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 to the checkpoint she’ll be working but her duties for the Junior Iditarod are far to demanding for that. The Cantwell vet gives tirelessly to the Junior Iditarod working with the mushers and the dogs before, during and after the race. She’s been doing that for some twenty years.