Dan Cathcart goes down with his cap during the 112th Cheyenne Frontier Rodeo Days in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
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The event included 40 cowboys who competed for $1 million in prize money.
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The Cheyenne Frontier Days have been going on for 112 years and include art festivals, concerts and some of the toughest cowboys around.
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In bareback bronc, the rider holds on for dear life with only a suitcase handle-like rigging made of leather and rawhide for him to grasp onto.
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The calves have a 30-foot head start before the rider tries to complete the three steps faster than any of the other contestants.
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One cowboy slides off backwards
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Wes Kleven competes in bareback riding.
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Priority number one is getting the job done as quickly as possible.
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This cowboy wrestles his steer to the ground.
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Because of the expected media coverage, the organizers of the event asked that media wear "long-sleeved button-down or western shirts, long pants, boots and a western hat while present in the photo pit."
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Bareback rider Evan Jayne of Marseille, France, tries to hold on.
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Tickets ranged from $13 to $18 to see the rodeo action.
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This cowboy loses his hat behind a bucking bronco during competition.
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Jeremy Shed of Holdenville, Okla., holds on before taking an ugly spill a few seconds later.
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