Mushers1. Frank Moe, Hovland, Mn
2. Jerry Bath, Lander, Wy
3. Stacey Teasley, Jackson , Wy
4. Bruce Magnusson, Cheyboygan, Mi
5. Arleigh Reynolds, Salcha , Ak
6. Jeff Conn, Ester , Ak
7. Jenny Greger, Bozeman , Montana
8. JR Anderson, Buyck, Minnesota
9. Blayne Buddy Streeper, Fort Nelson, BC Canada
10. John Stewart, Scotland/ Utah
11. Dennis Laboda, Hovland, Mn
12. Sylvain Robillard, Quebec , Canada
13. Andrew Letzring, Wisconsin
14. Ryan Redington, Knik , Alaska
15. Alix Crittenden, Willow , Ak/Bondurant , Wy
16. Aaron Peck, Grande Prairie AB Canada
17. Dave Turner, Sandy , Oregon
Frank Moe, Grand Marais MN
Frank and his wife Sherri live with their 39 sled dogs near Grand Marais, Minnesota. Frank began mushing in 1999 and started racing in 2006. After years of distance racing, running the UP 200, Beargrease Marathon and other distance races, they ran the Gichi Gami in 2013. “Sherri liked sleeping in a bed at night, so instead of racing the UP 200 and Beargrease we’re coming to the Stage Stop this year,” Frank shared recently.
Jerry Bath, Lander WY
Jerry was raised on a fifth generation cattle ranch in northern California where he worked with horses and dogs. It was volunteering at the Lander leg of the first IPSSSDR in 1996 that he witnessed the start line electricity of dog racing and it changed his life. He bought a few dogs with no intention of racing but after working with the animals, his friends encouraged him to try a small, local race. Jerry now enters several races a year and became a profession musher in 2008 and states “my IPSSSDR experiences have been some of my most rewarding experiences to date. The level of professionalism and sportsmanship is second to none. It’s truly is the Super Bowl of Dog Mushing.”
Stacey Teasley, Jackson WY
A dog musher and sailor, carpenter and star gazer, a passionate mountain biker, poet and artist, head-in-the-clouds-wanna-be yogini, Stacey Teasley considers her husband to be one of the funniest people who has ever lived and knows this statement will bring a smile to his face. She feels incredibly fortunate to have walked up the driveway of Jackson Hole Iditarod and come face-to-face with her future — Frank Teasley and sled dogs. This will be Stacey’s 7th running of the IPSSSDR. The 2014 Stage Stop will be the first time she will be running a team of dogs she’s known since their birth.
Bruce Magnusson, Brownstown MI
The obsession for competing with dogs runs deep in my blood. I grew up in a Michigan family who were totally consumed by competitive field trials on the national level. It was my father who introduced me and my wife to sled dogs eleven years ago and it’s changed our lives. As a boy, I’d competed with traveling baseball teams, racing motocross and golfing but none of these compare to the thrill of competing with a dog team and now I can’t get enough. My wife and I juggle running the family business and trying to produce a competitive dog team simultaneously. We travel 600 miles round trip every single weekend of the year to our kennel so we can spend 3 to 4 days a week with our dogs. In our situation, it truly takes a village to raise a dog team and we have great help. This will be my 9th Stage Stop and I can’t imagine running dogs without this race — it’s the high point of our year to compete against the upper echelon of the dog sledding world. Nowhere else can you find this level of competition, professionalism, challenging racing and pure scenic beauty! — Bruce Magnusson
Arleigh Reynolds, Salcha AK
A veterinarian, nutritionist and dog musher, Alreigh has raised, trained and raced dogs for 30 years. “Until this year our focus has been in Open Class Sprint Racing, specifically the Fur Rondy and Open North American Championships. We have always thought the IPSSSDR was an interesting format and so we are turning our efforts towards this race and its unique challenges this year. We look forward to meeting new and old friends and racing in the Rockies.” Welcome to what’s sure to be an exciting new challenge, Arleigh.
Jeff Conn from Ester AK
Jeff began mushing in 1983 with the help of a retired Iditarod leader to pull a sled for ski trips. “That was enjoyable,” he reports and then decided that having his own small team would be even more fun so he got a few more dogs. Once he started racing, Jeff progressed from the 3-dog and 6-dog, through 8-dog and open-sprint classes in Alaska. He won the ISDRA gold medal in the 10-dog class — twice! Last year Jeff retired from his job as an invasive plant researcher and devoted the entire winter to training for this year’s IPSSSDR. “And I’m ready,” he says “I enjoyed it and decided to come to see if I can improve my finish.”
Jenny Greger, Bozeman MT
Jenny says she’s been around sled dogs her whole life and began by racing her father's distance team in short races. Starting her own team in 2008, she got her first sled dogs from a rescue; and those dogs and their offspring now make up her kennel of Alaskan Huskies and Belgian Huskies (AK Huskies crossed with Belgian Shepherds). In the past three years she’s won seven Best Cared For Team awards and placed top three in races including John Beargrease, Junior Race to the Sky, Junior Iditarod, Cascade Quest, and Eagle Cap Extreme. She trains in the Montana mountains and excels on steep trails. “I’m looking forward to competing again in one of my favorite races!” says an enthusiastic Jenny Greger.
JR Anderson, Buyck MN
A licensed contractor by day, JR turns into a super competitor, dog sled trainer and racer in his free time. For the past twenty years he’s raced all over North America, mostly with dogs he’s trained from his own breeding program. He and wife Anna share their life in Buyck, Minnesota with daughter Sara and their fifty-some sled dogs. “Racing the IPSSDR has become a passion and each move is carefully planned throughout the year,” says JR. This will be his ninth year at the IPSSSDR.
