White Turf 2019 – in the books!
White Turf in St. Moritz once again attracted thousands of equestrian sports enthusiasts from around the world this year. The highlight of the three racing Sundays was the spectacular skikjöring races, where intrepid skiers are pulled across the frozen Lake St. Moritz by thoroughbred horses. The Credit Suisse virtual reality booth also impressed visitors. We take a look back at this unique event.
From the outset on the first Sunday, the international audience was already presented with a skikjöring race that couldn't have been more exciting. Racing at top speed, the skikjörers and their thoroughbred horses delivered a neck-and-neck match in the first race for the Credit Suisse Skikjöring Trophy. It wasn't clear who would win the race until the end when Jakob Broger and his horse Strade Kirk just barely broke free to secure the day's victory. By taking the first event, Broger broadcasted his ambition to win his eleventh King's title. But then, on the second White Turf weekend, Alfredo "Lupo" Wolf's victory once again completely changed the starting point for the finale on the third racing Sunday. Thus, the third and all-deciding skikjöring race on February 17 was eagerly anticipated.
Alfredo "Lupo" Wolf wins the Credit Suisse Skikjöring Trophy
Alfredo "Lupo" Wolf ultimately won the Credit Suisse King's Cup race and therefore secured the title of "King of the Engadine." After winning the crown both of the last two years, the first woman ever to win the race, Valeria Holinger, had to relinquish the title on Sunday. This is Lupo's first Credit Suisse Skikjöring Trophy victory.
Skikjöring in 360º – our virtual reality experience at White Turf
For anyone who has wanted to take on the role of a skikjörer themselves, Credit Suisse offered a virtual skikjöring experience at White Turf. In our 360º experience, we placed visitors at the Credit Suisse virtual reality booth in the middle of the racetrack directly behind the racehorse. In addition, on all three racing Sundays, visitors had the opportunity to get to know the skikjörers personally during our autograph sessions or snap a picture of themselves in the middle of the action using our selfie wall.
An amazing team
For an event like White Turf to continue to grow and develop, it needs dependable partners such as Credit Suisse, which has been a staunch supporter for more than 40 years. Such a long partnership is exceptional. To mark the 40th anniversary of this partnership, Credit Suisse also contributed to another White Turf highlight by creating a new trophy in 2016: the "King of the Engadine" – that is, the overall winner of the Credit Suisse Skikjöring Trophy – receives the "Credit Suisse King's Cup" in addition to the prize money. The three winners of each day's race also receive a smaller version of the trophy. The internationally renowned Swiss artist duo Aubry/Broquard was commissioned by Credit Suisse to create this exceptional trophy especially for White Turf.