Dona’s mushing career started when she went on a sled dog ride in 1998 and, having been bitten by the mushing bug, she soon had two sled dogs and was happily skijoring. It wasn’t long before the skis were replaced with a sled and she and her husband Gary, began building their kennel and participating in competitive racing. Dona has raced many sprint and mid-distance races and since hanging up the runners, she has been a perennial judge of the Eagle Cap Extreme and a judge on the Yukon Quest and several sprint races.
Dona lives in Seeley Lake, Montana with her husband and their retired huskies where she is a jewelry artist and a business coach for artists and small business. Dona is also very involved in Siberian Husky rescue.
Dr. Leach comes to the Eagle Cap Extreme, for his second time, with many years’ experience working sled dog races in Alaska, Canada, and Russia. He and his wife Annie currently live in Big Lake, Alaska. While Dr. Leach lived in Anchorage, he raced in numerous sled dog sprint races.
Dr. Leach has been the Chief Veterinarian for 10 different sled dog races and has been a trail veterinarian on several other races including the Iditarod for 10 years and the Yukon Quest.
Dr Leach owned and operated veterinary clinics in Alaska for 28 years during which time he and his wife also operated a flying veterinary practice, providing veterinary services to outlying villages and communities throughout Alaska. Dr. Leach is now retired from active daily practice, but still flies and provides services to numerous villages. As an avocation, Dr. Leach is actively doing fine art painting and teaching painting classes at their Traildoc Studio in Big Lake, Alaska.
Glenn, a 5th generation Wallowa County native, grew up on Promise Ridge north of Wallowa, Oregon. After attending the one room Promise School, where he rode horseback 6 miles to school, he finished grade school and high school in Walla Walla WA. He then went on to earn undergraduate and graduate degrees in Forest Management at Washington State University. After nearly ten years in private industry and thirty years with the US Forest Service, he retired and became active in the local Search and Rescue organization where he is currently Incident Commander and the K-9 Unit Team Leader. Glenn became interested in sled dogs in the late fifties and began snowmobiling in the early sixties. He volunteered to work on the trail crew for the second Eagle Cap race and has been supporting ECX in that area for eight years serving as trail boss for the last three years.
Glenn and his wife Judy live in Enterprise in the house they designed and built after his retirement. He and his family enjoy many outdoor activities including river running, wilderness canoe tripping, snowmobiling, hunting and fishing.
Cari was raised in Klamath Falls and has been in the Rogue Valley (except for 4 years in Minnesota) since graduating from Southern Oregon College. For the next 30 years, she was a teacher and a librarian/media specialist in the Eagle Point School District. During their 26 years running sled dogs, she ran many sprint races, a couple of mid-distance races and the Mail Run on the Oregon coast. Also, during most of those years, she was helping Terry train for long distance races. She has missed being active in the sport of running sled dogs, but enjoys being connected with it by working races and still being part of the Oregon Dunes Mushersí Mail Run and Eagle Cap Extreme Sled Dog Race.
Laura Daugereau in Wallowa, 200 mile race winner. Photo by Andeea Schaefer
Steve Riggs - Winner 100 mile race. Photo by Amy Edison
Steve Taylor, 2013 Pot Race Winner
photo by Amy Edison
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