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Sled Dog Business Provides Unique Experience
A champion sled dog racer in rural Minnesota started a booming business giving rides on sleds pulled by his dogs. Surprisingly, it’s a year-round business so lack of snow is not a problem. Ed K. Streeper and his wife, Amy, run Fun Sled Dog Rides out of Osage, Minn.
Streeper grew up in Fort Nelson, B.C., and competed in sprint sled dog racing for 4 decades. He is “the winningest musher of races in North America in the sport’s history” having competed in more than 100 different places from Laconia, N.H. to Canada and Alaska, in more than 400 races. Five years ago he started offering sled dog rides to the public.
“We offer sled dog rides to people of all ages - no experience needed and no weight restrictions,” Streeper says.
He has plenty of old-style wooden sleds from the 1960’s to early 80’s. He also has toboggans, perfect for first-time riders. Each holds up to 4 adults or 6 kids. Another option is a double standup sled that lets riders feel like they are actually driving the team.
“We also offer a sled train for 3 to 5 sleds connected together that gets pulled by a snow machine. Each sled has one person standing on the runners holding the handle bar,” Streeper adds.
Living next to Smokey Hills State Forest, Streeper has trails from his property that go into the forest. He also takes his sleds and dogs to resorts, festivals and private events.
Besides traditional rides in the snow, Streeper has a Big People Mover on wheels. A team of 16 dogs can pull up to 9 adults in the wagon in other seasons.
Getting to meet some of Streeper’s nearly 100 sled dogs is a big part of the adventure. Crossed with hound lines and Canadian and Alaskan husky breeds, the dogs are 6 to 15 generations down from champion racers.
His website includes a video and information on rides available in every season.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Streeper Kennels, 26451 Co. Hwy. 39, Osage, Minn. 56570 (ph 218 573-3993; www.funsleddogrides.com; Facebook: Streeper Kennels).

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2020 - Volume #44, Issue #2