Could you please introduce yourself quickly: who are you, how old are you and where do you live?
Daniel JUILLAGUET, 51, married, 3 children, from the South West of France. I live in the Haut Jura.
Can you also introduce your dogs?
I have Alaskan Huskies of all ages with long distance lineage.My kennel consists of 25 dogs.
What are your main strengths?
My physical preparation (note: Daniel also participates in long distance triathlons such as the Embrunman, etc.) and my close relationship with my dogs.
What are your weaknesses?
Too few training runs and too little time. But I plan on changing that soon!
What is a typical day for you?
At the moment (summer 2018): lunch, gym, cleaning, feeding and relaxing the dogs for 1 hour in total. Then work. The same in the evening with the dogs.
What are your plans for 2018-2019?
Going back to Norway for 1 or 2 long distance races that should serve as qualifiers for the Yukon Quest in 2021
What are your best and worst memories as a musher?
Lots of things...
My best memory is my victory last year in the Amundsen Race in Sweden.
The worst is obviously the death of one of my female dogs, Okak, due to a twisted stomach.
What is your favourite place for mushing?
Sweden, for its open spaces and the friendly people.
Who is your favourite musher and why?
I don't really have a favourite musher but I feel quite close to mushers like Jean Philippe PONTIER as we started at the same time and to a Norwegian musher named Arnt Ola Skerve.
Who or what inspires you?
What inspires me are real great travellers. I feel very close to Jean Louis Etienne who is also from the Tarn.
What do you like to do besides sleddog sports?
Physical challenges. I'm preparing for an Ironman event in Sweden (he finally took part in an Embrunman event in France). I also have a book in the pipeline.
In which direction do you think sleddog sports are headed?
One dog disciplines have a great future I think. Regarding the dog sledding, the problem is space and the lack of recognition of our sport as such.