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Vickie in final line-up for Gloucestershire Women in Business Awards

By BHawes  |  Posted: February 19, 2014

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Vickie Pullin and Chantelle Goddard-Jones have brought the excitement of the arctic to rural Gloucestershire.
The pair run Arctic Quest in Bredon, near Tewkesbury providing husky dog rides with carts and scooters adapted for sledding in snow-free conditions.

Now Vickie has been named as a finalist in the Young Entrepreneur of the Year category of the Gloucester Citizen and Gloucestershire Echo Women in Business Awards 2014.

Vickie has had an extraordinary career before setting up Arctic Quest, one of only four husky dog ride operators in the UK.

She left home at 18 and headed for Canada where she qualified as a snowboard instructor which helped to fund her training and racing for Team GB.

Her love of husky dogs took her to work in Alaska where she lived in a tent on a glacier surrounded by 150 sled dogs.

She returned to the UK to become development officer for Snowsports England and began hatching her plan to bring Arctic adventure to this country.

Arctic Quest uses three-wheeled trikes to replace sleds and tracks along the River Avon replace mountain passes, but the thrill is pretty much the same.

Vickie uses her teaching experience to devise a safe way to enable customers to build up the length of rides, their difficulty and the number of dogs.

Vickie continues to excel in sport. Last year, competing against dog teams from across Britain and from as far away as New Zealand, she won the sled dog scooter category of the Canix World Championships in Pembrey, South Wales, and secured a place with Team GB at the World Championships in France next November.

She has a bond of trust and faith with her husky dogs that takes years to forge and this relationship is the key to the success of her business.

Arctic Quest has become a blueprint for other ride centres and with no legislation or governing body to ensure quality of care for working huskies Vickie formed the Association of British Sleddog Operators and a code of practice for members to adhere to.

Last year the company was awarded a certificate for being one of the top ten per cent performing companies worldwide.

The winners of the Women in Business Awards 2014 will be announced at a presentation evening at the Hatherley Manor Hotel on March 20.
This year's sponsors are Grundon, EDF Energy, HSBC Commercial Banking, Circle2Success, Pervue and HRML HR and employment law specialist.

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