On a mission to change the world of dog mushing
Focusing on race-winning performance, along with making a positive contribution to a unique and challenging endurance sport, Team QRILL Pet is more than ‘just’ a team. Our mission is to indisputably become the best long distance dog sled team and set a new standard for all sports teams in the world.
We believe that we can create a better understanding of the sport and a unique foundation that will set new standards in the world of dog mushing. To achieve this, we have brought together the best athletes and industry players to form a team that will strive to lift the whole universe of the sport. Together we can advance pet nutrition and race-equipment and drive new research to improve the well-being of the dogs and athletes. We will also foster recruitment to ensure the next generation of the sport.
The predominantly Norwegian team includes Thomas Wærner, Marit Beate Kasin, Joar Ulsom and Dallas Seavey from the USA. Matching race winning experience with future talent, Hanna Lyrek is the youngest team member. The team aims to win the top three long-distance races, Iditarod, Finnmarksløpet and Femundsløpet.
Thomas Wærner (46) is a professional long-distance dog musher and dog breeder. He owns and runs the Berserk kennel based in Synnfjell, Norway. Thomas and his team recently gained two victories, both at the F650 Femundløpet and in the FL1200 Finnmarksløpet (2019). In addition to winning, Berserk kennel received the veterinarian award for best animal welfare at the FL1200 Finnmarksløpet (2019). In 2015 he was crowned “Rookie of the year” at the Iditarod race in Alaska, where he finished 17th. Thomas was announced best dog breeder in 2013, in the same year he won Finnmarksløpet and came 3rd in Femundløpet. He has a total of 8 international medals. Besides his devotion for his dogs and to the sport of dog mushing, he runs the company EveryCare AS, a technology company based in Torpa. Originally from Oslo, Thomas today lives with his family and dogs in Synnfjell, a three-hour drive from the capital.
I JOINED THE QRILL PET MUSHING TEAM BECAUSE I BELIEVE THAT WE CAN MAKE THE SPORT GREATER. THE TEAM SETUP WILL NOT ONLY BE BENEFICIAL FOR THE MUSHERS, BUT ALSO FOR THE DOGS, THE RACES AND EVERYONE INVOLVED IN DOG MUSHING. WE HOPE TO MOVE THE SPORT FORWARD AND INVITE MORE TEAMS TO THE SPORT.
THOMAS WÆRNER - Professional Dog Musher
Along with Aker BioMarine’s brand QRILL Pet, the team is sponsored by Felleskjøpet with their dog and cat food brand Appetitt, Non-stop Dogwear, and Hundeskjører Butikken. We hope to extend the partnership to a global level whilst the attention to the sport grows. We see great potential in the sport of dog mushing. Thanks to this incredible sport and our inspiring mushers we will be able to really drive innovation, improve dogs’ health, along with promoting the sport.
Sled dogs are special animals that need a special diet designed to cover their nutritional needs. With this in mind, QRILL Pet has set on a journey to investigate the sport of dog mushing. The brand had a fantastic experience with a pilot sponsorship over the last years with Sigrid Ekran, Thomas Wærner and Joar Ulsom, helping to improve their dogs’ overall endurance and well-being.
In a study with 5 weeks of 8% krill meal inclusion in diets for Alaskan Huskies prior to the 2016 Iditarod dogsled race – a thousand mile endurance exercise known to induce muscle damage and inflammation – showed that the 40% increase of the Omega-3 Index in the krill group decreased muscle damage and inflammation when compared to the control group.
Now, QRILL Pet wants to take the sponsorship to the next level and thrive further research to improve the health and well-being of sled dogs, while building the sport and reaching more awareness globally.
Appetitt is a Norwegian super premium dog and cat food brand owned by Felleskjøpet Agri. Appetitt is produced with only high-quality ingredients where a majority of the ingredients are sourced from Norway. The most popular selections contain a high inclusion of QRILL Pet, a superior source of omega-3s for pets. Each selection of Appetitt has been developed with major research and care. The content of energy, protein, fat, minerals and vitamins in the various types are optimized and cover the different needs for every dog size. With Appetitt every dog will always get a feed adapted to their needs. Having a deep understanding of the nutritional needs of dogs, Appetitt has developed a special formulation for sled dogs to cover the needs of these unique athletes.
Non-stop dogwear was founded in Norway, 2009. Today Non-stop dogwear develops, designs and sells high-quality dog equipment worldwide, currently, you can find their products in over 1,000 stores in 22 countries. Non-stop strives to make the best dog equipment. The company has been a long time player in the sport of dog mushing, not only supplying equipment for the dogs but also producing unique jackets for the athletes. Consisting of a young team the company has a "can do" attitude and is a perfect partner to bring the sport of dog mushing forward.
Hundekjører Butikken is specialized in developing and selling high-quality equipment for the sport of dog sled racing. Having been a long-term sponsor of Marit Kasin and having set their heart on dog mushing, Hundekjører Butikken will continue to provide her with the best equipment needed. They will also be a sponsor of Hanna Lyrek.
The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is also known as the Last Great Race on Earth, is an annual long-distance sled dog race held in March. Started in 1973, the race covers a trail from Anchorage to Nome in Alaska and is one of the toughest and highly competitive races. The Mushers and a team of 16 dogs cover a distance of 1000 miles / 1600 km in 8-15 days.
Finnmarksløpet is Europe’s longest and the world’s northernmost sled dog race. The race was first to run in 1981 and covers a distance of 1200 km across Finnmark in Norway.
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