Musher Question & Answer

How many years have you been running dogs?
3 years
Tell us about your dogs, particularly some stories or facts about dogs running the 2022 race with you

Kevin is one of my yearlings that I'm really excited about. I got him as a puppy from Ware Marrs. As Kevin grew up, I became concerned about a few things. I realized he wasn't really learning his name (long after the other pups had it down) and he was always running into things and tripping on stuff. It turned out that Kevin is just a total bonehead and canine wrecking ball. He becomes full-tilt in harness and now that he knows his name, you'd better watch out when you call him because he will come at you full-speed!

How did you get started running dogs?

I worked with sprint musher Arleigh Reynolds for a summer exercise science project and I was hooked from then on. I learned a lot about conditioning dogs from Arleigh, but those dogs are too fast! I like to sip coffee while standing on the runners.

What do you love most about running sled dogs?

Some of my favorite mushing memories are being out on the remote trails and camping with my dogs in beautiful spots. I really love the process of training and conditioning, that stretches us to do these trips. I love putting the time in training dogs and watching them respond. Watching them grow is extremely rewarding and what I love most about this sport.

Are you a member of any other organizations involved in sled dog sports?
TRMA - Two Rivers Mushing Association
Why did you enter the Yukon Quest? What are your goals for the race?
My goal this year is to show the dogs and myself the trail and keep them happy and healthy. Last year, we were trained and ready to go for a couple of 200 mile races that were cancelled or postponed, so we are excited to race this year!
How did your dogs get their names?/ How do you choose names?

Most of my dogs came with names. The dogs I have named, I've received endless criticism for from friends, so I am excited to have a litter and think of some new and even more sillier names for them.

What music do you listen to on the trail?

I listen to a wide range of podcasts but will throw on some Queen, Dave Mathews Band or pop hits occasionally.

Share a quick story about one of your indispensable Handlers

I am a one-man operation!

Tell us about your favourite experience with a volunteer on the trail
Words of encouragement and a high-five from volunteers goes a long way. I appreciate that they are standing out in the cold to keep things safe for us.
List recent sled dog races and/or best performances
2019 Solstice 50 - 19th.