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October 14, 2018

Outpace. Outshine. Outperform. Outrun. Outsmart.

Skijoring is a competitive sport, and that is what makes it so exciting.
It is satisfying to know you have done your best,
given it your all, rallied your team, built relationships and pushed the limits.
This is when the smell of sweet success is most gratifying.

Our Skijoring Community
is full of people who live by this mantra,
and we, at Skijor USA, are no different even though 
some of us do not compete at events or have retired from competition.

We are excited to be building a team of new event organizers
who bring much professional experience to the table.
They are eager to learn from those who have put on races for years
we are eager to learn from them as well!

Collaboration, communication and cooperation
are cornerstones for success,
and we welcome everyone's contribution
as long as it is constructive.

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This season, you will hear the following names more and more, and, in time, SJUSA will elaborate on their previous experience
and share their backgrounds in organizing and promoting events.
We are excited that more talented newcomers will soon be stepping forward!
So keep your ears open for more skijoring events
that will be added to our race roster.
(That's all we can say for now!)

Tim Smead
Columbia Falls, Montana

Brian Giordano
West Yellowstone, Montana

Christine Pitcher
Pagosa Springs, Colorado

Kristin Bollinger
Soldier Hollow, Utah

Corie Downey
Butte, Montana

Ted Slather
Canterbury Park, Minnesota

Sam Mitchell
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

ALL of these organizers are thinking outside the box to deliver an experience to both competitors and spectators that is forward looking and above all

We have heard your pleas to put the fun back in skijoring
and shy away from bothersome politics,
and we are determine to deliver this to your doorstep in 2019.

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On April 14th, 2018
in our newsletter entitled
"Gettin' Warmed Up"

we announced our Steamboat Springs, Colorado event
for January 12 & 13, 2019.

We continue to make excellent progress in Steamboat,
and we just launched our website!

Loren Zhimanskova & Cregan Ortner,
of Priest Creek Ranch,
have been partnering for years in this effort
and have cultivated valuable relationships throughout
the local Steamboat Springs and larger Routt County communities.

We invite our friends who have been active in Steamboat's Winter Carnival
to join us at our landmark event
and integrate with our own community of skijorers
that will come from both Colorado and surrounding states.

Most of all we are thrilled to be building upon the time-honored tradition
of skijoring in Steamboat and bringing a fresh, new perspective
to the sport that so many local families and athletes love.

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We are happy to announce that

Paul Copper

has agreed to serve on the Hall of Fame Committee
with long time friends and colleagues
Tony Fox & Kitty LeDonne.

Paul began competing in the 1970's as a skier
and has been organizing the Leadville Skijoring Race for decades.
He now mentors Jason Dahl and Duffy Counsell in that role.

We are ready to publish a 2019 submission form,
and there will be a link on our website beginning tomorrow.

Please remember that although SJUSA is heading up the effort to preserve the history of the sport and honor those who have contributed the most,
our Hall of Fame Committee is non-partisan
and is unaffiliated with our organization or any other, in fact.
We do not know where the sport will take us, 
but our committee is ready to help us document its path for years to come.

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Cierra Kunesh & Ty Erickson

will be getting married this coming weekend in Montana.

Cierra is the daughter of Ebbie Hansen and the sister of CR Kunesh
and has competed in the Helena's Last Chance Skijoring: Race for the Gold. Cierra is also an accomplished rodeo cowgirl finishing the summer season by winning the finals average, finishing 3rd in the year end all-around, 
and topping it off
as the 2018 NWRA Breakaway Champion,
roping her third calf in a 2.9 to clinch the lead and win the title.

Ty Erickson is at the top of his game in professional steer wrestling.
He finished 2nd Place with a 4.0 at the All American Finals which allowed him to advance to the short round Saturday night.

We wish Cierra and Ty much happiness and success in their union!

As you know, Aaron & Katy Griffen and John & Kelli Hyde
have one week head start on you guys!

We anticipate wishing you all a Happy Anniversary year after year at this time.
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There is so much wonderful history to share and report about skijoring,
that we are launching a digital journal to educate 
both our own growing community and the world about our exciting sport.

Our publication dates will be December, March, June and September,
but if we feel we have enough to report, we may offer some
"half-pint" or special editions, too!

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The SJUSA Corporate Council met 
on October 12th
to discuss our progress and fine-tune our approach to the 2019 season.
Minutes of our meeting are posted on our website.

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Monday, October 22nd, Advisory Committee Meeting
Tuesday, October 23rd, Organizers' Summit
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Your Team at Skijor USA
Mark, Levi, Loren, Dana, Bruce, Clay and Jerry
Your SJUSA Member Race Delegates

Photos courtesy of
Mark LaRowe, Ebbie Hansen & The Steamboat Pilot