The Sheridan WYO Rodeo has taken place in Sheridan for nearly eighty years. Sheridan Media News Director Kurt Layher tells us about one local cowboy who was a contestant in more than half of them.
This year marks the 79th anniversary of the first Sheridan WYO Rodeo. It’s only the 77th performance since the rodeo was canceled in 1942 and 1943 due to World War II. One Sheridan cowboy has been a Sheridan WYO Rodeo contestant in six different decades. Ben Reynolds has been a calf roper and team roper since he was seven years old. What is it that makes the Sheridan WYO Rodeo so special?
Reynolds never participated in rough stock events. He has more than 45 Sheridan WYO Rodeo performances under his belt. He’s seen the rodeo progress from a “working cowboy” event to become a professional competition again in 1967. Through it all there was Reynolds.
Reynolds has always been a supporter of the cowboys. He spent several years as a PRCA Director, and says today’s larger purses help the cowboys survive in the sport.
He’s only in his sixties but has already outlived many of his colleagues and teammates.
Rodeo time now is bittersweet for Reynolds, who has recently battled back from a heart attack and has not roped professionally for the last several years. But it will be hard to find another cowboy who has left as big a legacy on our Sheridan WYO Rodeo.