The NW Montana Fair & Rodeo Championship Relay Races 2019 featuring the Skunkcap Memorial Championship Race
Who was Leroy SkunkCap?
In the early 1980's, after participating in the Indian Relay racing on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation and Eastern Idaho State Fair in Blackfoot, Idaho with the use of his calf roping horse, his rope horses and a 15 year old rider, Keith Tatsey and seeing how it drew large crowds, Leroy SkunkCap desired to bring the Indian Relay to the Northwest Montana Fair in Kalispell, Montana. He proposed this to then fair manager, Bob Cartwright who accepted Leroy's idea and since then, it has become one of the largest attractions in Montana. A few years later, Leroy also invited Bob down to the Eastern Idaho State Fair to observe the popular demolition derby of which he thought would also enhance the fair and rodeo. When Bob saw how big of a success the demolition derby was, he implemented that into the show where it has become an annual event. Although Leroy is given credit for bringing the Indian Relay racing to Kalispell, it was not a lone affair. Leroy had the help from the horse racing old timers from Browning and Idaho such as John DeRoche Sr., Alex Sherman, Leo BuliShoe Sr., Mudd Hall, Enos and Clyde Osborne, Wayne Goss, Boy-John Aimsback, Charles Weasel Head, and anyone else who was willing to help. (most of whom have all passed on as well) After seeing the success at Kalispell, Leroy also re-introduced Relay racing to the Blackfeet Reservation in Browning and Canada where it has evolved into the extreme sport that is recognized Nationwide. On Sunday, August 12, 2018, Leroy SkunkCap went on to join these old timers when he deceased in Browning, Montana. Leroy's family would like to thank all the Indian relay teams, their fans, the city of Kalispell and the Northwest Montana fair board, especially to the fair managers and their staff for their continued support of the Indian relay racing in Kalispell, Montana and for carrying on his legacy.
ENTRY FEE: $200.00 per Relay team, $100.00 per Chiefs or Ladies rider Entry deadline: Entry forms, a check or money order for entry fees, and all signed release forms must be postmarked by Monday, Aug 5th. No late entries for any race will be accepted.
Location – Flathead County Fairgrounds
Race Time- Approximately 8:30 pm August 15th, 16th, & 17th (during rodeo half time)
Upon arrival, check in with race/stall coordinator(s) and to receive your heat draw.
Pre-race announcement made 30 minutes prior to race start to have horses on track and ready to race Final call made 10 minutes prior to race start
Teams not prepared to participate by start will be disqualified (no refunds).
Chiefs and Ladies races must have a minimum of 5 participants (maximum of 8).
Team Entry: 4 Team members = 1 Rider, 1 Mugger, 2 Holders
Rules: See downloadable Form Located at the bottom of this page.
Entry deadline: Entry forms, a check or money order for entry fees, and all signed release forms must be postmarked by Monday, Aug 5th. No late entries for any race will be accepted. All entries are not valid unless they include: o This form fully filled out o Signed Release Forms for each participant o Entry fee (please make checks payable to NW Montana Fair)