Winter Chariot Races This Weekend in Glendo, Wyoming
Looking for something to do this weekend? When's the last time you went to a Wyoming chariot race? Have you ever been to one?
Chariot races in Wyoming? Sounds weird. We think of chariots we think of ROME!
But it's actually not at all new or unusual here in Wyoming.
In the video below you can watch a race that took place back in May of 2021 in Afton, Wyoming.
It's cold. There is snow and mud. SOUNDS PERFECT!
This weekend Glendo, Wyoming is hosting the Horseshoe Valley Chariot Races. Jan. 29-30 as the qualifying in preparation for the Wyoming State Chariot Racing Championship March 5-6.
WAIT. Wyoming has a STATE CHARIOT RACE? Okay most of us never saw that coming. But it's been going on for a long time.
“It’s been over 20 years,” said organizer and chariot racer Gene Daly. “Money taken in by the group goes to help the Glendo FFA, 4H and the youth group. The sport is not too dangerous,” Daly said. “They have their horses fairly well broke, as long as they just don’t have a wreck. We’ve had some wrecks out here and it really gets the adrenaline going. We had one team that come out and hit a hump and threw the rider out. That’s why we have the outriders to catch up the runaway chariot.” (PC Record Times).
The races begin Saturday at noon and Sunday at 11 a.m. and the races are held at Horseshoe valley about two-thirds of a mile north of Glendo on Highway 319.
The gate entry fee is $5 for ages 12 and over. There will be a happy hour and Calcutta on Friday night for the Saturday races at Angler’s Bar at 6 p.m.
Saturday night there will be a dinner and Calcutta for the Sunday races at Micke’s Restaurant at 6 p.m.
Tickets for dinner are $10 for adults, $5 for 12 year old and younger. Under 3 – you eat free. Additional Calcutta auctions will be going on during the races. Proceeds from the Calcutta Races will be going to the Glendo 4-H and FFA chapters.