“Skijoring Picks Up Speed In Idaho” article from MagicValley.com with great photos!
Thanks to Nikki Kay and KMVT for this great video coverage of the 2015 races!
PRESS RELEASE :: January 15, 2015 :: Bellevue, Idaho
It’s that time of year again! Fast, brave horses and fast, brave skiers combine for a weekend of excitement in the valley. The Wood River Extreme Ski-joring Association welcomes contestants and spectators alike to Swiftsure Ranch on February 7&8 for this year’s races. The weekend’s events will benefit various local groups, including the Swiftsure Ranch Therapeutic Equestrian Center and the Wood River High School Rodeo Team, and is run entirely by volunteers. The races start at noon on Saturday and Sunday and consist of a horse and rider pulling a skier through a course of gates, jumps, and rings and competing for the fastest clean run. Any missed gates, rings, or jumps add penalty time. Skiers, snowboarders, and riders of all ages and levels will be competing in divisions ranging from Youth to Open. Unique to the WRESJA race is a rider ring, for the horseback rider to spear as they make their way down the track. This year $5000 in added money is an added incentive for the teams competing!
The weekend kicks off with Registration at Mahoney’s Bar & Grill in Bellevue from 6-9pm on Friday, February 6th and continues with races at Swiftsure on Saturday. After initial scores are tallied, Saturday night brings a party at the Sun Valley Brewery in Hailey at 7 with prizes and a team auction. Sunday’s races kick off again at noon and post race awards (including both buckles and WRESJA apparel) will be handed out at Mahoney’s at 6pm. WRESJA swag, concessions, and beer and wine will be available all weekend for purchase. Any skiers and riders interested in competing can check out the WRESJA Facebook page, website, or show up at registration, with or without a team. Horse boarding is available if needed. Registration can also happen Saturday before 11am. For information on sponsoring this event, practices, competing, or volunteering, please contact Bill Bobbitt at (208) 720-7798 or check out www.woodriveresja.com. We hope to see you there!
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Great article from the Times-News!