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An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


September 21, 2002 - Issue 70


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Kirkaldie team wins National Indian Relay Championship on sloppy track

By Lori Edmo-Suppah, Sho-Ban News
Sloppy trackBLACKFOOT — Despite a sloppy track after two days of rain, the Kirkaldie team with rider Willie Kirkaldie won the National Indian Relay horse race championship here at the Eastern Idaho State Fair.

The team won jackets donated by Larry and Sharon Teton, $3,260 in cash and cooler blankets donated by Miss Shoshone-Bannock Randy’L Teton. The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes and the Eastern Idaho State Fair Board sponsored the added purse.

Taking second was the Coby team with rider Alonzo Coby earning $2,445, third was close between the Farmer team with rider Lance Tissidimit and the Two Medicine team with rider Dan Edmo from Browning, Mont. The Farmer team prevailed winning $1,630 and the Two Medicine team won $815.

Relay racingThe Livermore team with rider Shaw Moemburg from Browning, Mont. won the consolation race and $1,460. Taking second was the Bell/Aragon team and rider Marvin Aragon earning $1,095. Third place and $730 went to the Yellow Mule team and rider Jasper Half Jr. from Crow Agency, Mont. Jake’s Crew and rider Zia Osborne won fourth and $365 and results were unavailable for the other places.

The pari-mutuel horse races were cancelled that day because of the rain and relay teams decided to run the race because many were from Montana and needed the funds to travel.

Following are the results from Friday’s races: Heat one – 1st Kirkaldie, rider Willie Kirkaldie, $735; 2nd Two Medicine, rider Dan Edmo, $551.25; 3rd Bell/Aragon, rider Marvin Aragon, $367.50; 4th Yellow Mule, rider Jasper Half, Jr. $183.75. Heat two — 1st Lil Badger Boy, rider Neil Carlson, $735; 2nd Coby, rider Alonzo Coby, $551.25; 3rd Gottfriedson, Hardee Skunkcap, $367.50; 4th Farmer, rider Lance Tissidimit, $183.75.

Overall earnings — Kirkaldie $5,648.75; Coby $5,017.50; Lil Badger Boy $2,756.25; Farmer $2,181.25; Two Medicine $2,101.25; Bell/Aragon $1,646.25; Livermore $1,460; Gottfriedson $1,470; Yellow Mule $1,281.25; Fitzpatrick $1,105.50; Jake’s Crew $1,100; Starr Weed 0; Buckskin team withdrew because of injury to rider.

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