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Horse Racing Meets Skiing? Yes, It’s Skijoring Season

The part horse, part ski competition dashes through Colorado.

Hundreds gathered in the little mountain town of Leadville, Colorado over the weekend for the 70th annual Leadville Ski Joring competition. Get a closer look at the action.

Skijoring, a popular winter pastime with roots in Scandinavia, is where a person is pulled by a horse or pack of dogs while riding skis. The equestrian sport has evolved over the years to include tricky jumps and obstacles. JASON CONNOLLY/AFP/Getty Images Skijoring, a popular winter pastime with roots in Scandinavia, is where a person is pulled by a horse or pack of dogs while riding skis. The equestrian sport has evolved over the years to include tricky jumps and obstacles. In Leadville, the challenge is for skiers to remain upright on their skis, all while landing jumps, clearing gates, and collecting rings along the course. JASON CONNOLLY/AFP/Getty Images In Leadville, the challenge is for skiers to remain upright on their skis, all while landing jumps, clearing gates, and collecting rings along the course. This competition takes serious grit and fearlessness, with some participants reaching speeds of up to 50 miles per hour. JASON CONNOLLY/AFP/Getty Images This competition takes serious grit and fearlessness, with some participants reaching speeds of up to 50 miles per hour. Some people get serious air... JASON CONNOLLY/AFP/Getty Images Some people get serious air... And some prefer to stay closer to the ground. JASON CONNOLLY/AFP/Getty Images And some prefer to stay closer to the ground. But one thing's for sure... JASON CONNOLLY/AFP/Getty Images But one thing's for sure... These competitors aren't horsing around. JASON CONNOLLY/AFP/Getty Images These competitors aren't horsing around.