Cheyenne Frontier Days Wild Horse Race Photos
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 - The Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo -
Wild Horse Race Photos
- The wild horse race photos below are mostly in order, but not entirely.
- During the action shots, whenever we are able to identify a team their team name will be given.
Wild Horse Race Photos
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As the rodeo was winding down, the wild horse race teams gathered at the south end of the race track.
They don't waste time at Cheyenne. As the last bull was still bucking, the teams made their way down the track to get into position.
As the teams moved down the track, the pickup men led, or sort of led, the wild horses across the arena to the track.
Each team was handed the lead rope to their horse. After they got their horse, the teams had to wait for the official start of the race until all the horses were handed out, and for the pickup men to clear the area. Some of the teams passed the time by whispering sweet nothings to their horses.
This is Bucky (not his official name, because we don't know what that is). Bucky was a calm, thinking, wild horse. He was not flighty, he was not silly. He simply said "no" to his team, and expected them to listen. Later on in the wild horse race Bucky had the opportunity to show his compassionate side. Bucky's team was team #42, the Gilbert Onepenne team.
This is Blue (again, not his official name). Blue didn't like to listen to sweet nothings. His team was team #17, the John Long team.
After each team got a horse the pickup men cleared the area. It was all going pretty well.....
......until the starter's pistol went off.
It turns out horses are slippery when wild. They will also lift you off the ground.
Bucky remained calm, but gave his team a stern "no."
This is team #11, the James Federer/J-P Corporation Insurance Team. They got their horse saddled fast. Well, it looked fast to a spectator. It might not have felt all that fast to them.
When Bucky's team wouldn't take "no" for an answer, he tried to paw their heads off. Bucky did a lot of pawing. He could paw as quick as a snake can dart its tongue in and out. Bucky had a compassionate side, but this wasn't it.
All up and down the racetrack teams were trying to get saddles on their horses. Or at least get close enough to touch them.
Team #11 (James Federer/J-P Corporation Insurance Team) got a good start. Keep your eye on them......
......as they dart between Bucky and another horse. They were making good time......
......until they ran into interference. "Interference" was a contestant from team #29, the Mark Hendris team.
No one else seemed to notice.
Team #11's horse found more interference, and apparently decided to stick with the plan that the best way around an obstacle......
......was through it.
Everywhere you looked there were contestants, saddles, and hats all over the racetrack.
Bucky, once again, gave his team a calm, stern, "no."
Team #48, the Colby Berry/Jackson's Sports Bar and Grill team.
Meanwhile, team #17, the John Long team, was saddling and whispering sweet nothings to Blue.
But Blue still didn't like to listen to sweet nothings.
Bucky was getting tired of being calm and polite (well, except for when he tried to paw his team's heads off, that wasn't polite) and decided to add a little body English to his "no."
Team #31, David LeClaire team, got their horse saddled and mounted.
Their horse took off headed south, but they needed to go north to go around the track in the official direction.
They got him headed north, briefly......
......but then he went south again.
The horse for team #41, the Dude Jackson team, also went south, which is why they were hanging onto him and trying to turn him around.
Bucky briefly returned to being calm and polite.
But then he got tired of being diplomatic......
......and reached the end of his patience.
Then he just decided to leave.
Bucky, still leaving.
When it was clear Bucky wasn't going to stop to talk about it, his team dived for the rope.
This is where Bucky showed his compassionate side. He had the first guy's head right behind his hind legs, but he never kicked him.
Of course, he trampled all over the guy, but that's different.
After he waved goodbye, Bucky left.
By now, the teams had either gotten on their horses or had watched them gallop off without them.
This horse came running by without a rider. He was quickly joined by a couple of others.
The rider for the Jody Anderson/Young Guns Dist. team came loping up from the south end of the track.
There was a brief pause where there was time to notice the extensive hat collection all up and down the track.
Then one of the pickup man loped around the track, driving the loose horses.
There were lots of saddled horses without riders, and lots of horses without saddles, including Bucky (center) and Blue (far left).
The other pickup men formed a wing on the track, and hazed the horses into the arena.
And that was it. The rodeo performance and the wild horse race were over. The crowd flowed out of the grandstands and headed for the parking lots.
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