Vickie is an ex member of the British Snowboarder Cross Team and a highly motivated individual. Her love of huskies truly began when she worked in Alaska for a commercial husky team and vowed to own her own husky one day.
Years later and Vickie has 28 dogs to call her own, has raced her dogs at European and World Championships and became the first British musher to take part in the World Championships 4 dog team mass start.
Vickie has a great way with dogs and they respect the effort she puts in when they run. You can always hear Vickie on the trails with her customary 'woohoo' as she inspires her dogs to greatness.
She firmly believes in creating strong bonds of trust and respect with her dogs and this is how she gets the very best she can from her team.
Vickie is also the 'go to' husky expert for Channel 5's show, The Dog Rescuers where she helps train rescue dogs.
Chantelle worked for Youth Charity Young Gloucestershire for 8 years as the Sports Development Officer. She ran many programmes and events in youth clubs and schools, over the years, including delivering training sessions for teachers. She saw her first husky at five “I saw these piercing blue eyes through the blowing snow and was hooked.”
Chantelle has spent many seasons in Europe and America, working as a race coach and dog handler, getting her husky fix and enjoying being involved in sprint racing. These experiences have given her a vast insight into sled dog nutrition and getting the best from your canine athlete. She has owned dogs for over 20 years hence her real passion lies in the mountains and her dogs.
Bryony is 14 and lives with the dogs, she helps out after school in the dog yard and is often working at rides at the weekends. She has an amazing connection with the dogs and is an awesome handler. She helped out with the race team at the World Championships and now races her own team of dogs. Bryony aims to qualify for the World Championships and be our first British junior competitor when she's old enough.
Russ and his boys (Blue and Turbo) joined us in 2015. Russ is our dog handler and takes care of the rest of the team when we are away at races. It's important to have someone that we and our dogs trust and he's worked hard on building a relationship with them. Russ also helps out at rides and hopes to compete with his boys in the future.
Blue and his son Turbo are very popular with the females of the team, they are big, strong boys and take off like a freight train. They do look tough, but underneath all that fur are 2 very soppy boys. They greet everyone with big tail wags and will roll over for tummy rubs and kisses.