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It’s rodeo time in Sheridan, Wyo.! On July 10-14 the best professional rodeo talent in the world will converge on Sheridan to compete in The Wyo.
The current scheduled lineup of contestants is amazing.
In professional rodeo the goal of all contestants is to be in the top 15 on the money list which qualifies them to compete in the Wrangler National Finals in December in Las Vegas. This year, a good portion of the current top 15 in every event is coming to Sheridan.
The elite in the rough stock events will be well represented. In bareback riding 10 of the current top 15 riders will compete, including numbers one two and the current world champion Kaycee Field. In the saddle bronc event eight of the current top 15 are scheduled to compete. Cody Teel, the current bull riding champion will compete as well as 11 more of the top 15 bull riders.
The timed event numbers are impressive as well. Almost all of the top 15 steer wrestlers will compete at Sheridan. Thirteen of them will compete here including Luke Branquino, the current world champion. The same goes for the team ropers. Thirteen of the teams will rope in Sheridan including the top seven and current world champions Chad Masters and Jade Corkill. And in tie-down roping, the current world champion, Tuf Cooper, will excite the crowd as well as eight other of the top 15 including numbers one, three and four.
The steer roping event always draws most of the best ropers. This year all but one of the top 15 ropers will compete including the top two and Rocky Patterson, the reigning world champion. In addition, the girls barrel racing will feature seven of the top 15 barrel racers.
All rodeo fans will be excited to learn that Trevor Brazille, the current All-Around World Champion, will compete again this year at The Wyo. Trevor has been the all-around champion rodeo cowboy 10 times and has won 17 world championships.
So, why do the elite of the professional rodeo circuit continue to show up in droves at The Wyo? Well, for starters, the rodeo is in its fourth year as a member of the Wrangler Million Dollar Silver Tour and is one of the top 30 PRCA rodeos in the world. Contestants can earn significant prize money at The Wyo.
Also, Sheridan is a friendly, welcoming western community. Contestants feel at home here and like to perform before the Sheridan fans who understand and appreciate good rodeo. From the time the cannon fires to when the last bull bucks, the rodeo arena is a crucible of excitement. It’s a noisy, fun place packed with thrills and spills. The fans feel like they are part of the action.
The contestants really appreciate the way The Wyo runs. Under stock contractor Ike Sankey’s direction, with the help of The Wyo board of directors and volunteers, the performances unfold without a hitch or dull moment. It’s constant action; a great choreographed spectacle. The Sankey stock is top tier and the contestants know they’re in for a good ride in the rough stock events or a good run in the timed events.
In its 83rd year, The Wyo continues to be a major factor in the professional rodeo world and it’s the biggest annual event in the Sheridan community; a true celebration of our culture. We should be proud that most of the best professional rodeo contestants in the world want to be a part of it.
They come here to “get Wyo’d” with us!
Tom Ringley was re-elected as a county commissioner in 2012. He is the author of four books. Ringley grew up in Sheridan and returned home in 1990 after 27 years as an Air Force office. He has been involved with the local hospital foundation, the Sheridan-Wyo-Rodeo and has been the facilities director at the county fairgrounds.