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Meet the Musher: Hannah Lucas

My name is Hannah, I'm 21 and run Northlane Siberian Huskies and Seppala Siberian Sleddog Team, a small Siberian husky and Seppala Siberian kennel with my fiancee Dean who is 22. We moved from Stafford, Virginia to Caribou, Maine in September to dive head-first into conditioning/racing. In Virginia I did conformation dog shows and canicross with our dogs. The show world was too cut-throat and cliquey, and I was really interested in letting the dogs do what they were originally bred to do which was run. Seeing friends post about it on Facebook was what got me into mushing instead of showing.

Hannah during the 2019 Can Am Crown 30. Photos from the Can Am Crown 30 by Pete Freeman.

Hannah during the 2019 Can Am Crown 30. Photos from the Can Am Crown 30 by Pete Freeman.

My first experience was on the sled with two of my dogs who had never pulled a sled before, only canicross, and they did great! I was instantly hooked and was out running them at least every other day! All of my dogs are Siberian huskies or Seppala lined Siberians. Their health and drive are my number one priority and that's why I fully health test them (mainly hips at two years old) to make sure they're fit genetically to run safely.

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The thing I enjoy the most about my Siberian's is their off switch - their ability to switch between play time and work time - and otherwise goofy behavior. For my Seppala Siberians, it’s their unwavering drive and desire to run and work with the team. They are so different from the average Siberian.

A spectator pets Hannah’s dogs during the 2019 Can Am Crown 30

A spectator pets Hannah’s dogs during the 2019 Can Am Crown 30

My training regime consists of building dogs up slowly from one mile, to two miles, to 4 and 6 miles and so on until we reach our goal. We want to race mid-distance and built up to just over 30 miles this past season. This was my first season in the racing scene, so I've definitely learned a lot. I want to race competitively, so I keep a close eye on everyone's gait and cut the weakest links from the kennel (I placed two adults this year [into pet homes ] for just that, not keeping up well). I'm out on the trails with my dogs for 3-4 hours at least every other day. I try to split my runs up into two teams instead of just running one, to change up who runs in what position and find who runs best next to each other.

In the off season we still go to conformation shows and do canicross, but this coming off season we're going to start lure coursing and weight pull as new fun things for them to try and stay in shape.

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My most memorable experience as a musher was the Can Am Crown this year. I was trusted to run Jessica Holmes’ team of Alaskans for her and meeting her and her family, and many other friends at the Can Am was very heart warming. I loved feeling truly a part of the community.

My advice to new/other mushers would be to never be afraid to ask questions! It’s the best way to make sure you're doing everything correctly and keeping you and your dogs safe.

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Meet the Musher: Kelsy Gibos

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Meet the Musher: Kelsy Gibos

We are just adventurous (and partly crazy) dog parents to Twigs (cattle dog x husky) and Huckleberry (cattle dog). I work full time in forestry (wildfire) and my husband Travis is an environmental scientist. We run a small school that teaches folks skills for skijor, kicksled and canicross with all moneys going back to charity (Red Dog Sled Dog School).

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Meet the Musher: Meredith Mapes

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Meet the Musher: Meredith Mapes

I’m 24 years old, from Palmer, Alaska but my kennel is located in Knik, Alaska. I have around 30 dogs at any given time, currently we’ve got 23 adults in training for this race season. I also have several pet dogs, including a 3-legged sled dog, a German Shepherd Dog, and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

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Meet the Musher: Martin Buser

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Meet the Musher: Martin Buser

I have been fascinated by sled dogs since I was a teenager. Throughout my school years a filled my passion by working with other kennels, first in Europe and then later in Alaska. Our kennel currently houses up to fifty dogs, that is counting puppies and geriatrics.

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Meet the Musher: Sally Manikian

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Meet the Musher: Sally Manikian

I adore my dogs. I have learned so much from them over the years. The kennel size right now is 22 dogs, 17 adult dogs in training and five puppies. There are also two yearlings who are training with a friend of mine, Christine. I am so lucky that she offered to train them because it takes the load off with 17 adults.

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Meet the Musher: Tony Turner

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Meet the Musher: Tony Turner

Hi, my name is Tony Turner of Athol, New Zealand. I have been running dogs since 1991. I started with an Alaskan Malamute called Mikya. At the time I didn't really know there was so many different breed types.. I just thought everything was a husky (the computer age hadn't really started then...

