Bill Hastings

#9 Rafael Nelson

9 — Rafael Nelson from Bend, Oregon.
(Driver substitution for Jerry Scdoris)

Age 30.


Rafael guides rafting trips on the Rogue River in the summer and sledding trips at Mt. Bachelor in the winter. Four years ago, he learned how to run dogs at the Scdoris kennel in Oregon. The race team has been having great training runs with ATVs through the Oregon Badlands Wilderness Area this year. Rafael says “I’m excited to get (my team) out on the beautiful Wyoming trails and see what they can do,” adding that he’s “looking forward to reconnecting with some of the amazing dog people I met last year and seeing some new faces.”

#8 Lina Streeper 

8 — Lina Streeper from Fort Nelson, British Columbia, Canada.
Age 36.

Lina grew up in a small community in northern Sweden, and became fascinated with sled dogs at a young age. After moving to Canada in 2007, she focused on professional sled dog racing, and has become a part of “the famous mushing dynasty” known as Streeper Kennels. A noteworthy addition to her resume is last year’s first place in the Pas Manitoba World Championships. She and husband, Buddy Streeper, own and operate Streeper Kennels in Fort Nelson, British Columbia. They have two wonderful daughters, Alva and Clara. “I love dogs, and I love Wyoming. I’m proud to be returning to this year’s Stage Stop Race, and I wish all my Stage Stop family a safe and successful event!”

#7 JR Anderson

7 — JR Anderson from Buyck, Minnesota.
Age 41.

A native of Minnesota, JR Anderson has dedicated more than 20 years to the sport of endurance canines. He and wife, Anna ‘Chapman’ Anderson, own the River Rock Kennel in Buyck, Minnesota. When not racing dogs, JR can be found playing with his daughter Sara and son Eli. Through research, extensive training, and competitive racing, he’s developed a keen knowledge of the canine’s ability to perform at accelerated levels.

#6 Bruce Magnusson

6 — Bruce Magnusson from Newberry, Michigan.
Age 57.

This will be Bruce’s sixteenth consecutive Stage Stop — more consecutive races than any other competitor in the 26-year history of our event — and his 18th year of mushing. Although Bruce grew up playing sports, he says that for him no other sport compares to the thrill of sled dog racing. On his race application, he wrote “this is my favorite race because of the format, the competitive field, and the camaraderie of the whole Stage Stop family. It gives me a perfect excuse to spend 8 days on the trail with my best friends.”


#5 Chris Adkins

5 — Chris Adkins from Sand Coulee, Montana.
Age 52.

Chris Adkins is a lumber yard worker/dispatcher, and he and his wife, Shannon, operate a 49 dog kennel in Sand Coulee, Montana. He began running his dad’s dogs when he was four years old. Later, he took on one dog race, and then at 21 began his distance career with the Race to the Sky 500. He went on to compete in the Iditarod in 2010, same year as his first IPSSSDR. The Stage Stop has become the focal point of each season.

#4 Anny Malo

4 — Anny Malo from Quebec, Canada.
Age 49.

Last year’s Stage Stop champion, Anny was a biologist just out of the university when she met Marco, his group of sled dogs, and literally fell in love with the man and his canine crew. Twenty five years later, they’re all still in love. The pair decided to learn more about the sport in 1998 and worked as handlers with Joe Redington at his Iditarod Kennel in Alaska, a wonderful and powerful experience. With that knowledge and passion, Anny kept driving and racing dogs in Québec and Canada. The family got bigger with two boys, and the sport became a way of life for everyone. Now they travel around North America competing in the sport they love with the dogs and the people they love.

#3 Tim Thiessen

3— Tim Thiessen from Leadville, Colorado.
Age 37.

Tim’s passion for dog sledding began in 2003 when he was hired to work for a Breckenridge, Colorado dog sled tour company. Afterwards, he put together his own team of Alaskan Huskies and competed in local races. He caught the “stage race bug” at the 2018 Eukanuba 8-Dog Classic, and this will be his third time running this race. Tim and fiancé Natalie share their high-altitude homestead in the Mosquito Range of central Colorado with 23 dogs, two cats, a flock of chickens, and some ducks. “I look forward to the challenges of training for this race and I’m excited to take part in this esteemed event.”

