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Thrills and Spills at Cheyenne Frontier Days

by Tony Bruguiere
Fort Collins, Colo.
Tony Bruguiere

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Cheyenne Frontier Days bills itself as the “World’s Largest Outdoor Rodeo”. That is a bold statement and it may seem like an exaggeration to anyone who has not been there. However, it is an absolute fact to the thousands who have flocked to Cheyenne each July for the past 112 years. You can see more rodeo in a single day at Frontier Days than you can see in the whole run of most rodeos.

In a single performance you can see over 40 bucking bulls and over 70 saddle and bareback broncs. In each of the eight performances leading up to the finals, there are three sections of Bull Riding, two sections each of Bareback and Saddle Bronc, and three sections of Steer Wrestling.

There were over 1,700 competitors vying for a coveted Cheyenne Frontier Days buckle and their share of the $1,000,000 total purse. This is the rodeo that everyone wants to win. A rodeo this big brings out all the top cowboys. World Champions like Trevor Brazile, Frank Thompson, Brittany Pozzi-Pharr, Will Lowe, Kelly Timberman, and Billy Etbauer competed to the thunderous applause of rodeo fans.

Harry Vold was once again the official stock contractor for Cheyenne Frontier Days. He and his fellow stock contractors brought their best animal athletes to give the roughstock World Champions all they could handle. There is no such thing as an easy ride when you are going up against names like Q, Dusty Dan, April Snow, Elvis, Little Brother, War Chick, and Painted Valley.

If that is not enough excitement for you, the folks at Cheyenne Frontier Days throw in some death defying specialty acts and end every performance with the always exciting, Wild Horse Racing.

Cheyenne Frontier Days has won the PRCA title of Best Large Outdoor Rodeo nine times and lives the legend of the “Daddy of ’em All”.


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