WATCH: Rodeo 101 with Susan Kanode

Rodeo Publicist Susan Kanode explains the events, what to expect at CFD
Published: Jul. 23, 2021 at 11:58 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Susan Kanode spoke with Nick Kuzma one day before rodeo events began at Cheyenne Frontier Days. Below is the full Q&A and attached is the full video.

Q: What events should we really be looking forward to and can you [provide] a breakdown of what to expect?”

A: “Absolutely, we have what are called three rough stock events which is the Bull riding, saddle bronc riding, and bareback riding and those are all scored, and then we have timed events here where the fastest time wins and we have two of those in the women’s category, which is the barrel racing in the breakaway roping and then we have steer wrestling team roping and tie-down roping.”

Q: “It’s pretty self-explanatory how the timed events work, fastest time moves on, but when we’re talking about [events that involve points], how do those work and how do [the cowboys and cowgirls] move on to the next rounds?”

A: “So, they are all judged and we have a group of rodeo judges with a vast amount of experience here, and they get scored 1 to 50 points for the animal in 1 to 50 points for the rider, and then the scores are all combined and they come up with a possible of 100 points and we should see several 90 point rides here.”

Q: “Now Susan, I’m an East Coast guy, I’m from the Philadelphia area so this is my first true rodeo, so, for people like me, what should they really be looking forward to over the next few days?”

A: “Just be prepared to hold your breath because it’s going to be exciting we have the best livestock here, the best cowboys and cowgirls here and anything can happen at Cheyenne Frontier Days and it generally does.”

Q: “Each rodeo is different, what makes CFD special and what makes it different from other rodeos?”

A: “Well first of all there’s the legend because it is the “Daddy of ‘Em All”. We have 125 years of history and there’s not many events, rodeos or anything, that involves that kind of history. 125 years is a long time. And then we have a really big arena and we have more pick-up men and more space for the animals to perform and it makes it really different than what a lot of rodeos typically are.”

Q: “And of course we’re in the State of Wyoming, we’re the City of Cheyenne, where rodeo is king...who should the fans really be watching out for that’s from the Cowboy State?”

A: “Well there’s none other but Brody Cress. We tease the other Saddle bronc riders if they even want to enter Cheyenne because he’s won the title three times. So you would just think that Brody’s gonna win and he’s coming off a win at Calgary Stampede and has momentum behind him from the Calgary win. So, why not Brody Cress?”

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