MAHDS is committed to the development of harness dog sports in the maritimes and is working with dedicated members throughout Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island to support the safe and positive practice of these sports for the betterment of the people and dogs who love them.  We provide support and guidance to affiliate clubs and event organizers and are a trustworthy source of information regarding harness dog sports in the maritimes. We are governed by the Canadian Association of Harness Dog Sports, and in turn by the International Federation of Sleddog Sports. All MAHDS Members and MAHDS Member Clubs adhere to a Code of Conduct designed to uphold our core values for the safety, protection and inclusivity of all our members -- 2 and 4-legged. 

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2021 Board of Directors

Ian Loughead


Ian is an accomplished runner, cyclist, swimmer and triathlete from Timberlea, NS who brings a wealth of experience as a race director, coach and club organizer to the MAHDS board. Newt, Ian's chihuahua, is a local celebrity and sure to be seen at every event!

Ian's favourite harness dog sport is canicross.


Yvonne Jessome


Yvonne lives in Cape Breton, NS with her two dogs, Penny & Reginald.

She loves running and Brooks shoes. Her favourite harness dog sports are canicross & kicksled.  


Valerie Michon


Valerie lives in Moncton, NB. She is an avid outdoorswoman and loves to spend time with her dogs, Lucy & Solo, in harness. Val's favourite sports include bikejoring, kicksled, and skijoring - though she is also an avid canicrosser!

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Sarah Peel


Sarah lives in Moncton, NB and is passionate about sharing her love of harness dog sports with others.

Her favourite harness dog sports are canicross, bikejoring and skijoring.

Kaylee Hopkins


Kaylee hails from Fredericton, NB. and is an avid trail runner, mountain biker and paddler with strong roots in the adventure community - Kaylee is one of the founders of GTFO in case you didn't know! Kaylee has one dog (Stevie Licks, an 8 month old Brittany Spaniel) and is looking forward to lots of canicross adventures in the near future! 


Sarah Warford


Sarah lives in Halifax, NS with her 3 dogs, 2 kids and husband. 

Sarah's favourite harness dog sport is canicross, though she practices and coaches in all disciplines. Sarah also serves as the Regional Director for the Maritimes on the board of the Canadian Association of Harness Dog Sports and is the current president of CAHDS.

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