Matt Hall

25 year old Yukon Quest veteran

My Sponsors:
Bush Alaska Expeditions, Taiga, Dogbooties.com, Alaska Icefield Expeditions, Santa Cruz Animal Health, Two Rivers Outpost

Nationality: American
Current Residence: Two Rivers, AK
Occupation(s): Musher
Kennel Name: Smokin' Ace Kennels
Name Origination: I like to play poker
Kennel Bloodlines: Hall, Kleedehn, Gatt, Bartlett, King & Buser
Breeds: Alaskan Husky
# of Dogs in Kennel: 40


Musher Question & Answer

How many years have you been running dogs?
20

Tell us about your dogs?
Without question, I must mention Keeper here. He's everything you could dream a leader could be - focused, smart & the motivator to get any team to go the distance. And of course, the rest of my incredible team.

How did you get started running dogs?
My parents run an expedition tour kennel & my father raced as well.

What do you love most about running sled dogs?
Working with the dogs. They're beautiful animals & incredible athletes.

Are you a member of any other organizations involved in sled dog sports?
Two Rivers Dog Mushing Association

Why did you enter the Yukon Quest? What are your goals for the race?
To complete the course going in the direction of Whitehorse to Fairbanks & to finish in a competitive manner.

What music do you listen to on the trail?
Pop

How did your dogs get their names?/ How do you choose names?
We follow the alphabet, naming each litter of puppies after a letter. Keeper got his name when my father looked at him as a pup and deemed him a 'keeper'!

List recent sled dog races and/or best performances
2016 - YQ1000 - 4th; 2016 - Two River 200 - 3rd; 2016 Solstice 50- 1st; 2016 Copper Basin 300 - 1st

Past Yukon Quest Race Results

Year Position Time
2016 4 9d 6h 45m
2015 - Scratched
2014 3 10d 4h 24m

Messages to Mushers

Hey man, I chose you because you are a good musher. Oh! I forgot, but my name is James. I wanted to ask, ‘Who is your favorite dog?’ You are the best musher and hope you win. Good luck and ask for a crown or another dog. Good luck!! PLEASE WIN!!
February 02, 2017