Recent USFSS Happenings


November 18, 2014

To All Interested Concerns:

The USFSS board has made the following selections to represent the US at the 2015 World Championship on snow to be hosted by Germany in Bernau/Todtmoos, Germany.

It is with great honor we announce Amy Cooper Sled Sprint 4-dog and Sled Sprint 4-Dog Short Mass; Richard Kisseloff Skidog 1- Dog Skijoring and Skidog 2-Dog Skijoring; Jessica Haynes Skidog 1-Dog Skijoring, Skidog 2- Dog and Skidog Combined; Dallas Johnson Skidog 1-Dog Skijoring, Skidog 2-dog Skijoring and Skidog Combined; Kale Casey Skidog1-dog Skijoring.

We are very pleased to have such a high caliber of athletes willing to commit extensive resources for the benefit of representing our country. We are confident they will all be great ambassadors of our sport and country.

Amy Cooper and Kale Casey will be the US Team Captains.  Amy will also assist with travel and hotel accommodation arrangements. Mike Marsch will provide technical support before and during the events.

In closing congratulations to these fine athletes who have achieved a high standard of success on the trail to earn their place on the team.


The USFSS Board



October 22, 2014

The United States Federation of Sleddog Sports (USFSS) has developed criteria which will be used in the selection process of Team USA (see the link to the left).  The full implementation of these criteria will not happen immediately.  However, we have begun the process of developing a World Cup circuit in all regions of the US so all interested athletes will have the opportunity to earn a berth on the team.  The selection committee will still have some flexibility to include athletes from regions where full development of these criteria has not occurred.

The reason we are moving in this direction for the selection of Team USA is based on the request from athletes to have more specific criteria so they know and can plan to accomplish their place on the US team. An advantage of developing these criteria is to make for a more exciting race circuit for the benefit of sponsors and race giving organizations.

Participating in a World Championship will not interest everyone.  There are many ways for athletes to enjoy and participate in our great sport other than in a WCh.  Participation requires a major commitment in time and money and unfortunately USFSS has not generated the financial resources to help supplement the cost of participation.  We continue to explore a revenue stream, but it has been challenging thus far.

The idea of a World Championship is intended to create a competition between other countries from around the globe.  For those of us who have participated, there’s not a more exciting competition than a WCh.  You not only feel the joy of individual accomplishment, but the team atmosphere and patriotic success is absolutely incredible.

USFSS is encouraging the entire sleddog community to get involved and help Team USA reach its goals and objectives.  USFSS is striving to develop a competitive federation on the trail and a fair and equitable process for athletes who desire to pursue participation on the team.

In closing USFSS is a member driven organization.  We exist to represent you the athlete and the country we love.  If you feel we are going in the wrong direction or are not responding to your concerns, let us know or better yet, consider running for a board seat or volunteering to sit on a committee.



September 1, 2014

IFSS DID's - Driver Identification

Any athlete who wants to earn World Cup points or participate in the World or Continental Championships must have a DID (Driver Identification Number). The DID shall be requested from IFSS by the member federation (USFSS).  More information can be found here:

Forms and instructions can be found under the DID link on the left.



August 25, 2014


USFSS is proud to announce we are now accepting applications for the 2015 WCh Snow to be held in Germany February 21-March 1.  The skidog events, mid-distance and 4-dog mass start will be held in Bernau February 20-25.  The sprint events will be held in Todtmos February 27-March 1, 2015. 

The application deadline is November 1, 2014. Selections will be made no later than December 1, 2014.  You need to be a USFSS member to apply.  I have also attached a DID application you should fill out and return with your race application.  The DID fee is $40.  It is required to participate in an IFSS event.   We are not aware of what financial assistance will be available to help with travel expense at this time.  As usual it will only help offset the cost.   Unfortunately, you will be on your own to raise the majority of the money associated with your participation.  If you have the resources, this could be a once in a life time opportunity.  We will be considering character as much as performance in our selection process.  So if you have the means to attend, please don’t hesitate to submit an application.   The great thing about Germany is the point of entry is much easier concerning humans and dogs.  We will not have as much red tape to jump through as was the case for Norway in 2011.

