21 year old Yukon Quest veteran
Royal Canin, Dogbooties.com, Braeon
Current Residence: McMillan, MI
Occupation(s): Dog Musher
Kennel Name: Nature's Kennel
Name Origination: Nature's Kennel was named after Ed Stielstra's (kennel owner) first dog, Nature.
Kennel Bloodlines: Stielstra, Berkowitz, Santos
Breeds: Alaskan Huskies
# of Dogs in Kennel: 230
Musher Question & Answer
How many years have you been running dogs?
Tell us about your dogs?
My team has an average of 4.5 years old. Every dog has finished a minimum of one 1,000 mile race, and some are four time 1,000 mile veterans. They are a super fun and happy team, and I have had the joy of working with the core of the team since my first qualifying year in 2015.
How did you get started running dogs?
My love for the sport started through following the Iditarod as a homeschool project at the age of nine.I then started a kennel when I was 14, then moved to Nature's kennel four years later.
What do you love most about running sled dogs?
The dogs and their passion to run, the solitude of the trail, and the challenges that the trail presents.
Are you a member of any other organizations involved in sled dog sports?
Luce County Mushers
Why did you enter the Yukon Quest? What are your goals for the race?
I entered because I love 1,000 mile races. My goal is to run a competitive race and manage my dog team to allow their best performance.
What music do you listen to on the trail?
A big variety of genres, all upbeat songs that are fun to sing along to.
How did your dogs get their names?/ How do you choose names?
Our litters are named after themes. For example, some of my teammates are from the Charlie Brown litter, the Thomas the Train litter, the Blood Cells litter, and the Princesses litter.
List recent sled dog races and/or best performances
2015 UP200 2nd 2015 Canadian Challenge 3rd 2016 Yukon Quest 13th 2017 Iditarod 42nd
Past Yukon Quest Race Results
|2016||13||11d 8h 10m|