The YDMA has administrative relationships with the International Sled Dog Racing Association, the Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous Committee and Alaskan dog mushing associations. The YDMA has an executive and board of directors. Past presidents have been: Paul Sheridan, 1973-1975; Elmer Bankhead, 1978; Ken Weagle, 1982.; Secretaries have been: J.B. Fitzgerald, 1964; Marion Elden, 1968-1973; Jan Couture, 1975; Pam Buckway, 1982. Function: The object of the YDMA is to promote dog sled racing in the Yukon Territory and to promote and improve the class and type of dogs and equipment. The Association organizes and operates dog sled races and one dog pulls, and especially the dog sled races and mushers parade at the Sourdough Rendezvous. They also acquire land for and maintain permanent trails and facilities.
Aaron Moulton was born on November 17, 1859 and he left for the Klondike in August 1897, leaving behind a wife and children. He arrived in Dawson City, Yukon on September 15, 1897 and spent the winter of 1897, and spring and early summer of 1898, mining before returning to Tacoma, Washington in July or August 1898.
A. (Alfred) Richard King first came to the territory in 1939 when he was attempting to establish a new bush airline in Alaska and the Yukon Territory. Unfortunately, King and his two partners lost their plane and equipment when they crashed in Teslin Lake while on their way to Alaska from the United States. They were rescued by residents of the First Nation village of Teslin, the only community on the lake. King returned to the states after spending 6 weeks in Teslin. After the war King graduated from Western Washington College and became an elementary school teacher in Washington. In 1949 he went to Saipan and taught for a year and then remained in the Trust Territory of the Pacific (Islands) for the next five years teaching and administering the development of the native elementary schools in the islands. He continued to develop his interest in applied anthropology and its relevance to educational administration and educational assistance programs. In 1964 he was granted a PhD degree at Stanford, his major fields of study were education and cultural anthropology. In 1963-1964 King spent a year as a fourth-grade teacher and participant-observer at Chooutla (Carcross) Residential School in Carcross, Yukon and this resulted in his doctoral dissertation. In 1967 he published "The School at Mopass: a problem of identity" which was based on his thesis. In 2005 he was living in Brentwood Bay, B.C. with his son Peter and grandsons. Dr. King died August 14, 2005.