USFSS Mission
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 (USOC).




Recent USFSS Happenings

USFSS Meeting Minutes

October 25, 2022

6pm CST

Meeting called to order at 6:05pm CST. 

Attendees: Dan Hanks, Christopher Speers, Nick Weis, Brandi Williamson, Janet Saxon, Lizzie Hill, Ronald Klepadlo, Marie Ralf. 

Treasurer’s Report by Janet: Memberships and DID’s are coming in right now. As of 09/30/2022 the balance is $6,041.94. Motion to approve by Nick, second by Brandi, all in favor.

Review of Minutes: Motion to approve minutes by Dan, second by Nick, all in favor. 

501c3 status update by Janet: Have gotten 3rd or 4th rejection for 501c3 status renewal. We are down to filling out a 18 page form. Janet will make one last attempt at filling out the form. Niina suggested creating a committee to handle the application. Brandi, Niina, Dan, Marie, Lizzie and Janet will be on the committee. Janet will also provide how the previous forms were filled out. 

2023 Winter WCh team update by Niina: Everyone on the team is still going except for Ron Hayden. Schedule and additional details have not been released yet by IFSS. Deadline for the Team USA gear purchase is December 18, 2022. Sally Bair made a $1,000 donation for WCh last year. But due to difficulties in team members getting to Norway there is money left over. A total of 310 euro was used of the $1000 USD that was donated on Egil’s entry and Stephani’s entry. 

2023 Dryland WCh plan discussion: Nick suggests that we start the team application process in May 1, 2023 with a deadline of June 15, 2023. We will set the goal of announcing the team June 30, 2023. There is also an ICF event next year that we can run an application for during the same period. ICF is 3 weeks prior to IFSS WCh and is in Germany. USFSS will also have application for ICF during the same time frame. 

Exception Policy for Team USA Applications: Nick wrote up a policy for late applications for Team USA. Dan suggests to table voting when the board has had enough time to review it. Feedback will be done by email by November 1st at 6pm CST, voting will be done by November 8. Second by Brandi, all in favor.

2025 WCh update: Minocqua “Almost” Winter Dryland Dog Dash was a success. It is the proposed venue for the 2024 Dryland WCh. IFSS is wanting an application soon so they can start to consider it. Dan brought up the rule about carts needing 4 wheels vs 3 wheels. USA primarily uses carts with 3 wheels. Dan asked IFSS what the process is to get an exemption for this rule and is waiting for an answer. 

Winter Race Accrediting update. Deadline is October 31, 2022. Niina will make another announcement to get applications. 

IFSS Race Judges in US. Niina suggests that we work on getting judges certified in the US during the next WCh. Dan is going to look into what the full process is for judge certification. 

Continental Director’s position is vacant: Niina said she would be potentially interested in filling the position if no one else wants it. Dan will talk with the Canadian Director to see if anyone else is interested first. 

Treasurer’s Position vacancy at the end of 2022: Janet emailed that she is ready to resign and pass the baton on at the end of the year. She is willing to train during a transition period. The position does the accounting for the club, it is currently being done in Quickbooks; preparing the quarterly reports; annual filing of the 990N to retain 501c3 status; processing DID and Membership dues; bill payments; and putting together information and payment for WCh applications. Marie said she would take on this responsibility. Nick made a motion to appoint Marie to the Treasurer position, Brandi seconds, all in favor. Brandi makes a motion to accept Janet’s resignation, Niina makes a second, all in favor. Janet will work with Marie to transition the duties over. 

President’s position vacant: Nick has talked with some individuals who may have an interest. The board will discuss this more at the next meeting with interested parties present. 

Next meeting will be Thursday, December 8 at 6pm CST. 




2023 IFSS Snow World Championships USA Team Selected

USFSS is happy to announce the team who will be representing the USA at the 2023 IFSS World Championships on snow in France.

1-Dog Skijoring (SW1)
  • Niina Baum (Registered Nordic Breed)
  • Jessica Pulliam
  • Stephani Meyer (Masters)
1-Dog Pulka Women (PW1)
  • Jessica Pulliam
  • Stephani Meyer
1-Dog Combined Women (CW)
  • Jessica Pulliam
2-Dog Skijoring Women (SW2)
  • Jessica Pulliam
2-Dog Sled (Sp2)
  • Niina Baum
  • Mandy Collins
4-Dog Sled (Sp4)
  • Mandy Collins
4-Dog Sled Mass Start (Sp4MS)
  • Mandy Collins
6-Dog Sled (Sp6)
  • Ron Hayden
  • Mandy Collins
Unlimited (SpU)
  • Egil Ellis
Team Captain
  • Niina Baum


USFSS Race Accreditation Selection Process

December 2019

The goal of this document is to outline the process USFSS will use to select races within the United States to recommend to IFSS for accreditation into the World Cup.

• The United States will be divided into four regions:

  • East Coast – Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, & West Virginia

  • Midwest – Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, & Wisconsin

  • West Coast – Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, & Wyoming

  • Alaska - Alaska

• The first deadline for applications will be September 1st for dryland races and December 1st for snow and ski-dog races.

• Each region will be allocated two (2) dryland, two (2) snow, & two (2) ski-dog races.

  • The allocations will be held for each region, assuming that each region has at least two (2) races apply that USFSS feels meet its minimum standards of a World Cup race in USFSS’s sole discretion.

  • For all regions except Alaska, the two (2) allocated accreditations will not be awarded to the same state unless the only qualified applicants are all from the same state.

  • The remaining race accreditation of the ten (10) accreditations available to the United States will be allocated to the best remaining race in any region.

• After the first deadline and race selection, no regional race allocations will be held and the remaining race accreditations available will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis, regardless of region.

• In selecting the races to accredit, preference will be given to:

  • Races that were accredited the previous season.

  • Races that have been accredited in the past, but not the previous season.

  • Races hosted by RGOs which have hosted other races which have been accredited.

Races that have a demonstrated history of success.

• Items that will be considered in selecting races will be (not necessarily in this order):

  • Past and expected race participation numbers.

  • Course layout.

  • Venue layout.

  • Race marketing.

  • RGO’s history of race management.

• Absolutely no races will be selected within 30 days of that event.





August 29, 2019 


USFSS Elects New Leadership


At its biennial congress August 24th, the US Federation of Sleddog Sports (USFSS) elected a slate of new officers. Tim White of Grand Marais, Minnesota, will take the reins of leadership as the organization’s president. He follows in the footsteps of Mike Marsch, who had served as president since 2011 and was largely responsible for getting the fledgling organization on firm footing. But White also has a background in USFSS, previously having been one of a small team who chartered the USFSS, then known as Mushing USA, in Alaska.

Dan Hanks of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, was elected the new vice president, and Sally Bair of Buffalo, Minnesota, and Janet Saxon of Golden, Colorado, hang on to their positions as secretary and treasurer respectively. New to the board of directors are Niina Baum of  Kennen, Wisconsin, and Laura Hayes from Brookline, Massachusetts. Baum is Director of Marketing & Operations for Non-stop Dogwear, and Hayes is a practicing attorney in Boston. They both have been putting their talents to work in the editorship of ISDRA’ s Dog & Driver.  Nick Weis (Lebanon, MO) was elected chair of the athletes’ advisory council, the council being a requirement of the International Olympic Committee, and Niina Baum its vice chair.

White comes to the USFSS with a wealth of knowledge and experience, having held the position as the president of the International Federation of Sleddog Sports (IFSS). He commented that he is “honored to be chosen as the next president of USFSS. I extend my congratulations and my appreciation to the past and current officers, participants, and members of USFSS. I look forward to working together with all of them and cooperating with like-minded international participants to promote our many common interests. I am especially happy to see the importance now given to one and two dog activities such as canicross, scooter, skijoring and bikejoring not only as entry-level and recruiting disciplines but as respected competitive events.”


White went on to comment on respecting and continuing the spirit, culture, tradition and character of mushing: “Long before any existing countries or sports were recognized, the regions now US, Canada and Russian Far East were the origin, the birthplace, of sled dog breeds and activities. In the last two centuries and more recently with the creation of an international federation linked to the Olympic Movement, the U.S. has played an essential and leading role in the world of mushing recreation and competition organizations.”


USFSS congratulates the new officers and board members and looks forward to a productive future under an auspicious leadership team. 




July 21, 2019 



Arnprior, ON & Bristol, QC, Canada

October 22, 23 and 24, 2019     

No cost for the seminar

Participants are responsible for their own accommodations and food.

Oct 22nd: 9:00 am to 5 pm - Classroom

Oct 23rd:  9:00 am to 5:00 pm - Classroom

Oct 24th: 9:00 am Wrap Up and Examination

 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm - Bristol Race Site

At completion of this seminar you will be able to apply for a National Race Judge License under any of the IFSS National Federations/Associations.

This course will cover the following topics:

Theory includes: Selecting Race Sites, Materials and Infrastructure, Time Keeping, Pre-Race Administration, Job Descriptions, Judges and Jury, Rule Enforcement Officials,  Officials Prime Responsibilities, Penal Measure and Protest, Difficult Rules, Appeals Jury, Animal Welfare, Race Judge Report  and Final Examination.

Practical includes: Race Site Preparation and Inspection, Race Schedules, Starting Line Procedures, Finish Line Procedures and Dog Yard Set-up.

Presented By: Jim Cunningham, IFSS Race Marshal and Instructor.

Maximum 10 people for this seminar.

Registration closes: September 29th, 2019


If you are interested  please contact:

Jim Cunningham at 905-377-3378 or




July 8, 2019 

Official Calling Notice for August 2019 USFSS Congress


Dear USFSS Member,

In accordance with Article 8.3 of the USFSS Bylaws, I have the pleasure of sending you the formal Calling Notice for the 2019 USFSS Congress to be held via telephone conference call on Saturday, August 24, 2019. The Congress will open at 1:00 PM central time. The conference session will conclude after three hours, at 4:00 PM. The Conference Calling telephone numbers and directions and protocols will be sent later.

According to this article (8.3.2), “The Calling Notice shall contain a request for any items which any member may wish to have included on the agenda, including proposals for Bylaw changes. Such items for the agenda are to be sent to the President or Secretary at least three weeks before the Congress.” The three-week deadline for agenda items to be sent to the President or Secretary is Friday, August 2, 2019. After August 2nd, subsequent items for the agenda must be sent to the President or Secretary and should eventually need to be approved by the Congress to be included in the agenda.

In accordance with Article 8.3.4 of the USFSS Bylaws, the Agenda will be sent to you by August 16th along with any working papers, Bylaw changes or other proposals, and résumés of nominations from the Nominating Committee.

In accordance with Article 12.3 (Active Athletes Council), the Active Athletes Council will hold its election meeting on a separate conference call before the election of the At-Large board members. This Council elects positions to the USFSS board so that the total Active Athletes’ representation comprises at least four (4) of the USFSS board. At its 2017 Congress, the USFSS Active Athletes Council elected as its chair, Jocelyn Bradbury, who has resigned her position on the USFSS Board of Directors as well as her position as Active Athletes Council chair. This is a 4-year position.

At the present time, the following are the listed nominations presented from the Nominations Committee. Further nominations for vacant USFSS positions will be accepted until Friday, August 18th. Résumés should be submitted to the Secretary. The Athletes Council should hold its meeting to elect its board of directors prior to the regular meeting of the USFSS. All Active Athletes must be notified of the meeting at least two weeks in advance of the meeting. (Art. 12.3.11)

Active Athlete Positions: 3 positions open, including a chair and vice chair - 4-year terms. Nominated are:

Rebecca Knight, Basalt, CO (incumbent)

Niina Baum, Burlington, WI

Nick Weis, Lebanon, MO

At-Large Positions: up to five (5) open positions - 4-year terms except one term is to fill out an unexpired term of 2 remaining years resulting from a resignation.

Note: Active Athlete candidates not elected may run for an At-Large position. Unless informed to the contrary, their names will automatically be included in the pool of candidates for At-Large positions.

