Race Officials & Musher Biographies

AllanAndSandiIverson

Allan Iverson -Race Marshal – Sandi Iverson – Musher Traffic and Parking Controller – Medford, Oregon
We have been actively involved in the Sled Dog Sprint Racing world since the winter of 1978 racing at Sisters & Diamond Lake. For a few years prior to 1978 we were active spectators of the sport. It did not take long for us to completely immerse ourselves into the Mushing lifestyle maintaining a Kennel of 25 to 35 dogs to keep our 4 teams on the trail in a competitive manner. Normal winters would see us at races from Falkland, BC South to Markleeville, California. Some years you could find us at the Oregon Coast and East to Heber City, Utah, Leadville and Gore Pass in Colorado. We did not travel as far as some did but we were traveling with our school age kids and needed to get them home for school. During these years we were also very active with the Southern Oregon Sled Dog Club. We held almost every office there was for years on end. As officials with SOSDC we were active with putting on races at Diamond Lake, Lakeview, Castle Lakes Nordic Center, McCloud and the Sterling Creek Meadow. This involved all phases of race management from the entries, trail layout and site prep, Race Day management and site cleanup on Sunday. Some of the races were ISDRA sanctioned events and we took care of all the reporting to track the championship points. As the Kids grew older and lifestyles changed maintaining the kennel, training and traveling the race circuit became impossible. So the decision was made to sell out. We still loved the dogs, the people and the sport in general. So it has worked well to help as we can as race officials at various events throughout the West…We appreciate the opportunity to lend a hand or grab a line or two as needed…

Open Class
CARLOS RIVERA – Vacaville, California – OPEN CLASS
Clinical Laboratory Scientist by profession, Native American Traditional Dancer and Surfer. Representing Nanook Siberians of California and Canada. Breeder, handler and musher of pure bred Siberian Huskies. Member of Siberian Husky Club of America, International Siberian Husky Club, Siberian Husky Club of the Redwoods as president and founder, Norsled Rescue Group, and Iditarod member and volunteer. Dream and Goal “Iditarod Bound” with
Team Nanook racing with gorgeous show dogs with American and International Champion titles. Would like to thank some of my fellow friends at Snao, Hidden Treasure, Zuska, and Charlyn Siberians for all their support. To my sponsors and contributors Nanook Siberian Vineyards, Alaskan Brewery, Eagle Pac, American Canyon Electric, QVMC Laboratory Staff, Norsled Rescue, to my brother Craig Lachman and Team Nanook Coordinator Jesse Bush. Thank You. NANOOK SIBERIAN HUSKIES SLED DOG TEAM “Home of the akc pure white siberian huskies of California” IDITAROD BOUND

Pat Campbell – Callahan, California – OPEN CLASS
59 years of age. Mushing for 25 years and doing tours for 22 years on Mount Shasta. Alaskan Huskies Breed Lines from Terry Adkins, Joe Reddington via Doug Swingley, via Butch Parr and Rick Cook. Races amongst others include Siskiyou Sled Dog Races in both distance and sprints. Race to the Sky, Cascade Quest and the Atta Boy 300. My wife Lisa and I are blessed to be among the organizers for the Siskiyou Sled Dog races. We’re glad for this year’s races and the great snow conditions this year. It’s great to get together with our mushing friends, leddog racing enthusiasts, faithful volunteers and friends we’ve come to ppreciate so much over the years. Owner/Operator of Dogsled Express.. Winter Guided Sled Dog Tours www.dogsledexpress.com

6 Dog Mid-Distance

Kathy Miyoshi – SUN VALLEY, Nevada – 6 Dog Mid-Distance
I run a small hobby kennel (Arcticgrace Siberians) of nine purebred AKC Siberian Huskies, two rescued Alaskan Huskies and one rescued Lab-mix named Tucker – who also races! I first started in Siberian Huskies in 1991 and began racing in 1997. All my dogs are my pets and spend just about as much time inside the house as out! I have served on the Board of Directors of both ISDRA and SNDD (was the President of SNDD for four years) and was the recipient of an ISDRA Bronze medal in 2002. Although I started out in the smaller sprint racing classes, my love is the 6-dog mid-distance class. I truly enjoy the Siskiyou races and send a profound “thank you” to everyone who has assisted in putting this race on again – it’s going to be a great weekend!
Laura Crocker – TRAIL, Oregon – 6 Dog Mid-Distance

