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Meet Barb & Lisa Moore
The first mother/daughter to finish the Iditarod

Name: Barbara & Lisa Moore
Kennel Name: Broken Runner Kennel
Birthplace: Mount Vernon, Ohio
Home Town: Fairbanks, Alaska
Occupation: Barbara - Youth Counselor for the Fairbanks Youth Facility
Lisa - a certified vet.tech for the Aurora Vet. Clinic

Introduction

Broken Runner Kennels was developed in 1974 in Nome, Alaska by Lisa bringing home a fluffy, white husky named Pie.

At this point we started to learn about dog mushing. Lisa was age 5 and I (Barbara) started to figure out how to put on a harness first. Thank goodness a city policeman, who knew how to run dogs, helped us the first time. With a little red wagon and some line, Lisa and Pie had their first run. From that we grew.

We found out that the one thing that you don't say is that you would like to start a dog team in Nome, Alaska-- you end up with 30 dogs that fight, don't pull or have other bad habits.

In the years to follow I volunteered to run the Iditarod dog yard. There is where you learn a lot about long distance racing. In the fall of 1979, I decided to run the 1980 Iditarod. Without knowing a lot, I took on the endeavor of training and preparing for the race.

Sleeping out in the wind and cold a lot, I trained in the hills of Nome. Six weeks before the race I went to Anchorage to train. Being from the treeless part of Alaska, it was a challenge to navigate around trees. It took me 24 days, 9 hrs, and 24 sec to complete the race with a lot of knowledge under my belt.

Lisa ran all the Junior Races in Nome with an ex-wheel dog named Leo. When Lisa was 14, she ran her first Junior Iditarod of 130 miles. Then again when she was 16. For a few years after completing the Junior Iditarod, Lisa went to school in Denver, Colorado to become a Vet Tech.

After completing school she moved to Fairbanks to start training for the Iditarod. Her first try almost ended in a disaster. Lisa went to sleep in a tent with a propane stove and almost died from carbon monoxide poisoning. Needless to say, she went on, but had to scratch at Koyuk due to not having leaders. Lisa went back again and finished the race in 1996.

There is another family member who is not a dog musher and her name is Paula. Paula gives us moral support but thinks we are crazy. We are a member of the Nome Kennel Club and clubs around Fairbanks.

Background

What is your primary sled dog activity or area of interest?
We do 50 mile and up races.

How long have you been involved with sled dogs?
Since 1974.

What sparked your initial interest in sled dogs?
The Iditarod.

If you remember your very first time behind a team of dogs, tell us about it.
The first time I ran a team of 3 dogs was a disaster. No leaders and I sweated a lot. After that experience I went and bought a $500.00 leader and things went a lot better.

Who have been your mentors?
Raymond Lang, Libby Riddles, Kate Persons and Rick and Dick Mackey.

Kennel Management

What size kennel do you operate?
26 sled dogs.

Give us an overview of your feeding program.
We use a lot of fish, beef, and liver with Puppy food because it carries a higher fat content.

Summarize your basic kennel management style.
We have the kennel set up with poles and swivels. Puppies stay in pens until about 4 months old.

The Dogs

What breed(s) do you work with?
Alaskan Huskies from dog lines of Runyan, Riddles, Lang , Person, and Mackey.

What physical characteristics do you look for in your dogs?
Long body and legs with a gait that is smooth.

What mental or emotional attributes do you require in your dogs?
Number one that they eat well and are hard headed. We have found that the weaker headed dogs do not have the drive to stay with the miles.

Tell us about an all time favorite dog or two.
Major is a 7 year male from the Mackeys that produces very consistent puppies. Mala is a female who is a leader and has been leading since she was 18 months. She went with Lisa on both of her Iditarod.

Puppies

What criteria do you use for selecting breeding stock?
Size, attitude, feet, and weight.

Do you use any pre-training evaluation of puppies?
Yes. We free run the puppies at 8 weeks to look at angle, action and their drive to stay with the pack. Then we look at them as they grow.

What method do you use for starting pups?
Free running the puppies with the team and leaving a spot open in the team and putting them in to run for a mile or two.

What is the most important thing you look for in a young pup?
Attitude, feet, stride, weight and the way they eat.

At what point do you decide a pup is likely to make it in your team?
Their whole attitude and the way they train up.

Training and Racing

What is the training/racing philosophy of your kennel?
We train like a marathon racer would train.

Do you have specific training goals for your team(s)?
To do the best of their ability.

What do you consider most important to accomplish in training?
Camping out and hill training.

What is the most indispensable training equipment you use?
We use all of it.

How do you choose which races to enter?
If the team is in its first year, very short races. As they get older we train for the longer races.

What are your strengths as a racer?
Being able to read the dogs.

Do you having a mushing career goal?
To run the Iditarod in the year 2000.

What does it take to win?
Good attitude and great, fast dogs.

The Future

What can individual mushers do to support and promote the sport?
Keep dogs healthy and don't be afraid to have young people help and have fun at the sport. After all they are our next generation

What advice would you give a beginning musher?
Start small and buy a few good dogs. Try them out before you buy them. After all dog mushers are like horse traders--they don't sell their best dogs...........

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