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Cheyenne Frontier Days Wild Horse Race Photos

Wednesday, July 27, 2011 - The Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo -
Wild Horse Race Photos

Wild Horse Race Photos

 

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Wild horse race teams at Cheyenne Frontier Days

The wild horse race teams gather at the south end of the race track.

Wild horse race teams get into position

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.

Leading wild horses

As the teams moved down the track, the pickup men led, or sort of led, the wild horses across the arena to the track.

Wild horses and contestants wait for the start of the race

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.

A buckskin colored wild horse

This is Bucky (not his official name, because I 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.

A blue roan wild horse

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.

Pickup men leaving the area

After each team got a horse the pickup men cleared the area. It was all going pretty well.....

The start of the wild horse race

......until the starter's pistol went off.

Moments after the start of the wild horse race

It turns out horses are slippery when wild. They will also lift you off the ground.

A wild horse stares at his team

Bucky remained calm, but gave his team a stern "no."

A team gets a saddle on a wild horse

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.

A wild horse paws at his team

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.

The wild horse race at Cheyenne Frontier Days

All up and down the racetrack teams were trying to get saddles on their horses. Or at least get close enough to touch them.

A rider on a wild horse

Team #11 (James Federer/J-P Corporation Insurance Team) got a good start. Keep your eye on them......

A wild horse and its rider gallop up 
the racetrack

......as they dart between Bucky and another horse. They were making good time......

A wild horse runs over a contestant

......until they ran into interference. "Interference" was a contestant from team #29, the Mark Hendris team.

A contestant gets run over by a wild horse

No one else seemed to notice.

A wild horse approaches a rope

Team #11's horse found more interference, and apparently decided to stick with the plan that the best way around an obstacle......

A wild horse runs through a rope

......was through it.

Wild horse race at Cheyenne, WY

Everywhere you looked there were contestants, saddles, and hats all over the racetrack.

A buckskin wild horse faces down his team

Bucky, once again, gave his team a calm, stern, "no."

Wild horse racing 
team #48, the Colby Berry/Jackson's Sports Bar and Grill team

Team #48, the Colby Berry/Jackson's Sports Bar and Grill team.

Wild horse racing team #17, the John Long team

Meanwhile, team #17, the John Long team, was saddling and whispering sweet nothings to Blue.

A blue roan wild horse lunges forward

But Blue still didn't like to listen to sweet nothings.

A buckskin wild horse jumps forward

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."

Wild horse racing team #31, David LeClaire 
team

Team #31, David LeClaire team, got their horse saddled and mounted.

A wild horse takes off in the wrong direction

Their horse took off headed south, but they needed to go north to go around the track in the official direction.

A wild horse turns and goes the right direction

They got him headed north, briefly......

A wild horse turns and goes the wrong direction

......but then he went south again.

Wild horse racing team #41, the Dude Jackson team

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.

A buckskin horse stares down his team again

Bucky briefly returned to being calm and polite.

A buckskin wild horse

But then he got tired of being diplomatic......

A wild horse begins to move away from his team

......and reached the end of his patience.

A wild horse darts away

Bucky danced......

A wild horse lunges

......and lunged.

A wild horse takes off running

Then he just decided to leave.

A wild horse begins to run away

Bucky, leaving.

A wild horse runs away

Bucky, still leaving.

A wild horse racing team jumps on a lead rope

When it was clear Bucky wasn't going to stop to talk about it, his team dived for the rope.

A wild horse drags three contestants

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.

A wild horse tramples a contestant

Of course, he trampled all over the guy, but that's different.

A wild horse paws the air

After he waved goodbye, Bucky left.

A cowboy hat in the dirt

By now, the teams had either gotten on their horses or had watched them gallop off without them.

A wild horse runs down the racetrack 
with a saddle but no rider

This horse came running by without a rider. He was quickly joined by a couple of others.

Carrying a rider, a wild horse lopes down the racetrack

The rider for the Jody Anderson/Young Guns Dist. team came loping up from the south end of the track.

Several cowboy hats in the dirt

There was a brief pause where there was time to notice the extensive hat collection all up and down the track.

A pickup man drives a group of wild horses

Then one of the pickup man loped around the track, driving the loose horses.

A group of wild horses lope up the racetrack

There were lots of saddled horses without riders, and lots of horses without saddles, including Bucky (center) and Blue (far left).

Pickup men haze wild horses into the arena

The other pickup men formed a wing on the track, and hazed the horses into the arena.

A crowd leaving the grandstand

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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