Championship Sunday at the 126th Daddy of Them All in Cheyenne

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Champions were crowned this past Sunday at Cheyenne Frontier Days in front of a sold-out crowd under smoky, and cloudy conditions. The 126 th year of CFD had over a thousand competitors and a record purse of $1,080,813, making for tougher competition this year.

Competitors from all across the world competed at the Daddy of ‘em all for a chance to win a buckle, a saddle, and some money at world’s largest outdoor rodeo.

Team roper and steer roper Coleman Proctor won the all-around title. Photo credit Imagehounds™

Team roper and steer roper Coleman Proctor won the all-around title.

Five-time world champion Stetson Wright wasn’t in the running for the all-around title this year,
nor did he qualify for the bull riding title. But Wright qualified for the championship round in the saddle bronc riding. His matchup with Sankey Pro Rodeo and Phenom Genetic’s Pendleton Roundup’s
Marquee, added up to an 88-point ride to capture his second Cheyenne championship.

Stetson Wright captures his second Saddle Bronc title at Cheyenne. Photo credit Imagehounds™

Tim O’Connell, the number one bareback rider in the world, won the final round of Cheyenne with an 88.5 score aboard Sankey Pro Rodeo and Phenom Genetics’ Sozo.

Tim O’Connell wins Cheyenne on board Sozo. Photo credit Imagehounds™

Multiple events had co-champions with many competitors tying scores or run times.

Macy Young split the round of breakaway roping with Tiffany Schieck, both with a run of 4.0.

Ryan Thibodeaux split the tie-down roping with eight-time National Finals Rodeo qualifier Cory Solomon. Both men clocked a time of 10.3 with Blane Cox taking second with a time of 11.1.

Cory Solomon clocked a time of 10.3 to tie Ryan Thibodeaux, becoming co-champions. Photo credit Imagehounds™

Clay Tryan currently sits second in the world on the header side of the team ropers while his
partner Jade Corkill currently sits third in the world on the heeler’s side. The team took the championship with a time of 7.5 beating the team of Erich Rogers and Paden Bray who stopped the clock at 8.3.

Ora Taton won the first and only round of steer roping that CFD has had, while Corey Ross won
in the Sr. steer roping.

Steer wrestling also had co-champions win the title with Justin Schaffer and Trell Etbauer both
winning the round with a time of 5.4, only three-tenths off of the arena record. For Schaffer, this win had a bit more motivation behind it as it was his daughter’s birthday on Sunday.

Growing up only a little bit away from Cheyenne, Andrea Busby always dreamed about winning at the Daddy and her dream came true when she won the barrel racing championship in a tight race with a 17.13 win.

Summer Kosel, set a new arena record for barrel racing during the first performance. Unfortunately Summer hit a barrel in the final round and placed out of the money. She was amazing in Cheyenne, winning the qualifier round, the first semi-final round and placed third in the sixth performance.

The bull riding championship went to Brady Portenier with a shocking 92.5-point ride to beat out Trey Kimzey who rode three bulls in the final round.

The team Small Miracles won the Wild horse race.

Wild horse race at Cheyenne is absolute chaos. Team name unknown. Photo credit Imagehounds™


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. 

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