International horse-racing on the frozen St. Moritz Lake Jan. 29. E. Schneider, of Switzerland, on?
GV St. Moritz
GV DITTO, with passing horse drawn waggon
GV People place bets
CU Sign 'St. Moritz'
SCU Mr. & Mrs. Mehl-Muhlens from Germany
BV Start of the (1600 m) trot race
GV Competitors round bend, PAN back view
GV PAN.. Competitors arrive at finish PAN spectators
CU Winner, E. Schneider of Switzerland
LV Horses parade for 2400 m hurdles
GV DITTO and form up for start
CU official starts race
GV Start of race PAN to back view
GV Competitors pass camera
LV Riders over jump
GV PAN.. riders round bend towards finish
GV Arriving at finish
CU The winner E. Kienast of Austria
SPORT: ICE HORSE RACING
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Background: International horse-racing on the frozen St. Moritz Lake Jan. 29. E. Schneider, of Switzerland, on Emanville d'Elle won the Cresta Run Prize for the 1600-metre trotting race against 11 competitors.
The 2400-metre hurdles was won by Erwin Kienast of Austria riding Triptowald II. There were 12 entries in this race for the Graubuenden Prize.
This annual event entails long weeks of preparation. The Swiss guardians of the lake little trust Nature in freezing it. Once frozen, the surface of the race course area is "groomed" - like the competing horses - to be in perfect condition for the day of the race.
By adding water and snow, new layers of ice can be added to the surface to give it the right flexibility needed to bear the poundings of the horses' hooves. The Swiss have a word for frozen St. Moritz lake: on race day they call it the "White Turf".