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Bull Riding. Photo by Clint Gilchrist, Pinedale Online.
Bull Riding
Anthony Corgatelli got a no score, but put on a great ride.

Team Roping. Photo by Clint Gilchrist, Pinedale Online.
Team Roping
Local cowboy Mike Stevie looks to throw the heel loop, but watches the head loop just miss.

Barrel Racing. Photo by Clint Gilchrist, Pinedale Online.
Barrel Racing
Local cowgirl, Annie Espenscheid, competed in Barrel Racing.
Chuckwagon Days Rodeo
by Pinedale Online!
July 4, 2007

The annual Big Piney Chuckwagon Days are always held over the 4th of July. The celebration lasts several days and includes an early-morning walk/run, a parade down main street in Big Piney, a free BBQ cookout, a Lil' Buckaroo Rodeo for youngsters up to age 13, WRA-IMPRA rodeo, fireworks on July 4th, and a street dance.

The WRA-IMPRA Rodeo was held at the rodeo grounds at the Fairgrounds. The Chuckwagon Days Rodeo is the highest paying Rodeo in the Mountain West over the 4th of July.

The 4th of July, called the "Cowboy Christmas", is when cowboys from all over go to as many rodeos as they can in order to compete and earn winnings to raise their standings for the year.

This year was the 73rd annual Big Piney Chuckwagon Days Rodeo. Events included bareback, calf roping, breakaway roping, saddle bronc, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing and bull riding.

One cowboy, Ty Anderson, was injured this year at the end of his ride when he was slammed into the arena fence. Sublette County EMS crews attended him and took him away in an ambulance. Fortunately, his injuries were only a broken foot and he will recover.

Matt Bombard returned again this year to announce the rodeo. Professional Rodeo Clown and Funnyman Scooter Culbertson entertained the crowd with his zany costumes and skits. The stock contractor was Elkhorn Rodeo Company. Funnyman sponsors were Truth Ministries and the Town of Marbleton. Announcer Sponsor was Phil's Water Service.

Buckle Donors were: Bull Riding-A&B Construction; Saddle Bronc-Shell Rocky Mountain Productions LLC; Bareback-E&L Motors;, Calf Roping-EOG Resources; Steer Wrestling-Cottonwood Capital; Barrel Racing-Town of Marbleton; Breakaway Roping-EOG Resources; Team Roping/Header-Saul Bencomo & Holly Green; Team Roping/Heeler-Cowboy Shop.

This year's Chuckwagon Days Rodeo was sponsored by EnCana USA, Shell Rocky Mountain Productions LLC and the Town of Marbleton. Chute sponsors were Blackhorse Construction, the Marbleton Inn Hotel and Restaurang, Shell Rocky Mountain Productions LLC, EnCana, the Town of Marbleton and Exxon Mobil.

The Chuckwagon Rodeo Committee also thanks Schaefer Outfitters (for the officer's coats); Eiden's Construction; Frank & Mary James and the Fairgrounds staff; Office Outlet and Wind River Web Services (Pinedale Online); Freddy & Annagret Botur-Cottonwood Capital.

Photos by Clint Gilchrist and Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online!



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  • Empty Saddle. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Empty Saddle
    The empty saddle bareback horse was turned out in memory of Gordon Bray of Big Piney, who passed away recently.

    Barrel Racing. Photo by Clint Gilchrist, Pinedale Online.
    Barrel Racing
    Big Piney cowgirl, Mary Fear, digs hard around the second barrel.

    Bareback Ride. Photo by Clint Gilchrist, Pinedale Online.
    Bareback Ride
    Sonny Taylor rides Rocky Road.

    Team Roping. Photo by Clint Gilchrist, Pinedale Online.
    Team Roping
    Chad Espenscheid looks to throw the heel loop after his brother Brian caught the head and turns the steer.

    Brian Espenscheid. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Brian Espenscheid
    Brian worked as header in team roping with his brother Chad, roping the steer's head and holding it in position for his brother Chad to throw his rope and make his catch around the steer's hind legs (see previous photo).