While I’m making Championship announcements, I would like to make you aware of the submission of a bid from the Cable Area Chamber of Commerce in Cable, Wisconsin to host the 2017 WCh snow.  How exciting will it be to once again have a WCh in the lower 48 of the USA?  We understand there will also be a bid from Canada, but the worst case scenario is the losing bidder will host the 2016 Continental Championships. The next 2 years will be an extremely exciting opportunity for our sport, lots of exposure.

It has been a slow process. We lack human and financial resources to be everything we’d like to be, but now is the time for the entire sleddog community of our country:   distance, sprint and skidog, to come together and begin the planning of these events.  Please consider this an invitation to get involved.  My contact information is in this email.

In closing, we have a US team for a 2015 WCh to field first.  If we want the World to come to North America in 2017, we should show up there in 2015.  USFSS can’t wait to hear from you.  Please be certain to submit all fees.  If you are not selected the race fee will be returned.  All other fees are non-refundable.


Mike Marsch



August 21, 2014


The best athletes from countries around the world will come together to compete in the World Championships on snow at two locations in Germany. The first location will be Bernau on February 20-22 and 24-25, and the second Todtmoos on February 27-28 and March 1, 2015.
All details of classes, distances and entry fees are now finalized and are contained in the Invitation Package below.




July 15, 2014

Provocative Direction

My name is Mike Marsch.  I have been honored for the past three years to be the USFSS President.  I’ve been a board member for 6 years.  I have a simple philosophy; if it’s broke fix it, if it’s not broke break it, and then fix it.  During the 30 years I’ve been involved in our sport, the status quo has always limited our ability to think out of the box, to make adjustments, to move forward.   We get comfortable in the way we do things, but by my assessment, our sport is in trouble.  We have fewer racers, fewer spectators and fewer dollars.  What’s a sport to do?

We need to maximize our limited resources.  The sleddog community must develop a strategic plan.  Back in the early 90’s I remember a planning seminar that was held down in Chicago, so the sleddog community from all over the country could come together and sort through our future.  It may be time for one of those seminars again.  I’m certain many excellent ideas and strategies for their implementation would come out of a gathering of the minds, but the real question is do we have a workforce to carry them out.  Most organizations in our country have declining membership, and it’s the same volunteer group who take up challenge after challenge.  We need an infusion of new people willing to work towards making sleddog sports visible to the general populous and what better way is there to accomplish that, than through a World Championship.

 As I tune into the final soccer match today between Germany and Argentina, I reflect on the past month of matches which included the United States.  Is it the sport of soccer or is it support for our country that has helped propel the attention this World Cup has received within the US?   The answer is probably both, but the non-soccer fan is all in because of the desire to see the US do well against other countries.  Whether we love soccer or our country most of the time doesn’t matter, we love it in the moment.

IFSS is the international organization that is responsible to bring the world together for the purpose of World Championships.  The USFSS is the organization within the US that is responsible to build our team.  US soccer has really advanced in our country, but unfortunately most sleddog sports have not.  Yes, the Iditarod is still popular and dryland events are growing, but the sport in general is stagnating.  

There have been many over the years that have stated, sleddog sports will never get into the Olympics.  It doesn’t have to, we have a system with the intent of creating the euphoria of a World Championship already in place, but we have to promote it.

I know you’re probably tired of my soccer references, but it’s a great analogy right now because of the FIFA WCp.  US soccer 20 years ago was pale in its ability to compete with other countries on a world stage.  We weren’t very good, but the US soccer program developed a comprehensive strategy to improve the skill level and popularity of the game in our country.  Congratulations to them, it seems to have worked.  I don’t have all the answers, but I have a good idea of what needs to get done.  The model for developing a sport is the easy part, getting people to do the work is the hard part.

