January 18, 2018

Musher Details

2018 Iditarod » Mushers » Brett Bruggeman

Brett Bruggeman

Hometown: Great Falls, MT


Brett Bruggeman, 47, was born in Cleveland and raised in Idaho. He graduated from BYU in 1992, Idaho State in 1993 and the University of Nebraska Med Center in 1999. He has been a dentist for the last 20 years. Brett explains, “My youngest son, Spencer, 16, has a birth defect which caused one leg to not develop muscle. He competed in traditional sports until he was 11 and then started looking for other sports in which he could be competitive in that didn’t require both legs. He was reading Jack London books and told my wife that he wanted a dog team for his sport. My wife, Suzette, was certain I had suggested that to him because I had been interested in mushing for a couple of months, but I had enough hobbies already to take on another one. Neither of us knew the other was interested in mushing. After Suzette was convinced this was the case, we decided this was meant to be. We started our kennel, Skinny Leg Sled Dogs, in honor of Spencer’s leg. His brothers always told him his skinny leg had no limits. We have been fortunate to have several great mushing mentors. Terry and Chris Adkins introduced us to the sport. Doug Swingley helped us in the beginning and was the source of our foundation bloodlines. Jessie Royer has been a close friend and taught us so much about mushing and dogs. The Iditarod as always been in the back of our minds, and I look forward to traveling across Alaska with our dog team.” Brett has run Montana’s Race to the Sky every year since 2013 and the Oregon Eagle Cap Extreme since 2014. He and Suzette are the parents of two other adult sons, Brandon and Chase. Brett lists his hobbies as falconry, horse packing, hunting and fishing.


Bruggeman Endodontics, MT
Rick Helms, DVM/Great Falls Veterinary Service
L&M Lockers