Posts Categorized: Stage Stop Racers

#18 Rafael Nelson

18 -Rafael Nelson from Wayland, Michigan. Age 29. Rafael Nelson began working seasonally in outdoor recreation in 2012. He spends his summers running rivers and a few years ago he worked with a guy who worked for a tour kennel in Colorado during the winter. Rafael says he’s always been a little bitter about never… Read more »

#17 Ben Barrett

17 — Ben Barrett from Middlebury, Vermont. Age 21. Straight out of high school in 2016 Ben learned to dogsled at a tour kennel in the Canadian Arctic where he fell in love with the sport. In 2017, he trained and raced dogs with Doug Butler. The pair mostly work out on 4-wheelers and carts,… Read more »

#16 Bruce Magnusson

16 — Bruce Magnusson from Newberry, Michigan Age 56 This will be Bruce’s 15th consecutive stage stop — more consecutive races than any other competitor in the 25-year history of our event — and his 17th year of mushing. Although Bruce grew up playing sports, he says that for him no other sport compares to… Read more »

#15 Doug Butler

15 — Doug Butler from Middlebury, Vermont. Age 65. Doug is one of the most notorious dog mushers on the northeast circuit, known for his lovable group of dogs, and his uncanny ability to celebrate on the racecourse. A dairy farmer, he has just begun to bring his infectious love for the sport to the… Read more »

#14 Elliot Rivest

14 — Elliot Rivest from St-Zénon, Québec, Canada. Age 15. 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 at the… Read more »

#13 Maria Torgerson

13 — Maria Torgerson from Red Lodge, Montana. Age 17. A second generation musher from Red Lodge, Montana, Maria Torgerson was raised from a baby in the sled to a teen on the runners. Her love for the dogs’ passion has driven her to find a way back to mushing after her dad, David Torgerson,… Read more »

#12 JR Anderson

12 — JR Anderson from Buyck, Minnesota. Age 40. A native Minnesotan, JR Anderson has dedicated over 20 years to the sport of endurance canines. Through research, extensive training, and competitive racing, he’s developed a keen knowledge of the canine’s ability to perform at accelerated levels. He and wife, Anna ‘Chapman’ Anderson, own River Rock… Read more »

#11 Rachel Courtney

11 — Rachel Courtney from Caliento, Manitoba, Canada. Age 27. In 2011, Rachel moved to Canada from her native Germany to handle for a musher — she says “that’s when I knew that this was the lifestyle I wanted. Soon after that I met my husband, Serge.” In 2013, they started their own kennel and… Read more »

#10 Linda Pierce

10 — Linda Pierce from Okanogen, Washington. Age 61. Linda Pierce, retired law enforcement, began running dogs in 2011 starting with two dogs to skijor. Her kennel has grown to a total of 22 dogs comprised of hounds, Alaskan huskies and a recent litter of five hound/Alaskan husky crosses. Linda spends her winters training in… Read more »

#9 Allan Berge

9 — Allan Berge from GLENROCK, WYOMING. Age 47. Allan and his wife, Tabby, began mushing in 1998 with rescue Siberian Huskies mentored by their beloved and late, Pam Dunn. In time, their whole family began racing Alaskan Huskies and race line Siberian Huskies (specifically the Seppala lines) from local sprints to long distance races… Read more »

#8 Alix Crittenden

8— Alix Crittenden Bondurant, Wyoming. Age 32. Alix and husband Sam own and operate Sleeping Indian Outfitters in Bondurant, Wyoming where they guide horseback, fishing, and hunting trips. Alix runs the team for Jackson Hole Iditarod Sled Dogs and thanks her sponsor Frank Teasley and the entire JHI crew as well as all the race… Read more »

#7 Fernando Ramirez

7— Fernando Ramirez from Peoa, Utah. Age 34. Fernando and his wife Dana co-own and operate Rancho Luna Lobos, a rescue, touring and racing kennel in Peoa, Utah. Fernando has raced since his days in elementary school, starting with six Siberian huskies. He and Dana are racing for their non-profit called Sledding For Hope. The… Read more »

#6 Anny Malo

6 — Anny Malo from Quebec, Canada. Age 48. Last year was a winning year for Anny Malo taking first place at the 2019 Pedigree Stage Stop Race, the 2019 The Pas World Championship Dog Race in Manitoba, and the 2019 Cross Lake Trappers Festival Race in Manitoba. When she’s not competing, Anny is a… Read more »

#5 Jeff Conn

5 — Jeff Conn from Ester, Alaska. Age 67. Dr. Jeff Conn, formerly a research agronomist with USDA, is now a full-time dog musher. After retiring in 2012, he decided to run the Wyoming Stage Stop and says “that was a great learning experience and was a foundation for better performances in subsequent races.” Last… Read more »

#4 Tim Thiessen

4— Tim Thiessen from Leadville, Colorado. Age 36. Tim’s passion for dog sledding began in 2003 when he was hired to work for a Breckenridge, Colorado dog sled tour company. He then put together his own team of Alaskan Huskies and competed in local races. He caught the “Stage Race bug” at the 2018 Eukanuba… Read more »

#3 Chris Adkins

3 — Chris Adkins from Sand Coulee, Montana. Age 51. Chris is a lumberyard worker who operates a 40-dog kennel. He’s been running dogs since he was a four-year-old working with his dad’s team. As a boy he competed in dog races in Alaska. Since then, he’s entered the Iditarod which he describes as his… Read more »

#2 Austin Forney

2 — Austin Forney from Leadville, Colorado. Age 38. Austin was born and raised on a cattle ranch in the Sandhills of Nebraska. He currently lives and trains at elevation 10,152 ft. in Leadville, Colorado. He traded horses for dogs in 2006 and has been chasing his dog mushing dreams ever since, and he thanks… Read more »

#1 Lina Streeper

1 — Lina Streeper from Fort Nelson, British Columbia, Canada. Age 35. 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”… Read more »

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