MacGregor Dryland Sled Dog Derby promotional video

Promotional promo video for the MacGregor Dryland Sled Dog Derby, held at MacGregor Point Provincial Park, outside of Port Elgin, Ontario.

Sleddog Sports Association of Southwestern Ontario (SSASO) is proud to release a promotional video of MacGregor Point Dryland Sled Dog Derby produced by independent filmmakers Jeremy Bernatchez & Heather Kohlmann .

Thank you to everyone who participated in the making this race promo and a huge special thank you to Jeremy and Heather who spent countless hours producing this mini race documentary for us.

SSASO has teamed up with Mush with PRIDE

Many mushers, kennels and organisations such as ISDRA have already joined Mush with PRIDE and we at SSASO believe that in today’s society, it is in every musher’s best interest to be at or above the standard for care and quality of life we provide for our four-legged team mates. Let’s face it, there is no team without our dogs!

What is Mush with PRIDE?

Mush with PRIDE logo

PRIDE stands for Providing Responsible Information on a Dog’s Environment. The relationship between sled dogs and humans is one of the oldest bonds of its kind. Modern sled dog owners are proud of their dogs as canine athletes that are bred and trained to do what they love – run as part of a team. Mush with PRIDE supports the responsible care and humane treatment of all dogs and is dedicated to enhancing the care and treatment of sled dogs in their traditional and modern uses.

Mush with PRIDE was established in 1991 as an organisation of mushers who were concerned about the care of sled dogs and public perceptions of mushing. To address some of these concerns, PRIDE developed sled dog care and equipment guidelines. We instituted a voluntary kennel inspection program and created a website to facilitate communication with dog mushers whose main concern is treatment and care of sled dogs.

What does this mean for me as a SSASO member?

This means you should be at or above the standards recommended by Mush with PRIDE. It’s not only in your dogs’ best interest, it’s a way we can help protect one another in the sled dog community, whether you’re in town with 1 dog or off-grid with 50+ dogs.

If you are not at the standards listed by Mush with PRIDE it is strongly recommended you strive to reach them.  If you need help, reach out to your friends and loved ones.  If they are unable to help, please feel free to contact Mush with PRIDE or a SSASO Board Member and we can offer advice.

Mush with PRIDE Standard can be found using this link, we encourage you to explore their website and become familiar with Mush with PRIDE’s Standard and literature. A great place to start is at the bottom of their home page with:

Sled Dog Care Guidelines

The first edition (1993) was great, the second edition (1998) was better, but the 3rd edition references scientific research that confirms proper care protocols for modern kennels.

Caring for Dogs During Crisis

Mushers must recognise that an unexpected loss of income, medical emergency or other life-changing circumstance could render us unable to properly care for our dogs. What can we do to ensure proper care of our dogs during a crisis?

Equipment Safety Guidelines

Based on a survey of experienced mushers, covers the basics of safe equipment choices and use. Includes chapters on dog gear, lines, sleds, rigs, skijoring, dog yards, travelling etc.

Voluntary Kennel Inspection Documents

PRIDE initiated this voluntary kennel inspection program to allow members to document the excellent care that they provide in their kennels every day. Download these documents to learn more about the program.

SSASO Club Membership

SSASO logo club membershipSSASO is a not for profit sled dog association. Currently, SSASO membership is free and you join the club by joining our Facebook Group.

Through our Facebook Group, our goal is to provide the community with interesting and educational literature and updates related to sled dogs. We also provide updates for SSASO Events as well as updates for a few other groups.

SSASO has a Mission Statement and a Code of Conduct which can be viewed/downloaded.

We have a dedicated Board of Directors and seat holders that are constantly working together to bring the community together by offering events through our club or in partnership with other groups or clubs.

Legal Board Seats (Executive):

Lisa De Gennaro – President
Richard Meldrum – Vice President
Bill Gasper – Treasurer
Sally Kirkby – Secretary
Fundraising/Sponsorship Officer – Jo-Ann Hutchison

Seat Holders:

Mark Clements
Bekka May Gunner

SSASO Chair positions/volunteers:

Fundraising & Shows Lead – Deb Langlois
Web Page & Media Management – Sally Kirkby
Event Support & Trail Boss – Bill Gasper
Grants & Sponsorship Applications – Richard Meldrum
Lead Event Volunteer – Catherine Thomas

SSASO Schedule of Events until Spring 2019

  • We are teaming up with UKC Grand River Kennel Club to help run the Siberian Husky Breed Booster on Sunday 16th September 2018. To be judged by Kevin Izard-Carroll.
  • MacGregor Point Dryland Sled Dog Derby on Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th November 2018 (3rd year).
  • We help organise the mushers & sled teams side of the Annual Seguin Sled Dog Mail Run to be held on Saturday 16th February 2019.
  • Every Family Day (Monday 18th February 2019) SSASO has a ‘Meet the Sled Dogs & Equipment Demos’ at MacGregor Point Park.
  • Siberian Husky Sled Dog Showcase on Saturday 11th May 2019 in the Saugeen Shores, Ontario area. Our 3 judges for the show case are: Ann Stead, Jim Cunningham & Lynn Hiley.

If you are interested in helping or providing a monetary or in-kind donation to any of these events please let any of the SSASO Board members know.