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Wade Marrs

2015 Iditarod 4th place finisher!

With his uncle as his biggest influence, he was able to learn about the sport of dog mushing and start training at an early age. Wade says he knew as early as age 5 that he wanted to race competitively and has been working towards winning the Iditarod with his team ever since. Wade enjoys dog mushing because it is fun and a good challenge, both mentally and physically. When asked about his dogs he puts it simply saying that they are perfect. When asked to elaborate he says that they are friendly, hardworking, well gated, long bodied, long legged and fast with great endurance. Wade loves being out on the trail because it is peaceful and quiet, good alone time with just him and his dogs.

Even though having a young kennel brings its own set of challenges,Wade and his team seem to take each curve in the trail as unwavering as the last. Throughout Stump Jumpin’ Kennel’s racing career, the team has been consistently improving. Stump Jumpin’ Kennel had their best finish yet in the 2016 Iditarod making it to Nome in 4th place! Placing Top 5 has given the team a new sense of determination. Their dream of becoming Iditarod champions is in sight and there is no stopping them!

Iditarod Career

2016: 4th place

2015: 8th place

2014: 16th place

2013: 32nd place

Iditarod Career 2016 Gin Gin 200 Champion Team
Race team finished 2nd place in Jr. Iditarod 2016

Dr. Jerry A. Vanek


Dr. Jerry Vanek has devoted his medical career to sled dogs and it has taken him from the southern tip of Chile to the arctic cap of Norway to the southern cape of Africa; from the forests of Maine to the prairies of Minnesota to the mountains of Montana; down the mighty Yukon from Whitehorse to Nome; and to Antarctica. He has served as a Chief or Trail Veterinarian on over 100 races and expeditions on four continents since 1992, including 8 Iditarods, 5 Yukon Quests, 12 John Beargreases, 7 UP200s, 7 Empire 130s, and multiple times on the White Oak Classic, CanAm Crown, Race to the Sky, Apostle Islands, and Great Trail, as well as the Eagle Cap, Grand Portage Passage, Red River, IFSS World Sprint and Distance Championships in America, Norway, and Italy, the South African National Championships, Norway’s Femundløpet and Finnmarksløpet, Sweden’s Amundsen, Polar Distans, and Tobakløpet, the Šediváčkův Long in the Czech Republic, and numerous Midwestern North American sprint snow and dryland races.

In 1993, Dr. Vanek was the veterinarian on the Mount Vaughan Antarctic Expedition and in 2007, 2009, and 2011, a veterinarian on the 1925 Diphtheria Serum Run reenactment across 1000 km of Alaskan wilderness from Nenana to Nome. In 2012, he was the veterinarian on the “Sled Dogs to Saint Paul” people’s expedition. A musher since his teens and a former sprint race competitor, he still drives dogs whenever he can—even giving sled dog rides to tourists in Sweden and Finland as recently as 2014. He is an honorary life member of both the North Star Sled Dog Club in Minnesota and the Northwest Sled Dog Association in Washington state; a recipient of both the Maeb Bayers’ Lifetime Achievement in Mushing award and the White Oak Classic Musher Tribute award; past President, Life Member, and charter Board Member of the International Sled Dog Veterinary Medical Association, and past Treasurer and former Board Member of the American Canine Sports Medicine Association.

Over the past two decades, Dr. Vanek has presented or published roughly 190 lectures and publications on sled dogs and sled dog medicine to veterinarians and technicians, mushers, school children, and the public from Kiruna (north of the Arctic Circle) to Colesburg (in the Southern Hemisphere). Most recently, he gave an invited presentation at the esteemed Harvard University Alumni Travellers Club in Boston. He is the co-inventor of the Ultimate Wrist Wrap for sled dogs and the Van LauraDon Harnometer, and he is a certified canine rehabilitation therapist (CCRT).

Dr. Vanek divides his time among his grandfather’s 1881 homestead in Minnesota’s northern Red River Valley, his Minnesota lake property on the northernmost tributary of the Mighty Mississippi River, his retreat with partner Jill on the shores of Gitchigami in Grand Marais, Minnesota, and his travels around the globe working on behalf of that most superlative and astonishing of all athletes—the sled dog.

When he can spare the time to relax at home, he enjoys mushing, skiing, snowshoeing, cycling, hiking, camping, and canoeing, as well as writing, photography, and reading real books written by real authors with real ink on real paper from real trees sold in real bookstores.

Please Note: While dogs are welcome at the fair, they MUST be leashed at all times and please come prepared to pick up after your dog.

Campers must be pre-registered. Go to our lodging page for more information. help

The Northern New England Sled Dog Trade Fair & Seminars is only a month away!

WANTED -- Volunteers - Admission is free for workers! Contact Amy @ 866-364-2668 or info@mtnridge.com

JOBS -- set up tables and chairs Friday afternoon, sell raffle tickets, break down tables and chairs Sunday afternoon, help set up rig race Sunday morning, break down rig race Sunday after race and register racers Sunday morning.

Anyone CAMPING on Friday night MUST PRE-REGISTER, DEADLINE TO RECEIVE YOUR CHECK IS SEPTEMBER 27TH, if your plans change your money will be refunded! Go to lodging page for more information or contact info@mtnridge.com

Vendors don’t forget to send in your applications to confirm your space!


Amy :)

As the weather cools and mushers' thoughts turn to training their teams in the crisp fall air, there is mounting anticipation for the Northern New England Sled Dog Trade Fair and Seminars. This most highly awaited two-day event on the first weekend in October marks the end of summer and the beginning of fall training in earnest. Held for the past 19 years, this annual fair gives a shot of adrenalin to mushers planning their winter season.

With exceptional, world-renowned motivating keynote speakers and practical seminars, the NNESDTFS has something for all levels. From beginners with one husky and a scooter to veteran mushers with many highly trained experienced sled dogs, there is always something new to learn or new equipment to demo. Vendors carry items specifically for mushing -- everything from sleds, dryland training rigs, and related sled dog equipment to t-shirts and warm winter clothing.

Families and just plain dog lovers will also find many exciting things to do and see. Saturday afternoon's raffle drawing is always a fun time with many, many wonderful prizes. Sunday morning's dryland race is always a huge success and great crowd pleaser.

Mostly however the Trade Fair is a wonderful gathering of mushers and dog lovers -- a place to see old friends and make new ones. There is a pot luck barbecue dinner on Saturday night with entertaining dog competitions following. Kick off your season with this fun, educational event.

Written by: Loranne Carey of Snow Star Farm


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