Listen up, Alberta! We’ve got something extremely exciting and extremely Canadian coming up and we want you to be there! RAW Distillery is the official Rye supplier for Skijor Canada 2019’s event, Skijordue hosted at the Calgary Polo Club in Okotoks on February 23rd.
If you’re wondering what Skijoring is, you’re probably not alone. Let us break it down for you! It is a winter sport in which a person on skis or a snowboard is pulled by a horse, dog, or vehicle. It sometimes involves a racing/competitive aspect and it always involves a whole lot of fun and booze!
Sam Mitchell and her husband organize this annual charity fundraiser, Skijordue. The event is called “Skijordue” because the two main aims are to go fast and eat cheese. Fittingly, they’ve combined the words Skijor and fondue. The horse-draw racers take off, racing through obstacle course challenges, while spectators feast on cheese and sip Alberta Rye.
If you’re curious how intense these events can get, Sam explained to CBC News that the horses can hit speeds up to 65 km/h. If you like horses, winter sports, going fast, eating cheese, and attending parties, we think you’ve met your match! Whether you’re brave enough to sign up yourself or just looking to spectate, RAW whisky in hand, you belong here. There will be 4 races, a circuit, relay, sprint, and long jump.
RAW: Your Offical Skijordue Rye Supplier
In it’s very nature, this event is tons of fun. But beyond that, it fuses a number of RAW Distillery’s passions into one spectacular day. Founders, Lindsay and Brad, are especially excited about this unique event for a number of reasons. Lindsay grew up horseback riding competing in horseshows, finding immense joy and comfort on horseback no matter what the style. Brad is formerly a semi-pro wakeboarder and spent a great deal of time on the ski-hill patrolling in Kananaskis on his snowboard, even as a coach or with their avi-dog. Fast forward, and the two have become deeply passionate about local, authentic, RAW spirits which are sophisticated, yet uncomplicated. Their award winning Unaged RYE begins with glacier fresh water, 100% Alberta-sourced Rye grain and is finished in Port Barrels from Portugal. Adventurous, bold, flavours straight from the Rockies.
Oh, another thing. This year’s theme is Euro Western Modern Vingage Splendour. As you can imagine, there will be an eclectic array of ensembles to feast your eyes on. Expect a lot of fur, fringe, spandex, and more. Come on out, enjoy our Rye, and take in the glorious spectacle that is Skijordue. “This is a really special event for us! We hope everyone can come out and enjoy this truly Albertan event.” -Lindsay Smylie
LAST BUT NOT LEAST, because we want you there, we’re giving away tickets to Skijordue. Check out our Facebook and Instagram to find out how to enter.
See you there, cowboys, cowgirls and riders!