Thursday, January 13, 2011

Skijoring in Switzerland - St. Moritz

Up coming in the world of elite skijoring is the annual White Turf races at St. Moritz Switzerland, February 6, 13 and 20. The annual racing event will take place over the first three consecutive Sundays of the month, ending with the team earning the best combined score of the three races being awarded and crowned “King of the Engadine." Although skijoring has Scandinavian roots, it was in Switzerland and at St. Moritz where the sport of skijoring was "born."

Since 1906 St. Moritz has hosted skijoring races on the frozen lake.  30,000 spectators are expected to attend this year for the thrill of watching this distinctly winter sport; Thoroughbred racehorses pulling their ski clad drivers over thick ice and through the powdery white snow.

The cost of attending the event is $52-$63, but if the stakes and prize money indicate anything, the race is worth watching. Last year's combined prize money was at $478,279, was almost half a million. And the Grand Prix of St. Moritz alone has a prize of $115,364.36, "the highest prize money for a horse race in Switzerland."

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