In closing, I’d like to see the individuals and organizations currently engaged in our sport come together for a weekend of comprehensive strategic planning.  Hire a Professional Facilitator who can guide us through the process of developing a comprehensive plan.  We have become too fractioned in our efforts.  We have many good people and organizations involved in the sport.  We have many good events and sleddog activities going on within our sport, but it lacks cohesion.  We have such limited resources available to us.  I just feel for those of us who care about our sports direction we need to come together and sort out our future.  A conference of this nature 23 years ago accomplished a great deal, I think it could again. We need lead dogs and team dogs!!  Yes, it would be an investment of perhaps a $1,000 for the weekend with airfare, hotel, food and the conference, but isn’t our sport worth it?  I’m open to other ideas which could accomplish the intent of this conference, such as regional workshops, but the format we used last time worked well.  There were over 150 participants from all over NA who for 2 ½ days brainstormed what our sport should look like, and how we get it to look that way. 

I feel the time is now to revisit our past and plan for our future.  We can develop a comprehensive plan in many different ways, but the time is now to embrace the process.   Anyone else interested?



August 15, 2013

USFSS Holds Biennial Congress

By Sally O’Sullivan Bair

Harrisburg, PA – June 29, 2013, saw a skeleton crew assembled for the biennial congress of the USFSS (US Federation of Sleddog Sports). Held in conjunction with ISDRA’s (International Sled Dog Racing Association) annual conference, three main items were on the agenda: revision/simplification of the bylaws, the election of the open positions for board directors, and discussion on the feasibility of staging a US championship.

The bylaws were revised to simplify the membership and voting representation. Previously, each category of membership was allotted an aggregate vote number. Now, all that is required for voting is that 20% of those voting be Active Athlete members (those who have entered competition within the last ten years). This 20% representation is a requirement of the USOC (US Olympic Committee). A credentials report will verify the correct percentage.

The bylaw revision also made provisions for voting between congresses and absentee voting. Geographic distances in the US frequently preclude members from attending a congress in person. Therefore, it was deemed prudent to allow for absentee voting, thus making for better representation on important issues and votes.

Although the USFSS Board is tasked with handling all the business between congresses, there may arise occasions where the input of all members on important votes would be desired or required. Therefore, the Congress passed a bylaw to provide for this.

In addition to the bylaw revisions and election of board members, the congress also discussed staging a National Championship (NCh) in 2016. Various ideas were raised, primarily associated with a venue and sponsorships.

Election results are as follows:*

The Active Athletes Council re-elected Amy Cooper of Holmen, Wisconsin, to the board for another four-year term. An eighteen-year veteran of the sport, Cooper has become a name on the limited sprint circuit in Nome (sled) style and Nordic skijoring. She is a bronze medalist in the 2013 IFSS World Championships in Alaska in the 4-dog sprint class and has been active in promoting the dryland aspects of our sport. With a B.A.S. degree in veterinary technology, she works as a research technician at the University of Wisconsin in La Crosse. She is anxious to use her skills in the promotion and development of the sport.

Janet Saxon (Golden, Colorado) was elected to fulfill the position of treasurer for a four-year term. Saxon has been acting treasurer since last summer, having been a board member for the past few years. She has seen action as a member of Team USA at the Norway 2011 IFSS World Championships and has been an active participant in bicycling sports, where she served as a treasurer.

