Meet the 2019 YQ300 Mushers

1. Krystyna March

63 year old YQ300 Rookie

My sponsors: Judy Beaumont, Denise Hansen

Nationality: Canadian

From: Canyon Creek, Yukon

Occupation(s): Semi-retired

Kennel name: BFF Siberians        

Kennel name origin: On 2016 I lost my marriage, my retirement and that winter two of my dogs died. On Jan 25, the day my second dog (7 yo boy) died, I came home feeling devastated and alone. Six pups and my older dogs surrounded me and I realized if it weren’t for those six month old pups, I would have felt like my team was dwindling along with my dreams. The bond with all my dogs never felt stronger than that day and I knew BFF Siberians had to be our name. They truly are my best friends and will be forever.

Kennel bloodlines: LouFranc, Miakoda, Sibersong, Vanaca, Tsuga, Wolvereen

Breeds: Siberian Husky

Number of dogs in kennel: 18

Musher Question and Answer

How many years have you been running dogs? 8 years

How did you get started running dogs? Started skijoring/bikejoring in 2002 with one dog, Dexter, and that led to more dogs and eventually to using a sled with the dogs as the team grew.

What do you love most about running dogs? The unique and beautiful bond that develops as a result of working and living together and being out alone with the dogs in the wilderness.

Are you a member of any other organizations involved in sled dog sports? DPSAY

Why did you enter the 2019 YQ300 and what are your goals for the race? To challenge myself and the dogs. My goal is for us to do our best, enjoy the trail and finish the race.

What music do you listen to on the trail? Alternative rock at times but I mostly listen to the silence.

How did your dogs get their names/ How do you choose names? There were many changes in my life in the summer of 2016, so when I ended up with a litter of six that July, my son and his wife suggested a “New Beginnings” theme so I named them Freedom, Adventure (Addy), Independence (Indy), Solitude (Sol), Perseverance (Percy), and Tranquility (Quil). Most of my other dogs were randomly named.

Please share with us some stories about your dogs: Sepia and River are the parents of Freedom, Addy, Indy, Percy, Quil and Sol who are two years old now and I am hoping that all eight will be running in the 2019 YQ300.

List recent sled dog races and/or best performances: 2017: Granger Grind Red, Red Lantern; Knik 100, 3rd; 2016: Percy Jr. Red Lantern; 2015: Percy Jr. Red Lantern

 

2. Marcelle Fressineau

64 year old YQ300 Veteran

My sponsors: Alayuk Adventures

Nationality: Canadian

From: Whitehorse, Yukon

Occupation(s): Adventure Outfitter

Kennel name: Alayuk     

Kennel name origin: Alaska-Yukon, like the Yukon Quest

Kennel bloodlines: Mine, Dean Osmar, Mackey

Breeds: Alaskan Husky

Number of dogs in kennel: 60

Musher Question and Answer

How many years have you been running dogs? 31 years

How did you get started running dogs? I received a Malamute

What do you love most about running dogs? Training

Are you a member of any other organizations involved in sled dog sports? Mush with Pride, DPSAY, Iditarod Finisher

Why did you enter the 2019 YQ300 and what are your goals for the race? To train my young dogs. My goal is to finish.

What music do you listen to on the trail? The wind

How did your dogs get their names/ How do you choose names? Each litter has a name beginning with the same letter. My young litter will be Hazel, Hobbit, Hercule, Hug, Huslia.

Please share with us some stories about your dogs: I will have some young dogs. The grandfather is Mr. X, my best leader who is 12 years old, still running but not racing anymore.

List recent sled dog races and/or best performances: 2017: YQ300, 10th; 2015: Iditarod; 2014: Iditarod, 49th; 2012 Yukon Quest, 18th

 

3. Olaf Thurau

54 year old YQ300 Veteran

My sponsors: None

Nationality: German

From: Germany

Occupation(s): Mechanic

Kennel name: Sweet Muzzle Kennel        

Kennel name origin: Nothing special

Kennel bloodlines: Our own

Breeds: Alaskan Husky

Number of dogs in kennel: 33

Musher Question and Answer

How many years have you been running dogs? About 25

How did you get started running dogs? We started in 1994 with our first dog Sam. He inspired us and we got the virus!

What do you love most about running dogs? I love everything about it.

