PO Box 1022, McCall, ID 83638
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McCall - New Meadows - Donnelly - Cascade - Council

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300 MILE RACE

1.    $2000
2.    $1500
3.    $1000
4.    $ 750
5.    $ 300
6.    $ 100
7.    $ 100
8.    $ 100

150 MILE RACE

1.   $1800
2.   $1000
3.   $ 700
4.   $ 500
5.   $ 200
6.   $ 100
7.   $ 100
8.   $ 100

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150 MILE RACE:  $500
300 MILE RACE:  $600

2019 Mushers

Meet the racers for 2019’s Idaho Sled Dog Challenge!

Brett Bruggeman

Great Falls, MT

BIB #1

300 MILE RACE

Brett Bruggeman was born in Cleveland and raised in Idaho. He has been a dentist for the last 20 years. Brett explains, “My youngest son, Spencer, 16, has a birth defect which caused one leg to not develop muscle. He competed in traditional sports until he was 11 and then started looking for other sports in which he could be competitive.His brothers always told him his skinny leg had no limits. We started our kennel, Skinny Leg Sled Dogs, in honor of Spencer’s leg.We have been fortunate to have several great mushing mentors such as Terry and Chris Adkins who introduced us to the sport, and Doug Swingley, the source of our foundation bloodlines, helping us in the beginning. Jessie Royer has been a close friend and taught us so much about mushing and dogs. The Iditarod as always been in the back of our minds, and I look forward to traveling across Alaska with our dog team.” Brett has run Montana’s Race to the Sky every year since 2013 and the Oregon Eagle Cap Extreme since 2014. His goal is to run the Iditarod in 2018 and again in 2020 with Spencer

Laura Neese

McMillan, MI

BIB #2

300 MILE RACE

Laura’s races a team from Nature’s Kennel which consists of 191 dogs.  Laura’s team is Alaskan Huskies.  

She first became interested in mushing after being introduced to the Iditarod by her mom at 9 years old through a study unit.   Laura started a kennel at 14 years old and moved to Nature’s Kennel 4 years later.  She has raced all over North America finishing 2 Yukon Quests and 1 Iditarod.  Coming in 3rd at the Yukon Quest in 2018 was a highlight of her mushing career.

Trevor Warren

Council, Idaho

BIB #3

300 MILE RACE

Trevor states that in 2010, he got into sled dog racing thanks to his brother Garrett. He works with his family in the Warren Kennel, raising and training their dogs. Trevor recently won the two-day race in the Eagle Cap Extreme 100. Trevor describes his mushing highlight as every time he runs a team under a starry or moonlit night.


Trevor will be racing the 300 mile race.

Jason Campeau

Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, Canada

BIB #4

300 MILE RACE

Jason’s kennel is ATKA kennel and consists of 47 Alaskan huskies.  His lead dogs are Senator, Aphro, Tytee Bear, and Hera.  He started mushing 7 years ago upon moving to Alberta.  It is something he always wanted to do since he was young.  
Highlights include a 7th place ranking in the Yukon Quest 1000 and 18th place in the Iditarod.
Jason is sponsored by Dr Tim’s, Dog Choice Raw Dog Food, Dr Carson’s, Outdoor Survival Canada, Lupine, Non-stop dog wear, SEB, Maplesoft, Pet Planet, and Outdoor Research.

Laurie Warren

Council, Idaho

BIB #5

300 MILE RACE

Laurie started handling for her oldest son, Garrett and helping train his first year of mushing. She also helped out when her second son Trevor got a team. Her sons encouraged her enter a race, she was hooked and the rest is history. Laurie describes her best times mushing as running with her two sons on moonlit nights, sharing a sport that the three of them love. Laurie is currently working to qualify to run the Iditarod in 2019. She has completed two of the three qualifying races and needs one more 300-mile race to qualify.

GABE DUNHAM

Darby, MT

BIB #6

300 MILE RACE

 Gabe is a tour operator/owner of Evermore Sled Dog Adventures in Darby, MT.  She races Alaskan Huskies and was introduced to dog mushing by helping train a litter of dogs belonging to her neighbor. That led to her 1st race, the Denali Dash 120.  She then moved to Willow, AK to work as a dog handler.  She now has 24 fantastic dogs of her own! 

