Chariot champs: World Cutter & Chariot Races kick off Friday in Ogden

Chariot champs: World Cutter & Chariot Races kick off Friday in Ogden
Gibbs Racing (left) and 2 Strong Qtr Horses race during the Cutter & Chariot Racing World Championships at the Weber County Fairgrounds in Ogden on Friday, March 23, 2012. (KERA WILLIAMS/ Standard-Examiner)

OGDEN — Your chariots await this weekend at the Weber County Fairgrounds.

That is, until their scheduled post time. The World Cutter & Chariot Races kick off Friday at noon and continues with several more races building up to the championship on Sunday, March 25.

The competitive sport is a Western tradition that started over 50 years ago in Wyoming, according to previous reporting from the Standard-Examiner. It requires teams to race a quarter-mile every six minutes.

This year’s races, presented by Golden Spike Event Center and Wasatch Slopes, take place at the fairgrounds at 1000 N. 1200 West in Ogden. Post time is at noon on the following dates:

  • Saturday, March 17
  • Sunday, March 18
  • Friday, March 23
  • Saturday, March 24
  • Sunday, March 25

Individual admission is $8; season passes are $35; children age 12 and younger are admitted free.

“Whether you’re up in the bleachers, or along the rail on your feet, the chariot races are hard to beat,” reads the event description on Facebook. “The only place in the world where you can see live chariot championship action so bring your family and friends.”

For more information, visit Golden Spike’s website, goldenspikeeventcenter.com.

Standard-Examiner Copy Editor Andrea Harvey can be reached at aharvey@standard.net or 801-625-4213. Follow her on Twitter at @andrearharvey or “like” her page at facebook.com/AndreaHarveyJourno.