Welcome again to the exciting winter horse racing sport of Ski Joring, where wild and crazy skiers towed by wild and crazy horses negotiate ski jumps, weave between cones and catch jousting rings on their arms, all while racing against the clock!!!
“Grab a Pull and go!” With these videos and video links you can join in the fun! (Pictures will be posted separately.)
Long-time competitor horse Stormy pulls a skier racing against time on the ski joring course. Racers and horses from the Northeast and Canada compete in the North East Ski Joring nationally sanctioned events.
Stormy once more on course… The experienced racer makes cuts by playing the tow-rope as if water-skiing. Unfortunately, just before the end of this run, Stormy veered off the track and the racer had to let go of the tow-rope in order to get through the finish gate. This caused him to lose precious seconds.
This competition was held during New London, NH’s Winter Carnival on Jan. 31, 2009, on the campus of Colby-Sawyer college.
VIDEO LINK: There are 3 jumps and 3 sets of jousting rings to be caught on the skier’s forearm.
This racer catches plenty of air over the jumps. With penalties incurred for mistakes (missed cones, dropped or missed rings, skier going off course), the fastest time wins. Divisions range from Peewee to Junior to Open and Sport, and locals can enter the fun as well.
VIDEO LINK: Even a Belgian draft horse, Big Ben, got into the act… though he’s trying really hard, the draft horse is just not designed for speed! Big Ben went so far off the track his skier couldn’t finish, but this racer has a great time anyway! I think I would prefer Big Ben’s speed!
This event was filmed by the Discovery Channel, so watch for the exciting sport on TV!