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Mentor List: USA - Michigan

Updated: 03 September 2013

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Name: Lynzie Bacchus
Hometown:
Fowler, MI
Will mentor by:
e-mail, phone and in person
Will mentor in:
distance, sprint, and general
E-mail address:
lil_musher_forever@yahoo.com
Phone: 231-878-1756
Experience:
I have been running dogs for 13 years. I have run and completed the Jr. Iditarod in 2003 and now just run sprint races. I have a 7 dog team that I run right now. This is a great way to get the basics on mushing. Ask questions, lots of questions, get ideas and the feel for things. Mentors want to help get you started on the right paw!


Name: Kevin Batchelder
Hometown:
Harsens Island, MI
Will mentor by: e-mail, phone and in person
Will mentor in: distance, recreation, sprint and general
E-mail address: Mushiac@gmail.com
Phone: 810-247-3916 (aft 9pm or Verizon)
Experience: We have been involved in this great sport since 1995. Our kennel recently relocated to Harsens Island allowing for great training conditions. We have a special appreciation for the history and beauty of the Siberian Husky. Currently several conformation champions make up our teams. Our teams have been featured in area parades as well as presentations for civic organizations, schools and winterfests. Would gladly share experiences and trail knowledge.


Name: Kristi Collins
Hometown: Mancelona, MI
Will mentor by: email and in person
Will mentor in: sprint
E-mail address: autumnflds@hotmail.com
Experience: My children have been sprint racing for seven years. We are interested in helping other junior mushers get started in the sport. It is a great family activity! We run Alaskans and Eurohounds.


Name: Karla Dann
Hometown:
Mackinaw City, MI
Will mentor by:
e-mail, phone and in person
Will mentor in:
distance, recreation, sprint and general
E-mail address:
karladann@att.net 
Phone: 231-436-7334
Experience:
I have been raising and training Siberian Huskies for 10 years. I have primarily run 6 dog classes in both sprint and mid-distance races. I am more of a recreational musher who enters races for the sport of it. I enjoy meeting people with an interest in this sport and could talk for hours on end about the many things I have learned and experienced. We currently manage a dog lot of 29 fuzzy butts.


Name: John Eurich
Hometown:
Mio, MI
Will mentor by:
e-mail, phone and in person
Will mentor in:
distance and recreation
E-mail address:
eurichj@kirtland.cc.mi.us
Phone: 517-826-3291
Experience:
I live with my wife and two boys in the Huron National Forest. I have run Alaskans for six years now and currently have 15 dogs. My interest has mostly been recreation and winter camping. I plan to enter some mid-distance races this winter.


Name: Katie Fritzler
Hometown:
Clio, MI
Will mentor by:
e-mail, phone and in person
Will mentor in:
recreation, skijoring, sprint and general
E-mail address:
Checker92@yahoo.com
Phone: 810-639-5414
Experience:
I have 15+ years in dogsledding. Mainly with Siberian Huskies, but I have also worked with Alaskans. I belong to a recreational sled racing club "MUSH". I have raced 3, 5 and this year planning on 7 dog class. I have also skijored with my dogs. I run dogs for the pure joy of playing with the dogs. When it becomes work then I will hang up the harnesses and ganglines and park the sled.


Name: Mike Fortino
Hometown:
Mt. Pleasant, MI
Will mentor by:
e-mail, phone and in person
Will mentor in:
recreation, sprint and general
E-mail address:
yermakone@yahoo.com
Phone: (517) 772-4321
Experience:
I have about 23 years experience in sledding With Alaskan and Siberian Huskies


Name: Annie Hammond 
Hometown:
Delton, MI
Will mentor by:
e-mail, phone and in person
Will mentor in:
recreation, sprint and general
E-mail address:
hammond.annie@gmail.com  
Phone: 517-348-2737
Experience: I race 4 and 6 dog sprint. I started in Sibes in 1998 and switched to Hounds in 2009.


Name: Greg Kennedy
Hometown:
Grass Lake, MI
Will mentor by:
e-mail, phone and in person
Will mentor in:
sprint
E-mail address:
Softpaw01@aol.com
Phone: (734) 475-9605
Experience: I have three years experience in sprint racing. I have raced the 3, 6, 8 dog classes.


