Meet the people who make the The Flathead Classic Sled Dog Race happen.
I thought it would be a great idea to volunteer my time in taking over a nonprofit organization and dogsled race, although I never raced a team before in my life... until now. Red Lantern Award, 2017 Darby Dog Derby. I began running dog teams as a commercial guide in Colorado in the winter season of 07'/08'. What started as picking up poop and feeding a pack full of hungry dogs turned into an obsession. I continued running teams as a guide in Montana where I met the Website Guru. I love dogs. I love dogs with a job. I'm not a fan of fleece lined dog booties. I like bringing people of all backgrounds and interests together for exciting things like mushing.
I became a sled dog race enthusiast when I was living in Colorado and had a chance to visit Lander, Wyoming for the Stage Stop race back in 1999. From then on I was hooked because of my love of dogs and the outdoors. I traveled to Alaska in 2002 for the Iditarod and got to experience the ultimate in sled dog racing by being able to see the ceremonial start in Anchorage, the start of the race in Wasilla and then Finger Lake to see the teams come through on the trail. Since moving to Montana in 2007, I became involved as both a sponsor and volunteer with Flathead Sled Dog Days and have continued helping with the Flathead Classic. Although never having mushed a team of dogs myself, I live my life vicariously through those that do!
In 2006 I returned home to Montana. I met Steve Riggs, his kennel of beautiful pure bred Siberians and spent our first year together handling. It didn't take long before the mushing bug bit me and I put together my first team of Alaskans - special thanks to Allan Berge - Casper Wyo. I specialized in 6-8 dog mid distance races in MT, WY, WA, and ID. After 6 yrs of racing it was time for me to pass my dogs on to Steve and focus on other interests. I work at Kalispell Regional hospital in Oncology and help with the local cancer support groups and programs. During the summer months, Steve and I spend time on the trails with our horses Gypsy and Bugle, enjoying the mountains, lakes and rivers in the beautiful Flathead Valley.
My passions are skijoring, dog mushing, writing, teaching girls, gardening, canning, hiking and spending time with my family. I got my start driving a team down McDonald Pass and offered to help with Race to the Sky 32 years ago and I'm still on the board of directors and the only Race Secretary Race to the Sky has ever had. I've written numerous articles about dog mushing for state, national and international publications, authored "Twenty Years and Still Going to the Dogs" and wrote the Dog Mushing Educational Book for Montana schools. My house dogs have consisted of rescued Akitas and I'm proud to say, they have all become amazing skijoring dogs. My husband, Jack and I own Adanac Sleds and Equipment, a mushing manufacturing web-based company which was founded in 1976. In a few words, "Our life has always been richer because of our dogs."
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I first became involved with dog racing of a different kind while living in Sarasota, Florida and working at the greyhound track many years ago. Since then, and after moving to Colorado, my wife Cindy introduced me to sled dog racing in Lander, Wyoming. I must admit that in the past, motor driven activities have been more fascinating to me, but after moving to Montana and being involved with sled dog racing events, I have a new perspective on this great dog powered sport!
Website Guru. Dog Lover. Musher stranded in North Carolina.