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Meet the 2022
Mushers

Erin Schouweiler

Irma, WI

After 21 years in sled dogs I have been mushing for well over 2/3 of my life now. While I didn’t come from a mushing family, and my parents and I learned it all the hard way, sled dogs have led me to a little mushing family of my own. 3 years ago following the Polar Vortex Beargrease of 2019 Chad and I got married outside at -60. We’ll never forget an Anniversary now if we’re sitting at a checkpoint or on the Beargrease Trail.

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WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START RUNNING SLED DOGS AND HOW OLD WERE YOU WHEN YOU STARTED?

When I was 9 years old, my Grandpa Mick Davis and I would sticky note pages in the National Geographic to read together over some Oreos and a glass of milk. One afternoon the article was on Susan Butcher and the Iditarod. I’m not even sure if we finished reading the article before we were designing my first dogsled on paper to later be built out in his wood shop. After a year of saving my chore money I finally got my parents on board and was surprised with a “scenic” route home from our family vacation in Duluth. We came home with a brother/sister leader pair from Vern Schroeder and it all went to the dogs after that.

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What a sled dog looks forward to most after a long day of racing is a nice bed of straw! But guess what happened at last year’s race? Someone stole all our straw right before the race start! Thankfully, great fans like you helped us out during the final hour to provide this vital supply for our amazing dogs.

These dogs simply are the best – and we want to be able to continue treating them that way! Donations from fans like you make that possible. Would you find it in your heart to help us out? No amount is too small in sled dog world!

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