Hugh Neff

49 year old Yukon Quest veteran

My Sponsors:
40 Mile Air, Golden Bear Hotel, GBA Carona, Scott Janssen

Nationality: American
Current Residence: Tok, Alaska
Occupation(s): Musher, Native Wannabee
Kennel Name: Laughing Eyes Kennel
Name Origination: Robert Service Poem
Kennel Bloodlines: Erhart, Baker, Gatt, Cadzow
Breeds: Husky mix
# of Dogs in Kennel: 45


Musher Question & Answer

How many years have you been running dogs?
20

Tell us about your dogs?
George - 11 thousand milers, Amigo - 12 thousand, Rosie/Mojito/Havana/Cohiba have all done 8 or so. Love them older pooches!

How did you get started running dogs?
Worked as a handler for the Erhart family and Bill Mitchell.

What do you love most about running sled dogs?
Freedom of the trail, friends along the way, heavenly views.

Why did you enter the Yukon Quest? What are your goals for the race?
We love the Quest, life is all about the journey, learning to be better while having fun!

What music do you listen to on the trail?
The dogs howling.

How did your dogs get their names?/ How do you choose names?
I choose names that have positive energy and give respect to these amazing canines.

List recent sled dog races and/or best performances
2016 - Yukon Quest - 1st; 2016 - K300 - 6th; 2012 - Yukon Quest - 1st

Past Yukon Quest Race Results

Year Position Time
2016 1 9d 1h 28m
2015 5 10d 15h 56m
2014 2 8d 23h 7m
2013 2 8d 20h 55m
2012 1 9d 16h 5m
2011 - Withdrawn
2010 3 9d 3h 12m
2009 2 9d 23h 24m
2008 7 11d 21h 24m
2007 9 11d 9h 26m
2006 - Scratched
2005 3 11d 1h 50m
2003 8 11d 23h 30m
2002 11 12d 3h 13m
2001 - Scratched
2000 13 12d 0h 57m

Messages to Mushers

Dear Hugh Neff My name is Blake. I hope you do really well, because my class is doing a project and I chose you as my musher. You’re amazing!! I hope you do really good. We got a booster juice on the line, you looked promising so I picked. How did you name your dogs did you name them after people are something? Good Luck!!
February 02, 2017
Dear Mr. Hugh Neff my names is christian and I live in Etowah, Arkansas. I am a third grader at Manila Elementary in Manila, Arkansas and my class is doing a research paper on the Yukon Quest. Our teacher asked us to find a musher to follow and write about. I chose you because of how you seem to be with your dogs and of the past races. So I want to say GOOD LUCK AND BE SAFE! I have only one question, where is the place on the trail you think has the best scenery andcwhy? Thank you
February 05, 2017
Best wishes to you and the team,Hugh! Hope you do it again this year!
February 05, 2017
Howdy Hugh, Stay safe & strong. You are doing great! I am watching every moment on the tracker.
February 06, 2017
Hugh, Run this one for Rich. He is looking on with Geronimo cheering you on. Oh and also complaining about you backing into his cabin with the truck. LOL. Run with Spirit Hugh and best of luck to the dogs and you! PA Dave!!
February 06, 2017
My wife and I have the 2017 race poster hanging in our living room. We live in Cleveland Tn. Hugh, we recently lost one of our dogs, he got out of the fence and has not be found. Get rest,Go for it, catch Sass, and win this race. God Speed to you and your team...
February 08, 2017