The All Nations Indian Relay Championships will be in Billings Montana this year September 17-20.
I always marveled at that way Native Americans could swing onto the backs of their horses and take off in one fell swoop as if they were one.
I loved seeing that again here at 50 seconds into the video but this time I know that they are real!
The relays involve three-person teams. The riders circle the track three times on three different horses. After each completed lap riders exchange horses with the assistance of three other team members.
“It’s all bareback and all the riders are in Native American regalia,” said Gary Fellers, one of the event’s organizers. “The ponies are also painted as they would be traditionally to honor them and the connections the riders have to them.”