#2 Austin Forney

2 — Austin Forney from Leadville, Colorado.
Age 39.

Austin was born and raised on a cattle ranch in the Sandhills of western Nebraska, and now lives and trains at 10,152 ft. in Leadville, Colorado. Fourteen years ago he switched from cattle and horses to sled dogs, and has been chasing his mushing dreams ever since. He and Rich and Ben, his veteran handlers, are “excited to spend another year in Wyoming with all of the amazing people and dogs of the Pedigree Stage Stop Race.” He also wants to send a huge thanks to all of his family and friends for their continued love and support. This marks Austin’s sixth consecutive year at the Stage Stop Race. “See you in Jackson!”

#1 Alix Crittenden

1 – Alix Crittenden Bondurant, Wyoming.
Age 33.

Alix Crittenden and her husband Sam own and operate Sleeping Indian Outfitters where they guide horseback, fishing, and hunting trips. For the last five years, Alix has run dogs for Frank Teasley’s Jackson Hole Iditarod Racing. She gives a special thanks to all her dogs “for always being the best they can be.” After finishing third last year, she can’t wait to see her Stage Stop family again. “This race is our big goal for the year.”

Joshua Miltier

8-DOG CLASSIC LINEUP #10 — Joshua Miltier from Boulder, Colorado.

Josh is currently a student at Colorado University in Boulder CO and serving in the US Army. He carries on the tradition of dogsledding from his father, Jesse Miltier, who has been racing for decades. Josh started out at a young age training and running pure-bread Siberian Huskies, then transitioned to mixed breeds for sprint racing. His first sprint race (or any official race) was in 2013, with an 8-dog team — he hadn’t touched a sled since before his 10th birthday. Josh recalls, “my times were good, but I barely managed to hang on to the sled!” He says he’s a lover of “anything outdoors” and enjoys being a “dirt bag” when possible.

Elliot Rivest

8-DOG CLASSIC LINEUP #9 — Elliot Rivest from St-Zénon, Québec, Canada.

Elliot is a student living in a family of a mushers, literally. He began mushing when he was four years old. He’s raced in many junior races on his family’s numerous trips around Canada and North America. “I did my first adult race last year at the 2018 Eagle Lake Sled Dog Races in Maine” writes Rivest, who was joined by his father, brother and mother, all of whom also raced in the 30-mile event. “I take care of the dogs, handle and train them with my family. The last time I was at the Stage Stop Race, I was 8 years old. I thought Wyoming was the most beautiful place in the world. I’m very happy to be able to return this year.”

Geneva Ann Lyon

8-DOG CLASSIC LINEUP #8 — Geneva Ann Lyon from Brightwood, Oregon.

Geneva Lyon (pronounced je-NEE-vuh LY-awn) says that she’s “always loved dogs and all animals.” Born and raised in Oregon, she grew up snowboarding, then got into skijoring, and fell in love with driving a dog team. She and her husband Tim, stepson Dillon, and 3-year old daughter Shade live and train on and around Mt. Hood in Oregon. 2019 will be Geneva’s 15th season running dogs, her 8th year racing, and her very first time running in Wyoming.

Stephen Peterson

8-DOG CLASSIC LINEUP #7 — Stephen Peterson from Backus, Minnesota.

Stephen Peterson began sled dog racing in 1998 at the age of 23. His first sled dog race was the Third Crossing Sled Dog Rendezvous in Frazze, Minnesota which Stephen says “was a wonderful learning experience.” Since then, he’s traveled all over the United States and Canada attending many races. The 2003 Prince Albert Winter Festival “was an awesome mass start race with 33 world class competitors. I was able to finish in 3rd place the first day right behind Buddy and Eddy Streeper.” In 2017, he competed in the Stage Stop placing eighth overall. Please welcome Stephen back to the 2019 Pedigree® Stage Stop Race.

Christina Gibson

8-DOG CLASSIC LINEUP #6 — Christina Gibson from Carlton, Washington.

Christina, 17, became interested in mushing at the age of four. After seeing the animated movie “Balto,” she decided she wanted to run and win the Iditarod! She ran a dog for the first time at the age of twelve, and a year later began her team. Christina plans to go to college and eventually wants to produce a top competitive mid-distance team racing at 100-250 miles. Christina owns her own Whiteout Racing Kennel and started racing four years ago. She lives and trains in the foothills of the north Cascades. “After my first season of mid-distance racing, I’m excited to try something new and I look forward to racing in Wyoming!” says an enthusiastic Christiana. Photo by Julia Redington.

