Ski Joring Divisions

Open Division: $175 entry fee. Age 18 and over.
Sport Division: $150 entry fee. Age 18 and over.
Novice Division: $100 entry fee. Age 18 and over.
Long Jump Division: $75 entry fee. Age 18 and over.
Junior Division: $50 entry fee. Age 13-17.
Pee-Wee Division: $25 entry fee. Age 12 and under.

There will be added purse to Open, Sport, Novice, and Long Jump divisions. The association retains 10% of the entry fees to administer the event. Payout percentages will be posted at the event.

Ski Joring Registration

YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO PRE-REGISTER to GUARANTEE your spot. Please fill out the registration form AND the waiver, and email to mnplecker@gmail.com. LOOK FOR ONLINE REGISTRATION AVAILABLE SOON HERE.
As a reminder, if you (horse, rider or skier) have won two or more times in a division you must bump up a division. Please also remember the organization rules state “All entries are subject to Board Approval and competitors will be urged to compete in the appropriate division.” If you are a sport competitor take a close look at the open purse!

Age Limits for Divisions:
Pee Wee: 12 years old and younger
Junior: 13 – 17 years of age
Novice, Sport, Open: No limits

You can download the registration form and the waiver form below, complete them, and mail them with your payment to:

Red Lodge Ski-Joring Association
P.O. Box 1704 • Red Lodge, Montana 59068

Please plan on attending the registration party on Friday night at The Silver Strike Casino and Sports Bar. Last minute competitors can register at the registration party and all competitors can pick up their bib numbers and entrance passes.

Download Registration Form
Download Waiver Form

Ski Joring Rules – 2018

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Open – Sport – Novice – Junior – Pee Wee Divisions

  1. The Ski-Joring Races will have 2 go-rounds.
  2. The course length will be a minimum of 600 feet, 12 gates and 3 jumps.
  3. In an effort to allow riders to develop up and coming horses for Ski-Joring, riders will be permitted to compete in more than one division. However, no horse or skier will be allowed to compete in more than one division.
  4. A rider is limited to four (4) entries in each division. A skier is NOT limited to two (2) entries, but may only compete in one division. Each horse is limited to two (2) entries and may only compete in one division. A Rider/Horse/Skier team may only enter once in any combination.
  5. Time starts and stops when the Skier crosses the start and finish lines.
  6. The skier must be in an upright position and on at least one ski with rope in hand when crossing the finish line. Both skier’s boots must cross the finish line.
  7. There is a five (5) second penalty for each gate or jump missed. Both tips of skis and both boots must go around the gate, otherwise it is considered missed.
  8. If the horse or rope displaces a gate prior to skier negotiating it, the gate is considered missed.
  9. If the rider, skier or horse is unable to complete their second run, they may not find a replacement. They are disqualified.
  10. Written parental consent is required for participants under 18 years of age. Parent must be present at registration.
  11. Prior to race time, participants will be allowed to examine the course from inside perimeter of the track only.
  12. Rope length shall not exceed 50 feet.
  13. Skiers will be required to wear snow sport approved helmets. Eye protection is recommended.
  14. Any protests from a competitor must be made verbally to the Chief of Race prior to the commencement of the next competitors run.
  15. Unsportsmanlike behavior is grounds for immediate disqualification.
  16. The decision of the Judges is final.

Long Jump

The long jump competition is considered a separate event from the timed events. Participants are allowed two entries regardless of their entries in the timed events, subject to the rules below.

  1. Individuals are NOT limited to two (2) entries but additional entries cannot consist of the same 2 individuals in any combination. Each horse is limited to two (2) entries.
  2. If the rider, skier or horse is unable to complete their second run, they may not find a replacement. They are disqualified from the combined (Saturday, Sunday) competition.
  3. Distance will be measured at the point of rear foot impact.
  4. Jumper must land and demonstrate control by skiing out of the landing.
  5. Rider and Jumper must be a minimum of 18 years old.
  6. Skiers will be required to wear snow sport approved helmets. Eye protection is recommended.
  7. The decision of the Judges is final.

Additionally:

  1. Money will be added to the purse. Purse amounts for each division will be announced at the event.
  2. There will be a veterinarian on site who has the authority to disqualify an animal for medical reasons.
  3. Judges reserve the right to invoke THE SPARBY RULE, WHEREIN:
    Competitors will be allowed 5 minutes from the time they enter the arena to stage their horse for a start. First infraction will result in that team being moved back in the start order. In the event they are unable to start their horse a second time, within the 5-minute time frame, that team will be disqualified for that go-around.
  4. All entries are subject to Board Approval and competitors will be urged to compete in the appropriate division.
  5. Alcohol consumption prior to competition is grounds for disqualification for that competitor, and ultimately that team! (Including Horses)
  6. No refunds of entry fees or Calcutta monies will be given if horse, rider or skier is not able to compete due to injury or other reasons. This applies to later runs on same day.
  7. Calcutta monies are paid to the top 3 finishing “Purchased” teams.
  8. Should there be an addition to the existing rules, they will be brought to your attention at registration.

Additional Information For Competitors

The Ski Joring races are held Saturday and Sunday at the Home of Champions Rodeo Grounds in Red Lodge, MT. The Home of Champions Rodeo Grounds are located off of route 78 about 1/2 mile west of the traffic circle on the north side of town.

Races start at noon both days and conclude at approximately 3pm. Competitors must attend pre-race briefings and course inspections on Saturday that commence at 10:30.

Please arrive early each day for the best parking and to ease traffic congesting with incoming spectators.

Horse boarding is available on a first come, first served basis in outdoor pens at the south end of the rodeo grounds. Cost for boarding in the pens is $25 per horse for the entire weekend. Competitors desiring horse boarding should check in with the Red Lodge FFA at the rodeo grounds Friday afternoon or Saturday morning. All horse boarding proceeds benefit the Red Lodge FFA, and they will accept cash or check.

For information on where to stay in Red Lodge while competing in the Ski Joring Races, visit the redlodge.com lodging web page.

Due to liability, no outside alcohol allowed inside the gates. The Snag Bar and Red Lodge Ales will be on site.

Please note that the Calcutta auction cannot accept credit cards. State law prohibits credit gambling. Cash and checks accepted. Several ATMs are available nearby.

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Contact Us:

Red Lodge Ski-Joring Association
P.O. Box 1704
Red Lodge, Montana 59068

Monica Plecker
mnplecker@gmail.com
540-969-7268

Kristen Beck
kbbeck82@hotmail.com
808-283-2201