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Dark Racetrack Fills Grandstand

Published: February 21, 2018 9:57 am ET

Last Comment: February 21, 2018 10:25 pm ET | 1 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

It’s the middle of February. Snow and cold rule the day. What is a dark racetrack to do? How about put on one heck of a show.

Minnesota's first Extreme Horse Skijoring competition took place this past Saturday (February 17) at Canterbury Park in Shakopee.

The Thoroughbred raceway had been sitting by idly for months – it wrapped its most recent meet of live horse racing last year. That being said, the variables more than aligned for some high octane equine entertainment to help fill the grandstand once again.

An online look at the event by Minnesota Public Radio explains that Skijoring, which got its start in Scandinavia, traditionally utilizes canines to pull skiers. The concept began to catch on in the American west some seventy years ago, but the ‘new world’ approach to the sport replaced the dogs with horses.

Cash prizes were doled out to the event’s divisional winners, which featured both skiers and snowboarders.

Evan Frost of MPR News was at the event and captured some great shots of the action. A few of those photos appear below, but to view them all, please check out the MPR story by clicking here.

(With files from Minnesota Public Radio)

February 21, 2018 - 10:25 pmWow looks like something

Wow looks like something Manitobans could really get into!!!

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