Posts Categorized: Stage Stop Racers

#30 Jean Wise

30 — Jean Wise from Sand Coulee, Montana. Age 48. Jean ran the 2009 Stage Stop. She began working with sled dogs in the 90s while living in South Dakota. In 2008, she took a two-month winter sabbatical from nursing and traveled with her dogs throughout Wyoming, Montana, Washington, and Utah while racing, visiting kennels,… Read more »

#29 Grant Beck

29 — Grant Beck from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada. Age 71. Grant has been mushing dogs since age seven, when his first job was delivering groceries by dog team in the remote village of Fort Resolution, NWT. By age twelve, Grant was travelling by himself in the bush with his dog team, learning to live… Read more »

#28 Fernando Ramirez

28 — Fernando Ramirez from Peoa, Utah. Age 36. Fernando ran the Pedigree Stage Stop Race in 2019 and in 2020. He and his wife, Dana, own and operate Rancho Luna Lobos in Peoa, Utah. They offer educational sled dog tours, kids’ summer /winter camps and have a dog rescue and rehabilitation program on their… Read more »

#27 Linda Pierce

27 — Linda Pierce from Okanogan, Washington. Age 63. Linda has been running dogs since 2011. Her kennel is comprised of Alaskan Husky and hound-cross dogs. She raced the 2018 Eukanuba 8-Dog Classic which inspired her to compete in both the 2019 and 2020 Stage Stop Races. Linda lives in Okanogan, Washington with her husband,… Read more »

#26 Jerry Scdoris

26 — Jerry Scdoris from Bend, Oregon. Age 74. Jerry: “I am a Vietnam era Veteran and a very serious University of Oregon Duck; a retired high school teacher, counselor, and football and track coach. My dogs have run in eight Stage Stop races, one with my daughter Rachael Scdoris when she was 15, two… Read more »

#25 Hans Gatt

25 — Hans Gatt from Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada. Age 63.  Hans is a dogsled builder with his partner Susie Rogan in Whitehorse, Yukon. He began racing sled dogs in the European Spring circuit in 1987 and moved to Canada in 1990 to pursue stage and distance racing. After winning the Stage Stop four times,… Read more »

#24 Rachel Courtney

24 — Rachel Courtney from Vita, Manitoba, Canada. Age 29. Born in Mainburg, Germany, Rachel started mushing at age 10 with her pet Siberian Husky and was “immediately hooked on mushing.” At age 14 she began bikejoring (riding a bike with a dog pulling) and four years later came to Canada to handle for Chris… Read more »

#23 Geneva Lyon

23— Geneva Lyon from Brightwood, Oregon. Age 46. Geneva became interested in mushing at the age of four and says that she’s “always loved dogs and all animals.” Born and raised on a small farm in rural southern Oregon, she grew up snowboarding, then got into skijoring and fell in love with driving a dog… Read more »

#22 Dave Torgerson

22 — Dave Torgerson from Bozeman, Montana. Age 56. Dave has been racing sled dogs since 1989, including four Stage Stop finishes in the late 1990s as well as three additional finishes through 2019. Having put his sled dog racing on hold to pursue other aspects of life (family and business), Dave returned to the… Read more »

#21 Dennis LaBoda

21 — Dennis LaBoda from Grand Marais, Minnesota. Age 63. Dennis is a self-employed contractor. Sled dogs were a neighborhood activity for him when he was growing up in Minnesota. His older brother, Dale, started mushing as a teenager and raced IPSSSDR in the early years of our event. Following in his brother’s “footsteps in… Read more »

#20 Carl Knudsen

20 — Carl Knudsen from Newdale, Manitoba, Canada. Age 28. Carl grew up in Porkupine, Saskatchewan. “I got into dog mushing as a child when I tried to hook up my yard dog, Ginger, to a calf sled. She hated it! So, I decided to get a few dogs to pull me to check my… Read more »

#19 Cathy Rivest

19 — Cathy Rivest from St-Paul-de-Joliette, Quebec, Canada. Age 46. Cathy is a prosthetist and has worked with amputees for 25 years. She began dogsledding at age 12 helping to run the family sled dog tour business for tourists. That business quickly turned to competitive sled dog racing. Cathy has raced sprint class, 4-dog and… Read more »

#18 Christina Gibson

18 — Christina Gibson from Carlton, Washington. Age 20. Christina decided she wanted to run and win the Iditarod after seeing the animated movie “Balto,”. She ran a dog for the first time at the age of twelve and started building her own team a year later. Christina now owns Whiteout Racing Kennel, a professional race… Read more »

#17 Laura Bontrager

17 — Laura Bontrager from Newberry, Michigan. Age 27. Laura started running dogs 22 years ago with a 4H group started by Jan & Bob Shaw, and their kennel Arctic Wind Racing Sled Dogs. Jan and Bob became like grandparents, and she was fortunate to train and race at Arctic Wind competitively throughout high school… Read more »

#16 Doug Butler

16 — Doug Butler from Middlebury, Vermont. Age 67. On his online application, Doug says only that he’s been a “dairy farmer since birth. Been dog racing for 45 years.” A former dairy farmer, Doug now raises beef cattle at his family farm in Vermont and operates Cobble Hill Kennel. Three years ago, he brought… Read more »

#15 Lina Streeper

15 — 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 an integral part of Streeper Kennels. She and… Read more »

#14 JR Anderson

14 — JR Anderson from Buyck, Minnesota.   Age 42. A native of Minnesota, JR Anderson has dedicated over 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… Read more »

#13 Jake Robinson

13 — Jake Robinson from Bemidji, Minnesota. Age 30. Robinson Racing Sled Dogs is a 36-dog kennel in Bemidji, Minnesota. Jake has been actively racing for over 15 years, as far east as Quebec, west to British Columbia, north to the Arctic Circle, and everywhere in between. Jake and the Robinson Racing crew focus on… Read more »

#12 Diane Marquis

12 — Diane Marquis from St Medard, Québec, Canada. Age 67. Diane is retired from a long career of cattle farming. She enjoys fishing, hunting, and anything which lets her be outside, and that’s one of the main reasons she started dog sledding 20 years ago. Her first team was Siberian Huskies, but it wasn’t long… Read more »

#11 Anny Malo

11 — Anny Malo from St-Zenon, Quebec, Canada. Age 51. 2021 Pedigree Stage Stop Race winner. She’s a biologist who owns her company with husband Marco. “I began mushing in 1995 when I met Marco. He was just 18 years old, and already had his own kennel and was competing in the mid-distance circuit in… Read more »

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