Equine Skijoring

Skijoring

Skijoring, what in the world is skijoring? Its is a winter sport where a person on skis is towed behind a horse, dog(s), or motor vehicle. While many countries have sports involving being pulled on skis, the name is derived from the Norwegian skikjoring. (ski driving)

Equine Skijoring

The popularity of this sport has ebbed and flowed over the years. Skijoring rose to the level of demonstration sport in the 1928 winter Olympics. The sport has been seeing a resurgence of popularity in North America over the past decades. People;e are reconnecting with the skill and excitement of skiing behind a galloping horse.

 

Equestrian skijoring consists of a team of a single horse, generally guided by a rider, pulling a person on skis who carries no poles and simply hangs onto a tow rope. The North American Ski Joring Association holds competitions in which a rider guides the horse with skier navigating a series of jumps and obstacles. More informal competitions are held on flat ground over short courses, often as simple sprint races on a straightaway, sometimes with turns on the course.

 

The sport requires sound horsemanship, skilled skiing, a sense of adventure and a quick mind to adapt to the challenges of a high speed winter sport.

Wells Gray Skijoring

On Feb 24, 2018, the Wells Gray Riders Association is providing a demonstration of this exciting nordic equine sport. Where? Right here in beautiful Clearwater BC.  This promises to be great winter fun for the whole family. Come on out and cheer the spectators on. Be prepared for high speed thrills, spills and chills.

Wells Gray Skijoring event poster. Feb 2018. Clearwater BC. A family event. Stay at Valley Hideaway Guest House.

Wells Grays Riders Present – Skijoring

 

 

For more information, or to register a team 

 

Winter, spring, summer, and fall …. it takes all year to do it all in Clearwater.

We are offering a special rate for this event, contact us to book.

Wildfire

Little Fort WildFire – Photo Courtesy of North Thompson Times (your source for local news in Clearwater BC.)

 

If you have been watching or listening to the news of late you will know that since late last week, the province of British Columbia has been under a state of emergency with more than 200 wildfires burning. Communities near to us and much further away have been evacuated or placed on evacuation alert. For some time it looked as if we were to go on evacuation alert. We were blessed that things are settled down and the local area evacuees are able to return home.

Our thanks to and prayers for those in all capacity fighting the fires and helping those affected by them. Countless volunteer hours are being put in at many local sites to help those displaced by the fires. It is work that goes largely unnoticed and unsung but is worth praise.

THINGS TO DO AND SEE

With the current wildfire situation, the bulk of the Provincial Parks in British Columbia are closed for the safety of both workers and visitors. (Even where there is not presently a fire.) This includes Wells Grey Provincial Park. That doesn’t mean that there are not things to do here. Our friends over at Tourism Wells Grey have complied a bit of a list you can check out. Even though you might not be able to see the famous waterfalls at the moment, Clearwater is still well worth the stop.

It is still business as usual if you want to book your Guest Suite. Your friends at Valley Hideaway Guesthouse look forward to seeing you. 

UPDATE – July 23

Many evacuees have returned home. We remain under a state of alert but the fires are no longer growing.