Rick Katucki

64 year old Yukon Quest rookie

Nationality: American
Current Residence: Eagle, ID
Occupation(s): Retired from healthcare management
Kennel Name: Three Dog Ranch
Name Origination: Named for the original founders; I had three dogs at the time
Kennel Bloodlines: Various
Breeds: Alaskan Husky
# of Dogs in Kennel:


Musher Question & Answer

How many years have you been running dogs?
17

How did you get started running dogs?
By chance I adopted a husky from the shelter for no reason other than liking dogs. At the time I was doing a lot of ski mountaineering and discovered that the dog was more than willing to pull me. One dog was good, two was better. Three dogs got a little crazy and required a brake of some sort so a sled was in order. Once I got a sled, a whole new world opened up.

What do you love most about running sled dogs?
Two things: the ability to travel in the backcountry otherwise inaccessible and the camaraderie with the dogs that come from a shared endeavour in which the dogs and I depend on each other for success.

Why did you enter the Yukon Quest? What are your goals for the race?
The Yukon Quest has been an ambition of mine for many years. However, because of my job responsibilities I could never commit the time needed to train myself and a dog team to perform at the required level. My specific goal is to finish with a healthy, happy dogs and musher.

What music do you listen to on the trail?
Americana, Country and Psychedelic Rock

How did your dogs get their names?/ How do you choose names?
They cane with their names. However, their names can morph into something similar that highlights a special quirk or aspect of their personality.

List recent sled dog races and/or best performances
2010 - Race to the Sky (MT) 4th; 2007, 2009, 2010 - Eagle Cap Extreme - 3rd

Past Yukon Quest Race Results

Year Position Time
2014 --