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Cheyenne Frontier Days Added as Wrangler Gold Tour Rodeo

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Cheyenne Frontier Days 2009, the oldest and largest outdoor rodeo in the world, is now one of the eight Gold Tour stops on the PRCA Wrangler Million Dollar Tour.

"It's an honor to be named in the same group as the other great rodeos," Bill Cole, Cheyenne Frontier Days rodeo chairman, told OldWestNewWest.Com. "We want to support the tour and do what we can to help out the rodeo contestants."

Cheyenne Frontier Days 2009 rodeo begins July 18 and runs for nine days.

There's a reason they call the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo the "Daddy of ‘Em All," and the number of contestants and the lineup is world-class.

"We usually see more than 1,200 contestants," Cole said. "We'll have 120 bull riders, about 100 saddle bronc and 100 bareback riders, and around 50 rookie saddle bronc riders, around 150 steer ropers, 150 team ropers, 96 barrel racers, and 185 steer wrestlers."

And there's always plenty of rodeo action, added Cole, a Cheyenne, Wyoming resident from birth. This is Cole's third and final year as rodeo chairman. Cole's traditions run deep with the Cheyenne Frontier Days rodeo: "My dad was chairman back in the early ‘70s."

Cole began his Cheyenne rodeo experiences as a youngster, working around Chute 9, and helping out where he could. He's loves talking about this Cheyenne's rodeo.

"We have three sections of bull riding in each performance, and three sections of steer wrestling, two sections of bare bronc and saddle back in each performance," he said. "Every event is performed in each of the nine daily performances, so any day at Cheyenne Frontier Days is a good day."

One of the changes Cheyenne Frontier Days agreed to make this year was to include back to back competition, so that rodeo contestants wouldn't have scheduling conflicts with the California Salinas Rodeo, to be held July 16-19.

"We wanted to help out these guys so they wouldn't have to travel so much," Cole said.

Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo dates are July 18-26.

"July 26 is the finals, so if you really want to see some excitement, that's the day to come," Cole said.

The other rodeo stops in the Wrangler Gold Tour are San Antonio (held Feb. 6); Austin, Texas (March 16); Reno, Nev. (June 19); Cody, Wyo. (July 1); St. Paul, Ore. (July 3); Salinas, Calif. (July 16); and Ellensburg, Wash. (Sept. 4).

The Wrangler Million Dollar Tour also features nine Silver Tour Rodeos: Rapid City, S.D.; Redding, Calif.; Prescott, Ariz.; Colorado Springs, Colo.; Dodge City, Kan.; Sikeston, Mo.; Lovington, N.M.; Hermiston, Ore.; and Bremerton, Wash.

Prize money won in Gold and Silver Tour Rodeos will count toward the 2009 Tour Standings. The top finishers in the tour will advance to playoffs in Puyallup, Wash., and Omaha, Neb., in the fall of 2009.

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