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Box 631, Haliburton, Ontario, Canada
Phone: 1-705-457-5281
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Mushing is a way of life around here and we are thrilled that dogsledding is the type of sport that our whole family can participate in.

Hank DeBruin

Hank runs our fastest and biggest string of dogs, his goal of running the Iditarod has been the focus of our life and kennel for the past 17 years.  Hanks life pre-husky was in the agriculture industry.  Growing up on a dairy farm, he worked on farms for 10 years before pursueing a career in agriculture millwrighting and still does some of that  work when not running dogs. He is an incredibly focused person who loves nothing better than heading out into the wilderness with our treasured dogs and his committment to them and theirs to him is 120%.  While you can go faster with an Alaskan Husky our commitment has stayed with the Beautiful, head strong Siberian and working on how to best showcase the true distance potential of this amazing breed. Hank has run Iditarod 2010 & 2012, Yukon Quest 2011 & 2014 as well as the Hudson Bay Quest, Seney 300, Defi Taiga, Up200, Beargrease and Can Am 250.   A journalist (Erin Lynch) went dogsledding with Hank several years ago and wrote this about his love of running dogs and his relationship with them.

"Watching men who love their jobs work is like watching the stars come out when the world is muffled by snow and you can almost hear them sing. DeBruin is one of those men. He gets a bigger rush out of running the dogs than racing his V-Max motorcycle at 180 miles per hour   DeBruin walked between the teams of dogs asking them if they were ready to run. He knelt down, his face even with Dixie and Chinook, my lead dogs, as he worked them up and ruffled their fur. All the dogs started barking like a pack of teenagers at a concert when a hot singer yells, "Are you ready to rock?"  The excitement built as DeBruin worked his way down the gangline. Energy flowed from DeBruin to the dogs and back. It crackled in the air and seeped through multiple layers of clothes to infuse me with excitement."

Logan McCready-DeBruin

At 16 Logan is following in his dad's footsteps and they often can be found talking dogs and Logan goes out on many training runs.  Logan set a goal to run the Junior Iditarod when we was about 4 years old and plans to be in Alaska to fulfill that goal the winter of 2017. .  He has been racing 1-6 dog dogteams since he was 3 in the Haliburton Highlands Dogsled Derby that we organize every year.  He has also competed in the Kearney Dogsled Races and the Bancroft 25 mile race. This winter he is training to join his Dad at the Seney 300 mile race in Michigan. He will run one team of 10 of the raceteam dogs and Hank the other 10. Besides running and caring for the dogs, Logan is a dedicated Karate student.

Dustyn McCready-DeBruin

14 year old Dustyn is following in Dad's and big brothers steps and also loves running and playing with dogs.  Dustyn loves having fun over all else and currently runs and races a 4 dog team and does very well with them. He is more interested in sprint racing than distance runs.  He is however picking some of Dad's fastest dogs lately rather than being happy with our older, slower dogs like he was a year ago.  Dustyn has also been competing in our local race since he was 3 and has also competed in the Kearney Dogsled Race and the Bancroft 25 mile race. His claim to fame was having a local photographer win a photo contest with a picture of him running Harley in the kid & mutt race in 2007.  As a result the picture was posted on the Kodak billboard in Times Square, New York City the opening day of the Iditarod 2007 to wish mushers good luck, the year Lance Mackey started his domination of the sport! Dustyn also has another favourite winter sport and curls on several teams.

Michaela McCready-DeBruin

At 10 years of age Michaela's dogsledding expereince is more limited than her father and brothers to say the least, but she loves playing and training our puppies, going for rides with Dad and the guides.  At 2 she was persitant on taking "her" sled to the 2008 Haliburton races and running in the kid & mutt race.  She and Devil got 2nd.  Damion Robb of the Jamaican Dogsled Team insisted on getting his picture taken with her, the youngest musher he had ever met! Michaela has run the Kidd & Mutt race in Haliburton every year since having placed first twice. She plans on running a 2 dog team in the Youth race this winter. She is also busy training her pup Gypsy to be an agility dog. Michaela also loves horses & ballet.

Jessica McCready-DeBruin

Jessica is the youngest at 8 years old, and has also been racing since she was 2 years old in the Kid & Mutt race at the Haliburton Derby with her dog Martini. While Martini is getting to be a senior Jessica doesn't care that he runs a little slower and doesn't win anymore, he is her dog!! She hopes to run Martini with another dog this winter in the Youth race and if busy playing with and giving lots of love to Martini's daughter Zena who was born the fall of 2015. Jessica also loves dancing.


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