WISDOM SKIJORING
 
 
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WISDOM SKIJORING

in the BIG HOLE VALLEY of MONTANA

EVENT DETAILS

Wisdom, Montana in the Big Hole Valley provides the perfect setting for horses, riders and skiers to meet in a friendly competition that has become tradition. For ten years, this small Western town has hosted an event that epitomizes the Best that the West has to offer in outdoor winter sport combining horsemanship and skiing prowess.

Where: The race takes place at the Wisdom Airport which is about a 1.5 miles southeast of Wisdom on Highway 278. Events follow in the evening at The Crossing Bar & Grill at Fetty’s .

What: Skijoring, an event in which horses, riders and skiers team up in a timed race on a closed course. The track on which the horse runs is straight. The skier navigates gates, jumps and rings while being pulled by a rope behind the horse. Teams fall into divisions according to time splits and are awarded prizes after the weekend.

When: Saturday & Sunday, February 23 & 24, 2019 races start at 12:30 sharp with the 3D competition first.

 
 
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WISDOM SKIJORING

IN the big hole valley of montana

RULES & REGS

A complete set of Rules and a Waiver can be found further down the page

and PDFs can be downloaded at www.bigholevalley.com

OVERVIEW

 

FORMAT

We are adopting a 3 D format in 2019. In essence if you want to compete in the Open (D1), Sport (D2) or Novice (D3) will sign up for the overall 3 D Division. Your time on Saturday will determine your placement in the 3 D for Sunday and for the average.


REGISTRATION

We will have an open registration period from 8am February 13, through 7pm February 22. Teams will sign up by calling or stopping by the Crossing Bar and Grill in Wisdom MT 406-689-3260. Payment will be made by credit or debit card, in person with a check or credit card over the phone. Payment must be made to be registered in the event.

Check-in

Friday’s Check in

A check in table will be open at the Crossing Bar and Grill from 7 to 10 pm on

Friday night Feb 22 and Saturday morning until 10 am for waivers. The waiver of liability must be signed by contestants before the race.

Contestants must be 18 years of age to participate.

Pay Pal will not be available this year.


PAYOUTS & AWARDS

ALL ENTRY FEES will be paid out in all Classes. We will pay 100% of the purse in all classes.

Fastest team time Sunday in each class and division,will receive their entry fees back. These payouts are subtracted before the average payout is calculated.

Payouts in the 3D will be calculated as follows:

1D = 50% of purse, 1st 50%, 2nd 30%, 3rd 20%
2D = 30% of purse, 1st 40%, 2nd 30%, 3rd 20% 4th 10%
3D = 20% of purse, 1st 28%, 2nd 24%, 3rd 19%,4th 14%, 5th 9%, 6th 6%

DIVISIONS

Wisdom’s race venue will have 4 classes: 3 D format, women’s, century, and beginners (including snowboarders).


FEES

3 D - $80 per team
Womens Class -$60 per team
Century Class - $40 per team
Beginners including Snowboard - $20 per team

Women’s teams can pay an extra $80 entry fee and be entered in the 3 D class. Women paying the extra $80 will run once and have their time applied in both classes. They will be sold twice in the Calcutta. They will earn points for the region in 3D.


WAIVERS

Waivers must be signed by 10 am February 23 to be allowed to race. Waivers may be signed Friday night at the Crossing Bar and Grill and can be signed on Saturday morning at the Hook and Horn until 10am. A copy of the waiver is attached to this document. Please print, sign, scan, or photograph the waiver and email a signed copy of the waiver to wdm3122@gmail.com.

PAYOUTS & AWARDS CONTINUED

All payouts in the Women’s, Century, Beginners (including snowboarders) will be calculated as follows:

2-5 teams - two places will be paid 60% / 40%
6-10 teams - three places will be paid 50% /30% / 20%
11 or more teams - 4 places will be paid 40% /30%/ 20%/ 10%

Buckles will be awarded to the Open (1D), Sport (2D), Women’s, and Century Classes average winners. The novice, beginner, and snowboard divisions will not receive a buckle.

 
 
 
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wisdom SKIJORING

in the big hole valley of montana

DIVISIONS & FEES

 
 

$80/team

3D

In all classes a team is made up of a rider a skier and a horse and must be the same in both go arounds. There are no substitutions. Switching horses within the team will be a DQ.

$60/TEAM

women’s

Participants, both rider and skier must be women. 21. Horses may only enter twice. Skiers may enter 4 times. Riders

may enter an unlimited number of times assuming they have

multiple horses.

 

 

$40/TEAM

CENTUry

A team must have a combined age of 100 at the date of the event. The skier must be 50 or older. Your horses age does not count.

$20/team

Beginners & snowboarders

This division is meant for those new to skijoring or wishing to snowboard. We welcome you!