Blayne “Buddy” Streeper , Fort Nelson, BC Canada
Born and raised in the sport of sled dog racing, Buddy is a professional musher. Along side his partner, father Terry Streeper, they own and operate Streeper Kennels where they have been evolving their line of dogs through well-managed planning. A four-time champion of the previous Stage Stop and a 9-time World Champion, his goal for the 2014 IPSSSDR is to have a happy and healthy team — start to finish,” says an enthusiastic Buddy Streeper.
John Stewart Salt Lake City UT and Scotland
John began mushing in the United Kingdom when he was five years old. From being a commercial diver in the North Sea to founder of Mushing World as well as a sled dog racer and a world traveler employed in the Middle East, Mr. Stewart’s range of activities and work experiences are indeed varied. He's been successful, too, with many top five finishes in the last four years including 1st place in the 10-Dog Fort Nelson Canadian Open in 2013. This will be John’s fourth IPSSSDR in six years. "The Stage Stop is an exciting race," he says. "And I love being part of it
Dennis Laboda, Hovland MN
Dennis started mushing in 1973 winning the Minnesota State Championship 5-dog class the following year. During the ‘70s he competed in sprint racing. In 1977, when he was 18 years old, Dennis ran an exhibition dog team from St. Paul to Winnipeg with the intention of re-establishing that historic race from the early 1900s. When the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon started in 1984, he got caught up in long and middle distance racing for almost ten years. The Beargrease, UP-200, Défi du Lac St-Jean, Labrador 400, Grand Portage Passage were among the many events he competed in, enjoying many top finishes along with the inevitable back-of-the-back times.
In 1997, Dennis fulfilled his life-long dream of racing in South America — Ushuaia, Argentina. In addition to racing, he’s served as a judge, race marshal, and race consultant. He’s been on several race boards, and in the 2000s he was an official in Europe. His next goal echoes Buzz Lightyear’s motto: “Keep mushing to infinity and beyond!” You can feel his genuine enthusiasm when he says that these experiences have been fun and adds “but really, the dogs and the racing are what I like most. I’m excited to be returning to one of my favorite races and see some familiar faces!”
Sylvain Robillard, Quebec, Canada
Sylvain began mushing in 1991 and “rapidly fell in love with racing,” says this man of few words. He traded his Siberian huskies for Alaskans in 1993 when he became interested in sprint racing but says that he prefers races of 100 miles or more. Although an avid musher, Sylvain works as a carpenter and a farrier — shoeing horses. Many of his races are on the east coast, but Sylvain says that he loves to run his dogs in the “silence of nature” and is excited to be returning to Jackson for this year’s 2014 IPSSSDR. Welcome to the quiet of Wyoming, Sylvain, and the noisy excitement of the start line beginning January 31.
Andrew Letzring, Northern Wisconsin
Buy one and “the second one is free!” That innocent sounding offer was all it took to set Andrew Letzring’s family off on a great adventure. One husky puppy quickly became two puppies, and then a whole team and a family kennel. Andrew started racing with his parents and siblings then worked with several sprint and distance mushers. In 2005, after he completed the Iditarod, he returned to the family kennel, Bark River Racing, continued racing and eventually took over management. It’s stayed in the family. This year sister Erin talked Andrew into handling her team for the Stage Stop, then, due to a last minute change in her plans, he’s now going to pilot Redington’s second team in the race! He doesn’t hold a grudge against his sister for getting him into this happy situation because he’s been interested in the IPSSSDR for years and says he’s super excited that he’s finally racing it
Ryan Redington, Knik AK
When your grandfather is Joe Redington Sr., the Father of the Iditarod, it's only natural that you would start racing as soon as you could hang onto the sled which is exactly what Ryan did. That means he has a world of racing experience — everything from the Fur Rondy to the Wyoming Stage Stop. And yes, the Iditarod. He and his wife Erin live in Knik, Alaska, where they own and operate a kennel of 50 sled dogs. When he's not training or racing the dogs, he enjoys hunting, trapping, and playing Texas Hold 'Em. You can hang with Ryan and the dogs at http://www.callintrailkennel.com
Alix Crittenden, Willow AK and Bondurant WY
Alix has been running dogs since 2009 when she worked at Frank Teasley's kennel. Originally from North Carolina, she never dreamed about snow and sled dogs. “This year I was offered the opportunity to run dogs with Bill Kornmuller, and even though I just got married in August, I knew I couldn't turn down the opportunity to race all over North America. A special thanks to my husband Sam for being OK with my crazy dream chasing! — Can't wait to run the Stage Stop in my new home state” says an enthusiastic Alix. Welcome, Alix, and good luck chasing that dream down the trail.
Aaron Peck, Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada
Aaron Peck returns to defend his 2013 IPSSSDR title and this year his main team leader is Clementine who he says "is running better than ever!" So get ready for some action on the trail. Aaron grew up in Ontario and Alberta, Canada; and at age 13, ended up more or less accidentally with some sled dogs. "It's been an ongoing adventure ever since," he says. At age 19, he went north to work with four-time Iditarod winner Martin Buser. Two years later, in 2000, Aaron ran that race for the first of four times.
In 2008, he shifted his focus to the IPSSSDR where he has steadily improved his result each successive year. Fourth place, then third, second, and last year's victory. "I had such an awesome time that it just made me want to come back. It's like the Tour de France of dog mushing and it’s awesome to race with the best mushers in the world. It's the true benchmark of how you're doing. It's great to be part of it.”
Aaron got married last summer to his beloved Eva. In addition to Elevation Dogs, they also manage Kleskun Hills Bison Ranch so you can ask him everything you ever wanted to know about buffalo. If you can catch him, that is. Welcome back Aaron and all the rest of this year’s competitors.