Our mission is to encourage and promote the sport of running sled dogs and skijoring,
both recreationally and competitively, by providing education on dog care, equipment, and training.
Our focus is directed toward the safe and humane use of dogs in harness, good sportsmanship, and camaraderie among those who participate in meetings, demonstrations, gatherings and races.
The Pacific Sled Dog and Skijor Association (PSDSA) was formed in 2007
by the merger of the Southern Oregon Sled Dog club and the Cascade Skijoring Alliance.
Did you know that PSDSA sponsors the Chemult Sled Dog Races, Bachelor Butte Dog Derby, Mush without Slush and the LaPine Mushing Weekend? Do you want to learn more about the sport or share your wealth of information and experience? Interested in keeping sled dog racing and skijoring a vibrant sport in Central and Southern Oregon? Come be part of the PSDSA.
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PNC 2016 Final Standings
Congratulations to Jane Devlin for winning the inaugural 8-dog Mid-Distance Pacific Northwest Championship!!
Special recognition to Selina Witt for taking third place in the 6-dog Sprint category.
UPCOMING EVENTS -
LaPine Mushing Weekend
Friday, November 11, 2016 – Sunday, November 13, 2016
LaPine State Park, South Loop
Camping available (first come/first serve)
Cabins (all reserved)
This event is a dirt run, so plan on carts, quads, bikes and scooters. There is quite a variety of nice dirt trails to choose from. The trails will be marked and there will be maps available.
The event is open to anyone regardless of mushing style and experience (or lack thereof); bikejoring and scootering teams are welcome.
Organized runs will be on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings. Meet at the meadow/”pet exercise” area about 7:30. The staging area is in the big meadow about 1/8th mile before South Loop of the campground marked by the “pet exercise area” sign
The event has the use of the meeting hall over the weekend. It has a refrigerator/freezer, microwave, extra electrical outlets, sink with hot/cold running water, tables/chairs and a heater.
We will have a potluck meal on Saturday afternoon at 2pm.
Other meals will be informal potluck at the participants’ discretion…. We never lack for enough good food!
PSDSA club annual Fall meeting will be Saturday at 4pm in the meeting hall after the potluck.
Bachelor Butte Dog Derby
Dates: Mar 3-5, 2017
Where: Wanoga Sno-Park, Bend, OR
New this year - Stage Race 35 miles a day for three days
Mush Without Slush
Dates: April 2-3, 2016
Where: Zimmerman Butte, near Sisters, Oregon
Bachelor Butte Dog Derby
Dates: March 5-6 2016
Where: Wanoga Sno-Park, Bend, Oregon
Bachelor Butte Dog Derby is IFSS Accredited!
Chemult Sled Dog Races
35 teams participated. Results are available here
Dates: January 16-17, 2016
Where: Walt Haring Sno-Park, Chemult, Oregon
Chemult Sled Dog Races are IFSS Accredited!
Annual Fall Club Meeting
Dates: November 14th, 2015
Where: La Pine State Park, La Pine, Oregon
Annual Fall Meeting for the PSDSA will be Saturday, November 14th at 2:30 pm. Location is the meeting hall at La Pine State Park. We will be voting on officers and Board members. We are looking for nominees for President and for Treasurer. If you are interested, please let Selina know so she can add your name to the ballot. If you want more information, please check the most recent newsletter that is available on this website. click here to see latest newsletter
For more information pleae contact Selina Witt
La Pine Mushing Weekend
Dates: November 14th and 15th, 2015
Where: La Pine State Park, La Pine, Oregon
This event is a dirt run, so plan on carts, quads, bikes and scooters. We will be hoping for damp trails, cool temps, but no snow. Runs will be arranged to provide a variety of distances and training opportunities, including passing (from behind and head on), team weaving, directional command training, hills, etc. There is quite a variety of nice dirt trails to choose from. The event is open to anyone regardless of mushing style and experience (or lack thereof); bikejoring and scootering teams are welcome. Trails are suitable for all functions unless we get a surprise dump of snow that makes them dangerous for bikes or scooters, in which case we will combine efforts to make sure everyone gets to run their dogs.
Organized runs will be on Saturday, Sunday & Monday mornings; meet for breakfast at the conference lodge at 6:30 am or at the meadow about 7:30. (This is subject to change, without notice, if the weather looks to be on the warm side.) The staging area is in the big meadow about 1/8th mile before South Loop of the campground.
The event has the use of the meeting hall over the weekend. It has a refrigerator/freezer, microwave, extra electrical outlets, sink with hot/cold running water, tables and a heater. We will have a potluck meal on Saturday and Sunday afternoons at about 3 pm; other meals will be informal potluck at the participants’ discretion…. We never lack for enough good food!
11/8-10/2013 annual "La Pine Mushing Weekend" in La Pine, OR. I apologize that this is the first official announcement of the event on the lists, when usually I start putting word out in April....... Many of you who are "repeat offenders" have already made your plans and reservations.... for those of you who haven't, come join us and be prepared for a fun-filled, dog running, story swapping weekend! There is no "fee" for the event but there will be a small "chip in" for the meeting hall costs.
The official event is on Saturday, Nov 9th, and Sunday, Nov 10th . Many of us will be arriving on Friday, the 8th, to get set up and ready for a fun-filled weekend. Since that Monday is the Veteran’s Day holiday, a lot of us will stay and run dogs on Monday morning before heading home.
Remember to manage your dogs so that they are reasonably quiet while in camp and also remember to fill in holes and pick up poop or straw in your campsite; we want to remain welcome guests!
See the announcement and details on the “upcoming” page on my website -
In this day-long workshop, you and your dog will be introduced to training methods to prepare for dog-powered sports like scootering, carting, skijoring, and dog-sledding. The morning will be spent on one-on-one training including pulling, learning commands, passing other dogs, and dealing with distractions. At lunch, we will have presentations on training and dog care. After lunch, you and your dog will have a chance to try out dog-scootering. We will provide harnesses and other needed equipment including dog scooters. We will provide coffee and pastry in the morning. Lunch will also be provided. This event will be held rain or shine, so dress accordingly. We are looking forward to meeting you and your dog!