Saddle up for skijoring this weekend

Photo courtesy Mark LaRowe: Richard Weber III pulls skier Tyler Smedsrud of Ridgway during a previous skijoring competition. The event this weekend brings skiers and snowboarders to compete with riders on a course built at the fairgrounds, including a gap where pros can jump over a Toyota truck, lengthwise. A new Jumbotron will provide up-close action for viewers.
Usually the Weber Ranch uses heavy machinery for harvesting hay. But this week, two front-end loaders and two backhoes were scraping up snow from the fields, loading it into dump trucks and trucking it to the fairgrounds. These fluffy piles of snow are building material for this weekend's San Juan Skijoring competition – a form of ski and snowboard racing with horses. The construction of that…

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