Are you a member of any other organizations involved in sled dog sports? No

What music do you listen to on the trail? None

List recent sled dog races and/or best performances: 2016: YQ300, 9th; Copper Basin, 33rd; 2013: YQ300, 4th

 

4. Louve Tweddell

18 year old YQ300 Rookie

My sponsors: My parents, Jerry Aquiar & Merce Sastre, Lumel Studio, Sprague's Ready Mix, Chris & Alicia Lopez, Scott & Serena Lansberg, Ron & Ilene Seaver, Greg Vandenberg, Family & Friends

Nationality: Canadian

From: Mendenhall, Yukon

Occupation(s): Student/farmer/Musher

Kennel name: Echoes Kennel        

Kennel name origin: Inspired by the Pink Floyd song Echoes and the name of my father’s first dog

Kennel bloodlines: Ledwidge, Britten and the old bloodlines from Quebec

Breeds: Alaskan Husky

Number of dogs in kennel: 45

Musher Question and Answer

How many years have you been running dogs? 14 years driving (but I have been riding since I was born!)

How did you get started running dogs? I am the daughter of a musher. I was born into the mushing world.

What do you love most about running dogs? Everything (dogs, peacefulness, freedom, the connection with the dogs and nature).

Are you a member of any other organizations involved in sled dog sports? DPSAY (Dog Powered Sport Association of Yukon)

Why did you enter the 2019 YQ300 and what are your goals for the race? I entered to have fun with my team and to get qualified for future races. My goals are the finish with a happy and healthy team.

What music do you listen to on the trail? 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s music (Rock, grunge…) and silence.

How did your dogs get their names/ How do you choose names? Intense brainstorm

Please share with us some stories about your dogs: Most of my dogs are born at our house. I’ve seen them grow from small puppies to majestic, strong and intelligent dogs. We evolve together, we develop together. Our dogs are my friends, my family.

List recent sled dog races and/or best performances: 2018: Silver Sled (50 Mile), 5th; 2017 Silver Sled (100 Mile), 2nd (Junior Category)

 

5. Lori Tweddell

18 year old YQ300 Rookie

My sponsors: My parents, Jerry Aquiar & Merce Sastre, Lumel Studio, Sprague's Ready Mix, Chris & Alicia Lopez, Scott & Serena Lansberg, Ron & Ilene Seaver, Greg Vandenberg, Family & Friends

Nationality: Canadian

From: Mendenhall, Yukon

Occupation(s): Student/farmer/Musher

Kennel name: Echoes Kennel        

Kennel name origin: Echoes was the name of my father’s first dog. She got her name from a Pink Floyd song.

Kennel bloodlines: Ledwidge, Britten and the old bloodlines from Quebec

Breeds: Alaskan Husky

Number of dogs in kennel: 45

Musher Question and Answer

How many years have you been running dogs? Since birth

How did you get started running dogs? My family had dogs years before I was born. Since my first trail ride, I fell in love with the dogs and the sport.

What do you love most about running dogs? Everything! What’s not to love?!

Are you a member of any other organizations involved in sled dog sports? DPSAY (Dog Powered Sport Association of Yukon)

Why did you enter the 2019 YQ300 and what are your goals for the race? Finish with a happy and healthy team and qualify for the 2020 Yukon Quest.

What music do you listen to on the trail? Nothing

How did your dogs get their names/ How do you choose names? Family brainstorming.

Please share with us some stories about your dogs: Most of my dogs are born in our kennel. We give them names that fit their personality and attitude. We grew up together. I believe that as a team we can have a lot of fun on this adventure.

List recent sled dog races and/or best performances: 2018: Silver Sled (50 Mile), 6th; 2017 Silver Sled (100 Mile), 1st (Junior Category); 2016: Silver Sled (50 Mile), 2nd

 

6. Melissa Schenke

31 year old YQ300 Veteran

My sponsors: A very supportive bunch of family and friends

Nationality: Canadian

From: Whitehorse, Yukon

Occupation(s): Nurse

Kennel name: Change of Pace        

Kennel name origin: Both myself and my original group of dogs came from a very different lifestyle when the kennel started.

Kennel bloodlines: Willomitzer, Kleedehn/Studer

Breeds: Alaskan Husky

Number of dogs in kennel: 32

Musher Question and Answer

How many years have you been running dogs? 11 years.

How did you get started running dogs? As a handler and guide for Uncommon Journeys

What do you love most about running dogs? Working together as a team and the spectacular places we get to travel to.

