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2017 Yukon Quest 1,000 Race Team Lineup

RACE DATE:  February 4, 2017 RACE LOCATION:  Whitehorse, Yukon MUSHER:  Brent Sass RACE TEAM LINEUP: Sound Celia Neon Chica Insley Sluice Merc Carbon Mattie Krypton Doc Caputo Heath...

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2017 Kuskokwim 300 Race Team Lineup

RACE DATE:  January 20, 2017 RACE LOCATION:  Bethel, Alaska MUSHER:  Brent Sass RACE TEAM LINEUP: Sound Celia Cat Neon Insley Sluice Cal LC Caputo Krypton Yukon...

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2017 Copper Basin 300 Race Team Lineup

RACE DATE:  January 14th, 2017 RACE LOCATION:  Glennallen, Alaska MUSHER:  Tim Muto RACE TEAM LINEUP: U-Turn Merc Louise Josephine Heath Nitro Chica Doc Sasha Tastey Mattie...

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NEW Silver FLEXFIT® Trucker Hats Have Arrived!

Hey Wild and Free fans, many of you have seen them around and now they are available for purchase - new Silver FLEXFIT® Trucker Hats!  This new hat, with Comfort-Fit design, stretches to fit a wide variety of head sizes so the only decision you need to make is black...

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Check out this new fan raffle fundraiser!

2016-2017 Wild and Free Mushing Raffle Fundraiser Thank you for your continued support throughout our training and race season. Whether it is by truck, plane, or dog sled, the Wild and Free team has hundreds of miles to travel to get to the races. It can cost upwards...

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MEET BRENT SASS

Brent is the “attitude is everything” inspiration, fireball of energy and determination, remarkable man of character, and intrepid leader of Wild and Free. Mushing is Brent’s life and he lives for his dogs and the opportunity to be on the trail exploring Alaska with his four-legged companions. Never satisfied, Brent and Wild and Free Mushing are in the midst of an exciting time with the goal of moving farther and faster down the trail.
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There's nothing easy about hitting that help button on the tracker. Turns out I know that feeling more than most.

We learned from our mistakes in previous races and set up a schedule that included more rest and shorter runs than any race we'd done in recent memory. Everything went as planned and we had banked tons of extra rest.

Traveling up that damned Birch Creek, one of my rookie dogs, 3 year old Healy fell over on his side in mid stride without any signs or warnings. After wrapping him in my sleeping bag and loading him up, I decided I wouldn't take my planned rest just up ahead, but instead would carry him straight to Central to get him to a vet. He was alert and stable.

Twenty minutes later, his brother Caputo did exactly the same thing. I stopped the team and decided to camp there. After three hours of monitoring the brothers and looking after the others, I decided to carry them to Central.

140 pounds of dog in the bag wasn't doing it. We'd have made it, but I wanted the brothers checked out sooner than I could get them there. I hit the button. The Quest interpreted the situation perfectly and I was so relieved to see Head Vet Nina Hansen appear on a snow machine with the head trail breaker, Mike Reitz. Nina checked the dogs over, confirmed they were stable, and then carried them back to the checkpoint.

I've always believed that if you hit the button, your race is over. The Quest Race Marshal felt that the hurried attention to the dogs warranted hitting the button and urged me to run the dogs to Central so they could consider other penalty options to possibly keep us in the race. I appreciate that they were willing to consider an option that could keep a team in the race, but I couldn't accept it. I was too shook up.

Everyone who follows my kennel knows that Healy and Caputo's father, a Golden Harness winner, died suddenly and unexpectedly not too long ago. I often carry Basin's collar on my sled, he's tattooed to my chest, and his name tag is sewn to the hood of my jacket. When I saw his boys crash like that, I feared the worst. I'm thankful that they're happy and healthy today! I don't know what to think about what looks like some sort of genetic issue and the future careers of these boys and their siblings. We have a lot to figure out and I've already been in touch with some very smart vet med folks to start that process.

Sorry to everyone that we didn't get to race this one to the finish. It was shaping up to be a true classic. Best of luck to everyone still on the trail.

