LYMAN — The Bridger Valley Pioneer Rodeos played host to a hoard of cowboys and cowgirls bent on claiming the prize money and taking the top honors at last week’s rodeos.
The rodeos, part of the Bridger Valley Pioneer Days Celebration, played under calm skies and dry weather even though weathermen had predicted some moisture might put a damper on the evenings.
The theme for this year’s rodeo was “Keeping Traditions Alive,” rodeo chair Joe Hickey said, and the committee had tapped Wes Lupher and his family as the grand marshals of the finals rodeo. This was based on Lupher’s work with Shire workhorses and his use of them on his ranch, Hickey had said earlier.
Hickey estimated the rodeos played host to 1,300 to 1,400 contestants when all events and the children’s races were included. Competitors hail from a wide area: Wyoming, Utah, Idaho and Colorado.
The stands were full and the crowds brought a good appetite as they watched the rodeos. It proved to be a sell-out-crowd at the hamburger stand Friday night, and the Mountain View FFA obliged the crowd by adding to the number of burgers so Saturday’s crowd could also chow down.
Fun, festivities and excitement filled the arena and stands starting with the Jr Rodeo last week on Wednesday. Hickey said there were over 600 entries in the Jr Rodeo.
He also estimated Friday’s qualifying rodeo, geared to full-fledged cowboys and cowgirls, probably was the arena for 700 competitors trying to earn their spurs to compete in the final rodeo Saturday night.
Nathan Adams goes for the count in the saddle bronc event at the Pioneer Days Rodeo last Saturday night in Lyman. COURTESY PHOTO/Jana Officer