Racing dogs are making a name for teen Jessica

Jessica Wright, 14, of Conisbrough, pictured with Huskies Kara, Maya and Star.  Picture: Marie Caley S0298MC
Jessica Wright, 14, of Conisbrough, pictured with Huskies Kara, Maya and Star. Picture: Marie Caley S0298MC
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DOG-mad Jessica Wright is is making a name for herself in sled racing – with a husky team she bought for herself.

And the animals are also set to take part in Britain’s nest known dog show.

Jess, aged 14, of Acacia Grove, Conisbrough, was sled-racing her Siberian huskies this weekend after claiming a runner-up title in her debut qualifier last season.

The De Warennes Academy pupil saved her paper round cash to buy two Siberian huskies, Maya and Star, for £650 and had the third, Kara, bought as a birthday present.

Then she got all three qualified for Crufts this year with titles in their first shows.

Not only that, she is virtually self-taught, with support from her friend Kirsty Price, and has been picked out as ‘one to watch’ by seasoned racers.

This weekend, she competed at Delamore Forest in Cheshire, and next she plans to go on to take part in events in Suffolk and Scotland.

She has hooked her once-reluctant family into racing, and now mum Val, dad Peter and even grandparents Alan and Maureen Jones trail out to see her in action.

Val said: “Jessica had to wait years to get her dogs but she was determined, and although we said we never would, we’ve now got a van to transport them, and they’ve kind of taken over our lives.

“Jess is a junior this season, but she hopes to go on to professional racing. Her main ambition is to be a vet.

“It’s a weird experience when you go and see hundreds of dogs all lined up – it’s quite wonderful really.”

The family also hope to take part in a sponsored charity husky walk across the Humber Bridge on Sunday, December 30, to help fund holidays for the families of children with cancer.

More than 100 dogs and owners have signed up to walk across the bridge in tandem, while traffic continues to use the main roadway.

Val said: “We’re definitely up for it and we’ve all got a head for heights, in fact my son’s a pilot.”

The family also help with the Siberian Husky Aid Rescue and Education organisation.