White Turf is an enthralling series of horse races taking place over three Sundays in February on the frozen lake of St. Moritz.
This prestigious event attracts affluent individuals and prominent personalities from all over the world who come to enjoy a flutter and a Champagne tipple in what has become one of the most significant entries in the social calendar for the international upper class.
The charming Swiss resort town of St. Moritz, nestled in the picturesque Engadin valley, welcomes its international visitors by laying on a programme of superb entertainment including live music, art exhibitions, culture shows and gourmet catering.
Highlights of White Turf include the Gübelin Grand Prix of St. Moritz, the ‘race of races’ that celebrates its 75th anniversary this year and which has been sponsored by luxury jeweller Gübelin since 2005.
Perhaps the most adored event however is the unique, fun and entirely crazy sport known as skijoring. Deriving from the Norwegian word skikjøring meaning ‘ski driving’, the idea involves riderless horses stomping around the lake towing skiers behind them.
It holds a special place in the heart of the locals as it originated in this region and is still very much a characteristic trait of the area. Skiers roar with laughter as they get dragged along at speeds of up to 50km/h and desperately try to maintain some level of control directing their horse towards the finish line.
A celebrity edition of the sport takes place on the second Sunday of the event, 16 February 2014, and includes Evelyne Binsack, a documentary filmmaker famous for descending Mount Everest, former ski racing Olympic medallist Brigitte Oertli, former football manager Christian Gross and former heavyweight boxer Axel Schulz among others.
For further information please visit the White Turf website or speak to your Insignia Lifestyle Boutique personal assistant.