Champions crowned at Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo

After 20 years of competing at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo, Jerome Schneeberger of Ponca City, Okla., won the tie-down roping championship. -- CFD photo by Dan Hubbell.



CHEYENNE, Wyo. --- July 31, 2016 – When the 2016 Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo started, there were 1,216 contestants entered. On Sunday 10 of them earned the coveted buckle that is legendary, prestigious and one of the most sought-after and hard-to-earn championships in the rodeo world. 

Case in point, this year’s tie-down roping winner Jerome Schneeberger from Ponca City, Okla., has been coming here for 20 years and finally won the title. This year’s champions ran the gamut of rodeo experience from Schneeberger’s 20 years to a rodeo rookie. 

Seven of the ten championships went to first-time winners at the 120th edition of the “Daddy of ‘em All.”  Texan Jarett Blessing, who won the steer roping in 2014 and again this year, was the only individual to repeat as champion. J.D. Yates of Pueblo, Colo., the steer roping winner here in 1994, earned the all-around title, competing in steer roping and team roping. Early in his career, he was in the team roping here with his father. On Sunday, he roped in front of 13,235 fans with his son Trey Yates. They earned $13,317 each in team roping. J.D. Yates earned additional money in steer roping to give him a total of $24,351 to get the buckle. 

               The most surprising win of the day was Schneeberger’s victory in the tie-down roping. He did not win money in either of the two preliminary rounds and qualified for the 12th and last position for the finals. He was the first roper out of the box and put together a 12.4-second run to take the early lead. His total time was 39.1 seconds, but since he came into the finals about four seconds slower than the leader, the odds were stacked against him. He had to wait through 11 ropers before he was announced as the winner. 

               This was Schneeberger’s 20th consecutive trip to Cheyenne. He has had success here before and even come close to winning the title but saw it slip from his grasp at the last minute.

               “I thought it (winning the title) could happen, but I didn’t think about winning it until the last roper started having a bit of trouble,” he said. The Oklahoma cowboy has qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) in Las Vegas 11 times, but after shoulder surgery earlier this year, he is focusing on rodeos close to home.

               At the opposite end of the spectrum was bull rider Roscoe Jarboe. The 20-year-old Idaho cowboy is in his rookie season in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA). He was ranked 14th in the world championship standings and led the rookie standings earlier this week. After earning more than $15,000 in Cheyenne, he’s in seventh and in a much better position to qualify for his first NFR. Jarboe is also in the lead in the Resistol Rookie Standings in the bull riding.

               Two competitors in their second seasons of pro rodeo took home the coveted CFD trophy buckles. J.D. Struxness of Appleton, Minn., who won the College National Finals Rodeo championship in steer wrestling in June, was much less nervous about competing at storied Frontier Park this year.

               “When you are here for the first time, you are a little nervous,” Struxness said. “You hear about all the wrecks people have had and never hear about the good runs. Coming back for a second time, you are not as nervous.” His more than $15,000 payday here gives him a legitimate shot to qualify for his first NFR.

               Tillar Murray, a 19-year-old barrel racer from Fort Worth, Texas, also competed here for the second time. “It is such an honor to run in the finals at Cheyenne, no matter how you do,” she said. 

Murray, who will start her sophomore year at the University of Texas at Austin next month, has had an up-and-down season. Earlier this year her horse was hurt, then her trainer Ed Wright died in March and she took a break from barrel racing. When she returned to competition, she began riding a different horse, Royal Star Commander, that carried her to the CFD championship.

The biggest single event money winners in Cheyenne were team ropers Tyler Wade and Dakota Kirchenschlager. The Texas duo won more than $17,000 each, not bad for a pair of cowboys who just teamed up four months ago. Kirchenschlager has qualified for the NFR twice with other partners, but he and Wade both missed last year’s NFR by a slim margin. This win puts them both in the top ten and increases their chances to rope in Las Vegas in December. 

Reigning world champion saddle bronc rider, and world standings leader, Jacobs Crawley from Boerne, Texas, put another notch in his gun here on Sunday. He won second in both preliminary rounds and was in the lead coming into the finals. He got on Korkow Rodeo’s Instant Noodle and scored 88.5 points to dominate his signature event. He added $16,480 to his earnings to widen the gap in the world standings. 

Orin Larsen from Inglis, Manitoba won the bareback riding with 255.5 points. Larsen qualified for his first NFR last December. Then he won the San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo in February and has been among the top three in the world standings since then. He earned $16,331 here. 

Blessing had a total time of 53.9 seconds to earn his second steer roping title. The Paradise, Texas, ag teacher won $11,033. 

