Please come and join us. Check out our yearly goals for races and fun events. Willow Dog Mushers Association (WDMA) meetings are the 4th Wednesday of every month.

The Board of Directors are volunteers voted in by fellow members of the WDMA.

Robert Sexton


My family and I own and operate High Country Dog Sled Tours. Our kennel is home to 40 loving sled dogs, eight of which are enjoying life after running. We do limited racing and give dog sled rides. I’m also involved with Ikidarod, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping children with special needs. We help by offering sled dog rides and donating needed items with assistance from our partner agencies. I am also the volunteer Race Manager for the annual Knik 200 and Knik 100 sled dog races.

Christine Stitt

Vice President

I have lived in Willow for 15 years. I have been active with WDMA for the last 10 years as either a club member of board member. I organize the Willow Jr. 100 Sled Dog Race for children 12-17. WDMA has been a huge part of this race with their continued support. As a board member I am interested in supporting junior races as a club. My family has been active with mushing for the last 13 years, and I support WDMA with their current goals, including dog care and awareness in the community.

Marianne Schoppmeyer


My family and I live, work, and play in Willow year round. We originally began our involvement with dogs with Alaskan Malamutes several years ago and participated in weight pull events with these gentle giants. My daughter became involved in running dogs recently and has since acquired a small kennel of her own. We are both active members of WDMA and believe in preserving the mushing lifestyle.

Sue Morgan


I started running dogs while living in Utah in 1999 and became hooked on distance mushing after finishing my first 50 mile race in Seeley Lake, Montana. Eventually that led to the dream of running Iditarod.  My first try was in 2006 but scratched due to an injury. I had to try again and finished in 2008. It  was an amazing adventure. After moving to Willow in 2009 I joined WDMA to help advocate for the mushing lifestyle.

Tracey Schaeffer

Member at Large

I moved to Willow four years ago from the Kotzebue area. With my husband Chuck and daughter Bailey we own Ivik Kennels, named after the area where we lived in up north. We have about 20 dogs and run primarily middle distance. Bailey began racing last year, running the Willow Jr 100 and the Jr. Iditarod. I would like to see dog mushing and racing remain a vital part of this community and more opportunities for junior mushers.

Josh Schlosser, Jenny Evans

Members at Large