Three days of Skijoring events at St. Moritz

01:49 PM 08 Dec 2013 NZDT
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Spectacular scenery: Drivers and their horses take part in the trotting race event.
Spectator sport: Onlookers near the finishing line enjoy a drink at the upmarket resort's annual event.
Winter racing: Drivers pilot their horses during a flat-race event on the frozen lake.
The Skijoring Grand Prix Credit Suisse race on the frozen lake at St Moritz, Switzerland, yesterday
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Hunched down on skis as he is pulled behind a horse, a skijoring competitor races towards the finish line in St Moritz, Switzerland Friday.

Trailing his horse Bergonzi, Fadri Casty ended up crossing the line in second place at the skijoring - or ski driving - event at the Swiss resort.

The annual White Turf tournament, which runs for three days, features a series of races involving horses on St Moritz's frozen lake.

These include the more traditional sight of mounted jockeys competing for supremacy in a blizzard of kicked-up snow and trotting events on skis and sleds.

The White Turf horse races at St Moritz date back to 1906, while skijoring debuted there in 1928.

Skijoring originated in Scandinavia 700 years ago as a means of transport during the winter months.

Now it is a specialised sport where competitors on skis are pulled by a horse, dog or motor vehicle.

By Graham Smith and Allan Hall for Mail Online News

(reprinted with permission from www.dailymail.com.uk)

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