Horses forever changed life on the Great Plains. They tipped the balance of power in favor of mounted warriors, and they were prized as wealth. For Native Americans today, horses endure as an emblem of tradition and a source of pride, pageantry and healing.
Indian Relay Racing is a way for teams to compete for cash and prizes. Teams consist of one rider, three horses, two holders and a mugger.
The race starts in front of the grandstands, with a standing start. Racers make one lap around the track, changing horses twice in front of the grandstands.
Timers keep track of heats and the teams with the best times advance to the Championship race on Saturday night.
Teams compete for $50,000 in cash and prizes before the PRCA Rodeo Performance.