Documentary “The Road to Billings” The Story of the 2016 All Nations Indian Relay Championships
Buffalo, Wyoming: A documentary film will commence production this week in Buffalo, Wyoming at the Buffalo Days Indian Relay that will air nationally next year. Buffalo Days Indian Relay event is the first race in a series of sanctioned races by the Professional Indian Race Horse Association (PIHRA). The 2016 season includes 18 events throughout the west, namely in Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, South Dakota, Alberta, Canada and others – all leading up to the 2016 All Nations Indian Relay Championships in Billings, Montana to take place at the historic Yellowstone Downs Racetrack at the MetraPark Grandstands September 22-25, 2016, where the best of the best relay teams will compete for $100,000 in prize money.
The documentary will chronicle the journey of the horse nations relay teams and interweave the PIHRA vision that Indian Relay can provide a positive economic and cultural model for Native American relay teams and their families moving forward into today’s world and preserving the past.
The documentary production is a collaboration of seasoned videographer: James Wooster of Infamous Productions, Diana Volk Photography and Jeanette Sassoon, PIHRA Director.
Teams from throughout the northern plains Indian country have entered this important opening race in Buffalo, including some of the most celebrated relay teams to date. White Calf and Young Money will represent the Blackfeet; Warman and Plainfeather will represent the Crow; and Lakota War Path and Brew Crew from the Lakota Sioux, are among a few of the elite relay teams competing. Exciting new teams, anchored by veteran relayers will race. Eagle Star Express with Clarence McNabb, second year team Medicine Tail, Garrell Snell and Gina Medicine Horse with Medicine Horse and Dustin Kruger’s Silver Mountain could easily rise to the top. All will be included in the documentary as the stories unfold.
Buffalo Days Indian Relay will be held at the Johnson County Fairgrounds on Saturday and Sunday, June 11 and 12, 2016. Indian relay races offer explosive and exciting action for spectators of all ages. As many as 20 adult Indian relay teams are expected to compete at the Buffalo Days Indian Relay for a purse of $50,000 including valuable points earned for the championships in Billings; in addition, there will be sensational Kids relay races, Junior relay races, Warriors races and Ladies races. Teams dress in full regalia, paint their horses with distinctive team colors and symbols and give spectators 2 ½ hours each day of non-stop excitement.
Tickets for Buffalo Days Indian Relay are available at the fairgrounds. The event is sponsored by the Buffalo, Wyoming Chamber of Commerce and the Johnson County Tourism Association, The Crow Nation, and Comfort Inn of Buffalo. For more information, call (844)-735-2977 or go to www.letsrelay.com.
Tickets for the 2016 All Nations Indian Relay Championships are already on sale via www.letsrelay.com or the MetraPark ticket office at 800-366-8538.
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High Resolution images at this link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/0yefvfns2qe5qp8/CrowdIMG_0236.jpg?dl=0
Photo credit to Diana Volk
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 9, 2016
Media Contact: Nancy Harrison