Race Founder – Frank Teasley
FRANK TEASLEY — 2019 EXECUTIVE RACE DIRECTOR
Frank Teasley was struck with the idea for a stage stop race in Wyoming more than 24 years ago. “This race promotes good health for all of us, and we also have lot of fun doing it!” he says. The format gives people access to the sport, all its athletes, and its excitement. Frank has had a distinguished career as a professional dog musher, and is an Iditarod veteran. His best Iditarod finish in 1991 was sixth place out of a field of 74 teams, and he won the Sterling Silver Award for the most improved team the same year. In 1989, Frank received the prestigious Leonhard Seppala Humanitarian Award for best-cared-for team. He learned his craft from veteran musher and ‘Father of the Iditarod’ Joe Redington, Sr. Frank’s extensive racing credits also include multiple wins in the John Beargrease, The UP 200, and Race to the Sky. He’s also raced with successes in Russia, France, Argentina, Canada, Italy, and Switzerland. When he co-founded his Jackson Hole Iditarod Sled Dog Tours Company, Frank saw it 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,” Frank states with some authority. Be sure to check out the Wyoming Tourism page and video of Frank at https://www.travelwyoming.com/frank-teasley-dogsled-expert
Race Director – Dan Carter
DAN CARTER — 2019 RACE DIRECTOR
“Dan has that rare combination that spells success — the mind of a businessman, the drive of a competitive athlete, and the soul of a true dog musher,” states Race Co-Founder and Executive Director Frank Teasley. Dan’s first connection with the Pedigree Stage Stop Race was in 1997 when he helped train a team. After completing the race six times, he took over as Chief Timer, and for two years, good friend and then Race Director Frank Teasley “kept trying to hand me the Director’s notebook.” He accepted in 2015, and hasn’t looked back. Dan has completed many races including the Iditarod, the Grand Portage Passage Sled Dog Race (which he won in 2003) in addition to six-time finisher in the Pedigree Stage Stop Race. His sporting career is by no means limited to dog related adventures. In 2004, he paddled a canoe for 1,400 miles from Lake Superior to Hudson Bay. That’s right — 1,400 miles, not kilometers! A few years later he navigated the Colorado River 225 miles through the Grand Canyon in a cat-a-raft he built himself. Who knows how a B.S. in management from Purdue University led to many years as a river and back country guide and operations manager? His diverse work background — guiding wilderness trips from Arizona to Montana, Texas oil fields wrangler, and television production in Los Angeles — means he’s well equipped to handle anything. Which is useful because the unexpected always happens in this race! Dan lives with his partner Lisa, their dog Milo and cat Buck Rogers in Indianapolis. If this isn’t enough to keep him busy, Dan started Brighten Exterior Cleaning Services two years ago and, in his spare time if you can imagine he has spare time, Dan says he wants to play golf.
Dan enjoys being Race Director which lets him stay involved in a sport that he loves while maintaining friendships with mushers, sponsors, and fellow race crew members. “Pedigree has been with the race for 19 years now! We couldn’t ask for a better sponsor, and we are proud to have Pedigree in our name.”
Asst. Race Director/Secretary – Dianna Lehn
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 — 2019 TRAIL BOSS
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!
Trail Crew – Cody Grubbs
CODY GRUBBS — 2019 TRAIL CREW
“Redwine and Grubbs” might not have the same initial appeal as Bert and Ernie or Shake and Bake, but they are the Lennon and McCartney of the sled dog world. Cody Owen Grubbs has been a vital member of the Pedigree® Stage Stop Race Trail Crew for “probably eight years” — he says that he’s enjoyed it so much he’s lost track of time. Cody is Trail Boss Matt Redwine’s right hand man. In fact, Cody, wife and young son join in the fun of the Stage Stop Race every year, hosting a sled dog team, and participating in the festivities. Cody loves the beautiful Wyoming back country, making friends of the race crew and mushers who’ve become part of his extended family, and, of course, the dogs. He’s always loved dogs. Currently, Cody lives in Alpine, Wyoming, where he owns and operates Grubbs Painting with clients from Jackson to Star Valley. He loves to hunt, fly fish with his family, and be outside as much as possible. He’s a hard worker who puts his family first but don’t worry, they wouldn’t miss the race for darned near anything.
