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The Skijoring Season For 2020/2021 Has Taken A Hit Due To COVID-19


Ski and snowboard racing can be thrilling enough on its own but add the power and majesty of horses to the mix and the action of the sport increases by a ton. This is the sport of skijoring, specifically equine skijoring.

Though, like many of the other disciplines in snow sports racing, governing bodies have to do what they think is right when it comes to handling COVID-19 regulations, restrictions, and guidelines. To that end, announced via their website and social media pages, Skijoring America has decided to not sanction any events for the coming season.


"Due to the unknowns and risks associated with the COVID-19 Virus, SJA regretfully cannot sanction any races for the 2021 season. In an effort to comply with multiple health authorities, It has been deemed that large events are un-safe." - Skijoring America

Though skijoring might be one of the lesser-known disciplines in ski and snowboard racing, it does tend to draw crowds wherever races may turn up and seems to be most popular in the mid and southwest. However, many states still have limitations as to how many people are able to gather at events, with some of those restrictions about to be tightened as COVID-19 case numbers continue to rise across the U.S.

Will this mean that there will be no skijoring in the time of COVID-19? That's a very good question. It might be possible for a smaller event or demonstration if that is possible while adhering to state and local guidelines. Though, training for the following season should definitely be possible.

Skijoring America

Competitors and Fans: Skijoring America (SJA) has decided: Due to the unknowns and risks associated with the COVID-19 Virus, SJA regretfully cannot sanction any races for the 2021 season. In an effort to comply with multiple health authorities, It has been deemed that large events are un-safe.


Photo Credit: Skijoring American

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