In a state with fast horses and fast skiers, linking the two and racing around a track seems only natural.

Skijoring season is in full swing in the West. At Lincoln, Montana, on Jan. 22, the skiers caught air and ate snow, kids sledded on the hillside, and people sat around fires burning in snowy pits.

Top skijorers race at about top galloping speed, but even novice skiers can take a shot if they can round up a horse and rider.

Here are some sights and sounds from Lincoln this weekend:

 

The skijoring circuit in Montana includes a mother-son rivalry from Helena:


You can catch the skijoring thoughout the West this winter, according to Skijor International:

January 27 & 28 Whitefish, Montana

February 3, Neosho, Wisconsin

February 3 Calgary, Canada

February 3, Deadwood, South Dakota

February 3 & 4 320 Ranch, Big Sky, Montana

February 10 & 11 Jackson Hole, Wyoming

February 10 Steamboat Springs, Colorado *Winter Carnival

February 17 Sundance, Wyoming

February 17 Pinedale, Wyoming

February 17 & 18, Bellevue/Hailey, Idaho

February 18 Wetaskiwin, Canada

February 24, Crowsnest Pass, Alberta, Canada

February 24 & 25 Wisdom, Montana

March 2 & 3, Midway, Utah

March 3 & 4 Leadville, Colorado

March 1 & 11 (TBD), Cokeville, Wyoming

March 10 & 11 Red Lodge, Montana

 

A skijor team rounds the bend in Lincoln.

 

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