Position: Musher and Dog Trainer
Home State: Missouri
Richie was born in Affton, Missouri and grew up in Davenport, Iowa and Rockford, Illinois. He graduated from Northern Michigan University in 2008 and worked for a year up in Michigan before he returned to the St. Louis area and went back to school to get his dog training certificate.
There was never a plan to have a dog sled team until a runaway Siberian Husky found Richie (on rollerblades) and Koivu while they were out on a run. Koivu and the runaway husky pulled Richie back to his car and he was immediately hooked.
With no mentor, Richie assembled a six dog team with two borrowed dogs. He began training his team while they pulled him on rollerblades. Richie completed his first race, the Jack Pine 30, in February of 2012 and the Breakaway Kennels sled dog team has been growing ever since.