The purpose of this Association is:
A. the evolution of the use of dogs as working animals for sport and companionship by conducting races, demonstrations, and events.
B. the dissemination of information to members and to the general public about the use of dogs as working animals.
C. the safe, humane, and knowledgeable care, treatment, training, and use of dogs.
D. the perpetuation of good and proper sportsmanship and camaraderie among those who participate in races, demonstrations, meetings, gatherings, and events.
our elected officials
Susan Scofield, President
Susan Scofield has been working with Siberian Huskies since she purchased her first Siberian in 2000 as a present for her son. That small event changed her life, leading to a joy and passion for Siberian Huskies. She is currently President of Northwest Sled Dog Association. Susan runs Stargazer Siberian Sanctuary which provides a permanent home for Siberian Huskies that are not adoptable for a variety of reasons; medical, behavioral, age.
Connie Starr, Secretary
Connie works full time as a musher, growing her team from 2-3 dogs while borrowing various dogs to give her team some umph. She is now running Team Wenopullyou with 7 dogs. Connie is our Secretary which means she does a LOT.
Judge Sullivan, Vice President
Ingrid Earle, Treasurer
Engineer by day, musher all other waking hours. Ingrid is integral to the leadership team working hard to put on good races and manage our finances.
Ingrid mostly runs Jupiter now, Zoe in recent years and in the past, a number of malamutes.
Trustee Matt Hamel
Matt got his first sled dog in 2007, and began scootering and skijoring, and added a second dog a few months down the slippery slope. On late, rainy, cold nights after the little dogs go to bed, you could find him training on the scooter around Green Lake in Seattle. After racing the 2-dog circuit for a couple of years, the enjoyment of longer mile runs, and the opportunity to borrow and train some awesome long-distance dogs brought him to the 6-mid and 8-mid classes. He has won the NWSDA Championships several times in the 2-dog and 6-mid classes and was the 2012-13 Pacific Northwest Championship 6-mid Champion, competing in races in Oregon, Idaho and Washington. The 2017-2018 season found him training longer miles, and racing in Montana’s Race to the Sky 100 and Flathead Classic, increasing his appreciation for the resilience of the dogs, and the value of excellent dog care to keep them going.
Matt lives in Seattle and is married with two daughters. He is an historic preservation architect, and enjoys telemark & x-c skiing, blacksmithing and gardening when not out with the dogs.