We came up with this program for JR mushers to come out and see what it’s like to work with sled dogs. JR Mushers get the opportunity to work with the dogs, learn to care for them, and if skill level has proven well, they will get to race at the end of the season. The main goal for this program is to teach life and outdoor skills as well as responsibility in caring for dogs. Please see below for program dates and times.
Typical day for the JR Musher:
Kennel Assignments and chores
Set up of sleds and gear
Hydrating and feeding dogs
Learn to drive small team of dogs
Break down of sleds and equipment
Mentoring Program (free):
This option is free. The mentoring program allows a Jr musher to come and learn all about dog sledding and the behind the scenes work that goes into it. Jr mushers learn all the work entailed when it comes to the kennels, equipment, dog training, and how to put the teams together. This option is more relaxed on schedules. You can pick what days work good for you or your Jr musher to come and participate. Jr mushers will come to help as a handler for tours when available and if we have an open sled can go for rides and take a turn driving the sleds.
Racing Option ($500 per season):
This option costs $500 for the season. This option includes everything in the mentoring program but adds on 4-6 (skill level dependent) sessions for the season where Jr mushers will get hands on training to drive sleds with a team of dogs (Jr musher is welcome to train their own dog if they meet sled dog training requirements, they can also use our own dogs that we will assign to them). The goal is for each Jr Musher to feel confident and excited about their skill at driving a dog sled team and to know the sport in depth and all that it entails. At the end of the season, Rancho Luna Lobos hosts a race for all Jr mushers to compete and test their trail and racing knowledge. Prizes and awards ceremony to follow after the final results.
Dates for Jr Musher Program 2019/2020:
Mentoring and Racing Program Fall Training
October 12th 10 AM
October 26th 10 AM
November 2nd 12 PM (Time may change due to temperature)
November 16th 12 PM (Time may change due to temperature)
Racing Program Winter Session
December 7th 2 PM
December 21st 2 PM
January 4th 2 PM
January 25th 2 PM
Race Weekend (Locations and Times finalized in February)
February 22nd (time to be determined, but most likely 10 AM)
February 29th (time to be determined, but most likely 10 AM)
This is a great hands-on experience for everyone to get their feet wet with the sport. Ages 8 and older are recommended. Please call Rancho Luna Lobos for more information and to sign up 435.783.3473.