photos 560The Sled Dog Sports Association of Southwestern Ontario (SASSO) and MacGregor Point Provincial Park are proud to announce a new fall event in Saugeen Shores geared to entertain and educate.

An open North American Sled Dog Dryland Derby and education forum will run November 12 and 13 and is a unique, cultural, educational, and exciting event that challenges dogs to do something they love - run.

Over 25 sled dogs from Ontario and Quebec are expected to participate in multiple events.
During the Derby, each race team must compete in the same class, with the same dogs both Saturday and Sunday. The fastest accumulated time determines the winners.

Also showcased will be physical literacy for both human and dog of any age group or fitness level, sled dog history and how to get started in canine harness activities.

Spectators are welcome to come out and enjoy the fast paced world of sled dogs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. both days.

Designated race viewing areas will be set up and visitors are encouraged to meet mushers and their canine athletes and ask questions about the sport and lifestyle they enjoy so much.

Remember to please ask the musher before approaching the dogs.

Spectator information is available on the SASSO website.

Friends of MacGregor will be onsite offering breakfast and barbecue lunch items, coffee, hot chocolate and treats. A raffle and silent auction will take place at the park’s Visitor Centre to help raise funds for next year’s event.

Dry land races class offered both days:
1 Dog canicross - running with your dog - two and four mile races
1 Bikejoring - biking with your dog - two miles
2 Bikejoring - dog bike - four miles
2 Dog scooter - two miles
4 Dog rig four miles - three to four wheeled carts
1-2 Dog novice race - 1.2 miles - ages 8 plus
Kid and Mutt - one dog - 100 yards to 400 yards - ages 4 to 12

For up to date race and event schedules, visit their Facebook page or website.

Rookie classes will also be offered for anyone wanting to try out the sport. For information contact event organizer, Lisa De Gennaro at