TEAM WYOMING

As part of Wyoming's cowboy culture, a team of cowboys and cowgirls—known as Team Wyoming—wear the Wyoming brand as they compete and perform in rodeos around North American. 

Team Wyoming is made up of eight members, including Dusty Tuckness (bullfighter), Nate Jeste (bullfighter), Brody Cress (saddle bronc), JR Vezain (bareback), Cassidy Kruse (barrel racer), Seth Hardwick (bareback), Chet Johnson (saddle bronc) and Clayton Savage (bull rider).

Learn more about each of the athletes of Team Wyoming below.

Dusty Tuckness - Bullfighter 

While he's in his early 30s, Dusty Tuckness is a veteran bullfigher who brings nearly 20 years of experience to the sport. Hailing from the small town of Meeteetse, Wyoming, Dusty is known as one of the best bullfighters in the business and is looked up to for his skill, speed and grace. He's set the example for the next generation of bullfighters to follow and works year-round at some of the biggest rodeos in the country, including Cheyenne Frontier Days, Pendeleton Round-Up, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) and the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR). He has worked the WNFR nine times and has been named bullfigher of the year eight times. Keep up with Dusty on his Instagram or Facebook accounts. 

Nate Jestes - Bullfighter

A bullfighter from Douglas, Wyoming, Nate Jestes is one of the nicest guys in the rodeo business. He's also one of the best. A lifelong athlete, Nate caught the bullfighting bug when he was studying aviation at Montana State University and it was there that he first learned the art of bullfighting. One of the most skilled traditional and freestyle bullfighters in the country, Nate works several rodeos each year, including the Sheridan WYO Rodeo, CNFR and the Dodge City Roundup. He's also fought bulls at the PBR Velocity Tour. In addition, Nate has worked the WNFR twice and has been nominated for bullfighter of the year twice. For more on Nate, be sure to follow him on Instagram or Facebook. 

JR Vezain - Bareback 

A true cowboy, JR Vezain honed his bareback riding skills in his small hometown of Cowley, Wyoming. One of the top bareback riders in the world, JR is a five-time qualifier for the WNFR. Competing in rodeos around the U.S. and Canada, JR represents Wyoming and his Cowboy State roots. One of the highlights of his career to date: riding bareback horse Make Up Face in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. In his free time, he ranches with his wife. For more on JR, keep up with him on Instagram and Facebook

Brody Cress - Saddle Bronc 

Growing up in southeast Wyoming, Brody Cress is the newest addition to Team Wyoming. In 2017, Brody qualified for the WNFR after being the first in history to win the trifecta of Cheyenne, Pendeleton and Salinas in one year. Keep up with Brody on Instagram and Facebook

Cassidy Kruse - Barrel Racer 

A native of Gillette, Wyoming, Cassidy Kruse is the only female athlete on Team Wyoming and joined the team after qualifying for the WNFR in 2015. Follow along with Cassidy, who competes professionally with her trusty horses JJ and Ellie, on Instagram and Facebook

Seth Hardwick - Bareback 

Raised in Laramie, Wyoming, Seth Hardwick qualified for and competed in the WNFR in 2015 and won the bareback event at the Canadian Finals Rodeo in 2017. He continues to compete in rodeos in the U.S. and Canada, including Houston, Cheyenne, Fort Worth and more. Stay updated on Seth by following him on Instagram

Chet Johnson - Saddle Bronc 

Hailing from the western town of Sheridan, Wyoming, Chet Johnson has been competing in the professional sport of rodeo for more than 15 years. With one of the longest-running careers in the sport of rodeo, Chet continues to compete in events around North America. Be sure to follow him on Instagram and Facebook.

Clayton Savage - Bull Rider 

A native of the Cowboy State, Clayton Savage now calls Yoder, Wyoming, home. The only bull rider on Team Wyoming, Clayton has qualified for the WNFR three times. Known for his toughness and grit, Clayton continues to compete in rodeos around the country. 
 
Rodeo lovers can connect with Team Wyoming here

 

Bullfighting with Dusty Tuckness