Her mushing highlights include training young dogs and watching for that “light bulb” moment.

Gabe is hoping to qualify for the Iditarod.

Pat Noddin

Shad Bay, Nova Scotia

BIB #7

300 MILE RACE

Pat is sponsored by Atka Kennel and has a future goal of running the Yukon Quest.

Rex Mumford

Huntsville, Utah

BIB # 11

150 MILE RACE

Rex is a farmer from Huntsville, Utah and is sponsored by Mumford Livestock.  His kennel, Valley Kennel, is made up of 12 Alaskan Huskies.  His lead dogs are Ishtar and Gifr. 
Rex got his start in mushing after being a handler for his son Bryce.  Mushing highlights include seeing the sunset while out with a dog team who loves to run and enjoying all the sights and sounds of nature.
Rex hopes to live a long life and enjoy every day.  He also hopes to visit more slot canyons and climb another mountain.

Steve Madsen

Cougar, WA

BIB #12

150 MILE RACE

Steve mushes Alaska Huskies and got his start by skijoring with Samoyeds in 1991.  Finished the Iditarod as a rookie in 2004 with 15 dogs.  His lead dogs are Leppard and Scandal.

Spencer Bruggeman

Great Falls, MT

BIB #13

150 MILE RACE

Spencer was looking for a sport which he could do competitively with a birth defect – “the skinny leg.” He read “Call of the Wild” by Jack London and knew dog sledding was his sport. He says his wonderful mom gave the thumbs up and now they have 44 dogs and the Skinny Leg Dog Sled Kennel. He is the youngest racer to complete the 100 and 300 mile distances in the Race to the Sky 300 and is making plans to run the 2020 Iditarod.

Jesse Flory

Fayetteville, AR

BIB #14

150 MILE RACE

Jesse is the manager of Herbert Glacier with Alaska Icefield Expeditions. His kennel name is The Grateful Dogs consisting of 24 Alaskan Huskies. Lead dogs are Mallet and Riker. Jesse started mushing when he accepted a job as a handler in Juneau, AK. It was only supposed to be a summer job but that was over 8 years ago!
A highlight for him has been handling for Matt Failor on the 2013 Yukon Quest and guiding tours in a variety of rad locations in Alaska and Wyoming.
He hopes to run in the Iditarod and the Yukon Quest in the future.

Justin Harris

Redmond, OR

BIB #15

150 MILE RACE

Justin is a white water river guide who also guides sled dog tours.  His kennel is the Oregon Trail of Dreams.  His Lead dogs are Lava and Opal and the team is made of up Alaskan Huskies.  Justin got his start in mushing 23 years ago with his mentor Bino Fowler.  His mushing highlights include every time he hooks up a team!  Future goals would be to run the Iditarod.

Jenn Campeau

Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, Canada

BIB #16

150 MILE RACE

Jenn’s kennel is Atka Kennel and her dog breeds are Alaska Huskies, 2 chihuahuas 1 Kengal and 1 Siberian Husky.  Her lead dogs are Easton, Spider, Redman, and Copenhagen.
Jenn started mushing when her husband Jason brought home a bunch of dogs about 4 years ago after moving to Alberta.


Highlights include 2nd place in the Canadian Challenge (300 miles) in both 2017 and 2018.

Her future goals are to continue enjoying the outdoors and having fun with her dogs.

Josie Thyr

Cataldo, Idaho

Josi got a Siberian husky when she was 10 and then dreamed about training her to pull a sled! She read everything she could find at the library on sled dogs and went to Priest Lake Sled Dog races to watch and ask questions. After that, “ I just kept adding dogs” she said. Josi describes her mushing highlight as being a handler for Aaron Burmeister during the 2011-2012 season and winning Best Cared For team at the 2016 Race to the Sky 300 in Montana. Josi is also hoping to qualify for and run the Iditarod in 2019.


Update:  Jose was unable to make it this year due to technical difficulties.