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Moira Park set for Northern Victorian Sled Dog Club classic

By Madeleine Caccianiga

Moira Park will need to hold on to its socks this Queen’s Birthday weekend as more than 150 mushers and their dogs compete for the Northern Victorian Sled Dog Club classic.

All the excitement of the Australian sledding season begins as the competitors and their dog teams head out in the largest dry land sled dog race in Australasia, attracting entries from Western Australia, South Australia, Queensland, NSW, Canberra, Victoria and Tasmania.

NVSDC public relations officer Lisa Bowles said the teams raced for trophies, cash prizes and national competition honours in 8, 6, 4, 3, 1 dog classes.

‘‘We also run specialised classes such as canicross, bikejoring and social events for juniors and veterans,’’ Ms Bowles said.

The event welcomes back volunteer scouts and leaders from Kyabram to assist with marshalling duties along side Rotary clubs of Shepparton and Kialla CFA to cater across the weekend with food and firewood.

The classic will be held over three days with racing running from 7am to 11am each morning, taking off from Moira Park Scout Camp, Moira Dve, Kialla West.

Camping facilities and day parking are available.

For more information, go to nvsdc.org.au or follow Northern Victorian Sled Dog Club Inc. on Facebook.