Race Photographer – Chris Havener
CHRIS HAVENER — 2019 RACE PHOTOGRAPHER
For over 12 years, Chris Havener has captured and shared with the public his vibrant photographs of the Pedigree® Stage Stop Sled Dog Race. Chris states (quoting Frank Teasley), “It’s too late to scratch!” which translates “I’m looking forward to seeing ya out on the 2019 Stage Stop trail.” 2019 marks Chris Havener’s 31st year of wildland fire management. His expertise is aviation — more specifically helicopters — not flying them but almost everything else. As Chris explains, “my job in multi-faceted, simultaneously managing heli-bases with up to 15 helicopters and 150 personnel to doing reconnaissance, mapping” . . . you name it, Chris probably does it. Chris has called Jackson, Wyoming his “base of operation” for the last 26+ years and has fought fires in more than a dozen states as well as Canada. He’s always a welcome face (and beard) to his colleagues from around the country when he arrives on the fire line. Chris describes his off-time activities as being “a skier — well, a beginner really — and a wanna-be fly fisherman who likes to harvest the mighty Wapiti, and the fast and ferocious Wyoming Speed Goat.” You’ll have to ask him about the details.
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Race Sound Engineer – Noah Waldron
Race Staging Assistant – Georges Durand
GEORGES DURAND — 2019 RACE STAGING ASSISTANT
Georges lives outside Saint Rambert, France which he says is “about the size of Jackson.” He commutes one-hour each way to Lyon where he works as a firefighter, which he’s been doing for over 30 years. “I met Frank (Teasley, Co-Founder of the Wyoming Stage Stop Race) in France during the 2005 La Grande Odyssée race in the French Alps which runs from Portes du Soleil to Haute-Maurienne. He asked me to come to Wyoming and, with the exception of last year, I’ve been coming every year since. I’m really excited to get back to Wyoming and see my old friends — maybe meet some new ones, too” he says in his usual affable manner.
Race Mechanic – Bob Hatton
BOB HATTON — 2019 RACE MECHANIC
A familiar and welcome face returns to the Stage Stop with Bob Hatton as the official 2019 Pedigree® Stage Stop Race Mechanic. As Bob tells it, he was lured by Frank Teasley’s invitation to become the mechanic and travel with the Stage Stop Race. “Bring your wife,” Frank said, “it might be like a vacation for the two of you!” “I said, sure, sounds like fun!” Sure. This is how Bob describes that first outing as Race Mechanic: “It was all I could do to keep up with the tail lights that didn’t work, a generator that worked but lacked any voltage to run the race motor home or the random flat tire on support vehicles . . . and then, there were the race’s trail sleds. Well, that’s a story in itself, but you get the idea.” Bob has since learned that the Stage Stop is most certainly not a leisurely trip to the mountains. “Joanna and I go on more traditional vacations now, but I still participate as the Official Mechanic. It’s my sixth year, and I enjoy it more than ever. Yes, I still stay pretty busy. If it can break, it will break. And I’ll be ready when it does.”
Media Director – Roger Carpenter
ROGER CARPENTER — 2019 MEDIA DIRECTOR
He’s responsible for the look of many films including “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” as well as many classic titles brought to video including “To Kill a Mockingbird,” “Planet of the Apes,” “Universal Classic Monsters,” and “Citizen Kane 35th Anniversary Edition” for the home entertainment divisions of Warner Bros, Universal Studios, Twentieth Century Fox, Paramount, Columbia Pictures, Tri Star Pictures and Disney. Roger’s corporate clients have included THX, Infinity Audio, First Interstate Bank, JBL Professional Speakers, PacifiCare, Eldon/Rubbermaid Office Products, and Xerox Business Research Center. From his entry into editorial production at Rolling Stone Magazine, his resume progresses from designer at Columbia Records to Art Director for OUI Magazine, Paper Moon Graphics, and FCB/Honig-Levis account before building his own design agency in Los Angeles where he lived and worked for over 25 years. In 2013, Roger moved to Laramie, Wyoming where he is a marketing and design consultant. He designed the book “Atlantic City, Wyoming • 1868 – 2018 • Voice from a Powerful Place” for the Atlantic City Historical Society which took Wyoming State Historical Society’s first place honor last year. The Pedigree Stage Stop Race Media Director for the past 5 years, Roger says he’s looking forward to making 2019 the best Stage Stop ever.
