Walla Walla, WA. – The 5th Annual Championship of Champions is held in Walla Walla, Washington at the Walla Walla Fairgrounds Sept. 20-22, 2019. At this year’s Championship of Champions, more than 36 elite teams representing 13 Indian Nations will have qualified to compete at the 2019 Finals for Big money on Friday and Saturday leading up to a $50,000 purse on Sunday.
A combination of the World Series and Super Bowl for Indian Horse Relay. As America’s oldest known competition, Indian Relay is exploding onto the scene as the world’s newest and most exciting extreme sport! The Championships are the culmination of over 18 grueling competitions sanctioned by the Horse Nation Indian Relay Council, held this season between Native Americans and First Nations of Canada athletes.
The 2019 Championship of Champions will be the largest gathering to ever witness Indian Horse Relay, with the best inter-tribal competition ever assembled. The Horse Nation Indian Relay Council (HNIRC) was founded to promote Indian Relay, horsemanship and safety. The vision of the teams and the entire membership is for relay to become a viable cultural and economic entity on the reservations. Word with a Champ‘s coverage of this event is supported by Wrangler
Day 1: The Horse Nations Indian Relay Council, Championship of Champions, is hosted this week in Walla Walla, Washington, for the second year in a row. President of the HNIRC, Oglala Lakota Calvin Ghostbear, is our guest this 1st of four, Wrangler Fall Sport Specials September 20-23, 2019.
The excitement is building towards championship Sunday afternoon already. After a season of competition, vying for spots for preliminary heat races the first two days of qualifying races, it all comes down to three laps with dozens of horses and riders on the front straightaway, for the season and title of the sport. This is shaping up to be the largest gathering in the history of America’s first extreme sport. One that is well over two centuries old and part of the traditional American Indian and First Nations way of life, when the great horse nations, once again, come together, a very exciting event.
Day 2: The Championship of Champions, Indian relay horse races started last night in Walla Walla, Washington. And enthusiastic crowd enjoyed a 13 race ticket with all the thrills and spills involved. We look forward to doubling our attendance from last year by championship Sunday afternoon. We have results from day one of three of the event sanction by the Horse Nations Indian Relay Council.
Day 3: The Championships are the culmination of over 18 grueling competitions sanctioned by the Horse Nation Indian Relay Council, held this season between Native Americans and First Nations of Canada athletes. We have results from day two of three of the event sanction by the Horse Nations Indian Relay Council.
Day 4: The Colville Tribe of Washington was in the winner circle at the Championship of Champions Indian relay horse races in Walla Walla,Washington. We appreciate our friends at Wrangler Jeans and Shirts for supporting the Horse Nations Indian Relay Council, season finale. It is our privilege to provide the results from a championship Sunday afternoon and interview with a talented winning jockey Scotty Abrahamsson of Abrahamsson Relay.