Hans Gatt

60 year old Yukon Quest veteran

My Sponsors:
Chieftain Energy, Air North, Nuway Crushing

Nationality: Canadian
Current Residence: Whitehorse
Occupation(s): Sled builder
Kennel Name: Gatt
Name Origination:
Kennel Bloodlines: Gatt
Breeds: Alaskan Husky
# of Dogs in Kennel: 42


Musher Question & Answer

How many years have you been running dogs?
30

Tell us about your dogs?
All 18 dogs in training for the Quest come from 4 litters and are half or full siblings in terms of grand parents. Two -thirds are leaders, 11 are 2 or 3 years old. I look forward to racing with them. Probably the most uniform team I have ever had.

How did you get started running dogs?
Sprint racing in Austria.

What do you love most about running sled dogs?
Being out there with my best buddies in an incredible land with no one else around.

Why did you enter the Yukon Quest? What are your goals for the race?
I entered because our dogs look good. As for goals, of course I have goals but I'm not going to tell anybody.

How did your dogs get their names?/ How do you choose names?
We choose each name individually. Senna was named after Formula 1 driver Ayrton Senna, because the tougher the conditions were, the better he did. Fernando was named after the ABBA song, we liked the lyrics so far as dog mushing goes. Nigel is named after the XTC song, 'Making Plans for Nigel'. Rambler, 'Midnight Rambler' by the Stones, (the live version played on the radio and that was 'it'), and so on.

List recent sled dog races and/or best performances
2010 - Yukon Quest - 1st; 2002-04 - Yukon Quest - 1st

Past Yukon Quest Race Results

Year Position Time
2010 1 9d 0h 26m
2007 2 10d 9h 19m
2004 1 10d 17h 54m
2003 1 10d 16h 28m
2002 1 11d 4h 22m