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A total of 256 competitors will take their shot at a share of the $1 million in prize money and a Gold, Silver or Bronze medal that will be awarded on Tuesday, July 24. There will be 32 competitors in each of the following events: bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, barrel racing and bull riding.

2017 Days of ’47 Cowboy Games and Rodeo champions in all events, except bull riding, will be back to defend their Gold medals but will face some tough competition with reigning Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA), Professional Bull Riders (PBR) and College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) Champions ready to take aim at the title.

Bareback rider Wyatt Denny, 2017 Days of ’47 Cowboy Games and Rodeo champion, will face the likes of two-time PRCA world champion Tim O’Connell, four-time world champion and local favorite Kaycee Field and world champion Steven Peebles.

Steer wrestler Ryle Smith will be one of the busiest competitors earning a spot in the steer wrestling event as the defending champion and in the tie-down roping after taking bronze in that event in 2017. Smith will be challenged in the steer wrestling by reigning PRCA champion Tyler Pearson, past world champion Tyler Waguespack, and recent Calgary Stampede Champion Matt Reeves. In the tie-down roping, he will face three-time world champion tie-down roper and reigning all-around champion Tuf Cooper, 23-time world champion Trevor Brazile, and world champion Caleb Smidt.

Brazile will be one of three two-event cowboys competing at the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games and Rodeo (others include Ryle Smith –steer wrestling and tie-down roping; and Steven Dent – bareback riding and saddle bronc riding). Brazile will be competing in tie-down roping and team roping. He will rope with two-time world champion Patrick Smith. Jr. Dees and Tyler McKnight won the Gold medal in 2017 and are hoping to add another in 2018, while father and son duo – Allen Bach and Joel Bach will be looking to stand atop the podium on July 24 as the team roping champions.

Cody DeMoss is looking to add another Gold medal to his collection but will be pushed to the limit by reigning saddle bronc world champion Ryder Wright, past world champion Zeke Thurston and silver medalist from 2017 Jake Wright.

It will be a horse race in the barrel racing with Hailey Kinsel back to defend her Gold medal. Kinsel is coming off a $100,000 win at the Calgary Stampede and looks to carry that momentum through Salt Lake City. Her horse, Sister, loved the arena last year and hopes it is the same outcome in 2018. Kinsel will face some fast competition in 11-time Wrangler NFR qualifier Lisa Lockhart, four-time world champion Sherry Cervi and six-time Wrangler NFR qualifier Tammy Fischer, who just won the most money of any barrel racer over the Fourth of July run.

This will be reigning PBR champion Jess Lockwood’s first chance at winning a Gold medal. In 2017, he became the youngest PBR world champion and is looking to add more firsts to his resume. Lockwood’s aunt is barrel racer Lisa Lockhart so if the chips fall right they might both leave town with Gold medals. Lockwood will face off against the likes of PRCA World Champions Shane Proctor and J.W. Harris, along with fellow PBR athlete Silvano Alves.

The full field of 32 competitors in each event will be divided into four groups of eight each and will compete in one of the first four performances (July 19-21, 23). The top two from each performance, along with two via the Wild Card category will advance to the Gold Medal Round on July 24. The 10 competitors in each event in the Gold Medal Round will compete in a suddendeath format with the winner collecting a Gold Medal and $50,000 cash.

The Komatsu Equipment Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo presented by Zions Bank, July 19-21 and 23-24, will take place at the $17.5 million state-of-the-art Days of ’47 Arena at the Utah State Fairpark, custom designed and built for rodeo. The venue—an outdoor arena located in the heart of Salt Lake City—features over 10,000 stadium-style seats.

For only the fourth time in the history of rodeo, riders will have an opportunity to compete for Gold, Silver or Bronze Medals. The first two times were in conjunction with the Olympic Winter Games in Calgary (1988) and Salt Lake City (2002), when rodeo was part of the Cultural Olympiad and the third being the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games and Rodeo in 2017. The medals that will be awarded at the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo will be produced by OC Tanner, the same company that made the Olympic medals for the champions of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.

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For those unable to attend in person all the action can be seen live nightly at 8 p.m. MT on with a subscription. RideTV will air each round, excluding the finals, nightly at 8 p.m. MT. CBS Sports Network will air a recap of each performance on tape delay with the first and second performances airing on July 20 and 21st, respectively at 8 a.m. MT, the third performance on July 22 at 7:30 a.m. MT, the fourth and fifth performances on July 24 and 25, respectively at 5 pm. MT. CBS will air a highlight show of the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games and Rodeo on July 29 at 11 a.m. MT.

About Days of ‘47

The Komatsu Equipment Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo presented by Zions Bank, will take place at the all-new, $17.5 million, state-of-the-art Days of ’47 Arena at the Utah State Fairpark. The venue—an outdoor arena located in the heart of Salt Lake City—features over 10,000 stadium-style seats. The Days of ’47 Rodeo is one of Utah’s longest-standing traditions – celebrating Utah’s heritage since 1847. The rodeo, and other Days of ’47 events, commemorate the day – July 24, 1847 – when a determined company of Mormon pioneers realized their dreams upon entering the Great Salt Valley. The Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo is a private, nonprofit, volunteer, charitable organization. Our mission is to honor Utah’s pioneer heritage and educate Utah’s kids. Please visit for more information.


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