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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

Jackie Johnston is this year’s lead handler. She has been Cowboy Joe’s handler since April of 2017. Jackie will graduate in May with a bachelor’s degree in Family and Consumer Sciences and a minor in Sociology. 
Jackie’s hometown is Fort Collins, Colorado. Growing up, she was a 10 year Larimer County 4-H member and participated in many horse, livestock, and consumer projects. Through her 4-H experience, she learned she had a passion for cake decorating and started her own cake business! 

Kendra Halder has been Joe’s handler since April of 2018. Kendra is a sophomore majoring in Animal Science with a double concentration in equine science and production.
Her hometown is Yampa, Colorado. Kendra is a student ambassador and a volunteer shooting sports coach for her shooting team back home.  

Abbi Faxon has been Joe’s handler since April of 2018. Abbi is a sophomore 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.

Meghan Proctor has been Joe’s handler since April of 2017. Meghan will be graduating in December with a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Communications.
Her hometown is Lusk, Wyoming. When Meghan is not at an event or football game with Joe, she loves to ride her horses and participate in Cowboy Mounted Shooting! 


Cowboy Joe Handler, Jackie Johnston
Cowboy Joe handler, Kendra Hadler
Cowboy Joe handler, Abbi Faxon
Cowboy Joe handler, Meghan Proctor

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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