Team Wyoming Professional Cowboys
Wyoming is proud to support several professional cowboys in the rodeo scene. Learn about each of them as they compete in local and national events ranging from steer roping, bull and bronc riding, and more.
Want to catch some some of them live? Check out the following events coming up this summer:
• Cheyenne Frontier Days
• Sheridan WYO Rodeo
• Cody Nite Rodeo
• College National Finals Rodeo
• National High School Finals Rodeo
Meet Team Wyoming
Chet is one of the most popular cowboys in professional rodeo. His ear-to-ear smile is infectious. Chet won 2014 rodeos in Arkansas and Canada and won the Canadian Finals rodeo in 2009. He qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas four times and holds a degree in agriculture business from Sheridan College. Johnson currently lives in Sheridan, Wyoming.
Dusty Tuckness is perhaps the most electric attraction in pro rodeo today. Fans can't seem to avert their eyes from Dusty darting in to facedown bulls in the valiant service of cowboy protection. This devout Christian cowboy was born to fight bulls. Tuckness called it a "dream come true" when he was brought in to fight bulls at Cheyenne Frontier Days for the first time in 2012. He was hired on full time at the "Daddy of 'Em All" in 2014 and was voted "Bullfighter of the Year" in professional rodeo on a regular basis. In addition to Cheyenne's rodeo, Tuckness leads the bullrighting teams at two of Wyoming's biggest rodeo events: the Cody/Yellowstone Xtreme Bulls and Cody Stampede, and the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper.
J.R. Vezain was a three-event cowboy and won the College National Finals Rodeo all-around cowboy title in 2011. Vezain settled on bareback riding as his chosen pursuit and has earned NFR qualifications to shine in Las Vegas each year since turning pro in 2012. Vezain won seven rodeos during the 2014 season including events in Billings (MT), Lovington (NM), Loveland (CO), and his home state Tribute to the Great American Cowboy in Casper.
Les Shepperson was the top bull dogger at the prestigious Reno Rodeo in 2012. His horse was voted pro steer wrestling "Horse of the Year" in 2012 when Les finished the year winning the average at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. Les also holds a bachelor's degree in agribusiness from the University of Wyoming in Laramie- Wyoming's only four-year institution for higher learning.
Seth Brockman won his spot at the 2014 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo fittingly at the Wrngler Champions Challenge in his last steer wrestling run of the regular season. The Wheatland, WY cowboy won the prestigious Southwestern Exposition & Livestock Show in Fort Worth, Texas in 2014 in addition to champion's buckles at pro affairs in Utah and Idaho. Brockman was "Rookie of the Year" in 2005 when he won the two biggest rodeos in his home state--Cheyenne Frontier Days & the Cody Stampede.
Seth Glause is an all-around roughstock cowboy who rides bulls and saddle broncs following in the footsteps of his father, Tom, who competed in bothg events in his youth. Seth won the National Western in Denver in 2012 and was the champion of the Xtreme Bulls Finals in Ellensburg, WAY that same year. Glause is a four-time NFR qualifier and finished second in the average of that event in 2012 and third in the final world standings.
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