Calgary – Tradition and teamwork, precision and pride will be on full display during a new demonstration sport at Calgary Stampede 2017. The Relay Races will feature four of the very best Indigenous racing teams in North America, showcasing their horsemanship skills in a high adrenalin competition. The Calgary Stampede welcomes the media to film the Relay Races. Interested media can meet on the south side of the infield Grandstand at 8 p.m.

WHAT: Filming of the Relay Races, a new demonstration sport at the Calgary Stampede


-Interviews available Tuesday, July 11 between 8 – 8:30 p.m.

-Camera positions to film the Relay Races will be assigned at 9 p.m.

WHERE: Meet on the south side of the infield Grandstand

More information on this event:

This year’s demonstration Relay Races will feature two teams from Treaty 7 territories, Lone Wolf of the Piikani Nation and Okan Warriors of the Siksika Nation. Joining them are Young Money and the Carlson Team of the Blackfoot Confederacy in Montana.

How Relay Races work:

  • Each team has four members and three high-powered thoroughbred race horses.
  • Team members all have a role. There is one rider, two horse holders and one ‘mugger’ who catches the horse during an exchange. All teams and their horses make their way onto the track at the same time, and remain on the track for the entire race.
  • Teams stand off to the side while the four riders prepare for a standing start.
  • When the horn sounds, riders leap onto their horses bareback (without a saddle) and race a lap of the track.
  • Once the first lap is completed, it’s time for the relay exchange. The rider jumps off his horse and passes it to the mugger. He then leaps onto a new horse and takes off for another lap.
  • This cycle continues for three laps, where the fastest team wins!

The Calgary Stampede is excited to showcase this sport, which is growing in popularity throughout Western Canada and the United States. Experience the Relay Races first-hand by purchasing your ticket to the TransAlta Grandstand Show & GMC Rangeland Derby for July 11-13 at Ticket prices start at just $49. 


For more information, please contact:

Kristina Barnes
Communications Manager, Western Events and Agriculture
T 403.261.0382
C 403.585.4706