Indian Relay Championship of Champions to be held at Kennewick

The Horse Nations Indian Relay Council (HNIRC), governing body of Indian Relay Racing, has announced that Sun Downs Race Track in Kennewick will host the Championship of Champions, Sept. 21-23. Indian Relay is a centuries old form of horse racing that shows the athleticism of both the rider and his horses. Riding bareback, the rider makes three laps around the track, each lap on a different horse showcasing both speed and skill. The excitement of the competition will have everyone on their feet cheering for teams as the chaos of having 4-6 teams (12-18 horses) on the track at one time. This makes it both dangerous and exciting.

Sun Downs is one of only three race tracks in the Northwest U.S. – two of which host Indian Relay Races – Emerald Downs and now Sun Downs. 2017 Champion Scott Abrahamson’s team is from Washington as are several other teams. The 5/8-mile track currently hosts AQHA Races and provides a great guest experience for families and people of all ages to enjoy. The Tri-Cities is a group of three closely tied cities: Richland, Kennewick and Pasco located at the confluence of the Yakima, Snake, and Columbia rivers in the desert region of Southeastern Washington. Temperate climate and a population of 200,000 make this a great venue.

Calvin Ghost Bear, president of HNIRC says, “We are all excited for this season of Indian Relay, all of which lead to the Championship of Champions Event. We have received a warm welcome to Sun Downs; their well-maintained racetrack makes it the perfect place for the Championship of Champions.”

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