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Recent Stories by Tony Bruguiere, Freelance Photographer and Writer

Behind the scenes at historic Chute 9 at Cheyenne Frontier Days

August 11, 2016 — When Cheyenne Frontier Days expanded the new chutes in the east stands, it was faced with the dilemma of how to accommodate historic Chute 9 into the numbering system. They now had five north chutes and five south chutes to bring the total to ten

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Around the barrel: Slack at Cheyenne Frontier Days gives intimate look at barrel racing

July 27, 2016 — Barrel racing is an extremely popular event. The only event that generates more boisterous enthusiasm is Mutton Bustin'.Tony Bruguiere | | In 2005, at the age of 62, June Holeman of Arcadia, Nebraska was the oldest person to compete at the National Finals Rodeo. That

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Through my lens: The Greeley Stampede

July 15, 2016 — The Greeley Stampede and 4th of July Celebration is now in its 95th year and it has come a long way from its early days as a festival to honor local potato farmers. Back then there were no PRCA Rodeos and or sold-out concerts. The

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Organizers throw ranch rodeo in Hugo ‘for the cowboys’

July 6, 2016 — Fifteen years ago, Tina Waite was asked if she would be interested in putting on a ranch rodeo in Hugo, Colo. The Waite family already competed in ranch rodeos, since Tina's husband, Daryl Waite, manages the large Withers Ranch in Hugo.Tony Bruguiere | | Austin

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Sixth Annual Jeremiah Ward Memorial Bronc Ride brings big success to Hugo, Colorado

July 3, 2016 — Jeremiah Ward was a cowboy, through and through. He loved life and he loved ranching and bronc riding. So when he was tragically taken at a young age, his friends and fellow bronc riders decided to pay tribute to him with a memorial ranch bronc

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For small town Grover, PRCA Rodeo brings tradition, community spirit

June 28, 2016 — The town of Grover is far from a big city.Tony Bruguiere | | Joe Colletti of Pueblo, Colorado gets a good loop on a fast running calf at the 93rd Earl Anderson Memorial Rodeo held in Grover, Colorado. But Grover does bring something big every

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Alpaca farmers can weather ups and downs in market by keeping ag in mind

June 7, 2016 — Trends in livestock are not new to the U.S. agricultural scene. Remember the fervor over Chinchillas, Ostriches and Emu? All those trends, which people bet the farm on, so to speak, faded away.Tony Bruguiere | | Five minutes ago the alpaca on the left looked

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T-Cross Ranch’s horse division embraces changes, including introduction of a virtual selling site

February 15, 2016 — For over 50 years the T-Cross produced hard-working cow horses that a cowboy could rely on to work all day long.Tony Bruguiere with permision of | | Cowtowns Cat is the leading stallion at Colorado's T-Cross Ranches. Cowtowns Cat comes from cutting royalty. He is

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Big Thunder Draft Horses on display at The Ranch in Loveland

January 26, 2016 — Massive draft horses were on display at the Big Thunder Draft Horse Show in Loveland, Colo., Jan. 15-17.Tony Bruguiere | | During the brief intermissions at the 12th annual Big Thunder Draft Horse Show held at The Ranch in Loveland, Colorado, fans were treated to

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The $10,000 Monarch Casino Gambler’s Choice Jumper Stake delivers fun and action at National Western

January 26, 2016 — Denver loves a horse show. That was true in 1907 when the fledgling "Western Livestock Show" had its first horse show and it was just as true 109 years later when the 110th National Western Stock Show held the $10,000 Monarch Casino Gambler's Choice Jumper

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History and tradition make The Yards are an integral part of the National Western Stock Show experience, despite cold weather

January 26, 2016 — In 110 years, National Western has racked up a lot of history, and most of it in the Stockyards, where it all started.Tony Bruguiere | | The best way for this young Hereford bull to ward off the chill of Stock Show Weather is to

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Northern Colorado sugar beet farmers racing the weather to finish the 2015 harvest

December 1, 2015 — Sugar beet growers across northern Colorado are racing to complete their harvest before winter sets in. The official start of winter is Dec. 21, 2015, but to beet farmers, it is not so much the date that is important as it is the temperature.Tony Bruguiere

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Some fall harvest still involves manual labor, especially certified organic squash

October 20, 2015 — Not all fall harvest is done with big machines. Many vegetables are still harvested by hand in pretty much the same way that they were generations ago. Mechanized harvesters have been developed for some produce crops, but most produce is just too fragile for anything

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National Western loses piece of history with relocation of brand inspections

January 12, 2015 — The Stock Show is in its 109th year and there is a lot of history at the National Western complex in Denver, Colo. Most of that history is out in the yards where it all started, back when Denver was second only to Chicago as

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Photo Essay: Elk and aspen in the Colorado high country

October 20, 2014 — Fall is a wonderful time of year in the Colorado High Country. The days are warm and sunny and the nights are cool. The cooler temperatures at night paint the mountains with brilliant splashes of color as the aspen leaves begin to change and an

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Cheyenne Frontier Days opens with successful Cinch Rodeo Shootout

July 30, 2014 — Take a $10,000 prize and add in team titles and fan interaction, along with top cowboys and top stock from Smith Pro Rodeo, and Cheyenne Frontier Days had the recipe for a sure-fire success with the new Cinch Shootout at the "Daddy of 'em All."Tony

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The future of Colorado rodeo competes at the Greeley Stampede

July 3, 2014 — In 1972, a community contest selected a new name for the local potato festival and the Greeley Spud Rodeo officially became the Greeley Independence Stampede — and with it came the first Kids Rodeo.Tony Bruguiere | | Three-year-old Edyta Rush is destined to be a

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New residents feel at home at the Larimer County Fair

August 29, 2013 — We've all heard the stories.Tony Bruguiere | | Seventeen-year-old Samuel Laffey and his 16-year-old sister, Sarah, pose with their entries into the 2013 Larimer County Fair. The Red Dexters are a small, Irish dairy cow. Some of you may even have personally experienced the newcomer

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Frontier Days showcases ongoing boom in female-dominated barrel racing

August 19, 2013 — Somewhere along its evolutionary line, rodeo became an all-male sport.Tony Bruguiere | | Cristy Loflin of Franktown, Colo. shows the intensity that helped her win the champion's buckle at the 2013 edition of Cheyenne Frontier Days. It was not because there were no women competitors,

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Ride for the Brand brings ranch rodeo to Colorado Springs

August 5, 2013 — Competing ranch teams come from as far away as Texas to compete in the Ride for the Brand in Colorado Springs, Colo., because the only way a ranch can win a spot in the Working Ranch Cowboys Association Finals in Amarillo, Texas, is to win

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