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 Name: Abby Leatherman
Hometown:
Portland, MI
Will mentor by:
e-mail and phone
Will mentor in:
recreation, sprint and general
E-mail address:
zeebz13@hotmail.com
Phone: (517) 647-4510
Experience: I have run dogs almost my whole life (14 years) in sprint, primarily 4, 6 and 8-dog classes with Alaskan Huskies and Eurohounds. I am the main musher and caretaker of a 16-dog kennel in my family, so I believe even though I am young I have lots of experience. I also study dog psychology.


Name: Jim Moyer
Hometown:
Lewiston, MI
Will mentor by:
e-mail and phone
Will mentor in:
recreation, sprint and general
E-mail address:
snokomomi@aol.com
Phone: 989-786-7144
Experience: 
I have been driving dogs since 1978: Sibes...Alaskans...and new hound crosses.  In sprint, mid-distance and recreation.  I'm also a professional dog trainer, "Puppies to Pros" and a canine behaviorist.


Name: Ann and Ted Nelson
Hometown:
Howard City, MI
Will mentor by:
e-mail, phone and in person
Will mentor in:
recreation, sprint and general
E-mail address:
thunderfeetsleds@hotmail.com
Phone: 877-SNOWDOG
Experience:
We breed, raise and train Siberian Huskies. I have had the dog sledding addiction for about 15 years now, and started recreationally with a strong lean toward winter camping with my dogs. I do not claim to be an expert, but have picked up a few things along the way...experience is a great teacher, but so are all of the wonderful mushers I've met and gotten to know over the years. Several years ago, I started sprint racing and last year Ted began racing too. I do want to get into mid-distance racing this winter. I have had many, many years training and working with animals and it has always been what I enjoy doing best. I have taught a couple of classes for beginning mushers, stressing dog care and kennel management as well as the basics for dog sledding. Ted and I also build dog sleds and enjoy helping and encouraging people entering this "lifestyle".


Name: Fred Powers
Hometown:
Wetmore, MI
Will mentor by:
e-mail, phone and in person
Will mentor in:
distance, recreation and general
E-mail address:
dogsled@isp360.net
Phone: 906-280-6612
Experience:
I have 12 years experience in training trail dogs for distance and 2 years experience in mid and long distance. racing.


Name: Lyle Ross
Hometown:
Michigamme, MI
Will mentor by:
e-mail
Will mentor in:
distance and recreation
E-mail address:
lyross@portup.com
Experience: I have 5 years experience in Mid-Distance with Alaskan Huskies in the 6 dog class. I have a small kennel of 12 dogs.


Name: Nichole Sauve
Hometown:
Houghton Lake, MI
Will mentor by:
e-mail and phone
Will mentor in:
distance, recreation, sprint and general
E-mail address:
mushingsweetheart@hotmail.com
Phone: (231) 714-2710
Experience: I've been into it for five to six years mostly sprint and distance. Over time I've talked to other mushers and I may not be the best, but I'm ready to pass knowledge on to others who would like to experience the joy of sled dog racing.


Name: Ed & Tasha Stielstra
Hometown:
McMillan, MI
Will mentor by:
e-mail, phone and in person
Will mentor in:
distance, recreation and skijoring
E-mail address:
info@natureskennel.com
Phone:
906-748-0513
Experience:
We have been raising and racing distance sled dogs for 8 years. We pride ourselves on the fact that nearly all 70 of our Alaskan Huskies we have lovingly raised from puppies. We feel that racing and training sled dogs should be nurturing to both the dog and the musher. We pride ourselves on upholding outstanding dog care standards in every aspect of kennel life. Ed has raced in the Grand Portage 330, Beargrease 150, and UP 200; several of our dogs finished Iditarod 2000. Tasha raises and trains many of the puppies, and does a great deal of skijor racing. Tasha's teaching career has provided us the opportunity to do many educational programs about mushing for both children and adults. We would be delighted to share our knowledge about racing, training, and effective sled dog programs with you.


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