 

 
 
 
 

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wisdom SKIJORING

in the big hole valley of montana

MEMORY LANE

 
 
 

wisdom SKIJORING

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CONTACT US

 

For more info call Diane Havig/The Crossing Restaurant 406-689-3260 or write to us below:

 

 The Big Hole Valley Association is a non-profit organization made up of individuals and businesses in the upper Big Hole Valley. Our goal is to help the people of the valley, sponsor events that are fun for the valley residents and visitors, improve the appearance and well being of the community. Event entry fees, donations, and receipts from sales are used for prizes, to buy insurance, buy or rent equipment, purchase supplies, and advertise the event. The association makes annual donations to local or regional charities. The Big Hole Valley Association sponsors this event.

2019- Wisdom Ski Joring 3 D Race Rules
(January 10, 2019)

The 2019 event will take place over two days, February 23 and 24 in Wisdom Montana. In 2019 we will again be ski joring at the Wisdom Airport which is about a 1.5 miles southeast of Wisdom on Highway 278.

We will once again cap the race at the first 95 paid up teams. Knowing that Wisdom can have unpredictable and often harsh conditions, we want to keep the event from running long.

We will have an open registration period from 8am February 13, through 7pm February 22. Teams will sign up by calling or stopping by the Crossing Bar and Grill in Wisdom MT 406-689-3260. Payment will be made by credit or debit card, in person with a check or credit card over the phone. Payment must be made to be registered in the event.

The most significant change is that we are adopting a 3 D format in 2019. In essence if you want to compete in the Open (D1), Sport (D2) or Novice (D3) will sign up for the overall 3 D Division. Your time on Saturday will determine your placement in the 3 D for Sunday and for the average.

Wisdom’s race venue will have 4 classes: 3 D format, women’s, century, and beginners (including snowboarders).

3 D time splits will be made by our Wisdom Race Committee by Friday February 22. The committee wants to be consistent with the SkiJorUSA -3D Format Rules of one second splits. We will review the 3D prior regional venue race results in making our final determination for our splits.

2019 Registration Details

Entry Caps-We will be capping the total number of teams at 95. Within the cap we will initially allow 60 teams in the 3 D, 15 teams in the Womens, 10 teams in the Century, 10 teams in the beginners including snowboarders.

If we reach a cap in a division or class during the sign up period, and there are teams still interested in competing, we will take the team name and information. After the close of registrations we will review where we stand relative to the caps. Assuming we are not at 95 total teams, we will expand the individual classes on a first come first paid basis using the information collected during the registration period until we reach 95 teams. We will be calling these teams as quickly as possible to confirm their continued interest and we will complete registration by phone. If the team we call is not interested we will proceed down the list. If we can not contact the team in a reasonable time frame we will move to the next team on the list.

Entries must have a complete team for registration. Our entries shall be awarded on first come, first paid basis in

reaching class caps. A team entry is one skier, one horse and one rider. A team may only enter once in a class. Switching ends is allowed within a class.

Fees

3 D - $80 per team
Womens Class -$60 per team
Century Class - $40 per team
Beginners including Snowboard - $20 per team

Women’s teams can pay an extra $80 entry fee and be entered in the 3 D class. Women paying the extra $80 will run once and have their time applied in both classes. They will be sold twice in the Calcutta. They will earn points for the region in 3D.

Total entry cap- 95 teams
Tentatively distributed as follows:
3D -60 teams
Women’s Division - 15 teams
Century Division- 10 teams
Beginners including Snowboard Division - 10 teams

Waivers - Waivers must be signed by 10 am February 23 to be allowed to race. Waivers may be signed Friday night at the Crossing Bar and Grill and can be signed on Saturday morning at the Hook and Horn until 10am. A copy of the waiver is attached to this document. Please print, sign, scan, or photograph the waiver and email a signed copy of the waiver to wdm3122@gmail.com.

Friday’s Check in

A check in table will be open at the Crossing Bar and Grill from 7 to 10 pm on

Friday night Feb 22 and Saturday morning until 1000 am for waivers. The waiver of liability must be signed by contestants before the race.

Contestants must be 18 years of age to participate.

Pay Pal will not be available this year.

Saturday February 23 events:

3 D and Women’s, then Century and Beginners including Snowboarder, will be the order of events. The race starts a 1230 sharp, Contestant briefing is at 1200 at the start gate. Private ropes will be approved at the start gate at 1100.
Gate placement will remain unchanged for the 3 D and the Womens race and may be modified between the remaining classes to bring the course difficulty more in line with the anticipated competitive level of the contestants.
Calcutta of teams at the Crossing Bar and Grill Saturday at 7pm.

Sunday February 24 events:

Same order of classes as Saturday. We will reverse Saturdays’s run order on Sunday. The race begins at 1130, the contestant briefing is at 1100 at the start gate.
Gate placement will remain unchanged for the 3 D and the Womens race and may be modified between the remaining classes to bring the course difficulty more in line with the anticipated competitive level of the contestants.

