Mushers1. Jerry Bath, Wyoming; age 54
2. Ryan Redington, Wasilla, Alaska; age 30
3. Erin Redington, Wasilla, Alaska; age 30
4. Jeff Conn, Ester, Alaska; age 60
5. Dennis Laboda , Hovland, Minnesota; age 51
6. James Wheeler, Clam Gulch, Alaska; age 43
7. Dave Turner, Sandy, Oregon; age 42
8. Ariane Jasmin, Clam Gulch, Alaska; age 22
9. Charlotte Mooney, West Yellowstone, Montana; age 40
10. Aaron Peck, Grand Prairie, Alberta, Canada; age 33
11. Stacey Teasley, Jackson Hole, Wyoming; age 47
12. Alix Pearson, Bondurant, Wyoming; age 25
13. Jenny Gregor, Bozeman, Montana; age 17
14. Jake Golton, Ontario, Canada, age 21
15. Bruce Magnusson, Manchester, Michigan; age 49
16. Buddy Streeper, Fort Nelson, British Columbia, Canada; age 30
17. Lars Lindh, Sweden; age 35
18. Sylvain Robillard, Quebec, Canada; age 46
19. J.R. Anderson, Buyck, Minnesota; age 32
20. Warren Palfrey, Quesnel, British Columbia, age 37
21. Brent Beck, Yellowknife Northwest Territories, Canada, age 33
22. Richard Beck, Yellowknife Northwest Territories, Canada, age 60
23. William Kornmuller, Willow, Alaska, age 24
Born in Northern California and raised on a fifth generation cattle ranch, Jerry along with his wife, Sandy and two sons Ben and Rick moved to Wyoming in 1994. Jerry got started in sled dog racing by watching the first IPSSSDR and helping with the Lander leg. “My IPSSSDR experiences have been some of my most rewarding race experiences to date. The level of professionalism and sportsmanship is second to none. It truly is the Super Bowl of dog mushing.
Ryan Redington has been racing sled dogs since he could hang on to the handle bars. Now, he and his wife Erin, live in Knik, Alaska where they own and operate a kennel of about 50 sled dogs. Ryan has lots of racing experience ranging from the Fur Rondy to the Wyoming Stage Stop to the Iditarod. When not training and racing dogs, he enjoys hunting and trapping. You can follow Ryan and the dogs on his website, http://www.callintrailkennel.com/
Erin grew up running dogs in Northern Minnesota and met her husband, Ryan, on a glacier in Alaska. She and Ryan have about 50 dogs in their “Callin’ Trail Kennel” located on the Iditarod Trail in Knik, Alaska. Erin is the General Manager for Alaska Excursions, a summer touring company based in Skagway, Alaska, that offers dog sledding, horseback riding, and zip-lining. Erin enjoys running and making fur mittens and other mushing gear. You can follow Erin and the dogs at http://www.callintrailkennel.com
Jeff Conn is a recently retired USDA invasive plant biologist. He was given a retired leader in 1982 and with two more dogs started racing in 1983 and has raced competitively for 30 years. Jeff has numerous top-ten finishes in the Open North American and Anchorage Fur Rendezvous and won the ISDRA Gold Medal in the 10-dog class two times. Retirement has afforded Jeff the time to train for and travel to the IPSSSDR, a long-term racing goal.
The IPSSSDR runs in the Laboda family—Dennis first learned of the race through his brother’s participation. “Sled dogs have been an important part of my life since 1973,” he says. “They have taken me to Europe, South America and all over
James Wheeler, an attorney and fisherman, began mushing in 1992 with a pet malamute and two dogs from the pound. Since then James has lived in Alaska, Montana, Hawaii, NYC, Boston and Maine. James has raced in many types of races throughout Alaska, Quebec, and New England including Iditarod and The Pas.
Dave Turner first learned about sled dog sports after college when he got his first dog, a malamute mix. They participated in local skijor events for several years before Dave started his own team. This will be Dave’s ninth racing season and second entry in the IPSSSDR. He has raced in the Beargrease Middistance, Midnight Run, CanAm 60, The Pas, Cross Lake, and Yellowknife.
Ariane Jasmin first started as a summer handler in Karajsok, Norway. She loved it so much she decided to pursue the dream once back in Canada. Ariane has worked for several top quality kennels since then and is on her way to a life-long learning experience that is mushing.
Charlotte Mooney, a wintertime dog musher and summertime seasonal worker, began mushing in 1999 working as a handler at a dogsled touring company. She now owns her own dogsled touring business in West Yellowstone, MT. Charlotte first ran the IPSSSDR in 2011 saying that “It was a great learning experience running with some of the best dog mushers in the world.” She took 2-12 off from the IPSSSDR to raise two litters of pups. These pubs are now grown and ready for the 2013 race. Charlotte says she doesn’t seem to have much time for “hobbies”, she is always either running dogs or making money to feed them but when she does have time she enjoys most anything outdoors.
