Law to one side as Cherry leads her dogs to Culbin victory

A Moray solicitor is continuing to lead the way in her sport by organising and competing in the Scottish Dog Sled Championships at Culbin Forest over the weekend.

Around 80 competitors from throughout the country took part in the event which doubled as an International Federation of Dog Sports world cup qualifying race.

These included Elgin solicitor and race organiser Cherry Fairley, who emerged as winner in the two-dog freight.

Cherry was delighted to win her local event having travelled throughout Europe to compete with her eight Alaskan Malamute dogs – they will be on the road again this week when she competes for the European Cup event in France.

Cherry is currently the Bike-jor Sled Dog Association Champion. Bike-jor involves racing with a dog and a bike and developed as a dryland alternative to ski-joring.

An elasticated line is attached between the dogs harness and the front of the bike. It is a real team effort as the faster the dog runs the faster the rider has to pedal.

Cherry said: “My dogs are pure bred Alaskan Malamutes which are a traditional Nordic breed but any dog capable of running in a harness without risk of injury is able to enjoy this fast growing sport.”

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