St Moritz White Turf horse race

It’s the first of March 1906: thirteen men are ready to race from St. Moritz to Chamfèr, on a 9,950 m stretch, pulled along on skis by their horses. The first White Turf has just begun and the discipline of skijoring too. The year after, the competition moves to the frozen lake, with the addition of trotting races with sleds. The St. Moritz Racing Association – founded by the initiators – programs six competitions. Spectators are more than happy to have the chance to bet at the tote. In 1911 flat racing is added to the program and in 1922 steeplechasing is too.

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With 2WW there is an interruption to the White Turf races, which are relaunched in 1952 and – by the beginning of the Nineties – the meeting becomes a modern day happening, a sporting event that’s worldwide famous, attracting competitors and public from all around the world, for three unforgettable and exclusive days, that even stage a race which boasts the highest prize money for a race in Switzerland: 111,111 CHF.

You can view the outstanding panorama by Werner Weber freezing the action in VRMag’s article.

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3 Responses to “St Moritz White Turf horse race”

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