Nominated are:

Dan Hanks, Coeur d’Alene, ID (incumbent)

Steven Fox, East Greenville, PA (incumbent)

Laura Hayes, Brookline, MA

Officer Positions: All four executive officer positions are up for election. Their terms are for 4 years. Nominated are:

President: Mike Marsch, Neillsville, WI (incumbent)

Vice President: No nominations submitted

Secretary: Sally O’Sullivan Bair, Buffalo, MN (incumbent)

Treasurer: Janet Saxon, Golden, CO (incumbent)



Sally O’Sullivan Bair - USFSS Secretary







2019 WCh Application Round Two

USFSS is having a second round of selection for the 2019 Dryland World Championships to be hosted in Sweden. If you would like to join the team already named, please apply. This round is only for spots not already filled by athletes, which were named earlier this week. Please note, our women’s canicross team is full and we will not be accepting any applications for this class. Applications are due June 30.



May 29, 2019 

IFSS introduces a new system for DID - Driver Identification Number

Starting out June 1st, 2019 a new system for the DID (Driver Identification Number) will be in use.
Athletes who want to participate in a World- or a Continental Championship need to have a DID. This also apply to athletes who participates in the World Cup and want to earn points.

NEWS for DID starting out June 1, 2019
The DID number each athlete now gets when signing up will be following each individual as long as they are registered within the system. The DID will be a three (3) letter and four (4) digit number for example an athlete from Norway will get a number starting out with NOR1037.

Every DID holder also agrees to IFSS Privacy Policy to be compliant to the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

The DID will be associated to an unique email address so if a family of four (4) persons used to have the same email each person now will have to use a unique email since this will be the username to get access to "Member Page" (Examples of functions that will be built afterwards).

The DID fee will be defined by the IFSS Council on an annual basis. It is 45 EUR for the season 2019/2020.

The new DID system will be a unique tool for both athletes and for IFSS.


World Cup
- Easier and quicker to calculate points.
- Statistics will be easier to pull out.
- Historic results for each DID will be available.
- Easy to pull out results for different cups - such as specific country/continental cups.

Member Page (Examples of functions that will be offered)
- Personal training log - you can record daily training routines
- Training log for dogs - record your dog/dogs training runs
- Listing of all your dogs with microchip number
- Creating a chip list for dogs, easy to print out
- Personal photo gallery that the athlete has approved to be used by media
- Personal presentation approved to be used by media
- Electronic signing of race documents
- All personal racing records using DID will be listed.

For more general information and how to register see under Driver ID on website.

Helen Lundberg
IFSS President on behalf of IFSS Council


May 7, 2019 


FROM: USFSS President Mike Marsch RE: Dryland World Championship (WCh) 2019 

Dear US athletes:

I want to begin my message by apologizing for the confusion and disorder associated with our affiliate organization IFSS concerning the 2019 Dryland WCh location and the elimination of the veteran’s class in this WCh. IFSS is guilty at the very least of poor communication to their federations and to you as athletes. I’m hoping to receive a letter of apology and explanation from them soon. In the meantime, I will attempt to explain the current situation. 

As you know, USFSS sided with Latvia to host the WCh, which would have included the veteran’s class. Unfortunately, despite some protests, IFSS has chosen to stick to their decision not to hold it in Latvia. As a result, the 2019 Dryland WCh will be held in Nybro, Sweden, October 23-27th . I’ve provided a link at the end of this letter to the application form for your review and consideration. 

Let me say something positive about Nybro. This is an excellent site with a very qualified organization behind it. With all the complaints concerning the last few world championships, IFSS wanted to get it right, and they simply lost confidence in Latvia. Concerning veterans, Helen Lundberg, IFSS President, has admitted to moving too fast to eliminate the veteran’s class. She should have waited until IFSS had fully implemented its program within the International Masters Games Association (IMGA). IMGA is under the umbrella of GAISF (Global Association of International Sports Federations) and the IOC (International Olympic Committee) to serve the veteran athletes. 

Logistics to Sweden will also be much easier. When I traveled to Latvia for the 2016 IFSS General Assembly, air travel was very challenging. I still feel Latvia deserved their chance, but it’s not going to happen, so let us move on and invite our best athletes to participate in Sweden. 

On another important subject, Canada recently released information concerning the Bristol Dryland event. The Bristol event will be run as a Canadian Championship event this year. They have indicated that US athletes who desire to participate would need to make application through USFSS. To be honest, that was the first time we had heard about changes to the Bristol event. We were not consulted or informed of our role. Over the past week we have attempted to persuade Canada to include a US Championship component to this event. As Denis Rozon, the lead organizer of the Bristol event, has said many times, “Without the USA, Bristol might not have gotten out of the chute.” We wanted this component because we didn’t want US athletes to have the perception they were being forced to become a member of USFSS in order to enter the race, especially if we couldn’t offer something in return, such as medals in all classes for the top three finishers. Unfortunately, Canada rejected this offer. It is my understanding that US athletes are still welcome to attend the Bristol Canadian Championship as a guest of Canada, but USFSS has decided not to get involved in the race or play a role in selection. I don’t know if there will be IFSS World Cup (WCp) points earned at this event, since it is not an IFSS accredited event. Please work through Canada if you desire to participate in Canada’s Championship. 

In closing, I could spend a lot of time attempting to explain or justify what happened between IFSS and Latvia. I respect the role of both players in our sport. I consider Latvia a federation friend and IFSS council and personnel have been very cooperative and easy for me to work with. I honestly don’t know what will happen next, but as chairperson of the IFSS nominating committee, I feel that recruiting candidates to run against current council members at our next GA, which will be in Stillwater, Minnesota, will be much easier. Stillwater is just outside Minneapolis. 

Please consider applying to represent the USA in Sweden. We are going to do our best to ensure all qualified athletes can compete. Once again, my apologies for all the angst caused by a lack of communication. I’m always available to listen and discuss concerns. Once again, we have a few open USFSS board seats, and plans are being made for this summer’s USFSS congress and elections. A nominating committee will be established, and we’ll begin accepting nominations very soon. Enjoy the off-season. 


S/Mike Marsch 



May 5, 2019

2020 IFSS General Assembly

Dear Sir/Sirs,

Sally Bair and Mike Marsch

I am very glad to announce that IFSS Council has with a majority voted in favor of the application submitted by USFSS to host the 2020 General Assembly. The 2020 IFSS General Assembly will take place in Stillwater, Minnesota, USA June 12-14, 2020.

As IFSS President I am very pleased to see that the General Assembly, after 8 years in Europe, now will come back to North America. I am looking forward to working with you in the planning of the GA, 2020.


Helen Lundberg

IFSS President

April 18, 2019
TO: USFSS Membership 
FROM: USFSS Board of Directors
RE: 2019 Dryland World Championship (WCh)

USFSS has been following recent developments in IFSS regarding the 2019 Dryland World Championship (WCh). The intent of this letter is to clarify the developments and present the USFSS’s position. The original, accepted bid for the 2019 Dryland WCh was from the Latvia Federation of Sleddog Sports (LFSS) to hold the event at a venue in their country. IFSS has chosen to change the venue to Sweden. IFSS has also decided to eliminate the veterans class from the event. There has been a lot of objection to both of these decisions. USFSS members should know that we, as your board of directors,have been working diligently behind the scenes to find a satisfactory solution for all parties involved, but primarily for our athletes. USFSS has, and always will, work for the best interest of our athletes, although quite often the solution to issues we face is not as simple as it may seem. Our members should view our delay in releasing a public statement as a sign we want to critically evaluate all options before settling on a course of action. Regarding the issues at hand now in the international dog sled community, below are our stances:

1. We stand with Latvia in their bid to host the 2019 Dryland World Championship (WCh).

2. We believe the 2019 Dryland World Championship (WCh) needs to be held according to the race format that was in place at the time of Latvia’s acceptance as the host, including a veterans class.

3. We do not believe that a change in IFSS leadership is warranted at this time. While we are disappointed in the process that led us to where we are today, we need to realize that our sport is small and the pool of talent willing to take on the role that IFSS leadership has is very limited. At this time, we believe that IFSS understands the errors and is working to fix them. We will continue to push IFSS to find solutions that are acceptable to our members. This includes correcting the process that led us here to begin with.

We encourage you, our athletes that we work for every day to continue to reach out to us. We would also like to remind our members that USFSS has its congress this summer. We have several board seats vacant and we would be honored to have more of you among our ranks to help us in our goal of improving dog-powered sports for the United States.


Sally O’Sullivan Bair

USFSS Secretary



December 15th, 2018

To all USFSS members -

USFSS is happy to announce that we now have winter USFSS logo apparel available online here:

The apparel is being offered through Podiumwear, and will only be available through January 1, 2019.

So check it out --- and shop now before the online store closes !



October 27th, 2018

2019 IFSS Bessans WCh Application



October 8th, 2018

Below are the Invitation and the other documents for the IFSS World Championships On-Snow 2019 to be held in Bessans, France.


IFSS WCh 2019 Invitation

IFSS Competitor Information Sheet
IFSS Competitor Consent Form
IFSS Entry Form WCh 2019
IFSS Guardian Form
IFSS Preselected Participants WCh 2019





To all current and past USFSS members-

Your annual USFSS membership is due on  October 1, 2018.


Please renew your membership today!


It is really easy - and instructions to do so can be found here:

Also, please note that if you are interested in obtaining a DID for accruing points, this DID will need to be renewed every year as well through USFSS/IFSS.  The DID renews June 1 of every year.

Be sure to not let your USFSS membership lapse, since you must be a CURRENT USFSS member to accrue points with a valid DID.


Your membership and sponsorship dollars are very important.  The USFSS is the national governing body of sleddog sports in the USA. As such it is the nationally-recognized representative to the International Federation of Sleddog Sports (IFSS).  USFSS’s annual dues to IFSS of $1,000 helps foster international development and the health and well being of the human athletes and their canine partners.

Your USFSS dues further the goals and mission of USFSS. In particular, membership and sponsorship contributions help organize World Cup races and the USFSS National Championship. They help US athletes attain their dream of being a member of Team USA and participating in the IFSS World Championships.

However, as with most sports, the needs are many and resources few. USFSS is an all-volunteer organization, so every bit of help counts. Unlike most countries, the US government does not contribute any monetary support to USA sports. Therefore, every dollar of membership and sponsorship is important. Each membership and contribution has a direct impact on efforts to provide programs and assist US athletes.

Contributions are also significant for training and certifying officials, i.e., race judges and doping control personnel. Contributions encourage research in the areas of sports medicine and sports safety for both the human and the canine athlete.

Sponsorship and membership are not so much about philanthropy as about branding the ideals of our sport to the athletes and their canine partners. Your membership helps to fund the IFSS and all its programs as well as USFSS national promotion and programming. IFSS membership affords USFSS the opportunity of voice and participation in the national and international world of sport. Of prime importance are the fight against doping and the development of youth programs. Your membership contributions help to foster growth among the elite of the sport as well as newcomers, recreationalists and youth and handicapped persons.

Please join to help our wonderful sport. USFSS is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, so your donation is tax-deductible.






Bristol, Quebec, Canada

Cost $350 CDN

Includes: Overnight accommodations Oct 24th

Course from 9:00 am to 4 pm. Oct 25th

Breakfast, Lunch and Supper Oct 25th            

Overnight accommodations Oct 25th

Course from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm Oct 26th

Breakfast and Lunch Oct 26th

Race Site Experience from 3:00 to 9:00pm  Oct 26th

Judging Experience Oct 27th and 28th

Theory includes: Selecting Race Sites, Materials and Infrastructure, Time Keeping, Pre-Race Administration, Job Descriptions, Judges and Jury, Rule Enforcement Officials, Officials Prime Responsibilities, Penal Measure and Protest, Difficult Rules, Appeals Jury, Animal Welfare, Race Judge Report, and final examination.

Practical includes: Race Site Preparation and Inspection, Race Schedules, Starting Line Procedures, Finish Line Procedures, Dog Yard Set-up and Race Official experience during Bristol Dryland Race.

Presented By: Jim Cunningham, IFSS Race Marshal and Instructor

There are only 7 available openings for this seminar.

If you are interested please contact:

Jim Cunningham at 905-377-3378 or

Team USA apparel is now available to September 2nd.  Items will be shipped on September 25th for the upcoming dryland season.   



