WyoFile reader Brooke Davidson set up this shot to capture herself skijoring near Cody on Feb. 21, 2021. Her husband, Crosby Davidson, is riding the horse. (Brooke Davidson)

To put recent snows to good use and tick off a bucket list item, Cody residents Amanda and Jason Brengle built a skijoring course on their horse pasture in late February, and invited friends and their equines over on a sunny Sunday to give it a try. 

WyoFile reader Brooke Davidson had little skiing experience and had never tried skijoring, but showed up nonetheless with her husband and their horses. After watching others take a few laps, she knew she’d regret not giving it a shot, she wrote in an email to WyoFile.  

“My first lap around I had my husband keep the horse reigned in a bit as I got a feel for the dynamics,” she wrote. “By my second run I’d built a bit more confidence and was excited to go quicker. The dynamics are definitely different — you can shorten or lengthen the rope as you go, pulling yourself to different speeds and angles … so that was a fun thing to experiment with alongside the different demeanors of each horse.”

Davidson set up a camera to capture herself skijoring behind her husband, horseman Crosby Davidson, and sent WyoFile this video grab. By the end of the day, she wrote, the group was determined to make the skijoring event an annual tradition.

“Although winds were clocking in at 50mph (and we may have lost a layer of skin on our faces … along with a few hats that blew away) we had a heck of a fun time,” Davidson wrote. 

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Katie Klingsporn reports on outdoor recreation, public lands, education and general news for WyoFile. She’s been a journalist and editor covering the American West for 20 years. Her freelance work has...

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  1. We held a competition event evolving Skijoring here in Buffalo, Wyo. on 27 February 2010. You can access Google: “Buffalo host first ever local skijoring event” and read all about the people and prizes. Even though it was cold and snowing their was a crowd.
    Johnson county dropped our mask mandate earlier in the week if you do not see people one.