Recent USFSS Happenings
August 15, 2013
USFSS Holds Biennial Congress
By Sally O’Sullivan Bair
Harrisburg, PA – June 29, 2013, saw a skeleton crew
assembled for the biennial congress of the USFSS (US Federation of Sleddog
Sports). Held in conjunction with ISDRA’s (International Sled Dog Racing
Association) annual conference, three main items were on the agenda:
revision/simplification of the bylaws, the election of the open positions for
board directors, and discussion on the feasibility of staging a US championship.
The bylaws were revised to simplify the membership and
voting representation. Previously, each category of membership was allotted an
aggregate vote number. Now, all that is required for voting is that 20% of those
voting be Active Athlete members (those who have entered competition within the
last ten years). This 20% representation is a requirement of the USOC (US
Olympic Committee). A credentials report will verify the correct percentage.
The bylaw revision also made provisions for voting between
congresses and absentee voting. Geographic distances in the US frequently
preclude members from attending a congress in person. Therefore, it was deemed
prudent to allow for absentee voting, thus making for better representation on
important issues and votes.
Although the USFSS Board is tasked with handling all the
business between congresses, there may arise occasions where the input of all
members on important votes would be desired or required. Therefore, the Congress
passed a bylaw to provide for this.
In addition to the bylaw revisions and election of board
members, the congress also discussed staging a National Championship (NCh) in
2016. Various ideas were raised, primarily associated with a venue and
Election results are as follows:*
The Active Athletes Council re-elected Amy Cooper of
Holmen, Wisconsin, to the board for another four-year term. An eighteen-year
veteran of the sport, Cooper has become a name on the limited sprint circuit in
Nome (sled) style and Nordic skijoring. She is a bronze medalist in the 2013
IFSS World Championships in Alaska in the 4-dog sprint class and has been active
in promoting the dryland aspects of our sport. With a B.A.S. degree in
veterinary technology, she works as a research technician at the University of
Wisconsin in La Crosse. She is anxious to use her skills in the promotion and
development of the sport.
Janet Saxon (Golden, Colorado) was elected to fulfill the
position of treasurer for a four-year term. Saxon has been acting treasurer
since last summer, having been a board member for the past few years. She has
seen action as a member of Team USA at the Norway 2011 IFSS World Championships
and has been an active participant in bicycling sports, where she served as a
Kale Casey and Sally O’Sullivan Bair were elected to the
board as at-large members for four-year terms. Casey (Paonia, Colorado) brings a
bowlful of enthusiasm and ideas, having been a member of Team USA in the 2013
Alaska IFSS World championships. He was introduced to the sport by a neighbor
and experienced a comical rookie skijor year in 2010. Since then he has
fine-tuned his team and his Nordic skills and at the 2013 WCh in Alaska entered
all five skidog classes, the first American to do so. His ten-year goal includes
inspiring or recruiting determined athletes from the ranks of America’s vastly
talented high school and collegiate Nordic skiers. A 1994 graduate of Stanford,
Casey’s career as a wildfire incident medical specialist keeps him busy and in
harm’s way. He provides medical support to firefighters working on the front
lines as well as runs medical units for all sizes of fire camps. This summer he
has seen busy action in Alaska.
Sally O’Sullivan Bair (Monticello, Minnesota) previously
served on the board and, as an IFSS (International Federation of Sleddog Sports)
certified doping control officer, is currently the chair of the USFSS
anti-doping committee. She comes with a wealth of experience not only from a
30-year teaching career at the high school level in the social sciences,
literature and learning disabilities but also from her tenure as IFSS’s
secretary general from 1999-2012. She is a retired limited class sprint racer,
where she competed for 20+ years and garnered trophies at the local level. A
graduate of Colorado Woman’s College of Denver University, she did her graduate
work at Bemidji State University in Minnesota in special education. She is
currently the editor of the Tugline, the publication of the North Star
Sled Dog Club.
USFSS welcomes the new board members and anticipates with
excitement a productive upcoming year.
* USFSS has staggered terms for its board members.
