Derek is new to the mushing scene, but as a partner in Ryno Kennel, he jumped right in! From welding puppy pens to constructing a flatbed to building a dog box, Derek has been instrumental in helping grow the kennel. 

In the summers, Derek works for Alaska Fire Service as a smokejumper. When not working, Derek is flying, trapping, or hunting with Jezzy, our Wirehaired Pointing Griffon.

His first race was the 2014 Chatanika 100. Expect to see him in more upcoming races!