CFD Rodeo Action
When it comes to rodeo, it all starts with the stock, so Frontier Days unofficially begins with a Livestock Drive! On the Sunday prior to the first full weekend of CFD, cowpokes drive broncs or steers more than four miles from their pasture north of Cheyenne to their stalls at Frontier Park. The drive begins at 1 p.m. 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.
PRCA Rodeo (Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association) is at 1:00 p.m. every day at the Frontier Days Arena (8th and Dey Avenues). The rodeo features 10 rodeo events and track acts in a fast-paced display of athletics, heroics and good-natured fun.
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.
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.
Professional Bull Riding
Professional Bull Riding (PBR) is so exciting that it's part of the Night Show lineup. It's all about the raging bull.
The PBR Team Series’ inaugural 11-event season will include a three-day homestand event hosted by each of the eight founding teams. The 2022 season will begin with neutral site games at Cheyenne Frontier Days, and will culminate in a team championship at T-Mobile Arena in November.
The PBR Team Series builds on the existing structure of professional bull riding with the same basic rules for judging and scoring qualified 8-second bull rides. Events will be staged in a tournament-style format with all teams competing in head-to-head matchups against a different opponent each day. Each game will feature five riders per team squaring off against another team. Full team rosters will be comprised of seven riders on the core roster and three practice squad members. The team with the highest aggregate score of qualified rides among its riders will be declared the winner of each game. The event winner will be the team with the most game wins across an event, with a special bonus round designed as a tie-breaker to determine final event standings.
For information, call 307-778-7222. To get tickets, visit Cheyenne Frontier Days website.
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. 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.
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 307-778-7222. 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.