RED RIVER ― The inaugural Red River Skijoring races are noon Saturday, Jan. 16 and Sunday Jan. 17 on River Street in Red River.
In skijoring, a skier hangs on to a rope attached to a horse and glides across the snow. It is 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. Horse. Cowboy. Skier. Rope. This high-adrenaline, sport combines all four.
Teams 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 a must see for the whole family!
The event is free for spectators.
There is day money cash prizes and prizes for overall winners of both days of competition in all divisions (Novice, Sport & Open).
For the safety of the horses, riders and skier’s this is strictly a NO DOGS ALLOWED EVENT. Shops, restaurants, lodges and the ski area are open all weekend with additional activities.
Après Skijoring will include live music by the Dewey Paul Band at the Bull O’ The Woods Saloonon Friday and Saturday night, while the Motherlode Saloon will have live music by The Rifters on Friday night and Jason Bolan & the Stragglers on Saturday night.
An awards party is scheduled for Sunday night (public welcome) at the Lifthouse.