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Horsing around on skis

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Summit Daily/Brad Odekirk Frisco resident Bruce Stott dressed up as Superman Sunday for the Leadville Championship Ski-Joring Open and skied behind Jessy Biggins, who was riding Otis. It was Stott's third run of the day and his sixth year competing in ski-joring.

Thirty-two teams of riders and skiers assembled for the annual Leadville Championship Ski-Joring Sunday, a tradition in Colorados highest incorporated town since 1949.

Fourteen teams competed in the sport class, and 18 teams competed in the pro class.

Four blocks of Harrison Avenue – Leadville’s Main Street – were covered with snow and the course was set with jumps, gates and sets of rings. In the end, the fastest time turned in Sunday was by cousins Ryan and Greg Dahl – 15.67 seconds with no penalties.What is the most difficult part of the skier’s job?”Definitely the rings,” said Frisco competitor Bruce Stott. “You are going fast, and it is pretty easy to lose a ring or two if you’re not dead on.”What is the most difficult part of the riders job? “Staying focused and keeping a straight line, regardless of what the skier is doing behind you,” said Eagle resident Kendra Parker, who was riding Zip.

What is ski-joring? Competitors in ski-joring are comprised of teams of two, one rider on horseback and one skier being pulled by the rider.

The rider on the horse charges down the course in a straight line, encouraging the equine to run as fast as possible. The skier being pulled is challenged to collect rings at two different locations, hit two different jumps and make gates along the four block course. Any rings, gates or jumps missed, the team is penalized two seconds for each.

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