Keith Hayes- Withdrew

8-DOG CLASSIC LINEUP #5 — Keith Hayes from Parks, Arizona.

Keith lives in a small rural town outside Flagstaff, Arizona bordering the Kaibab National Forest with his girlfriend, 13 Alaskan Huskies, as well as several other animals including goats, chickens and a pig. Almost all of his training is dryland which means winter travel to Colorado, Montana, and Idaho to run on snow. “I am very thankful to my mentors Denise Edwards and Gery Allan for helping me get started in dog-powered sports 5 years ago. I also would not be able to do this without the incredible support of my girlfriend Carly.” This will be their first time in Wyoming and Keith’s first time running the Eukanuba 8-Dog Classic.

Charmayne Morrison

8-DOG CLASSIC LINEUP #4 — Charmayne Morrison from Polson, Montana.

Charmayne, age 17, began mushing as an 8th grade project in her Advanced Studies Class and was hooked! This will be her fifth season racing and her first time running the Eukanuba 8-Dog Classic. This winter she is training out of Anduril Kennels (Rob and Cara Greger) in Bozeman, Montana. “The dogs and I have a special bond that can only be built from the first moment they open their eyes. I think this has made us a better team and overall more prepared for any trail conditions that we may encounter,” says an upbeat Charmayne.

Becky Englert

8-DOG CLASSIC LINEUP #3 — Becky Englert from Elk Mountain, Wyoming.

Becky and her family live on a ranch in southern Wyoming. Although she didn’t start running dogs until 2009, Becky’s passion for sled dogs and horses started when she was a child. She, her husband Travis and two children live on a Wyoming cow/calf ranch where they keep a small kennel of AKC registered Siberian Huskies, Australian Kelpies and a few rescues. Their family enjoys the outdoors, riding horses, running dogs, snowshoeing, skiing, hiking, and rodeos. Her other great love is adopting and training BLM wild horses to become solid working partners. Becky says she’s looking forward to the challenge of this year’s Eukanuba 8-Dog Classic.

Jordan Hillock

8-DOG CLASSIC LINEUP #2 — Jordan Hillock from Minersville, Utah.

He’s 28 years old, the Owner /Operator of Hillock Sales Consulting, and began mushing in 2014 with Chris Adkins. While running sled dog tours in Park City, Utah he began to get more and more interested in sled dog racing. After a few years of experience with Adkins, Jordan moved back to his home town of Minersville, Utah and began his own sled dog team. His goal is to bring sled dogs, racing, and education to Southern Utah. 2018 was Jordan’s first year racing. He placed 10th in the Eukanuba 8-Dog Classic last year and he says that he learned a lot about racing. He’s excited to return to Wyoming and put that knowledge and experience to good use.

Maria Torgerson

8-DOG CLASSIC LINEUP #1 — Maria Torgerson from Red Lodge, Montana.

She’s 16 years old and grew up in a small cabin in the woods outside of Helena, Montana. Maria writes in her race application biography that her only companions growing up were 15 retired racing Alaskan Huskies. Maria was riding in a dog sled before she learned to walk. As the daughter of veteran Pedigree Stage Stop competitor, Dave Torgerson, she shares his love of the sport and for the racing husky breeds. In the past few years, she’s trained in mushing, dog obedience, showmanship, and agility as well as being a volunteer and handler at the Stage Stop Race since 2015. This will be Maria’s first year running the Eukanuba 8-Dog Classic.

#25 – Tim Thiessen-Archive 2019

#25 — Tim Thiessen from Leadville, Colorado.

Tim’s passion for dog sledding began in 2003 when he was hired to work for a Breckenridge, Colorado dog sled tour company. Soon afterwards, he began to put together his own team of Alaskan huskies and competed in last year’s Eukanuba 8-Dog Classic. Tim lives with his fiancé Natalie in the Mosquito Range of Central Colorado. They share their high altitude homestead with eighteen dogs, two cats, as well as a flock of chickens and ducks. “I look forward to competing alongside this group of esteemed mushers.”