Professional circuit culminates at Jefferson County Fair Complex

For the third consecutive year, the Jefferson County Fair Complex will host a national championship.

The Professional Wild Horse Racers Association will hold its national finals Jan. 24-25 in Madras, and four of the seven teams that qualified are from Jefferson County.

Two teams from Warm Springs — the circuit-leading Jason Smith Team and the Anthony Blueback Team — along with two teams from Madras will provide the local flair to the two-day event. The teams from Madras are the Spud Smith Jr. Team and the Wrangler Howe Team.

The three other teams are from Klamath Falls, Toppenish, Wash. and Tonalea, Ariz.

The Washi Collins Team rounds out the Oregon competitors, and Team BGB will make the trek from northern Arizona for the finals. Team Omeasoo will come down from central Washington to compete.

In wild horse racing, teams of three attempt to saddle one of 10 wild horses in the arena, and someone has to ride the horse across the finish line. It is a popular event that is done at many rodeos throughtout the nation, including the St. Paul Rodeo and Pendleton Round-Up, just to name a couple.

The event originated in the late 1800s, according to a press release put out by the PWHRA, and its first national championships were held in Billings, Mont.

The action starts at 6 p.m. both nights.

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