Anny Malo, Canada is the 2022 winner of The Pedigree Stage Stop Race in Wyoming. Anny won 4 of the 7 stages on the race. Anny also won the race in 2019, 2020 and 2021.
Anny and her husband Marco Rivest live in St-Zenon, Quebec, Canada.
She’s a biologist who owns her company with husband Marco. “I began mushing in 1995 when I met Marco. He was just 18 years old, and already had his own kennel and was competing in the mid-distance circuit in Québec. We made a trip to Alaska in 1998 as handlers for Joe Redington’s kennel and that was the ultimate launching pad for the rest of my mushing career. We’ve traveled with our two sons for over 16 years to participate in the mid-distance circuit in Canada and USA. That’s the best life ever!!!”
Dan Kaduce, Alaska, succeeded to place on fourth place in the 2022 Iditarod Trail Race – with all 14 dogs still in the team.
UNALAKLEET — Dan Kaduce was calm and relaxed at the checkpoint here Sunday afternoon. He ate pizza next to his 14 dogs as they rested under clear sunny skies with just about 250 miles left to the finish line.
You’d hardly know that Kaduce and his dog team had some of the fastest run times on the way to Unalakleet. He continues to post screaming run times up the Bering Sea coast. And he’s the only musher in the field who still has 14 dogs. Everyone else has sent at least one dog home as they race down the trail.
So how has Kaduce managed to keep all the dogs he started with?
“I don’t know,” he said with a laugh. “You do things long enough and sometimes you get lucky.”
Kaduce lives in Chatanika outside of Fairbanks with his wife Jodi Bailey who also races the Iditarod. This is Kaduce’s fourth Iditarod, he’s placed as high as 16th last year.
Like other mushers, he said, he’s putting a lot of effort into dog care. He said he’s particularly focused on giving his team lots of food, as well as adapting their eating schedule to the temperature.
“If it’s warm out, I try not to feed very much while they’re running. Only while they’re resting,” he said. “If it’s cold, they can get it shoveled at them every two hours.”
Rob Cooke, Canada, has raced the marathon races in Alaska and Canada with his purebreed siberian huskies.
Rob is a mid and long distance dog musher who, along with his wife Louise, operates Shaytaan Siberian Huskies based just outside of Whitehorse in Canada’s Yukon Territory.
Having been running Siberian Huskies since 1997, firstly in dryland sprint in the UK then short mid-distance races on the East coast of North America, Rob now has been living outside of Whitehorse with 53 purebred Siberian Huskies since 2012. Rob and the team have finished the Yukon Quest on seven occasions, the latest in 2020 where he also received the Sportsmanship Award for the second consecutive race. In addition, the team has taken part in the Iditarod on three occasions including being the only musher running purebred dogs to complete both 1000-mile races (Yukon Quest and Iditarod) back to back in the same winter, achieving this in 2015 and 2016.
Malin Strid, Sweden, had a real successful season 2022 with third place on both Femundlöpet 650 and Finnmarkslöpet 600. The norwegians are outstanding in longdistance mushing and it’s tough to beat them.
Malin live in Gargnäs, Västerbotten with her husband Lars and sleddogs and nature are their lives.
“What fascinates me most about sled dog races is the experience of nature that you share with the dogs. Gliding forward, in absolute tranquility with no engine noise. There’s just you and the dogs and the relationship between you. It’s not the dogs who do the job, and it’s not you, either – you do it together. The dogs are my friends and members of my family. And I believe that the dogs will teach me a lot in the coming years.”
Dr. Jerry Vanek is a veterinarian and a canine physioterapeut with many years of experience with hard working sleddogs and their medical problems.
He has been 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.
Arleigh Reynolds is a veterinarian and specialist in nutrition and physiology for exercising dogs. He has a PhD in both topics and was a professor at Cornell University before moving to Alaska. Arleigh lives in Salcha, outside of Fairbanks, with wife Donna and daughter Mia. Here Arleigh has his kennel and his lab where he has continued his research in working dogs. He keeps an open class kennel and has been in the top of the result lists for several years. Arleigh is a popular and competitive speaker and this is the third time we have the opportunity to take part of his knowledge.