Updated: Mar 2
What do you get when a skier and a cowboy decide to join forces? Skijoring... What is skijoring you may ask? A high-stakes racing event where horses, at the command of their riders, pull skiers through jumps, turns, and obstacles, all while competing against the clock and fellow contestants. By combining these high adrenaline sports, there's the promise of spectacular crashes, and the big purse prizes draws the attention of many a crazy contestant or two.
Skijoring in Wisdom, Montana is held as part of their winter fest each year. The course is located at the small airport right on the outskirts of town. The course consists of 900 feet of pure excitement, as beginners to experts compete to see who will be crowned the champion of the snow. Spectators can line the track and cheer on their favorite racer. Many of today's spectators setup tailgating parties, cooked brats, drank beer, and fought off today's cold snowy weather with lighthearted conversation and camaraderie.
For those who stumbled upon today's event by chance or those who came less prepared than the die-hard skijoring fans, food and drink was available. And if your stomach required some fancier cuisine after the excitement, one could retreat to one of the many eating establishments in Wisdom or Jackson to satisfy their needs.
Tonight at the Crossing Bar and Grill, they will have a Calcutta starting at 7 pm, to end the day off in style.
If this annual spectator event sounds like your cup of tea and you're bummed you missed out, fear not! You still have a chance to catch the Wisdom Skijoring tomorrow, March 1st, at 11:30 am. Parking is a donation of $5 per person or $10 a car load. Bear in mind, this is only a donation. But this money goes towards "Veterans and Horses", community improvement programs, and events and local charities.
If you do decide to head out tomorrow, dress warm, pack snacks and drinks, and if you bring your dogs, make sure they are on leashes. Otherwise, prepare for another fun-filled day, with awards to follow the race at the Crossing Bar and Grill.
The winners of the: 1 D Division were skier, Toby McIntosh and rider, Joe Scanlin on Muddy Duck. 1 D Calcutta winner was Jeff Brinkman 2 D Division were skier Mike Miller and rider Leah Mitchell. 3 D Division were skier Phil Wipf and rider Dulce Couldson Women Winners were Kim Jones and Aspen Lonnie Beginner Winners were Ross Tulloch and Vickie Anderson