Published August 20, 2015
BILLINGS, MONTANA — The Professional Indian Horse Racing Association (PIHRA) just announced that Montana Silversmiths has joined them as a national sponsor of the All Nations Indian Relay Championships being held September 17-20, 2015, in Billings, Mont. This new partnership bolsters the strong group of local and regional sponsors already working with PIHRA to support the exciting sport of Indian Relay.
“We are thrilled to welcome Montana Silversmiths as a national sponsor,” said Gary Fellers of PIHRA. “They represent the best of what Western Horsemanship and lifestyle mean to us.”
Montana Silversmiths of Columbus, Mont. has been one of the leading pioneers in the development of western fashion in both buckles and jewelry since 1973. The company has worked tirelessly over the years to find and employ the finest designers, artisans, craftspeople and master silversmiths in the world. They have perfected a combination of traditional western designs and crisply executed engraving styles, including buckles, jewelry and lifestyle products for western enthusiasts. As the Brand of Champions, the company is the Official Silversmith for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, Professional Bull Riders, Appaloosa Horse Club, American Quarter Horse Association, Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association, National Little Britches Rodeo Association, Miss Rodeo America, National Reining Horse Association, Women’s Pro Rodeo Association and the Professional Indian Horse Relay Association among other western and outdoor organizations.
“Montana Silversmiths has been providing championship buckles to major rodeo events since 1973; we are thrilled to add the All Nations Indian Relay Championships to this list,” said Brand Ambassador and Vice President of Events Steve Miller. “Our enthusiasm is so strong that we are in the process of negotiating a multi-year contract to sponsor Indian Relay.”
PIHRA was founded to promote Indian Relay, horsemanship and safety and has developed a season-long championship series, culminating with the All Nations Indian Relay Championships. There were 17 founding teams in 2013; two years later, PIHRA membership is expected to exceed 60 teams. The teams come from Washington State, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Montana, South Dakota and Canada. The tribes represented in relay include Oglala Lakota Sioux, Northern Cheyenne, Blackfeet, Crow, Shoshone-Bannock, Eastern Shoshone, the Colville Confederated Tribes and the Umatilla Confederated Tribes. The vision of the teams and the entire membership is for relay to become a viable cultural and economic entity on the reservations and for native peoples.
This year, the All Nations Indian Relay Championships will be held Sept.17-20 at the historic MetraPark Grandstands in Billings, Mont. The top 30 teams representing 15 Indian nations will compete for more than $75,000 in money prizes, expenses and the coveted Champions’ Jackets and Belt Buckles. Relay teams will race daily to earn a spot in the Championships on Sunday. Those not in the top six will battle it out during the first, second and third consolation races prior to the Championship race on the final day of the All Nations Championships.
For more information on Indian Relay, visit the new website at www.letsrelay.com and follow the Relay Race Season on Facebook, www.facebook.com/pages/Professional-Indian-Horse-Racing-Association/476531622450149