(Photo courtesy of Scott Mochar)
The owner of the business and the main competitor in the team, Emily has owned rescue dogs since she was 6 years old and has always been very active with her dogs, taking them on holiday with her and since 2009, competing all over the country in Canicross competitions. As a team with her 4 dogs, Emily has been placed in many National events and some of the highlights follow:
In the 2017/2018 season Emily was awarded a National Ranking of 7th in the Elite Female Open Bikejor class with Donnie and 15th in the Elite Female Open Canicross with Yogi completing his second race ever! Emily was 2nd in the Canicross Midlands National Championship Series in the Open Female Bikejor class with Donnie.
In the 2016/2017 season Emily was awarded a National Ranking of 4th in the Elite Female Open Bikejor class with Donnie and 9th in the Elite Female Open Canicross with Judo. Emily was 2nd in the Canicross Midlands National Championship Series in the Open Female Bikejor class with Donnie and came 3rd with Tegan & Judo in the Open Female Two Dog Canicross Class in the same Championship.
In the 2015/2016 season Emily gained a European Bikejor Ranking of 10th with Donnie in the Elite Female class and a European Ranking of 25th in the Elite Womens Canicross with Judo, taking part in the 17th European Canicross Federation Championships in Scotland.
Emily and Donnie also came 2nd in the Elite Womens Bikejor class at the Scottish National Championship and IFSS Championship Qualifier race, 2nd in the Canicross Midlands National Championship Series in the Open Female Bikejor class and came 3rd with Judo in the Open Female Scooter class at the Checkendon Challenge Championship.
The whole team also completed The Cotswold Way, a long distance trail, split into 5 stages with each of the dogs completing different legs.
In the 2014/2015 season Emily just missed out on a medal at the English National Championship races with Donnie after a tough start to the season following Donnie's illness, coming 4th. They then went on to win the Canicross Midlands Championship Series in the Open Female Bikejor class and came 2nd with Judo in the Open Female Scooter class at the Checkendon Challenge Championship.
In the 2013/2014 season Emily was placed second in both the English (BSSF) & Scottish (SDAS) National Championship races with Donnie in the Elite Female Open Bikejor class, won a Bronze Medal in the Cani-X National & International Championship with Donnie again in the Female Open Bikejor class and won the female scooter class at the Checkendon Challenge Championship with Donnie, Judo & Monty (a friends' dog who stepped in when Donnie was ill).
In the 2012/2013 season she won 3rd place in the Cani-X Open Female Bikejor Championship with Donnie, came 6th in the Female 2 Dog class with Tegan & Judo and also gained a European Bikejor ranking of 11th with Donnie in the Elite Female Open Bikejor class and a ranking of 29th in the Elite Womens Canicross with Judo, by taking part in the 15th European Canicross Federation Championships.
In the 2011/2012 Cani-X season Emily won the Cani-X National Championship in the Open Female Scooter class, again with Tegan & Judo, having taken up this alternative sport due to an ankle injury.
In the 2010/2011 Cani-X season Emily was runner up in the Cani-X National Championship in the Open Female 2 Dog class with Tegan & Judo.
Emily is also a qualified pet first aider, has studied Pet Psychology, gaining a diploma in 2010 and has pursued personal studies of many other aspects of animal behaviour including courses at the Natural Animal Centre.
(Photo courtesy of www.philoconnor.com at The South Downs Marathon 2011)
The business backbone, Marc is a part time competitor but full time support member of the team and enjoys making sure the rest of the team are happy, healthy and looked after. Marc enjoys bikejor, often checking out new courses for us in advance, competing when he can and also ensuring our equipment is of the highest safety standards.
The first canine member of the team and the only bitch, Tegan was rescued in 2007 at a year old from a local dog sanctuary. Tegan is a husky cross collie and displays character traits from both breeds. Being a strong natured female means she is ‘top’ in the dog pack and the boys do as she says! Tegan is wilful but fiercely loyal and is the steady endurance dog in the running team having covered 60 miles of the West Highland Way in 3 days with ease in 2011. Tegan has recently retired from racing full time at the age of 11 years but she still enjoys joining us on training runs and the occasional fun run!
The original lean, mean pulling machine of the team, Judo was born to run and was rescued in 2008 as a 16 week old pup from a national dog rescue. Judo is a collie cross something (?) and is a gentle, quiet, and often nervous dog until you put him in a harness and then there’s nothing stopping him! Judo loves nothing more than running and is in his element as the lead dog in the team being very confident with voice commands and hand signals. However, he has recently retired from running in harness at the age of 10 years, he now enjoys free running and still likes to lead from the front.
The strongest and most energetic member of the team, Donnie was rescued in 2011 at 6 months old and his move to us was (we think) his 7th! Donnie has a cheeky character full of fun and games and is the lead bikejor dog. In 2014 Donnie was diagnosed with Addison's Disease which we thought might end his racing in harness, but this little Sprollie's (springer spaniel cross collie) strength and boundless energy means he still wants to tear around the bikejor racing courses and has continued to gain many National and European rankings. At 7 years old he can't keep up with some of the longer legged breeds racing these days, we don't tell him that though, he wins every time for us! ;-)
(Photo Copyright of Chillpics and courtesy of CaniX)
The newest and most unusual looking dog of the team, Yogi was a rescue from 8 Below Husky Rescue and came to us as a pup in April 2017. Yogi was DNA tested in 2017 and it came back that he is 50% Husky, 25% Greyhound and 25% Saluki, making him what should be the perfect running companion! Yogi is still very much the baby of the pack and started racing in 2018. We are taking things slowly with him as he's easily distracted and is much bigger than the other team members, so he's been allowed plenty of time to grow up and won't be starting any proper training in front of a bike or scooter until he's at least 18 months old.
(Photo Copyright and courtesy of Horses for Courses Photography)