Race Team

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It’s all about the dogs:

A small but mighty group, the Shady Pines Dogs are a strong, fast and happy bunch.

Click on the faces below to learn more about each individual dog.



Want to help us return to the Can Am 250 this year? Lean more here. 

Thank you to our 2018-9 Team Sponsors: 

RMS Ironworks LLC
Cooper Hill Axe Works
Joan Fullerton
Lesley Russ and Tok
Bridget Freudenberger
Brooke Holton
The Lane Family—including Thai!
Maggie Wey

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Lead Dogs

Lead dogs are not only the first pretty face you see at the front of a team, they are the ones that set the pace, make decisions, and ignore everything else around them except the trail ahead. They come in all shapes and sizes, and both genders, and each of them shine in different circumstances.

Support a lead dog here.


Team Dogs

Team dogs are the engines. They are the support crew, the speed drivers, the invisible leaders-from-behind, and the bruisers at the back of the team. Team dogs have unique skills of their own, and without team dogs it would be leaders and a musher. This year, the Shady Pines team dogs are a mix of young dogs, core racers, and emerging leaders.

Support a team dog here.



‘Yearlings’ are a dog that is old enough to run, but less than two years old. When working with young dogs, I let them tell me if they are ready to race. Some of the core team dogs have been racing since yearlings, and it has turned them into superstars like Nibbler. Recently, I have been fortunate to be able to find yearling-specific trainers for these young dogs, relieving the pressure of training for 200 mile races. Thank you to those friends who are going to help train these young guns this year!

Sponsor a yearling here.