I became involved in sled dog sports in 1971, when my wife Pam decided she wanted to raise either a baseball team or a sled dog team. I bought her a Siberian Husky that afternoon.
We became aquatinted with Nancy Black, a local musher and a very colorful personality, and she convinced me to help her train her Siberian team.
My first time ever on a sled was a terrifying ride off a steep mountain with a 16 dog team. Nothing I had ever done before matched the rush of that first ride and I was hooked.
I started sprint racing in 1972 and raced Siberians for about 10 years. The Alaskan dogs were first being introduced into the Rocky Mt. Region in the late 70s and Pam and I decided we wanted to raise some of that breed and expand our kennel.
I was becoming involved with ISDRA on a local level an in the early 80s ran for regional director. I became very involved in the RMSDC and was in the middle of sled dog politics for about 15 years. During that time I met many of the sports great mushers and learned a great deal about what a wonderful athlete the sled dog truly was. I am a past President of ISDRA , President of USSDSF, long time officer and board member of the RMSDC as well as a 25 year board member of the Middle Park Mushers of Grand County Colorado.
I have officiated events in the lower 48, Canada and Europe. Currently Pam and I have a 18 dog kennel of Alaskans and enjoy sprint racing 8 or 9 events in the Western US and Canada. I have seen the sport develop, as well as the dogs, for almost 30 years and am still as excited about it today as I was when I took my first breathtaking ride on a sled.
What is your primary sled dog activity or area of interest?
How long have you been involved with sled dogs?
What sparked your initial interest in sled dogs?
If you remember your very first time behind a team of dogs, tell us about it.
Who have been your mentors?
What size kennel do you operate?
What type of tether/bowl system do you use?
I use 55 gal. Plastic barrels bedded with straw for kennels.
What are the most important considerations in housing sled dogs?
Give us an overview of your feeding program.
Summarize your basic kennel management style.
What breed(s) do you work with?
What physical characteristics do you look for in your dogs?
What mental or emotional attributes do you require in your dogs?
Tell us about an all time favorite dog or two.
What criteria do you use for selecting breeding stock?
Do you use any pre-training evaluation of puppies?
What method do you use for starting pups?
What is the most important thing you look for in a young dog?
At what point do you decide a youngster is likely to make it in your team?
What is the training/racing philosophy of your kennel?
Do you have specific training goals for your team(s)?
What do you consider most important to accomplish in training?
What is the most indispensable training equipment you use?
How do you choose which races to enter?
What are your strengths as a racer?
What do you consider your weaknesses, if any?
Do you having a mushing career goal?
What does it take to win?
What is your vision of the future of sled dog sports?
What can individual mushers do to support and promote the sport?
What part do clubs and organizations play in sport development?
What advice would you give a beginning musher?
Tell us about one or two of your most memorable sled dog
Any final comments about sled dog sports?
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