Synopsis: Skijoring is a sport that combines fast horses with daredevil skiing through a slalom course in small towns throughout the western United States. Follow Ebbie Hansen, a Montana cowgirl, as she chases her third National Championship.
If you’re looking for a fast-paced winter sport that combines skiing and horseback riding, then you may want to try out skijoring.
Skijoring (“ski driving” in Norwegian) might just be on its way to becoming one of the top horse sports in North America. The sport involves towing a skier (or rollerblader) with a water skiing handle behind a galloping horse. Both the horse and the skier must navigate an obstacle race course of sorts.
Skijoring (pronounced /ˈskiːʃɜːrɪŋ/) is a winter sport in which a person on skis is pulled by a horse, a dog (or dogs) or a motor vehicle. It is derived from the Norwegian word skikjøring, meaning “ski driving”.
Many courses involve jumps, and some include rings that the rider and skier must grab while passing by. Sometimes slalom gates are thrown in there. Skijoring is typically completed over snow, but a summertime version allows for rollerbladers and horses to travel over grass turf and jumps.
Erik’s first film, The Hard Way, about 89-year-old ultra-runner Bob Hayes, premiered at the Banff Mountain Film Festival in 2016. It also screened at Telluride Mountainfilm, 5-Point Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival, and many others around the world. He was selected to attend the Banff Adventure Filmmakers Workshop in 2017 where he workshopped his latest film, A Few Steps Further.
Erik lives in Montana with his wife and two sons, a dozen chickens and a bird dog.
EQUUS FIlm Festival NYC - USA - 2018