Friday, February 23, 2007

Ski-joring returns to Bellevue this weekend

Ski-joring, a sport that combines horsemanship with skiing ability, returns to Bellevue this weekend for two days of fun for participants and spectators alike. Photo by Mountain Express

Ski-joring returns to the Bellevue area this weekend for a family-friendly event that is open to all.

In ski-joring men and women ride horses and pull skiers through a challenging course of jumps and ring catches.

At this year's event the Wood River Extreme Ski-Joring Association, a nationally sanctioned group of ski and equine enthusiasts, is honoring two local ski-jorers who died in separate accidents in 2006. They are former Mama Inez restaurant owner Mark Fisher and longtime valley builder Mo Hinojosa.

Registration begins Friday, Feb. 23, at 6 p.m. at Mahoney's on Main St. in Bellevue. Race day registration is available as well. You can also register online at Race location is Baseline Road south of Bellevue. Gate fee is $5. Kids 10-and-under get in free.

On Saturday and Sunday children's games begin at 11 a.m. with prizes awarded at noon. The playing of the national anthem and the Mark and Mo Memorial kick off race activities start at 12:15 p.m.

Race entry fee is $25. There will be divisions for men and women and for girls and boys of all ages and levels. Tailgaters and pets are welcome, but pet owners are urged to leash their dogs.

Plans call for a 6 p.m. auction before the dance party Saturday at The Mint in Hailey. Festivities wrap up Sunday at Mahoney's with a 6 p.m. auction and a 6:30 p.m. awards ceremony.

For more information call Tyler Peterson at 720-0329.

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