2022 Saratoga, Wyoming Skijoring Races Were Cool To Watch
Before a couple weeks ago, I'd never heard of Skijoring. If you're not sure what Skirjoring is, imagine you're on a pair of skis gliding across the water being pulled by a boat...replace the water with snow & ice and replace the boat with a horse. That is Skijoring.
Each race consists of three contestants...The horse, rider and skier. The three go down the 700ft track with the skier going over multiple jumps collecting hanging rings with their arms, the rider also has to collect a ring, all while the horse is zipping down the track.
There are three major objectives for the skier
- Stay on his or her feet
- Collect all skier rings
- Go over all 3 jumps and go through all ski gates on the course
The horse rider's objectives are
- Stay on horse
- Keep horse moving as quick as possible on course
- Collect rider ring
The horses objectives
- Go Fast
- Go Straight
Saratoga started their Skijoring races in 2017 and this year, the two day event had 82 team competing in the races Saturday with a nice turnout of spectators. There were three divisions in this weekends event.
Junior Division - 12 teams
Novice Division - 28 teams
Open 3-D Division - 47 teams
Wyoming has multiple Skijoring events each year other than the races in Saratoga.
Check out some of the action from Saratoga on Saturday February 5th.