June 17, 2013
The United States Federation of Sleddog Sports takes great
pleasure in announcing and extending to US racers an invitation to apply for the
2013 Dryland World Championships to be held in Falze di Piave, Italy November
This is an awesome opportunity to see the beautiful
countryside of Italy while you represent the United States at this prestigious
event. We do expect there to be travel assistance available to US competitors,
the amount has not been established.
There’s an attached program, class breakdown and USFSS
application. We encourage you to apply even if you’re uncertain you’ll be able
to make the trip. The deadline for applications is August 15, 2013. There will
be a 1st round selection of 3 US team members per class by September
There are always issues to contend with when traveling
abroad with dogs. USFSS will provide all the necessary technical assistance
you’ll need to understand your and your dogs travel requirements. We will also
find suitable housing for the US team while in Italy. We will work hard to make
your experience as a member of the US team as hassle free as possible, but there
will be logistical challenges, so be prepared to deal with the unusual if you
decide to apply.
You need to be a current member of USFSS. Our annual dues
cycle runs October 1, thru September 30. If you are not a current member, your
dues will need to be submitted with your application.
World dryland racing is extremely competitive. The
Federations within IFSS, all have excellent teams. It will be a challenge for
our country to get on the podium, but if our best US dryland teams apply, we
will be competitive. Thanks for considering this challenge.
SAVE THE DATE!
June 28-30,, 2013 in Harrisburg, PA, USFSS will be having their
spring meeting/congress in conjunction with ISDRA’s annual meeting. More details
USFSS’s Final Team
Roster for the 2013 IFSS World Championships
Skijor – Women
1 Dog Skijor – Men
1 Dog Pulka – Women
1 Dog Pulka – Men
Skijor – Women
2 Dog Skijor- Men
Nordic Combined – Women
Nordic Combined - Men
4 Dog Junior
4 Dog –
RNB No event
4 Dog Sled - Pursuit
Jay Olmstead Jr
4 Dog Sled - Mass Start
Jay Olmstead Jr
6 Dog Sled
8 Dog Sled
Jennifer Probert Erhart
Mid-distance Sled 8-12
dog - No event
Mid-distance Sled 6-dog - No event
Just announced the
Indian River Sprint Race in Indian River, Michigan has been added to the Wild
Card race circuit. The race is scheduled for January 26 and 27. For more
information go to
www.isdra.org. We’d like to thank the IRSR committee for providing this
awesome opportunity for WCh applicants to qualify out of the Midwest region.
Meet the 2013 US Team
January 11, 2013
WILD CARD RACE UPDATE
January 5, 2013
The postponement of the Langlade Co. Culver’s TB Challenge to
February 23-24 due to lack of snow, has provided an opportunity for the Willow
Springs Round Barn Sled Dog Rally in Wausau, WI to become the new Wisconsin wild
card race event.
The race is scheduled for January 26-27, but if you plan to race
for a spot on the US team, you will need to apply by January 7. Make
application through MU&SA at
or contact Mike Marsch at
USFSS WILD CARD RACE UPDATE
December 31, 2012
I want to
remind you there is only 1 week left for application into the Wild Card
qualifying round for the IFSS WCh’s. The deadline for entry is January 7, 2013.
membership and IFSS race application must be received by January 7, 2013. You
must pay your $25.00 MUSA membership dues, but the IFSS event entry fee is not
due at this time, but we do need to know what event you hope to qualify for.
circuit is throughout January and February 2&3. However, you must become a MUSA
member and submit an application for the event you hope to qualify for by
January 7, 2013.
let the race organization who is hosting the Wild Card races know who is
competing prior to the event. Also, if you have previously submitted an
application but were not selected, you are automatically entered into the Wild
Card races. All you need to do is go race.
to see you at an event near you.
The mission of
USFSS is to promote,
support, coordinate, and develop mushing activities in the United States, to
promote and encourage the welfare of sled dog and human athletes and to foster
appreciation for the traditions and history of the sport. As the national
governing body of sled dog sports in the United States, USFSS is further
committed to the ideals and guidelines of the United States Olympic Committee
USFSS is a 501(C)(3) tax-exempt organization.