All Nations Indian Relay Championships

All Season Long Teams Have Waited For This Event

Vertical-Web-Banner-Ed#4All season long PIHRA member teams have been competing for a spot in the All Nations Championships in Billings, Mt Sept 22-25, 2016. Beginning in Buffalo, Wyoming and with 16 stops in between over 50 PIHRA member teams have been competing for points for an invitation and seeding for the Championships. Only top 36 teams will be invited to participate in the All Nations Championships.

The Championship races will be held in the historic Yellowstone Downs Racetrack at MetraPark in Billings. Teams representing over 15 Indian Nations are expected to compete. Last year spectators from 24 states and 6 different countries attended. This year that attendance will broaden. Over 30,000 are expected over the 4-day competition.

 

Pre-Event Activities

Shiptons Meet and Greet-Wednesday Sept 21-5PM

Festivities will start Wednesday Sept 21st with a rider meet and great at Shiptons Big R West at 5pm.  Come meet the hero’s of Indian Relay up close and personal. Get autographed event posters signed by the riders. Get your photo taken with your favorite team. Meet you favorite Press personalities who will be in attendance.

Daily Pre-Race Activities

Each day pre-event festivities and the box office will open 2 hours before race time.  That is 5pm on Thursday and Friday and 11:30 AM on Saturday and Sunday. Arrive early and enjoy the Food Truck Parade. A large selection of unique, great food will be offered to excite all ages and pallets.  Also be entertained by Native American traditional and modern music featuring traditional artists as well as modern favorites including; The Crawford Brothers, Jared Stewart and Scatter Their Own as well as traditional Native American singers, dancers and drummers.  A Native American All Star fine arts and crafts show and Native American designer fashion show will be taking place along with a Native American kite making and flying class for the kids. A display of the huge buffalo kites will round out the pre event activities. Pre event activities are free and are open to the whole family.

Event Schedule

Wednesday

  • 5pm-Meet and Greet Shipton’s Big R

Thursday and Friday

  • 5pm-Pre-Event Activities Around the pond in front of the Grandstands
    • Crawford Brothers Band, Native American Designer Fashion Show, Traditional Singers, Drummers, and Dancers, Buffalo Kite Display, kids kite building and kite flying class. For $5 you kids can make their own kite. Free face painting for kids. Food truck and vendors. Admission free.
    • Inside the stadium Native American Fine Arts and Crafts displays. Admission free to any ticket holder.
  • 7pm-Races Start in the Yellowstone Downs Grandstand
    • Traditional Native American Opening Ceremony
    • 6 heats of Indian relay featuring the top teams in the nation
    • Maidens race, Warriors race, Chiefs Race, Pony relay and Junior relay

Saturday

  • 11:30 am-Pre-Event Activities Around the pond in front of the Grandstands
    • Scatter Their Own Band, Native American Designer Fashion Show, Traditional Singers, Drummers, and Dancers, Buffalo Kite Display, kids kite building and kite flying class. For $5 you kids can make their own kite. Free face painting for kids. Food truck and vendors. Admission free.
    • Inside the stadium Native American Fine Arts and Crafts displays. Admission free to any ticket holder.
  • 1:30 PM-Races Start in the Yellowstone Downs Grandstand
    • Traditional Native American Opening Ceremony
    • 6 heats of Indian relay featuring the top teams in the nation interspersed with Maidens race, Warriors race, Chiefs Race, Pony relay and Junior relay. Non-stop action for the entire family.

Sunday

  • 11:30 am-Pre-Event Activities Around the pond in front of the Grandstands
    • Jared Stewart Band, Native American Designer Fashion Show, Traditional Singers, Drummers, and Dancers, Buffalo Kite Display, kids kite building and kite flying class. For $5 you kids can make their own kite. Free face painting for kids. Food truck and vendors. Admission free.
    • Inside the stadium Native American Fine Arts and Crafts displays. Admission free to any ticket holder.
  • 1:30 PM-Races Start in the Yellowstone Downs Grandstand
    • Traditional Native American Opening Ceremony 6 heats of Indian relay featuring the top teams in the nation interspersed with Maidens race, Warriors race, Chiefs Race, Pony relay and Junior relay. Non-stop action for the entire family.

 

SEE PHOTOS BELOW.

In addition to the relay races, the audience was treated to Kids Relay Races, Junior Relays, Warriors and Ladies Races. Teams dressed in full regalia, paint their horses with distinctive team colors and symbols to give spectators 2 ½ hours each day of non-stop excitement.

Videos and photos of this event may be seen and shared on the PIHRA Facebook page.

Congratulations to the winners and all competitors and their families for making this a splendid competition. PIHRA and teams would like to thank all the sponsors of the event and the volunteers from the community that helped make this first time in Buffalo event so successful.

Tickets for the 2016 All Nations Indian Relay Championships are on sale at MetraPark.com and ticket office at 800-366-8538.

SEE PHOTOS BELOW

Buffalo Days Indian Relay Opening Ceremony, June 2016. PIHRA-sanctioned event.

Buffalo Days Indian Relay Opening Ceremony, June 2016. PIHRA-sanctioned event.


