Come Race the Rockies!"

The Rocky Mountain Sled Dog Club was formed in the winter of 1960-61 by a small group of Siberian Husky and Samoyed owners who wanted to emphasize the working aspect of their breeds.

Led by Jack Liebe, Anne Schaefer and Marion Burns they organized one race at the Winter Park cross country ski area that season. It was a small race, 3 teams and 5 skijorers. Jack Liebe had run a trap line in Alaska and had the only sled so the race was run one team at a time. It was no surprise that Jack won that first race. Anne Schaefer was the only one who knew much about XC skiing and she won the skijor event.

It was a small start for our club, but the following year they were invited to have two races at the Breckenridge ski area to help them kick off the opening of Peak 8, plus a race in Frisco and one in Winter Park.

 Care of Sled Dogs and Tethering

The Rocky Mountain Sled Dog Club's stance on tethering follows the same standards as "Mush with P.R.I.D.E." (Providing Responsible Information on a Dog's Environment) which "believes that the tethering of sled dogs, when done in an appropriate manner, is a safe and humane method of keeping sled dogs of any breed. It allows healthy social interaction, minimizes risk of injury, and facilitates kennel hygiene. Behavioral studies on sled dogs housed outdoors with tethers have shown that the dogs show no ill effects, and one showed that dogs adapted to tethers do very poorly when confined in indoor pens."

RMSDC believes tethering is an important tool for housing sled dogs safely and humanely. A state-wide anti-tethering ordinance would have extensive negative impacts on the Colorado mushing community. However, we do not support excessive prolonged tethering. RMSDC believes in responsible use of tethering combined with appropriate off-tether exercise and playtime. Containment needs to be done in a responsible, safe and humane manner with the dog's care being the priority.