A new photo spread of mine has been published by The Fence Post magazine and is now online on their website. The photo spread is of the championship round of rodeo at the 2022 National Western Stock Show in Denver, CO (Sunday January 23, 2022). Click on the image to go to the photo spread.
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!
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.
Australian bull rider Ky Hamilton rode a leaping Brand: 546 to take home the prestigious title at the 2021 CFD in Cheyenne, WY. His 89-point ride was the best bull riding score of the entire 2021 Cheyenne Frontier Days rodeo.
The championship round of rodeo is always amazing at Cheyenne Frontier Days.
Iowa bareback cowboy (and 3-time PRCA world champion) Tim O’Connell took time inside the arena to celebrate with the big crowd after winning his second Cheyenne Frontier Days rodeo buckle on Sunday August 01, 2021 in Cheyenne, Wyoming. O’Connell posted an 89-point score on Sunday to win the title.
The Sunday championship round (August 01, 2021) at the 2021 Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo was a great show. There will be more images coming in the future.
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