Awards will be at the Crossing Bar and Grill approximately two hours after the event is finished.

Course description

The track is straight and will be approximately 900 feet long. The track will have gates, three jumps and one ring.

1. All participants must sign a liability waiver.
2. Skiers must use an approved rope and it must be pulled from the

horn of the saddle or the cantle. If behind the saddle the attachment must not be more than 4 inches from the cantle and must not be elastic. The Big Hole Tourism will supply ropes for the event. If you elect to use your own rope, it must 33 ft or less, it may not have bars, loops or knots on the skier end. It must have a loop to be place on the horn or it must have a carabiner to be hooked behind the cantle of the saddle. Ropes will be approved at 1100 at the start line by the rules committee. Using an unapproved rope or one that fails to meet the above specifications

will result in a disqualification.
3. Timing systems and timers will flag the skier not the horse.
4. Skiers go right of the red gates, left of the blue gates.
5. Skiers missing a gate or a jump will result in a 5 second penalty.

If the horse goes into or through a gate, or rides onto a jump, it is a

5 second penalty.
6. The skier or the horseman must cross the finish line with the ring

in their hand or around the arm. Failing to have the ring is a 2

second penalty.
7. Skis must go through the gate.
8. The skier must be holding the rope and be in an upright position at

the end of the race; at least one ski and both boots must go through and across the finish line/gate; no other body part may be on the ground. The rider must also be on the horse. Missing the finish line gate is a DQ.

9. Participants should not drink alcohol before or during the race. Members of the rules committee may eject competitors who are intoxicated and in our view unable to safely compete in the race.

10.A course rules judge can disqualify a contestant, if they are unable to complete the course safely, or if a horse is overworked, is injured or becomes unruly or a safety hazard.

11.Once a team is called to start, the team must quickly ready themselves or they will be disqualified. The course judge at the starting line will make the final call on timeliness. (Note, in past years we have been very liberal with the order of the runs and have allowed changes. In 2019 we will run the event in the order called. If you have two horses have two sets of tack.)

12.Once the horse, rider, and skier are in “a race ready mode” meaning the rope is attached to the saddle, the skier has the rope in hand and the flag is up, if the skier drops the rope before crossing the start line, he/she is disqualified. A restart will only be allowed if the team was not deemed to be in a race ready mode.

13.Skiers must wear a helmet and eye protection.

14.Horses may be walked through the course prior to the event without skiers to get them familiar with the course. Stay in the middle of the course.

15.Decisions by the chairman of the rules committee will be final. 16.Good sportsmanship must be practiced by all.
17.Riders match the speed of your horse to the conditions and the ability of the skiers. Skiers, we strongly recommend you not climb the rope. A long tail of rope behind you can wrap around you and be a hazard if you fall.

18.No instant replays (videos cameras)will be reviewed or used by the judges in the case of a protest. Protests must be filed at the end of the run with a member of the Ski Joring Committee. Protests after a class has run will not be considered by the Committee.

19.In all classes a team is made up of a rider a skier and a horse and must be the same in both go arounds. There are no substitutions. Switching horses within the team will be a DQ.

20.Women’s- Participants, both rider and skier must be women. 21. Horses may only enter twice. Skiers may enter 4 times. Riders

may enter an unlimited number of times assuming they have

multiple horses.
22.Century – A team must have a combined age of 100 at the date of

the event. The skier must be 50 or older. Your horses age does not

count.
23. We will pay on the fastest time for Sunday and pay on the

average in 1D, 2D, 3D, Womens, Century, and Beginners. See the

payout schedules on the following pages.
24.No team substitutions can be done once the event has started. 25.Horses may only be used twice per day. You may only enter a

horse as a member of two teams.

Payouts Saturday and Sunday

ALL ENTRY FEES will be paid out in all Classes. We will pay 100% of the purse in all classes.

Fastest team time Sunday in each class and division,will receive their entry fees back. These payouts are subtracted before the average payout is calculated.

Payouts in the 3D will be calculated as follows:

1D = 50% of purse, 1st 50%, 2nd 30%, 3rd 20%
2D = 30% of purse, 1st 40%, 2nd 30%, 3rd 20% 4th 10%
3D = 20% of purse, 1st 28%, 2nd 24%, 3rd 19%,4th 14%, 5th 9%, 6th 6%

** If the “one second rule” in 1D fails to put 8 teams or more in 1D, our race committee will move teams into 1D so that there is a minimum of 8 teams in 1D. The “one second rule” still applies in the 2D and is calculated off the eight place or the eight fastest team time.

