Dr. Jennifer Freking, DVM
Jennifer grew up near Cambridge, MN and has been
training and racing sled dogs since she was 9 years old.
She began racing her dogs in Junior 3 dog class at North
Star Sled Dog Club races in 1990. She ran her first
mid-distance event in 1994 and loved the silence and
beauty of the longer trails.
She finished 50th of 80 teams in
the 2008 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, 9 seconds ahead
of Blake! She was awarded the Most Inspirational Musher
Award, an honor nominated and voted on by the other
Iditarod competators after overcoming serious setbacks
before and during the race.
finished 2nd in her Rookie Year racing in the Beagrease
Marathon in 2005 with our second string and finished
3rd, 10 minutes behind Blake, in the 2006 Beargrease
Marathon! A couple weeks later, she finished 4th in the
2006 UP 200.
has competed in three international junior sprint races,
winning both the Harry Wheeler International Children's
Race in St. Paul and the Trofeo Topolino in Ponte di
Legno, Italy in 1997. She was awarded the European Trail
Club's Most Promising Junior Musher Trophy in 1996. In
1998, she and twelve of her dogs spent six months
training at the Norris' Howling Dog Farm with Earl and
Natalie Norris and Iditarod Musher Shawn Sidelinger. She
placed seventh of twenty teams in the 1998 Jr. Iditarod.
finished 6th at the 2004 Apostle Island Sled Dog Race of
51 teams and 5th at the 2004 Empire Sled Dog Race,
averaging over 13 mph for 34 miles per day! Other races
Jen competed in include Beargrease 150 4th, Can-Am 60
8th, Ship Ahoy 100, Sheep Creek Christmas Classic, the
Mid-Minnesota Sled Dog Race, the Elton, WI 80, and The
Flute Reed Challenge, and numerous sprint races
including Cannon Falls, Detroit Lakes, Nicolai Sprints,
Grantsburg, and Babbit.
Jennifer Freking graduated from the University of
Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in May 2004 and
practices large and small animal medicine at the Ely
Veterinary Clinic in Ely, MN.