2019 UP200 Mushers

1. Andre Longchamps, Pont-Rouge, Quebec

Kennel Name: Trilongmiles Kennel
Sponsors: yourself!
Major Breed or Bloodline: Longchamps / Aubut
Lead Dog(s): Rosie, Levis, Jordache, John
Number of Years Racing: 17
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? When I was a kid my dad and grand-father had dogs. We did mostly sprint races… when I started working I took a break from sleddogs but for 17 years now its part of my life! Now it’s my son starting to race eight dogs.
Where have you raced? can-am crown 250 in Maine
Eagle Lake 100 in Maine
Greenville 100 in Maine
UP 200
DefiTaiga 200 in Fermont, Quebec


2. Ryan Redington, Skagway, Alaska

Kennel Name: Callintrail kennel
Sponsors: Redpaw Dog Food, Alaska X, Dogbooties.com, Advanced facilities services, Juliet Foulds Walter’s and family, Spike Fortier,
Major Breed or Bloodline: Redington
Lead Dog(s): Archer, Quincy, Parker, Durant
Number of Years Racing: 30
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? Born into the sport of mushing. My Grandpa is Joe Redington Sr, the found of the Iditarod. My Dad is hall of fame musher Raymie Redington.
Where have you raced? Iditarod, Wyoming Stage Stop, Beargrease, UP 200, Goose Bay 150, Northern Lights 300, Copper Basin 30p, Klondike 300,and many others
Have a training or race experience to share? I love racing dogs and look forward to racing in the UP 200. My wife Erin will be racing in it as well.


3. Martin Massicotte, St.-Tite, Quebec

Kennel Name: Patriotes
Sponsors: KANUK
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan
Lead Dog(s): Amick and Charlie
Number of Years Racing: 23
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? I am doing sled dog since I am 8 and I always want to go further and discover new territories. I like watching my dogs while training and racing to detect how they feel and give they the better care I can and to reach the finish line healthy and full of energy.
Where have you raced? Yukon Quest 2003,
Last 3 UP200
Can Am 250, 9 time champion

Have a training or race experience to share? This time I hope to finish strong to win the few minutes I miss to finish first!! 😉


4. Erin Redington, Skagway, Alaska

Kennel Name: Callin Trail Kennel
Sponsors: Redpaw Dog Food, Alaska X, Dogbooties.com, Advanced facilities services, Juliet Foulds Walter’s and family, Spike Fortier, Mary Lee, the Rossi and Morrow families
Major Breed or Bloodline: Redington and Aili
Lead Dog(s): Rumba, Moses, Battleship, and Spot
Number of Years Racing: 15
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? Grew up in Northern Minnesota and dog sledding is a great way to spend the winter!
Where have you raced? Have raced in the Midwest, Wyoming/Montana, and Alaska.
Have a training or race experience to share? Being out with the dogs is always an adventure and nothing ever happens the same way twice!


5. Kevin Vandenbussche, Moosonee, Ontario

Kennel Name: Vandenbussche Kennels
Sponsors: None
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan Husky
Lead Dog(s): Everest, Vegas, Torino
Number of Years Racing: 3
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? About 9 years ago I moved from Belgium to Canada. The love for nature and dogs put in me in touch with a dogsledding company. I guided wilderness dogsledding trips for about 4 years and in those 4 years I was lucky enough to handle and work with one of the Racers. About 2 years ago my wife and I decided to start our own kennel. We bought 2 bred females and the puppies from those 2 females are now the core of our team. Looking forward to bring our dogs to the races this winter
Where have you raced? I have raced in a few events:
Wilderness 100 mile dogsled race, 3rd place, 2011 (Greenville, Maine)
Kearney 100 mile dogsled races, 4th place, 2011 (Kearney, ON)
The Iron line, 5th place, 2016 (Iron River, Mi)


6. Mary Manning, Hovland, Minnesota

Kennel Name: Doodledog Kennel
Sponsors: Ha!!
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskans
Lead Dog(s): Mimas, Slider, Luck, Waupaca, Atlas
Number of Years Racing: 20+
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? “Buy the sled, we’ll throw in a couple free dogs!” they told me…!
I enjoy training the dogs, learning with them and building toward the race goals together.

Where have you raced? Midnight Run and UP200, Beargrease Rec and Mid-distance, Gunflint Mail Run, Can-Am 100, Apostle Islands, West Yellowstone Special, Hinckley Great Trail, Tahquamenon Country
Have a training or race experience to share?  Last year I fell asleep and tipped the sled over during the UP200…surprisingly I held on and the team stopped to figure out what I was doing…planning to not have a repeat next time!


