The World Cup sleddog racing event held in Lough Key near Boyle in County Roscommon was greeted by the townspeople as they flocked in large numbers to see the spectacle of Sleddog racing alongside the back drop of Lough Key.
Huskies howled to the excitement of taking to the trails at speeds of up to 30kph with mushers shouting the commands to the dogs, as they careened around the technical trails of the forest.
The event, which was an internationally accredited sleddog racing event, was hosted by the Irish Federation of Sleddog Sports, which is Irelands internationally recognised sleddog sports organisation.
Visitors from Norway, among which ArildEidsvold, the Vice President of Development with the International Federatoin of Sleddog Sports, was very impressed with the venue and the welcome that both he and his fellow IFSS Race Marshall were met with.
The main sponsor of the IrishFSS, Connollys RED MILLS was in attendance on both days to answer lots of questions about sleddogs and their nutrition, and were also answering lots of other breed related feeding questions over the weekend, from both spectators and competitors alike.
Speaking from the race site, Jarl Fladeby from the IFSS, said ‘We really liked the venue, and foresee that this venue will be suitable for future international events. I found the people of Ireland to be very friendly, and look forward to visiting Ireland again soon.
The races, which began at 9am on Saturday, and 10am on Sunday, were a huge success for everyone involved, including the visitors to the area.
Mandy Hynes, Public Relations Officer for the IrishFSS said after the event ‘We received a very warm welcome from Lough Key, and the people of Boyle, and look forward to visiting again in the future’.
The Irish Federation of Sleddog Sports promotes Sleddog Sports in Ireland, and encourages both young and old to get involved in the sport in both a recreational and competitive level.
Everyone is welcome at their events, and questions are always welcomed.
You can visit the International website on www.sleddogsport.net or email at firstname.lastname@example.org