Meet the handler

November 7th, 2016

Hey Guys! As Tim and Trent introduced in the last blog post, I'm Carlleen and I'm the new handler for Trent this season. My goal is to not only keep you up to date on what is happening, but to also want to answer any and all questions you may have for us. I'm also going to do Meet the Member Monday, so each week on Monday I'm going to introduce a member of the team whether that would be human or dog, lol. So, here's the first Meet the member.

~Carlleen

Our first meet the member is the new handler, Carlleen. Here's some info about her.

Age:20 (21 in a week!)

Favorite Color:Pink, and then red

Favorite Season: Winter and fall

Where were you born: Green Bay, Wisconsin

Why did you move to Idaho: I moved to Idaho to continue my education and to stay in the sled dog sport. I'm currently attending CWI for Agriculture Science

How did you get into mushing: Back when I was in 5th grade, my family and I went to go see my uncle and cousins race. After that, I told them that's what I wanted to do. In 6th grade, I started sprint racing and every since I decided I wanted to mush dogs. When we kept taking longer than the faster teams, it was my thought that maybe I should try for mid-distance to distance mushing. It wasn't until I ran the Eagle Cap 31 mile pot race in 2016 that I actually ran a longer race than 6 miles.

What are you future plans: I plan to open a sled dog touring company and petting zoo. I hope to run the Iditarod one day and to educate the public about mushing and dogs.

Anything else about you: I have 2 retired sled dogs that are living back in Wisconsin with my parents. There names are Chipmunk (tan dog) and Dingo (black dog). These two dogs did everything with me. I've done 4-H obedience, agility, and showmanship with them along with dressing up and taking photos. I love taking photos (You guys will see a lot of my personal photos that I've taken) and spending time with my boyfriend. I also skijor (I'm not very good at it though) and dryland racing. Feel free to ask any other questions to get to know me!


2017 Here we Come!

November 3

Just a quick note that the 2017 Iditarod Season is officially on.   Eighteen bright, shiny canine faces have moved to Idaho for the Winter from Upper Peninsula Michigan, from our kennel partner Nature's Kennel.  The team consists mainly of Iditarod veterans from the past two years, who raced as yearlings/rookies with Trent in 2015 and 2016.   We'll get pics and intros up soon, a bunch of Trent's favorites are back.  

Our training kennel is out in Fairfield, ID and the team is already up to 25 mile runs, looking strong, and eating hardy.   

We have a new handler this year.   Carleen Brehmer joins us and says "I live in Boise and have been around sled dogs since 6th grade. I moved here from Wisconsin to attend college, but also continue with the sled dog scene. I've mainly raced sprint races, but this past February I ran at Eagle Cap Extreme in the 62 mile pot race. Even though I don't have a team of dogs here, I've been trying to stay in the sled dog community. I've helped train a team of dogs, kennel sat for Ben Thompson, and helped do a sled dog talk with Rick Katucki. My Uncle owned a kennel of 22+ dogs and I've helped take care of them. My ultimate dream one day is owning a sled dog touring company and a petting zoo. I hope to fulfill my dream of running the Iditarod"

We are excited to have her, and she will also be posting photos, training kennel and race stories on the blog.

Stay tuned for more soon!

Trent and Tim

Dog team finishers....

Twelve dogs made it to Nome with Trent on Friday.   

Blast was the only veteran, and ran lead much of the race.  The other eleven finishers were all Iditarod rookies making their first finish.  Here they are below; Aurora, Billy, Blast, Fiona, Heart, Jasmine, Leia, Percy, Pudda, Reily, Ruby, and Rush.

Ayn, Hornet, Layla, and Kokomo all had sore shoulders and hopped off the bus on the trail.   All 16 dogs made it over 500 miles all the way to the Yukon River at Ruby.  14 made it over 700 miles to the Bering Sea Coast at Unalakleet.  

Lots of happy looking dogs on the video at the finish.   

Aurora

Billy

Blast

Fiona

Heart

Jasmine

Leia

Percy

Pudda

Reily

Ruby

Rush

Trent and the team finish in Nome!!

March 18

The team pulled under the burled arches and in to Nome at 641A AKT.   Twelve tails wagging, lead by Blast; Trent with some morning frost on the beard and great big smile.   We'll try to get a full roster of finishers shortly.  

The team's time over the 975 miles was 11 days, 15 hours, 41 minutes and they finished the race in 60th place among 71 teams who will finish the race and 85 teams who started.  It's Trent's 8th finish in 8 tries and his 2nd best race time.   

