31 YEAR OLD YUKON QUEST MUSHER
Veteran - YQ 200Nationality:
Race Handler at Ryno Kennel
Ryno Sled Dog KennelBreeds:
Alaskan Husky# of Dogs in Kennel:
Musher Q & A
How many years have you been running dogs?
How did you get started running dogs?
The first time I ran dogs was in Finland as a guest on a tour. The following winter, I returned to the same place, but this time, as one of their dog trainers/guides. I spent some time running dogs and guiding yours in Finland. Two years ago I came to Alaska and started at the race kennel, Smokin’Ace Kennels. This got me started in racing.
Why did you enter the Yukon Quest? What are your goals for the race?
I want to create a good atmosphere in my team so all the rookies in it (me included) enjoy this first experience of a mid-distance race.
What do you love most about running sled dogs?
When I’m out there with my team, all noses are dulled by the snow laying on the ground and I only hear the hard-working dogs in front of me. I can feel the energy of my team.
Tell us about your dogs, particularly some stories or facts about dogs running this year's race
On one cold run, I had my hands in tight warm fists inside my mittens. During a corner with deep snow, the sled tipped and my fists were useless to catch the handle bar so I fell off. The deep snow slowed down the dogs, but the team was excited and the sled was still moving. So, I jumped like superman and just barely caught the bar. From here, I clamped up the sled until I could stop the overly excited dogs. They love chaos!
List your recent sled dog races and/or best performances:
- 2020 Two Rivers Solstice 100, Finish Position: 11th
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