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Be Part of the FAIRPLAY BURRO MUSEUM in 2019!

HAL WALTER has some perspective on the sport of pack burro racing, and it's worth reading.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN – to an interview with Avon librarians (and burro racers) Tegan Davis and Carrie Mae Wack from the Reporter's Roundtable on KZYR-The Zephyr. Audio courtesy of Michelle Hall and KZYR.

Please consider becoming a member of the WPBA. One benefit is a twice-yearly newletter. Get a sneak peak at the Fall 2013 newletter here.  Another benefit is to be able to attend the  annual meeting and banquet, so...

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For an important reminder about eligibility conditions for the Triple Crown Award, see the Rules Page.

A long-time member of the WPBA has been interviewed on Colorado Public Radio.

A noted state pundit talks up burro racing in Colorado.

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Be Part of the FAIRPLAY BURRO MUSEUM in 2019!

Welcome to the Western Pack Burro Ass-ociation website! Our group seeks to continue a great sport begun by some of Colorado’s 19th-century miners. Those hardy characters used burros (Spanish for donkeys) to carry their mining tools and supplies through the Rocky Mountains as they prospected for gold, silver, and other valuable ores. Since the burros were carrying a full load, the miners had to walk, leading the animal with a rope. Legend has it that two miners found gold in the same location, and raced each other back to town to be the first to stake a claim to the find. Neither could ride their animal because of its load, so one of the basic rules of burro racing was established (click the link to WPBA Rules and look under “No Riding”). Another legend is that burro racing began as drunken miners in a Leadville bar sought a way to make some money in a less back-breaking manner than with pick and shovel.

The burro-racing season runs from late May through September. There are presently five events in five mountain towns. Each event is part of a festival celebrating the town's history. The "Triple Crown" races are in Fairplay, Leadville, and Buena Vista. The remaining two races are in Georgetown and Idaho Springs. Check out this year's schedule.

And burro racing popularity continues to grow! On May 29, 2012, the Colorado legislature approved a joint resolution that designates pack burro racing as a summer heritage sport in Colorado.

Browse around our website. You can see photos of this year's and some past year's races. You can get an idea of the spirit that motivates our members to team up with the noble beasts and compete against each other. And, who knows? First you may come to observe next year's races, then you may feel crazy enough to join us and do it yourself.

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