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  • Iditarod, Yukon Quest, Norton Sound 450

    Iditarod, Yukon Quest, Norton Sound 450

    Sled Dog Racing

  • Learn how to run your own dog team

    Learn how to run your own dog team

    Your adventure begins now

  • Summer Fun

    Summer Fun

    Enjoy a sled dog cart ride

  • Be a sponsor

    Be a sponsor

    Join the team

About Michelle Phillips and Ed Hopkins

Michelle Phillips and Ed Hopkins run Tagish Lake Kennel. Combined, they have more than 40 years' experience mushing dogs in mid-distance and longer races. Ed started racing dogs 27 years ago. He began his mushing career in 1986 handling dogs for Harry Sutherland. After a few years of running his own team, Ed handled dogs for Susan Butcher for two seasons and ran her yearlings in the Yukon Quest in... >> read more

Michelle Speaks at TEDx

Michelle Phillips was honored to be asked to speak at the 2013 TEDx event in Whitehorse, Yukon. The theme Michelle spoke on was "A Journey with Dogs." See the video.Michelle Getting Kissed


"Ed and Michelle are an inspiration to people of all ages. They generate a tremendously positive response from listeners who in their hearts have always secretly wanted to be dog mushers . Or not so secretly." My Yukon Life podcast radio

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Live your dream of being a musher

Run your own team of Iditarod and Yukon Quest veterans through
a snowy Yukon forest.

Some call it mystical

Experience the unique bond that exists between a dog team and their human.

Learn what it takes

Condition and care for a team of world-class athletes on four legs. >> read more

Fun For Kids

Your kids (and you) will love meeting the husky puppies at Caribou Crossing.

Meet the puppies

Warm and Fuzzy

From the pup's first days at Tagish Lake Kennel, socialization with other dogs, children, and adults is emphasized and encouraged. The result? Dogs that are bred for professional racing with a friendly disposition and family-friendly attitude.


You're In Great Hands

Your guides: Michelle Phillips, multiple Yukon Quest and Iditarod racer, and her fellow mushers with years of experience handling dogs and running their own sled dog kennels. Sit back and enjoy the ride as they lead a team of dogs down the trail, pulling you along with them.

Getting ready

Join a winning team

Sponsor Tagish Lake Kennel to join Team Michelle Phillips and Ed Hopkins, Iditarod and Yukon Quest veterans.

Join the winners' podium

Picture yourself sitting with Michelle Phillips at the Iditarod Mushers' Banquet. Receive signed and framed race photos, monthly Tagish Lake Kennel newsletters, in-depth post-race journals, acknowledgement on the kennel and official Iditarod websites, your company logo displayed on Tagish Lake Kennel’s truck(s) and on patches worn by Michelle and Ed as well as on their sled bags.*

Contact Tagish Lake Kennel to become an official sponsor.

*All scenarios based on level of sponsorship