A champion Canadian team entered the American Dog Derby of 1924 and introduced the "northern" sled to the American Dog Derby. It was driven by Shorty Russak (second from left) of Montreal but Shorty did not win the 1924 Derby. Sixteen-year-old Ashton schoolboy, Ollcott Zarn (far left), upset the field of champions by winning 1924 American Dog Derby in an exciting sprint to the finish carrying one of his dogs, unconscious from exhaustion, on his sled. The northern sled had made an impression on the Idaho mushers, however.
See Race Registration for current 2018 race info.
American Dog Derby souvenirs are now available in Ashton at The Last Shot on Main coffee shop.
Due to weather and track conditions, we will not be running the Ray Gordon or Tud Kent races. It has been suggested that we run an Open Class for 8 dogs & up on the same track as the Cordinglyrace. Let us know what you think. We will make the final determination on Thursday evening at the musher meeting.
In the high country of eastern Idaho just west of the Teton mountains lies a little town full of snow. Ashton was founded and built in 1906 because of the Union Pacific railroad. The rails were closed due to heavy snowfall during winter and weren’t plowed until spring, so Ashton became the winter rail terminus for the entire region. Mushing – a sled and rider pulled by a team of dogs - became a serious business as it was the only way mail, people, and supplies could be delivered throughout winter.
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With a month to go till the 2017 American Dog Derby, confidence is high that the snow will be in fantastic shape for the races!
Due to warm weather and trail conditions, the Tud Kent 92 mile race has been cancelled and the 10 Dog Ray Gordon race will run the same distance as the smaller 8 dog race, creating 2 classes in this distance. One 10 dog 45 mile race and an 8 dog 45 mile race. All other races will remain the same as planned. Contact our race director with any questions: 208-360-0988
We are proud to announce that we will be using Vector Timing's chip timing system for this years American Dog Derby.
See how Vector Timing works at http://vectortiming.com/
There will be a $15 dolloar increase in sign up fees to cover the cost.
Jerry Bath surpassed Tud Kent's record, becoming the new title holder for the American Dog Derby. Tud held that record for 87 years. He won six races between 1917 and 1926. Jerry has won his race, seven of the last seven years!
All of the daytime Derby events are outdoors. It is February, so even if the sun is shining it can get cold, especially at the start. There's alot of action at the Derby, but as a specator, you'll be standng or sitting for long periods, not moving much. So, your body will cool down fast, especially, your fingers and toes, if you're not prepared!!!
We have eliminated the race start position drawing and will now determine start order by date of registration received. See 4-A of our rules page for more information.
We are happy tpo announce that the Skijor Race will be held on both Friday and Saturday. Contact Matt and Mindy Reimann to register. 1-208-542-6149
Ever wonder what the strange commands and mushing words mean? Read this list of common musher terms and commands so you will have a better understanding of what is going on at the starting line and along the track.
Mmmm! It’s Sooo Good! Soup Challenge! 1st Place takes home $75! Spectator – Tasters help pick the winners!
Mushers! There are several places to rest your head in and around Ashton. See this page for details. Ask if they are offering any deals for mushers!
This family oriented winter festival begins on Friday with the preliminary races and continues on Saturday, Feb 19, 2012 with the final races and events for spectators.
Come early and experience Musher’s Row, watch as the mushers ready their teams for the race. Experience the team’s excitement as they “sing” their way to the starting line.
Find that perfect spot along starting line row for the perfect view/pictures of the starting gate. Individual teams start every two minutes once a race begins! Cheer the dogs on as they pass you on their way out on to the course.
Ashton-Tetonia Trail - If you're hoping to"heel" the winter blues, then follow the mushers over to Ashton, Idaho, this February 16,17, and 18 for the annual American Dog Derby. Since 1917, dogsled enthusiasts have converged on Ashton to participate in the longest-running dogsled race in the lower 48 states. The main course runs from Ashton to Cascade Corner of Yellowstone National Park, but the derby offers a host of other competitions, including a mutt run, weight pull, snow sculpture contest and much more.
Thanks to a group of mushers making a very long journey all the way from Southern California to make the American Dog Derby their very first "real" race! See their website for their account of their memorable journey.