September 11, 2022

Crook County Fairgrounds, Prineville, Oregon

Please join us September 11, 2022 at the Crook County Fairgrounds in Prineville, Oregon for the first PSDSA Sled Dog Showcase. Bring your mushing companions and meet up with your friends off season to show off in the conformation ring. All purebred, mixed breed, registered, or unregistered dogs aged 4 months or older are eligible to enter regardless of altered status. Guest speakers will present fun and educational materials after lunch. 


Entry is by preregistration only, there will be no on site registration. Registration opens August 1, and closes September 2, 2022. Entry is $20 per dog. Cancellations will be accepted before September 2. After entry has closed on September 2, all entry fees will be non-refundable.

A junior class will not be held this year, but will be considered for future events. Junior handlers may enter any class as long as they can control their dog safely, both in and out of the ring. Junior handlers must be accompanied by an adult.

All dogs present at the event, showing or not, must be current on all vaccinations per your veterinarian.

Please enter the fairgrounds from Main Street and parking will be near the entrance in a grassy area. Parking will be close to the show ring, and immediately obvious once you enter the fairgrounds. Exhibitor packets will be available for pickup from 8-8:30 am, and judging will begin promptly at 9 am. Please bring chairs, crates, food, and water, as none will be available on site. This is an outdoor venue, so bring shade for crating. There will be a designated crating area near the ring and parking area. We are musher tough, this event will be held rain or shine, snow, or whatever Mother Nature throws at us.

Please direct questions to: Show Chairman Cheryl Liddle at ca.liddle60@gmail.com or (541) 416-0284 (voice only).
Entries and entry related questions to: Show Secretary Sheryl O’Rourke at sheryl@sorourke.com

Crook County Fairgrounds 1280 Main St, Prineville, OR 97754From Bend, Redmond, and Madras, take US Hwy 26 to Prineville. Head east on US 26 which becomes NW 3rd St. Turn right on Main Street, and left into the fairgrounds.

There is an RV Park adjacent to the fairgrounds which offers full hook-up sites. Dogs are welcome, but there is a 2 pet limit. For more information, contact Crook County RV Park

Emergency Veterinary Services can be found in Bend at Bend Animal Emergency and Specialty Center 1245 SE 3rd St STE C3Bend, OR 97702(541) 385-9110

Schedule of Events:

  • 7 am Parking Opens
  • 8-8:30 am Exhibitor Packet Pickup
  • 9 am Judging Starts (judging may be in one or two rings, depending upon entries) 
    Judging Order: 
  • Puppies 
  • Siberian Huskies 
  • Alaskan Huskies 
  • Other Sled Dogs 
  • Best in Showcase
  • Best Opposite
  • Awards
  • Lunch (bring your own)
  • Guest Speakers

Ribbon Classes Offered Include:

PUPPY (all mixed and purebred puppies)
4-6 month male
4-6 month female
6-12 month male
6-12 month female
Best male and female puppies will compete for Best in Showcase and Best Opposite in Showcase
* Judged by Karen Yeargain

SIBERIAN HUSKY
Adult Male
Adult Female
Veteran Male (9 years and older)
Veteran Female (9 years and older)
Best male and female Siberians will compete for Best in Showcase and Best Opposite in Showcase
* Judged by Karen Yeargain

ALASKAN HUSKY
Adult Male
Adult Female
Veteran Male (9 years and older)
Veteran Female (9 years and older)
Best male and female Alaskans will compete for Best in Showcase and Best Opposite in Showcase
* Judged by Thad McCracken

ANY SLED DOG (any other breed or mixed breed that pulls in harness)
Adult Male
Adult Female
Veteran Male (9 years and older)
Veteran Female (9 years and older)
Best male and female Other Breeds will compete for Best in Showcase and Best Opposite in Showcase
* Judged by Thad McCracken

Ribbons will be awarded for first through fourth place in each class, and all winners will receive a prize. The 8 top dogs will compete in the Showcase for bragging rights. Best in Showcase wins an original pet portrait by Claire Mardesich of Distinctively Devyn, and Best Opposite in Showcase wins an original hand burned wooden plaque by Anissa Sanchez Pyrography.

Guest Speakers:

Presentations will be 30-60 minutes long, and will begin after lunch.

Karen Yeargain: Karen will speak to proper body structure in a sled dog, and what the judges were looking for in a winning dog.
Bino Fowler:  Always informative and entertaining, Bino will discuss how to manage a dog team at a mandatory check point, and about trailside camping by dog team. 
Kimberly McCreedy, DVM: As an experienced race veterinarian, Kimberly will provide useful strategies for emergency care of dogs on the trail.

 

Sled Dog Showcase Judges

Thad McCracken, Mosier Misfits, Mosier, Oregon

Thad lives with his wife Colleen, and teenage kids David and Marie-Louise, in the town of Mosier, Oregon. Thad has been racing sled dogs for about 15 years, having started with skijoring, then working up through small, 6 and 8 dog teams to more recent “open class” racing. Thad’s travels in the sport have taken him to race all over the lower 48 states and Alaska, as well as 6 Canadian provinces/territories. Thad’s most recent big races have included twice racing the Wyoming Stage Stop, Fur Rondy World Championship in Anchorage Alaska, and The Pas World Champi-onship in Manitoba, Canada.

Thad races mixed-breed Alaskan Huskies, and has 18 dogs that are actively racing, and 9 that are retired and holding down various couches around the house!


Karen Yeargain, Tumnatki Siberians, Prineville, Oregon

Karen has been running and racing Siberian Huskies since 1988. Over the years, her teams have varied from 4-10 dogs and distances from 4 to 35 miles. She has raced in Oregon, Washington, California, Utah, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, and British Columbia.

The study of canine structure, movement and athleticism in sled dogs has been a passion and a focus during Karen’s 34 years of sledding, both with her chosen breed of Siberians, and with other breeds. Karen recently judged conformation at the New England Siberian Husky Showcase. In the past, she also participated and judged the Cascade Sled Dog Club Match.

Karen maintains a kennel of 20-30 AKC running line Siberian Huskies. Her Tumnatki Siberians teams consistently place well at races. She has also mentored many beginning mushers, with many of these students now running or racing their own teams. 

photo credit: Deb Pepin Blair