Hank DeBruin

54 year old Yukon Quest veteran

My Sponsors:
Winterdance Dogsled Tours - hopefully more to come!

Nationality: Canadian
Current Residence: Haliburton, ON
Occupation(s): Owner of dogsled tour business
Kennel Name: Winterdance Dogsled Tours
Name Origination: We toyed with many words and Winterdance was the one combination we kept coming back to.
Kennel Bloodlines: Purebred Siberian Husky
Breeds: Siberian Husky
# of Dogs in Kennel: 147

Musher Question & Answer

How many years have you been running dogs?

How did you get started running dogs?
My wife fell in love with a husky pup at a pet store, then we read Libby Riddles' Race Across Alaska and saw Iron Will and we decided it would be really cool to have a team - the rest is history!

What do you love most about running sled dogs?
All of it! The bond you form through so much time with your dogs, the incredible beauty in the wilderness landscape that you travel through, the solitude, the wildlife, sunsets, challenges, amazing friends, the quest to always learn more and do better.

Why did you enter the Yukon Quest? What are your goals for the race?
Just can't seem to stay away, the trail calls! We are coming back to do our best and cross the finish line with a happy, healthy dog team. We look forward to seeing the amazing friends we have made on and along the Quest trail!

What music do you listen to on the trail?
I don't. I find it distracts me from my dogs.

How did your dogs get their names?/ How do you choose names?
We generally try to pick a theme for each litter of puppies, then wait to see personality of the pup before picking a name that seems to suit them. Some of the veterans on this team are the Top Gun litter: Maverick, Charlie (yes, a girl), Viper, Jester. K2 was a massive white pup so hence he fit his name, Strawberry, our 2 year old daughter at the time named. Other litters trying out for this team are the Harry Potter litter (Harry, Albus, Ron, Helwig, Ginny, Hermione) and the Wild West Litter (Doc, Wyatt, Kidd, Garrett).

List recent sled dog races and/or best performances
2016 - Yukon Quest; 2014 - Yukon Quest- 8th; 2014 - Defi Taiga- 2nd; 2014 - Seney 300- 2nd

Past Yukon Quest Race Results

Year Position Time
2016 -- Scratched
2014 8 12d 20h 58m
2011 13 13d 11h 12m

Messages to Mushers

Hello! My name is James I just want to say that I hope you win and good luck out in the very cold snow! Make sure your dogs don’t get hurt, good luck and I hope you win!
February 02, 2017
Hank and the Siberians!! You looked great at the start, team! We'll be watching and sending good vibes to you all. Good luck! Lindy
February 05, 2017
Hi Hank and Pups, We are thinking of you and hope you enjoy the race! Good luck, good health. We'll be following your progress and cheering you on. Adam, Taryn, Dashiell, Elan and Harlen
February 05, 2017
Dear Hank, You're the best around, nothing's gonna take you down! You're the best around, nothing's gonna take you down! You can do it Best Wishes, Nawwar
February 07, 2017
Watching you Hank from the homeland. Go Winterdance
February 08, 2017
Hi :) We are 2nd graders and this is our first time learning about sled dog races and getting to track one on-line. We enjoyed getting to see the names you have for some of your dogs. Thanks. ^_^ We wish you a fun and successful race. :)
February 10, 2017
Sending the great Haliburton Highlands spirit to guide you and the dogs
February 11, 2017