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Priddy's Martin Owen wins World Sleddog Championship silver medal

By Wells Journal  |  Posted: December 06, 2013

  • Martin Owen with his silver medal at the World Championships

  • Martin Owen, of Keilogo Husky Kennels in Priddy, competing in the four-dog class at the National Championships in Scotland

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The Keilogo Sprint Kennels in Priddy won a silver medal at the Dryland Sleddog World Championships in Italy last month.

Local musher Martin Owen and his successful four-dog team of Siberian huskies made the 2,400-mile round trip to compete against the world's best, with wife Debbie joining him at the event.

"We were very worried about getting the dogs fit enough in time because of the high temperatures," he said.

"But we were very lucky to meet Clair, Emily, Becky and the staff from Chapel Farm Rehab Centre, who very kindly sponsored us – training the dogs in a water treadmill and swimming them in the hydro pool, as well as providing other fitness and muscle-building tips.

"Emily not only massaged every week but also flew over with Becky to handle the team and massage the dogs after they had run.

"All of this made a huge difference to the team's performance and was rewarded with a silver medal."

The team were on the road again two weeks later as they took part in the National Championships in Scotland, hoping to secure their qualification for next year's European Championships.

This time Owen was competing in two classes, with victory in the four-dog competition for Trinity, Magic, Woody and Hex – despite dropping 40 seconds due to a tangle on the first day – earning the national title for the fourth year running.

In the eight-dog class, Owen was only running five dogs, including a nine-year-old and ten-year-old, but Shifty, Kola, Glider, Rainy and Wiley were still able to beat most of the eight-strong teams to finish in second place.

The Owens would like to thank their family and friends for their help and support, along with Quest Dogfood and Chapel Farm Rehab Centre.

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