Love riding? Love skiing? Skijoring may be for you!
Equestrian Skijoring is winters wildest sport. With lots of action. A person on skis is pulled by a horse racing across the finish line. The word deriving from the Norwegian word "skikjøring" meaning ski driving.
The team consist of a single horse, generally guided by a horse rider, pulling a person on skies. The skier hangs onto a tow rope in a manner akin to water skiing. In Saint Moritz, Switzerland, competitions involve a riderless horse, which is guided by the skier.
Skijoring behind a horse is said to have originated as a method of winter travel, but today is primarily a competitive sport. In 1926, equine skijoring made an appearance at the Chamonix International Winter Sports Week Games which set the stage for its inclusion as an exhibition sport at the 1928 Winter Olympic Games.
Skijor International is working to bring Skijoring back to the Winter Olympic Games in 2026 or 2030 marking 100 years of skijoring history.
Today, in Europe, Skijoring gets the most exposure during White Turf in St. Moritz, Switzerland. The event, which features horse racing on snow as well as chariot racing and skijoring, began in 1907 and draws over 35,000 spectators a day.
Some quick facts about Equestrian Skijoring:
- There's a summer version for those who can't get enough - Grassjoring!
- Equipment is essential: full downhill skis, boots, and bindings
- Appears in "Silver Wolf" starring Michael Biehn and Roy Scheider (1998)
Whether you want to try your hand at this exciting sport or watch safely from the sidelines, skijoring is a good excuse to get outside, have some wild fun, and enjoy the winter in beautiful mountain towns.
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