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Cool runners: Owen and staff making ready for sledding competitions

Not like many individuals, Owen Burt is delighted when the temperature gauge plunges under zero, and appears ahead to intense frosts, even hoping for snow and blizzards – as a result of it means coaching is way simpler for his 4 huskies.

Owen Burt, of Nice Level, and siberian huskies Smudge​, Middi​, Storm​, and Meisha​ take part within the sport canine sledding, coaching a number of occasions every week over three to 4 months of the 12 months, he mentioned.

“We like minuses, huge minuses, snow and blizzards could be fairly good, however we aren’t going to that right here,” he mentioned.

“It is a quick season. It’s all over in a few months because it will get too scorching for the canines.”

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Owen Burt was out training with his four siberian huskies on Sunday, travelling from Timaru to Pleasant Point for training.


Owen Burt was out coaching together with his 4 siberian huskies on Sunday, travelling from Timaru to Nice Level for coaching.

Burt’s subsequent race can be on the South Island Siberian Husky Membership Hanmer Spring’s Problem on the weekend, the place he and the canines, will race by forest space on a rig which has wheels.

Nevertheless, later within the season, he hopes to see snow at races close to Invercargill and Wānaka so he can race on a sled.

Throughout coaching and races with out snow, Burt and his canines use the rig, and earlier than he obtained that he would race on a scooter with two canines, he mentioned.

Burt mentioned Smudge was all the time ‘’actually excited to see snow’’.

Middi prefers to be on the left front of the pack in front of owner Owen Burt, who nicknamed her ‘the boss’.


Middi prefers to be on the left entrance of the pack in entrance of proprietor Owen Burt, who nicknamed her ‘the boss’.

Burt and the 4 canines can often be seen coaching on the cycleway between Timaru and Nice Level.

“I’ve to combine it up typically or else the canines get bored. On Saturday I went from Level to Timaru and Sunday I went Timaru to Level,” he mentioned.

“Smudge typically will get a bit cautious when a truck passes by however apart from that the canines are good with the visitors, it is extra the possums and hedgehogs I’ve to fret about.”

Burt obtained into canine sledding 9 years in the past when he preferred his daughter’s husky a lot, he obtained his personal.

“My daughter obtained a husky, then I obtained a husky, after which we figured we may race them,” he mentioned.

“One wasn’t sufficient, then two wasn’t sufficient, and three wasn’t sufficient, so now I’ve 4.”

Owen Burt out training with his siberian huskies on Sunday on the cycle way between Timaru and Pleasant Point.


Owen Burt out coaching together with his siberian huskies on Sunday on the cycle approach between Timaru and Nice Level.

He was not conscious of many individuals taking on the game of canine sledding in South Canterbury, however the sport is standard nationally, Burt mentioned.

And it was not simply huskies – individuals race border collies, huntaways and german short-haired pointers, he mentioned.

“It’s not till you go to a gathering that you just realise how many individuals race,” he mentioned.

“There isn’t that many round right here, we simply do our personal factor.”

Burt mentioned there’s a girl in Nice Level that additionally canine sleds, racing with six canines.

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