Monday, January 23, 2017

This past weekend’s pre-race food drop and vet checks have resulted in changes to who will participating in the 2017 Yukon Quest 1,000 Mile International Sled Dog Race.

Ed Stielstra failed to comply with the General Race Procedure Rule # 8 stating “rookie entrants must have their dogs examined at a YQI official Vet Check.” After careful consideration, the Yukon Quest Rules Committee and Race Marshal, Fabian Schmitz have decided to permit Stielstra to race with a monetary fine, pending a successful vet check.

Stielstra is considering this option and will make a decision tomorrow morning. Laura Neese will also make a final decision regarding her voluntary withdraw from the race tomorrow morning.

The Race Marshal, confirmed by the Head Veterinarian Nina Hansen and the Yukon Quest Rules Committee, has withdrawn Severin Cathry from the 1,000-mile race as he has failed to comply with General Race Procedure Rule # 8 pertaining to vaccination requirements to prevent the highly infectious disease of bordetella.