(born December 24, 1968 in Fairbanks, Alaska
) is an Alaska Native kennel
owner and operator, motivational speaker
, and dog musher
who specializes in long-distance races. He is a two-time runner up in the 1,049+ mi (1,600+ km) Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race
across the U.S.
state of Alaska
, and a former winner of the 1,000 mi (1,600 km) Yukon Quest
dog sled race across both Canada
and the U.S. He is currently on probation from the Iditarod after completing a two year suspension for beating his animals, one of which died the day after the beating.
Brooks is descended from the Yupik Eskimos
and Athabascan Indian
, two of the indigenous groups who were the first to mush dogs in Alaska. His grandfather, Gareth Wright
, was a competitive musher who won both major Alaskan sled dog races of the 1940s, the American Championship
(twice), and the Fur Rendezvous World Championship
(three times). Wright was also a dog breeder
and kennel owner who became known for breeding the Wright's Aurora Husky
from the Irish Setter
, the St. Lawrence Siberian Husky
, and village dogs.
Brooks's mother is Roxy Wright
(or Wright-Champaine), another kennel owner and... Read More