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Riverton hosts state chariot championships
 

Riverton hosts state chariot championships

Feb 29, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Fast and furious.

That describes the action planned for Saturday and Sunday at the Wyoming State Chariot Race Championships on the Paradise Valley race ...

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Fast and furious. That describes the action planned for Saturday and Sunday at the Wyoming State Chariot Race Championships on the Paradise Valley race track north of Riverton. Racing starts at noon both days. Ticket prices are $4 for adults, and children 12 and younger are free. In a chariot race, the driver sits behind two horses and races down a 440-yard track against another team. "It's just a rush of the race and the challenge of the horses," owner and driver John Williams of Dubois said. "When you enjoy horses, it's great fun." This is the first time in five years Riverton has hosted the final Wyoming race of the season. "The horses enjoy the challenge going against each other," Williams said. "The rush of going down the track like that is a kick." Riverton usually has at least one chariot race per season, but this year coordinator Brigitte Kuegeler put in for the state race. "You have to have a love for horse racing," Kuegeler said. "It's also neat because you get to have the Calcutta, where you get to bet on your favorite team." The first day has 10 races on the program. On day two the teams will be matched based on how they did the first day. "Most of the teams are running from 22 to 24 seconds," Williams said. This season the racers have been to Gillette, Glendo, Torrington, Rock Springs, Dubois (twice) and Saratoga. "It's very competitive," Williams said. "All of us are running real close together this year. There will be good races." Williams said the race in Riverton is one of the best ones of the season. "I think that it's the best place to have it," Williams said. "We have the best community support. Brigitte does a great job of getting everything together. That is usually where we get the best crowds. There will be a food available. Kuegeler stressed the event is a good place to bring a family. Here is Saturday's lineup for Wyoming State Chariot Racing Championship Gate 1 Blue Team name: Eisele Racing Horses: Dash to Cherokee/EQH Dash of Corona Owner: Roy Morgan Driver: Roy Morgan Gate 2 Blue Team name: Beyers Special Horses: A Squirt/North Forty Owner: Tom & Seely Driver: Dr. Tom Seely Gate 3 Blue Team name: Leather & Lance Horses: Dash Thru Easy/Gallant Kelly Owner: John & Betty Williams Driver: Betty Wright Gate 4 Blue Team name: Cream of the Crop Horses: Bac Bac/Storm Cat Owner: Dave Walker Driver: Dave Walker Gate 5 Blue Team name: Leo Seely Owner: Leo & Joan Seely Driver: Leo Seely Gate 6 Blue Team name: Horse Creek Express Horses: Iced Cleat/Splash & Shake Owner: John & Betty Williams Driver: John Williams Gate 7 Blue Team name: Sagebrush Motel Horses: EQH Kaskade/TLF Just Fittin' In Owner: Roy and Michele Driver: James Olguin Gate 8 Blue Team name: Hines Bar Horses: Willys Wampum/Tee Wee Proud Owner: Jim Stoker Driver: Jim Stoker Gate 9 Blue Team name: Tuf-N-Nuf Horses: Goody Goody Goody/CCI Cowboy Runner Owner: Melanie Graber Driver: Melanie Graber Gate 10 Blue Team name: Call Me Anything Horses: Houston Dually/Society's Legend Owner: James Olgoin Driver: Clancy Henderson Gate 4 White Team name: Gold Rush Horses: Stackin The Cash/JRS Rare Eclispe Owner: Bob Kraus Driver: Dietrich Kuegeler Gate 1 Red Team name: Lady & The Tramp Horses: Rowdy/Cheetah Owner: Dave Walker Driver: Dave Walker Gate 2 Red Team name: Montezuma's Revenge Horses: Frosty/Gamblers Fling Owner: Jed Hernandez Driver: Jed Hernandez Gate 3 Red Team name: Mike and Peggy Horses: Dash to Blur/Farahon Owner: Mike &Peggy Johnson Driver: Mike Johnson Gate 4 Red Team name: Snow Nation Horses: Silent Wind Shadows/Sizzlin Snow Owner: Melanie Graber Driver: Melanie Graber Gate 5 Red Team name: Marv & Carol Horses: Bamboogie/HH Charcoal Cash Owner: Marvin Heyd/Roy Morgan Driver: Roy Morgan Gate 6 Red Team name: Equine Addiction Horses: Nobel/Sheik/Fling N Haul Owner: Earleen George Driver: Dave Brant Gate 7 Red Team name: Baileys Boys Horses: Movin Junior Dancer/Streaks Last Man Owner: Mike & Peggy Johnson Driver: Mike Johnson Gate 8 Red Team name: Eisele & Ron Horses: EQH A Dashin Groom/Movin & Acruisin Owner: Eiscle/Ron Surrage Driver: Roy Morgan Gate 9 Red Team name: Gilliams Pretty Pennies Horses: Blondie/Mr. Royal Shakem Owner: Lara Gilliam Driver: Lara Gilliam Gate 10 Red Team name: Quick N Hot Horses: Letter Beduino/Quick Pro quo Owner: Lee & Melissa Griffin Driver: Lee Griffin

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