My name is Bailey Cross Vitello “Team Bailey” and I am proud to say that at the age of twenty-one I am a professional dog musher. My love of mushing came to me before I was even born. My parents became mushers while looking for ways to engage their dogs in a healthier lifestyle. As the youngest of three brothers, our parents often practiced with us while running their team on the trail. I had the opportunity to watch and learn dog sledding first hand. Those first experiences solidified my love of dog mushing and fueled my passion for working dog sports.
Some of my proudest accomplishments are those that have recognized me for how well I have cared for my team. I consider my dogs a part of my family and they always will be.
My team and I have competed in races throughout the New England area, including the Can Am Crown, Sandwich Notch/NH, Wilderness/ME, Laconia/NH and the Great North Woods Sled Dog Challenge. We have also have traveled out west to compete in the Pedigree Stage Stop and the Race to The Sky. However, when I got accepted to represent Team USA at the 2017 Winter World Championships in Haliburton, Canada and then went on to win the Bronze, I knew that we had what it takes to bring it to the next level. Our goal became not only being a representative for TEAM USA but for the mushing community as a whole.
We are beyond excited and grateful for the opportunity to compete in Bessans, France this coming season as we will once again represent Team USA in the Mid Distance Category as well as compete in the world renowned La Grande Odyssee. My team and I will be the first American team since 2008 to compete in La Grande Odyssee and I will also be the youngest in this years Open competition.
Your donation will help transport my team safely to France and provide my dogs with the proper high calorie meals and support needed to compete in these races. My team greatly appreciates any donation that you can provide as we continue to train and prepare for these amazing races and the experience of a lifetime.
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