Aaron is looking forward to his return to the stage stop in 2013. “I love
Stacey Teasley began mushing seven years ago and says, “I had no idea of the life changing impact it would have. Now, however, I wouldn’t have it any other way.” Once she saw the dogs in action, Stacey says, “It took me about half a second to realize what I wanted to do next. Mush! Every day is a learning experience and I cherish the opportunity. I feel very fortunate to have the dogs and the friends I have made through the sport. The IPSSSDR is a world class event and its director is top notch!” (Stacey is married to race director Frank Teasley.)
Born in a small town, Stedman, North Carolina, Alix was raised riding horses, water skiing and playing music. After high school, she was granted a scholarship to play Fiddle at East Tennessee State University’s Bluegrass Old-Time Country Music program. In four years she graduated with a degree in accounting and a minor in bluegrass music. Looking for a summer of adventure before becoming an accountant, she applied for a ranch job in Colorado, and after three months in the west, decided she was here to stay. She now runs Sleeping Indian Outfitters in Bondurant, Wyoming with her future husband and races dogs for Jackson Hole Iditarod in the winter.
Jenny Greger, a student, is second generation musher who has been around sled dogs her whole life. She started out running her dad’s distance team in smaller races. In 2008, she got her first sled dogs from a rescue. “These rescued dogs and their offspring make up my kennel of Alaskan Huskies and Belgian Huskies, a cross between Alaskans and Belgian Shepherds ” Jenny says. Jenny Trains in the mountains of Montana and her team excels on steep trails. “I have run on IPSSSDR trails and competed against IPSSSDR mushers and wanted to experience a race that I have followed over the years.
Jake Golton, a carpenter, began mushing with his family in 1994 when he was three years old and has been racing competitively since he was 12 years old. Today, Jake operates a 40-dog kennel with his Dad and his brother Eli. He has raced in the Ontario circuit for six years and has also raced in Michigan and Maine and in 2011, Jake participated in his first IPSSSDR. “I very much enjoyed racing the 2011 IPSSSDR,” says Jake. “It is the most rewarding and exciting race I have competed in during my mushing career.
Bruce Magnusson, who owns Lincoln Forge in Michigan, began mushing in 2002. Since then he has competed in the Beargrease 150, the Grand Portage Passage, the IPSSSDR and the Midnight Run. “Monica and I came to the IPSSSDR in 2006 to learn. Now our race season revolves around this wonderful race. This event provides the best in competition, sponsors, race organizer, vet team, volunteers and community. The IPSSSDR has set the bar high and we can’t imagine not being part of it!
Born into the sport of sled dog racing, Blayne Streeper and his father, Terry, are the owner/operators of Streeper Kennels. “I love dogs!!!” says Buddy. I wake early each morning and go to bed excited to spend time with my animals. My father, Terry, and I have dedicated our lives to the care and health of our 4-legged friends. The most important aspect of running dogs is to have a happy and healthy team.
Blayne has won the 2004, 2010, 2011and 2012 IPSSSDR.
Lars Lindh works at Streeper Kennels . He has raced in many races in Scandinavia. “I am from Sweden and this will be my first time racing in USA. I am excited to meet new people and see new places.
J.R. Anderson is a carpenter and sled builder by trade. He grew up with dogs and began racing at age seven. “My wife and I love running dogs and being able to do it together and with our daughter Sara,” he says. Four years of IPSSSDR participation have affirmed for J.R. that the IPSSSDR is a “great race,” and he expresses enthusiasm for the 2013 race and Wyoming’s favorable weather – warm only in comparison to Buyck.
Raised in the Arctic, Warren is a self-taught musher who started his kennel at age 11. He now operates Northern Star Kennels with his wife Kate and their three boys in Quesnel, British Columbia. From his early motley crew of Siberians and Eskimo dogs, they now have a kennel of 70 Alaskan Huskies ranging in age from 4 months to 18 years old. Warren is looking forward to returning to Wyoming and to visiting friends down south.
2012 IPSSSDR 4th Place
Brent follows a family tradition of dog mushing champions. His family used dogs for hunting and trapping. Brent trains dogs down streets with traffic in the fall. He is the 2008 World Cup Champion.
2012 IPSSSDR 6th Place
Richard Beck, who has won the World Championship seven times and the Canadian Championship 5 times, grew up in a family tradition where running dogs is a way of life. "I enjoyed the race last time I ran and I recognize the IPSSSDR to be the top race in the stage racing circuit.
2012 IPSSSDR 5th Place
Will Kornmuller has been mushing for as long as he can remember, working with sled dogs in his father’s kennel, Alpha Kennel, in Willow AK. "I moved to Alaska from NY when I was 5 and ran my first race when I was 13," says Will. "I have since raced in spring competitions from Alaska to Minnesota including the World Championship Sprint Race. Kornmuller first came to the IPSSSDR in 2012. "I think I got the best coach in the world in my dad," he says.