The renowned White Turf horse race portrayed by our lens

The charm of St. Moritz and its scenery is timeless. Every year since 1907, in one of the world’s most desirable tourist destinations, a unique sporting event takes shape. It combines the majestic kinetic beauty of horses with the thrill of racing and the unpredictability of snow. It’s the White Turf, an icy grand gala of international horse racing organized by the St. Moritz Racing Club – a white natural racecourse where luxury, speed and jet set come together. Our photo gallery is joined by the testimony from Swiss jockey Tim Bürgin, and the words of Christian Freiherr von der Recke, the owner of the German stable Rennstall Recke.

Tim Bürgin – Professional horse jockey

“My father was an amateur horse jockey. I grew up watching competitions and when I was 8 years old, I started riding normal horses. A few years later I moved from Switzerland to Paris and started an apprenticeship in a stable. You know, France, Italy and England are the epicenters of European horse racing. Then in 2011 I made my debut as a jockey and in 2012 I raced for the first time here, at the White Turf. It’s a special place, you never know what you can face. There is always a big crowd, a unique clamor, and we all know what an honor it is to race on these tracks. The atmosphere is beautiful, jockeys and horses experience unrepeatable sensations. The final result is an enigma, because horses’ reactions to these snowy tracks are unpredictable. Those who are faster in regular races may not necessarily be faster here. The pace is higher, and you can’t rely on tactics.

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Christian Freiherr von der Recke – Trainer/Owner of Rennstall Recke Stable

“White Turf lives in an unparalleled location. Every now and then I have to pinch myself to realize where I am. I was here, in St. Moritz, just a few months ago. It was summer and you could swim in the lake, there were rowers and there was a half marathon. Now everything is frozen, even in the stands. I train my horses satisfying their needs. Every morning I wake up and talk to them, figure out what they prefer to do. These tracks can be scary for some horses, especially inexperienced ones, so you have to really know them. But at the end of the day, you can only find out here if a horse wants to run in the snow or not. It’s so hard to choose the right jockey for the right horse, and for the right race. That’s why winning a race is so complex, and it is always a pleasure to win one. My horses have won 2,200 times, but I have lost 9,000 races. One success every four races. That’s why the feeling of winning is always great, especially here.”