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Ski Joring Pits Skiers and Horses Against the Clock
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Last year’s ski joring competition took place in the middle of Sun Valley’s record setting February snowfall.
 
Saturday, February 15, 2020
 

STORY AND PHOTO BY KAREN BOSSICK

Forget the chairlifts! All you need is a good fast horse for the Wood River Extreme Ski Joring Races.

The exciting races featuring a team comprised of a horse, a horse rider and a skier take place today and Sunday—Feb. 15-16—at a race course on 81 Browning lane south of Bellevue. They start at high noon each day, with races going on for a few hours.

Admission is $5 per spectator with children 12 and under free. A portion of the fees will be donated to the Wood River High School Rodeo Team.

Concessions, including a beer garden, will be provided by Smokey Bone BBQ. And the Crisis Hotline will have coffee and hot chocolate. There’ll be a raffle, as well.

Skijoring generally involves skiing behind a horse or dog. In this case, skiers ski behind a horse as the horse pounds its way down a 600- to 900-foot course.

Skiers must negotiate a couple jumps ranging between three and six feet tall, all while grabbing rings that are posted along the way. The horse rider must also grab a ring.

Points are deducted for missed rings and jumps.

This year’s competition will include a Couples Race and a Kids Stick Horse Race for competitors 10 and under.

Competitors are vying for a $5,000 added purse.

Spectators are invited to bring lawn chairs. It’s asked, however, that you leave dogs at home.

Awards will be handed out at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, at 7 Fuego Restaurant in Bellevue.

Questions? Call 208-720-7798.

 

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