Keynote: Tasha Stielstra
Tasha Stielstra, co-owner of Nature’s Kennel Dog Sled Adventures in McMillan, Michigan, will discuss how her career “went to the dogs” Tuesday, Aug. 1 at 8 p.m. in Hoover Auditorium.
Tasha and her husband, Ed, have been involved in mushing together for over 10 years. After both graduated from Michigan State University, Ed was a production supervisor and Tasha was a teacher before deciding to pursue mushing full-time.
After living in Duluth, Minnesota, for several years, they decided to move to Michigan’s Eastern Upper Peninsula, where they operate a distance racing kennel and a sled dog touring business.
Ed is an eight-time Iditarod finisher and both Ed and Tasha have won Marquette’s UP 200 Sled Dog Race.
Tasha and Ed pride themselves on the fact that all 200 of their sled dogs are part of the family. Both have won numerous humanitarian awards for their outstanding dog care.
Their dogs are well known not only for their excellent race history and pedigrees but also for their outstanding personalities. Their dogs are extremely well-socialized and get to visit with hundreds of adults and children each year.