Norway Trail 2019 – the third NT for us. The team set up is more conservative compared to the preceeding races. Only five yearlings, and two very experienced, nearly nine year old leaders. After two mediocre stages the team gets better from day to day. Fifth in the final ranking. A marvellous success. And once more, Norway Trail has been a phantastic race!
Team: Brooks, Harry, Simplon, Kimi, Jeff, Devil, Soul, Reid, Pearl, Merida, Brownie, Prentiss
Norwegian Championships mid distance – two times 35 km. The team wins with five minutes advantage. 10 dogs, six of them yearlings.¬†Team: Harry, Simplon, Kimi, Jeff, Devil, Toivo, Reid, Rossi, Orbea, Brownie, Prentiss
IFFS World Championships in Bessans (France). A marvellous race, a very good organisation and a huge Alpine scenery! The team starts with 12 dogs into the first heat. Unfortunately, Merida had to be loaded due to an injury after only six kilometers. The second heat is a clear runs, and the third heat is cancelled due to huge amounts of fresh fallen snow. World Champion unlimited class – second is Rudi Ropertz and third Egil Ellis!
Team: Harry/ Simplon,¬† ¬†Merida/ Merrel,¬† Brownie/ Garcia,¬† ¬†Jeff/ Velvet,¬† ¬†Devil/ Reid,¬† ¬†Kimi/ Toivo
The two leaders Harry and Simplon win their second WC after 2015.
My second team starts in the 8 dog class (driven by Malte Stodt) and places fifth – best German 8 Dog team. Could not run better in a WC!
Norway Trail 2018: Some of our injured dogs are back in the race. The team¬īs performance is the best of the 2018 season. 6th rank¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Team: Asics, Spade, Harry, Colnago, Ghost, Simplon, Kimi, Jeff, Pearl, Merida, Orbea, Emma
This month we start in the Alpirace Stage Race (6 stages with a trail length between 18 and 20 kilometer), followed by the IFSS European Championships in Millegrobbe, Italy (3x 25 km in a very hilly terrain). The number of dogs is too small for two tems in this racing season. In the EC, only 11 dogs are left. The unlimited sprint team places 2nd in both events.
The highlight of the 2017 season: Norway Trial.¬† ¬†The first real MD event with a hound team. A phantastic adventure with a good result: 5th rank, best rookie.¬† ¬† ¬†Team: Reto, Brooks, Scott, Spade, Harry, Basso, Colnago, Ghost, Simplon, Britta, Merida, Orbea
German Championships Sprint in Todtmoos. Both days with very warm temperatures. The trail was very bad and deep on the first day, rather good on Sunday. After a poor performance in the first heat the dogs did a real good job in the second heat. The result was a third place over all. The 8-dog team placed third, too.
During my trip to Norway I had the chance to work with the MOYAVE VET therapy devices with phantastic results. This month MOYAVE VET and me start a cooperation. This is a big step forward concerning therapy and regneration of my dogs.
december 2016/ january 2017
We had four weeks of intensive training in Lenningen (Norway). Conditions were mostly very good. All the dogs are running fine and feeling good. Let us start into the racing season. Main goal is Norway Trail!
We have puppies! One male and two females out of our old main leader Clare. The stud was Jan.
IFSS European Championships in Savalen (Norway). Three heats, three days best time of all competitors. The SHAKTOOLIK unlimited sprint team is European Champion!¬† ¬† ¬† Team: ¬†Brooks/ Pearl, ¬† Asics/ Britta, ¬† Ghost/ Colnago, ¬† Spade/ Harry, ¬† Scott/ Ecco,¬† Reto/ Basso
German Championships sprint in Unterjoch. The SHAKTOOLIK teams come in first and third in unlimited!
IFFS World Championships Sprint in Todtmoos (Germany). Winner of the unlimited class in a three days race of 20 km is the SHAKTOOLIK team. The distance to the second winner was three minutes. Leaders for all days were BROOKS and PEARL. They are littermates out of ¬†Ringo (Ellis) x Ronja (Hiermeier).
Team:¬† ¬† ¬†BROOKS, PEARL, ASICS, ECCO, SCOTT¬† (Ringo x Ronja),¬†BRITTA¬† ¬†(Ringo x Marte ),¬†RETO¬†(Finbeck x¬†¬† Ronja),¬†SPADE¬† (Reto x Birdie),¬†HARRY¬† (Junior x Louise),¬†BASSO, ¬†COLNAGO, GHOST, SIMPLON, MERIDA¬† (Reto x Clare)
German Championships in Frauenwald. With two clean runs the Shaktoolik team won the title in unlimited sprint,
No Borderrush this year. The truck broke down on the highway on my way to Poland.
What a fine day. After six and a half day absence we got Merida back! She survived six cold nights in the snow.
Going to Norway today! The final preparation of the team for the 2015 season begins.
We got two new dogs: Kimi and Emma are stud fee puppies from Herbert and Heidi Hiermeier. They are out of Reto and Ansa. The breeder of Ansa is Pasi Heinonen.
First dog training for more that eight months. What a feeling!
After having a severe accident in Norway the coming racing season is over for me and my team. Severeal fractures and injuries in my knee and my ancle will avoid any sports for months.
We have some puppies: 5 males and ¬†2 females out of Reto and Clare.
German Championships Mid distance ¬†in Wallgau
Winner unlimited class with 10 dogs out of a pool of13 dogs (Clare/ Birdie – Duffy/ Nike – Pearl – ¬†Asics/ Britta – Brooks/ Scott – Ecco/ Galway – Reto/ Sven)
German Championships Sprint in Oberhof
Winner unlimited class Detlef Oyen with 10 dogs¬† (Clare/ Junior – Birdie/ Asics – Brooks/ Ecco – Galway/ Longford – Sven/ Reto)
Winner 8 dog class Malte Stodt with our 2nd string team (Duffy/ Pearl – Nike/ Britta – Jan/ Scott – Beli/ Gunnar)
BORDERRUSH in Poland: Winner in MD 12 (8 to 12 dogs in front of the sled out of a pool of 14 dogs). Four stages,¬† four¬† times fastest team. TEAM: Ringo, Galway, Gunnar, Sven, Reto, Asics, Brooks, Ecco, Scott, Junior, Clare, Birdie, Nike, Britta
Training in Norway for about three weeks. We use to drive distances from 22 to 40 km. The whole group of 21 dogs is able to run ¬†mid distance. 18 dogs will make the unlimited team in the 2013 season – does not matter if they run sprint or mid distance!