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(PHOTOS) Bucking broncos kick up dirt at Visit Cheyenne’s ‘Frozen Fury on the Plains’

The three best riders were deemed the event's grand champions and received prize packages.

A saddle bronc rider tames a horse during the short go category Saturday, Feb. 10 during the Frozen Fury on the Plains rodeo at Event Center at Archer. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Cowboys, stock contractors and “young guns” duked it out Saturday night in front of hundreds of audience members in a first-of-its-kind competition.

Frozen Fury on the Plains, a new futurity rodeo event, is aiming to lay the groundwork for further first-class horse riding events in Laramie County. That’s according to Visit Cheyenne, which coordinated with other organizations to host the show at the Event Center at Archer. Pine Bluffs Distilling presented Saturday’s indoor rodeo show along with Visit Cheyenne, Hell on Wheels Rodeo Company and Laramie County Events.

“Whether you’re a rodeo enthusiast, a breeder, or just someone curious about this unique aspect of Western culture, futurity rodeos offer a fascinating and vital glimpse into the future of rodeo,” Jenna McCormick with Visit Cheyenne wrote in a January blog post.

The event featured young bucking horses competing in a futurity horse competition, which means the animals are inexperienced. Saturday’s rodeo showcased bucking broncos either 4 or 5 years old. These horses, or “young guns,” are early in their careers, and so the futurity horse riding setup provides valuable experience to them.

The cowboys were split into three sections, with eight riders per section. The cowboys, too, are relatively new to the competitive setting, with some being as young as 18 or 19 years old. The 28 saddle bronc riders are either permit holders or rookies with the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association or are non-PRCA contestants.

The top 10 riders among the three sections advanced to the final short go. The 10 riders were:

  • Josh Davison
  • James Perrin
  • Thayne Elshere
  • Kaden Horrocks
  • Blain Pengelly
  • Colton Wagoner
  • TW Flowers
  • Walker Rezzonico
  • Joseph Priebe
  • Jake Schlattmann

These 10 riders then had another go out in the arena, this time with any horse of their choosing, which included horses as old as 6 years of age. The top three riders were deemed the grand champions and received prize packages, which included individual winnings of more than $1,000, a belt buckle, bourbon and gift cards. The grand champions of the night were:

  1. Kaden Horrocks
  2. Thayne Elshere
  3. Colton Wagoner

Pine Bluffs Distilling and Visit Cheyenne are aiming to feature more indoor rodeo events like Frozen Fury on the Plains in the future.

Wranglers dart along the side of an indoor dirt arena during the Frozen Fury on the Plains rodeo Saturday, Feb. 10 at Event Center at Archer. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)
A bucking bronco takes a cowboy for a ride during the Frozen Fury on the Plains rodeo Saturday, Feb. 10 at Event Center at Archer. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)
Wranglers chase a speeding horse Saturday, Feb. 10 during the Frozen Fury on the Plains rodeo at Event Center at Archer. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)
A competing saddle bronc rider is next to a tournament’s wrangler during the Frozen Fury on the Plains rodeo Saturday, Feb. 10 at Event Center at Archer. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)
Audience members at the Frozen Fury on the Plains rodeo cheer on riders Saturday, Feb. 10 at Event Center at Archer. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)
A cowboy fights to stay on a young buck during the Frozen Fury on the Plains rodeo Saturday, Feb. 10 at Event Center at Archer. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)
Children chase down a calf inside a dirt arena during the Frozen Fury on the Plains rodeo Saturday, Feb. 10 at Event Center at Archer. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)
A rider glances at a horse wrangler during the Frozen Fury on the Plains rodeo Saturday, Feb. 10 at Event Center at Archer. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)
Hell on Wheels Rodeo queen Abigail Marcott smiles for a photo during the Frozen Fury on the Plains rodeo Saturday, Feb. 10 at Event Center at Archer. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)
A bucking bronco kicks its feet up during the Frozen Fury on the Plains rodeo Saturday, Feb. 10 at Event Center at Archer. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)
A rider tries to control his horse during the Frozen Fury on the Plains rodeo Saturday, Feb. 10 at Event Center at Archer. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)

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