After reading the letter about putting Pinedale back in the Pinedale Stage Stop Sled Dog Race I thought it only fair that I respond from my personal experience with the race in 2009. At that time, our family had that portion of the Shriver Ranch that borders Ehman Lane leased, as we do today. The gentleman in charge of setting up the racecourse contacted Kenneth Shriver about going through their property and he referred him to me, as we were wintering our cows there. We came to an agreement as to where the course would go and I took it one step farther and contacted the adjoining neighbors and obtained permission to set the course up through five different ranches, with the final part of the course running from just below the Cora Post Office to the parking lot of the Pinedale VFW. I spent the better part of three days with our Snowcat building the trail, which included plowing out an area so the senior citizens bus could park along side it and watch the dogs as they approached Pinedale.
The only thing I asked for in return was a bag of Pedigree dog food for the five individuals who were kind enough to allow the use of their property. I was assured that this would not be a problem. It must have been, however, because at the end of the race the dog food was denied. I perceived the trade off as a win win, situation but Pedigree and the race organizers must have thought it was just too big of a price to pay. Too bad. That portion of the trail could have remained a memorable way to finish that leg of the race. So in closing, donít demean the people of Pinedale and Sublette County, just show us a little respect.
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