BSA New Forest
At the end of November Emma, Roy and Petra attended the BSA New Forest event. A firm favourite with the club it was a great weekend.
After arriving super early they were pleased to bag pole position for parking for the weekend, right at the top of the hill! This event was a nemesis for Petra, it being where last year she had a bad fall off her rig causing a back injury.
So her plan was to just complete the course and not go for any records.
Emma was racing Hannah’s boy Oki in Bikejor and the woos in the Freight class.
All set and with temps below zero the dogs were all bouncing! This course is 3.4 miles of safe wide fire tracks.
Emma went out first with Oki who ran like a dream, his first ever bikejor event and he loved it! The young man completed it in a very respectable time of 15 minutes.
Petra went next in the 4 dog rig, she successfully completed the course in 19 minutes, crossing the line with a look of relief and euphoria as her fears had been beaten!
Finally Emma took part in the 2 dog freight class, the woos trundled round in a respectable 25 minutes.
Day 2 saw cold temps again and super keen dogs, Oki flew off the line and was catching up the team in front of him when Emma realised she had picked up a puncture, absolutely gutted for him as he was going faster than the previous day having realised he could catch people up!
With just 0.9miles completed they had to return to the van. Oki was a tad confused so Emma decided to give him a run out in the Rec class at the end of all classes, this being a class where you can run any extra dogs you have with you, or younger/older dogs.
It’s a 2 mile course, to ensure Oki didn’t think it was normal to stop and turn home a run out in this class was needed and enjoyed! He loved it and showed he is going to be a great dog as he matures.
Petra again completed the course successfully on the Sunday, only running 3 of her dogs this day as her girl had misbehaved a tad the day before! More training to not focus on the wheel of the rig required!
The woos completed the course the second day slightly slower than the day before - no surprise there, day 2 is never their strong point - unfortunately they are typical Mals who think you are crazy to ask them to do the same thing 2 days in a row!
Roy was his normal Mushers Mucker helpful self, ensuring we had the extra hands where needed and supported us hugely.
A great event which was run like clockwork, huge thanks to Matt Eames and his team at the BSA.
Emma Giles - 12th place
4 Dog Rig Open
Petra Broadbelt - 6th place
2 Dog Freight
Emma Giles - 4th place
The NATBs will be keeping you up to date on their members, their dogs and events for the 2015/2016 Season. Hope you enjoy!