Jen was a Rookie in 2009 and finished 43rd.
Jen Seavey, 22, was born in Montana. She grew up
on large cattle ranches in Montana and New Mexico.
She says she's been working with animals her whole
live and started training horses when she was six
years old. She didn't grow up around sled dogs and
didn't know any mushers, but "when I was in first
grade, I decided that I was going to move to Alaska
and run the Iditarod." Her dad made her a sled out
of a milk crate and some old skis. She harnessed
her German shepherd in a horse halter and made him
tow her around. "When I was 18, I stumbled upon an
ad on the Internet for handlers at the Seavey's
Iditarod Racing Kennel. After a couple of phone
calls, I decided that college would have to wait,
and I bought a one-way ticket to Alaska. I met my
husband, Dallas Seavey, when he picked me up at the
airport. I handled for the Seavey kennel for two
winters and worked as a tour guide in the summers.
Dallas and I now spend our summers in Anchorage
running the WildRide Sled Dog Rodeo." Her hobbies
are horsemanship, dog training and writing.
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