Tradition Rides High at Don King Days

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Tradition Rides High at Don King Days

It was the wild and wooly west come alive at the 25th annual Don King Days held at the Equestrian Center near Big Horn and Sheridan Media's Judy Hagerott was there and brings us this story.

Don King Days is considered the grand finale of summer fun as hundreds gathered to see some of the best polo, steer roping and bronc riding the West has to offer.

Held every year on the Sunday and Monday of Labor Day Weekend, it's the West at its best and the best part or maybe the worst is that it's held on the open fields of the Equestrian Center. Now, we're talking no chutes and no arena just wide open space for steers, broncs, and horses to run, sometimes the wrong way.

With age comes wisdom so I parked my bottom next to some older cowboys figuring they'd know where to be to see some first hand rodeo action and yet a safe enough distance to keep from getting run over by some misguided steer or horse.

That's where I met 74 year-old Jim Moore of Midwest, a steer roping legend himself. After a little persuading, we talked about Don King Days.

That's what makes this rodeo special. It's an event that celebrates the original traditions of rodeo.

Bronc riding began as a friendly challenge between ranch outfits.

Rodeo is a sport and these cowboys are athletes along with the animals.

And at 74, you just don't compete with the younger cowboys, but that doesn't mean you don't miss it.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Don King Days.

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