Since 1999, The North American Ski Joring Association (NASJA) has worked on behalf of skijoring competitors, race venues, and enthusiasts to advance the sport of skijoring and to create an organization that would promote safety, sportsmanship, and fair play. Effective December 2015, the NASJA board of directors voted unanimously to merge with Skijor America in an effort to provide the most effective delivery of programming and communications.
NASJA is excited about this new chapter and will remain active serving skijoring enthusiasts under the auspices of Skijor America. For information about all of the services being provided by Skijor America, and to get more information about the circuit of equestrian skijoring races in North America for 2016, we encourage you to visit their website at www.skijoringamerica.com.
On behalf of the NASJA board of directors, we thank you for supporting NASJA over the past 16 years, and we look forward to working with Skijor America in an effort to continually advance this exciting sport.
The sport of ski joring began several hundred years ago in Scandinavian countries as a way to travel during the long winters. Laplander’s skied on Nordic skis holding the reins attached to reindeer. In the mid 1950’s, ski joring found its way to North America, where ranchers attached a long rope to the saddle horn of a horse that was ridden at high speeds down a long straight-away. Currently, the sport of equestrian ski joring has become a highly specialized competitive sport, where competitors must navigate a course of jumps, gates and sometime spear rings. Competitive ski joring competitions are currently taking place in over 5 states in the USA, and in several countries worldwide. In some parts of the world, skiers are pulled behind dogs, mules and snowmobiles. Whatever the means, the sport of ski joring is growing rapidly, and is just as much fun for spectators as it is for competitors.
On April 24th, 1999, directors from almost every major ski joring organization in the Country, rendezvoused in Jackson Hole, Wyoming to begin a process that would change the sport of ski joring forever. After several follow-up meetings, the North American Ski Joring Association (NASJA) was developed. For the first time in history, equestrian ski joring became a sanctioned sport!
NASJA was conceived because of a very basic need to consolidate existing ski joring races into a circuit where competitors can earn points that go toward a North American Champion Award. By developing criteria that all NASJA sanctioned events use as guidelines, each competitor will have an equal opportunity at becoming the official North American Champion.
Earning NASJA points is simple: The Championship is based on a point structure from daily runs at sanctioned races. The points from daily runs at the sanctioned races will be added to the competitor’s cumulative total. The NASJA member with the most points earned at sanctioned races throughout the season will be crowned the North American Ski Joring Champion at an awards ceremony held immediately following the final day of racing. This years 2014 ceremony will be held at the World Championships in Whitefish Montana.