(Neb)-22nd Annual Crazy Horse Ride Underway Listen
CHADRON - Drivers traveling between Chadron and Crawford need to be more cautious than usual today because in addition to highway construction equipment, they'll also be encountering the 22nd annual Crazy Horse Ride from Fort Robinson State Park to Pine Ridge.
Between 150 and 200 riders gathered for a brief ceremony, then departed along the Crazy Horse Highway - one of the designations of Highway 20 - on the first day's leg, which includes lunch in the Whitney area and ends in Chadron
Founder and organizer Bam Brewer says the ride honors veterans and Crazy Horse, the legendary Sioux warrior who was killed at Fort Robinson. Helping lead the trek is a riderless horse for the spirit of Crazy Horse.
The Crazy Horse riders are expected to reach Chadron between 7:00 and 8:00 tonight, but the construction work on Highway 20 and the threat of rain could slow their progress and delay their arrival.
Chadron civic and business leaders are encouraging residents to turn out when the riders do arrive and greet them with cheers as they make their way through downtown to the Dawes County Fairgrounds, where they'll spend the night.
Tomorrow, they'll ride to the Smokin' Ground Country Camp near the White River in the Slim Buttes area of the Pine Ridge Reservation.
Wednesday will be a day of rest, then the ride finish Thursday in Pine Ridge at the 29th annual All Veterans Gathering and Pow Wow, which runs through the weekend.
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