#1 — Maria Torgerson from Red Lodge, Montana.

She’s 16 years old and grew up in a small cabin in the woods outside of Helena, Montana. Maria wr

ites in her race application biography that her only companions growing up were 15 retired racing Alaskan Huskies. Maria was riding in a dog sled before she learned to walk. As the daughter of veteran Pedigree Stage Stop competitor, Dave Torgerson, she shares his love of the sport and for the racing husky breeds. In the past few years, she’s trained in mushing, dog obedience, showmanship, and agility as well as being a volunteer and handler at the Stage Stop Race since 2015. This will be Maria’s first year running the Eukanuba 8-Dog Classic.