Thousands of spectators converged on historic Blair Street in downtown Silverton on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 16-17, to watch horses, riders and skiers race for some serious cash prizes in the fourth annual Silverton Skijoring Festival.
Organizers estimated up to 2,000 people on hand Saturday and another 1,000 on Sunday for the action, with teams from across the country taking part.
Skijoring combines skiing skills with those of a cowboy. Teams comprised of a horseback rider and skier run as fast as pos- sible straight down a 250-yard snow-packed course, in this case down historic Blair Street in downtown Silverton.
The skier is required to go over three jumps and gather six rings before crossing the finish line. The fastest, cleanest ride wins.
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