Buffalo Days Indian Relay

The Road to the Championship Started Here

Thank You Buffalo, Wyoming for Hosting a Wonderful Event!

Hermes Tall representing the Oglala Lakota Sioux Nation from Pine Ridge, South Dakota.

eventsponsors-6-14Successful Buffalo Days Indian Relay Race

The first PIHRA-sanctioned Indian Relay Races of the season were held in Buffalo, Wyoming in front of a capacity crowd on Saturday and Sunday, June 11 and 12, 2016.  Exciting action, great sportsmanship and competition, a beautiful setting, and cool temperatures all set the stage for a successful event.

Teams from throughout the northern plains Indian country entered this important opening race in Buffalo for a purse of $50,000 and points earned towards the championships in Billings in September.

WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Officials of the Professional Indian Horse Racing Association (PIHRA) have announced the winners of the Indian Relay Races:

  • Relay Champion – Silver Mountain Team with owner/rider Dustin Kruger representing the Crow Nation from Lodge Grass, Montana
  • Relay 2nd Place – Young Money with owner/rider Myles Murray representing the Blackfeet Nation from Browning, Montana
  • Relay 3rd Place – Real Bird Bucking Horse with rider Darrin Charges Strong and owner Richard Real Bird representing the Crow Nation from Garryowen, Montana
  • Relay 4th Place – Lakota War Path with rider Tyler Cottier and owner Cubby Ghost Bear representing the Oglala Lakota Sioux nation from Pine Ridge, South Dakota
  • Relay 5th Place – Medicine Tail with rider Hamley Real Bird and owner James Real Bird representing the Crow Nation from Garryowen, Montana
  • Consolation – Crow Team Warman with rider J’ree Old Bull and team owner Robert He Does It representing the Crow Nation from Crow Agency
  • Consolation 1 – Plain Feather with rider Dusty Manual and owner Benita Plain Feather representing the Nakota and Crow Nations
  • Consolation 2 – Brew Crew Team with rider Hermes Tall representing the Oglala Lakota Sioux Nation from Pine Ridge, South Dakota
  • Warriors Race – Darrin Charges Strong representing the Crow Nation
  • Ladies Race – Charmaine Weed representing the Eastern Shoshone Nation
  • Junior Relay – Crazy Pony representing the Crow Nation
  • Kids Relay – Sage Women representing the Crow Nation

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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