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Pagosa cowgirl places in skijoring event

The town of Silverton held its second annual skijoring event. The race was held in the streets downtown, Feb. 12 and 13.

Pagosa Spring’ cowgirl Cheyann Dixon entered the race for her first time. The event is a race in which a horseback rider pulls a skier down a snow-packed obstacle course. The horses run 25 to 30 miles per hour as the skier maneuvers through gates and over jumps. The horses are shod with a special shoe to help track on the course, which is snow packed and may be icy. The horse and rider must be accustomed to ropes, as well as the weight and sound of the skier behind them.

Dixon rode her horse, Blackjack, as well as a Wolf Creek Outfitter’s horse, Harley D. In the Saturday event, Dixon and Harley D, and a Durango skier, finished with a time of 18.43 seconds, putting them in fourth place for the day.

Day two at the skijoring competition consisted of jumps and gates similar to day one, with an added challenge of the skier picking up three plastic rings along the course. Dixon, on her horse, Blackjack, pulled Silverton’s Rob Conity with a time of 18.04 seconds. The cowgirl’s remaining skiers just couldn’t keep up with her two horses. Dixon and Conity took third place for the day two event.

Dixon was pleased with her skiers’ third and fourth place rankings in her first skijoring competition and looks forward to entering future contests in other towns around the state.

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