Video from the finish line below.  Looks like diplomas were handed out, sure that was after big hugs and a meat treat.  

Trent out of White Mountain and on way to Nome

March 18

Trent and the team checked out of White Mountain after their mandatory 8 hour rest there, at 914P AKT last evening (it's just past 1 AM there now).   All 12 dogs that checked in to White Mountain also checked out there, so it looks like 12 will make it to Nome.  It wiill be fun to see who they are later this morning.  

Trent's about 30 miles from White Mountain on the tracker after 4 hours of travel this evening.  At the 7.5 mph he is moving, and 75 miles of total travel White Mountain to Nome, that would put the journey at 10+ hours and him arriving sometime say 730AM+ AKT Friday morning in Nome.  

Try to watch Trent show up at the burled arches on the Iditarod Live webcam at http://iditarod.com/live/

I will also try to get a screen scrape of the video they take at the end and post it.  

I putzed some of the time of day descriptions on last post... this is better

March 17

The team left Elim this morning at 645A AKT and just arrived in White Mountain at 100P, in the afternoon, after a 6 hour 12 minute run over the 46 miles.  The team checked out of Elim with 12 dogs, looks like someone hooped off the bus there.  12 dogs checked in to White Mountain.  The team is in 60th  place of 71 mushers still in the race.  

Elim is mile 898 of 975 and the next stop is Nome and the finish line.  White Mountain is a mandatory 8 hour rest.  Right now the weather in White Mountain (see below) is beautiful and sunny.  It should be a glorious, long nap in the sun for the dogs.  They will head back out on the trail at 9PM this evening and should be in Nome 10+ hours later at 7AM+ AKT on Friday (later and easier for folks in the lower 48).   Nome weather looks sunny and clear as well.   The coast to Nome is fickle, and I hate to jinx the team, but it looks like Chamber of Commerce weather and conditions from now to the finish, fingers crossed.  .  Here's hoping to see 12 happy pups and a ice-bearded madman at the burled arches then.  

There is a live camera feed of the finish line at http://iditarod.com/live/  .    I think you can see the feed without a Iditarod Insider subscription.   Point your browser and watch Trent come to the finish Friday morning. 

Trent and the team out of Elim and in to White Mountain

The team left Elim this morning at 645A AKT and just arrived in White Mountain at 100P, in the afternoon, after a 6 hour 12 minute run over the 46 miles.  The team checked out of Elim with 12 dogs, looks like someone hooped off the bus there.  12 dogs checked in to White Mountain.  The team is in 60th  place of 71 mushers still in the race.  

Elim is mile 898 of 975 and the next stop is Nome and the finish line.  White Mountain is a mandatory 8 hour rest.  Right now the weather in White Mountain (see below) is beautiful and sunny.  It should be a glorious, long nap in the sun for the dogs.  They will head back out on the trail at 9PM this evening and should be in Nome 10+ hours later at 7AM+ AKT on Friday (later and easier for folks in the lower 48).   Nome weather looks sunny and clear as well.   The coast to Nome is fickle, and I hate to jinx the team, but it looks like Chamber of Commerce weather and conditions from now to the finish, fingers crossed.  .  Here's hoping to see 12 happy pups and a ice-bearded madman at the burled arches then.  

There is a live camera feed of the finish line at http://iditarod.com/live/  .    I think you can see the feed without a Iditarod Insider subscription.   Point your browser and watch Trent come to the finish Friday morning. 

Trent and team out of Koyuk and in to Elim

March 17

The team left Koyuk yesterday evening at 615P AKT and just arrived in Elim at 1205A, just past midnight, after a 5 hour 50 minute run.  The team checked in with all 13 dogs.   The team is in 61st place of 73 mushers still in the race.  

Elim is mile 852 of 975 so the team is getting down towards the end of the trail.  After a 6 hour or so rest tonight, they'll head out in the morning for another 46 mile, 6 hour run to White Mountain for a mandatory 8 hour rest.  Let's say they get in at noon, and then head back out tomorrow, Thursday night at 8PM.  It will take 10+ hours to get to final 75 miles to Nome.  If all goes well, they should be in Nome on Friday as early a 6AM, perhaps as late as 8AM AKT, projected no guarantees ;-)  For MT folks that's a civilized 8AM to 10 AM window.  

It looks like an ~11 day 18-20 hour or so finish which would be 2nd fastest for Trent in 8 completions, out of 8 tries. 

There is a live camera feed of the finish line at http://iditarod.com/live/  .    I think you can see the feed without a Iditarod Insider subscription.   Point your browser and watch Trent come to the finish Friday morning.