In 2017, Founder and Chairman of the Board D. Gary Young competed in two Alaskan dogsled races and you helped us raise more than $40,000 to build 8 homes in the rural village of Yarsa, Nepal.

IN 2018,

GARY WANTS YOU TO SUPPORT THE YL BRAND AMBASSADORS TO HIT A NEW MARK!

Help us rebuild 10 more homes!

Show your support by donating today. One hundred percent of every donation will go directly to building the remaining homes in the village of Yarsa, Nepal.

mushing to victory

Don’t miss out on the thrill of the race!


Mush! Mush! As some of the world’s premier animal athletes engage in demanding competition, Young Living Founder and Chairman of the Board D. Gary Young encourages you to support our Brand Ambassadors JR Anderson, Jessie Royer, and Mitch Seavey as they take to the sleds to push their dogs to victory. We’re entering the season of some of the globe’s most challenging races and are ready to cheer our champions—canine and human alike—on to the finish line.

To find out how you can see the races, check out the information below. We’ll see you on the tracks!

Wyoming Stage Stop Race

YL Racers: JR Anderson

January 26–February 3

Pedigree® Stage Stop Race

The only race of its kind, the Wyoming Stage Stop Race begins in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and travels throughout the state and Idaho before it finishes in Teton County, Wyoming. This race was created in 1966 to showcase the state of Wyoming and as a way to make dog sled races more accessible to the public. This race will feature Young Living Brand Ambassador JR Anderson. Cheer on JR at any of the stage stops; check the website for detailed times and information

Beargrease— Duluth, Minnesota

YL Racers: Jessie Royer

January 28–31

John Beargrease Dog Sled Marathon

This Iditarod qualifier is the longest sled race in the lower 48 states. It was established in 1980 and will host more than 60 world-class mushers and more than 500 volunteers! All the checkpoints and road crossings are easily accessible to the public, making this a great opportunity to cheer on our teams. Brand Ambassador Jessie Royer, who trains Gary’s dogs at the Skyrider Ranch in Tabiona, Utah, will be competing in this epic race. Come support Jessie as she makes her way to victory!

2018 Young Living Race to the Sky—Helena, Montana

YL Racers: Jessie Royer

February 9–13

Race to the Sky

Montana’s favorite winter event is in its 33rd year! Young Living is proud to be the premier sponsor of this elite race. We encourage our members to join us for the thrill of being up close as the excitement of powerful sled dog teams surrounds you. Feel the chill and the drama as snow flies into the air when teams rush past. YL Brand Ambassador Jessie Royer will be competing in this exhilarating race. Bundle up and bring your best cheering voice to help our team cross the finish line!

Copper Dog 150—Calumet, Michigan

YL Racers: JR Anderson

March 2–4

Copper Dog 150

On a narrow finger of land on Michigan’s upper peninsula, near the cold waters of Lake Superior, is Calumet, Michigan. Averaging 241 inches of snowfall per year, it’s the ideal home for teams of sled dogs to rush across icy terrain. One of the newest races in the sled dog circuit, the Copper Dog 150 started in 2009, but it has already made a name for itself, attracting mushers from around the world. Young Living Brand Ambassador JR Anderson will be mushing his way to victory, and this is the perfect opportunity for Young Living members in the Midwest to pull out their warmest clothes and cheer on an international favorite!

Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race—Anchorage, Alaska

YL Racers: Mitch Seavey, Jessie Royer

March 3–18

Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race

The Iditarod is one of Alaska’s iconic winter events and the mark of peak performance for sled dog racers, and we are thrilled to support Young Living Ambassadors Mitch Seavey and Jessie Royer in the “Last Great Race on Earth.” The Iditarod is a grueling challenge for both human and canine competitors. Stretching 1,150 miles from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska, the race is run on historic trails used in the gold rush, crossing mountains, rivers, forests, and tundra.

This is the ultimate opportunity to cheer on our champions to victory!

about our racers

JR Anderson

JR Anderson is a native Minnesotan who has dedicated more than 25 years to the sport of performance canines. Through research, training, and competitive sled dog racing, JR has developed a keen knowledge of a dog’s ability to perform at accelerated levels. Nutritional, mental, and emotional balance are critical to maintaining peak performance for all canines, according to JR. He is a top competitor at the International Pedigree Stage Stop sled dog race and past champion of the Copper Dog 150.
When they’re not training dogs, JR and his wife, Anna, raise the youngest dog trainers in their family: their children Sara and Eli. Young Living's essential oils are a cornerstone to JR's lifestyle and his dog team.

Jessie Royer

Jessie grew up on a Montana cattle ranch where she developed a love for animals at an early age. She started her sled dog career young, hitching her border collie, Bear, up with a horse harness to help her pull firewood to the house and hay to the goats. At 15, she saw her first sled dog race and was able to ride with some of the mushers; she got her first sled dog, Nelson, a few weeks later. At 17, she became the youngest person to win the Race to the Sky 500-mile race with her 16-dog team. She lived in Alaska for 14 years, training for and competing in dog races, including the Iditarod, which she finished in 14th place on her first attempt, earning her the Rookie of the Year award. Over the next 10 years of competition, she finished in the top 20, including three appearances in the top 10.

Mitch Seavey

Mitch Seavey moved with his family to Alaska in 1963 and began mushing with his father that same year. Mitch’s father ran the very first Iditarod in 1973 and was a founder of Alaska’s Last Great Race. Mitch competed in his first Iditarod in 1982 at the age of 22, then turned his attention to raising four sons with his wife, Janine. In 1995, Mitch returned to the Iditarod, becoming the first and only living musher in 75 years to complete the entire Iditarod trail from Seward to Nome. He has competed in every Iditarod since.
Mitch has worked hard to be an innovator in every aspect of the sport, and he is one of the most competitive mushers on the trail. Mitch won the Iditarod in 2004, was the winner of the All Alaska Sweepstakes in 2008, and became the Iditarod’s oldest musher ever to win at the age of 53 in 2013. At the 2017 Iditarod, Mitch not only broke his own record of oldest winning musher when he finished in first place at the age of 57, but he also broke the world record by finishing the race eight hours faster than the previous record holder.