Ann Stead

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Ann Stead

Ann Stead

Duluth, MN

I have had sled dogs forever! I love the sport as well as the lifestyle. I’ve raced all over the US as well as Canada and Alaska. Training is my focus with racing being secondary. There is nothing finer than putting a well trained team on the trial. It is also fun to get out and prove your training at the structured events!
My breed of choice is the Siberian Husky. At Northome on Windhill, we strive to protect the working abilities of this purebred dog. It’s been a life long goal and we are proud to still be able to put a well trained, competitive team on the race trail.
I was involved with the motion picture Iron Will, providing dogs for mostly Will’s team; was a full time trainer; doubled for Will and was cast as an extra as needed.
I also teach Mushing Boot Camp with training partner, Jamie Nelson. We offer this service to anyone wanting to learn about dog pulling sports. We have been teaching these Camps since 1998.
I also compete in agility with my Australian Shepherd, Lue. He likes to accompany the sled dogs on our training runs!

What other races have you completed to qualify for the marathon?

How many lead dogs in your team?


Who are your dog handlers?

What is your age as of Jan 25, 2020?


Kennel name

Northome on Windhill

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What inspired you to start running sled dogs and how old were you when you started?

I was 23 when I started with obedience with a mixed breed dog. I decided on Siberian Huskies for my sled dog team so that I could also do obedience competitions. At that time, the AKC did not allow mixed breed dogs to compete in performance sports. like obedience, for titles.