August 8th 2018

IFSS Update from Helen Lundberg, IFSS President

Dear all

I want to share some of the latest news and updates with you. We are approaching the 2018 European Continental Championship Dryland that will take place in Nybro Sweden October 24-28th. Invitation and related documents will be uploaded to the IFSS website.

IFSS new website is now up and running designed and managed by Web Master, Kjell Ek. Kjell Ek will also assist as IFSS GDPR officer and to make sure IFSS follow this new law, when it comes to handling of information, he has created new contact emails and a result of this also some emails are not in use any longer. 

Below you will find the updated list of emails for Council and committees/commissions. If you recently have sent email to an IFSS official without any response, please resend to the updated email.

IFSS updated contact email list:

President Helen Lundberg - 
Vice President Sport Eeva Äijälä -
Vice President Economy Morten Sørensen - 
Vice President Development Mari Hoe Raitto -

Executive Director Dori Hollingsworth -

Continental Director Asia Jay Kim -
Continental Director Europe Bengt Pontén -
Continental Director North America Rebecca Knight -
Continental Director Oceania Ray Holliday -
Continental Director South America Konrad Jakob -
Athletes delegate council Petra Wadlund Lind -

Web Master Kjell Ek -

Anti Doping Committee -
Anti Doping Chair person -
World Cup/Accreditation Committee -
DID registration -
1-2 Dog Committee -
Race Judges and Race Regulations Committee -
Nordic Breed Committee -
Youth Committee -
Inclusive Global Access Committee -
Membership Committee -
Animal Health and Welfare Committee -
Nominating Commission -
Legal Commission -

IFSS Race Rules

The IFSS Race Rules approved by Council have had a few spelling errors corrected and the updated version is now posted on the website under Documents.

World Championship Snow and Dryland 2019

Links to websites for the World Championship events Snow and Dryland 2019 will soon be posted on IFSS website.

DID registration from European countries:

As indicated on the European Championships Dryland Invitation, no DID from European countries will be registered between October 15 and October 28. All registrations to the EC Dryland will be checked for correct DID number and correct age class. DID registration from non European countries will be processed as usual.


IFSS President


July 18, 2018

IFSS Update from Helen Lundberg, IFSS President

Here are some of the latest news I want to share with you mid July.

Race Rules:
IFSS Race Rules has been approved by Council. This set of Race Rules are now valid starting out on July 16th 2018. The approved version of Race Rules are now posted on IFSS Website.

World Championship 2019 on Snow Bessans, France:
​Classes and preliminary schedule for the upcoming IFSS World Championships On Snow 2019 in Bessans​, France have now been decided on. Information can be found from IFSS website

Race Marshal in the event will be Olle Rosén from Sweden.

If you have questions regarding the event you can contact RGO in France, contact person Dominique Grandjean at email: 

Questions will be also answered by Eeva Äijälä, IFSS Vice President of Sport - email:
Additional information will be posted online as soon as they are available.

ESDRA/IFSS agreement:
I am glad to inform that Robert Schiesser and I have signed the renewed agreement between ESDRA and IFSS to cover the time period from July 1st 2018 to June 30th 2019.

European Championship Dryland 2018:
Information posted on IFSS website and also check out website for the event

IFSS new website:
IFSS Webmaster Kjell Ek has been working hard on the new website and it will soon be ready to launch. The transition from old to new site will hopefully go very smooth without any down time.

IFSS GDPR officer:
Kjell Ek, Sweden has been appointed IFSS GDPR officer and web coordinator.




July 2, 2018


Apparel and Acessories - Feedback Please

Dear USFSS Members and Athletes,


In an approach to increase our professionalism, there is an objective to bring about apparel and accessories to accommodate athletes, members, and prospective fans.  First, we need to hear from you in regards of how to do this. What type of clothing and accessories do you feel will give you a more professional look while representing the US Federation.


The clothing and accessories would ideally be used while doing community outreaches in your area, while traveling to and from events, and everyday use. There are many options available through: .  Please browse through the wide array of products that you might feel would be widely used, particularly clothing. For now, the focus is on Summer wear.  However, as you look over the available inventory, brainstorm for future fall and winter clothing and outerwear that may appeal for your needs. There may be a future ordering for these clothing wear


To narrow down, the ideal options would be a performance polo and T-shirts. Additional options would be nice button down dress shirts. All clothing would be embroidered with the USFSS logo. A choice between white or blue clothing may help minimize the broad array of options. There will also be Men’s and Women’s options for each.  Keep in mind that there are higher end brand names such as Nike and Under Armour, but to keep costs down, we will focus on other brand quality wear that still looks and feels professional.


Once we have a general consensus of apparel, an order will be put out for those interested in ordering and will be available to the public. The clothing will be marked up a little to help increase revenue funds for the Federation. However, USFSS members and Athletes may be void of this fee increase without the additional financial costs.  Most items will be on a pre-order basis. Depending on logistics, additional items maybe ordered if anyone is in need of additional clothing.


Please e-mail Chris Speers at or call/text 765-409-4878. Additionally, you may contact Mike Marsch at  Thank you for taking this step in helping to develop a more professional looking Federation. We appreciate your feedback and input, and look forward to working closely with 4imprint for our needs.




Chris Speers




June 25, 2018

USFSS Entry Application for ICF Canicross Championship Competition




June 25, 2018


Dear all,


IFSS General Assembly was held in Stockholm, Sweden June 16-17, 2018 hosted by SDSF Swedish Federation. IFSS member delegates worldwide had gathered for two days of discussions and meetings. Attached you will find Minutes from GA meeting.


Both nominated for the vacant Vice President Sport and Vice President Economy was fully trusted by the General Assembly and re-elected by acclamation for a four year period 2018 - 2022. Eeva Äijälä, Finland as Vice President Sport and Morten Sørensen, Norway as Vice President Economy. 


IFSS welcomes Chile as full voting member and FIDASC Federazione Italiana Discipline Armi Sportive da Caccia as an Associate Member.


 IFSS General Assembly voted in favor of both applications.


IFSS also welcomes three new Continental Directors who will serve for a two year period. 


Bengt Pontén, Sweden has been elected as Continental Director Europe.


Ray Holliday is the new Continental Director for Oceania and Konrad Jakob has been elected to Continental Director South America. 


Rebecca Knight was re-elected as Continental Director North America and so was Jay Kim for Asia.



IFSS General Assembly: Stockholm, Sweden June 16-17th, 2018 Minutes




June 20, 2018



June 19, 2018


Congratulations to USFSS members Jay Olmstead, Meredith Michener, Steven Davis and Rich Kisseloff on their success in the IFSS World Cup in the 2017-2018 season.










May 22, 2018

2018 IFSS General Assembly Agenda and Motion List

Stockholm, Sweden June 16-17, 2018


Dear USFSS Member,


Please see the attached agenda and motion list for the upcoming IFSS General Assembly on June 16-17, 2018 in Stockholm, Sweden. 


There are over 60 motions that will be discussed and voted on during the Assembly.  Please take a moment to review the motions and provide your feedback/recommendation to the USFSS board by June 4th.


IFSS General Assembly Agenda


IFSS General Assembly Motions (.zip)





May 7, 2018

ICF 2018 World Championships

October 5-7, 2018

Lubieszow, Poland


Click here



May 2, 2018


To all current USFSS members, and recent past members:

Please read the document linked below from Mike Marsch, President of USFSS, who is asking for input and support for the upcoming trip to Arlandastad, Sweden to represent US interests at the IFSS General Assembly from June 15-17. 

We have received over 20 motions from USFSS members to make changes to the current race rules.  For these proposals to be properly represented to the GA it is imperative that USFSS / Mike attend, and he, via USFSS, is asking for support, financially to be able to make this trip happen.  We are also hoping for input on these motions as well.

We will be getting the information out to you very soon, and the motions that USFSS are submitting will be up on our website early next week for your review and so that you too, can provide input.

Please review the attached, and please consider supporting USFSS and Mike in making the trip to this very important meeting happen --- and please also let us know if you have any questions.

Click here

Thanks in advance for your support !

Janet Saxon
USFSS Treasurer



Reminder of the deadline to submit motions for IFSS General Assembly

June 16 –June 17th  (Saturday-Sunday), 2018 


Where:  Best Western Arlanda Hotellby


Bristagatan 22

SE 19560 Arlandastad



The deadline date for agenda items to be sent to the President is May 4, 2018.


Please read and follow the Policy and Procedure when submitting motions! (Click here)


In accordance with Article C.5.2 of the IFSS By Laws, the Draft Agenda will be sent out before May 10, 2018, to enable to formulate possible modification proposals by May 31, 2018 (Article C.5.3 of the By Laws).



IFSS Race Competition and Accreditation

2017/2018 IFSS Race Rules



Official Calling Notice for the IFSS 17th General Assembly to be held in Stockholm Sweden June 15-17, 2018




Motion for IFSS Genera Assembly 2018

Deadline for Submissions: May 3, 2018

Dear USFSS Members,

Please take a moment to review and complete the attached template for motions at the upcoming IFSS General Assembly. This is our opportunity to make changes to how our sport is managed and regulated. Please feel free to disseminate this information to clubs and athletes in your region.

Click here



2017-2018 IFSS World Cup Calendar

Click here for the full PDF calendar.





August 2, 2017

Dear IFSS Council and Members,

Please find attached the Invitation and the other documents for the IFSS World Championship Dryland 2017 to be held in Szamotuly-Kozle, Poland.

All these documents will be found from IFSS web page also.

Please note that the DS1 class will be divided between men and women.  


Best Regards,

Eeva Äijälä: Vice President of Sport IFSS - International Federation of Sleddog Sports



Entry Form

Pre-Selected Athletes

Waiver Form

Speaker Form

Chipping List

Guardian Form




2017 Dryland WChs Poland Application for USFSS Athletes

Click here for the application!


2017 IFSS Dryland WChs Poland 


June 12, 2017

IFSS World Championship Snow 2019 Announcement

On behalf of IFSS Council I am pleased to announce that the IFSS World Championship 2019 Snow - Ski-Dogs, Sprint and Mid-distance, will be organized in Bessans, France by Lekkarod Association, member club of the FFST with the support of the League Auvergne Rhône-Alpes (Regional league) and of the FFST (Fédération Française des Sports de Traineau). Further information about the 2019 World Championship will be posted on IFSS website as soon as it is available.

I want to give a big thank you to the three other applicants for the WC Snow 2019 - Italy, Russia and Sweden. It is very positive for our sport to see that many countries want to organize championship events. I hope this trend continues.

I also want to take this opportunity to welcome applications for the 2021 World Championships both on Snow and Dryland. For the World Championship Snow expression of interest should be submitted by October 31st 2018 and for the World Championship Dryland an interest application should be submitted no later then July 31st 2019.

Helen Lundberg
IFSS President




2017 IFSS Dryland WChs Poland

2017 IFSS Dryland WChs Classes



2017-2018 USFSS National Championship (NCh) Application Bid Guidelines

Dryland and Snow

The purpose of these guidelines is to define the information required for race-giving organizations (RGOs) interested in bidding for and hosting a USFSS National Championship (NCh). The RGO bid package will be presented to the USFSS Board of Directors for their review and approval. USFSS urges that the application bid proposal be sent in MS Word, Excel, PDF, and/or PowerPoint via email or on a CD. This will facilitate sharing the bid proposal with the various USFSS decision makers, who reside in different geographic locations throughout the United States.

To access the Application Bid Guidelines, please select the link below:

2018 USFSS NCh Application Bid Guidelines



April 25, 2017

USFSS is Currently Seeking Board Members

2 At-Large Directors and the Active Athlete Director


Roles and Responsibilities include:

o Represent USFSS in the function of your duties and responsibilities with integrity and honesty.

o Carry out USFSS duties as assigned by President and agreed to by the board member.

o Represent USFSS membership by participating in USFSS board meetings and voting on how the organization functions and operates.

o Represent your region of US residence by attending local club meetings while discussing and listening to the concerns and issues of the dog powered sports community at large, then sharing this information with USFSS board.

o Be an advocate for USFSS athletes in your region and throughout the country.

o Work with race organizers in your region to establish and develop WCp and Championship races.

o Work constructively with fellow board members in the process of governance.

o Maintain allegiance and abide to the mission and purpose of USFSS as contained in our bylaw


Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to Jocelyn Bradbury at



December 21, 2016

USFSS National Team Selected

Minnesota USA – The United States Federation of Sleddog Sports (USFSS) is absolutely thrilled to announce the selections for the first ever One and Two Dog USA National Team for the 2016-2017 race season. This pilot program for a National Team was conceived as comprising the elite one and two dog teams in the USA to serve a one-year membership. This program aims to develop members athletically through training camps and prescribed training regiments designed to foster aerobic capacity (both for athletes and their canine teammates) while building camaraderie and pride for the beautiful country and federation that they represent. It is hoped to build a team of elite performing competitors within the international race circuit exhibiting both performance and character.

