Board Elections are now open!
The current Skijoring America board has voted 4-3 to reduced the number of board positions from 9 back to 7. Additionally smaller competitors and organizers committees will be formed in an effort to have the further community input and responsibility. There are four open seats on the board. The following six people are running for the board. Voting is open to all Skijoring America members. Each member race gets a vote as well. Please select from the candidates below. Or, you can email your picks to email@example.com. Voting will close Friday, April 20th at 8:00pm
Adam Rys-Sikora -
I, Adam Rys-Sikora, have resided in western Montana since 1981. I started my first small business at the age of 16 building racing kayaks. Since then I have owned and managed many business primarily engineering and real estate related. I understand finance, accounting and insurance aspects and have utilized my knowledge to be successful in my ventures. I have many hobbies including Hunting, Fishing, Horses, Rafting, Kayaking, Mountain Biking and most of all Skiing. I have two children Mariah, 26 and Cameron, 23 both interested in the outdoors and rodeo sports. I have helped with the 4H and Blue Mountain 4H club for nearly 18 years. I was the leader for 12 and now assist with advice and communication skills. I am also involved in High School Rodeo and I am the current Missoula County Team Leader. In my club we focus on earning funds to help with practices and the members learn the “ business end” of Rodeo and how to produce a Rodeo.
We produce 4 to 5 rodeos a year and I have 12 years into High School Rodeo and 10 years of production experience. It takes a team to be successful and my family was Mariah’s support crew helping her to earn many first place awards in state and national competition including her Miss Rodeo Montana title. I also mentor high school seniors with senior projects which include fund raising rodeos.
I want to be on the Skijoring America Board because my daughter will not let me compete and I want to be involved since I love the sport. Because I am not a competitor, I can be a great asset with objective opinions and make fair decisions. I will also be available at events and can devote 100% attention to the events. My experience at successful event production can also be utilized by Skijoring America. I understand fund raising, sponsor management, and sponsor recognition and advertising. My financial knowledge can assists in a successful organization the benefits the members. I am willing to volunteer my time to serve the organization and ask for your vote.
Audrey Williams -
Currently lives in Stevensville MT. Graduate of Univserity of Michigan and currently works for Sysco MT. Enjoys camping, hiking and of course riding the hills on horseback. Active in skijoring for the past two years and looking forward to many years to come.
Melissa Ostrander -
Born and raised in Colorado until graduating from the University of Colorado in 2003 with a degree in Anthropology. Then migrated to Northern California and Washington to pursue a degree in Veterinary Medicine. In 2011, came to Belgrade Montana to be with family and pursued a career in outfitting, trail rides and pack trips. Introduced to skijoring in 2012, competing from 2013-present. Winning the 2016 Bozeman Novice Champion and the 2018 Overall National Sport Champion.
Part of what I love about skijoring is the uniqueness of the sport and more so the community. Uniting cowboys and ski-bums to travel around in the most unfair of all seasons. Our community of friends and families have something more then any other sporting competition. We are rugged, we are tough, and above all we are family. I believe I will make a good board member because I believe in representation of all views, fair and firm rules, and keeping our horses, competitors and spectators safe. I want to see the sport grow and eventually get world wide recognition. I look forward to contributing to the future of skijoring as it grows, developing ideas and maintaining safe and fair competitions.
Pete Jessen -
This is Pete Jessen and I’m a graduate of several degrees from the University of Nebraska. I have lived in Gallatin valley permanently for almost 15 years and currently reside on our family ranch in Gallatin Gateway. My wife Anna and myself are both full time ski patrollers and volunteer firefighters for Gallatin Gateway Fire Department. In the ski off-season we operate our ranch as well as our fully functioning interior/exterior painting business (Big Sky Brushworks, LLC) that has been growing steadily since 2009.
My wife and I are horse enthusiasts in several ways. We breed, train, trail ride and compete in several different sports. Skijoring happens to be our biggest passion. She is my rider and I am her skier. We have been competing the novice class for the last 2 years and almost a dozen events. The constant hard work and grind of traveling and enjoying the skijoring has paid off in several ways. We have met a now community of people that we call family. We have also improved all of our most solid horses in addition to making our relationship stronger as a Skijoring team and married couple.
We consider our Skijoring families the nearest and dearest to or hearts for several reasons. We are all in this for the horses, the community, the fun and our commitment to the proper growth of the sport we hold closest to us. This last season, with the help of several others, we were able to put together an extremely successful Skijoring event in Big Sky on very short notice. We look forward to this event growing very large in the coming years as a vital asset to the community of Big Sky!
As director of the Big Sky Skijoring Association I was able to assemble all of the basic infrastructure necessary to run this event. I started the business, attained non-profit status (so all proceeds are fed rift back to our community) and obtained all of the proper permits, insurance, and contracts to make this event possible. With the amazing help of Justa Adams getting sponsorship money and several other great minds on our committee we were able to piece together everything g necessary for that amazing weekend in Big Sky. Perhaps the biggest piece to the puzzle was all of the help we received from SJA and all of your outstanding board members!!!
Scott Ping -
Will Bradford -
2019 will be my third season skijoring, but it only took one pull to find out how much I love this sport! I have skied all my life and skiing has always been my favorite thing to do, so skijoring fits right into my life really well. It has been awesome traveling around competing and meeting so many great people in the process. Even though I am still pretty new to the sport, I would like to help out in any way I can!