WATERVILLE – Getting off to a good start can always be a challenge when you’re trying to hold a horse still on the line.
Oliver Pakootas, jockey for Grizzly Mountain, was able to get a good start, but was left wanting to hold off Aimsback Express Aug. 31 in Waterville.
Pakootas and Grizzly Mountain placed second at North Central Washington Fair and Rodeo in Waterville in the senior Indian Relay races.
Aimback Express placed first, winning on both Saturday and Sunday. Northwest Express placed third on Sunday.
The Horse Nations Indian Relay Council, the governing body for the Indian Relay races, has included the NCW fair on the list of Indian Relay Races where relay teams can earn points for the end of the year Indian Relay Championships being hosted in Walla Walla.
A week later at the Ferry County Fair in Republic, Abrahamson would go on to win on Friday night, and Omak Express would win on both Saturday and Sunday.