WHAT IS SKIJORING?

Skijoring is a competition in which a horse and rider pull a skier along a course that has gates, jumps and rings. The competitors race for cash, buckles, and other prizes. The course allows the horse to run at top speed with the skier navigating slalom gates and jumps ranging from two to seven feet high. Competitors often use short skis and modified water-skiing towing equipment, though often this is as simple as a single tow rope looped around the horn or attached to the back of a western saddle. The horses are equipped with safety gear such as splint boots and bell boots. Western saddles are most commonly used in skijoring due to their sturdy build and pulling ability. 

 

The Sheridan WYO Winter Rodeo welcomes five classes of teams in 2020: Open, Sport, Novice, Youth and Snowboard. The Sheridan WYO Winter Rodeo strives to introduce competitors and spectators to the sport of Equestrian Skijoring and welcomes all skijoring fans to Sheridan, Wyoming.

Here you'll find everything you need to know about Sheridan's WYO Winter Rodeo skijoring races, including information on registration, divisions, prizes, rules, and more. Stay up to date by signing up for our newsletter, or contact us with questions by filing out the form below. For information on becoming a sponsor, vendor, or volunteer, please follow the appropriate link at the top of the page. 

REGISTRATION


Online pre-registration opens December 1, 2020. Pre-register on our site to stay informed about course design, special events, athlete and equestrian information, and more. Contestants are required to register in person at Black Tooth Brewery between 12:00PM and 7:00PM on February 21. Skiers/snowboarders and riders MUST register in person. No exceptions. See DIVISIONS for information on entry fees for 2020.




DIVISIONS


PROFESSIONAL/OPEN DIVISION: (Pro): Teams are considered to be the highest skilled competitors with the fastest horses. A team consists of horse, rider and skier. Entry fee: $150 per team. SPORT DIVISION: (Amateur): Teams are considered to be intermediate level skill participants riding horses that may not be fast enough or experienced enough to be in the Pro/Open Class. A team consists of horse, rider and skier. Entry fee: $125 per team. NOVICE DIVISION: (Beginners): Teams are considered to be new to the sport, beginning level competitors riding horses that may not be fast enough or experienced enough to be competitive in the Pro/Open Class or the Sport Class. Entry fee: $75 per team. YOUTH DIVISION: (15 and under): Teams are considered to be new to the sport, beginning level competitors riding horses that may not be fast enough or experienced enough to be competitive in the Pro/Open Class or the Sport Class. Entry fee: $50 per team. SNOWBOARD: Open to pro, amateur and novices. A team consists of horse, rider and snowboarder. Entry fee: $125 per team. *All Open, Sport and Novice athletes are required to be SJA members through an Annual Membership or a Weekend Warrior pass.




MEMBERSHIPS


Become a member of Skijoring America and compete in up to 8 different skijoring events throughout Montana, Wyoming, Idaho and Colorado. It is only $55 for the entire season or $25 for a Weekend Warrior Membership. (Weekend Warrior Membership must be purchased at Friday night sign-ups.) All SJA races do require that the Novice, Sport and Open become a member of Skijoring America. All members, novice and up will compete for the over 2019 title. SJA will have awards for three different average series that will contain 3 to 5 races. Insurance will be provided again in 2019 for all SJA members. Horses ridden by members will also compete for points throughout the season for additional prizes. For more info on rules, points, and protocol, check out the SJA Handbook. Become a member at www.skijoringamerica.com




PRIZES


Division winners will receive a Sheridan WYO Winter Rodeo buckle. 1st Place and 2nd Place finishers will receive a Sheridan WYO Winter Rodeo Jacket. Cash prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishes. Purse will be announced prior to the first race on Saturday, February 23rd.




COURSE DESCRIPTION


Sheridan’s skijoring course will be located on Broadway, beginning at Luminous Brewhouse (E Dow St.) and ending at Black Tooth Brewery (E Alger St.). The building of the course is a labor-intensive effort that requires hauling vast quantities of snow from strategically placed catchment areas in Sheridan. Broadway will close in the early morning on Thursday, February 21 for course construction, and re-open late Sunday, February 24 to regular traffic. Please click here to view the full course layout and design.