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Melissa Turner – HERALD, California – 6 Dog Mid-Distance
About 2 years ago I enrolled my two year old New Fi, Angus, and myself into an urban mushing clinic given by Barbara Schaefer and Liz Parish. After the clinic I attended some BAM (Bay Area Musher) events, became close friends with Barbara Schaefer, and became hooked on the sport. Last year Barbara allowed me to borrow one of her seasoned lead dogs named Qualobo Siberian’s Northome Boss, aka Handsome, to help me train Angus and my 3 border collies, Stormy, Brittney, and Sis. My six dog team is made up of two of Barbara’s young huskies, started just this season, two of my border collies, and two of Barbara’s seasoned dogs, which are my two lead dogs. Our first race together was in Chester Ca, where my dogs made me proud and I learned a lot. This will be me and my dog’s second race, and I am looking forward to the event. Now instead of dreading winter, I have something to look forward to. When I am not working with my dogs, I work, train, show, and pack horses, enjoy backpacking with my husband of 12 years, and I enjoy boating and kayaking. I also run our small farm where I raise Boer meat goats and grow consciously grown meats and vegetables. When I am not tending to the dogs, horses, and the farm, I enjoy teaching science to young high school students in Lodi, Ca.
No bio at this time Terry Beers – AROMAS, California – 6 Dog Mid-Distance
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Andree Schreiber – FAIRFAX, California – 6 Dog Mid-Distance
This will only be my 2nd race so far. I’ll be using 3 of my own, and 3 of Barbara Schaefer’s dogs. I’ve been “urban mushing” for 3 years and as a way to keep in touch with local people who were also interested in the sport I started the Bay Area Mushers or BAM group on Facebook. With 173 members it has become a voice for many mushers both experienced and novice. And a place to announce races, fun runs, and get togethers. I currently own 6 dogs, and when entering races rely on the generous spirit of musher friends loaning their dogs to me.
Nita Day – ASHLAND, Oregon – 6 Dog Mid-Distance
I began mushing recreationally 6 years ago with a few mixed breed dogs
that I adopted with whom I made my share of rookie mistakes. As I
became connected to the Mushing community, I started to learn a few
things and began acquiring dogs that were bred for the sport, I was
hooked! I have entered in a few races over the past couple of
years and though I have never taken home the prize, I have learned a
lot and always have a whole lot of fun. I live in an off-the-grid cabin with my partner of 13+ years in Southern Oregon where we enjoy being able to run our small kennel of Alaskan and Siberian huskies into the wilderness right from our front yard. When I’m not running dogs or doing dog chores, I manage a group home that provides 24 hour residential services for Adults with Developmental Disabilities and spend time with my two grandsons, equally rewarding ways to spend my time.

8 Dog Sprint

April Cox – ADIN, California – 8 Dog Sprint
I have been racing for 8 years now…. but my mushing experience goes beyond that…. My first race was in 2005 I started out in the 3-dog class going 2.5 miles..Then for the next few years I kind of just stayed in the 6 dog sprint class (5-6 miles) finally in 2010 I moved up to 6-dog mid distance class (13-14 miles)… now I am proud to say I have been training regularly 9-11 dogs with my ATV and have raced both 8-dog / 22 miles at The Rodeo Run in West Yellowstone, Mt and 6-dog / 31 miles at Eagle Cap Extreme in Joseph, Or ..!!! In 2011 I moved my dogs, & horses to the far northeastern corner of California in the small town of Adin and live with my friend on 40 acres in the far east side of the Sierras at just under 5,000′ elevation…Training season start pretty soon up here due to the nice climate. Being able to train right out of the yard and into a national forest has greatly improved not only my experience as a musher but the performance of my dogs… I always figured if I could give them the proper training they needed that I could excel with them at the races…. I hope that the snow fall this winter will give me a chance to try my theory…. My goal is to keep increasing the distances I go with my dogs and next year do some 100 and maybe even 200 mile races….. once I complete those, I will know if I am ready to go for even longer races such as Race To Sky, Beargrease, and, maybe even one day, Iditarod or Yukon Quest…. time will tell… I used to always say, “It is how fast you go AND how good you look going.” This still applies, but now I also say, “The further I go, The further I want to go,” My most recent races include West Yellowstone Rodeo Run 8-dog / 22 miles in Dec 2012 and Chemult 8-dog / 9.7 miles in Jan 2013 (placing 2nd!)
Jane Devlin – BEND, Oregon – 8 Dog Sprint
I am a professional dog-trainer who moved to Bend to be near the abundant trails and learn the sport of dog mushing after years of rescuing Siberian Huskies in the Bay Area. I compete in Agility and Obedience with three of my dogs, do therapy dog work in convalescent hospitals, canine education in schools, and have also trained Disaster Search Dogs. I am grateful to my friends Karen Yeargain, Laura Crocker and Jane Smith for sharing their joy and knowledge of dog sledding.
No Photo at this time. Andrew Heskin – Ashland, Oregon – 8 Dog Sprint
Andrew Heskin is a native of Duluth MN where he began running dogs skijoring in 1985. There are currently 12 dogs in his kennel, Gold Hill Express. The majority of his mushing experience has been providing tours in Alaska. His favorite thing about mushing is feeling the excitement and love that only a team of healthy, happy dogs can provide! Andrew’s most memorable mushing experience is trying to escape from a white-out in the Brooks Range – He could not see a thing, could not determine up from down… but the dogs, somehow, found the way back.