    Before the Wreck. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Before the Wreck
    Shortly after this picture was taken, cowboy Ty Anderson was slammed into the arena fence and injured. Sublette EMS paramedics checked him and took him out by ambulance. He broke his foot, but will be ok.

    Barrel Racing. Photo by Clint Gilchrist, Pinedale Online.
    Barrel Racing
    Big Piney cowgirl, Jody Fear, has won three times on the IMPR circuit this year, but came up a little short in her home town attempt.

    Team Roping. Photo by Clint Gilchrist, Pinedale Online.
    Team Roping
    Local cowboy, Billy Gransden, looks for a head catch roping with partner Mike Stevie.

    Bareback Riding. Photo by Clint Gilchrist, Pinedale Online.
    Bareback Riding
    Conner Kent, from Fielding, Utah, had a rough bareback ride.

    Bull Riding. Photo by Clint Gilchrist, Pinedale Online.
    Bull Riding
    Zach Smith, from Bloominton, Idaho, shows good form in the bull riding.

    Almost Stepped On. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Almost Stepped On
    John Kinnamon almosts gets stepped on by the bull after he hits the ground at the end of his ride.

    Rodeo Clown. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Rodeo Clown
    Rodeo Clown, Scooter Culbertson, is close to the action during the bull riding event.

    Sonny Munns. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Sonny Munns
    This bull tossed Sonny Munns over backwards during his ride.

    Sunny Munns hard fall. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Sunny Munns hard fall
    Sunny Munns, from Utah, lands hard at the end of his ride. He received no time for his effort.

    Trouble in the Chute. Photo by Clint Gilchrist, Pinedale Online.
    Trouble in the Chute
    CC Valley gave Morgan Heaton, from Provo, Utah, a ride in the chute, but Morgan went on to win with the bareback event with a score of 77.

    Calf Roping. Photo by Clint Gilchrist, Pinedale Online.
    Calf Roping
    Hugh Baldwin, from Rigby, Idaho, tied his calf in 12.8 seconds.

    Saddle Bronc Ride. Photo by Clint Gilchrist, Pinedale Online.
    Saddle Bronc Ride
    KC Weston, from Randolph, Utah, scored 69 riding Mighty Paint.

    Matt Bombard. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Matt Bombard
    Matt Bombard returned again this year to be announcer for the Chuckwagon Days Rodeo.

    Steer Wrestling. Photo by Clint Gilchrist, Pinedale Online.
    Steer Wrestling
    Jason Brower made a quick run of 5.9 seconds, but broke the barrier for a 10-second penalty.

    Saddle Bronc. Photo by Clint Gilchrist, Pinedale Online.
    Saddle Bronc
    Jake Larsen, from Garland, Utah, takes off on 'Split Apart' for his winning saddle bronc ride, and he earned it.

    Nose Dive. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Nose Dive
    Just after the previous photo was taken, Jake Larsen's horse took a nose dive into the dirt, then seconds later jumped high into the air. Through it all, Jake held on, to score 77 points and win the Saddle Bronc event. Larsen is from Orem, Utah.

    Watch the kick. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Watch the kick
    Cowboy Houston Twitchell, from Utah, took the lead with his 71 point ride. He keeps his distance from the bull's kicking feet after dismounting from his ride.

    Scooter Culbertson. Photo by Clint Gilchrist, Pinedale Online.
    Scooter Culbertson
    Professional Rodeo Clown, Scooter Culbertson, honors the troops on the 4th of July.

    Calf Roping. Photo by Clint Gilchrist, Pinedale Online.
    Calf Roping
    Pete Jones, from Twin Falls, Idaho, tied his calf in 11.6 seconds, good for 3rd place.

    Steer Wrestling. Photo by Clint Gilchrist, Pinedale Online.
    Steer Wrestling
    Vance Reynolds placed 3rd in Steer Wrestling with a time of 6.6 seconds.

    Jody Fear Barrels. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Jody Fear Barrels
    Local cowgirl Jody Fear spurs her horse to high speed as she begins her barrel racing run.

    Breakaway Roping. Photo by Clint Gilchrist, Pinedale Online.
    Breakaway Roping
    Somehow the calf avoided this loop by Melinda Bennett from Warren, Utah.
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