GENERAL COMPEITION


1. No identical teams can be entered more than once at a specific race. Each team consists of a horse, rider, and skier. 2. A skier, rider or horse can choose their division of competition and is not required to advance to the next class if they win their division. 3. The Sparby Rule: Each team is allowed 4 minutes to complete staging and begin the race after a clear track is called. After the allotted time has expired the team will be asked to leave the staging area and will be moved to end of that division. They will have one more chance to start successfully or they will be disqualified for that run. 4. Substitutions are allowed for any team member (horse, skier or rider) prior to the competitor meeting on Saturday. After the competitor meeting on Saturday there will be NO substitutions for Pro/Open and Sport divisions. Substitutions throughout the event are allowed in the Novice, Snowboard, Women’s, Century and Junior class, but they must be approved by the field judges. 5. If a horse, rider, or equipment is deemed unsafe the rider and horse can be asked to leave at any time by the Start Gate Official or SJA Ambassador. 6. If the Skier drops the rope BEFORE crossing the start line, he/she will be allowed a restart as soon as possible. If the skier drops the rope on the second attempt to start, that team is disqualified for that run. 7. The skier must finish in an upright position and on at least one ski, with rope in hand when crossing the finish line. Both skier boots must cross the finish line. 8. Both ski tips and both boots must go around a gate, or the gate is considered missed. 9. Penalties will be added to a teams time for the following: a. 5 second penalty added for every missed gate. b. 2 second penalty added for every missed or dropped ring. c. 2 second penalty added for a dropped baton. d. 5 second penalty for any horse breaking the plane of a jump, hitting a gate, or hitting a timing device. 10. Protests must be voiced by the skier or rider to the Finish Judge or Arena Judge before the start of the next run. The Arena Judge will have the final ruling before the start of the next run.




HORSE SAFETY


1. All performance-enhancing drugs are prohibited and will not be tolerated. Please refer to the SJA handbook for a list of performance-enhancing drugs and consequences if your horse test positive. 2. No person may abuse a Horse during an Event or at any other time. “Abuse” means an action or omission, which causes or is likely to cause pain or unnecessary discomfort to a Horse. Competitors will be disqualified upon adequate verification. a. Abuse can include, but is not limited to: i. Whipping or beating a Horse excessively. ii. Subjecting a Horse to any kind of electric shock device. iii. Jabbing the Horse in the mouth with the bit or any other device. iv. Abnormally sensitize or desensitize any part of a Horse. v. Leaving a Horse without adequate food, drink or exercise. b. Any person witnessing an Abuse must report it immediately. If an Abuse is witnessed during or in direct connection with an Event, it should be reported to an Official. If the Abuse is witnessed at any other time it should be reported directly to Skijoring America via email: info@SkijoringAmerica.com 3. If a horse, rider, or equipment are deemed unsafe the rider and horse can be asked to leave at any time by the Horse Gate Official or SJA Ambassador. 4. Leg protection (boots or polo wraps) and bell boots are strongly recommended. 5. Horses should have a shoe that will increase traction (borium, calks, etc).




HORSE STALLS


To reserve stalls at the Sheridan County Fairgrounds, please call Jami at (307) 672-2079. Prices from $20/night.




SKIJORING RACE RULES


1. A skier may compete in only one Division. a. This rule is required by SJA in the sport and open. 2. All skiers must wear approved snow sport helmets. a. Protective Eyewear is recommended. 3. Any Skiers under 18 must have parent/guardian sign parental consent forms. a. Parent or Guardian must be present during signup. b. Skiers under the age of 18 must wear protective eyewear.




RIDER RULES


1. A Horse can compete in only one Division. a. This rule is required by SJA in the sport and open. 2. A Horse may not run more than two times in a day. 3. Horses should be in physical shape to participate in an extreme sport. 4. Horses are not allowed to be opened up during inspection.




SANCTIONING BODY


Please click here to learn more about the growing sport of skijoring and Skijoring America.




RACE EQUIPMENT


1. Ropes will be provided for competitors, though anyone is allowed to bring their own ropes. a. Any rope not supplied by the individual race must be inspected and approved by a Starter or his designee prior to the start of the race. b. Ropes cannot exceed 50 feet in length on the oval track. c. Ropes cannot exceed 33 feet in length on a straight track. d. Ropes must be 3/8” or larger in diameter. e. Handles are not permitted on ropes. f. Rope attachment must be to the saddle horn or behind the saddle. If the attachment is behind the saddle it must be secured to the primary rigging rings of the saddle by a non-elastic attachment so that the pulling rope is within 6 inches of the cantle, carabineer not included. Prior to the race, the Starter, or his designee may inspect any attachment to the saddle. Quick release shackles are highly recommended. 2. Use a standard western bit includes: 1. 8 1⁄2” maximum length shank. Shanks may be fixed or loose. If curb bit is used it must be free of mechanical device and should be considered a standard western bit. When a curb bit is used, a curb strap or curb chain is required, which must be at least 1⁄2” in width, lie flat against the jaw, and be free of barbs, wire, and/or twists. 3. Failure to dismount and/or present horse and equipment to the horse official and/or veterinarian, if asked, will result in disqualification for that race.




SPORTSMANSHIP


Good sportsmanship is important to the success of every event. Registration signature pledges a competitor’s word to the humane treatment of their horse and respectful relationships to all fellow competitors and volunteers hosting this exciting competition. Failure to comply with the spirit of friendly competition at any of the scheduled events may result in the disqualification of your team or banishment from future competitions.





CONTACT

The WYO Winter Rodeo is a production of

Sheridan Travel & Tourism and the

Sheridan WYO Rodeo 

Sheridan Travel & Tourism

1517 E 5th Street

Sheridan, WY 82801

info@sheridanwyoming.org

Tel: 307-673-7120

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