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A quick introduction to the sport of pack burro racing:   the  HAULIN' ASS MOVIE  website.

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. Come celebrate, enjoy some fabulous food, door prizes and slideshow.

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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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Unbought & Unbossed

Dear WPBA Members - Please join us at high noon on February 25th in Buena Vista, Colorado to celebrate our friend Curtis Imrie. Weather permitting, the event will kick off with a burro parade/take over of downtown, followed by a gathering at The Lariat on Main Street(206 E Main St, Buena Vista, Colorado 81211). Food and drink can be purchased at the venue. Thank you to The Lariat for graciously agreeing to host this event. Parking will be the same as a Burro Race in Buena Vista. If anything changes I will reach out to you all via email. If you have any questions please email or call Brad Wann (See contact info below).

"It's not how you're born, or how you die. It's how you lived, is all that matters!" - Curtis Imrie

Keep Moving,

Brad M. Wann, Media Relations Officer
Western Pack Burro Ass-ociation

The Western Pack Burro Ass-ociation has set up a GoFundMe account to help with the expenses his estate may have. Please consider donating to this worthy cause.

Click here to support the Curtis Imrie – Legend of the WPBA Fund

Thank you for your support.

Jim Jones, RIP

Burro racing has lost another member.

Long time Ham Radio operator and the face of the top of Mosquito Pass, Jim Jones passed from this life February 20th, 2017. He was 66 years old and died of a pulmonary embolism.

He will be missed by all racers!

Jim Jones Memorial Service will be held on March 18, 7PM, at All Saints Lutheran Church, 15625 E. Iliff Avenue, Aurora, Co 80013. Jim's wife Cat says this will be a celebration of his life, not mourning. Laughter, Tears, and stories welcome. Cat welcomes all to come! No suits/ties, black or somber. He'd have hated that. Boots & jeans fine! Just be comfortable.

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.