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 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.
ATAO Kennel is the distance and mid-distance racing sled dog kennel of Mari Troshynski in Fairbanks, Alaska. Mari’s goals are to keep a small kennel of happy, heathy teammates who get to do what they love most of all: run. Along the way, their aim is to compete in the premier Alaskan and Yukon sled dog races such as the Iditarod and Yukon Quest. Onward!
Frozen Trident Kennel
Jeff and his wife Jeri moved to Alaska in the summer of 2017 with the hopes of starting a sled dog kennel over the next several years. Little did they know that once they set the ball in motion, their hopes would turn into a reality in less than one year. The goal at Frozen Trident is to keep the kennel as small as possible while still having enough dogs to eventually become competitive in long distance mushing races.