Author: Terrie Hanke (136 posts)


Zoom Lens: Junior Vet Check

Junior Iditarod is her passion and this year Jayne Hempstead, DVM has been honored for her dedication to the race and the young mushers. The Junior Iditarod Board of Directors chose Hempstead to wear Bib 1 for the start of the Junior race. Hempstead could take her own team of sled dogs down the trail …


Eye on the Trail: Junior Rookies hear from Experts

Junior Iditarod Rookies gathered at Iditarod Headquarters in Wasilla for their Rookie Meeting on Thursday evening prior to the race. A variety of presenters talked about every thing from dog care to ski poles. As has been a tradition for many Junior Iditarod Rookie meetings, Dr. Jayne Hempstead discussed dog care. She emphasized that winning …


Eye on the Trail: Vet Honored by Junior Iditarod

Junior Iditarod is her passion and this year Jayne Hempstead, DVM has been honored for her dedication to the race and the young mushers. The Junior Iditarod Board of Directors chose Hempstead to wear Bib 1 for the start of the Junior race. Hempstead could take her own team of sled dogs down the trail …


Eye on the Trail: Junior Iditarod Moved to Cantwell

After landing in Anchorage early this week, the real deal of NO SNOW is staring me right in the face. There’s no snow! It’s been warm and it’s even rained so that lakes aren’t looking too solidly frozen either. Driving north to Wasilla doesn’t improve the situation. I even heard someone comment, “Our winter is …


Eye on the Trail: King of Innovation Featured Speaker at Midwest Symposium

Some things are just meant to be associated with another. For example peanut butter goes with jelly, cake goes with ice cream and sleds go with dogs. When I think of four time Iditarod Champion, Jeff King, the word that immediately pops into my mind is innovator. King was the featured closing speaker for the …


Eye on the Trail: Abundant Lessons and Color at Michigan Teacher’s Conference

Teachers had the opportunity to gather a sled full of lesson and activity ideas for their classrooms at the Midwest Sled Dog Symposium and Iditarod Teacher’s Conference in the colorful upper peninsula of Michigan. Nature’s Kennel owners Ed and Tasha Stielstra organized the sixth annual conference and symposium. Opening the teacher’s conference was Nancy Wendt, …


Eye on the Trail: Schroeder Tells of Preparation and Experiences in Iditarod 42

“Money, support and logistics was the hardest part of Iditarod, the dogs were the easiest. Don’t worry about your dogs, worry about your pocketbook.” Those were the first words from Nathan Schroeder of Minnesota to a large crowd at the first morning session of the Midwest Musher Symposium and Iditarod Teacher’s Conference in Michigan the …


Eye on the Trail: Hank DeBruin Opens Symposium in Michigan

Patience, problem solving and enjoying solitude, those are qualities Hank Debruin considers to be essential for a long distance musher. DeBruin and his wife, Tanya McCready-DeBruin, opened the Midwest Musher Symposium and Iditarod Teacher’s Conference in Curtis, Michigan the last weekend of September with stories of Hank’s thousand mile races. Hank and Tanya own and …


Eye on the Trail: Junior Iditarod has First Entrants

Registration for the 2015 Junior Iditarod opened on the last Saturday of June at Iditarod Headquarters in Wasilla. While adult mushers signed up for the 1,000 mile trip to Nome on one end of the table, teens between the ages of 14 and 17 signed up for the 150 mile round trip race on the …


Eye on the Trail: Volunteer Picnic & Musher Sign-up

It’s the last Saturday of June. Time to say thank you to the hundreds of volunteers who came together and gave generously of their time and talents to make the 42nd Last Great Race possible. There are two hundred fifty one days until the start of Iditarod 2015. Musher signup began at 09:30 at Iditarod …