Are you a member of any other organizations involved in sled dog sports? DPSAY

Why did you enter the 2019 YQ300 and what are your goals for the race? To finish with a bunch of happy dogs and warm fingers!

How did your dogs get their names/ How do you choose names? Each litter has a theme, and that theme is determined by the personality of the pups. Game of Thornes (Tormund, Samwell, Arya…), Trees (spruce, Birch, Aspen).

Please share with us some stories about your dogs: This year the team will be a family affair. Ullr and Rhaegal will get the chance to lead their group of rowdy yearlings down the trail with help from a few aunts, uncles and grandparents.

List recent sled dog races and/or best performances: 2018: Percy DeWolfe, 8th; 2017: Gin Gin, 8th; 2015:Percy DeWolfe, 13th

 

7. Jean-Francois Bisson

40 year old YQ300 Rookie

My sponsors: My wallet

Nationality: Canadian

From: Whitehorse, Yukon

Occupation(s): Carpenter

Kennel name: New Horizon Kennels        

Kennel name origin: New Horizons are what I look for in life and with my dogs.

Kennel bloodlines: Studer, Gatt

Breeds: Alaskan Husky

Number of dogs in kennel: 21

Musher Question and Answer

How many years have you been running dogs? 4 years

How did you get started running dogs? Watching mushers on the Yukon Quest and various races. Helping mushers and film crews. 

What do you love most about running dogs? Spending the time with them on the trail.

Are you a member of any other organizations involved in sled dog sports? DPSAY

Why did you enter the 2019 YQ300 and what are your goals for the race? To give myself and my young team an amazing experience. This race is part of my progress towards reaching my mushing goals.

What music do you listen to on the trail? None

How did your dogs get their names/ How do you choose names? Usually by themes that are nature related.

Please share with us some stories about your dogs: When I started mushing, Scoop, my main leader from Pika Kennel, brought my team through all conditions including blizzards and water even when the other dogs were not sure about carrying on. She is the mother of my first litter – she is four legged sweetness with a hard head. She is doing awesome for NHK. Thanks Crispen!!!

List recent sled dog races and/or best performances: 2016: Copper Basin 140, 5th; Granger Grind, 5th; 2016: Carbon Hill, 3rd

 

8. Hans Gatt

60+ year old YQ300 Veteran

Nationality: Canadian

From: Whitehorse, Yukon

Occupation(s):Sled Builder, Dog Musher, Tour Operator

Kennel name: Gators Ranch        

Kennel name origin: A little dog from Ross River

Kennel bloodlines: After 30 years of breeding dogs, I think they are all Gatt lines

Breeds: Alaskan Husky

Number of dogs in kennel: 55 – about 35 race dogs, the rest are old geezers/

Musher Question and Answer

How many years have you been running dogs? 31

How did you get started running dogs? By watching a sled dog race

What do you love most about running dogs? Travelling with my best friends and nobody else around.

Are you a member of any other organizations involved in sled dog sports? ITC

Why did you enter the 2019 YQ300 and what are your goals for the race? I like the YQ300 when starting in Whitehorse.

What music do you listen to on the trail? None. I focus on the dogs.

How did your dogs get their names/ How do you choose names? Have to ask Susie - she is in Ross River!

List recent sled dog races and/or best performances: 2010, 2004, 2003, 2002: Yukon Quest, 1st; 2010: Iditarod, 2nd, 2001, 2000, 1998, 1997: Wyoming Stage Stop, 1st. Many more – too many to list.

 

9. Magnus Feren Kaltenborn

29 year old YQ300 Veteran

Nationality: Norwegian

From: Norway

Occupation(s): Tourism

Kennel name: Caribou Crossing Kennel        

Kennel name origin: We do tours in Carcross, Yukon. Come and see us at Caribou Crossing Trading Post!

Kennel bloodlines: Buser, Studer/Kleedehn, Osmar

Breeds: Alaskan Husky

Number of dogs in kennel: 30

Musher Question and Answer

How many years have you been running dogs? 10 years.

How did you get started running dogs? As a handler.

What do you love most about running dogs? The dogs, wilderness, competition

Are you a member of any other organizations involved in sled dog sports? IFC

Why did you enter the 2019 YQ300 and what are your goals for the race? To be faster, higher, stronger.

