World Championship Burro Races 2022

World Championship Burro Races 2022

We’re just coming back from a weekend spent celebrating everything burro. I needed that. Sadly, I was not able to make any livestock purchases this weekend but I did give loves to every burro that wanted them and I cheered on the teams with such enthusiasm that I may have embarrassed the kids and my aunt.

If you are looking for a great read, try Running with Sherman by Christopher McDougall. It really gives you a glimpse into the work that happens for the donkey and human athletes before this race and it is just a great story. Let me know how you like it!

I just have to let you know that one very sweet and petite burro, Buttercup, did get some pets and adoration before the race and I’m not saying that our encouragement was entirely responsible but Buttercup and her human, Marvin Sandoval, placed first in the long course. If you aren’t familiar with pack burro racing, this course is 29+ miles and takes the burro/human teams from Fairplay at at 9,953 ft elevation to the half-way point at the top of mosquito pass at 13,185 ft elevation and back to town. I think it is just incredible. What a sport.

Burro Days Photos

Here are some of the highlights of the weekend.

Just a lovable neighborhood yak from Pettee Ranch.






A pack burro demonstrating how much they could pack.






Front street Fairplay, CO. Cheering section: Adrian, Louise, Carey, Addie, Chay.






Starting line for World Championship Long Course. See little Buttercup front right? There were only 9 teams.






Outhouse races had to slide over when the short course participants sprinted, walked, dragged, etc to the finish line.








The leftovers.

2 thoughts on “World Championship Burro Races 2022”

  1. Hi Carey
    Pictured brought a HUGE. smile to my face.
    Good luck with your booth. Setting up reminded me of the 35 + years of dog showing. Lots of work, but great fun. Enjoy.

    1. Hi Leonor!
      It has been so much work! I’m hoping that things settle in now that we have all the display built and working. Fingers crossed for a good weekend ahead! I hope you are healing well. Sure miss you.

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