WYOMING, U.S.A – Streeper Kennels’ musher Lina Streeper took first place at the International Pedigree Stage Stop dog sled race in Wyoming at the beginning of February.
The 330-mile race was run over seven legs across the State. Streeper and her team of sixteen dogs, four to six of which can be used as substitutes on a day to day basis, finished the race with a time 21 hours and 32 minutes.
“The race runs in a new town every day,” said Streeper. “Once we are done our run we have to load up, feed the dogs [Racing Alaskan Huskies] and drive sometimes a couple of hours or sometimes longer than that to the next city.”
Her fellow musher from Streeper Kennels finished in second place for the seventh time overall and for the second consecutive year as the pair took home a total of $35,000 in reward money.
“I grew up in Sweden and I’ve been mushing dogs in Sweden since I was a teenager,” added Streeper. “I came over to learn from my husband and father in law and decide to stay. Now I only go back to Sweden to visit.”
With the winter season nearing its end, the Fort Nelson resident has races in Manitoba and two in Alaska to conclude the dog sledding season.