Indian Relay originated on the plains of North America over 400 years ago, when the horse was an integral part of Native Americans’ daily lives. The races are not only a demonstration of bravery, courage and amazing horsemanship but also an important connection to a historical and spiritual element of their culture. Today, riders compete not in the spirit of warfare but for “Native Pride” – it’s in their DNA! More than 30 elite teams representing 15 Indian nations from across North America will compete for more than $50,000 in prizes and the coveted Champions’ Jackets and Buckles.
The second annual PIHRA All Nations Indian Relay Championship festivities will commence on Thursday afternoon, September 11 with a silent auction and a Calcutta auction, where a portion of the proceeds will benefit injured relay members. The evening will culminate with a traditionally prepared buffalo feast provided by Chairman Darrin Old Coyote and the Crow Nation.
The All Nations Championship relay action will begin on Friday September 12, 2014. The daily event will consist of six heats on both Friday and Saturday while the teams with the best scores will advance to the finals on Sunday. Spectators can watch the first, second and third consolation races prior to the championship race. The three-day show will also feature a “Warriors Race” and a “Kids Relay Race” run daily. The entire weekend will be a Native American cultural celebration also showcasing authentic Indian art and crafts, native traditions and much more.
The Sheridan County Fairgrounds was chosen to host the annual event because Indian Relay Races have been an important part of the Sheridan WYO Rodeo for decades and geographically situated at the most convenient location.
The Professional Indian Horse Racing Association was founded to promote Indian Relay, horsemanship and safely. There were 17 founding teams the first year; one year later, membership has grown to 40 teams and they expect to have more by the time of the championships. The vision of the teams and the entire membership is of relay becoming a viable cultural and economic entity on the reservations.
Purchase your season tickets now and become part of the explosive action at this exciting annual event. Advance pricing on reserved tickets start at $20 with children’s advance tickets starting at $12. Tickets will be available at www.indianrelay.com and www.sheridanwyoming.org. You can also purchase tickets at the WYO Theater box office, call 307-672-9084 or online at www.wyotheater.com. For more information, call Jeanette Sassoon at 307-655-9330 or 561-301-5522.