Vickie is 31 and lives in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire and is a former member of the British Snowboard Cross Team. She is the leading female sled dog racer in the UK, holding multiple top 15 World Rankings. She competes sprint in 4 dog rig/ sled, 2 dog scooter and 1 dog bike. She is the only British racer to hold a sprint World Cup standing on the sled. She aims to become World Champion.
Vickie first fell in love with sled dogs when working in Canada and Alaska and upon returning to the UK, it wasn’t long until McKinley her first husky of her own entered her life. Vicky now has a team of 29 dogs, who help her run her husky ride business. She has a mixed kennel of Siberian huskies, Eurohounds and Greysters.
As yet Vickie has scratched the surface of what she could achieve, but she has competed at World and European Championships, with career highlights of being the Scottish National Champion for 2 years in a row and Scottish National Bike Champion this year and currently has the 3rd fastest 4 dog team in the country. All this success has been with dogs not bred to be sprinters and akin to racing a formula 4 car against an F1.
This coming season her 6 puppies from world sprint champion lines, will be mature enough to compete and that’s when things will get really interesting. These dogs have the build, power and heart to run fast, now it’s down to training, nutrition and equipment; basically the humans have to get it right to fulfill the massive potential these dogs have. It’s up the humans to be the best they can be.
Vickie’s passion and love for her dogs is evident, she inspires her dogs to greatness. Never a bad or harsh word, these dogs run because they love what they do and they trust and believe in the human guiding them. Her appeal stretches beyond sled dog sports and she has done more than any other UK musher to put sleddog sports on the map. Vickie is committed to encouraging and inspiring others and runs training camps, as well as offering training scholarships to young mushers to learn all about dog care and how to run dogs.
Anybody who knows Vickie or has watched her race will have seen firsthand the outstanding dedication and energy that she puts into both her and the dogs training and preparation. There’s pro, then there’s Pullin Power Pro, every detail is checked and double checked. Off-season hours are spent honing bike skills and pumping iron, nothing is left to chance on this journey to success.
Win or lose at the end of the day, the dogs come first and as long as they are happy to give it their all – so is Vickie.
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