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2017-08-10 / Sports

HORSE NATIONS RELAYS

Brew Crew Finally Wins Premiere Event At Oglala Nation Celebration
BY BRANDON ECOFFEY
LCT EDITOR


Above: Parker Brewer, of the Brew Crew, took home his first individual title in the Kid’s Race. Above: Parker Brewer, of the Brew Crew, took home his first individual title in the Kid’s Race. PINE RIDGE – These days Indian Relay is one of the best draws at summer fairs across Indian Country. That pattern of success seems to have held true for the sport as this year’s Oglala Lakota Nation fair and rodeo crowds made the trip to Three-Moccasin Park to take in the races.

Over the course of this past year, Indian Relay has undergone a profound change as a new national organization has attempted to being all the races under its banner of Horse Nations Relay. The new enterprise was spearheaded by Oglala Lakota entrepreneur Calvin Ghost Bear. Ghost Bear announced that the new organization would be challenging, the now defunct, Professional Indian Horse Racing Association, for control of the sport.

HNR showed what they were all about during the Oglala Nation Fair as they packed the weekend with plenty of races including the main event, the Indian Relay.


Right: Sylvan Brown of the Brew Crew mounts his horse for the fi- nal lap of the championship race at the Horse Nations Relays held in Pine Ridge last weekend. Photo by Diana Volk. Right: Sylvan Brown of the Brew Crew mounts his horse for the fi- nal lap of the championship race at the Horse Nations Relays held in Pine Ridge last weekend. Photo by Diana Volk. This year’s Indian Relay crown was secured by the hometown Brew Crew. That nationally known team who had yet to perform to their usual standards was able to come from behind in the final heat to win the crown.

“We finally did it,” said owner Stan Brewer. Brewer defeated some of his former teammates in the final event. “They had some really good horses, so I was a little worried about them.”

In the final race, the Brew Crew found themselves behind shortly after the last exchange, but a loose horse made it out to the track and ran the final lap with the lead horse. This occurrence created a path for the Brew Crew to overcome the leaders and take the lead for good.

The Brew Crew also took home the Warrior’s Race when Steve Brewer Jr., out ran his opponents, and also Parker Brewer won his race in the children’s division.

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