No Yukoner has won the Yukon Quest since the now-retired Hans Gatt of Whitehorse took the title in 2010, and there appears to be nobody in the wings to replace him. Sebastian Schnuelle, another Quest winner, has joined Gatt in retirement. This year, only five Yukoners even entered the epic race between Fairbanks and Whitehorse, and the fastest among them could only manage seventh place. In 2011, the top Yukon finisher placed 15th. All this led Up Here magazine to ask the Yukon's mushing community whether dogsledding is dying out "in the territory where it was born."
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Should Yukoners be worried? Does a decline in Yukoners’ fortunes in the Quest – the top of the mushing pyramid – spell trouble for the sport itself? After all, if there’s one contest the North can claim as its own, it’s dog sledding. But in a changing Yukon, is there still room for such an old-school pursuit? Where does mushing go from here?
There's a bit more at the link.