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34 year old Yukon Quest rookie

My Sponsors:
Aurora Animal Clinic

Nationality: American
Current Residence: Fairbanks, AK
Occupation(s): Recreation Planner - BLM
Kennel Name: Nautique Sky
Name Origination: My Siberian husky in college named Nautique who showed me just what a husky could do!
Kennel Bloodlines: D. Seavey, Gebhardt, Deke Naak
Breeds: Alaskan Husky
# of Dogs in Kennel: 30

Musher Question & Answer

How many years have you been running dogs?

Tell us about your dogs?
Ten or so of my dogs will be three or younger, all born here in the kennel. We've been working since Day 1 to do the Yukon Quest and will be the team that is slow, steady and consistent! In other words, we love to trot!

How did you get started running dogs?
I traveled to Arctic Sweden one year, met a musher, and went back one year later to run his tourism business. A Jeff King dog named Rumba will always be my greatest teacher!

What do you love most about running sled dogs?
Ten minutes after leaving the yard and the edge is off a bit, the sled is packed, we have everything we need. Bring it on Alaska!

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

Why did you enter the Yukon Quest? What are your goals for the race?
It feels like the right time to try it! It's a WHY NOT? thing.... MY goals are to enjoy the dogs, the trail, the mushers, and all the people that make this happen.

What music do you listen to on the trail?
Chris LeDoux, Eric Church, and anything that has words.

How did your dogs get their names?/ How do you choose names?
Kali and King created the "Special K" litter. When my son was born, we named the next litter after Disney Princesses (except Simba), and because of so much Canada stuff this year, the six-week-old puppies are named after Canadian expressions (Poutine, Loony, Maple, Molson, Canuck)

List recent sled dog races and/or best performances
2018: Percy De Wolfe 210, 10th; 2018: YQ300, 7th; 2017: Two Rivers 200, 12th; 2017: Solstice 50, 14th