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Red River to host skijoring

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By The Staff

Horse. Cowboy. Skier. Rope. This high-adrenaline, sport combines all four.
In skijoring, a skier hangs on to a rope attached to a horse and glides across the snow. It’s like horse-drawn waterskiing on snow. Best of all, skijoring is a thrilling spectator sport. With speeds of up to 40 mph, the action is fast-paced and exciting. You see the skiers being towed by a horse at a full gallop.
The inaugural Red River Skijoring races will be held Jan. 16-17. The races will start each day at high noon on River Street in Red River.
Teams will race through a time-trial course with skiers navigating gates, jumps, and, at times, even spearing rings. Authentic horsepower and big spills make this truly one-of-a-kind winter western event.
The event is free for spectators.
Competitors can find registration information and rules on the event website, RedRiverSkijoring.com. There are daily cash prizes and prizes for overall winners of both days of competition in all divisions (novice, sport and open). For the safety of the horses, riders and skier’s this is strictly a no-dogs event.
Après Skijoring will include live music by the Dewey Paul Band at the Bull O’ The Woods Saloon on Friday and Saturday night, while the Motherlode Saloon will have live music by The Rifters on Friday night and Jason Bolan and the Stragglers on Saturday night.
An awards party is scheduled for Sunday night at the Lifthouse.