Until next time, be Wild and Free.
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Sarah RobinsonI believe xxx1 month ago   ·  2
Jamie Heather McgeeGlad you and the dogs are safe. Better luck on the Iditarod!1 month ago   ·  2
Yvonne Jacobsen CzarniakYou are doing what's best for you and the team. Good luck with your findings. <31 month ago   ·  3
Joanne BaileyOMG. So thankful to hear your story. Thanks for updating us all personally. Always Wild and Free with just another reason to BElieve. All the best to you and those amazing dogs.1 month ago   ·  4
Allisha LynnBrent Sass never be apologetic to doing what is right!!!!!!! Love ya bud! We all do!!! 💕1 month ago   ·  4
Pascale BurnetWild and Free FOR EVER! happy the boys are ok and hope you can find out what is going on. I am a very proud Wild and Free Mushing fan 🙂 Cheerrioooo!1 month ago   ·  5
Monica Sears💙🐾🐾1 month ago
Michelle DonerI feel you did the right thing. Your babies are your life. No reason to jeopardize them, the team or yourself worrying about them. We know you will be back. Wild and Free1 month ago
Neish Fuller-RadgoskyI Believe.1 month ago
Sasha St JohnI always love following your races, Brent!1 month ago
Debbie Kanya WallenGood man scruples ♡1 month ago   ·  1
Tupp BeckerBrent, people don't love you and follow you because you win races, that's a bonus when it happens, people love you and follow you because of your character.1 month ago   ·  19
Lisa McGeeSo sad to hear the circumstances that you were under when you had to push the help button. Much respect to you for looking out for the well being of your dogs and putting them first.1 month ago   ·  2
Lisa BroseYou're an amazing person. It's always for the good of the dogs. Hope you find some answers soon for these two and their siblings.1 month ago   ·  3
Sam Renee CrawfordNo apology necessary!!! Keep up the great career!!!1 month ago   ·  1
Sherry Carlson LaBarYou are AMAZING!!!!!1 month ago   ·  1
Madeleine KellySO GLAD TO SEE YOU and the boys smiling and happy. Bummer about the race but looking forward to seeing you and the boys on the next one. Best of luck. #WildandFree1 month ago   ·  2
Pam West McConkeyYour a winner. Your dogs came before anything. A true winner In many eyes. Wild and Free.1 month ago   ·  4
Lucy Chaplin TrumbullAww, nothing so shocking as seeing your dog(s) suddenly go down (and to see them tumbling like dominos, doubly so)(and knowing Basin's history, triply so). I'm glad that you were at least close to the checkpoint/road system and able to get help quickly. So glad to hear they're doing well. Hugs.1 month ago   ·  3
Amy BockelmanYou did the best thing for your dogs, and that's what really counts in the big picture. I'm glad they're doing better and hope you find some answers. Wild and Free will rise again!!1 month ago   ·  1
Tim MutoLol merc with the photobomb1 month ago   ·  7
Barbara CanfieldThank-you for loving the dogs. This is exactly why you are great.1 month ago   ·  2
Liisa NielsenDogs come first!! Good on ya. 💙🐾💙1 month ago
Brian FredericksenA man true to his dogs.1 month ago   ·  2
Tim SmithYou did the right thing brother! The good of the pack always trumps a trophy!1 month ago   ·  2

