The Fence Post magazine has previously published my article and photo spread images from the 2021 Cheyenne Frontier Days championship round of rodeo. One thing about Cheyenne is that there are always more photos to be shared from there than can fit into magazines!
As a result, I thought I would post on this blog 10 victory images from the 10 categories that win titles and buckles at the historic Wyoming rodeo. Due to space limitations, most of these images did not make the pages of the magazine, so I wanted them to see life here in this blog.
The 2021 Douglas County Fair in Castle Rock, CO set records in the Junior Livestock Sale and in attendance for its rodeo performances. The fairgrounds were packed during the weekends and had plenty of people showing up during the week, as well.
The Fence Post magazine has published a photo spread of my images taken during the days I visited the fair in 2021. I hope you enjoy!
I was busy at the 125th Cheyenne Frontier Days in 2021. Although I could only attend for two days, I made the most of them, being able to put together stories about the CFD Museum, the chuckwagon cooking, and the championship round of rodeo.
The Fence Post magazine’s website has published more photography of mine from Cheyenne. Follow the link and take a look!
Good vittles! We all love good food, right? And authentic chuckwagon cooking is some of the best.
My article and photos about some of the chuckwagon participants at the 125th Cheyenne Frontier Days is published now on The Fence Post magazine’s website. Chuckwagon crews are great people, and great to talk with, as well.
The people and events of history are fascinating and good museums tie them together in interesting ways. The Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum is one of those interesting places and, if you ever visit, you will enjoy learning about Cheyenne Frontier Days and its colorful and cowboy past.
I had the chance to visit the museum during the 2021 Cheyenne Frontier Days (the 125th CFD) and talk to the museum’s Executive Director, Morgan Marks. My article and photography that came out of that visit is now out on the website of The Fence Post magazine.
My article with photography about the 2021 Cheyenne Frontier Days championship round of rodeo is now published on The Fence Post magazine’s website! I hope you enjoy reading about it as much as I enjoyed photographing it and getting the interviews from the contestants.
Montana steer wrestler Newt Novich saved his best effort for last in the championship round of rodeo at the 2021 Cheyenne Frontier Days (CFD) in Cheyenne, Wyoming. With Cheyenne employing the tournament style format since 2019, where the winner of the championship round also wins the CFD title, the final round sees a lot of “go big or go home” efforts from the contestants.
Newt Novich went big.
Catching up to the steer in just over 2 seconds, Novich completed his effort in a time of 5.1 seconds, which tied the arena record at the historic rodeo.
“This is huge,” said Novich when collecting his trophy buckle and saddle in front of the packed stands. “This is an honor to be a part of it. Man, this couldn’t have worked out any better.”
Asked what he wanted to say to any fellow Montana residents who might be watching the rodeo on television that day, Novich had an enthusiastic answer.
“Hey, just glad to represent you guys in Montana,” he stated with a grin. “We are bringing it back to Montana.”
Go big or go home? Novich was happy to do both, and is carrying a coveted Cheyenne buckle on his return trip to Montana.
How many people get to be there when an actual legend is created?
And if they are, how many people know in that moment they are witnessing its birth?
Anyone in the stands during the 2021 Cheyenne Frontier Days championship round of rodeo (Sunday August 01) can say they were there when a new Cheyenne legend was made.
Utah cowboy Stetson Wright (shown here walking back to the chutes after a 90-point ride that won him the saddle bronc title) became the only roughtstock cowboy to win two consecutive Cheyenne Frontier Days All Around buckles since the famed Jim Shoulders did it back in 1963-1964.
If you are going to be a legend, Jim Shoulders is good company.
“It is pretty dang awesome, especially to have your name ranked up there with one of the greatest,” said Stetson Wright in an interview with me after the championship round was finished. “Hard to put into words, I guess. It is pretty special.”
Congrats, Stetson. And thanks for taking time to talk with me after the rodeo was complete.
Keep singing that country music song with me… “Wild horses… keep dragging me away.”
The popular and famous Wild Horse Race (they don’t use actual wild horses anymore) is a tradition on the last day of the world famous Cheyenne Frontier Days in Cheyenne, Wyoming. It is a wild and wooly affair that pits cowboys against horsepower in a battle to saddle an untrained horse, ride it around the large track and cross the finish line first.
The horses are typically unharmed during the event (there are plenty of people on hand to help with that). The same can’t be said about most of the cowboys, though.
I wonder if making the decision to sign up for this event goes something like this: “Hey pard, those guys last year couldn’t get that wild horse saddled.” “Here, hold my beer.”
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