Race Analytic/Commentator – Jerry Bath
JERRY BATH — 2019 RACE COMMENTATOR
Returning for his second year as 2019 Race Commentator, Jerry Bath has been with the Stage Stop since its beginning — first as a spectator helping the Lander trail crew for the very first Stage Stop 24 years ago; then, after acquiring a few dogs and some training, he entered the IPSSSDR in 2009 and raced it every year through 2017; and as a Lander Chairperson with his wife Sandy for the past 19 years. In 2018, things changed when Jerry’s doc ordered NO RACING for the season and we were fortunate to get Jerry to write top-notch commentaries and first-hand accounts and interviews. He’s run every mile of every stage with almost every competitor in the Stage Stop — always finishing in the top ten, and five times was in a respectable fifth place. “Last year I learned what it’s like on the other side of the race and enjoyed it,” Jerry stated recently. “I had full intentions of returning to compete in the 2019 Stage Stop, but this summer decided to hang it up. I’ll still be part of the Stage Stop family as an analyst/commentator and as a mentor to other up-and-coming mushers. During the year, I’ll be traveling to seminars and speaking engagements for mushing groups. My Stage Stop experiences have been some of the best rewarding race experiences I’ve had. The level of professionalism and sportsmanship is second to none,” he says. “It truly is the Super Bowl of mushing.” Follow Jerry’s ongoing commentaries here and at https://www.wyomingstagestop.org
Media Assistant – Sarah Lederie
Sarah Lederie — 2019 MEDIA ASSISTANT
Sarah says that she’s seen a number of interesting things in her life but this will be her first dogsled race. She earned a degree in journalism from the University of Arkansas, later deciding she would rather work with plants because they don’t talk very much. She then spent a year studying horticulture on New Zealand’s South Island. Nowadays she primarily spends her time exploring the western United States, poking around ghost towns and scratching national parks off her bucket list. Sarah’s motto is “We were not put on this planet to jump through hoops” and her favorite author is Ed Abbey.
Lead Teacher – Katie Williams
KATIE WILLIAMS — 2019 LEAD TEACHER
“I’m thrilled to be Lead Teacher with the Pedigree® Stage Stop Dog Sled Race again this year!” says an enthusiastic Katie Williams. “Teaching is my passion, and I am excited to get young people involved in the amazing sport dog sled racing through education and hands on experiences. I am anxious to start scheduling field trips, and publishing educational materials.” 2019 will be Katie’s third year as Lead Teacher. “My job is to help teachers incorporate the race into their curriculum, get mushers into classrooms, and students out to the races. Last year mushers visited more than 700 students. Teachers can bring students to the race to meet mushers, tour the trucks, visit handlers and dogs, meet race staff, and then watch the teams rush out of the chute. It’s a day packed with lots of activity, and a great opportunity to get students into an important part of Wyoming’s culture. Katie has been a teacher for eleven years — first in Swan Valley, Idaho teaching 1st and 2nd grades for seven years before taking a position in Pinedale where she now teaches fourth grade. Katie says that the most rewarding part of her work is spending nine months a year teaching and helping students become the best little people they can possibly be, and then the chance to watch as they continue their school career and become bigger humans. Katie and husband Randy both grew up in Lander and have lived in Pinedale for five years. She’s mother to two of last year’s Junior Mushers — Hayden (six years) and Maggie (eight years). After watching the Junior Mushers race during Katie’s first year as Lead Teacher, her kids decided they were interested, too. Jeff Conn was Hayden’s musher, and Alix Crittenden was Maggie’s. “They loved seeing their mushers each morning, and sitting with them at the banquets. The have all become life-long friends!” Email Katie directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the programs available to teachers and students, visit http:// www.stagestopeducation.org