Rob CookeHometown: Whitehorse, YT, CANADA
Rob Cooke 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.
In addition to long-distance racing Rob has completed the Copper Basin 300, billed as the toughest 300-mile race in Alaska, on seven occasions and finished 2nd in the 2012 Yukon Quest 300 where he was awarded the Vet Choice Award for excellence in dog care. Having served as a race judge on the 2014 Yukon Quest and Vice President of the Yukon Quest International Board of Directors in 2014/15, Rob has presented on Siberian Huskies, mushing and the Yukon Quest in North America, Australia, Russia and Europe.