42 YEAR OLD YUKON QUEST Veteran
Nationality:
American
Current Residence:
Eureka, Alaska
Occupation(s):
Musher, Wilderness Guide, Gold Miner
Kennel Name:
Wild and Free Mushing
Kennel Name Origination:
From a Hobo Jim song...Wild and Free
Kennel Bloodlines:
Mackey, Weld, King = My own
Breeds:
Alaskan Husky
# of Dogs in Kennel:
55
Sponsors:
Dog Sponsors, MonMat, WinterGreen, Mac Scene, Friends and Family

Musher Question & Answer

How many years have you been running dogs?
17
Tell us about your dogs, particularly some stories or facts about dogs running the 2022 race with you

95% of my Kennel is related to a dog named Silver. He was my first dog and the one that makes everything we do today possible. He died last year at 18! But lives on in the kennel forever. Most of my team in the race is related to Silver.

How did you get started running dogs?
Saw it and wanted to do it. So I did it!
What do you love most about running sled dogs?

<p>The time with the dogs, the bond we built, the places we go. And the riding!!</p>

Are you a member of any other organizations involved in sled dog sports?
Iditarod
Why did you enter the Yukon Quest? What are your goals for the race?
To get back out on the Quest trail and to prepare for the Iditarod.
How did your dogs get their names?/ How do you choose names?
I want and name them after their early personality traits. I use themes.
What music do you listen to on the trail?
Share a quick story about one of your indispensable Handlers
Steve Stroller! Enough said.
Tell us about your favourite experience with a volunteer on the trail
The smiles and smells of Stepping Stone!! Can’t wait to get back out, and the Burrito.
List recent sled dog races and/or best performances
Year: 2019; Race: Yukon Quest; Finish Position: 1st
Year: 2010; Race: Yukon Quest; Finish Position: 1st
Year: 2020; Race: Iditarod; Finish Position: 4th
Year: 2021; Race: Iditarod; Finish Position: 3rd