Dogs have their day in Incline Snowfest events
Snowfest 2000 came to Incline Village during the weekend with the Purina Dog Chow Incredible Dog Challenge and a Celebrity SUV Challenge.
The dog challenge took place during the morning and into the afternoon on the driving range at Championship Golf Course.
The Purina dog challenge put well-trained dogs and their owners through a variety of maneuvers. These dogs demonstrated practical skills such as pulling sleds and finding victims of avalanches, as well as frisbee catching and pulling owners as they cross country skied behind them.
One of the first events of the day was the avalanche rescue demonstration. For this event, a snow cave was constructed and a mound of snow was heaped on top of it.
Inside was a volunteer victim.
Craig Noble and his golden retriever Austin were the team that found and rescued the volunteer. It was the second day of winning for Austin and Noble, who earned the avalanche rescue championship on Friday in competition on Mount Rose.
The sled dog races drew a solid line of spectators who silently flanked the waving flags that outlined the race course.
The three teams of four dogs could be heard all over the course as they yelped in anticipation. At the start of the final lap, a over anxious team actually had to be caught and pulled back to await the “go.”
The sled drivers stood atop either nylon or traditional rope-weave basket sleds. Valerie Buck and her dogs from Colorado were this year’s winners.
The activity shifted to the Ponderosa Ranch at 2 p.m. when celebrities took part in an sports utility vehicle exhibition.
Celebrities had a chance to try their driving skills on a precision-driving circuit designed by off-road racer and Reno resident Rod Hall at Incline Village’s Ponderosa Ranch.
Ford Motors, Inc. invited the celebrities to drive the Sport version of the Explorer on each of two courses. Each celebrity drove each course and then averaged their speeds to determine the overall winner.
Zachary Ty Brian from ‘Home Improvement;” Lavar Burton, of “Star Trek” and “Reading Rainbow;” Alfonso Ribeiro from “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” and soon to be on “NYPD Blues;” and Robert Hayes, CBS Sports host, were decked out in Ford baseball caps and yellow and black jackets for the race.
The upshot of all this fun was that Brian got the fastest single lap time, with a 1:37. Hayes proved to be the most consistent driver, however, with the fastest overall time of 3:35 for two laps.
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