O-Mok-See: Crazy Horse Shit
You know what the dying words of a redneck are? “Hey y’all, watch this!”
And if you want to catch a nutty, Native American-style rodeo, check out
the National Saddle Club Association’s 36th Annual O-Mok-See Championship.
The competition takes place in Vernal, Utah, July 21-27, 2001, and welcomes
every horserider, under eight years old to over 40, from beginning to daredevil.
Think extreme barrelracing and more. O-Mok-See takes the best of ancient Blackfoot
Indian traditional warrior games and turns it into a western event not to
There are no qualifying steps to participate in Vernal. Simply join NSCA,
enter the Championships, show up and compete. The events or ‘games’ range
from the traditional barrel race to western jumping, to team events like “Devil’s
Cowhide” where a rider drags his partner, who’s hanging on for dear life to
a tarp tied to the rider’s saddle horn, down the lane, around a barrel and
back. History has it, this game originated among Native Americans as a way
to rescue their comrades from battle.
Nearly 500 competitors from across the West are expected at this year’s
events and festivities. There’ll be all kinds of social activities surrounding
the O-Mok-See Championships. An ice cream social, live music, awards dinners
and a royalty contest for the Queen, Sr. and Jr. Princess of the Show occur
throughout the five-day event.
Contact Marcia Thornton for more information at 435.654.2134, or go the NSCA
website at http://www.omoksee.com.