When Normal Skiing Just Won’t Do

When Normal Skiing Just Won’t Do


(fast paced guitar
strumming over cheering) – [Richard] From the very first time I did a run I was hooked. It’s a competition, and my
family, we’re about competition. (fast paced guitar strumming) – When you get behind that horse, and it doesn’t matter how
many years you’ve done it, you’re a little bit worried, you know? Certain things can happen on that course that could change your life forever. (fast paced guitar strumming with drums) (rider whoops) (audience cheers and whistles) Skijoring is basically
down on an 800 foot track with a horse that’s towing you going over three jumps,
getting three sets of rings, the fastest time wins. Boom, boom, boom. (fast paced guitar music) Sounds relatively easy,
but when you’re doing 40 miles an hour behind
this 1,500 pound animal, it gets to be really exciting. (banjo music) – Skiers can crash, horses can crash and anything can happen. A lot can go wrong in 17 seconds. (fast guitar strumming) (slow guitar picking) I’m fourth generation on the ranch. (metal gate rattles) I was on a horse for my
first time at 24 hours old. I came back from the hospital
and my dad was on the horse, and so I got thrown up
on the horse with my dad, and since then I keep on riding. You guys ready to run? – I’ve been skiing since
I was two years old. (boot ratchets) Been racing, pi-gon skiing for 20 years. (skis thud) Skijoring is like no other
rush you’ve ever had. It is an adrenaline junky sport. (slow electronic music) – [Richard] You really
have to work together. It’s teamwork, but you both gotta really know what you’re doing to succeed. – We’re ninth in the runaway. – Yep. – What we need to do is basically watch every runner before us. There are two different
cultures in this sport. – [Richard] You got a bunch of
rednecks or hicks or ranchers and you got a bunch of hippies. For this event, they get
together and they all get along. – Melding them together is important to become a full on team. – All out. – All out. Kick ass and take names. – Yep. (chuckles) (low string music over electronic beat)

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