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Battle of Horse Nations Begins at Emerald Downs June 12, 13 & 14


June 10, 2015     E-mail this page to a friend!

The season starts at Emerald Downs and the All Nations Indian Relay Championships are September 17-20, 2015 in Billings, Montana.
(photo by PIHRA)
AUBURN, Wash. - The 2015 Indian Relay Race Season will begin June 12 thru 14 at Emerald Downs, with 15 of the world's best teams traveling to Washington to honor the Muckleshoot Tribe and their important acquisition of the race track.

“This is a historic moment for the Indian Horse Nations,” says Calvin Ghost Bear of the Oglala Lakota Nation and owner of the World Champion Lakota Warpath team. “It is very important that our people and our children do not lose the important place the horse has in our history and our culture; we come to honor them and our ancestors.”

Champion Indian Horse Relay teams from the top Horse Nations around the country are converging on Emerald Downs for the “Battle of the Horse Nations Indian Relay. Teams representing the top horse nations, Lakota, Northern Cheyenne, Crow, Blackfeet, Colville, Shoshone-Bannock and Umatilla will participate.

The highly anticipated event is causing a buzz across the Internet. At powwow.com, Toyacoyah Brown says, "If you’re in the Washington state area, I would not miss this if I were you. For more information on the Professional Indian Horse Racing Association you can visit their website or follow along on Facebook," in the story "Forget the Derby – Battle of the Horse Nations is Where the Excitement Is!"

Indian Relay Racing is America’s first extreme sport as well as the nation’s oldest sport, 500 years old by many accounts. Teams dressed in traditional regalia ride thoroughbred race horses around the mile race track exchanging horses every ˝ mile. Warriors leap from one galloping horse to another creating organized mayhem. Fans are screaming and dirt is flying everywhere from the powerful and traditionally painted warhorses!

The top three teams from each of the main horse nations have been invited by Emerald Downs, the Muckleshoot Tribe, and the Professional Indian Horse Racing Association (PIHRA) to compete in this historic event.

“This may be the best Indian Relay races ever run.” comments Gary Fellers one of the PIHRA directors. “These are 15 of the top teams in the world and they have never really run as an elite group against each other before. This is historic. The Emerald Downs fans are in for a real treat.”

Normally Indian relay teams run head to head against all comers. For the “Battle of The Horse Nations” there is a little twist. At Emerald Downs in addition to prizes for individual teams there will be awards for each nation with the best aggregate results of their own three teams. It will add an additional element of excitement of Indian Horse Relay.

Admission may be purchased the day of the event at Emerald Downs. First live horserace at a special time of 6:00 p.m. Friday and at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. General admission is $7 for adults, children 17 and under get in free.

Seating Options (prices are in addition to the $7 general admission):

Grandstand Seat $2.50 (will be free on the Friday of the event)

Clubhouse Seat $3 (will be free on the Friday of the event)

Seats alsco can be purchased by calling Customer Service at 253-288-7711.