Matt Hall

26 year old Yukon Quest veteran

My Sponsors:
Two Rivers Outpost, 24 Mile Java, Herbal Instincts, Alaska Icefield Expeditions, Last Frontier Mushing Co-op, Bush Alaska Expeditions, Santa Cruz Animal Health, Dogbooties.com, Non-Stop Dog Wear, BEMA Electronics, Big Dan's Trucking, Inc.

Nationality: American
Current Residence: Two Rivers, AK
Occupation(s): Tour Guide, Musher
Kennel Name: Smokin' Ace Kennels
Name Origination: I like to play poker.
Kennel Bloodlines: Kleedehn, Gatt, Hall, King, Buser & Swingley
Breeds: Alaskan Husky
# of Dogs in Kennel: 40


Musher Question & Answer

How many years have you been running dogs?
21

Tell us about your dogs?
My 2018 team will be comprised of a handful of my core team from the 2017 Quest plus many new recruits that will be 2.5 years old. I'm very excited about this group of young dogs, I think they have lots of potential. They're a mix between two different breedings from some of our best dogs in the kennel.

How did you get started running dogs?
My parents started a mushing expedition company when I was just a young boy, I learned from them.

What do you love most about running sled dogs?
Clearing my mind and getting in the zone with my dogs. When I'm on the trail all the daily stresses, regardless of what's going on in my life, just melt away.

Are you a member of any other organizations involved in sled dog sports?
Yes, Two Rivers Dog Mushing Association

Why did you enter the Yukon Quest? What are your goals for the race?
I look forward to showing our youngsters the Quest Trail and watching Anchor and Ace run their second Yukon Quest.

What music do you listen to on the trail?
I listen to a variety, but mostly lots of dance music - it's upbeat and keeps me awake.

How did your dogs get their names?/ How do you choose names?
We follow the alphabet, so we have an "A" litter (Anchor & Ace), "B" & "C" litters, etc. We like to pick names that suit the dogs' personalities, so we don't usually name them until they're a little older. We also like to pick strong names for the dogs, naming them after inspiring people, places, musicians and explorers or the world. Just like the people, dogs deserve names that will reflect their future accomplishments.

List recent sled dog races and/or best performances
2017 Yukon Quest - 1st 2016 Copper Basin 300 - 1st 2016 Solstice 50 - 1st 2016 Two Rivers 200 - 3rd

Past Yukon Quest Race Results

Year Position Time
2017 1 10d 1h 7m
2016 4 9d 6h 45m
2015 - Scratched
2014 3 10d 4h 24m

Messages to Mushers

I wish you good luck. I hope that your dog will win. alexandra 11 years old
January 19, 2018
Hi Matt, You have very nice dogs.Good luck for the race. Ben, 12 years old
January 22, 2018
Dear Matt, Are your dogs excited? I have a dog. Good luck! Laurent 10 years old
January 25, 2018
Good luck Matt Hall :) Lory Léa Alyssia ,three students from Québec . ;)
January 26, 2018
Hey Matt !! I am a student from Canada, whish you good luck for your next race. I chose you for a project at shcool.
January 30, 2018
Hey Matt Hall! Have an excellent dog race. From Xavier
February 01, 2018
I wish you and your team a great race and a winning run! (I rode with you and your wonderful team at Just Short of Magic last March when I was in Alaska for the Iditarod. It was a highlight of my trip to Alaska.)
February 02, 2018
HI Matt, I hope you win the race. I am 8 years old in Grade 3. Good Luck! Max
February 02, 2018
Just wanted to let you know that I have been following the race daily. We are all pulling for you my young Alaska friend. We are very proud of you. It's still amazing to me how you and your fellow mushers candid you're such a tough price. You and your family are always in my thoughts. Take care , be safe. You're a winner in my book regardless of where you finish. Hope to see you soon.
February 11, 2018