The famous bucking horse icon represents Wyoming and the state’s university, so it’s no surprise that Wyoming is also home to the world’s largest outdoor rodeo, Cheyenne Frontier Days. Now in its 118th year, Cheyenne Frontier Days takes place July 18–27, 2014, at Frontier Park in Cheyenne, Wyo. The event showcases Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) action, a carnival, shopping and cultural villages, nightly entertainment and much more.
In fact, both those seeking top rodeo competition and those desiring the best live entertainers will be satisfied at Cheyenne Frontier Days. Known as the “Daddy of 'em All,” all nine days feature two sections of bulls and two sections of saddle and bareback broncs. This year’s entertainment lineup includes John Mellencamp with special guest Carlene Carter, Lady Antebellum with special guest Clay Walker, Gary Allan with special guest Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band, Florida Georgia Line with special guest Colt Ford, Brad Paisley with special guests Randy Houser and Leah Turner, Kid Rock with special guest Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, and Tim McGraw with special guests Kip Moore and Cassadee Pope.
This year is also the 100th anniversary of the famous bronc Steamboat’s death. He’s even rumored to be buried at Frontier Park, a place that helped him become famous as “The Horse That Couldn’t Be Ridden.” Born in Wyoming in the mid-to-late 1890s, Steamboat was a top bucker during the early 1900s. It’s said that Deane Hunton, University of Wyoming athletics equipment manager, used a famous 1903 picture of Guy Holt riding Steamboat as the model for a silhouette first used on UW athletic uniforms in the 1920s.
While it’s debated which horse inspired Wyoming’s current bucking horse icon, Steamboat is a famed native of the state that went on to be inducted into the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in 1975 and the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame four years later.
His likeness can be seen in artist Peter Fillerup’s sculpture, “Fanning a Twister,” just north of UW’s War Memorial Stadium, as well as in Chris Navarro’s new “Wyoming Cowboy” sculpture that will stand at the Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center. These images represent Wyoming’s untamed spirit, as well as its love for a good rodeo!To learn more about the legend of Steamboat, read the upcoming September 2014 issue of UWYO Magazine. For more information on Cheyenne Frontier Days, visit cfdrodeo.com