October 18, 2018

Musher Details

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Laura Neese

Hometown: McMillan, MI


Laura Neese, 21, was born and raised in Ohio. She grew up on a farm where she and her sister raised Boer goats. She participated in 4-H for eight years with the family’s five house dogs. When she was nine years old, her family followed the Iditarod as a home school project, and “I was instantly hooked!” She goes on to say, “I began learning all that I could and dreaming of becoming an Iditarod musher. I started a kennel four years later and began running short races in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Laura graduated from high school at the age of 16 and then, two years later, went on to receive an Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology from Penn Foster College. In 2014, she moved to McMillan, Michigan, where she began to pursue her dream of long distance racing while working as a sled dog tour guide at the Stielstra’s Nature’s Kennel, offering premiere dog sledding adventures. After the first year, she became a part of Nature’s Kennel race team and has traveled throughout the country since then. She has run many races including the Can-Am Crown in Maine, the Percy de Wolfe and Canadian Challenge in Canada, the Eagle Cap Extreme in Oregon , and she completed the Yukon Quest in 2016 before her first Iditarod. Laura’s interests other than mushing are “working in the woods, building things, fishing and just being outside.”


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