7. Ryan Anderson, Cushing, Wisconsin

Kennel Name: AnderTier Racing Kennel
Sponsors: Mushers brand dog food
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan Husky
Lead Dog(s): Tito and James
Number of Years Racing: 28
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? Family
Where have you raced? UP200, Beargrease, CanAm, Hudson Bay Quest


8. Brian Kandler, Mason, Michigan

Kennel Name: Kandler Racing
Sponsors: none
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan Husky
Lead Dog(s): Emma, Bubba, Griffey
Number of Years Racing: 6
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? I got involved as a way to have fun playing outside with my dogs.
Where have you raced? Michigan, Maine, New Hampshire, Yukon Territory Canada
Have a training or race experience to share? For a Michigan native, it was a surprise to be completely comfortable camping on the Yukon River at -40 degrees.


9. Jennifer Freking, Finland, Minnesota

Kennel Name: Manitou Crossing Kennels
Sponsors: Wintergreen Northernwear clothing
Major Breed or Bloodline: Siberian Husky
Lead Dog(s): Ada, Agex, Saga
Number of Years Racing: 30
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? Our mushing lifestyle is love by our entire family. There are few things in life we love as much as spending time with our huskies and traveling through the wilderness by dog sled.
Where have you raced? Throughout the Midwest, Alaska, Maine, and Canada.
Have a training or race experience to share? I wish I could share the experience of a beautiful moonlit run when the huskies seem to be smiling frosty smiles and are chasing the moonshadows through the winter wonderland.


10. Blake Freking, Finland, Minnesota

Kennel Name: Manitou Crossing Kennels
Sponsors: Wintergreen Northern Wear
Major Breed or Bloodline: Husky
Lead Dog(s): Eagle, Morgan
Number of Years Racing: 20
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? I fell in love with the idea of traveling trails by dogteam.
Where have you raced? Iditarod, Yukon Quest, Race to the Sky, Beargrease, Can-Am, UP, Hudson Bay Quest
Have a training or race experience to share? Every time I hook up a team I know I’m in for amazing adventures with my furry friends.


11. Shawn McCarty, Babbitt, Minnesota

Kennel Name: White wilderness
Sponsors: Tall tails
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan husky
Lead Dog(s): Parker and ink
Number of Years Racing: 11
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? I like being in the woods and I am too lazy to ski.
Where have you raced? Minnesota. Michigan. Manitoba
Have a training or race experience to share? Nothing comes to mind.


12. Laura Neese, McMillan, Michigan

Kennel Name: Nature’s Kennel
Sponsors: Royal Canin USA
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan Husky
Lead Dog(s): Maple, Elmer, Lewis, Bench, Radar, Hawkeye, and Badger
Number of Years Racing: 7
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? I became interested in sled dogs and long distance mushing when my Mom introduced me to the sport through a homeschool unit study at 9 years old. I started a kennel in Ohio at age 14 and moved to Nature’s Kennel 4 years later. Since then I have had the joy of racing our Nature’s Kennel race team all over North America.
Where have you raced? -Yukon Quest 1,000
-Iditarod
-Eagle Cap Extreme
-UP200
-Canadian Challenge
-CanAm 250
-Percy DeWolfe

Have a training or race experience to share? I love watching my dog team do what they do best. Races are always so much fun to see the dogs show their competitive nature. The unforgettable feeling during the final run of a 1,000 mile race is always my favorite.


13. Kevin Mathis, Monona, Iowa

Kennel Name: Go The Distance
Sponsors: Smitty’s Oil & Tire, Jet’s Meat Processing, Cook Agency
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan
Lead Dog(s): Frozen, Frenchfry
Number of Years Racing: 5
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? Bought an old sled for my kids to play with and it all began.
Where have you raced? Beargrease 120,Mid-night-run, copperdog, UP200
Have a training or race experience to share? (Humorous, scary, adventurous, great memory, etc.) Not at this time.


14. Michelle Redstone, Warren, Ontario

Kennel Name: Broken Trail
Sponsors: N/A
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan/Siberian Husky
Lead Dog(s): Jake & Jax
Number of Years Racing: 10+
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? my first race was when I was 15, hooked ever since
Where have you raced? Tahquamenon 40 mile
Midnight run 100 mile
Can Am 30 mile
Kearney 35 mile

Have a training or race experience to share? Finishing my first 70 mile training run with happy energetic dogs left a smile on my face.


WITHDRAWN

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