The 125th Cheyenne Frontier Days in 2021 |

The 125th Cheyenne Frontier Days in 2021

Story and photos by Lincoln Rogers
for The Fence Post

With a $1,000,000 payout, the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo in Cheyenne, Wyo., is famous for being the “World’s Largest Outdoor Rodeo” and is often called “The Daddy of ‘Em All.” The 125th running of the historic event provided thrills, chills, and spills as arena records were tied, new champions were crowned and legends were created.

“This rodeo is known throughout the world,” described Tim O’Connell, three-time PRCA world champion bareback rider and two-time Cheyenne Frontier Days buckle winner. “You don’t have to know rodeo, but you will know the Cheyenne Frontier Days. And it is special to us. This is holy ground for us.”

A Cheyenne Frontier Days public relations volunteer, right, talks to a crowd at the start of the popular "Behind the Chutes" tour at the world famous venue.
In a contest of strength and determination, it is cowboy against horse in the annual Wild Horse Race at the conclusion of the historic Cheyenne Frontier Days in Cheyenne, Wyo. As seen in this image, the horse usually wins.
A souvenir ribbon from the very first Cheyenne Frontier Days in 1897 can be seen in the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum. In that single day contest 125 years ago, the winning saddle bronc cowboy took home $25 and the winning horse earned $100.
2021 Cheyenne Frontier Days Lady in Waiting, Savannah Messenger, takes part in the Grand Parade before the start of action in the championship round of rodeo on Sunday Aug. 1, 2021.
The traditional cowboy vibe is always on display for the big crowds during Cheyenne Frontier Days, even when moving steers during the middle of its championship round of rodeo.
A short display of rodeo horses running free throughout the large Cheyenne Frontier Days arena was a daily serving of western pre-rodeo entertainment for the crowds filling the stands in Cheyenne, Wyo.


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