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Tyler Grass points to the crowd after winning the Warrior Race during the Horse Nations Indian Relay in Gillette in 2018.

The Horse Nations Indian Relay at Cam-plex has been rescheduled to the end of summer because of the soggy, cold weather so far this spring in northeast Wyoming.

The races were originally scheduled for Saturday and Sunday during the Memorial Day weekend, but the weather has created rough track conditions, so the races have been rescheduled for Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 at Morningside Park.

The races were supposed to be the season’s kick off to the Tour of Champions.

The Horse Nations Indian Relay is one of the region’s most historic and tradition-filled races.

Horse Nations Indian Relay is a unique horse racing competition. It consists of Native American tribe members and teams riding horses bareback in a relay rather than a traditional single rider horse race.

Racers were expected from six states and Canada as they compete to earn their entry into the year-end Championship of Champions from Sept. 20-22 in Walla Walla, Washington.

It is a centuries-old form of horse racing that shows the athleticism of the bareback riders and horses. A rider makes three laps around the track, each on a different horse processing both speed and skill.

Four to six relay teams compete at once, which can have anywhere from 12 to 18 horses on the track at one time. Each team has three horses, one rider, one mugger and two holders, and the action includes riders jumping on and off their horses during the race.

Tickets to the rescheduled races are $22 each. Kids ages 4 and under will get in for free. Reserved box seats are $30 per person.

Tickets can be bought through the Cam-plex ticket office or online at horsenationsrelay.com.

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