Ridge Runners Sled Dog Racing Club

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Welcome to the
2017 Jimbo's Vineyard Classic

This is the official Event Website, with up-to-date race information, background information, pictures, links, forms etc. As the Rrace weekend draws closer, more and more information will be available here, so make sure to regularly check back.

Race Location  

The race weekend will be held at Linden Estate (www.lindenestatewinery.co.nz/).

We are very proud that Linden Estate has opened their vineyard to us. They are very excited to host our Sled Dog Racing event again and are keen to make this a memorable weekend. Alongside their fantastic wines, we will have access to their excellent Restaurant. We have tested both wine and food for you and can attest to the outstanding quality!

Have a look what is available a-la-carte (http://www.valleydvine.co.nz/menus), we are working on a special race menu as well.

We also have very good news in that the famous hot mulled wine will be available again during the weekend - it has been a hot favorite at last year's event :-)

Linden Estate will offer special deals on their wines for the race event. Keep an eye out for more updates on those specials!

Linden Estate is located directly on State Highway 5, a convenient 6 minutes drive from the Napier Beach Kiwi Holiday Park.

Linden Estate Winery Race weekend Specials
and Sponsorship

Linden Estate will offer a 3 pack special as a momentum of the weekend.

This pack will include:

1 bottle of Chardonnay 2013

1 bottle of Gewurztraminer 2014

1 bottle of Dam Block 2013 (premium red blend) 

for $60 (normally $80).

These wines are produced within the vineyards you race in - you will be able to literary sample the very soil of the race trail)

Mushing seminars

We are very excited to have two speakers lined up for you.
Darren Scragg from Australia and Mark Roberts, who is doing a PhD on dog nutrition at AgResearch.
Topics of the talks and more information on the speakers will be provided shortly.

Race Dates
The Race Weekend will be held from Saturday, 29th of July 2017 until Sunday 30th of July 2017, a two day heated race event.

Race Schedule 

Saturday 29th of July, 2017
 > Musher meeting / bib draw at Linden Estate.
 > Race start, morning heat 1
 > Lunch
 > Winetasting
 > Mushing Seminars:
    -- Darren Scragg
    -- Mark Roberts (PhD, cand.)
> Race continues, evening Rig heat 2
> Dinner

Sunday, 31th of July, Bootie Blowout, Morning 
> Meeting at Linden Estate
> Race start, morning heats:
    -- Rigs heat 3
    -- Scooters heat 2
    -- unsanctioned classes

Race Entry Forms  

Download the Race Entry form here (click me). Linden Estate and Valley d'Vine have put together a fantastic ensemble of wines and food choices - make sure to read the menu list in the the entry form! You can also order a-la-carte with the restaurant directly.

You can complete and sign the forms digitally or make a hardcopy and mail them to the address listed.

For the best experience, please use Adobe Acrobat Reader (www.get.adobe.com/reader/). Other viewers may not support all features of the entry form. 

The last day for entries is the 22nd of June, after that a late registration fee applies.

Trail conditions  

Trails are mostly grassy trails within the vineyard. Occasional sections of gravel road and one very short piece of concrete.

Due to the layout of the vineyard, some trail sections will be narrower and passing should be timed accordingly and with care.

The picture below shows the general layout of Linden Estate - the shown trail may change for the race! Click on the image for full view.

Interactive map for Linden Estate

Linden Estate, Hawkes Bay

We will meet at the designated parking area at Linden Estate each morning, there is no need for a convoy. Teams can visit the winery or the Hawkes Bay Region in between race events, but arriving and leaving must be co-ordinated with the RGO so to not interfere with any ongoing events.

Race Officials and Helpers

Race Marshall
Darren Scragg
Race Secretary
Gabriele Altermann
Head Time Keeper
Melissa Guo
 Time Keepers
Caroline Liwon, Lisa Martin
 Chute Marshal
Gabriele & Eric Altermann
 Trail Boss
Hayden Franklin
 Vet on site
Any changes in the Race Officials will be announced here.
There is a range of options available within a 45 min radius of Linden Estate.

The Bay View Snapper Park in Napier (new name: Napier Beach Kiwi Holiday Park & Motels):

Here are some other dog friendly options in and around Napier:

Early booking is recommended for those who want a beachfront apartment. Individual places may vary in their ability to accommodate larger number of dogs, so be sure to double check before making your reservation.

Race Day Foods at Valley d'Vine

The restaurant at Linden Estate, Valley d'Vine (www.valleydvine.co.nz), have gone out of their way to create a spectacular (and affordable) Race Menu for the three racing days.
Breakfast includes barista made coffee, bacon-egg-mushroom toast and much more.
Lunch promises to be exciting with Lamb, Steak and Paua (!!) open sandwiches.
Dinner will be STEAK night!
Book your food in advance by filling in the Race menu in the Race Entry Form (even if you are a spectator) and send in to us ([email protected]). Payment is on the day in the restaurant.
For those who want to sample the other food choices, you can order a-la-carte as well - simply get in contact with Valley d'Vine (06-650 3463) and place your order.

See the entire race menu here or click on the restaurant logo.

Gold Sponsor 
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Silver Sponsors 
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UrbanWolf offers high quality equipment for active dogs and dog owners in New Zealand.
Breaking News
10/04/16: Website goes LIVE! More updates will come until the event.
10/04/16: Sponsors confirmed: The RRSDRC 25th anniversary race weekend is now proudly sponsored by Acana/Orijen, Urban Wolf, Pawtrax and Stake-Out.
28/03/16: first draft of the website done!