The eight women and nine men have been chosen based on proven talent, careful and dedicated dog care, and the aspirations they have shared that motivate them each day to be the best they can be.

Selected for the 2016-2017 USFSS 1 & 2 Dog Pilot National Team are:

Kim Murphy (Women’s Captain)
Rachael Bryar Colbath
Melanie Bomier
Sierra Anderson
Hilary Schwafel
Erica Boling
Alternates: Stefani Meyers, Deborah Glovier
Richard Kisseloff (Men’s Captain)
Mike Christman
Scott Farmer
Kevin Daly
Dan Hanks
Steve Murphy
Alternates: Christopher Speers, Tyler McKean, Nick Weis

USFSS congratulates each of the Team USA members on their selection. Each brings a unique skill set and array of talent. USFSS hopes that by being a member of the USA Pilot National Team each will grow to his or her highest potential and in turn share their knowledge and passion with others. Younger athletes will look up to them as leaders and role models and seek their advice. It is anticipated that the National Team Program will expand in the coming years to include other classes of racers. USFSS is proud to welcome these fine athletes to this special program.



November 7th 2016

Dear all,

It has been a hectic month for the board and council. There will always be “bumps” in the road and obstacles to overcome. I truly hope we have left some of the worst behind us and that we now can focus on the upcoming racing season here on the Northern Hemisphere with the European Championship Dryland in UK November 17-20th and then the World Championship Snow in Canada January 24-February 1st 2017.

Here are some of the highlights of what council/board have been working with the last month. 


2017 World Championship Dryland

I am very glad to announce that the 2017 IFSS DRYLAND WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS will take place at Szamotuly-Kozle, Poland on November 23-26, 2017.

Contract has been signed between IFSS and Polish Association of Sleddog Sports.


WC Haliburton

Eeva Äijälä has been responsible to finalize the Invitation for the World Championship Snow 2017 at Haliburton Ontario Canada. The Invitation are now posted on the IFSS website and has been sent out to all members.


Media Team

To optimize the coverage and to get as much positive PR FSS will have a Media Team covering the WC in Canada. Sarah Warford will be responsible for the team. She will start working now and until the WC is finished.


SportAccord IF Forum

I have been invited to be part of a discussion panel during SportAccord IF Forum in Lausanne November 9-11th.  The topic will be: EXPERIENCE IN ACTION -IF Initiatives Promoting Active Lifestyles. Moderator: David Eades, Anchor and Journalist, BBC World

Speakers: FIFA 11 For Health - Prof. Jiří Dvořák, Chief Medical Officer, FIFA

Swim for All – Sam Ramsamy, Vice President, FINA

FIS Bring Children to the Snow – Sarah Lewis, Secretary General, FIS

John Liljelund, Secretary General, International Floorball Federation (IFF)

Helen Lundberg, President, Sled Dog Sport (IFSS)

This will be a great opportunity to show our sport to all the federations at the SportAccord meeting. I will have a short video and photos to show.

I will also attend AIMS council meeting Wednesday November 9th in Lausanne.


Council appoints treasurer – Morten Sørensen

Christian Haeberli announced at the GA 2016 that he wanted to resign as Vice President Economy. Christian has kindly stayed on his position until September 30th, 2016. 

To make sure IFSS have a person who does the day-to-day economic transactions and bookkeeping until a new VP Economy has been elected, council, with a full majority appointed a treasurer Morten Sørensen from Norway. This position is without any voting rights.

Morten has accepted to help out until a new VP Economy has been elected. Morten will also submit his application for the VP Economy position.

Council appointed Morten Sørensen after making sure he had all the needed qualifications. He has a 30-year experience of bookkeeping from his own business he is also currently responsible for the economy/bookkeeping in one of Norways largest bird hunting clubs. Morten has submitted his CV and also references from Nils Finsrud and Anne-Grethe Sætrang - who is IFSS Anti Doping Committee chair and she is also owner of an accounting business in Norway. 

Also of high importance - Morten knows the sleddog sport - he has been involved since the 80s as president of several clubs, board member of the Norwegian Federation, Race Judge for Sled sprint/Skidog/Mid distance and Long Distance events - both national and International. Morten is also a DCO and he will be at both EC in UK and at the WC in Halburton taking care of the tests.

Morten has also signed the Code of Ethics.


Vice President Sport Election

We have an upcoming email election of VP Sport and to make sure that the election will be correctly executed the board and I have asked Legal Commission for advice. 

Executive Director Eeva Äijälä is one of the candidates for the VP Sport position and therefore she can’t perform the election. Following the advice given by Legal Commission the Council have appointed an "acting Executive Director" to conduct the members email voting. Bernard Pepin, who has a long experience of elections during his time as Executive Director - he resigned in 2014, has kindly offered to assist and help with the VP Sport election.


Helen Lundberg: IFSS President




Want to learn more about USFSS




September 30, 2016


USFSS 1st Round Athlete Selections
2017 IFSS World Championships - Haliburton, Ontario

USFSS 1st Round Athlete Selections.pdf



October 4, 2016

The USFSS (US Federation of Sleddog Sports) is please to announce a project, National Team Pilot Project, with the goal of producing outstanding elite one and two dogs teams. This will be done through training camps and other activities that will promote the athleticism of both the human and canine and develop camaraderie. An application and letter are provided. Please note that the application deadline date has been extended to October 15, 2016.





September 14, 2016

Dear Interested Applicants,

It is with great enthusiasm we are opening the application process for the first-ever USFSS National Team Pilot Program. Potential applicants should be aware that this program is geared towards one and two dog teams. It is our hope to see this program flourish and grow to be an all-encompassing USFSS National Team with all classes represented in the future.

We are soliciting all United States one and two dog athletes aspiring to compete successfully at the World Cup and World Championship level to apply. It is the goal of this program, with the help of a USFSS certified Executive Committee, to choose the eight most qualified applicants, as well as two reserve athletes, to serve a one-year membership. Aspiring applicants should be aware that this program aims to develop members athletically through training camps, prescribed training regiments designed to foster aerobic capacity (both for athletes and their canine teammates), while building camaraderie and pride for the beautiful country and federation that we represent.  

It is our hope that we will build a team of elite performing competitors within the international race circuit exhibiting both performance and character. We encourage all interested athletes to apply, but please note you must be a current USFSS member. Applications will be accepted through October 1st.  If you have any questions regarding your application, please contact Kale Casey ( or Jessica Pulliam (

Thank you and good luck!

Jessica Pulliam (Haynes) and Kale Casey

Click here for the USFSS National Team Application



September 12, 2016



Note: Pre-selection does not excuse you from filling out an application. Anyone who wishes to participate, must apply. 

Note: You must be a current USFSS member with a current IFSS DID to apply.

IFSS Winter World Championships Application: Halliburton Ontario Canada January 2017



August 29, 2016

2017 IFSS World Championships Schedule (Haliburtion, ONT Canada)

Click here for PDF



August 29, 2016

2017 IFSS World Championships Accommodations for Athletes and Volunteers

Click here for PDF



August 16, 2016

USFSS Seeking Applicants for Team USA World Championships 2017

From Sally O’Sullivan Bair, USFSS Secretary

August 16, 2016 – The US Federation of Sleddog Sports (USFSS) is seeking applicants for selection to Team USA to compete in the IFSS (International Federation of Sleddog Sports) World Championships 2017 at Haliburton, Ontario Canada, January 24-February 1, 2017.

Entry is open to all US citizens and US residents. Non-US citizens must be approved by the USFSS board. Competition classes will be offered in the sprint classes (4-,6-,8-dog), in skijoring, pulka and combined in the ski-dog classes, and in mid-distance (8-dog) and long distance (unlimited) classes. Junior classes will also be held in 4-dog sprint and skijoring.  A mass start is planned in the 4-dog sprint class in addition to the regular interval-based start.

Applications are available online on Facebook ( and on the USFSS website ( The initial application is submitted online. There is also other information regarding the selection process at these Internet sites. The deadline for submission of applications is September 15, 2016.

Questions may be addressed to the USFSS president, Mike Marsch (



August 10, 2016

IFSS Winter World Championships Application

The time to apply is here! The moment you have all been waiting for!!

Note: You must be a current USFSS member with a current DID to apply. Everyone who wants to race, must apply, including pre-selected athletes.


July 7, 2016

USA Sleddog Athletes Show Their Stuff in 2015-2016 IFSS World Cup

By Sally O’Sullivan Bair

USFSS Secretary

Minnesota USA, July 7, 2016 – Sleddog athletes from the USA made a grand showing in this past season’s IFSS (International Federation of Sleddog Sports) World Cup Series. This is a testament to their fine athleticism and skills as well as to that of their canine partners. It is also a tribute to the excellent races that were part of the year’s World Cup Series. USA athletes from throughout the USA participated in races in both the USA and Canada and other countries in the world. The top three World finishers in each class receive automatic berths to the next World Championships in the participating discipline.

The IFSS World Cup Series is a designation used by Olympic and International Sports Federations (IFs) to ascribe a worldwide ranking system for their sport’s participants. In a given year, IFs set up a World Cup Series of competitive events through which participants earn points and are subsequently ranked on a worldwide basis according to their performance in these premier events.

Following is a list of the USA athletes and their placings. Athletes are ranked in North America and in the World. Congratulations to all of the top finishers. USA athletes showed many multiple class wins, and they deserve special recognition for their accomplishments. Way to go USA!

Rebecca Knight:               Skijoring Women’s 2 dog- North America 1st place

Kimberly Murphy:             Dryland Canicross Women’s Veteran- North America 1st place

Forest Collins:                  Dryland Bikejoring Men’s Junior- North America 1st place

Christopher Carter:          Dryland 8-dog class- North America 1st place

Brittany Colbath:              Dryland Canicross Women- World 2nd place

                                         Dryland Scooter 1 dog class- World 1st place

                                         Sprint Unlimited class- World 3rd place

                                          Dryland Scooter 1 dog class- North America 1st  place

Richarhd Kisselhoff:           Dryland Bikejoring- World 3rd place

                                          Dryland Scooter 2 dog Class- North America 1st place

                                          Dryland Bikejoring Men- North America 1st  place

                                          Skijoring Men’s 2 dog- North America 1st place

                                           Dryland Scooter 2 dog class- World 1st place

Steve Davis:                       Dryland Rig 6-dog Nordic Breed- North America 1st place

                                           Dryland Rig 6 dog Nordic Breed- World 1st place

                                           Dryland Rig 4 dog Nordic Breed- North America 1st place

                                           Dryland Rig 4 dog Nordic Breed- World 1st place

Nathan Cohn:                     Dryland Canicross Men- World 2nd place

Jessica Olsen:                     Dryland Bikejoring Women- World 2nd place

                                           Dryland Bikejoring Women- North America 1st place

David Turner:                      Mid Distance 8-12 dog class- World 1st place

                                            Mid Distance 8-12 dog class- North America 1st place

Peter Franke:                      Dryland Rig 4 dog Nordic Breed- World 3rd place

Kim Scharmer Ruhl:              Spring 4 Dog Class Nordic Breed 2nd place

                                            Sprint 6 dog Nordic Breed- World 2nd place

Angie Carter:                       Sprint 4 dog class- North America 1st place

                                            Sprint 6 dog class- North America 1st place

                                            Sprint 6 dog class- World 1st place

                                            Sprint 4 dog class- World 1st place

Jeffrey McRobbie:                 Dryland Scooter 2 dog class- World 3rd place

                                            Dryland Scooter 1 dog class- World 2nd place

Nova Clifford:                       Dryland Scooter 1 dog class- World 3rd place

                                            Dryland Canicross Women’s Junior- North America 1st place

Christopher Carter:             Dryland 8 dog rig class-World 2nd place

Melissa Murphy:                   Dryland Bikejoring Women’s Junior- North America 1st place

Kimberly Murphy:                 Dryland Bikejoring Women’s Veteran- North America 1st place

Jay Olmstead:                     Dryland Rig 4 dog- North America 1st place

                                           Dryland Rig 4 dog- World 1st place

Rachael Bryar Colbath:       Dryland Scooter 2 dog class- World 2nd place

Michael Marsch:                  Dryland Rig 6 dog class- World 2nd place

                                           Dryland Rig 6 dog class-North America 1st place



May 27, 2016

Rebecca Knight New North American IFSS Council Representative

By Sally O’Sullivan Bair

Rebecca Knight of Basalt, Colorado, is the newly chosen North American Continental Director to join of the IFSS (international Federation of Sleddog Sports) council. She will serve a two-year term, replacing Russ Gregory of Alberta, Canada. The North American Continental Director is chosen from either Canada or the US, usually on an alternating basis.

