Meet the Musher

Jaye Foucher

A graduate of Musician's Institute, Jaye spent 15 years pursuing a career in music, releasing 2 independent CDs and rising to some notoriety in the rock music industry as one of the top female guitarists of the late 90's-early 2000's.

Jaye became interesting in dog-mushing after purchasing a siberian husky puppy as a pet in April 2000. That fall she started attending sleddog events and races, hitched her then 9-month old siberian to a mountain bike, and the rest is history.

Less than two years later Jaye moved from Waltham Massachusetts up to the Lakes Region of New Hampshire with 3 siberians in order to be closer to trails and snow. Two weeks after moving to NH she got a fourth siberian; two months later a fifth arrived and number six arrived less than a month after that. A few years later she began her own breeding program.

From the very beginning Jaye was interested in distance racing. In 2003 Jaye ran her first sleddog race on snow, The Craftsbury 30 Miler. Two years later she entered her first 60 mile race, and in 2007 finished the Can-Am 250 as a rookie. Since then she has completed multiple 250-400 mile races including the Beargrease Marathon in Minnesota and the UP200 in Michigan, as well as many shorter races.

In August of 2021 she took 25 dogs to Willow Alaska for the fall & winter season to begin training for the 2022 Iditarod Trail Race, a sled dog race that traverses 1,049 miles of remote wilderness from Anchorage to Nome. A serious accident with her team in late January of 2022, however, set those plans back and she returned to New Hampshire to rebuild before attempting the Iditarod again.

Jaye is currently the President of North Country Mushers and is the co-founder of NH's only stage race The Great North Woods Sled Dog Challenge.