RED RIVER ― Skijoring America announced the 2016 Southern Region National Championships at the annual member meeting held in Silverton, Colo.
Savannah McCarthy, who competed with her horse Tank, won the Rider Award in the Pro division for Rider and Horse. McCarthy is a sophomore at Aztec High School and has been on the honor roll since her freshman year. She enjoys volleyball and track, but her favorite sport is skijoring, which she’s been competing in for the last four years.
Western style equine skijoring entails a skier being pulled by a horse at full gallop as the skier attempts to collect a series of rings, which are connected to poles.
Skijoring made its first appearance in New Mexico in January 2016 and included over 50 horse/rider teams. The 2016 Red River skijoring course was 800 ft. straight through the downtown area, providing excellent visibility for spectators. Red River Skijoring is currently the only race of its kind in the state.
Red River’s next free skijoring event will be held January 13-15, 2017 and is expected to draw even more competitors in its second year. Savannah McCarthy will be competing in the three-day event, which will be a thrilling spectator sport with speeds of up to 37 mph. It will be a sensational experience for people who love the outdoors, extreme sports, great competition, skiing, horses, and beautiful mountain towns.