What music do you listen to on the trail? I have listened to no music the last couple of years.

How did your dogs get their names/ How do you choose names? Themes for each litter: rivers, national parks, ultra-marathons etc.

Please share with us some stories about your dogs: I have a dog named Tonker. He has quickly become a fan-favourite. People come from all over the world asking to see Tonker. He is a celebrity with the bus drivers.

List recent sled dog races and/or best performances: 2018: Iditarod, Two Rivers 200; 2017: Copper Basin 300, YQ300

 

10. Cindy Baker-Hawkins

58 year old YQ300 Rookie

My sponsors: TBA

Nationality: Canadian

From: Mendenhall, Yukon

Occupation(s): Musher, Poop Scooper, Baker Extraordinaire

Kennel name: Ravenhawk Siberians        

Kennel name origin: I love ravens, so do my Siberians and my last name and biggest sponsor is Hawkins.

Kennel bloodlines: Mine, Vanaca – Sea to Sky, Sibersong

Breeds: Siberian Husky

Number of dogs in kennel: 26 + 1 (my long haired dashund x border collie – boss dog!)

Musher Question and Answer

How many years have you been running dogs? 16 years

How did you get started running dogs? I started ski-joring with an English lab and my second Siberian, a fluffy red-headed part show-dog, and fell in love with the breed and could not get enough.

What do you love most about running dogs? I love the challenge and the never-ending learning process of working with theses amazing dogs. They continuously surprise me!

Are you a member of any other organizations involved in sled dog sports? DPSAY, Sliver Sled

Why did you enter the 2019 YQ300 and what are your goals for the race? My special young friends and good neighbours, Louve and Lori Tweddell, are doing the YQ300 and I wanted to do it with them, they inspire me so much.

What music do you listen to on the trail? Only the music in my head and the music of  my dogs breathing.

How did your dogs get their names/ How do you choose names? Various themes – Greek gods, flowers, bandits, mythical wolves.

Please share with us some stories about your dogs: All of my dogs have quirks and special talents like escaping, climbing onto roofs etc – nothing out of the ordinary for Siberians. Much of my team are related and young adult two-year olds. They are lovable, crazy and full of zest. They impress and amaze me constantly and keep me hopping with fence repairs!

List recent sled dog races and/or best performances: Various local races – mainly red lantern!

 

11. Jonathan Lucas

55 year old YQ300 Veteran

My sponsors: Skywolf K9 Adventures, Grizzly Pigs Farm

Nationality: Canadian/English

From: Grizzly Valley, Yukon

Occupation(s): Agriculture Land Management

Kennel name: Snowpigs        

Kennel name origin: It grew alongside a pig farm in the snow.

Kennel bloodlines: Puck, Gatt, Zaidan, Palfrey – own breeding

Breeds: Alaskan Husky + one Podenco

Number of dogs in kennel: 40

Musher Question and Answer

How many years have you been running dogs? 16 years

How did you get started running dogs? Cross country skiing was such hard work until a friend suggested ski-joring with our first Rottweiler puppy. I never looked back.

What do you love most about running dogs? Being out with friends with nothing to think about but them.

Are you a member of any other organizations involved in sled dog sports? No

Why did you enter the 2019 YQ300 and what are your goals for the race? To finish, preferably slightly better than in 2011 and 2013.

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

How did your dogs get their names/ How do you choose names? Pick a theme and watch the pups for a while and see who fits what names associated with the themes.

List recent sled dog races and/or best performances: 2018: Can-Am 30, 13th; 2015: Carbon Hill 30, 2nd; 2015: Percy DeWolfe 100, 2nd; 2015, Silver Sled 100, 5th

 

12. J Jay Levy

48 year old YQ300 Veteran

My sponsors: Myself

Nationality: American

From: Fairbanks, Alaska

Occupation(s): Registered Nurse

Kennel name: Parrot Sleds        

Kennel name origin: Jimmy Buffet Song

Kennel bloodlines: Rescued – mix of all kennels

Breeds: Alaskan Husky

Number of dogs in kennel: 37

Musher Question and Answer

How many years have you been running dogs? 9 years

How did you get started running dogs? Receiving huskies from a shelter I volunteered at.

What do you love most about running dogs? Watching them develop and trust again.

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

Why did you enter the 2019 YQ300 and what are your goals for the race? In preparation for the 1,000 mile race.

