Races: The Road to the Championships


Schedule: 2016 PIHRA-Sanctioned Relay Races


    • Buffalo Days Indian Relay (PIHRA Opening Race) June 11-12, 2016 RECAP
    • Crow Native Days,  Crow Agency, MT, June 24-26, 2016
    • White River Relay, Busby, MT, June 26, 2016
    • 1st Annual Horse Spirit Extreme Indian Relay and Rough Stock Rodeo, Alberta, Canada, July 2-3, 2016
    • North American Indian Days Relay, Browning, MT July 7-9, 2016
    • Kainai Celebration Indian Relay, Red Crow Park, Standoff, Alberta Canada, July 16-17, 2016
    • Will James Relay, Hardin, MT,  July 17, 2016
    • Run With The Warriors Indian Relay, Pine Ridge, SD, August 6-7, 2016
    • Lower Brule Sioux Indian Relay, Lower Brule, SD, August 12-14, 2016
    • Crow Fair, Crow Agency, MT August 18-20, 2016
    • Fallon County Fair and Indian Relay, Baker, MT, August 19-21, 2016
    • Northwest Montana Fair at Kalispell Indian Relay, Kalispell, MT, August 19-21, 2016
    • Blackfoot Warrior Party, Strathmore Rodeo Grounds, Calgary, Canada,  August 27-28, 2016
    • North Central Washington District Fair and Relay, Waterville, WA, August 27-28, 2016
    • Ferry Crossing Pony Express Relay and Fair, Ferry Crossing, WA, Sept 2-4, 2016
    • All Nations Indian Relay Championships “National Finals Indian Relay,”  Billings, MT, Sept 22-25, 2016

Tickets for the above events are available at the venues. We recommend purchasing tickets for the Championships in advance.

GET TICKETS for the Championships

 (Schedule subject to change) – 3 to 5 more sanctioned races expected to be added to schedule.

Teams may get registration information here.

See videos and photos of these event PIHRA Facebook page.

How Relay Works

INDIAN RELAY TEAM RACES: Each Team consists of 4 members:

  1. Rider
  2. Exchange Holder – holds the horse the rider mounts
  3. Mugger – catches the horse the rider jumps off
  4. Back Holder – secures the extra horse during horse rotation

Riders and Holders line up and await starting gunshot; Riders leap on horses and race three laps exchanging horses after each lap. Expect the unexpected, explosive action during the “Exchange!” Fifteen horses and 20 warriors are on the track at the same time working for that seamless exchange.

Team members will be dressed in tribal theme oriented regalia or traditional ribbon shirts while the rider regalia will display moccasins, breechcloths and/or leggings.

Prizes will be awarded for team relay tribal regalia including period hairstyle, feathers, roach or headdress, war horse decorations and body paint symbols representing personal vision or honors.

All horses will be marked with traditional tribal war paint and decorations in colors determined by team tradition which may include medicine and feathers and any distinguishing personal symbol, mark and color.

WARRIORS RACE – Lap Race: Warrior runs 100-yard dash and leaps onto his horse held by the Holder and races one entire lap to finish line.

LADIES RACE – Lap Race: Ladies gallop horses at full speed riding bareback around the track once to the finish line; a true test of horsemanship and courage.

JUNIORS RELAY RACE: Youth ages 11-15 years old will team relay race under the same format as adult relay only on ponies between 43”-52” inches on a modified track.

KIDS RELAY RACE: Kids ages 6-10 years old will team relay race under the same format as adult relay only on ponies under 43” inches on a modified track.

See videos and photos of these event PIHRA Facebook page.

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