This photojournalist turned musher and skijorer grew up in Ohio, receiving her B.A. Degree from Denison University in Granville, Ohio, with majors in Spanish and cinematography. She went on to work in her chosen field for several newspapers throughout the Midwest and East.

A visit to Alaska in 1987 changed her life, however. She soon moved to the 49th state and took up with the distance mushing crowd, among them Joe Redington, Sr., the “Father of the Iditarod.” Knight spent the next twenty years involved with the distance sector of mushing, including spending 24 days crossing Alaska by dog team on Joe Redington’s Iditarod Challenge trip. She worked various jobs from the tourism industry to a veterinary clinic doing wildlife rehabilitation.

More recently, this outstanding athlete has taken up skijoring and has represented the USA in sleddog World Championships in both North America and Europe. She now lives with her husband Vic and small kennel of canine partners in Colorado, where the open spaces provide endless trails and showcase nature’s beauty.

Knight’s goals and hopes for her tenure as the North American director are “to encourage the great forward momentum that North America has seen in dog powered sports recently and to continue striving for high quality and high standards in racing events and to ‘raise the bar,’ if you will…and last, but not least, to promote education and clinics that will further our sport.”

USFSS (US Federation of Sleddog Sports) is proud to count Rebecca Knight on its own board of directors and to have her represent North America to the IFSS.



January 26, 2016

The Great Alone Comes to Local Theatres

The Great Alone, a feature length documentary shot in the arctic wilderness of Alaska, is the story of Lance Mackey’s rise as a world class musher and his courageous battle with cancer. It is now scheduled for showing across the country in local theaters (see schedule at Tickets are available now in cities across the US and online. Some venues are already sold out!

From his sunniest days as a boy by his famous father’s side to cancer’s attempt to unseat him, The Great Alone pulls viewers along every mile of Lance’s emotional journey to become one of the greatest sled dog racers of all time. This film celebrates the sport of mushing and the mushing community.

As a Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon fundraiser, this film was shown to a sold out crowd in Duluth, MN, in November 2015, and featured Mackey in person. Now Different Drummer, producer of marketing and distribution, is releasing the film in theaters across the country on February 9th and February 23rd. Get your tickets now and plan on an inspirational 80 minutes with a truly remarkable human being!

February 9 Showing Cities

~ Alaska: Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Wasilla
~ California: Burbank, Orange, Redding, San Diego
~ Colorado: Denver
~ Illinois: Chicago
~ Iowa: Des Moines
~ Indiana: Indianapolis
~ Massachusetts: Boston
~ Michigan: Grand rapids, Kalmazoo, Lansing, Marine City, Southfield
~ Minnesota: Duluth, Minneapolis
~ Missouri: Creve Coeur
~ New York: Vestal
~ New Jersey: Cherry Hill
~ Pennsylvania: King of Prussia
~ Texas: Houston
~ Utah: Salt Lake City
~ Washington: Olympia, Seattle
~ Wisconsin: Wauwatosa

February 23 Showing Cities

~ Alaska: Homer, Juneau, Ketchikan, Kodiak, Nome, Willow
~ Arkansas: Hot Springs
~ Arizona: Mesa
~ California: Escondido, Pasadena, Sacramento
~ Colorado: Boulder, Denver
~ Florida: Sarasota
~ Georgia: Atlanta
~ Illinois: Wheaton/Naperville
~ Indiana: South Bend
~ Maine: Fort Kent
~ Michigan: Marquette, Midland, Muskegon, Port Huron, Traverse City
~ Minnesota: Mankato, Rochester
~ Missouri: Kansas City
~ North Caroline: Concord, Waynesville
~ New York: Buffalo, New York City
~ Ohio: Cleveland
~ Oregon: Bend, Eugene, Portland
~ Pennsylvania: Williamsport
~ Tennessee: Knoxville
~ Texas: Houston
~ Washington: Seattle
~ Wisconsin: Eau Claire, Madison



November 12, 2015

Team USA Shines!

by Sally O'Sullivan Bair

Bristol, Quebec Canada – The clouds may have been in abundance, occasionally spilling their wet contents on the IFSS (International Federation of Sled dog Sports) Dryland World Championships in Bristol, Quebec, but the performances turned in by USA competitors were brilliant. Over 200 teams from fifteen countries graced the starting chutes in this remote village in Canada for four days of racing October 29th-November 1st. The finish line resulted in eighteen medals for Team USA, with nine golds, five silvers and four bronze medals. Canada, with twelve medals, came in second in the medal count, and France and Belgium, each with seven medals, followed.

The USA junior contingent fared exceptionally well. Taking the top honor in gold medals were juniors Nova Clifford (Junior 1-dog scooter), Asa Szegvari (Men’s Junior Canicross), Forest Collins (Men’s Junior Bikejor), Tanner Johnson (Junior 4-dog Rig) and Melissa Murphy (Women’s Junior Bikejor). Juniors also scored big in silvers: Forest Collins (Men’s Junior Canicross), Nova Clifford (Women’s Junor Canicross), and Asa Szegvari (Men’s Junior Bikejor). Joel Carey took home a bronze medal in the Men’s Junior Bikejor class. Asa Szegvari and Forest Collins juggled for the top spot in the Junior Men’s Canicross, exchanging ranking after the second heat of the race, but Asa managed to squeak ahead by a total of fifteen seconds overall.

In the adult classes, Peter Franke, a transplant from Germany, garnered two gold medals, both in the Nordic Breed classes (Nordic Breed 4-dog Rig and 2-dog Scooter). Andre Van der Merwe, a recent US immigrant from South Africa, also scored in the Nordic Breed class, taking a bronze medal in the Nordic 4-dog Rig class. Amy Cooper, ever the athlete, took the gold medal in the Women’s Veteran Bikejor for women over 40 years of age. In fact, US women took home all the medals in the Women’s Veteran Bikejor class. Kim Murphy captured the silver medal, and Rebecca Knight the bronze. 

The sun was definitely shining in the rig classes. In addition to the Nordic Breed medals mentioned above, perhaps the most contested race was in the 6-dog, where Mike Marsch overcame a first day’s time deficit of a split second to best Canadian competitor Ken Bernard on day two by a total of .659 of a second to win the gold. That was a close and exciting race! Angie Carter grabbed the bronze in the Rig 4-dog, and Chris Carter took the silver medal in the Rig 8-dog class.

Competitors and personnel gathered Saturday evening for a festive Halloween banquet, complete with the clown brigade and lots of good food and drink. Jim Cunningham, the able race marshal, did the emceeing. The highlight of the evening perhaps was Cunningham’s announcement that Canadian Sarah Warford’s dog had been “captured.” A huge round of applause erupted throughout the banquet hall. Sara had competed in the Women’s Canicross. As she crossed the finish line on Saturday, injured and exhausted, her dog backed out of its harness and took off for parts unknown. It was a stressful time for Sarah, but she was beaming on Sunday morning.

USFSS thanks the Bristol Organizing Committee and IFSS for a superb event. A grand time was had by all, friends renewed their acquaintances, met new friends, and learned and had fun. Mike Marsch, the USFSS president, summed it up, “ I am so proud of our athletes. They came to the 2015 Dryland World Championship prepared and ready to compete against the best in the world. This is the first time in USA dryland history we took home the most medals. Bristol gave us a good race, good trail, and enabled us to experience the camaraderie that goes with competition.”

Complete race results are available on the IFSS website,



September 23, 2015

Updated Roster for Team USA - IFSS Dryland WCh - Bristol 2015


Men’s Canicross

 Nathan Cohn


Men’s Canicross-Vet

Bill Boyd

Steven Murphy


Women’s Canicross

Rachael Bryar Colbath                      

Brittany Colbath                    

Hillary Schwafel

Kiersten Lippmann                  


Women’s Canicross-Vet

Danae Bryar

Kimberly Murphy

Heather Brannen

Stefani Meyer


Junior Men’s Canicross

Asa Szegvari

Forest Collins            


Junior Women’s Canicross

Nova Clifford

Lillian Stewart                                   


Men’s Bikejoring

Mike Christman                   

Chris Carter

Rich Kisseloff


Men’s Bikejoring - Vet

Steven Murphy                     

Scott Farmer             

Peter Franke

Jim Collins                


Women’s Bikejoring 

Angie Carter

Laurie Brandt

Hilary Schwafel         

Jessica Olsen 

Jessica Pulliman


Women’s Bikejoring-Vet

Kelley Mcgrath

Amy Cooper              

Kimberly Murphy                 

Rebecca Knight         

Janet Saxon                


Junior Men’s Bikejoring

Asa Szegvari

Forest Collins            


Junior 1-Dog Scooter

Nova Clifford                        


1-Dog Scooter

Brittany Colbath

Fran Plaisted

Kelley McGrath

Mandy Collins

Jessica Pulliman        

Janet Saxon

Laurie Brandt

Jeffrey McRobbie

Jessica Johnson

Norm Walek


Junior 1-Dog Scooter

 Lily Stewart


2-Dog Scooter

Kelley Mcgrath                                 

Jocelyn Bradbury                  

Rachael Colbath

Mandy Collins

Scott Farmer

Rich Kisseloff                       

Angie Carter                          

Fran Plaisted                          

Janet Saxon

Laurie Brandt                        

Jeffrey McRobbie

Jessica Johnson

Norm Walek


2-Dog Scooter Nordic

Peter Frank


4-Dog Rig

Jocelyn Bradbury

Jessica Doherty         

Scott Farmer                          

Jay Olmstead

Angie Carter              

Fran Plaisted

Chris Speers

Marla B B                              


4-Dog Rig Nordic Breed

Andre Van Der Merwe

Peter Frank

Steven Davis  


4-Dog Rig Jr

Joey Carey

Tanner Johnson


6-Dog Rig

Jocelyn Bradbury

Peter Frank

Michael Marsch                                  

Jessica Doherty

Christopher Carter

Dave Turner

Doug Butler                             


8-Dog Rig

Jocelyn Bradbury                  

Chris Carter   

Steve Wilcenski

Dave Turner

Doug Butler   

Marla BB




August 24, 2015

USFSS 2nd Round Selections for IFSS Dryland WCh - Bristol 2015


Women’s Canicross

Kiersten Lippmann


Junior Men’s Canicross

Forest Collins                           


Men’s Bikejoring - Vet

Jim Collins   


Women’s Bikejoring

Jessica Olsen

Lillian Stewart

Jessica Pulliman


Women’s Bikejoring-Vet

Janet Saxon                             


Junior Men’s Bikejoring

Forests Collins                         


1-Dog Scooter

Mandy Collins

Lily Stewart

Jessica Pulliman

Janet Saxon

Laurie Brandt

Angie Carter

Jeffrey McRobbie

Jessica Johnson


2-Dog Scooter

Rich Kisseloff

Angie Carter

Fran Plaisted

Janet Saxon

Laurie Brandt

Christopher Burrow

Jeffrey McRobbie

Jessica Johnson


4-Dog Rig

Fran Plaisted

Chris Speers

Marla B B                                 


6-Dog Rig

Christopher Carter

Dave Turner

Doug Butler                                       


8-Dog Rig

Dave Turner

Doug Butler

Edgar Morey

Marla BB




August 7, 2015

USFSS First Round Selections for Bristol 2015 World Championships

The first round of selections are done! We are pleased to announce the athletes who will be competing for the US!  Stay tuned for more info about payments, required forms, uniforms, accommodations, etc.