Dates for the 121st Annual Cheyenne Frontier Days are July 21 – 30, 2017. 



          2016 Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo Champions

Bareback Riding – Orin Larsen, Inglis, Manitoba, 255.5 points, $16,331

Steer Wrestling – J.D. Struxness, Appleton, Minn., 26.7 seconds, $15,583

Team Roping – (header) Tyler Wade, Terrell, Texas, 27.0 seconds, $17,261

(heeler) Dakota Kirchenschlager, Morgan Mill, Texas, $17,261

Saddle Bronc Riding – Jacobs Crawley, Boerne, Texas, $16.480

Tie-Down Roping – Jerome Schneeberger, Ponca City, Okla., 39.1 seconds, $11,434

Barrel Racing – Tillar Murray, Fort Worth, Texas, 52.73 seconds, $16,417

Bull Riding – Roscoe Jarboe, New Plymouth, Idaho, 246 points, $12,512

Steer Roping – Jarrett Blessing, Paradise, Texas, 53.9 seconds, $11,033

All-Around – J.D. Yates, Pueblo, Colo., $24,351 won in team roping and steer roping




CHEYENNE, Wyo., July 31, 2016 --- The following are unofficial winners at the 120th Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo.


Bareback Riding: (final round) 1, Richmond Champion, The Woodlands, Texas, 88.5 points on Korkow Rodeo’s Onion Ring, $1,650. 2, Orin Larsen, Inglis, Manitoba, 86.5, $1,250. 3, Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa, 86, $900. 4, (tie) Wyatt Denny, Minden, Nev., and Shane O’Connell, Rapid City, S.D., $475 each. 6, Tyler Nelson, Victor, Idaho, 84.5, $250. (total on three) 1, Larsen, 255.5 points, $8,276. 2, (tie) Tim and Shane O’Connell, 250, $5,518 each. 4, Champion, 247, $3,035. 5, Nelson, 246, $1,931. 6, (tie) Wyatt Denny and Tanner Aus, Granite Falls, Minn., 245.5, $1,241 each. 8, Justin Miller, Billings, Mont., 242.5, $828. 


Steer Wrestling: (final round) 1, Dakota Eldridge, Elko, Nev., 9.0 seconds, $1,829. 2, J.D. Struxness, Appleton, Minn., 9.1, $1,590. 3, Chance Howard, Cedarville, Ark., 9.6, $1,352. 3, Rowdy Parrott, Mamou, La., 10.4, $1,113. 5, Billy Bugenig, Ferndale, Calif., 10.7, $875. 6, Dirk Tavenner, Rigby, Idaho, 10.9, $636. 7, Gary Gilbert, New Underwood, S.D., 11.2, $398. 8, Dean Gorsuch, Gering, Neb., 11.3, $159. (total on three) 1, Struxness, 26.7, $9,374. 2, Bugenig, 27.9, $8,151. 3, Howard, 29.8, $6,929. 4, Gilbert, 30.6, $5,706. 5, Dean Gorsuch, Gering, Neb., 30.9, $4,483. 6, Dirk Rowdy Parrott, Mamou, La., 32.7, $815. 


Tie-Down Roping: (final round) 1, Jerome Schneeberger, Ponca City, Okla., 12.4 seconds, $1,702. 2, Cory Solomon, Prairie View, Texas, 14.8, $1,480. 3, Trell Etbauer, Goodwell, Okla., 15.5, $1,258. 4, Josh Jennings, Glendale, Utah, 15.6, $1,036. 5, Brice Ingo, Boone, Colo., 16.5, $814. 6, Reese Riemer, Stinnett, Texas, $592. 7, Lane Jeffrey, Wilburton, Okla., 18.6, $370. 8, Clint Cooper, Decatur, Texas, 19.8, $148. (total on three) 1, Schneeberger, 39.1 seconds, $9,732. 2, Solomon, 40.8, $8,462. 3, Jennings, 41.7, $7,193. 4, Etbauer, 41.9, $5,924. 6, Ingo, 42.9, $4,654. 6, Riemer, 44.1, $3,385. 7, Cooper, 44.7, $2,116. 8, Jeffrey, 45.2, $846. 