What music do you listen to on the trail? None

How did your dogs get their names/ How do you choose names? They usually come with names. Any litters that I did have, the kids choose a theme and names.

Please share with us some stories about your dogs: Each year the team is essentially new. Watching the dogs trust and open up is amazing!

 

13. Aliy Zirkle

49 year old YQ300 Veteran

My sponsors: Matson Shipping, Verizon Wireless, Pleasant Valley Store/Trailside Mall

Nationality: American

From: Two Rivers, Alaska

Occupation(s): Dog Musher

Kennel name:  SP Kennel

Kennel name origin: "S.P." stands for "Skunk's Place". Skunk was my first Alaskan husky sled dog. He taught me a lot!

Kennel bloodlines:

Breeds: Alaskan Husky

Number of dogs in kennel: 51

Musher Question and Answer

How many years have you been running dogs? 25 years

How did you get started running dogs? I adopted Skunk, sewed him a harness and built a sled.

What do you love most about running dogs? The canine enthusiams and inner drive...I wish humans were as sincere.

Why did you enter the 2019 YQ300 and what are your goals for the race? To win

What music do you listen to on the trail? None. WIlderness sounds.

How did your dogs get their names/ How do you choose names? Some letter have themes: Perky, Decaf, Creamer. Some pups have unique names: Lydia or Bruno.

Please share with us some stories about your dogs: Many of the dogs at SP Kennel are siblings, half siblings or first cousins. Our family tree doesn't have a lot of branches!

List recent sled dog races and/or best performances: 2015-2017: YQ300, 2nd...often!

 

14. Fabian Schmitz

41 year old YQ300 Veteran

Nationality: German

From: Fox Lake, Yukon

Occupation(s): Wilderness Guide

Kennel name: Fox Creek Kennel        

Kennel name origin: We live near Fox Creek

Kennel bloodlines: Gatt, Kleedehn

Breeds: Alaskan Husky

Number of dogs in kennel: 29

Musher Question and Answer

How many years have you been running dogs? 10 years

How did you get started running dogs? Guiding

What do you love most about running dogs? The dogs

Are you a member of any other organizations involved in sled dog sports? DPSAY

Why did you enter the 2019 YQ300 and what are your goals for the race? To finish and enjoy the trail and race with some new dogs.

What music do you listen to on the trail? None

 

15. Lucy Tyrrell

66 year old YQ300 Veteran

My sponsors: Norman Eady and Susan MacDonald, perhaps others (still working on it)

Nationality: American

From: Bayfield, Wisconsin

Occupation(s): Retired ecologist at Denali National Park and Preserve

Kennel name: Raven’s Wing Kennel        

Kennel name origin: While we are on the trail, often ravens fly over us.

Kennel bloodlines: Bill Cotter, mixed bloodlines from Ashley Patterson (includes Wade Mars, Dean Osmar, Ed Stielstra), and unknown

Breeds: Alaskan Husky

Number of dogs in kennel: 9 (I will be leasing a couple for the race)

Musher Question and Answer

How many years have you been running dogs? 20 years

How did you get started running dogs? I was smitten on a sled dog cart ride on the north shore of Lake Superior years ago, apprenticed with a musher in Minnesota, and then borrowed dogs to try the sport.

What do you love most about running dogs? Companionship of dogs and wanting to see them run with such joy; teamwork with the dogs to accomplish a race; running in places that still have a wild character; using ingenuity to solve problems that might come up on the trail

Are you a member of any other organizations involved in sled dog sports? No

Why did you enter the 2019 YQ300 and what are your goals for the race? To coach my team with new young dogs, to do our best possible race performance. I want to enjoy being on the YQ trail again, have the dogs enjoy the race, take excellent care of my dogs, finish the race, and be safe on the trail.

What music do you listen to on the trail? None, but I usually sing!

How did your dogs get their names/ How do you choose names? I choose a name to rename each dog when I purchase one; I had a lot of dogs named for natural features (Mesa, Brooks, Sundog). Now, I have only one race dog remaining with an Irish name (Saoirse). I named my current dogs based on character, color, and what they remind me of (for example, Sandpiper is buffy tan, Allegro is “leggy” and goes at a brisk pace down the trail).