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Sarah HammondGo Wild and Free!!1 month ago
Gay Knapp MariniWe are ready to be wild n free!,1 month ago
Wanda Adams HenryLoving these posts from Western North Carolina.1 month ago
Carolyn MielkeHey Brent. Keep going and think positive running to get there as you can and need pass as long your musher dogs ready run fast. Smile1 month ago
Katerina PaleckovaYay! Go Team Wild and Free! I believe!1 month ago
Beth BrothersI believe!1 month ago   ·  1
Jeannette U. Stephan SchuldtIt's your race, Brent... WILD AND FREE 🐺1 month ago
Chelsea TallmanGo, go, go! I believe!!!!1 month ago
Sharon Barlow JohnstonI Believe!!! See you at the finish line!! Run fast, run safe, run smart...1 month ago   ·  3
Richard-Pamela JonesWishing for a strong Wild and Free finish from New Jersey!1 month ago
Roman KlugWild and Free✋✋✋✋Go Brent you Are the Champion!1 month ago
Rebecca UnderwoodWild an Free!!!1 month ago
Valerie RedfearnGo Wild and Free 🐺🐺 I believe!!!1 month ago
Pascale BurnetI forgot to post mine 🙂 here it is!1 month ago   ·  2
Pascale Burnetand the one with the 2015 Quest winner:1 month ago   ·  6
Patty Unruh ParkinsonGo dogs, go!1 month ago
Marysia JastrzebskiGo, Wild and Free! Run your own race!1 month ago
Wayne Thompsoni believe!1 month ago
Claude RenerBonne course de Belgique Brent Sass on te suis1 month ago
Rick LawsonGreat run so far hope you can turn it up when the time is and go for the win good luck1 month ago
Christine Hansen KingmanFollowing from Wisconsin!1 month ago
Carol CowderyWIN, Wild and Wonderful and Best of All Free. I Believe !!!!!1 month ago
LeeAnn JeyakaranFrom East Central NC, fans for life!1 month ago
Valerie KingGo Wild and Free! We believe!1 month ago   ·  1
Mary Weets BixlerMaurice's-a women's clothing store has a t-shirt with this saying. To bad it is only on the post and not in any stores.1 month ago

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Ashlee MathisWe are in Fairbanks and will be at the finish line 😁1 month ago   ·  11
Sharon LoveSchoolcraft Michigan1 month ago   ·  9
Kim Ber LeeNW Ontario!1 month ago   ·  8
Jeanette Croll-StaleyOark, AR1 month ago   ·  7
Mike VarleyFrankenmuth MI1 month ago   ·  8
Sheree Ragland MorrowNo photos, but I'm always tuned in from N. Texas!1 month ago   ·  7
Jamie LeszczakI believe!!! Photo was taken in the Catskill Mountains last summer. We're from NJ.1 month ago   ·  8
Lauren StewartScotland, UK 😁1 month ago   ·  7
Cara Lee BissonnetteEnjoying my Wild and Free coffee in Whitehorse while watching the tracker after arriving back from Dawson. Go Brent!!!1 month ago   ·  14
Jeanette Croll-StaleyMy granddaughter Violet Washington in Suffolk VA1 month ago   ·  14
Estelle KeiferPhoto last year in St Thomas following from Clinton PA!!1 month ago   ·  7
Travis MortensenEagle Mountain Utah! Wild and Free Baby!1 month ago   ·  9
Sheryl BealScotts Mills, OR1 month ago   ·  9
Peppy SusanThis is not a sled dog! She'd like to drive my car to park in SC, where I watch race on phone 🙂 🙂 :-). Go Wild and Free!!!1 month ago   ·  8
Sarah DerbyMy fan moment was 2011, my first year in Dawson. Brent was coming in around 10pm. I went out to the confluence of the Yukon and Klondike rivers. It was just me. I could see his headlamp coming from far down the river. As he got closer I could see the dogs breath and hear them breath. And I could hear Brent quietly encouraging his dogs. I didn't make a sound but for a minute I felt like I was part of the team. This year I was coming home from seeing the start and I stopped in Carmacks. And who was just coming in Wild and Free. And I got to see him come into Dawson.1 month ago   ·  21
Jan DoyleFan proud!! W&F hoodie and YQ cap out and about in NJ. * I BELIEVE *1 month ago   ·  8
Mathew KlesserEly, MN1 month ago   ·  9
Tracy Reid Walker1 month ago   ·  8
Jackie Sheelar ArtingerOut and about but taking Wild and Free along for the ride! Go Brent Sass!!!1 month ago   ·  5
Chrissy JohnsonLa Pine OR! We believe!1 month ago   ·  7
Sharon MayerNo swag-- yet-- but faithfully following. Kiowa Little Sam in North Florida using his HuMom's phone instead of his own FB Page due to FB Rules1 month ago   ·  4
Evelynne DeceuninckFollowing from Belgium! Go Brent go! Wild and free baby!!!1 month ago   ·  4
Terry NunesAllisha loves you!1 month ago   ·  7
Terry NunesAllisha Lynn is in Florida 😥1 month ago   ·  9
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