The Order of the Red Lantern

Introductory note: It is a tradition that the last place finisher in any mushing competition be awarded a red lantern.


My name is Gary Hughes-Fenchel, and I am proud to be one of the most successful Red Lantern racers currently racing. For those who have attended the same races I have, you'll remember me as the man with the sort-of racing collie and sort-of racing Samoyed.

Many who covet the Red Lantern look down their noses at those who compete for first place in races, but I say … let each team have their own personal goal. I will share my secrets as to how I have successfully trained my dogs to smell the flowers (and sometimes eat them) even during a race. These are approaches that have worked for me:

Copyright 2011 by Gary Hughes-Fenchel