26 year old Yukon Quest veteran
Two Rivers Outpost, 24 Mile Java, HIAlaska, Alaska Icefield Expeditions, Last Frontier Mushing Co-op, Bush Alaska Expeditions, Santa Cruz Animal Health, Dogbooties.com, Non-Stop Dog Wear
Current Residence: Two Rivers, AK
Occupation(s): Tour Guide, Musher
Kennel Name: Smokin' Ace Kennels
Name Origination: I like to play poker.
Kennel Bloodlines: Kleedehn, Gatt, Hall, King, Buser & Swingley
Breeds: Alaskan Husky
# of Dogs in Kennel: 40
Musher Question & Answer
How many years have you been running dogs?
Tell us about your dogs?
My 2018 team will be comprised of a handful of my core team from the 2017 Quest plus many new recruits that will be 2.5 years old. I'm very excited about this group of young dogs, I think they have lots of potential. They're a mix between two different breedings from some of our best dogs in the kennel.
How did you get started running dogs?
My parents started a mushing expedition company when I was just a young boy, I learned from them.
What do you love most about running sled dogs?
Clearing my mind and getting in the zone with my dogs. When I'm on the trail all the daily stresses, regardless of what's going on in my life, just melt away.
Are you a member of any other organizations involved in sled dog sports?
Yes, Two Rivers Dog Mushing Association
Why did you enter the Yukon Quest? What are your goals for the race?
I look forward to showing our youngsters the Quest Trail and watching Anchor and Ace run their second Yukon Quest.
What music do you listen to on the trail?
I listen to a variety, but mostly lots of dance music - it's upbeat and keeps me awake.
How did your dogs get their names?/ How do you choose names?
We follow the alphabet, so we have an "A" litter (Anchor & Ace), "B" & "C" litters, etc. We like to pick names that suit the dogs' personalities, so we don't usually name them until they're a little older. We also like to pick strong names for the dogs, naming them after inspiring people, places, musicians and explorers or the world. Just like the people, dogs deserve names that will reflect their future accomplishments.
List recent sled dog races and/or best performances
2017 Yukon Quest - 1st 2016 Copper Basin 300 - 1st 2016 Solstice 50 - 1st 2016 Two Rivers 200 - 3rd
Past Yukon Quest Race Results
|2017||1||10d 1h 7m|
|2016||4||9d 6h 45m|
|2014||3||10d 4h 24m|