|FRANK TEASLEY — 2023 EXECUTIVE RACE DIRECTOR
Before founding the stage stop race more than 28 years ago, Frank had a distinguished career as a professional dog musher, which he learned under Joe Redington, Sr., the Father of the Iditarod. In 1989, Frank received the prestigious Leonhard Seppala Humanitarian Award for best-cared-for team. His best Iditarod finish in 1991 was sixth place out of a field of 74 teams, the same year he won the Sterling Silver Award for the most improved team.
Frank's extensive racing credits include multiple wins in the John Beargrease, The UP 200, and Race to the Sky. He's also raced successfully in Russia, France, Argentina, Canada, Italy, and Switzerland.
He created his Jackson Hole Iditarod Sled Dog Tours Company as a "pension-plan" for his experienced racing dogs, and a "high school" for the younger, less experienced ones. Frank breeds, raises, and trains Alaskan huskies as well. "I love the sport of mushing and have always been dedicated to the well-being and health of these great animals," he says.
|DAN CARTER — 2023 RACE DIRECTOR
Dan was first introduced to the Stage Stop by Race Founder, friend, and mentor Frank Teasley, in 1996. Dan has competed in the Stage Stop six times running teams from JHI Racing. He has also competed in many other races across North America. Dan says “Having spent tens of thousands of miles on remote trails with sled dogs is a unique and inspirational privilege. Working with sled dogs is the essence of teamwork and perseverance”.
Race Director since 2014, Dan enjoys the opportunity it gives him to stay connected to sled dogs, competitors, race crew, and everyone else who loves the sport. As Director, he coordinates and oversees all aspects of the event. “The Stage Stop Race has a great crew, draws top competitors, and is privileged to be supported by a wonderful title sponsor, Pedigree brand.”
|DIANNA LEHN — 2023 ASSISTANT RACE DIRECTOR
Dianna has been associated with the race for over twelve years. What does the Assistant Race Director do? To be honest, “there’s not enough space for all my tasks,” she says. Dianna is involved in almost every aspect of the race and received a standing ovation at the musher’s banquet for good reason. Mostly, though, she just quietly and efficiently goes about doing her job. "I prefer to be in the shadows," she admits. “My day job is Head of Maintenance for South Pass City State Historic Site.”