Saddle Bronc Riding: (final round) 1, Jacobs Crawley, Boerne, Texas, 88.5 points on Korkow Rodeo’s Instant Noodle, $1,650. 2, Heith DeMoss, Heflin, La., 86, $1,250. 3, Ryder Wright, Milford, Utah, 85.5, $900. 4, Zeke Thurston, Big Valley, Alberta, 84.5, $600. 5, Garet Aldridge, Huntsville, Texas, 82, $350. 6, CoBurn Bradshaw, Beaver, Utah, 81.5, $250.  (total on three) 1, Crawley, 261, $7,334. 2, Heith DeMoss, 257, $5,623. 3, Thurston, 255.5, $4,156. 4, Hardy Braden, Welch, Okla., 249.5, $2,689. 5, Ryder Wright, 246, $1,711. 6, Cody DeMoss, Heflin, La., 242, $1,222. 7, Aldridge, 241, $978. 8, Bradshaw, 240.5, $733.


Steer Roping: (final round) (only 5 times) 1, Troy Tillard, Douglas, Wyo., 18.9 seconds, $1,813. 2, Jarrett Blessing, Paradise, Texas, 20.36, $1,500. 3, J.D. Yates, Pueblo, Colo., 20.7, $1,188. 4, Bobby Joe Hill, Mexia, Texas, 22.2, $875. 5, Chet Herren, Pawhuska, Okla., 22.4, $563. (total on three) 1, Jarrett Blessing, Paradise, Texas, 53.9 seconds, $8,939. 2, Bobby Joe Hill, Mexia, Texas, 58.6, $7,773. 3, J.D. Yates, Pueblo, Colo., $6,607. 4, 37.4. 5, Troy Tillard, Douglas, Wyo., 60.0, $5,441. (on two) 6, Todd Casebolt, Ryan, Okla., 32.8 $3,109. 7, Delon Parker, Worden, Mont., 37.4, $1,943. 8, Darin Suit, Ames, Okla., $39.2, $777.


Team Roping: (final round) 1, Kaleb Driggers, Albany, Ga., and Junior Nogueira, Burleson, Texas, 8.8 seconds, $1,627 each. 2, Tyler Wade, Terrell, Texas, and Dakota Kirchenschlager, Morgan Mill, Texas, 9.8, $1,415 each. 3, Cole Dorenkamp, Lamar, Colo., and Josh Fillmore, Penrose, Colo., 11.0, $1,203. 4, Aaron Macy, Post, Texas, and Bret Tonozzi, Loma, Colo., 11.1, $991 each. 5, J.D. and Trey Yates, Pueblo, Colo., 11.8, $778 each. 6, Tom Richards, Humboldt, Ariz., and Evan Arnold, Santa Margarita, Calif., 12.8, $566 each. 7, Joe Beaver, Huntsville, Texas, and McCoy Profili, Okeechobee, Fla., 15.2, $354 each. 8, Pace Freed, Chubbuck, Idaho, and Logan Medlin, Stephenville, Texas, 17.6, $142 each. (total on three) 1, Wade and Kirchenschlager, 27.0, $9.,508 each.  2, Driggers and Nogueira, 28.4, $8,268 each. 3, J.D. and Trey Yates, 30.3, $7,027 each. 4, Richard and Arnold, 31.9, $4,547 each. 5, Dorenkamp and Fillmore, 33.3, $3,307 each. 7, Beaver and Profili, 35.4, $2,067. 8, Freed and Medlin, 39.3, $827 each. 


Barrel Racing: (final round) 1, Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D., 17.42 seconds, $4,601. 2, Amber Leigh Moore, Salem, Ore., 17.50, $3,451. 3, (tie) Jana Bean, Fort Hancock, Texas, and Sherry Cervi, Marana, Ariz., 17.51, $1,725 each (total on three) 1, Tillar Murray, Fort Worth, Texas, 52.73 seconds, $9,318. 2, Cervi, 52.82, $7,987. 3, Lockhart, 52.85, $6,655. 4, Bean, 52.90, $5,768. 5, Sydni Blanchard, Albuquerque, N.M., 53.05, $4,437. 6, Amber Leigh Moore, Salem, Ore., 53.09, $3,550. 7, Sabra O’Quinn, Ocala, Fla., 53.29, $2,662. 8, Tyra Kane, Dublin, Texas, 53.30, $1,775. 9, Brenda Mays, Terrebonne, Ore., 53.36, $1,331. 10, Carley Richardson, Pampa, Texas, 53.43, $887.


