve.
One of the great things about mushing to me is that it is not static. It is always changing creating new challenges.
Looking at this season it retrospect, I see a great leap forward to reaching for our racing goal to finish in the top 10 here in Quebec in the Open Class.
Considering the number of Open Class Teams (usually over 20 teams in a race) and the high caliber of the teams entered, this is a lofty goal.
Miortuk Kennel has come a long way to achieving this goal in just a few short years with rebuilding the kennel from scratch.
Thanks to the coaching from the Gonsolins and their assistance in putting together first class dogs for our team, we came a long way on our journey this season. The new training, feeding and watering program opened my eyes to see a big difference in the Miortuk Team. Our breeding program has resulted in some great prospects for next season and beyond. All of the young dogs have been harnessed trained and are ready to go in the Fall. The Yearlings have developed into super dogs that will further enhance the racing team for next season.
This seasons "A" Team is the best team of dogs that I have ever had the pleasure of running.
ALL THE DOGS HERE ARE STILL ENTHUSIASTIC TO RUN AFTER A LONG SEASON!
My Handler/Trainees this year were exceptional giving me the time to devote my energies to running the dogs. Their ability to handle all the tasks here without supervision was truly appreciated and respected. Their competence allowed me let all three of them drive teams of six dogs, mostly of my future prospects, without my concern.
Julia fulfilled her dream of running sled dogs and experiencing a Winter in Quebec. Julia has spent her whole life living in Arizona!
Lila came here from France to experience running with a team of Alaskan Huskies in hopes of returning home and starting her own kennel. I am very happy to say that Lila left here with one Miortuk's females, Katie, to fulfill that dream. I predict the Lila will be a great musher with a wonderful kennel.
Cecile came here to experience a life change and will leave here this Spring accomplishing her goal and will continue her quest in the mushing world.
My thanks for all your efforts and dedication to the Miortuk Dogs. They will miss your attention & love.
Now for next season, I realized this year that the only missing link here was a good experienced Race Leader! With the help of Laurent Gonsolin, I was able to obtain Roxie from the kennel of Rejean Therrien. The Therriens have a long history of several generations of racing Sled Dogs here in Quebec. It is an honor & a privileged to have Roxie here.
Roxie is an exceptional dog/leader a tribute to the great work of the Therriens. Thank you for the privilege of having her here in my kennel.
The video above and the one on the Training Page shows her first two runs here. I will update the Profile Page & the Pedigree Page soon.
All the pieces are in order for next season!
WAIT TILL NEXT YEAR!
It has been a great season and my thanks to all that have made it so!
The season here is still not over as we have plenty of snow and the forecast of more cold weather & snow to come.
Until next week......