Ray & Julia Redington
Dog mushing is a family tradition for Ray Redington Jr. He’s a 3rd generation Iditarod musher. His Grandpa is Joe Redington Senior who’s known as the Father of the Iditarod for helping establish the Iditarod. His grandpa, dad, uncle, and brother have all competed in the Iditarod.
Dog mushing is both a sport and a lifestyle the Redington family enjoys. Ray loves to run and race dogs. He grew up around the Iditarod and started competing in 2001. So far, his best finish was in 2013 when he placed 5th, an impressive achievement.
Ray met his wife Julia when they were racing in the 1991 Junior Iditarod. They married in 1998 and have two fantastic kids, Ellen and Isaac. Not surprisingly, Ellen and Isaac also enjoy running dogs.
The Redingtons live in Knik, Alaska on land bought from Ray’s Grandparents’ estate. Their home was the original food drop site for the first few Iditarod races in the early 70’s. The property has direct access to the historical Iditarod Trail. It also overlooks Knik Lake where the Knik 200 Joe Redington Sr. Memorial Sled Dog Race starts and ends, a race in which Ray regularly competes.
Karsten Grönås & Evelyne Koch
We are happy to announce that Karsten Grønås & Eveline Koch is coming!
Kennel Vargevass Siberian Huskies was established in 1965. The first 25 years of racing was mainly concentrated to sprint then followed by mid distance racing and since year 2000 the main focus has been distance racing.
There are many, many highlights among the years and two of the closest ones are IFSS Long Distance World Champion for Nordic Breed & WSA European Champion in Long Distance.
Kristin Esset & Christer Afséer
First malamute team to finish Finnmark 1000! Christer Afseer made it this year. Christer and his wife Kristin Esset manage a kennel with 65 malamutes. They run a tourist business and race longdistance races like Polar Distans and Finnmarkslöpet. We will learn more at the Sleddog Symposium in October.
Roxy Wright was born into a dog mushing family in 1950 in Fairbanks, Alaska. Roxy's Dad, Gareth Wright, won the Rondy in 1950, 1952 and 1957; and the Open North American in 1950 and again in 1983. Her mom, Vera won the Women's North American in 1958. Riding in her parents sled, playing with puppies and driving her own team were like breathing air for Roxy.
Roxy began her racing career participating in two or three dog races in Circle, where she lived from 1960 to 1965. At the age of sixteen she raced in the Fairbanks Junior Dog Mushers seven dog class, and moved up to the Women's North American at the age of seventeen.
Raising, training and racing sled dogs were an intricate part of Roxy's life as she raised her two children, Ramy and Tammy Brooks. In 1976, after multiple Women's Race titles, Roxy began racing in the Open Rondy and NAC. In 1989 she won both the Rondy and ONAC; and repeated the feat in 1992 and 1993. Though sprint racing was her passion, Roxy also ran the Iditarod in 1983, finishing 23rd and the Alpirod in 1990 finishing in 1st.
After years of racing and winning top races around the state.. Norvik, Kotzebue, Huslia, Allakaket, Arctic Village, Venetie, Nenana, Tok, Delta, Fairbanks, Anchorage....Roxy retired in 1996 to spend more time with family and grand kids. And then after 20 years of retirement returned to race ONAC last spring and finished 2nd. Three weeks ago she won the Fur Rendezvous World Championship for the fourth time and at 66 is the oldest musher to have won.
Dr Dominique Grandjean
(DVM, PhD, HDR) is a Professor at the national veterinary school of Alfort (France), where he works as head of the canine breeding and sport medicine unit. As a faculty in Alfort he has been focusing most of his work on dog’s nutrition and working dogs’ performance for the last 25 years, with a special attention to oxidative stress prevention and consequences.
Dominique is a very experienced racevet and is one of the founders of ISDVMA, International Sleddog Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr Jerry Vanek
Jerry Vanek is a veterinarian and a canine physioterapeut with many years of experience with hard working sleddogs and their medical problems.
He has and still is a racevet on multiple sleddog races around the world and holds workshops and seminars worldwide.
He has focused on the sleddog’s most important tool, the harness and has studied harnesses at long distance races.
Jerry is also a founder and an active member of ISDVMA.
- Ray & Julia Redington
- Karsten Grönås & Evelyne Koch
- Kristin Esset & Christer Afséer
- Roxy Wright
- Dr Dominique Grandjean
- Dr Jerry Vanek