Denali Park Trail Crew; Owner of Dogsled Tour Company – Rockin’ Ridge Kennel
Kennel Name:
Rockin’ Ridge Kennel
Kennel Name Origination:
When I moved to Rock Ridge, I got serious about building a kennel.
Kennel Bloodlines:
King and Little/Osmar
Alaskan Husky
# of Dogs in Kennel:
Family; Friends; Big Dan Trucking

Musher Question & Answer

How many years have you been running dogs?
9 years
How did you get started running dogs?

I landed a job running dogs for Sonny Lindner.

What do you love most about running sled dogs?

Just being in the beautiful outdoors with my best friends and being self-reliant.

Why did you enter the Yukon Quest? What are your goals for the race?
I entered the YQ300 to challenge myself and enjoy a new adventure with my dogs. My goal is to finish with happy and healthy dogs
How did your dogs get their names?/ How do you choose names?

 Some came to me with names already and the others are named after places that I want to go (Himalayan Peaks), places I have been and other cool adventures.

What music do you listen to on the trail?

 I don’t listen to music much on the trail but when I do, it’s old rock or something peppy.

Share a quick story about one of your indispensable Handlers

 A friend gave me a dog that was too fast for his team and she has turned into the matriarch of my kennel. I have 12 of her puppies, many of them make up my current race team and the others will join the future team.

Tell us about your favourite experience with a volunteer on the trail
The checkpoint manager in Dawson City had my passport delivered to my hotel in Whitehorse after I left it in the hotel in Dawson City!
List recent sled dog races and/or best performances
2018 Two Rivers 100 – 5th and Vet’s Choice; 2017 Copper Basin 300 Finisher!