Kale Casey and Sally O’Sullivan Bair were elected to the board as at-large members for four-year terms. Casey (Paonia, Colorado) brings a bowlful of enthusiasm and ideas, having been a member of Team USA in the 2013 Alaska IFSS World championships. He was introduced to the sport by a neighbor and experienced a comical rookie skijor year in 2010. Since then he has fine-tuned his team and his Nordic skills and at the 2013 WCh in Alaska entered all five skidog classes, the first American to do so. His ten-year goal includes inspiring or recruiting determined athletes from the ranks of America’s vastly talented high school and collegiate Nordic skiers. A 1994 graduate of Stanford, Casey’s career as a wildfire incident medical specialist keeps him busy and in harm’s way. He provides medical support to firefighters working on the front lines as well as runs medical units for all sizes of fire camps. This summer he has seen busy action in Alaska.

Sally O’Sullivan Bair (Monticello, Minnesota) previously served on the board and, as an IFSS (International Federation of Sleddog Sports) certified doping control officer, is currently the chair of the USFSS anti-doping committee. She comes with a wealth of experience not only from a 30-year teaching career at the high school level in the social sciences, literature and learning disabilities but also from her tenure as IFSS’s secretary general from 1999-2012. She is a retired limited class sprint racer, where she competed for 20+ years and garnered trophies at the local level. A graduate of Colorado Woman’s College of Denver University, she did her graduate work at Bemidji State University in Minnesota in special education. She is currently the editor of the Tugline, the publication of the North Star Sled Dog Club.

USFSS welcomes the new board members and anticipates with excitement a productive upcoming year.

* USFSS has staggered terms for its board members.



June 17, 2013

The United States Federation of Sleddog Sports takes great pleasure in announcing and extending to US racers an invitation to apply for the 2013 Dryland World Championships to be held in Falze di Piave, Italy November 7-10.

This is an awesome opportunity to see the beautiful countryside of Italy while you represent the United States at this prestigious event.  We do expect there to be travel assistance available to US competitors, the amount has not been established. 

There’s an attached program, class breakdown and USFSS application.   We encourage you to apply even if you’re uncertain you’ll be able to make the trip.  The deadline for applications is August 15, 2013.  There will be a 1st round selection of 3 US team members per class by September 1, 2013.

There are always issues to contend with when traveling abroad with dogs.  USFSS will provide all the necessary technical assistance you’ll need to understand your and your dogs travel requirements.  We will also find suitable housing for the US team while in Italy.  We will work hard to make your experience as a member of the US team as hassle free as possible, but there will be logistical challenges, so be prepared to deal with the unusual if you decide to apply.

You need to be a current member of USFSS.  Our annual dues cycle runs October 1, thru September 30.  If you are not a current member, your dues will need to be submitted with your application.

World dryland racing is extremely competitive.  The Federations within IFSS, all have excellent teams.  It will be a challenge for our country to get on the podium, but if our best US dryland teams apply, we will be competitive.  Thanks for considering this challenge.






June 28-30,, 2013 in Harrisburg, PA, USFSS will be having their spring meeting/congress in conjunction with ISDRA’s annual meeting. More details to follow!