All payouts in the Women’s, Century, Beginners (including snowboarders) will be calculated as follows:

2-5 teams - two places will be paid 60% / 40%
6-10 teams - three places will be paid 50% /30% / 20%
11 or more teams - 4 places will be paid 40% /30%/ 20%/ 10%

If there are no times in a class upon which to make an award, the fees will be retained by the Big Hole Valley Association.

Buckles will be awarded to the Open (1D), Sport (2D), Women’s, and Century Classes average winners. The novice, beginner, and snowboard divisions will not receive a buckle.

Calcutta Rules

  1. No refunds will be given in the Calcutta. If for some reason your team does not race on Sunday there will be no refund. All teams must be purchased.

  2. Minimum bids will be $20 for a team.

  3. Teams that do not receive a bid will be sold in a lot at the end of the

    each class with a combined starting bid of $20.

  4. Teams from the open (1D), sport (2D), novice (3D),women’s and

    century classes will be sold in the Calcutta. If we have a large enough number of beginner skiers or snowboarders to make a competitive event we will also sell these teams at the Calcutta. We will make a decision on Friday night. The Calcutta will be held at the Crossing Bar and Grill at Fetty’s at 7pm Saturday night February 23.

  5. The Calcutta payout will be based on the Sunday run

    times only. The Calcutta will not pay on the average.

  6. Before the Calcutta, we may elect to split a large division into two

    groups. We would sell teams in the first group and payout on the places in the first group. We would sell teams in the second group and payout in the second group. This provides another layer competition. Faster teams will compete against one another, and slower teams will compete against each other for the Calcutta only. The breakout of the groups will be determined by the race committee on Saturday afternoon once we see the size of the divisions and the race results.

  7. Winning bidders pay with cash or check to the auction clerk upon acknowledgement of the winning bid. Betting syndicates are allowed however one member of the syndicate must be the designated bidder.

  8. Event awards and funds will be distributed to the winning Calcutta bidders at the Crossing Bar and Grill at approximately 6:00pm, Sunday February 24, 2019.

  9. Day one times will be available at the Calcutta, day two times on which the Calcutta is based will be available at the payout and awards ceremony at the Crossing Bar and Grill.

10.In 2019 Division assignments within 3D will be based on Saturday times. Women’s teams that have bought into two classes will be sold twice.

11.If a class has no time upon which to make an award, the Calcutta revenues from that class will be retained by the Big Hole Valley Association.

70% of the purse is paid out in the Calcutta, 30 % goes to the Big Hole Valley Association

All payouts are based on the Sunday times.
2-5 teams – 2 places paid 60%- 40%
6-10 teams -3 places paid 50%-30%-20%
11or more teams – 4 places paid 40%-30%-20%- 10%

You can contact the Big Hole Valley Association by calling Diane Havig at the Crossing Bar and Grill, 406-689-3260.

Big Hole Valley Association Waiver and Release (2/19)

By signing and initialing this waiver and release form, every entry at the Big Hole Valley Association Ski Joring competition shall constitute an agreement as follows.
Participant (undersigned participant or undersigned parent or guardian) agrees and fully understands the following:

___________ I fully understand that engaging in the sport of ski joring is a dangerous and unpredictable activity which could result in personal injury and or death. ___________ I verify I am physically fit and have trained to participate in this event, and I agree that all decisions I make and actions I take are my own. I further agree that I will pay for any and all medical expenses, which may occur as a result of injury to me by participating in this event.

___________ I understand that horseback riding, racing, and skiing behind a horse will expose me to above normal risks. I agree to assume and accept the dangers that occur in the activity of horseback riding, skiing, snowboarding, racing and/or skiing/ snowboarding behind a horse.

___________ I waive and release for myself, my heirs, executors, and administrators all rights or claims for damage which I may have now or in the future against the Big Hole Valley Association, Skijoring America, Skijorusa, Board members, Sponsors, Land Owners, Race directors, Race committee members, Volunteers, Spectators, Municipalities, States, any and all County and State agencies, Partners, Employees, and Servants from all claims for personal injuries, including death, and damages to property, real or personal, caused by or arising out of my involvement in this event. ___________ I fully understand I am responsible for the health and safety of my horse. I waive and release all rights or claims in case of injury and/or death of the horse. I also understand I am fully responsible for any expenses incurred if the horse is injured or for any actions the I may take causing injury or damage to humans, livestock or property. ___________ I agree to allow Big Hole Valley Association officials, Race Organizers and media representatives the use of my name, photos, video tapes, comments, or commentaries to help publicize and promote Big Hole Valley Association and the sport of Ski Joring.

___________ Sportsmanship is required from all participants at this event. Ski Joring officials field flaggers, and all race officials have the power to give out warnings or disqualify any person or team that they deem is acting in an unsportsmanlike manner. Mistreating any horse, inappropriate language toward officials, spectators, or other competitors and throwing or mistreating of equipment shall be grounds for disqualification. If you are disqualified, you will surrender your entry fees.

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