Hugh Neff

50 year old Yukon Quest veteran

My Sponsors:
GBA Corona, Golden Bear Hotel, Tok Lodge, 40 Mile Air, my wife, countless kidzzz, Ivory Jacks

Nationality: American
Current Residence: Tok, Alaska
Occupation(s): Dog Wannabee
Kennel Name: Laughing Eyes Kennel
Name Origination: Robert Service Poem
Kennel Bloodlines: Erhart, Baker, Gatt, Attla
Breeds: --
# of Dogs in Kennel: 55


Musher Question & Answer

How many years have you been running dogs?
20

Tell us about your dogs?
Numerous 8 year old vets mixed with 3 year old rookies. Havana, Stevie Roy and Mojito are in charge.

How did you get started running dogs?
Worked as a handler for Bill Mitchell and the Erhart family.

What do you love most about running sled dogs?
The love, freedom of the trail, visiting friends...

Why did you enter the Yukon Quest? What are your goals for the race?
To have fun, to celebrate with my kids the most beautiful trail on earth!

What music do you listen to on the trail?
Dawgs howling.

How did your dogs get their names?/ How do you choose names?
Stevie Ray Vaughn, George Castanza, Walter Payton; names with positive energy.

List recent sled dog races and/or best performances
2017 YQ - 2nd

Past Yukon Quest Race Results

Year Position Time
2017 2 10d 8h 36m
2016 1 9d 1h 28m
2015 5 10d 15h 56m
2014 2 8d 23h 7m
2013 2 8d 20h 55m
2012 1 9d 16h 5m
2011 - Withdrawn
2010 3 9d 3h 12m
2009 2 9d 23h 24m
2008 7 11d 21h 24m
2007 9 11d 9h 26m
2006 - Scratched
2005 3 11d 1h 50m
2003 8 11d 23h 30m
2002 11 12d 3h 13m
2001 - Scratched
2000 13 12d 0h 57m

Messages to Mushers

Dear Hugh, I am an elementary school teacher in Québec, and our class will be following the race this year. All the best! Miss Corrine
January 17, 2018
Good luck.you will win .You can do it.
January 19, 2018
Hi Hugh, I am so excited to watch your race. I wish you and your dog a lot of luck. Have fun! Léa, 12 years old
January 22, 2018
Hello, I hope you win
January 30, 2018
Good luck Hugh! You're the best! You're gonna win a third time! I vote for you.
January 30, 2018
Hi Neff, enjoy the next days. You have the best team, run with your spirit and live your dream. Fly like the wind - you`ll make it!! We`ve seen us last august in TOK. I will fallow you every day and wish you all the best for the race. This is Michael from GERMANY
January 31, 2018
GO GET UM TEAM NEFF!!! KEEP YOUR TRAIL IN SIGHT, AND YOUR TUG LINES TIGHT!!!
February 06, 2018
Hey Hugh, Watching from Longbow Lake, On. Good luck on the race & your marriage! See ya, Sailor.
February 08, 2018
Hey Hugh, Watching from Longbow Lake, On. Good luck on the race & your marriage! See ya, Sailor.
February 08, 2018
Hugh -- just to let you know that whatever you decide is the way to go. We love you, because we know your heart is in the right place -- you love Olivia, your dawgs, your friends and the "German High Neff Club" of which I'm a member (I'm Danish, lol). Sometimes a decision needs to be made considering all kinds of factors -- you had plenty of time to think, time to feel your young team. It's all ok -- you're number one in our hearts. Keep on going -- hope to follow you in the Iditarod. Lee (almost your birthday buddy) and Ricky Boleman watching from Wisconsin
February 09, 2018