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Jordon Hillock

8-DOG CLASSIC LINEUP Jordon Hillock from Minersville, Utah

Jordan began mushing with Chirs Adkins’ Montana Dawg Company in 2013, operating tours in Park City, Utah. Under Chris’ guidance, Jordan ran the 2015 Race to the Sky 100 and says, “I was hooked and slowly worked towards building my own dog team, while continuing to run under Chris’s Kennel.” During the summer he’s a wildland fire fighter and during the winter he’s a sales rep and handler for Chris. Jordan moved back to his home town of Minersville, UT and now has his own sled dog team. “I have 11 dogs thanks to Austin Forney and this will be our first season racing as Desert Dog Sledding of Minersville, Utah.”

Tim Thiessen


​Tim’s passion for dog sledding began in 2003 when he was hired to work at a local dog yard. His desire to train his own team grew while working for another musher, and when given the opportunity to rescue several Alaskan Huskies, Tim’s dreams soon turned in to a reality. Training is usually on National Forest roads that surround his off-grid property at 11,000′ elevation in central Colorado which gives his team the advantage of high altitude training with constantly varying conditions. “This event is a culmination of many years of training, and I look forward to participating in this esteemed stage race.

Gabe Dunham

8-DOG CLASSIC LINEUP Gabe Dunham from Bend,Oregon

As a teenager, Gabe started her mushing career with a single puppy from the local dog pound in Valdez, Alaska. She moved to Willow, Alaska for 8 years where she where she fell in love mushing and long distance racing. In 2011, Gabe relocated to Bend, Oregon where she and her husband, Wayne, keep a small kennel of 8 to12 race dogs, puppies and geriatrics, a mascot golden retriever and get to train in the “gorgeous Cascades mountains.” “My team and I are excited to be returning to this year’s EUKANUBA 8-Dog Classic. We always look forward to racing in Wyoming” she says with enthusiasm.

Fernando Ramirez

8-DOG CLASSIC LINEUP Fernando Ramirez from Peoa, Utah

“I’ve been racing sled dogs since I was a kid,” Fernando states on his race application. He and his wife Dana have 40 sled dogs and have owned a touring company for the last nine years at their Ranch, Rancho Luna Lobos in Peoa, Utah. Fernando’s goal is to take his racing career to the next level in addition to the dog tours. In the summer months they offer kids’ camps and cart tours. Their oldest son, Gabriel, is running two dogs currently and also looking to race this winter. Having to withdraw from the race last year, Fernando adds “I’m really looking forward to competing in this year’s EUKANUBA 8-Dog Classic!”

Linda Pierce

8-DOG CLASSIC LINEUP Linda Pierce from Okanogan, Washington

Linda began running dogs in 2011 after retiring from a successful career in law enforcement. She started out skijoring with two dogs and now has a kennel of 15 dogs which include Alaskan Huskies and Hound Cross team members. Linda lives with her husband, two mules and 16 dogs in Okanogan, Washington. She has committed to living and training in Seeley Lake, Montana for the 2018 season. The 8-Dog Classic is a key milestone in Linda’s racing career. “I look forward to the challenging trails, welcoming community and keen competition offered by this race,” states an enthusiastic Linda.