A second round of selections may be announced in the event we are awarded more slots by CAHDS/IFSS.

*= Preselected


Men’s Canicross

 Nathan Cohn

 Chris Speers


Men’s Canicross-Vet

Bill Boyd

Steven Murphy


Women’s Canicross

*Lillian Stewart                                       

Rachael Bryar Colbath                          

Brittany Colbath                      

Hillary Schwafel                         


Women’s Canicross-Vet

*Danae Bryar

Kimberly Murphy

Heather Brannen

Diane Locotos


Junior Men’s Canicross

*Asa Szegvari                           


Junior Women’s Canicross

*Nova Clifford                                        


Men’s Bikejoring

Mike Christman                      

Chris Carter

Rich Kisseloff


Men’s Bikejoring - Vet

*Steven Murphy                     

William Boyd                                           

Scott Farmer                           

Peter Franke                             


Women’s Bikejoring

Angie Carter

Laurie Brandt

Hilary Schwafel         


Women’s Bikejoring-Vet

*Kelley Mcgrath

Amy Cooper                             

Kimberly Murphy                     

Rebecca Knight         


Junior Men’s Bikejoring

Asa Szegvari                             


Junior 1-Dog Scooter

Nova Clifford                                          


1-Dog Scooter

Brittany Colbath

Fran Plaisted

Kelley McGrath


2-Dog Scooter

*Kelley Mcgrath                                     

*Jocelyn Bradbury                  

Rachael Colbath

Mandy Collins

Scott Farmer


2-Dog Scooter Nordic

Peter Frank


4-Dog Rig

*Jocelyn Bradbury

*Jessica Doherty      

Scott Farmer                                           

Jay Olmstead

Angie Carter                             


4-Dog Rig Nordic Breed

Andre Van Der Merwe

Peter Frank

Steven Davis              


4-Dog Rig Jr

Joey Carey

Tanner Johnson


6-Dog Rig

*Jocelyn Bradbury

*Peter Frank

Michael Marsch                                        

Jessica Doherty

Angie Carter


8-Dog Rig

Jocelyn Bradbury                     

Chris Carter

Steve Wilcenski



July 31, 2015

The time of year for planning our races is once again upon us. USFSS is in the process of planning our World Cup Race Program for the 2015/2016 race season.

We would like to invite your race(s) to apply for IFSS Accreditation. We desire the accredited races to be spread out across the United Sates to allow for all members to have the opportunity to attend an accredited race for IFSS points.

How does it work?

We are taking applications from various quality races across the United States to form a pool of races to choose from for IFSS Accreditation. Once we have the applications, according to IFSS rules, we will then select up to ten Dryland and ten Snow races to accredit.  We need to have the selected races sent in to IFSS for the United States by September 1, 2015 for Dryland and November 1, 2015 for Snow for this coming season. 

It is very exciting to have Canada hosting the 2017 World Championships! This coming season (2015/2016) is a qualifying year for those that desire to try and earn a spot on the 2017 World Championship Team.  USFSS members that have DID numbers (Driver Identification Numbers) earn IFSS points at accredited races (World Cup) to qualify for team selection for the upcoming 2017 World Championship.   Since Canada is within driving distance to many from the United States, there are USFSS members looking to earn IFSS points for the selection process. 

More information can be found under the “World Cup Accreditation” tab at the left.



July 26, 2015

Congratulations to the newly elected board members and the incumbents, we look forward to working with you and thank you for your service.  We're all very excited about the future of the sport.  The current board is as follows:

USFSS Board of Directors - 2015

 Mike Marsch, President (2015-2019)

Tone Coughlin, Vice President (2015-2019)

Sally Bair, Secretary (2015-2019)

Janet Saxon, Treasurer (2015-2019)

Amy Cooper, Active Athlete Director (2013-2017)

Jocelyn Bradbury, Active Athlete Director (2015-2019)

Rebecca Knight, Active Athlete Director (2015-2019)

Tim Carey, Active Athlete Director (2015-2019)

Kale Casey, At-Large Director (2013-2017)

Scott Farmer, At Large Director (2013-2017)

Jessica Pulliam, At-Large Director (2015-2019) 

Carol Kaynor, At-Large Director (2015-2019)

DeDe Wilcenski, At-Large Director (2015-2019)

Ernie Hediger, At-Large Director (2015-2017)



July 25, 2015

USFSS Congress

All are invited to “attend” the 5th USFSS Congress this Saturday starting at 10:00am CST via telephone conference call.  Non-members are invited and encouraged to participate but only current USFSS members may vote.

Call-in Information:

We will be conducting our meeting via There will be both audio, utilizing your phone and video, utilizing your computer screen. You do not have to participate through the video link. It’s an option we thought we’d try to promote a more personable experience.

The dial in information is 712-775-7031. Follow the instructions and provide the access code when instructed which is: 796600#. To join the conference via video, you will need to go the  homepage. Click on online meeting, then click on join meeting. Enter dogdaze as the online meeting ID.  At this point there should be a few other smiley faces staring back at you.

Meeting / Conference Call Courtesy

For those members attending the meeting by telephone conference or video, please observe the following courtesies:

· Announce your name before you speak. PLEASE!

· If you must leave the Congress, announce this so that the secretary can record this in the minutes. It is part of the necessary credentials report. All members present and participating must be listed & named. 

· Please speak clearly. The president, Mike Marsch, is in charge of recognizing speakers.

· Please limit your comments to the most salient points. Do not ramble.


2015 USFSS Congress Agenda

All times are Central Time

1. Call the meeting to order at 10:00 AM central time, Saturday July 25, 2015:  President Mike Marsch

2. Approval of the Agenda

3. Credentials Report:  Secretary Rebecca Knight: verification of the board and members in attendance.

4. Approval of minutes 2013 Congress

5. Report of Treasurer: Janet Saxon

6. Reports of Officers

Executive Committee

 7. Report of Nominating Committee, Sally Bair

 8. Report and Approval of the Actions of the Board

 Minutes from March 24th Board meeting

 9. Ratifying of Resolutions and Motions

 10. Ratifying any Proposed Changes to the By-Laws

 11. Elections

 Election of officers: 11:00 AM (time certain)         

 Meeting of Active Athletes Council and election of Active Athletes & chair, July 25th:  11:30 AM (time certain)

 Election of At-Large Directors and Officers, July 25th:  Noon (time certain)

 12. Other New Business

 Report on Judges Certification –Sally Bair & Diane Locotos (oral report)

 ISDRA/USFSS Merger – Kale Casey (oral report)

 Website: Amy Cooper (oral report)

13. Adjournment





June 3, 2015

USFSS Final Rankings - Dryland, 2014/2015

Men’s Canicross

1.      Ed Clifford                                       300.0000

2.      William Boyd                                    284.4515

3.      Nathan Cohn                                    181.7065


Women’s Canicross

1.      Lillian Stewart                                  394.1628

2.      Danae Bryar                                    291.2116

3.      Rachael Bryar Colbath                      266.0494

4.      Brittany Colbath                               163.8557

5.      Kimberly Murphy                              94.0867

6.      Jocelyn Bradbury                              70.5242

7.      Kelley Mcgrath                                  68.2378


Junior Men’s Canicross

1.      Asa Szegvari                                    283.3158


Junior Women’s Canicross

1.      Nova Clifford                                   100.0000


Men’s Bikejoring

1.      Steven Murphy                                 258.2580

2.      Ed Clifford                                       255.1671

3.      William Boyd                                    238.2304

4.      Scott Farmer                                    191.2447

5.      Mike Christman                                100.0000

6.      Peter Franke                                    82.0445

7.      Joseph Carey                                   49.4935


Women’s Bikejoring

1.      Kelley McGrath                                 385.4295

2.      Angie Carter                                     170.9125

3.      Amy Cooper                                     94.0368

4.      Kimberly Murphy                               89.0443

5.      Lillian Stewart                                   84.8631

6.      Hilary Schwafel                                 77.1087

7.      Rebecca Knight                                 73.7801


Junior Men’s Bikejoring

1.      Asa Szegvari                                    265.1624


1-Dog Scooter

1.      Brittany Colbath                                85.5216

2.      Fran Plaisted                                     83.8624

3.      Ed Clifford                                        80.8765


Junior 1-Dog Scooter

1.      Nova Clifford                                    362.6639


2-Dog Scooter

1.      Kelley McGrath                                295.1305

2.      Jocelyn Bradbury                             295.0650

3.      Amy Cooper                                    199.1238

4.      Rachael Colbath                               183.2649

5.      Lily Stewart                                      181.1395

6.      Scott Farmer                                    171.7222

7.      Angie Carter                                     99.6287

8.      Fran Plaisted                                     79.1544

9.      William Boyd                                     78.2197

10.   Michele Boyd                                     63.3737


4-Dog Rig

1.      Jocelyn Bradbury                             195.2458

2.      Michael Marsch                                 188.7537

3.      Scott Farmer                                    187.3615

4.      Michele Boyd                                    164.0907

5.      David Turner                                    145.4189

6.      Jay Olmstead                                   100.0000

7.      Fran Plaisted                                    98.6395

8.      Joseph Carey                                   92.6331

9.      Marla B B                                         86.5647

10.   Angie Carter                                     80.0631

11.   Tone Coughlin                                   79.3869

12.   Peter Franke                                     76.1655


4-Dog Rig Nordic Breed

1.      Andre Van Der Merwe                       100.0000


6-Dog Rig

1.      Ed Clifford                                        276.1678

2.      Jocelyn Bradbury                              180.3604

3.      Michael Marsch                                  95.4403

4.      Jay Olmstead                                    86.2084

5.      Marla B B                                          85.8340

6.      Fran Plaisted                                     84.8627

7.      Dave Turner                                     79.8213


6-Dog Rig Nordic Breed

1.      Peter Franke                                    100.0000

2.      Andre Van Der Merwe                       80.7197


8-Dog Rig

1.      Jocelyn Bradbury                             97.1740

2.      Chris Carter                                    93.0059

3.      Ed Clifford                                       90.7030

4.      Dave Turner                                    88.9552



June 3, 2015

The ISDVMA has recently negotiated a contract with to market the 2015, 3rd Edition of the popular and long-awaited Musher and Veterinary Handbook.  The last edition was printed in 2000, so the new edition has a lot of new material to offer.  The long wait is over.



May 11, 2015

Race Judge or Anti Doping Control Officer

Attention anyone that may be interested in being a Race Judge or Anti Doping Control Officer. There is the chance that training may be offered at Bristol prior to the World Championships. If you have any interest or would like more information, please contact Anne McIntyre


May 8, 2015

Team USA : Invitation to Apply

Dear Athletes:

Thank you for your interest in representing the United States at the 2015 Dryland World Championship in Bristol, Quebec, Canada. It will be an incredible event!

We have a lot of interest being shown from many US athletes who have a desire to be on the team. 

Please allow clarification of the procedure for your potential selection to the USFSS World Championship Team.   Selection is fair, and only the best representatives/athletes who have fulfilled the selection criteria shall be considered in order to put forth our best National team. 

To be ELIGIBLE for the Team USA selection process, the following requirements must be met:

1.  Be a current member of The United States Federation of Sleddog Sports

• USFSS is the governing body of the sport in the USA

• Non-members are NOT eligible to compete for a slot on the US team.

2.  Apply for a DID number through USFSS and submit the appropriate fees to USFSS.  You must be a current USFSS member to apply.  You may pay both fees online. 

3.   Fill out the online application ( and submit appropriate fees (if necessary).

Note:  The above conditions are in no way a guarantee that you will be accepted to Team USA.  These are minimum requirements to earn a position on the team.  

