Heat and rain didn’t deter the large crowds or the participating contestants from the first few days of Cheyenne Frontier Days. Contestants from all around the world flocked to Cheyenne, Wyoming to participate in the 125 th year of CFD.
Fifteen-time National Finals Rodeo qualifier barrel racer Lisa Lockhart, 20-time world champion Jackie Crawford and three-time NFR all-around champion Stetson Wright were among the competitors the first four days of Cheyenne Frontier Days.
In the rain of performance number two, Allysa Spierings of Missouri won the first ever women’s ranch bronc world championships with a score of 77 and was the only girl to ride two broncs.
Hawaii’s Lake Iolani Stevens took reserve champion ship after a score of 73. The rodeos continued throughout the week with everyone honoring the military with a military Monday.
The audience attendance on Tuesday July 26 wasn’t as large as the weekend crowds, but it didn’t stop the contestants from putting on a show for those that did attend.
Ty Breuer from Mandan North Dakota came out with a win in the Bareback riding with a score of 86.
Jackie Crawford from Stephenville, Texas ran a 5.1, putting her seventh in the Breakaway
standings, with Emma Charleston winning with a 3.1 run.
Prior to the start of the rodeo, women’s breakaway and barrel racing contestants participated in slack, cutting the number of contestants down from over a hundred to only 75.
Though one mother from North Dakota broke the 26-year arena record set by Kristie Peterson and her horse Bozo of 17.03.
Summer Kossel had never been to Cheyenne Frontier Days when she decided to give it a shot. Little did she know that she and her eight-year-old horse Apollo would set the new arena record by one-one hundredth of a second, setting the new record at 17.02. Kossel and the other contestants continue their run to become Cheyenne Frontier Days champions on the road to the NFR with finals happening Sunday July 31.
Brianna Garcia is currently obtaining a masters degree in communication. Garcia graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor’s degree in sports journalism and has interned as a sports reporter at the Douglas Budget Newspaper in Wyoming.