Austin Forney’s Team Leader

Mattie is a LEAD DOG! She came to me from retiring musher, Jerry Bath, in 2018. Jerry told me she was “special” and it wasn’t until a few years later when I understood how special she is. She’s led my team for five consecutive Stage Stop races from 2019 to 2023. During those 5 races she was not only the captain of the team but she also helped me grow and gain confidence at Stage Stop. The Stage Stop is a very mentally and physically challenging race but with Mattie being up front showing me how special she was. She led the team in every stage; I could just sit back and relax on the runners ’cause, with Mattie up front, she made it look easy. Mattie is a first-ballot Hall of Fame sled dog!