USFSS shall review all applications with equal regard for race results, potential for success at World Championships, and an individual’s ability to represent the USA in a proper and professional manner while representing the USA.  Anyone with a prior doping violation or current investigation shall not be considered eligible. 

In the case of a 'tie' between candidates, the race results history may be expanded and the contributions of the musher to USFSS may be considered.  All decisions rendered by the USFSS are final.

In addition, USFSS may offer a "wild card" to one or more teams if an extra Team slot is available.  Details will be posted on the USFSS website. 

It is the goal of the USFSS to provide the best US National Race Team representation possible.  Your support is appreciated either by membership, or other active involvement. 



The USFSS Selection Committee



March 30, 2015

2014/2015 USFSS Dryland World Cup Standings as of 3/27/15 (for USFSS members with DID’s)

Below are the updated U.S. dryland standings.  The 6-dog class at the Dirty Dog Dryland Derby didn't meet the minimum distance requirements therefore it wasn't accredited but the points were inadvertently added in.  Consequently there are some minor changes in the 6-dog standings once these points were removed.

Men’s Canicross

        1.  Ed Clifford                                            300.000

        2.  William Boyd                                        284.4515

        3.  Nathan Cohn                                       181.7065


Women’s Canicross

        1.      Lily Stewert                                         294.1628            

       2.      Danae Bryar                                         216.6828            

       3.      Rachel Colbath                                      184.088

       4.      Brittany Colbath                                     163.8557            

       5.      Kimberly Murphy                                    94.0867

       6.      Jocelyn Bradbury                                  70.5242


Men’s Jr. Canicross

        1.      Asa Szegvari                                         283.31                 


Men’s Bikejor

        1.      Steven Murphy                                       258.258

        2.      Ed Clifford                                              255.1671

        3.      William Boyd                                           238.2304

        4.      Scott Farmer                                           191.2447

        5.      Mike Christman                                       100.000

        6.      Peter Frank                                             82.0445


Women’s Bikejor

        1.      Kelley McGrath                                          293.2573

        2.      Angie Carter                                              170.9125

        3.      Kimberly Murphy                                         89.0443


Men’s Jr. Bikejor

        1.      Asa Szegvari                                               265.1624


1-Dog Scooter

        1.      Brittany Colbath                                           85.5216

        2.      Fran Plaisted                                                83.8624


Jr. 1-Dog Scooter

        1.      Nova Clifford                                                268.8289


2-Dog Scooter

        1.      Kelley McGrath                                              295.1305

        2.      Jocelyn Bradbury                                           295.065

        3.      Amy Cooper                                                  199.1238

        4.      Rachel Colbath                                               183.2649

        5.      Lily Stewert                                                    181.1395

        6.      Scott Farmer                                                  171.7222

        7.      Angie Carter                                                  99.6287

        8.      Fran Plaisted                                                  79.1544

        9.      William Boyd                                                  78.2197

       10.   Michele Boyd                                                    63.3737


4-Dog Rig

        1.      Jocelyn Bradbury                                            195.2458

        2.      Michael Marsch                                                188.7537

        3.      Scott Farmer                                                   187.3615

        4.      Michele Boyd                                                  164.0907

        5.      Dave Turner                                                   145.4189

        6.      Fran Plaisted                                                   98.6395

        7.      Angie Carter                                                   80.0631

        8.      Tone Coughlin                                                 79.3869

        9.      Peter Franke                                                   76.1655


4-Dog Rig Nordic Breed

        1.      Andre Van Der Merwe                                      100.000


6-Dog Rig

        1.      Jocelyn Bradbury                                            180.3604

        2.      Ed Clifford                                                      176.1678

        3.      Michael Marsch                                                95.4403

        4.      Jay Olmstead                                                  86.2084

        5.      Fran Plaisted                                                   84.8627

        6.      Dave Turner                                                   79.8213


6-Dog Rig Nordic Breed

        1.      Peter Franke                                                   100.00

        2.      Andre Van Der Merwe                                      80.7197


8-Dog Rig

        1.      Jocelyn Bradbury                                            97.174

        2.      Chris Carter                                                   93.0059

        3.      Ed Clifford                                                      90.703

        4.      Dave Turner                                                   88.9552



March 9, 2015

Below are the current U.S. World Cup Dryland standings for USFSS members with DID's. 
Detailed International standings can be found at:


2014/2015 USFSS Dryland World Cup Standings as of 3/9/15 (for USFSS members with DID’s)


Men’s  Canicross

      1.  Ed Clifford: 300.000

      2.  William Boyd: 284.4515

      3.  Nathan Cohn: 181.7065


Women’s Canicross

        1.      Lily Stewert: 294.1628            

        2.      Danae Bryar: 216.6828             

        3.      Rachel Colbath: 184.088              

        4.      Brittany Colbath: 163.8557            

        5.       Kimberly Murphy: 94.0867              

        6.      Jocelyn Bradbury: 70.5242              


Men’s Jr. Canicross

        1.      Asa Szegvari: 283.31                 


Men’s Bikejor

        1.      Steven Murphy: 258.258

        2.      Ed Clifford: 255.1671

        3.      William Boyd: 238.2304

        4.      Scott Farmer: 191.2447

        5.      Mike Christman: 100.000

        6.      Peter Frank: 82.0445


Women’s Bikejor

        1.      Kelley McGrath: 293.2573

        2.      Angie Carter: 170.9125

        3.      Kimberly Murphy: 89.0443


Men’s Jr. Bikejor

        1.      Asa Szegvari: 265.1624


1-Dog Scooter

        1.      Brittany Colbath: 85.5216

        2.      Fran Plaisted: 83.8624


Jr. 1-Dog Scooter

        1.      Nova Clifford: 268.8289


2-Dog Scooter

        1.      Kelley McGrath: 295.1305

        2.      Jocelyn Bradbury: 295.065

        3.      Amy Cooper: 199.1238

        4.      Rachel Colbath: 183.2649

        5.      Lily Stewert: 181.1395

        6.      Scott Farmer: 171.7222

        7.      Angie Carter: 99.6287

        8.      Fran Plaisted: 79.1544

        9.      William Boyd: 78.2197

       10.   Michele Boyd:  63.3737


4-Dog Rig

        1.      Jocelyn Bradbury: 195.2458

        2.      Michael Marsch: 188.7537

        3.      Scott Farmer: 187.3615

        4.      Michele Boyd: 164.0907

        5.      Dave Turner: 145.4189

        6.      Fran Plaisted: 98.6395

        7.      Angie Carter: 80.0631

        8.      Tone Coughlin: 79.3869

        9.      Peter Franke: 76.1655


4-Dog Rig Nordic Breed

        1.      Andre Van Der Merwe: 100.000


6-Dog Rig

        1.      Michael Marsch: 195.4403

        2.      Jocelyn Bradbury: 180.3604

        3.      Ed Clifford: 176.1678

        4.      Dave Turner: 161.486

        5.      Jay Olmstead: 86.2084

        6.      Fran Plaisted: 84.8627

        7.      Tone Coughlin: 84.5549


6-Dog Rig Nordic Breed

        1.      Peter Franke: 100.00

        2.      Andre Van Der Merwe: 80.7197


8-Dog Rig

        1.      Jocelyn Bradbury: 97.174

        2.      Chris Carter: 93.0059

        3.      Ed Clifford: 90.703

        4.      Dave Turner: 88.9552



February 23, 2015

Good afternoon all -

Today is Monday Feb 23rd and as the snow is now mixed with rain and everyone is enjoying what they can of a 'day off', it's time for an update.

As you have seen from our posts on Facebook, the crowds have been fantastic and the racing has been exciting. Jessica has really shown how much good a trip to Norway can be for someone who is working with a pulk. Her transition from pulk to skijor was as good as anyone from Norway and far better than most of the competitors from Europe and elsewhere. Jessica raced in the 1 dog Friday, the 1 dog combine on Saturday and did the 8k skijor leg for a mixed team including Susannah Kelley and Vicki from the UK. Tomorrow she takes on day 1 of the two dog skijor.

Rich Kisselof proves to be the fastest American skijor racer at the games with 4 minutes on Dallas and myself on the 16k course on Friday. He finished in 17th place. Dallas and Comet finished 9 seconds ahead of myself and Rich's great dog Ovi. Rich and I rounded out the top 20 with a 19th and 20th place. We all can take a bit of pride in beating all of the 5 German skijor racers. The course was fairly warm on Friday and several dogs had issues with the heat and long steady uphill climbs. Vesa-Pekka from Finland defended his first place finish in Alaska with another win of just 3.8 seconds over a young and upcoming 20 year old Norweigan racer named Mikal.

Amy Cooper entered the relay without two of her pups and we are all grateful that Jessica loaned Amy her dog Argo so that Team USA could carry on with getting much needed experience in mass starts and relays. The relay was 8k skijor, 8k skijor and 8k 4 dog. Dallas led off for Team USA and Rich followed. We were among 8 other teams to get a warning for nor following the IFSS rules of holding your dog's harness for 75 meters and single poling at the start. Other teams included essentially everyone but Norway. So Steiner (race marshall) decided to give verbal warnings with firm instructions to teach our people (and people everywhere) what the standard mass start racing technique should be when starting with skijor or combined.

Norway took 1 & 2 in the relay, followed by 3 young racers in their early 20's from Switzerland and a very fast team from the Czech Republic.

Norway is dominating the medal count but there are very promising young racers from several european countries. Jordan and I are filming and interviewing many of the best and we are finding that though their dogs mainly are greysters from Lena's bloddlines, federations such as the Swiss are focusing on two week training camps around New Year's which bring all of their racers - young and old - together to work on techniques, share dogs and training techniques, and build skills through hands on experience and mentorship. It is paying off in a big way.

Amy's four dog team should be rested up and ready for the three day race beginning Friday-Sunday. Rich and Jessica compete in the two dog for two days starting tomorrow. Egil and Helen arrive Tuesday night and will be staying at our guest lodge in Todtmoos. Clint and Mandy Graham from Australia arrive tomorrow as well and will be staying with us to cheer on the team.

The venue in Todtmoos is closer than where it has been for the races in Bernau. We have seen 6,000 plus spectators, walking all around the course and cheering on competitors. In Todtmoos the numbers should be even greater.

Opening ceremonies were held last Thursday in an auditorium and the regional band (50 plus - flutes, trumpets, french horns, etc) played. The caterer had a small menu and drink/food was not free. Dinner was 8 or 9 euros. Many but not all attended and the cost of the food was a bit of a surprise. Free champagne was served at the door and the mood was festive with speeches from the Mayor of Bernau and a flag ceremony by the youngsters. There was no parade (to our disappointment) but Amy Cooper had us ready with small flags to wave etc.

Saturday after Day 2 of racing was an outdoor awards ceremony at 1900 followed by a great big dinner (same menu as Thursday night = ham/kraut, hearty soup and sausage, meat goulash with gravy plus bread) in the huge tent near the finish at the main venue. This time the food and drink were free and everyone ate until they were satisfied and the catering crew did "the wave" with their 35 employees. It was a beautiful night.

We will have another such night on Saturday the 27th in Todtmoos and I am excited to be there. We are gaining much needed experience and perhaps inspiration as well to bring a bit more professionalism to our local regions as mass starts (esp in skijoring) are becoming a bit more popular. Many discussions and brain storming sessions about how the US in general can 'get it together' have kept us up to the wee hours of the morning but what a fantastic time to do so. Everything is exciting and the level of racing reminds us that save for Amy & Egil, the rest of us are just honored to be in the same races as these elite racers and their lightning fast power dogs.

Hope all is well with you and pray for us that the temps drop and this awful new rain/snow lets up so our skijor racers can have a great clean run.

Best to all and many thanks for your support both in making this happen and giving your time to keep USFSS alive and well.





February 3, 2015


Effective immediately through the month of February, the membership dues from all new USFSS memberships, club or individual, will be used to offer financial assistance to Team USA for the costs associated with their participation at the World Championships in Germany.  What an awesome opportunity to help support your US athletes and receive the full benefit of USFSS membership as well. We thank you so much for taking advantage of this opportunity. Our athletes will do their best to make you proud of your decision to support their efforts.



