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Cattle Drive

When it comes to rodeo, it all starts with the stock. So Frontier Days unofficially begins with a Cattle Drive! Cowboys drive 550 head of steer more than four miles from their pasture north of Cheyenne to their stalls at Frontier Park. The drive begins at 7:45 a.m. July 12, 2015, at Interstate-25 and Horse Creek Road. It then heads south on I-25 Frontage Road to Vandehei Avenue. It then turns onto Central Avenue to Kennedy Road and then north on Carey to the Frontier Days fairgrounds. The event is free.


Cinch Rodeo Shootout 

The Shootout is Cheyenne Frontier Days' newest entry into Rodeo Heaven, the Cinch Rodeo Shootout. Five Events, Eight Champions, One Afternoon. 

Five events: Bareback Riding, Barrel Racing, Bull Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding and Steer Wrestling

Eight Champions from the top national rodeos: Calgary Stampede, Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo, Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, National Western Stock Show, San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo and Cheyenne Frontier Days. 

Starting at 12:15 pm Friday, July 22, the five teams of eight national champions go head to head. It's like a mini National Finals Rodeo right here at CFD pitting the winners from each rodeo's event winners against each other.

PRCA Rodeo 

PRCA Rodeo (Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association) is at 12:15 p.m. every day July 23-31 at the Frontier Days Arena, Eighth and Dey Avenues. The rodeo features 10 rodeo events and track acts in a fast-paced display of athletics, heroics and good-natured fun. Tickets cost $16-$28.

That Cheyenne sun is fierce and hot, so plan on wearing a cowboy or baseball hat to shield your face, and plenty of sunscreen for any exposed skin! For information, call 307-778-7200. To get tickets, visit Cheyenne Frontier Days website.

Slack

The same professional cowboys participate in the morning's Timed Event Slack ... it's just that the atmosphere is a little different. Slack, named because it loosens up the lineup a little for the afternoon rodeo by letting more cowboys compete. The competition is free to view, and all rides are counted towards the cowboys' overall time for the week. There are no announcers or entertainment, it's just pure rodeo competition. Free.  OFFICIAL SLACK SCHEDULE
 

Championship Bull Riding 

Championship Bull Riding (CBR) is so exciting that it's part of the Night Show lineup. It's all about the raging bull. 

This is the culmination of the year-long Road to Cheyenne Tour where bull riders have accumulated points towards the world title. Up for grabs is one of the most prestigious titles in bull riding and a $100,000 bonus. The CBR World Championship is also the final event for the Million Dollar Bull Team Challenge where bulls are competing for prize money.

At the end of the last night's competition, nearly one-half million dollars was paid to bull riders and bull team owners, making it one of the richest competitions in bull riding.

The entire Road to Cheyenne Tour is televised in prime time for 26 weeks on FOX Sports Networks, with the  CBR World Championship featured as the final two telecasts in the popular series. $29-$39. For information, call 778-7222. To get tickets, visit Cheyenne Frontier Days website

Ranch Sorting

Ranch Sorting evolved from common ranch work of separating cattle into pens for branding, doctoring, or transport. Now, it is an event that pits two riders on horseback against the clock to cut the correct cattle and drive them to the pen while keeping the wrong numbered cattle back. The Big Daddy Summer Spectacular will be held from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 23-26, at Laramie County Community College, 1400 E College. This is a qualifying event for the Ranch Sorting National Championships' Finals in Fort Worth, Texas. Free. For information, call 970-897-2901.

Challenge Rodeo

The Challenge Rodeo pairs special-needs children with the PRCA rodeo contestants in a modified rodeo performance. 

Ticket holders for the rodeo on those days can come early and watch this very special side of professional rodeo. For information, call 778-7222. To get tickets, visit Cheyenne Frontier Days website

Behind the Chutes Tours

If you want to see what's going on in the pens and arena, go on the Behind the Chutes Tour at the Old West Museum, 4610 North Carey Avenue, by the "No Looking Back" bronze statue. The tour follows the path of the bulls and broncs as the animals are rounded up and threaded through the maze of gates on their way to the chutes and out into the arena with cowboy in tow. Guests encounter a special experience when they step into the chutes and finish the tour by walking across the arena. Free.

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