37 YEAR OLD YUKON QUEST Rookie
Nationality:
American
Occupation(s):
Tour Guide / Kennel Manager
Kennel Name:
Trail Breaker Kennel
Kennel Bloodlines:
Butcher-Monson, Hendricks, Pace-Knight
Breeds:
Alaskan Husky
Sponsors:
Trail Braker Kennel; Vicki Ford and Rylee, Nonstop, Big Dan's Trucking, Bounary Fur Sewing, Becker Sweing and Design, Odyssey Diagnostics, Kathi and Eddy Osuzik

Musher Question & Answer

How many years have you been running dogs?
10
How did you get started running dogs?

I got my start as a tour guide up at Chena Hot Springs Resort.

What do you love most about running sled dogs?
Are you a member of any other organizations involved in sled dog sports?
TRDMA
Why did you enter the Yukon Quest? What are your goals for the race?
I entered the Yukon Quest 1000 mile race for the personal challenge, and for my dogs to get to experience another 1000 miles. My number 1 goal is to finish with happy, healthy dogs, wagging tails, and smiling faces
How did your dogs get their names?/ How do you choose names?

We pick themes, such as the outlaw litter (Cassidy, Sundance, Geronimo, Bonnie,Clyde, HooDoo, and Billy), the shameless littler (Ian, Fiona, Carl, Kev, Lip, and Mickey), the Olympic athletes (Phelps, Felix, Bolt, Ledecky, Simone, Mo Farah)

What music do you listen to on the trail?
Share a quick story about one of your indispensable Handlers

Last winter I had an amazing handler Jenna. She was organized and on point about everything. She kept me organized and on track. However one run right as I was about to pull hooks, she yelled "I only have left gloves!" Not one left glove pair but TWO pairs of left handed gloves! Thank goodness we were training out of 2 friends kennels and she had spares but she will never live it down.

List recent sled dog races and/or best performances
2018 YQ300 - 6th, 2018 Two Rivers 200 - 10th, 2015 Iditarod - 46th, 2015 Copper Basin 300 - 20th, 2014 YQ300 - 8th