This year marks the first year that both of my daughters, Greta Thurston, 16 years old and Leona Thurston, 14 years old are racing competitively.
Her team of dogs are some of the best athletes we have seen in our kennel and include Faith, Gretzsky, Heath, Hobbs, Katness, Kiersten, Maurice, Muenster, Pippin and Sam.
Her team made a strong showing at the American Dog Derby, Bachelor Butte Dog Derby and the Colorado Mountain Mushers ‘Snow Mountain Ranch II’ race. Greta placed first in all three races. I couldn’t be prouder of my daughter and my dogs!
This year Leona competed in her first race at the Colorado Mountain Mushers ‘Snow Mountain Ranch II’ where she placed first in the sportsman class. Her team consisted of Hook (10 years old), Owl (10 years old), Suki (1 year old) and Nevel (1 year old). Hook has raced in most of my previous races, including several Iditarods. Owl raced in two Iditarods. I see a bright future for Leona in dog sledding!