Alaskan Malamute Working Association


The Association's objective

To promote and encourage responsible ownership and the working ability of Alaskan Malamutes by example, education and general exchange of information.

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IMPORTANT NOTICE


A couple of weeks ago, a member whilst training his Sibes, came off of his Rig at a relatively slow speed and banged his head. The extent of his injuries was not immediately apparent until his started to have difficulties speaking at which point he was immediately taken to Hospital.
He had suffered a bleed on the brain and to further complicate things has also developed Encephalitis. In a nutshell he is very seriously ill with little signs of improvement. Only family members are allowed to visit as he is not always aware of anyone’s presence and is unable to speak. It will be a long road to recovery with an uncertain outcome.
This accident as reinforced thoughts that the Committee have had for a while in relation to our duty of care to our members and non-members who take part in our Rally’s and Treks and also utilise the training run at the Fun Weekend. We insist on those using a Scooter must wear a helmet and of course all juniors. However why do we stop there?
I came off of my Rig at Buttersteep at a relatively slow speed and banged my head but I was wearing a helmet. It was when I reviewed the video footage that one of my Malamutes suddenly stopped, my front wheel hit a rut and then I came off. It can happen that easily and at any speed.
It is becoming more common place that Musher’s wear a helmet but not in all cases. Unanimously the Committee have decided it is time for a change. With immediate effect and so in plenty of time for the training runs at the Fun/Training Weekend at Salisbury in August 2016 and for the 2016/2017 Season the Rally and Long Distance Trek Rules have been amended as follows:
RALLYS
17. The wearing of a protective helmet is COMPULSORY for all classes including the Recreational Class. The only exception as it is not appropriate is the Canicross Class.
18. The following types of helmet are acceptable. They must be undamaged and have a serviceable chin strap.
a. Cycle Helmet
b. BMX Helmet
c. Ski Helmet
19. Helmets must be available for inspection by the scrutineer during the rig inspection.
20. If a Musher arrives at the start line without a helmet they will not be allowed to run until wearing one. It will be the duty of the Start Timer to ensure this is adhered to. If the Musher misses their start time they will be permitted to run at the end of the class.
LONG DISTANCE TREKS
12. The wearing of a protective helmet is COMPULSORY for all Mushers.
13. The following types of helmet are acceptable. They must be undamaged and have a serviceable chin strap.
a. Cycle Helmet
b. BMX Helmet
c. Ski Helmet
14. Helmets must be available for inspection by the scrutineer during the rig inspection.
15. If a Musher arrives at the start line without a helmet they will not be allowed to run until wearing one. It will be the duty of the Event Organisers to ensure this is adhered to.
The relevant Entry Forms have also been updated
John Binding
Chairperson

Buying an Alaskan Malamute

Due to the increase of un-registered dogs AMWA now feels it is necessary to make the public aware that all dogs that compete at AMWA events must be pure bred sled dogs and Kennel Club registered. If you are interested in owning an Alaskan Malamute then please contact the Alaskan Malamute Club of the United Kingdom who will gladly give you details of reputable breeders. http://www.alaskanmalamute.org.uk/