Race Marshall – Warren Palfrey
Currently based in Quesnel, B.C, Warren is a lifelong resident of the North. As a Métis, Warren has always recognized the importance of dog sledding to his people’s history. It was a natural fit for him to become a dog musher. He started running dogs in his hometown of Rankin Inlet, Nunavut at age 11 with a trapline team of Siberian Huskies, Eskimo dogs, and Alaskan huskies. Being on the land with the dogs taught him invaluable lessons about dogs. They are great teachers if one is open to them.
Since his start in the sport, Warren has traveled and competed all across north America. He has competed multiple times in the Pedigree® Stage Stop Race, as well as the other “ big ones”- the Iditarod and Yukon Quest among many others. With all things in life, change is constant and after 29 years racing and running dogs new adventures beckon. After a very successful season in 2014, Warren decided to end on a high note and hang up the harnesses as they say. Warren has always been part of organizing and running races, as well as being actively involved in organizing committees. Always giving back to the sport and helping support it, Warren has been helping the Iditarod as a race judge for a number of years, and looks forward to helping out “Frank and his crew” in the Pedigree® Stage Stop as a judge. Warrens says “I certainly am looking forward to seeing all my friends, and working with the best race crew and race support staff in the world!”
First Judge – Doug Aichele
Doug Aichele lives in Stillwater, OK where he maintains a small ranch and dog kennel. He is a recently retired professor (former Regents Professor) at Oklahoma State University (OSU) where he taught for many years. He has been active in sled dog research with OSU veterinarians; in particular, he contributed to the noted dropped dog study (Yukon Quest) and was a co-author of the resulting published paper.
His love for animals, dogs in particular, has always been a part of him. Currently, his sled dogs in Stillwater are Gumbie, Vulcan and Vixen. Gumbie is an Iditarod and Yukon Quest veteran (2010 Pin and Patch Dog); Vulcan is Gumbie’s son and has also raced; Vixen is Gumbie’s daughter and has also raced. Together with Gumbie, Vulcan and Vixen, Doug has showcased sled dog adventures over 50 times in presentations at elementary and high schools, universities, and private businesses in Oklahoma and Colorado. Doug has handled sled dogs for Warren and Kate Palfrey’s Northern Star Kennels at the Iditarod, Canadian Challenge, and IPSSSDR. He has served as a race Judge for the 2015 and 2016 IPSSSDR; he will be a Judge again in 2017.
Married to Kathryn Castle Aichele; sons Adam and Clint (his wife, Melanie); grandsons Sawyer, Beau, Paul and Joel.
University of Missouri-Columbia. Degrees: bachelors, masters, and doctorate (1969). Service: U.S. Army (ROTC).
Other Interests: Mountaineering (climbed over 40 of Colorado’s Fourteeners). Motorcycling.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone: (cell) 405-334-9403
Gumbie’s Facebook: Goodboy Gumbie (he has over 300 friends”
Second Judge – Katie Davis
I ran the IPSSSDR in 2003 (Teasley team), 2004 (Teasley), and 2006 (Doug Swingley team). I also ran the 2006 Iditarod with the Swingley puppy team and the 2010 Yukon Quest with my own team. Shilo, one of my lead dogs from the 2006 IPSSSDR, Iditarod, and Yukon Quest, is still my skiing and biking buddy and has become a connoisseur of cushy beds and sleeping by the fire. After my sled dog racing “career”, I went to graduate school in Bozeman, MT to study Environmental Engineering, completing my PhD in July 2017. I will be starting a research and development job with a biogas company in February. It will be fun to be back in Wyoming to see a some familiar faces and make some new friends
Official Timer – Sean McNelis
After travelling with the Pedigree® Stage Stop Race as Stage Coordinator for the last ten years, Sean McNelis returns in 2018 as the Official Race Timer. “I enjoy any sport that has to do with being on a trail,” he says. Sean met Frank Teasley “over 100 years ago” and their friendship bonded when they began travelling to dog races starting about 15 years ago.
He was raised in New England and moved to Colorado after high school. Then back east for college (B.S. from Western Connecticut State University) and westward ho! again to Wyoming. When not on the race circuit, Sean makes his living building homes in Jackson, Wyoming..
Trail Boss – Matt Redwine
Matt Redwine has lived in NW Wyoming for 20 yrs. He has guided snowmobile & fishing in Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks. Matt is currently self-employed and is a Captain for the Town of Jackson Fire/EMS. He was 1st introduced to sled dogs while working at Frank Teasley’s kennel in the late 1900’s. He has volunteered with the race since the very 1st year working in staging and on the trail crew. 2014 is Matt’s 5th year as Trail Boss. Matt says he learned his love for mushing from John Welch!