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Meet the Musher: Tommy Bird

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Meet the Musher: Tommy Bird

We indian people we were born in to the dog mushing ....as a child in the community where we live everyone had a dog team ....where ever we go in the winter we use a dog team ...as kids we play with pups .....at new years day we watch the trappers race for bragging rights.....we indian people are very emotionally. ..spiritually. .connected to the dogs

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Meet the Musher: Lauro Eklund

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Meet the Musher: Lauro Eklund

Grew up in Alaska out around Yukon river, Fairbanks/Anchorage, got into dogs in my senior year of high school. My kennel consist of 30 dogs, most I've raised and harness broke myself. We mainly tour and race as well as use my guys out on the trapline and some hunting with them.

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Meet the Musher: Rodney Whaley

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Meet the Musher: Rodney Whaley

I grew up in Alaska. We moved there in 1958 when Alaska was still a territory. I got into dog mushing in the Junior Alaska Sled Dog Racing Association at age nine. We returned to the lower 48 when I was in high school. I married a girl from Wenatchee, Washington who I met in college in Nashville, TN.

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Meet the Musher: Jaye Foucher

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Meet the Musher: Jaye Foucher

I live in central NH with about 30 siberian & alaskan huskies. I was a professional rock musician before I got hooked on dog mushing, but retired from that career after a few years of running dogs. Now I work as a computer programmer from my home.

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Meet the Musher: Anna McCormack

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Meet the Musher: Anna McCormack

My husband, Pasi Ikonen, and I started Hetta Huskies about 10 years ago. Pasi’s company was already running heli-skiing events and organising mountain skills training courses, corporate PR events and adventure races at the time and we initially envisioned the huskies to simply be an extension of our product options...

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Meet the Mushers: Ben Thompson & Lacey Heward

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Meet the Mushers: Ben Thompson & Lacey Heward

Lacey and I are sport, recreation, adventure, and dog-loving enthusiasts, currently living in Northwest Wisconsin, USA. Lacey is a 2-time Paralympic Medalist and World Champion alpine mono-skier, ski coach/instructor, singer/songwriter, motivational speaker, and overall badass...

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Meet the Musher: Jean-Pierre Bussio

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Meet the Musher: Jean-Pierre Bussio

My name is Jean-Pierre Bussio and I come from a small town in South Africa called Clanwilliam in the Western Cape. I moved to Norway about five years ago, for work and to be with my fiancé Heidi Myrtveit. Here in Norway I got involved in mushing. Our kennel is called Hardcore Mushing...

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Meet the Musher: Christina Gibson

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Meet the Musher: Christina Gibson

My name is Christina Gibson and I am 16 years old. I grew up in the western part of Washington state, and now live in the Methow Valley located in Eastern Washington. I run Whiteout Racing Kennel and have been racing and training Sled Dogs for three years, running races in the ‘lower 48’.  

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Meet the Musher: Matt Hodgson

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Meet the Musher: Matt Hodgson

My name is Matt Hodgson and I am based in Brighton UK. I have a very small kennel consisting of 2 Alaskan Malamutes and two Canadian Eskimo Dogs. I have been involved in sled dog racing for about 12 years now, mainly dryland mushing at various rallies around the UK...

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Meet the Musher: Dan Philips

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Meet the Musher: Dan Philips

My name is Dan Phillips. I grew up in Northern Idaho in a horse and logging family. My kennel is the largest in the lower 48 we have over 200 working sled dogs. My sled dogs are the descendants of the original 10th mountain army sled dogs. I am the third care taker in 70 years of these dogs...

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Sled Dog Record Keeping

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Sled Dog Record Keeping

Keeping records on various aspects of dogs' lives can be an important part of their overall care, whether those records are for medical care, feeding, breeding, training, or exercise. Recording the details can help improve health, condition, and performance in dogs, and will provide useful information for a dog's lifetime and beyond.

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Iditarod.com/edu/

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Iditarod.com/edu/

This year a new website, iditarod.com/edu, presents a new home for Iditarod educational content, with the support of teachers around the world, and the partnership of ExxonMobil. This new site gives educators, students, and parents easy access to lesson plans, videos, race information, and other key resources.

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Sled Dog Info Social Media

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Sled Dog Info Social Media

There are many ways to connect, network, and find information in the wonderful world of sled dogs, and social media gives us several great ways to connect with others, seek resources, and share our own knowledge and experiences.

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