Skijoring: The ultimate in horse power

By Matt Majendie

Published 1229 GMT (2029 HKT) February 26, 2015
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The sport of skijoring has been likened to Ben Hur on snow -- in effect human chariot racing. swiss-image/Andy Mettler
The sport lends its origins to Scandinavia with the word skikjøring literally translating from Norwegian as "ski driving." BORIS HEGER/AFP/Getty Images
In St Moritz, which hosts three skijoring races a year, Franco Moro is very much the king of the discipline. swiss-image/Andy Mettler
This year, Moro retained his crown as "King of Engadine," so called after the valley where the annual three-race championship takes place. swiss-image/Andy Mettler
Competitors are pulled along by a horse, dog or, in some cases, motor vehicles while on skis over a variety of different courses. BORIS HEGER/AFP/Getty Images
The sport can be treacherous as skiers, horses and ropes entwine in a bustling contest on, in the case of St Moritz, a snow-covered lake. swiss-image/Andy Mettler
In the United States, the sport is different with riders on board the horses and skiers pulled along by a single rope. Doug Pensinger/Getty Images
Stateside, there tend to be jumps, hoops for riders to gather and, in some cases, cones to ski through. Doug Pensinger/Getty Images
A long established tradition, it is not always about competition. These skiers partake in leisurely fashion back in 1931 at Taymouth Castle in Scotland. Hulton Archive/Getty Images