Ladies Race Winner, Charmaine Weed representing the Eastern Shoshone Nation. Buffalo Days Indian Relay, June 2016. PIHRA-Sanctioned event. Photo Credit: Diana Volk

Ladies Race Winner, Charmaine Weed representing the Eastern Shoshone Nation. Buffalo Days Indian Relay, June 2016. PIHRA-Sanctioned event. Photo Credit: Diana Volk

 

Consolation 2 – Brew Crew Team with rider Hermes Tall representing the Oglala Lakota Sioux Nation from Pine Ridge, South Dakota. Buffalo Days Indian Relay, June 2016. PIHRA-Sanctioned event. Photo Credit: Diana Volk

Consolation 2 – Brew Crew Team with rider Hermes Tall representing the Oglala Lakota Sioux Nation from Pine Ridge, South Dakota. Buffalo Days Indian Relay, June 2016. PIHRA-Sanctioned event. Photo Credit: Diana Volk


Junior Relay Team, Crazy Pony, representing the Crow Nation, won both days at Buffalo Days Indian Relay event, a PIHRA-sanctioned relay. Photo by Diana Volk

Junior Relay Team, Crazy Pony, representing the Crow Nation, won both days at Buffalo Days Indian Relay event, a PIHRA-sanctioned relay. Photo by Diana Volk


Junior Relay Team, Crazy Pony, representing the Crow Nation, won both days at Buffalo Days Indian Relay event, a PIHRA-sanctioned relay. Photo by Diana Volk

Junior Relay Team, Crazy Pony, representing the Crow Nation, won both days at Buffalo Days Indian Relay event, a PIHRA-sanctioned relay. Photo by Diana Volk


SageWoman Team in Kids Pony Relay Event-Buffalo Days Indian Relay PIHRA 2016 Photo-Diana Volk

SageWoman Team in Kids Pony Relay Event-Buffalo Days Indian Relay PIHRA 2016 Photo-Diana Volk


SageWoman Team in Kids Pony Relay Event-Buffalo Days Indian Relay PIHRA 2016 Photo-Diana Volk

SageWoman Team in Kids Pony Relay Event-Buffalo Days Indian Relay PIHRA 2016 Photo-Diana Volk


Relay Champion-Silver Mountain Team with owner/rider Dustin Kruger representing the Crow Nation from Lodge Grass, Montana. Photo credit: Diana Volk - Buffalo Days Indian Relay June 12-2016 PIHRA sanctioned event.

Relay Champion-Silver Mountain Team with owner/rider Dustin Kruger representing the Crow Nation from Lodge Grass, Montana. Photo credit: Diana Volk – Buffalo Days Indian Relay June 12-2016 PIHRA sanctioned event.


Relay Champion-Dustin Kruger of the Silver Mountain Team representing the Crow Nation from Lodge Grass, Montana is lifted by his competitors. Buffalo Days Indian Relay June 2016 PIHRA-sanctioned event. Photo Credit: Diana Volk

Relay Champion-Dustin Kruger of the Silver Mountain Team representing the Crow Nation from Lodge Grass, Montana is lifted by his competitors. Buffalo Days Indian Relay June 2016 PIHRA-sanctioned event. Photo Credit: Diana Volk


Sunday's Warrior Race was won by Darrin Charges Strong representing the Crow Nation at the PIHRA-sanctioned Buffalo Days Indian Relay June 2016

Sunday’s Warrior Race was won by Darrin Charges Strong representing the Crow Nation at the PIHRA-sanctioned Buffalo Days Indian Relay June 2016


Ladies Race Winner, SharMaine Weed representing the Eastern Shoshone Nation. Buffalo Days Indian Relay, June 2016. PIHRA-Sanctioned event. Photo Credit: Diana Volk

Ladies Race Winner, SharMaine Weed representing the Eastern Shoshone Nation. Buffalo Days Indian Relay, June 2016. PIHRA-Sanctioned event. Photo Credit: Diana Volk


Consolation - Crow Team "Warman" with rider J-ree Old Bull and team owner Robert He does It representing the Crow Nation from Crow Agency at PIHRA-sanctioned Buffalo Days Indian Relay June 2016.

Consolation – Crow Team “Warman” with rider J-ree Old Bull and team owner Robert He does It representing the Crow Nation from Crow Agency at PIHRA-sanctioned Buffalo Days Indian Relay June 2016.


Consolation 1 - Plain Feather with rider, Dusty Manual, and owner Benita Plain Feather, representing the Nakota and Crow Nations at PIHRA-sanctioned, Buffalo Days Indian Relay, June 2016.

Consolation 1 – Plain Feather with rider, Dusty Manual, and owner Benita Plain Feather, representing the Nakota and Crow Nations at PIHRA-sanctioned, Buffalo Days Indian Relay, June 2016.


Consolation 2 – Brew Crew Team with rider Hermes Tall representing the Oglala Lakota Sioux Nation from Pine Ridge, South Dakota. Buffalo Days Indian Relay, June 2016. PIHRA-Sanctioned event. Photo Credit: Diana Volk

Consolation 2 – Brew Crew Team with rider Hermes Tall representing the Oglala Lakota Sioux Nation from Pine Ridge, South Dakota. Buffalo Days Indian Relay, June 2016. PIHRA-Sanctioned event. Photo Credit: Diana Volk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Professional Indian Horse Racing Association (PIHRA) was founded to promote Indian Relay, horsemanship and safety. PIHRA has developed a season-long series of sanctioned relay races that culminate in the annual All Nations Indian Relay Championships. PIHRA is an association of teams, individuals, and sponsors who participate in the sport of Indian relay racing. There about 50 teams from the northern plains Indian country that participate. Only the top 30 teams are selected to attend three days of qualifying rounds to determine the six teams that will advance to the finals. The mission of PIHRA is to bring the fun, excitement, passion and heritage of Indian Horse Racing to a broader audience. Through this process, PIHRA will strive to provide a safe and fair environment for the team participants, their horses, and the event spectators. The PIHRA vision is that Indian Relay can provide a positive economic and cultural model for Native American relay teams and their families moving forward into today’s world while preserving the past. PIHRA website.

 

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