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A Sport Where Skiing And Horse Riding Worlds Collide

Horse riding and skiing can both be seen as extreme sports and they don’t usually go together, but, in Bellevue they do…

Skijoring is a fast sport where skiers are pulled along by horses.

"Skijoring, this is a great sport," said Rick Farnsworth, a rider from Bozeman, MT.

Whilst the skiers are being pulled along their aim is to complete a course of gates, jumps and hoops as fast as they can.

"I’ve heard it’s totally crazy and fast but we’re excited. We like horses. We like skiing,” said Emily Zell, Hailey, ID

“I
seen it in Bozeman four years ago and I've always been a horse guy and always owned horses so I said to myself, you’re going to do that we were off and running. I got another thoroughbred horse for big long track and for short tracks, I got the black cheese here, we’re having a blast,” said Farnsworth.

Fansworth said the events usually start in January and he goes along to them every weekend. The sport has attracted all kinds of experiences. It’s an intense sport, there are people and professionals all over the place.

When spectators and competitors were asked what their favourite thing about the sport was, they explained that they loved that it’s ‘so fast and exciting. If you blink an eye you almost miss it.’

People who are greats fans of the sport say they are looking forward to the national finals which are in Red Lodge Montana in March.

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