September 19, 2014

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Zoya DeNure

Hometown: Delta Junction, Alaska


Zoya DeNure, 36, was born and raised in Wisconsin. As a young girl, she traveled the world as a fashion model walking the runways in Milan, Italy and Shanghai, China. After 12 years in the field, Zoya was ready for a change. Soon after returning home from Italy, she bought a Siberian Husky named Ethan and from there, new dreams realized. “Dogs make me very happy!” Zoya read everything she could about mushing and the Iditarod sled dog race. The late Susan Butcher inspired her and Zoya shared Susan’s passion for animals and adventure. Heading north to a dog yard in Alaska, seeking a more basic lifestyle away from all the city hub-bub, seemed like an easy decision. Now, ten years later; “I live my dream in the mountains, with my family and sixty sled dogs. My office is outside with canines and nature.”
Zoya owns and operates Denali Highway Tours & Cabins; a cabin rental retreat on the Denali Highway. The family kennel, Crazy Dog Kennels, takes in unwanted sled dogs; rehabilitating them with a positive training program. Some dogs go on to the races & others go on to be house dogs. “We also have our own breeding program and have been working on building a competitive Iditarod race team over the last seven years. I’m excited to hit the trail.” She, her husband, John Schandelmeier and their four year old daughter, Jona, split their time between homes in Paxson, AK and Maclaren River. Zoya enjoys running marathons, yoga, time with family, biking and making jewelry


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