Colorado skijoring accidents lead to horse euthanasia, increased scrutiny

9th March, 2016 by

By Kevin Fixler

SUMMIT COUNTY — The niche sport of skijoring is under increased scrutiny after recent accidents led to the euthanization of two horses. The city of Leadville hosted its 67th annual skijoring competition Saturday and Sunday. The sport features a horse and rider pulling a competitor on skis through various obstacles.At the Leadville competition this past weekend, rider J.J. Swirka, of Fairplay, astride her experienced quarter horse gelding Logan and pulling Leadville resident Duffy Counsell behind on skis — crashed on the course when Logan took a false step. The graphic wreck, on full display for thousands to see, broke the …

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