Tribute to Gareth T. Wright

Gareth Wright posing with his lead dog after winning the 1950 ONAC.

Mushing legend, Gareth Thomas Wright, passed on October 14, 2019 in Fairbanks, Alaska.. Gareth was born in Nenana, Alaska on October 16, 1928 to the late Arthur and Myrtle (Rose) Wright.  He spent his early childhood in Minto, where his father served as the Episcopal minister. When Gareth was six years old, the family returned […]

Kennel Spotlight: Matt Hall and the Smokin’ Aces

A three-mile long sideroad snakes through the birch and spruce forest off the Chena Hot Springs Road, about an hour out of Fairbanks, Alaska. Three miles – that’s easy-peasy on a nice fall day, but I imagined the herculean effort it takes to keep the road open in the wintertime. And with that thought, dear […]

Sowing the seeds of love for mushing

Haley Evans and Casto have a special bond

Nome musher Stephanie Johnson has taken budding musher, 12-year-old Haley Evans, under her wing and is teaching her the ropes in all aspects of keeping and caring for a dog team. Johnson’s kennel named “Almost Heaven Huskies”, consisting of 26 sled dogs, is located about seven miles west of the city of Nome on the […]

Robert Cooke’s Shaytaan Siberian Huskies

HOME OF THE SHAYTAAN SIBERIANS— Rob Cooke and his Siberians live on Annie Lake Road outside of Whitehorse, Canada.

Robert Cooke and his Siberians have been part of many major long distance races in Canada and Alaska. In this edition Mushing Magazine features his dogs in the Super Dogs section. In order to provide context and gain insight in Cooke’s operation, please read the following interview with Cooke conducted via email.  Mushing Magazine: What […]

Volunteer Spotlight: John Rasmussen is the heart of ASDRA

John Rasmussen

John Rasmussen is described by his fellow ASDRA board members as “The Rock of Gibraltar.” He is the man behind the scenes at Alaskan Sled Dog & Racing Association. John quietly takes care of day-to-day operations at the club. Summer may find him walking the trails in the park, fixing bridges and repairing or replacing […]

Once a Dog Musher, Always a Dog Musher

Jack Beckstrom

Jack Beckstrom loved sled dogs.  It was his life’s passion and his profession.  It was not only what he did, it was who he was.   Jack Beckstrom of Olney, Montana, passed away quietly on March 5, 2018, from a heart attack, after being active in the sport of mushing his entire adult life.  He was […]

The Reitan family’s Arctic adventures

Heading North— Vebjørn Reitan travels with his team at Cape Thompson, between Kivalina and Point Hope.

When Ketil Reitan pulled into Nome in 14th place in this year’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race, Nome was not the terminus of his season’s journey by dog sled. While most Iditarod mushers call it a season – except for the few who run the Kobuk 440 — Reitan’s adventures are just beginning. The 57-year-old […]

Meet Joar Leifseth Ulsom

Joar Leifseth Ulsom in the champion seat in Nome.

Joar Leifseth Ulsom is not a new name in the Alaskan mushing circuit, but to the broader public, not much was known about this quiet Norwegian musher who burst onto the Alaskan dog mushing scene in 2013. In conversations among media or mushers, he was referred to as “The Norwegian”, just as years earlier his […]

Massachussetts musher offers summer sled dog camps for kids

Marla Brodsky, second from right, poses with her handlers and helpers at the Annual Northern New England Sled Dog Trade Fair and Seminar in 2017. Pictured are (left to right) brothers Owen and Aidan Mahoney, Marla’s daughter Ruby Rothenberg, Marla and Quinton Romer, holding Ulu. Marla and Quinton placed first and second in the four- dog rig, respectively. Marla took first in the six-dog rig, and third in the two-dog bike races. Owen and Quintong placed first and second in Cani-Cross.

We all heard of summer riding camps where mostly horse-crazy girls without the luxury of having their own horse get to spend a week riding and caring for horses in a controlled camp environment. This concept also exists for sled dogs at Hilltown Sleddogs, located in West Chesterfield, Massachussetts. Hilltown Sleddogs is a racing kennel […]