Lynda Plettner, owner of Plettner Kennels, is a 11 time finisher of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race. She came to Alaska after training horses in CA for twenty years. Because of her love of animals, the shortage of horses but abundance of sled dogs, Lynda turned her training skills to the dog world. Her knowledge, patience, and perseverance earned her a very respectable position of finishing twentieth in the 2002 Iditarod.
The 2002 Iditarod was Lynda’s best ever, not only because of receiving the “Most Improved Musher Award”, which moved her from sixty-sixth place in 2001 to twentieth in 2002, but because of receiving the prestigious and most coveted “ Leonhard Seppela Humanitarian Award”. This award is presented by the veterinarians working on the Trail, and is given to the musher with the healthiest, happiest and biggest dog team arriving in Nome. Lynda says that she had “thirteen barking, happy, line pounding dogs at the finish line”. This indeed was her best experience of her mushing career and she is looking forward to many more.
Lynda loves participating in the Iditarod because she enjoys crossing the state of Alaska “on a vacation” with a dog team. There is no better way to see, feel, taste and smell the beauty of the state. She loves being alone out in the wilderness with her beloved and trusted companions, facing the challenges together.
Lynda has worked vigorously to accomplish what she has at her kennel, and therefore is an excellent role model for young girls. Young female mushing enthusiasts can certainly learn through Lynda, that their dreams of mushing can come true with effort, listening, learning and commitment. She expects a lot from her mushing students, but then she in turn is willing to share all she has learned. Hard working, honest and courageous role models are important in our world today, and Lynda Plettner is at the top of the list.
The Iditarod will come to you!
Lynda Plettner and one of her sled dogs will join you and share the history, geography, preparation and motivation required for such a rigorous and physically demanding sport. Hear stories of the dangers and demands of the trail and interact with Lynda with your questions.
Book Lynda to talk at your school, community and businesses.