A Canine Cooperative
It started as a dream to live simply and sustainably, surrounded by wilderness, friends, and most importantly sled dogs.
With the purchase of a 150-acre parcel of forgotten land, our dream became reality. Subdivided amongst our three kennels we have created a community of mushers where dogs are life.
MEET THE founders
Ryno Kennel is home to 2017 Copper Basin Champion and Iditarod and Yukon Quest finisher, Ryne Olson and her 40 Alaskan Huskies. In addition to top finishes, Ryne has been awarded both Vet's Choice and Sportsmanship awards during her racing career. Founded five years ago by Ryne Olson and Derek Patton, Ryno Kennel strives to build a competitive kennel from puppies on up with a focus on happy, healthy dogs. While Ryne enjoys training and racing, Derek prefers flying with his team deep into the backcountry where he runs a trapline with his main leader, Frosty.
Smokin' Ace Kennels
Smokin' Ace Kennels is home to the 2017 Yukon Quest Champion & 2016 Copper Basin Champion Matt Hall and fiancé Amanda Brooks. For the first couple of years, Hall was the youngest musher to compete in the Yukon Quest, being only 21 years old on his rookie run and is now the second youngest musher to ever win the Quest at the age of 25. We race on the values that their dogs' health and spirit comes first and have been honored to receive the Veterinarian's Choice Award in multiple reputable races over the years, upholding our promise to our dogs and fans.
Tukaway Sled Dog Kennel
Tukaway Sled Dog Kennel is an up-and-coming distance racing kennel owned and managed by Chase Tingle. Though his dogs are still young, Chase's goals are to run the Yukon Quest and the Iditarod. To the team of Tukaway, running long and sleeping less under the darkness of the Alaskan winters illuminated by the dancing Aurora Borealis is motivation to continue on! Chase's positive attitude is reflected in his cheerful dog team. They really embody the Tukaway motto: Run Long Sleep Less!