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    Posted on Jan 31, 2012

    15 Pictures Of People On Skis Being Pulled By Horses At The World Skijoring Championships

    Because it's not every day you see a man riding a horse named Cocaine pulling another man on skis with a rope over a jump. This, ladies and gentlemen, is Skijoring.

    What is Skijoring, you ask? Let me tell you!

    Skijoring originated in Scandinavia about 700 years ago (it was a means of transport during winter). It is a specialized competitive sport that features people on skis being pulled by a horse, dog or motor vehicle.

    Last weekend, the World Skijoring Championships were held in Whitefish, Montana (permitting the use of only horses and mules). Here are 20 photos of the "action."

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    Megan Hargrave, 2011 Northwest Montana Rodeo Queen.

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    Whitefish Winter Carnival Royalty and the Viking Divas pose for a picture.

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    Rider Jesse Johnston from Columbia Falls, Montana, closes his eyes during the national anthem.

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    Skier Lance Nelson is pulled over a jump by Bart Slaney atop his horse Cocaine.

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    Kristen House and her horse Gypsy pull Connor Brown towards the finish line.

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    Kathy Hanson and her horse Chief, pull Shane Jorgenson out of the starting gate during the novice division competition.

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    Jamie Tripp, and horse, Playboy, take a spill during their final run in the open division competition.

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    Jimmy Deats of the U.S. launches into the air during the long jump competition.

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    Bart Slaney of the U.S. holds tight as he is pulled through the oval-shaped skijoring course.

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    Jimmy Deats of the U.S. takes a spill during the long jump competition.

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    Jimmy Deats of the U.S. launches into the air during the long jump competition.

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    Marc Quest is pulled off a jump by Veron Kiser and horse Chance.

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    Brady Smedsrud is pulled over a jump by Will James and horse Cash, during the sport division competition.

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    Marc Quest is pulled off a jump by Veron Kiser and horse Chance.

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    Andrew Flaschenriem participates in the long jump competition, landing a winning 52.11" jump.

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