CSDC member Jessica Haynes to represent the USA as the only American female skijorer at the IFSS World Championships in Germany, February 2015
I have been selected by the National Governing Body of Sleddog Sports in the USA (USFSS- United States Federation of Sleddog Sports) as the only woman skijorer to represent the USA at the 2015 IFSS World Championships on snow in Bernau/Todtmoos, Germany. I will be competing in Germany from February 20th to March 1st in three classes: 1 dog skijor (12 km), 2 dog skijor (12 km), and skidog combined (2 x 5 km). In addition, we will be traveling to Norway prior to the World Championships to train with past World Champions and to compete in the Norwegian Championships.
Northern Europe hosts some of the most renowned skijoring and dogsleding champions in the world. These countries have very developed sleddog federations that provide solid foundations for training, racing, and competition for both dogs and humans alike. Training and competitions are taken very seriously and are at an extremely high level/caliber; therefore we will have a very unique opportunity in that we have been invited to train at the highest level possible.
We will fly into Oslo, Norway January 21st. We will be training in various areas of Norway during the week and on most weekends we will be racing. Most likely we will begin the trek to Germany on February 16th. The International Federation of Sleddog Sports (IFSS) started an awesome mentoring program that I applied for at the beginning of the year. They were spot on and paired me with Susannah Kelly. She is a Past World Champion herself, who lives in Norway. She has been my main contact and the one who has orchestrated all of the fine details revolving around our travels to Norway.
It is a dream come true and such an honor to represent the USA in what will be a gathering of the best of the best in the sled dog world. My dogs and I have been training extensively and plan to give it everything we have, plus more! I will only be taking two dogs on the trip, but I am still undecided which two will make the trip. We will be training and competing in the most renowned areas for skijoring in the world. It will be a trip of a life time and an amazing opportunity to gather a wealth of information to bring back and share with other skijoring enthusiasts!