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Hundreds Attend Wild Horse Race in White Swan

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WHITE SWAN, Wash. - Teams from around the Northwest took part in an annual wild horse race over the weekend.

Hundreds of people from Washington and Oregon came out for the 18th annual Heemsah Memorial Wild Horse Race at the White Swan rodeo grounds on the Yakama Nation.

In the race, teams of three people, including a mugger, a jockey and a shank man, attempt to saddle and ride an unbroken horse, aided only by a lead rope. Several teams compete at once with the goal of crossing the finish line.

During the two day event, cowboys and cowgirls also compete in wild cow races and ranch bronco riding. Kids and teenagers also compete in colt races.

Organizers say there has been a decline in wild horse races in the past 10 to 15 years because of pressure from animal activists. Organizers and participants however, say changes have been made to protect the animals.

Supporters say the event links tribal members to their cultural history of breaking untamed horses.

Here are the final results for the 2013 Heemsah Memorial Wild Horse Race:

Adult Wild Horse Race

1st Place - Kip Talpocken (3-peat!) $3000/Leather Jackets/Buckles

2nd Place - Justin Martinez $1700/Jackets/Buckles

3rd Place - David LeClaire $1100

4th Place - Dan Gilbert $600 5th Place - Leroy MorningOwl $400

Jr. Colt Race

1st Place - Kyle Macias

2nd Place - Louis Stewart

3rd Place - CJ Harvey

PeeWee Colt Race

1st Place - Blake Houle

2nd Place - Maximus Corpuz

3rd Place - Valencia Fisher