By Jim Stanford on March 4, 2011
David Stubbs spent an afternoon at the Shrine Club Cutter Races last month and put together this video that captures some of the hoof-pounding excitement.
The horse-drawn chariot races are the scene of a huge tailgate party and are one of the most cherished winter traditions. This was the 40th running of the Cutters, a benefit that raised nearly $50,000 for the Shriners Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City. A total of about 4,000 spectators turned out for the two days of racing at Melody Ranch, making it one of the biggest events of Winterfest.
The steeds reach speeds of up to 45 miles per hour on the track of packed snow, and as Stubbs depicts, sometimes the action gets a little chaotic.
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