Firstly lets just take the time to reflect on how big Germany is….it’s massive and driving from one side to the other seems to take forever on the longest , straightest motorway in history. Luckily I had Gareth to regale me with his never ending views on Brexit, a word to the wise do not even mention the ‘B’ word to G, you will live to regret it!
What is the BSSF?
The British Sleddog Sports Federation is the governing body for these activities within the UK. It was set up several years ago essentially to deal with entries for those wanting to race abroad internationally. If you wanted to race for Team GB at a sanctioned International Championship then BSSF will have to select you and deal with your entry. It also brings together Nordic and Open breeds as well as all other organisations under one federation. Historically SDAS (Sleddog Association of Scotland) held the position within IFSS, but handed this over as a good will gesture to help the new federation on its’ way.
BSSF are in turn members of the ICF (International Canicross Federation) and IFSS (International Federation of Sleddog Sports) and it’s these organisations that host World and European Champs on dryland and snow. IFSS are also now members of Sport Accord, which is the Global Association of International Sports Federations and deals with Olympics and other such events. Basically if Sport Accord doesn’t recognise your International Governing Body, then your sport doesn’t exist.
Sleddog sports encompasses all forms of dogs running in harness from canicross to teams on sleds. It may seem weird if you run with your terrier who is pretty far removed from a sleddog, but essentially the term covers all dogs that pull in harness. It is important that the BSSF is inclusive to all breeds, the many different disciplines and ways of running dogs.
How has the BSSF changed and grown?