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17 - Racing under the Great Blue Sky

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17 - Racing under the Great Blue Sky

Résumé de l’épisode

Peter Ledwidge and his family live out their passion for sled dog racing in Dawson City, Yukon, the undisputed capital of mushing. Daily contact with his dogs has helped Peter develop a relationship with them that is based on trust, respect and mutual understanding.


Peter LedwidgePeter Ledwidge has always been drawn to adventure, wide open spaces and the wilderness. In 1993, he witnessed for the first time the Yukon Quest, a sled dog race that takes place each year between Fairbanks, Alaska and Whitehorse, Yukon. The event was a revelation for him. “I’d never been so sure of anything. I wanted to devote my life to pursuing this goal, to live among dogs and train them to take part in the Yukon Quest.”

Today, Ledwidge lives his passion for mushing a few kilometres from Dawson City, a legendary town overrun during the gold rush with countless adventurers drawn by the promise of riches. Dawson City is also the undisputed capital of sled dog racing. At the Ledwidge’s, the passion for mushing and for the dogs gets the whole family involved, and everyone does their part. Peter’s wife Ann travels with him on mushing trips. She also drives her own dog team in some races. Ten year-old Émilie is following in her father’s footsteps. The young girl is already dreaming of the Yukon Quest, climbing on her little sled and driving her team of three dogs with a master’s hand!

Peter AnnA meeting with Ledwidge and his family is an occasion to share in an experience, through the training and daily care of his dogs, that is at once thrilling and gruelling,. But it’s also a foray onto the site of another of the Yukon’s legendary races, the Percy DeWolfe. We share in the excitement of the moment, and in a one-of-a-kind experience. As Peter Ledwidge put it so well: “The moment of magic during a race occurs when you’ve been on the trail all night with your dogs and you watch the sun rise. Everything is so quiet, and you tell yourself there’s no other place in the world you’d rather be right now.”

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Par Équipe Humanima, 2010-10-26, 14h45

@Christian Merci pour votre message et votre intérêt envers Humanima. Malheureusement, les épisodes de la série Humanima ne sont pas disponibles au complet sur Internet. Nous ne connaissons pas les prochaines horaires de diffusion pour le moment, mais nous vous invitons à consulter le site régulièrement, les horaires sont mises à jour de façon hebdomadaire.


Par christian, 2010-10-25, 14h45

Peut-on revoir ce reportage au complet a quelque part sur internet, je l'ai raté et j'en suis très déçu. merci

Par Chantal Migneault, 2009-08-22, 14h45

Bonjour, J'ai aimé ce documentaire. Les images sont grandioses. J'ai été captivé par la course finale...que j'avais vue dans un autre film mais que je croyais une invention. L'attention portée à la santé des chiens m'a surprise car bien des histoires nous sont contées et les animaux souffrent souvent au détriment des humains. La vie dans cette partie de notre planète n'est pas toujours facile et la relation avec tous ces chiens semblait magique. Merci à toutes votre équipe de nous faire découvrir des gens qui ont cet amour de la nature et tous ces beaux coins de notre planète. J'ai pleuré à la fin avec eux...j'espère que toute la famille va bien dans leur nouvelle maison et les chiens dans leurs nouvelles familles. merci.

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