Please share with us some stories about your dogs: (Sand)Piper and Allegro are brother and sister. Saoirse is a rescue from the animal shelter in Fairbanks. His first adoptee owner did not want him back after he ran away. Saoirse mean “liberty” in Irish, so at my kennel he received liberty from his first year at his previous owner and the animal shelter. Because he was a pet first, he’s the only sled dog I’ve had who likes to play with dog toys. I used to have all Bill Cotter dogs, but now Enda Finnegan is the only dog from his kennel.

List recent sled dog races and/or best performances: 2018: Jack Pine 30, 12th; 2018: Apostle Islands Sportsman’s Race, 15th; 2013: YQ300; 2009: YQ300, Red Lantern

 

16. Nick Helfenger

20 year old YQ300 Rookie

My sponsors: Gwen and Jacob

Nationality: German

From: Germany

Occupation(s): Student

Kennel name: Grizzly Valley Kennel        

Kennel name origin: Location and bears in the area

Kennel bloodlines: Seppala (Bragg), Tsuga, North Wapiti, Pika

Breeds: Siberian Husky

Number of dogs in kennel: 33

Musher Question and Answer

How many years have you been running dogs? 1 year

How did you get started running dogs? Progressed from kennel help to handler to racing

What do you love most about running dogs? To form one pack

Are you a member of any other organizations involved in sled dog sports? No

Why did you enter the 2019 YQ300 and what are your goals for the race? To finish and learn

What music do you listen to on the trail? None

How did your dogs get their names/ How do you choose names? I will be running dogs from Grizzly Valley kennel which is not my kennel.

 

17. Paul Hamlyn

52 year old YQ300 Rookie

Nationality: Canadian

Occupation(s): Park Enforcement Officer/Sled Dog Tour Guide

Kennel name: Last Chance Kennel        

Kennel bloodlines: Ed Hopkins/Michelle Phillips

Breeds: Alaskan Husky

Number of dogs in kennel: 8

Musher Question and Answer

How many years have you been running dogs? 10 years

How did you get started running dogs? I bought two dogs to run in a friend’s team

What do you love most about running dogs? Being in the bush alone with dogs

Are you a member of any other organizations involved in sled dog sports? No

Why did you enter the 2019 YQ300 and what are your goals for the race? I always wanted to do this race just to finish it.

What music do you listen to on the trail? None

How did your dogs get their names/ How do you choose names? The litter was a Yukon-born litter so I gave them Yukon names.

Please share with us some stories about your dogs: I had a dog named Kodiak running lead who caught and ate ptarmigan more than once.  

List recent sled dog races and/or best performances: 2018, 2016: Silver Sled, Red Lantern

 

18. Leah Gifford

21 year old YQ300 Rookie

My sponsors: Guillvin Electric, FSJ Advertisement and Promotion

Nationality: Canadian

From: Fort St John, BC

Occupation(s): Cook

Kennel name: Northern Star Racing Kennel        

Kennel name origin: The kennel has had various names over the years. This name came up and somehow everyone agreed on it.

Kennel bloodlines: Sauderson, Aron Peck, and bits of our own breed

Breeds: Alaskan Husky, Hounds, some Malamute

Number of dogs in kennel: 30

Musher Question and Answer

How many years have you been running dogs? 10 years, racing for 5

How did you get started running dogs? My dad was into it a few years before I was born then got out of it. When we moved out to the farm when I was 9, he bought 4 dogs and that’s how I got hooked.

What do you love most about running dogs? How peaceful and still it can be out there on the trail just you and your dogs.

Are you a member of any other organizations involved in sled dog sports? No

Why did you enter the 2019 YQ300 and what are your goals for the race? I entered the 2019 YQ300 race for a qualifier for the Iditarod and to see what my dogs and myself are capable of.

What music do you listen to on the trail? Country or anything with an upbeat sound to keep me awake

How did your dogs get their names/ How do you choose names? We have some that are names of cartoons. Or if they look like something that suits them. Some names I have no idea how they came to be.

Please share with us some stories about your dogs: My favorite dog? that’s like picking your favorite child …. But, we all know we have our favorites. Harry and RiverRat have become my two favorite leaders they work so well with each other they fill in each other’s weaknesses. To be honest all the dogs I have in my kennel I believe are probably the best group of dogs I’ve had for a long time.

Dogs that I will be running in the 2019 race for sure are RiverRat, Trigger, Harry, and Sweetpea. The rest we will have to wait and see.

