Created by a cross section of athletes from various disciplines of sled dog sports, all working towards a common goal, the BSSF was formed as the new UK Federation for the promotion and enhancement of sled dog sports in the UK and abroad. The BSSF as a full member of IFSS, is the vehicle by which UK teams will enter into future IFSS European and World events.
Canicross came about via Skijor. Athletes wanted to find a way to keep them and their dogs fit during the summer months when the snow was absent. So using their Skijor belts and harnesses they started running the summer trails. As with most things, this soon developed into summer races and the sport of canicross was born.
The first race
The ever first UK race took part in the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire organised by Nicky & Iain Hutchinson and Matt Hammersley, they had over 25 competitors spread over Canicross, Scooter and Bikejor classes and even legendary Alaskan sprint musher, Roxy Wright came along to hand out the awards. From there, many clubs have adopted the discipline and it is now a sport in its own right, with entries of one hundred plus at some races.
Come and Join in
With lots of clubs starting up on a local 'get-together' basis, right up to the national clubs, there are lots of ways to join in. All you need is a dog running belt, sprung lead of between 1 - 2 meters and a suitable working or canicross harness for your dog. Start off with short runs and work on keeping your dog out in front, teach commands for turning left ( Haw ! ) or right ( GEE ! ) and away you go. You will be able to find a local club on our map.