Bull Riding: (final round) (five rides) 1, (tie) Jeff Askey, Athens, Texas, on Dakota Rodeo’s Wipeout and Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla., on Dakota Rodeo’s Crazy Days, 86 points, $1,450 each. 3, Trevor Reiste, Linden, Iowa, 83, $900. 4, Roscoe Jarboe, New Plymouth, Idaho, 81, $600. 5, Brady Portenier, Caldwell, Idaho, 77, $350.  (total on three) 1, Jarboe, 246, $8,772. 2, Askey, 241.5, $6,725. (on two) 3, Reiste, 169.5, $4,971. 4, Kimzey, 167, $3,216. 5, Eli Vastbinder, Statesville, N.C., 166, $2,047, 6, (tie) Ty Wallace, Collbran, Colo., and Justin Hendrix, Belton, Texas, 160.5, $1,316 each. 8, Freeman Yoder, Zearing, Iowa, 159.5, $877.


Wild Horse Race: (overall winners) 1, Billy Sharton Team, $5,383. 2, Team Allen, $4037, 3, (tie) Team Krack-A-Latch and Dylan Pierce Team, $2,019 each.


120th Cheyenne Frontier Days ends with a bang


CHEYENNE, Wyo. (July 31, 2016) --- When the last bull bucked and the last horse left the arena at Frontier Park on Sunday, July 31, the 120th annual celebration of the Western lifestyle came to a close. 

The success of Cheyenne Frontier Days (CFD) is due to the hard working dedication of over 2,500 volunteers who work under 10 different committees. A new record for night show attendance was set on the final Saturday night for Florida Georgia Line with Cole Swindell with 25,011 tickets sold. 

Grounds improvements this year saw new sidewalks and redevelopment of the front gate area. This included a new shopping venue and an amphitheater where rodeo announcer Andy Stewart hosted a daily talk show and performed live music. A new stage for Frontier Nights concerts provided greater production capabilities for an improved concert experience. 

Also new this year, the Bureau of Land Management, Bravehearts organization and the Mantle Ranch at Wheatland, Wyo., came together at Frontier Park to work with wild horses during the first week. After the military veterans of Bravehearts worked with the horses and burros, all 22 horses and burros were bid on and adopted at a sale on July 29. 

Military Monday was larger than last year with 12,374 total rodeo attendance. Additionally, the USAF Thunderbirds and Navy Seals were a popular attraction. CFD honored all branches of the military and active personnel and veterans received free admission in honor of their service.  

Sunday’s championship finals drew 13,235 fans to watch cowboys and cowgirls compete for trophy buckles and saddles along with the lion’s share of $831,571 in prize money. Total rodeo attendance through nine Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and Women’s Professional Rodeo Association sanctioned events as well as the $100,000 Cinch Shoot-out was 98,246.  Teams competed at the Shoot-out for local sponsors and $10,000 was raised for local charities. 

The last three performances of the rodeo were broadcast live on the Wrangler Network. The Network reported that the final Sunday was the largest in their history of broadcasting rodeos with viewers from 74 countries. 

Additionally, the Championship Bull Riding World Finals was part of Frontier Nights on Monday and Tuesday where Sage Kimzey won the world title and $120,000 in cash. The two nights of bull riding had 13,328 fans in attendance.  

Total attendance was 259,193, compared to 266,030 last year. Numbers were slightly down at the Pancake breakfasts and parades, due to inclement weather. The Indian Village had 48,926 visitors. Attendance at the four grand parades was estimated at 65,000 with an additional 23,589 people venturing downtown to participate in the pancake breakfasts. 

“We are very pleased with the results of this year’s celebration,” said Bill Berg who is in his first year as General Chairman of Cheyenne Frontier Days. “We depend on our volunteers, not just for 10 days in July, but all year long to orchestrate this huge undertaking. For a community of just over 60,000, this is a tremendous undertaking. We have volunteers from across the country and our family gets larger every year. We couldn’t provide world class entertainment for our guests without each and every one of them.” 

Throughout the rodeo, parades and CBR World Finals, more than 6,000 animals were the centerpiece of attractions. Approximately 4,000 of them appeared in the rodeo. An on-site team of veterinarians inspected animals at least twice daily where their comprehensive reports showed 113 of them examined. Fourteen of those were treated for injuries and 11 are expected to make a full recovery. 

The D.A. Fort Russell Days open house at F.E. Warren Airforce Base had 20,264 guests. There were 3,386 people who got to see behind the scenes and learn about the rodeo at the Behind the Chutes tours. 

The Justin Sportsmedicine Team provided nearly 500 treatments to rodeo and bull riding athletes. A saddle bronc rider was transported and treated at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center and released. There was also a bareback rider who sustained a broken foot and ankle. He will miss the rest of the rodeo season. 

During Saturday night’s concert it was announced that Jason Aldean and Thomas Rhett will be part of the lineup for the 2017 Frontier Nights. This year’s celebration will be carefully evaluated and considered as plans are being made for next year, July 21 – 30, 2017.