The Rodeo

The Other Roughriders: Col. Torrey and Wyoming’s Volunteer Cavalry

The Other Roughriders; Col. Torrey and Wyoming’s Volunteer Cavalry By Phil Roberts The Rough Riders are usually associated with Theodore Roosevelt, but his were not the only “rough riders” organized to fight in the Spanish-American War of 1898. Wyoming had its rough riders, too, but due to a train mishap and the shortness of the … Continue reading The Other Roughriders: Col. Torrey and Wyoming’s Volunteer Cavalry

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“Powder River, Let ‘er Buck”

“Powder River, Let ‘er Buck” By Phil Roberts Professor of History, University of Wyoming   Former UW football coach Joe Glenn (2003-08) often repeated the familiar mantra “Powder River, Let ‘er Buck,” as an expression indicating resolve—“we’re going to go out and do this task successfully, whatever the obstacles.”  The derivation of the expression was … Continue reading “Powder River, Let ‘er Buck”

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Women in Rodeo

Women have long participated in the rodeo. “Prairie Rose” Henderson debuted at the Cheyenne Frontier Days rodeo in 1901, and by 1920, women were competing in rough stock events, relay races and trick riding. However, after two serious rodeo accidents involving women, the newly created Rodeo Association of America (R.A.A.) became opposed to female involvement … Continue reading Women in Rodeo

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