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Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo Photos

Wednesday, July 27, 2011 - Photos taken a few minutes before the start of the rodeo.

Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo Photos

 

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When Bill and I began planning our trip to the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo, we found that the rodeo started at 12:45pm. When we got to Frontier Park (the home of the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo) we saw on a program that the rodeo started at 12:45pm. Then, as we were walking around Frontier Park we heard someone ask one of the gate attendants what time the rodeo started, and they answered......wait for it……12:45pm.

At 12:44pm (forty-FOUR), according to the clock in my camera, the Cheyenne Dandies poured into the arena. If you're going to the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo, we suggest you be on time.

Cheyenne Dandies enter the arena

The Cheyenne Dandies marked the official start of the rodeo.

If you aren't familiar with the Cheyenne Dandies, neither were we. That's too bad for both of us. Officially called a "precision drill team," they're a bunch of smiling, riding, enthusiastic, lovely young ladies that ride their horses fast, then faster, promoting the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo. At this particular moment they were kicking off the start of the rodeo by presenting sponsor flags with speed and style.

The Cheyenne Dandies presenting 
sponsor flags

The Cheyenne Dandies presenting sponsor flags.

Cheyenne Dandies crossing in front 
of the bucking chutes

Two Dandies pass each other in front of the bucking chutes.

A Cheyenne Dandy at Cheyenne Frontier Days

After galloping around the arena, criss-crossing each other at high speeds with their flags popping in the wind, the Dandies stopped.

Then Miss Frontier, Amy Berry, took a lightning fast introduction on the racetrack.

Miss Frontier 2011, Amy Berry

Miss Frontier 2011, Amy Berry

When it was time for the flag of the United States of America to step onto the racetrack, the Dandies dipped their flags in respect.

A Cheyenne Dandie dips her flag in respect to the flag of the United States 
of America

A Cheyenne Dandie dips her flag in respect to the flag of the United States of America


We loved the hard riding Cheyenne Dandies, so let's take a moment to give credit where credit is due. According to our copy of ...Out of the Chutes, a type of program specific for the events that day:

The Cheyenne Dandies have their own jingle. If you'd like to hear it performed by AnnieLaurie and AmyRoy, click the play button below. If you'd rather wait, there's a link to the same jingle at the bottom of this page.


Okay, now, back to the rodeo...... As the Dandies dipped their sponsor flags, the flag of the United States of America, accompanied by a mounted color guard, was introduced on the racetrack. The National Anthem was sung by Mr. Terry Cook, and a giant American Flag was raised on a tall flag pole.

The flag of the United States of America, 
accompanied by a mounted color guard

The flag of the United States of America, accompanied by a mounted color guard.

Shortly afterwards, officials began to gather behind the bucking chutes.

Officials behind the chutes at the 
Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo

Officials behind the chutes at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo, minutes before the rodeo.

Various dignitaries, more than are shown here, were introduced on the racetrack, Cheyenne style. That means they either rode horses or rode in fancy buggies or carriages.

Dignitaries at the Cheyenne Frontier 
Days Rodeo

Dignitaries being introduced.

The small sign by the driver says "Mayor and First Lady Rick and Diane Kaysen."

Dignitaries Mayor and First Lady Rick 
and Diane Kaysen

Mayor and First Lady Rick and Diane Kaysen are introduced.

A native American dignitary gets 
introduced

Several of the dignitaries rode horses, including this gentleman in beautiful Native American dress.

As introductions came to a close, volunteers closed the long gate that separates the arena from the racetrack.

Volunteers push the long, heavy gate 
that separates the arena from the racetrack to close it

Volunteers push the long, heavy gate that separates the arena from the racetrack.

Looking over my shoulder (I was standing on a catwalk just south of the bucking chutes), I saw that the crowd had stopped wandering around Frontier Park and had found their seats.

The crowd at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo

The crowd, just before the start of the rodeo.

The pickup men and other personnel and officials entered the arena.

Rodeo pickup man

One of the pickup men.

Pickup men at the Cheyenne Frontier Days 
Rodeo

Two more pickup men.

And then, suddenly, it was time for bull riding. Yes, the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo starts with bull riding. They do things a bit differently in Cheyenne, but the do it very, very, well.

 

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