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Cowboy Joe Handlers

Cowboy Joe standing with his four handlers in the fall of 2018.

Cowboy Joe's handlers have the privilege of working with and grooming Joe before events, trailering him to events, and showing him off at home football games and other community and university functions. Handlers have the unique opportunity to spend time with Cowboy Joe and express the deep- rooted passion for the history of the University of Wyoming. Cowboy Joe represents a long-standing tradition and is an attraction to adults and children alike. Cowboy Joe and his handlers are the embodiment of the slogan, The World Needs More Cowboys. Joe travels with his handlers to all home football games, parades around the state, UW graduation, the National Western Stock Show, Wyoming State Fair, and The Border Wars against Colorado State University, just to name a few.  Cowboy Joe's handlers demonstrate school spirit and care for the rambunctious, adorable pony mascot at all of his events. 


Current Cowboy Joe Handlers

(Pictured left to right)

Kendra Halder has been Joe’s handler since April of 2018 and now proudly holds the title of Cowboy Joe's current head handler. Kendra is a junior majoring in Animal Science with a double concentration in equine science and production along with a minor in marketing. Her hometown is Yampa, Colorado. Kendra is a student ambassador and a volunteer shooting sports coach for her shooting team back home. (Photo credit: Jahsh Sanchez)

Abbi Faxon has been Joe’s handler since April of 2018. Abbi is a junior majoring in wildlife fisheries biology and management and minoring in rangeland and ecology watershed management.
Her hometown is Casper, Wyoming. Abbi loves rock climbing and raising her own cattle. Photo credit: Jahsh Sanchez.

Julia Halmay has been Joe's handler since January of 2019. Julia is a sophomore majoring in Animal and Veterinary Science with a Pre-Vet concentration. Julia's hometown is Dubois, Wyoming. When Julia isn't studying or hanging out with Joe she enjoys horseback riding, hanging out with friends and being outdoors.

Payton Hallsted has been Joe's handler since January of 2019. Payton is a sophomore majoring in Animal and Veterinary Sciences with a minor in Ag Business. Her hometown is Casper, Wyoming. Payton is an ASUW College of Ag senator and works at the Wyoming State Vet Lab in Necropsy.

Cowboy Joe Handler, Kendra Halder
Cowboy Joe handler, Abbi Faxon
Cowboy Joe handler, Julia Halmay
Cowboy Joe handler, Payton Hallsted

Cowboy Joe V

Cowboy Joe V running the end zone at a Wyoming Cowboys football game.

Fans of the University of Wyoming Cowboy football enjoy watching Cowboy Joe V, a fifth generation Wyoming mascot, as the pony trots around War Memorial Stadium after each Cowboy score. This 7-year old Shetland pony is more than just a mascot at Cowboy and Cowgirl events - he loves to meet people and is very popular with the kids. Next time you see Cowboy Joe V be sure to stop and say hello!

Cowboy Joe is a tradition which started in 1950 when the Farthing Family of Cheyenne made a generous donation of a young pony to become Wyoming's mascot. Cowboy Joe also represents UW in parades around the region, appears in Tailgate Park on football game days and leads the band and team in the pre-game Cowboy Walk. 


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