List recent sled dog races and/or best performances: 2018: T100 8th; 2017: Tug Bar 150 2nd; 2015: Caledonia Classic 150 Stage Race 5th

 

19. Lisa Joinson

54 year old YQ300 Rookie

My sponsors: Our retirement funds and pensions

Nationality: Canadian

From: Tagish, YT

Occupation(s): Primary Health Care Nurse, Teslin

Kennel name: Barking Adventures        

Kennel name origin: Obvious…but most neighbours think that we are quiet

Kennel bloodlines: Our own and many others

Breeds: Alaskan Husky

Number of dogs in kennel: 40

Musher Question and Answer

How many years have you been running dogs? 30 years, give or take

How did you get started running dogs? I married a musher.

What do you love most about running dogs? Being alone in the bush with my furry friends.

Are you a member of any other organizations involved in sled dog sports? DPSAY

Why did you enter the 2019 YQ300 and what are your goals for the race? I have lived here for 18 years and haven’t seen the YQ300 chunk of trail yet.

What music do you listen to on the trail? None

How did your dogs get their names/ How do you choose names? Mostly themes. The yearlings are the ‘Leader Litter’: Winston, Moses, Abe, Cleo, Harriet, Gandhi etc.

List recent sled dog races and/or best performances: 2018: Canadian Challenge 300, 3rd; 2018: Percy DeWolfe, Not last; 2018: Underdog, 6th

 

20. Tamra Reynolds

46 year old YQ300 Veteran

My sponsors: White Pass & Yukon Route, ManMat

Nationality: Canadian

From: Mount Lorne, YT

Occupation(s): Hydrogeologist

Kennel name: Annie’s Lake Kennel        

Kennel name origin: I live on Annie Lake, and Annie is the Queen of the kennel

Kennel bloodlines: Primarily John Baker lines

Breeds: Alaskan Husky

Number of dogs in kennel: 45

Musher Question and Answer

How many years have you been running dogs? 15 years

How did you get started running dogs? My first time running a team was a 90 mile round trip to Tanana, AK with no trail and 40 below.

What do you love most about running dogs? Adventures with my dogs

Are you a member of any other organizations involved in sled dog sports? DPSAY

Why did you enter the 2019 YQ300 and what are your goals for the race? To have as much fun as the first time I ran the race in 2013

What music do you listen to on the trail? None on the trail but probably some Coldplay, Deadmau5, Hobo Jim, and Catherine Wheel at Checkpoints

How did your dogs get their names/ How do you choose names? I tend to wait until they’re a couple months old so that the name matches their personality. I find that there are usually similar pairs within litters so I have a Hansel and Gretel, Timer and Talon, Ayla and Ariel, Hunter and Fisher. Sometimes their name evolves over time. Andy is sometimes Andy Pants. Annie is sometimes Annie Fo Fanny.

Please share with us some stories about your dogs: I hope that Andy will be on the team as I can’t imagine spending even a few days apart from him. This would be his first race and he’s a natural leader. My other leaders are Ayla, Ariel, Essay, Cassie and Ginger.  All of these leaders and most of my team are out of Sport, an amazing dog from John Baker. My team was all born here and have been raised and trained by me, and all my retired dogs are still here with their family at the kennel. I really believe this creates a true bond that is invaluable on the trail.

List recent sled dog races and/or best performances: 2015: GinGin 200; 2013: YQ300

 

21. Ed Hopkins

54 year old YQ300 Veteran

My sponsors: Alaska Discovery R.V. Tours, Spike Fortier – thanks Spike!

Nationality: Canadian

From: 10 Mile, Yukon

Occupation(s): Dog Musher, Landscaper

Kennel name: Tagish Lake Kennel        

Kennel name origin: We live by Tagish Lake

Kennel bloodlines: Osmar, King, Own

Breeds: Alaskan Husky

Number of dogs in kennel: 55

Musher Question and Answer

How many years have you been running dogs? 30+ years

What do you love most about running dogs? The dogs, the wild country, and all the beauty you get to see.

Are you a member of any other organizations involved in sled dog sports? No

Why did you enter the 2019 YQ300 and what are your goals for the race? To watch young dogs turn into experienced dogs

What music do you listen to on the trail? None

List recent sled dog races and/or best performances: 2018: Yukon Quest, 5th; 2017: Yukon Quest, 5th; 2016: Yukon Quest, 5th