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August 26, 2018


continues to work
from "dawn til dusk" and from "east to west"!

Beginning tomorrow, some of the world's top athletes take the stage
in New York City
at the US Open Tennis Championships


Skijor USA is "courtside" learning how
the world's largest sporting event, which yields over $350 million in revenue,
and offers a $53 million prize pot, the largest in tennis history, 
is managed and delivered to over 700,000 live spectators
as well as billions of fans around the globe.

Through our ongoing networking efforts,
Skijor USA's Triple Cross Skijoring remains on the radar
of ESPN as well as another international player in sports marketing.

Skijor USA anticipates that corporate sponsorships
for our 2019 event calendar
will soon follow. 

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Mark LaRowe
has been photographing
the barley harvest in Montana,
and farmers are determined to eke out what they can from their fields.

An article from January 2018 on NPR & The Weather Channel, reports:

"A bumper sticker spotted in Montana reads, "No barley, no beer." It's a reminder that Montana's barley farmers are struggling. Barley is an unforgiving crop that needs a precise recipe of water and sunshine to thrive — too much of either will cause it to wither and die. And amid a changing climate and unpredictable seasons, that's exactly what's happening."

Let's be glad the season ended fairly well,
and that beer will be pouring freely at our races!

Thank you to farmers like
Lane & Erica Hutchings
for doing their part to keep our beer bellies and our beer buzzes growing!

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Kremmling, Colorado
Cody, Wyoming

are planning SJUSA races for 2019.

Kremmling has a long history of skijoring
as some of our Advisory Committee members and others recall.

From the mid to late 1980's,
Leadville skiers, like Paul & Ray Copper, competed in Kremmling.
Skier Jerry Kissell
teamed up with Hall of Fame rider, Tommy Hill, and his horse, Alpo, and
Tommy's sons, Matthew & Mark, also competed.
Hall of Fame skier, Kenny Hilton, teamed up with rider Bill Sheets. 

Dates and details will be announced shortly.  
The race will be an excellent addition for
riders and skiers planning to compete in Saratoga and Steamboat!

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Cody boasts a rich history of rodeo and ski jumping
(there is even a winery, called Buffalo Jump, inspired by Cody!)
so, not surprisingly, in the past the town has also hosted skijoring races.
In the mid to late 1990's,
Tim Hockhalter, former PRCA bull dogger/steer wrestler, competed.

Competitors planning to attend Jackson, Butte and Helena
should be excited about this addition!

The spirit of extreme sport in Cody is captured below by Rolf Wilson,
the world record holder for the longest Gelande ski jump:

I remember one year, I got to travel around and do 4 events.  We got to go the the East Coast, from Colorado and Montana to the East Coast, then back to Utah...and we jumped four different hills in four different states.  Then we came back to Wyoming and we did this jump called the Buffalo Jump...and it was a very small mom and pop, a non profithill, in Cody, Wyoming, and the city and state was funding it.  We built this huge, huge jump.  Over 200 feet.  We didn't know, and no one had ever done it before.  We had 14 professional jumpers there from all over the country, and we had never tried this before, and we did spot jumps and long jumps.  We had the Olympic gold medalist, he was from Norway.  He competed with us in Cody, Wyoming!  On a man made jump that we had made! And we set the hill record at like 220 feet.  And there was still another 100 feet to go!  Our in run was like 400 yards, and we started where the ski lift dropped you off.  That is gelande at its finest. That is the epitome of what we wanna do.

    From Here in Seattle with William Pennington, September 2017

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Skijor USA hosted our 3rd Organizers' Summit
on Monday, August 20th.
Ten SJUSA race organizers were in attendance,
and we are ALL very busy gearing up early for the 2019 season!


Our next Organizers' Summit is on
Monday, September 24, 2018 at 5:30 PM.

There are now 19 weeks, or 132 days, before our first race!

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We would like to congratulate


on his new venture as a Real Estate Broker
with Coldwell Banker Distinctive Properties
in Ketchum, Idaho

Both Taylor and David Stoecklein
have wowed us with their stunning images of the west for many, many years!

We wish Taylor the best of luck
and much success!
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One more week before Labor Day Weekend
and Back To School Days
for many kids!

Enjoy the warm weather while you can!

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Thank you for reading our weekly newsletter!
Our numbers keep improving
so we will try to keep the good news coming!


Your Team at Skijor USA
Mark, Levi, Loren, Dana, Terry, Bruce, Clay and Jerry
Your SJUSA Member Race Delegates

Photos courtesy of
Mark LaRowe