6 Dog Sprint

No picture at this time Becky Shroyer – PIONEER, California – 6 Dog Sprint
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Cathy Sparks – FAIRFIELD, California – 6 Dog SprintDriven Spirit Siberian Husky Team is comprised of Driven Spirit dogs and Nanook Siberian dogs. Cathy Sparks is the musher and Iris and Jasmine are lead dogs, they are sisters and four years old. The girls have received a lot of cart training from their grandpa Louie during the past couple of years. This is Cathy’s first year racing, and Iris and Jasmines second year. Cathy is a founding member of Norsled (www.norsled.org) and works to help rescue and rehome other Siberian Huskies.
No picture at this time Willie Stephens – LOWER LAKE – California – 6 Dog SprintI will be running a team of Siberian Huskies. I have had dogs my whole life, however my serious dog training days began when I started doing Search and Rescue with one of my dogs. A few years ago I had the opportunity to meet Iditarod musher Karen Ramstead. Meeting her sparked an interest in this sport for me. On my journey I have met some really nice and helpful mushers such as Carlos Rivera, Barbara Schaefer, and Iditarod finisher Liz Parrish. I would like to take this time to thank them and the many other nice people that have influenced and helped me along my jouney.
Cathy Zylstra – MONROE, Washington – 6 Dog Sprint
This will be my 13th year of dogsledding. My husband Marvin is my
handler. We have raised all of our dogs on our team. The name of our kennel is “Happy Huskies”. Our team motto is: “A smile on every face after every single race” We consider a race successful if we run a clean race, our dogs are happy and healthy, if we all learn something new, compete to our best ability and improve in some way.
Jan Purkeypile – Shady Cove, Oregon
I am married with three grown sons and two grandchildren. I got into running dogs approximately 10 years ago. I got hooked on the sport after a couple of visits to Wintergreen in Ely, Minnesota. I started up with my pet Siberian husky and a couple of rescued Siberian Huskies. I swore I would never have more than 4 dogs, but we all know how that goes. I now have a kennel of 9, including some retired rescued Siberian huskies, with the hope of puppies in the future. I have completed two Oregon Dune Mushers Runs and some Oregon Races. Basically, I have been a recreational musher until a couple of years ago when I rescued an abused Siberian husky, who was terrified of people and needed to be socialize. So, with the encouragement of friends, I started racing a couple years ago. What is my greatest accomplishment? After a lot of hard work that shy rescued Siberian is now one of my lead dogs. When not running or training dogs I can be found in the garden or enjoying the great outdoors with my family running rivers.

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Melissa Turner – HERALD, California – 6 Dog Sprint
About 2 years ago I enrolled my two year old New Fi, Angus, and myself into an urban mushing clinic given by Barbara Schaefer and Liz Parish. After the clinic I attended some BAM (Bay Area Musher) events, became close friends with Barbara Schaefer, and became hooked on the sport. Last year Barbara allowed me to borrow one of her seasoned lead dogs named Qualobo Siberian’s Northome Boss, aka Handsome, to help me train Angus and my 3 border collies, Stormy, Brittney, and Sis. My six dog team is made up of two of Barbara’s young huskies, started just this season, two of my border collies, and two of Barbara’s seasoned dogs, which are my two lead dogs. Our first race together was in Chester Ca, where my dogs made me proud and I learned a lot. This will be me and my dog’s second race, and I am looking forward to the event. Now instead of dreading winter, I have something to look forward to. When I am not working with my dogs, I work, train, show, and pack horses, enjoy backpacking with my husband of 12 years, and I enjoy boating and kayaking. I also run our small farm where I raise Boer meat goats and grow consciously grown meats and vegetables. When I am not tending to the dogs, horses, and the farm, I enjoy teaching science to young high school students in Lodi, Ca.

4 Dog Sprint

Tanner Boone – MEDFORD, Oregon - 4 Dog Sprint - Frosh at South Medford High School.  This is his 1st year racing in the adult division – Tanner is racing with four of Hugo Antonucci’s dogs. His interests are baseball, football, hunting, and scuba diving.
Sara Borok – EUREKA – 4 Dog Sprint
I am married and have 2 children. I work as a fisheries biologist for the Calidornia Dept of Fish and Game and play violin and viola in a Tango band. I love cross country skiing and I love dog training! I wish I had time for more dogs. This will be my first 4 dog sprint race. I competed in the Siskiyou Sled Dog Races previously as a Skijorer.
Allyson Griffie – MEDFORD, Oregon – 4 Dog Sprint
I live in Southern Oregon. This is my second year racing. All of my dogs are rescued Siberian Huskies. I have been recreationally running dogs for about 8 years in sand, snow, dirt and on pavement. I work full time at Mercy Flights air and ground ambulance company to pay to feed and care for my 8 SIbes, 4 cats and one husband. I love this sport. The dogs and their people are the best!

Skijor

Jack McCain – SAN DIEGO, California
Jack is 14 years old and lives in San Diego. This is Jack’s first time competing in the skijoring event. His options for dogs are a “fast one”, a “strong one”, and a “lazy one”. He picked the “fast one” which means he could be doing more work than he anticipated. He’s been training with a dog scooter in San Diego, running the dogs around his neighborhood.