Photos: 'A whole different animal' as skijoring gets extreme at Canterbury Park


Ryan Wolosyn catches air off a jump at the Extreme Horse Skijoring event.
1 Ryan Wolosyn catches air off a jump at the Extreme Horse Skijoring event. Wolosyn has been racing since 2015 and says the crowd at Canterbury was the biggest he's ever seen. 
A  horse named Dirty Harry carries a rider and flag during the anthem.
2 A Gypsy Vanner breed horse named Dirty Harry carries a rider and the American flag around the skijoring track during the national anthem. 
Dakota Morris carries his skis toward the starting line.
3 Dakota Morris carries his skis toward the starting line. Racers use standard downhill skis and snowboards. 
A racer lays out ropes that will pull skiers down a track full of jumps.
4 A racer lays out ropes that will be used to pull skiers down a snow track full of jumps and obstacles. 
A judge watches a rider take a jump during the race.
5 A judge watches a rider take a jump. Riders receive penalties for missing plastic rings they're supposed to grab along the course. 
A snowboarder pulls off a trick during the freestyle part of the event.
6 A snowboarder pulls off a trick during the freestyle portion of the competition. "It's like the freestyle in the Olympics, but with horse power," the announcer said of the event. 
Spectators keep warm inside of Canterbury Park's stands.
7 Spectators keep warm inside of Canterbury Park's stands. 
Dakota Morris reaches up to grab one of rings that skiers must collect.
8 Dakota Morris reaches up to grab one of plastic rings that skiers must collect along the course. Racers win based on fastest time and fewest penalty points. 
Spectators watch and photograph from a staircase.
9 Spectators watch and photograph from a staircase in the sunshine. 
Dirty Harry carries a rider and a skier back to the start of the course.
10 Dirty Harry pulls a skier back to the start of the course. 
Riders pulls their skiers over a jump in the course.
11 Riders pulls their skiers over a jump. Skier, rider and horse compete as a team. 
Flags at Canterbury Park fly at half staff as a racer gets ready to jump.
12 Flags at Canterbury Park fly at half staff as a racer gets ready to take a jump. 
A checkered flag flies at the end of the skijoring track.
13 A checkered flag flies at the end of the skijoring track.