USFSS’s Final Team Roster for the 2013 IFSS World Championships




1 Dog Skijor – Women                                        

1.      Stephanie Dwyer                            

2.      Rebecca Voris

3.      Rebecca Knight                                

4.      Theresa Heckart

5.      Kriya Dunlap

6.      Jamie Johnson

7.      Sara Elzy

8.      Kelley McGrath


1 Dog Skijor – Men

1.      Mike Christman                               

2.      Chuck Pratt

3.      Kale Casey

4.      Greg Jurek

5.      Scott Aimone

6.      Jason Sperry


1 Dog Pulka – Women

1.       Kiersten Lippman    


1 Dog Pulka –  Men

1.      Scott Aimone                                     

2.      Jason Sperry

3.      Kale Casey 


 2 Dog Skijor – Women

1.      Stephanie Dwyer                                 

2.      Christina Turman

3.      Rebecca Knight

4.      Rebecca Voris

5.      Kriya Dunlap

6.      Jamie Johnson

7.      Emillie Entrikin

8.      Kelley McGrath


2 Dog Skijor- Men

1.      Kale Casey

2.      Greg Jurek

3.      Chuck Pratt

4.      Andrew Warwick

5.      Mike Christman

Nordic Combined – Women

1.      Rebecca Voris                                         

2.      Sunnifa Deehr

3.      Kristen Lippmann

Nordic Combined - Men

1.      Scott Aimone                                           

2.      Jason Sperry

3.      Kale Casey



4 Dog Junior

1.      Dakota Schlosser                                   

2.      Lilly Stewart


4 Dog – RNB  No event


4 Dog Sled - Pursuit

1.      Jay Olmstead Jr

2.      Kourosh Partow                                   

3.      Lilly Stewart 

4.      Jennifer Sterling

5.      Jennifer Probert                                

6.      Amy Maclean

7.      Kathy Faryniarz

8.      Amy Cooper

9.      Jessica Doherty

10.   Grace Baily

11.   Debra Castro 


4 Dog Sled - Mass Start

1.      Jay Olmstead Jr

2.      Lilly Stewert

3.      Jessica Doherty

4.      Grace Bailey

5.      Amy Mclean

6.      Amy Cooper

7.      Kathy Faryniarz

8.      Jennifer Probert

9.      Jennifer Sterling


6 Dog Sled

1.      Ami Gjestson                                        

2.      John Perry

3.      Jessica Doherty

4.      Kimberly Wells

5.      Beverly Stevens

6.      Grace Bailey

7.      Koroush Partow


8 Dog Sled

1.      Jennifer Probert Erhart                         

2.      Evelyn Beeter                                         

3.      Ed Arobio

4.      Kris Rasey

5.      Jason Dunlap

6.      Jennifer Sterling


Unlimited Sled

1.      Arleigh Reynolds                                    

2.      Nathan Sterling                                      

3.      Greg Sellentin

4.      Ken Chezik

5.      Jason Dunlap

6.      Rob Worden

7.      Randy DeKuiper


Mid-distance Sled  8-12 dog - No event

Mid-distance Sled  6-dog - No event




Race Update:

Just announced the Indian River Sprint Race in Indian River, Michigan has been added to the Wild Card race circuit. The race is scheduled for January 26 and 27. For more information go to We’d like to thank the IRSR committee for providing this awesome opportunity for WCh applicants to qualify out of the Midwest region.


Meet the 2013 US Team
January 11, 2013
Click here




January 5, 2013

The postponement of the Langlade Co. Culver’s TB Challenge to February 23-24 due to lack of snow, has provided an opportunity for the Willow Springs Round Barn Sled Dog Rally in Wausau, WI to become the new Wisconsin wild card race event.

The race is scheduled for January 26-27, but if you plan to race for a spot on the US team, you will need to apply by January 7.  Make application through MU&SA at or contact Mike Marsch at




December 31, 2012

I want to remind you there is only 1 week left for application into the Wild Card qualifying round for the IFSS WCh’s. The deadline for entry is January 7, 2013.

Your MUSA membership and IFSS race application must be received by January 7, 2013.  You must pay your $25.00 MUSA membership dues, but the IFSS event entry fee is not due at this time, but we do need to know what event you hope to qualify for.

The race circuit is throughout January and February 2&3.  However, you must become a MUSA member and submit an application for the event you hope to qualify for by January 7, 2013.

MUSA will let the race organization who is hosting the Wild Card races know who is competing prior to the event.  Also, if you have previously submitted an application but were not selected, you are automatically entered into the Wild Card races.  All you need to do is go race.

Thanks, hope to see you at an event near you.

All the best,

Mike Marsch



USFSS Mission
The mission of USFSS is to promote, support, coordinate, and develop mushing activities in the United States, to promote and encourage the welfare of sled dog and human athletes and to foster appreciation for the traditions and history of the sport. As the national governing body of sled dog sports in the United States, USFSS is further committed to the ideals and guidelines of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).


USFSS is a 501(C)(3) tax-exempt organization.