Tailgate Party Wraps Up Rodeo Week in Sheridan

Players race for the ball during the Eaton's Cup, the first polo game of the day on Sunday. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Players race for the ball during the Eaton's Cup, the first polo game of the day on Sunday. (Photo by Pat Blair)

Two polo games, a game of “cowboy polo,” a flag ceremony and a number of vendors offering food and beverages marked the official end of the Sheridan-WYO Rodeo celebration on Sunday.

The annual tailgate party was at the Big Horn Equestrian Center just outside Big Horn, and Sam Summers, who's vice president of the WYO Rodeo board of directors, said the club house was also open for the occasion. The main polo events were the Eaton's Cup, which started at 1 p.m., and the Sheridan-WYO Cup, which started around 3 p.m.

In between were the cowboy polo games and a flag ceremony conducted by rodeo royalty.

Summers said he wasn't sure how long the tailgate party has been part of the annual WYO celebration, but it's been going on since at least he joined the board, and that was 13 years ago. We asked him what the purpose was for the event.

In fact, Summers said, the rodeo board for the first time ever was having an Appreciation Day Sunday for the Spurs, which is the board's volunteer group, and the Wranglers, which are the flag people. He said a food truck had been arranged exclusively for those two groups at the event.

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Spectators stomp out divots during half-time of the Eaton's Cup game. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Spectators stomp out divots during half-time of the Eaton's Cup game. (Photo by Pat Blair)
The Hammers Chevrolet team, winners of the Eaton's Cup, at an awards ceremony. (Photo by Pat Blair)
The Hammers Chevrolet team, winners of the Eaton's Cup, at an awards ceremony. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Orrin Connell, right, accepts Most Valuable Player honors. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Orrin Connell, right, accepts Most Valuable Player honors. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Players chase the ball during the Cowboy Polo game. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Players chase the ball during the Cowboy Polo game. (Photo by Pat Blair)
The flag ceremony was between games Sunday. (Photo by Pat Blair)
The flag ceremony was between games Sunday. (Photo by Pat Blair)
A few of the spectators at the tailgate party. (Photo by Pat Blair)
A few of the spectators at the tailgate party. (Photo by Pat Blair)
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