November 18, 2014

To All Interested Concerns:

The USFSS board has made the following selections to represent the US at the 2015 World Championship on snow to be hosted by Germany in Bernau/Todtmoos, Germany.

It is with great honor we announce Amy Cooper Sled Sprint 4-dog and Sled Sprint 4-Dog Short Mass; Richard Kisseloff Skidog 1- Dog Skijoring and Skidog 2-Dog Skijoring; Jessica Haynes Skidog 1-Dog Skijoring, Skidog 2- Dog and Skidog Combined; Dallas Johnson Skidog 1-Dog Skijoring, Skidog 2-dog Skijoring and Skidog Combined; Kale Casey Skidog1-dog Skijoring.

We are very pleased to have such a high caliber of athletes willing to commit extensive resources for the benefit of representing our country. We are confident they will all be great ambassadors of our sport and country.

Amy Cooper and Kale Casey will be the US Team Captains.  Amy will also assist with travel and hotel accommodation arrangements. Mike Marsch will provide technical support before and during the events.

In closing congratulations to these fine athletes who have achieved a high standard of success on the trail to earn their place on the team.


The USFSS Board



October 22, 2014

The United States Federation of Sleddog Sports (USFSS) has developed criteria which will be used in the selection process of Team USA (see the link to the left).  The full implementation of these criteria will not happen immediately.  However, we have begun the process of developing a World Cup circuit in all regions of the US so all interested athletes will have the opportunity to earn a berth on the team.  The selection committee will still have some flexibility to include athletes from regions where full development of these criteria has not occurred.

The reason we are moving in this direction for the selection of Team USA is based on the request from athletes to have more specific criteria so they know and can plan to accomplish their place on the US team. An advantage of developing these criteria is to make for a more exciting race circuit for the benefit of sponsors and race giving organizations.

Participating in a World Championship will not interest everyone.  There are many ways for athletes to enjoy and participate in our great sport other than in a WCh.  Participation requires a major commitment in time and money and unfortunately USFSS has not generated the financial resources to help supplement the cost of participation.  We continue to explore a revenue stream, but it has been challenging thus far.

The idea of a World Championship is intended to create a competition between other countries from around the globe.  For those of us who have participated, there’s not a more exciting competition than a WCh.  You not only feel the joy of individual accomplishment, but the team atmosphere and patriotic success is absolutely incredible.

USFSS is encouraging the entire sleddog community to get involved and help Team USA reach its goals and objectives.  USFSS is striving to develop a competitive federation on the trail and a fair and equitable process for athletes who desire to pursue participation on the team.

In closing USFSS is a member driven organization.  We exist to represent you the athlete and the country we love.  If you feel we are going in the wrong direction or are not responding to your concerns, let us know or better yet, consider running for a board seat or volunteering to sit on a committee.



September 1, 2014

IFSS DID's - Driver Identification

Any athlete who wants to earn World Cup points or participate in the World or Continental Championships must have a DID (Driver Identification Number). The DID shall be requested from IFSS by the member federation (USFSS).  More information can be found here:

Forms and instructions can be found under the DID link on the left.



August 25, 2014


USFSS is proud to announce we are now accepting applications for the 2015 WCh Snow to be held in Germany February 21-March 1.  The skidog events, mid-distance and 4-dog mass start will be held in Bernau February 20-25.  The sprint events will be held in Todtmos February 27-March 1, 2015. 

The application deadline is November 1, 2014. Selections will be made no later than December 1, 2014.  You need to be a USFSS member to apply.  I have also attached a DID application you should fill out and return with your race application.  The DID fee is $40.  It is required to participate in an IFSS event.   We are not aware of what financial assistance will be available to help with travel expense at this time.  As usual it will only help offset the cost.   Unfortunately, you will be on your own to raise the majority of the money associated with your participation.  If you have the resources, this could be a once in a life time opportunity.  We will be considering character as much as performance in our selection process.  So if you have the means to attend, please don’t hesitate to submit an application.   The great thing about Germany is the point of entry is much easier concerning humans and dogs.  We will not have as much red tape to jump through as was the case for Norway in 2011.

While I’m making Championship announcements, I would like to make you aware of the submission of a bid from the Cable Area Chamber of Commerce in Cable, Wisconsin to host the 2017 WCh snow.  How exciting will it be to once again have a WCh in the lower 48 of the USA?  We understand there will also be a bid from Canada, but the worst case scenario is the losing bidder will host the 2016 Continental Championships. The next 2 years will be an extremely exciting opportunity for our sport, lots of exposure.

It has been a slow process. We lack human and financial resources to be everything we’d like to be, but now is the time for the entire sleddog community of our country:   distance, sprint and skidog, to come together and begin the planning of these events.  Please consider this an invitation to get involved.  My contact information is in this email.

In closing, we have a US team for a 2015 WCh to field first.  If we want the World to come to North America in 2017, we should show up there in 2015.  USFSS can’t wait to hear from you.  Please be certain to submit all fees.  If you are not selected the race fee will be returned.  All other fees are non-refundable.


Mike Marsch



August 21, 2014


The best athletes from countries around the world will come together to compete in the World Championships on snow at two locations in Germany. The first location will be Bernau on February 20-22 and 24-25, and the second Todtmoos on February 27-28 and March 1, 2015.
All details of classes, distances and entry fees are now finalized and are contained in the Invitation Package below.




July 15, 2014

Provocative Direction

My name is Mike Marsch.  I have been honored for the past three years to be the USFSS President.  I’ve been a board member for 6 years.  I have a simple philosophy; if it’s broke fix it, if it’s not broke break it, and then fix it.  During the 30 years I’ve been involved in our sport, the status quo has always limited our ability to think out of the box, to make adjustments, to move forward.   We get comfortable in the way we do things, but by my assessment, our sport is in trouble.  We have fewer racers, fewer spectators and fewer dollars.  What’s a sport to do?

We need to maximize our limited resources.  The sleddog community must develop a strategic plan.  Back in the early 90’s I remember a planning seminar that was held down in Chicago, so the sleddog community from all over the country could come together and sort through our future.  It may be time for one of those seminars again.  I’m certain many excellent ideas and strategies for their implementation would come out of a gathering of the minds, but the real question is do we have a workforce to carry them out.  Most organizations in our country have declining membership, and it’s the same volunteer group who take up challenge after challenge.  We need an infusion of new people willing to work towards making sleddog sports visible to the general populous and what better way is there to accomplish that, than through a World Championship.

 As I tune into the final soccer match today between Germany and Argentina, I reflect on the past month of matches which included the United States.  Is it the sport of soccer or is it support for our country that has helped propel the attention this World Cup has received within the US?   The answer is probably both, but the non-soccer fan is all in because of the desire to see the US do well against other countries.  Whether we love soccer or our country most of the time doesn’t matter, we love it in the moment.

IFSS is the international organization that is responsible to bring the world together for the purpose of World Championships.  The USFSS is the organization within the US that is responsible to build our team.  US soccer has really advanced in our country, but unfortunately most sleddog sports have not.  Yes, the Iditarod is still popular and dryland events are growing, but the sport in general is stagnating.  

There have been many over the years that have stated, sleddog sports will never get into the Olympics.  It doesn’t have to, we have a system with the intent of creating the euphoria of a World Championship already in place, but we have to promote it.

I know you’re probably tired of my soccer references, but it’s a great analogy right now because of the FIFA WCp.  US soccer 20 years ago was pale in its ability to compete with other countries on a world stage.  We weren’t very good, but the US soccer program developed a comprehensive strategy to improve the skill level and popularity of the game in our country.  Congratulations to them, it seems to have worked.  I don’t have all the answers, but I have a good idea of what needs to get done.  The model for developing a sport is the easy part, getting people to do the work is the hard part.

In closing, I’d like to see the individuals and organizations currently engaged in our sport come together for a weekend of comprehensive strategic planning.  Hire a Professional Facilitator who can guide us through the process of developing a comprehensive plan.  We have become too fractioned in our efforts.  We have many good people and organizations involved in the sport.  We have many good events and sleddog activities going on within our sport, but it lacks cohesion.  We have such limited resources available to us.  I just feel for those of us who care about our sports direction we need to come together and sort out our future.  A conference of this nature 23 years ago accomplished a great deal, I think it could again. We need lead dogs and team dogs!!  Yes, it would be an investment of perhaps a $1,000 for the weekend with airfare, hotel, food and the conference, but isn’t our sport worth it?  I’m open to other ideas which could accomplish the intent of this conference, such as regional workshops, but the format we used last time worked well.  There were over 150 participants from all over NA who for 2 ½ days brainstormed what our sport should look like, and how we get it to look that way. 

I feel the time is now to revisit our past and plan for our future.  We can develop a comprehensive plan in many different ways, but the time is now to embrace the process.   Anyone else interested?



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 sponsorships.

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 treasurer.

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 7-10.

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 1, 2013.

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.






June 28-30,, 2013 in Harrisburg, PA, USFSS will be having their spring meeting/congress in conjunction with ISDRA’s annual meeting. More details to follow!



USFSS’s Final Team Roster for the 2013 IFSS World Championships




1 Dog Skijor – Women                                        

1.      Stephanie Dwyer                            

2.      Rebecca Voris

3.      Rebecca Knight                                

4.      Theresa Heckart

5.      Kriya Dunlap

6.      Jamie Johnson

7.      Sara Elzy

8.      Kelley McGrath


1 Dog Skijor – Men

1.      Mike Christman                               

2.      Chuck Pratt

3.      Kale Casey

4.      Greg Jurek

5.      Scott Aimone

6.      Jason Sperry


1 Dog Pulka – Women

1.       Kiersten Lippman    


1 Dog Pulka –  Men

1.      Scott Aimone                                     

2.      Jason Sperry

3.      Kale Casey 


 2 Dog Skijor – Women

1.      Stephanie Dwyer                                 

2.      Christina Turman

3.      Rebecca Knight

4.      Rebecca Voris

5.      Kriya Dunlap

6.      Jamie Johnson

7.      Emillie Entrikin

8.      Kelley McGrath


2 Dog Skijor- Men

1.      Kale Casey

2.      Greg Jurek

3.      Chuck Pratt

4.      Andrew Warwick

5.      Mike Christman

Nordic Combined – Women

1.      Rebecca Voris                                         

2.      Sunnifa Deehr

3.      Kristen Lippmann

Nordic Combined - Men

1.      Scott Aimone                                           

2.      Jason Sperry

3.      Kale Casey



4 Dog Junior

1.      Dakota Schlosser                                   

2.      Lilly Stewart


4 Dog – RNB  No event


4 Dog Sled - Pursuit

1.      Jay Olmstead Jr

2.      Kourosh Partow                                   

3.      Lilly Stewart 

4.      Jennifer Sterling

5.      Jennifer Probert                                

6.      Amy Maclean

7.      Kathy Faryniarz

8.      Amy Cooper

9.      Jessica Doherty

10.   Grace Baily

11.   Debra Castro 


4 Dog Sled - Mass Start

1.      Jay Olmstead Jr

2.      Lilly Stewert

3.      Jessica Doherty

4.      Grace Bailey

5.      Amy Mclean

6.      Amy Cooper

7.      Kathy Faryniarz

8.      Jennifer Probert

9.      Jennifer Sterling


6 Dog Sled

1.      Ami Gjestson                                        

2.      John Perry

3.      Jessica Doherty

4.      Kimberly Wells

5.      Beverly Stevens

6.      Grace Bailey

7.      Koroush Partow


8 Dog Sled

1.      Jennifer Probert Erhart                         

2.      Evelyn Beeter                                         

3.      Ed Arobio

4.      Kris Rasey

5.      Jason Dunlap

6.      Jennifer Sterling


Unlimited Sled

1.      Arleigh Reynolds                                    

2.      Nathan Sterling                                      

3.      Greg Sellentin

4.      Ken Chezik

5.      Jason Dunlap

6.      Rob Worden

7.      Randy DeKuiper


Mid-distance Sled  8-12 dog - No event

Mid-distance Sled  6-dog - No event




Race Update:

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 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
Click here




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




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.

Your MUSA 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.

The race 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.

MUSA will 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.

Thanks, hope to see you at an event near you.

All the best,

Mike Marsch


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