Tour Guide, Musher
Kennel Name:
Smokin' Ace Kennels
Kennel Name Origination:
I like to play poker.
Kennel Bloodlines:
Alaskan Husky
# of Dogs in Kennel:
Two Rivers Outpost, Independent Dog Sponsors

Musher Question & Answer

How many years have you been running dogs?
How did you get started running dogs?
Born and riased
What do you love most about running sled dogs?
Watching my pups grow and develop with every run. Being a part of their future.
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?
This race has been a part of my life for as far back as I can remember. I want to continue to grow with my team and set them for success. This race is my kennels roots and I want it to continue to be a foundation we learn by. Hugging my parents at the Eagle checkpoint will always be a part of my racing highlights.
How did your dogs get their names?/ How do you choose names?
We follow the alphabet, so we have an "A" litter (Anchor & Ace), "B" & "C" litters, etc. We like to pick names that suit the dogs' personalities, so we don't usually name them until they're a little older. We also like to pick strong names for the dogs, naming them after inspiring people, places, musicians and explorers or the world. Just like the people, dogs deserve names that will reflect their future accomplishments.
What music do you listen to on the trail?
I listen to a variety, but mostly lots of dance music - it's upbeat and keeps me awake.
List recent sled dog races and/or best performances
Year: 2021; Race: Iditarod; Finish Position: 26th
Year: 2021; Race: Copper Basin 300; Finish Position: 4th
Year: 2019; Race: Iditarod; Finish Position: 6th
Year: 2018; Race: Yukon Quest 1000; Finish Position: 2nd
Year: 2018; Race: Iditarod; Finish Position: 11th
Year: 2017; Race: Yukon Quest 1000; Finish Position: 1st
Year: 2016; Race: Copper Basin 300; Finish Position: 1st
Year: 2016; Race: Solstice 50; Finish Position: 1st
Year: 2016; Race: Two Rivers 200; Finish Position: 3rd