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Skijoring brings thrills and spills to town
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Posted on February 17 2011, 11:47am by Mark Esper in Local News category
Horses, riders and skiers team up for some wild rides
Skier Greg Dahl of Grand Junction takes flight from a jump Sunday,
Feb. 13, as he is pulled by a horse named Red Lodge, ridden by
Greg’s father, Jeff Dahl of Durango. The team finished the skijoring
course on Blair Street with the fastest time, 17.08 seconds.
Photo by David Emory
 
Notorious Blair Street was the scene of some Wild West action last weekend, but unlike the activities that made the street infamous, this time the fun was actually legal.
It was the second annual Silverton Skijoring Festival, with horseback riders and skiers teaming up to race 250 yards up the street, with the skier going over jumps and gathering rings as a large crowd cheered them on.
Thousands of dollars in prize money was doled out and the normal 15-mph speed limit on Blair Street was widely ignored, as the teams ran at a pace well over 40 miles per hour.
 

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