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« on: February 26, 2011, 05:04:20 PM »

Town of Brome Lake invites you to come and celebrate the launch of its 40th anniversary
festivities at the first edition of the Brome Lake Fire and Ice Festival

Sunday, March 6,2011 , at Lions Park in Knowlton Quebec, Lac Brome

There will be lots of free activities on offer, including skating, sledding, carriage rides,
snowshoeing, broomball, games for children aged 6 to 13, musical performances under the
big tent, a canteen and fireworks – not to mention the joy of getting together!
Don’t miss the friendly Ski Joëring contest: an exciting sport which brings together skiing
and harness racing. Equipped with a helmet, downhill skis and boots and gloves or mittens,
you can put your nerve to the test behind a horse and rider!

Equestrian skijoring
Equestrian skijoringEquestrian skijoring consists of a team of a single horse, generally guided by a rider, pulling the person on skis who carries no poles and simply hangs onto a tow rope in a manner akin to water skiing. In France, competitions involve a riderless horse, which is guided by the skier. In all cases, the horses have to be trained to accept the presence of ropes and skier behind them and to remain calm in racing conditions.

Skijoring behind a horse is said to have originated as a method of winter travel, but today is primarily a competitive sport. Skijoring was a demonstration sport in the 1928 Winter Olympics.

In North America, the North American Ski Joring Association holds competitions in which a rider guides the horse while the skier navigates a series of jumps and obstacles. More informal competitions are held on flat ground over short courses, often as simple sprint races on a straightaway, sometimes with turns on the course. Competitors often use short skis and modified water skiing towing equipment, though often this is as simple as a single tow rope looped around the horn or attached to the back of a western saddle. Some variants in equipment attach two towing lines to either the back of a saddle or the breastplate on the horse.

A twelve-kilometre race is planned to challenge lovers of cross-country skiing. Families
can register to compete together: the family having completed the highest combined
distance wins!

Register right away for these activities by calling Sylvie Chartrand at Town of Brome
Lake’s Town Hall, 450-243-6111 or by email at .
There will also be a spectacular display of fireworks to finish off what promises to be an
unforgettable day.
Schedule of Activities
Starting at 10 am
Carriage rides
Games in the snow for children aged 6 to 13
Canteen at the Centre Lac-Brome
4km and 8km Snowshoe Trails
12 km Cross-Country Ski Race
• 10 am - Registration at the Centre Lac-Brome
• 10 : 45 am - Shuttle leaves for Race Course
Ski Joëring Clinic
• All participants must come equipped with a helmet, downhill skis and boots and
gloves or mittens
Starting at Noon
Musical performances under the big tent
1 pm
Ski joëring Contest
• All participants must come equipped with a helmet, downhill skis and boots and
gloves or mittens.
5 pm
Broomball Champions’ Tournament
• Centre Lac-Brome skating rink
7 pm
Information :
Sylvie Chartrand
Agente culture et communications
Hôtel de ville de Lac-Brome
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