Over the Valentine’s day weekend, Jackson Hole played host to the annual Cutter Races to benefit the Shriners Hospital. This event always draws a huge local crowd as well as spectators and teams from the surrounding states of Utah, Idaho and Montana.
The Races took place Saturday and Sunday at Melody Ranch just south of town. All proceeds from both entry fees, and calcutta betting goes to the Shriners Hospital. The Cutter races are an exciting western version of horse-drawn chariot races.
Cowboys roar past the cheering crowd in chariots, pulled by a team of two thoroughbreds. Two teams go head to head down a quarter mile snow covered track. The action is fast-paced and exciting. This event demonstrates how Jackson Hole as a community can rally around a fun event to raise money to help out the Shriners Children’s Hospital.