Festivals & EventsSheridan WYO Winter Rodeo

The Sheridan WYO Winter Rodeo brings skijoring to town February 22-23, 2020. Let's Get WYO'd!

SHERIDAN, WYO. Sheridan Travel & Tourism is thrilled to announce the 2nd annual Sheridan WYO Winter Rodeo, scheduled for February 22-23rd, 2020!

The highlight of this event is a skijoring competition sanctioned by Skijoring America. Skijoring is a sport where a person on skis is pulled by a horse along a course marked with jumps and other obstacles. Skijoring attracts thousands of visitors to towns around the Rocky Mountain region each year. Our goal is to attract 500 overnight visitors to Sheridan in year one, in addition to two-thousand local spectators, and more than 100 competitors. This family-friendly event is an opportunity to showcase Sheridan’s winter attractions and provide an economic boost to our local economy.

For more information, including ways to partner, sponsorship opportunities, and more, please contact Sheridan Travel & Tourism at (307)673-7120 or bailey@sheridanwyoming.org. Check out the Official 2019 Program here.


Sheridan WYO Winter Rodeo

Registration Ice Breaker
Black Tooth Brewery
Fri, Feb 22

Ian Munsick Concert
The WYO Theater
Fri, Feb 22

Nitro Java & Donuts To-Go
Luminous Brewhouse
Sat, Feb 23

Winter Rodeo + Skijoring
Historic Downtown
Sat, Feb 23

89th WYO Rodeo Ticket Sales Open
The WYO Theater
Sat, Feb 23

Smith Alley Snow Fest
Smith Alley Brewing
Sat, Feb 23

Skijoring After Party
Bistro 307 | Best Western Center
Sat, Feb 23

Winter Rodeo Celebration
Black Tooth Brewery
Sat, Feb 23

Red Grade Ski and Sled Day
Red Grade Trails
Sun, Feb 24


Online registration opens February 9th, 2019 and will be available on the Skijoring America website. Contestants can also register in person at Blacktooth Brewery on Friday, February 22 and prior to the first races on Saturday, February 23. 


PROFESSIONAL/OPEN DIVISION: (Pro): Teams are considered to be the highest skilled competitors with the fastest horses. A team consists of horse, rider and skier. Entry fee: $100 per team.

SPORT DIVISION: (Amateur): Teams are considered to be intermediate level skill participants riding horses that may not be fast enough or experienced enough to be in the Pro/Open Class. A team consists of horse, rider and skier. Entry fee: $75 per team.

NOVICE DIVISION: (Beginners): Teams are considered to be new to the sport, beginning level competitors riding horses that may not be fast enough or experienced enough to be competitive in the Pro/Open Class or the Sport Class. Entry fee: $50 per team.

YOUTH DIVISION: (15 and under): Teams are considered to be, new to the sport, beginning level competitors riding horses that may not be fast enough or experienced enough to be competitive in the Pro/Open Class or the Sport Class. Entry fee: $35 per team.

SNOWBOARD: Open to pro, amateur and novices. A team consists of horse, rider and snowboarder. Entry fee: $75 per team.

*All Open, Sport and Novice athletes are required to be SJA members through an Annual Membership or a Weekend Warrior pass.


Become a member of Skijoring America and compete in up to 8 different skijoring events throughout Montana, Wyoming, Idaho and Colorado. It is only $55 for the entire season or $25 for a Weekend Warrior Membership. (Weekend Warrior Membership must be purchased at Friday night sign-ups.) All SJA races do require that the Novice, Sport and Open become a member of Skijoring America.

All members, novice and up will compete for the over 2019 title.

SJA will have awards for three different average series that will contain 3 to 5 races.

Insurance will be provided again in 2019 for all SJA members.

Horses ridden by members will also compete for points throughout the season for additional prizes.

For more info on rules, points, and protocol, check out the SJA Handbook.

Become a member now at www.skijoringamerica.com


Division winners will receive a Sheridan WYO Winter Rodeo buckle.

1st Place and 2nd Place finishers will receive a Sheridan WYO Winter Rodeo Jacket.

Cash prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishes. Purse will be announced prior to the first race on Saturday, February 23rd.


Sheridan’s skijoring course will be located on Broadway, beginning at Luminous Brewhouse (E Dow St.) and ending at Black Tooth Brewery (E Alger St.). The building of the course is a labor-intensive effort that requires hauling vast quantities of snow from strategically placed catchment areas in Sheridan. Broadway will close in the early morning on Thursday, February 21 for course construction, and re-open late Sunday, February 24 to regular traffic.

Please click here to view the full course layout and design.


Please click here for information on becoming a sponsor and supporting the Sheridan WYO Winter Rodeo.


Please click here to visit our Facebook page for news and updates.


Please click here to learn more about the growing sport of skijoring and Skijoring America.


To reserve stalls at the Sheridan County Fairgrounds, please call Jami at (307) 672-2079.

Prices from $20/night.


1. A skier may compete in only one Division.

a. This rule is required by SJA in the sport and open.

2. All skiers must wear approved snow sport helmets.

a. Protective Eyewear is recommended.

3. Any Skiers under 18 must have parent/guardian sign parental consent forms.

a. Parent or Guardian must be present during signup.

b. Skiers under the age of 18 must wear protective eyewear.


1. A Horse can compete in only one Division.

a. This rule is required by SJA in the sport and open.

2. A Horse may not run more than two times in a day.

3. Horses should be in physical shape to participate in an extreme sport.

4. Horses are not allowed to be opened up during inspection.


1. No identical teams can be entered more than once at a specific race. Each team consists of a horse, rider, and skier.

2. A skier, rider or horse can choose their division of competition and is not required to advance to the next class if they win their division.

3. The Sparby Rule: Each team is allowed 4 minutes to complete staging and begin the race after a clear track is called. After the allotted time has expired the team will be asked to leave the staging area and will be moved to end of that division. They will have one more chance to start successfully or they will be disqualified for that run.

4. Substitutions are allowed for any team member (horse, skier or rider) prior to the competitor meeting on Saturday. After the competitor meeting on Saturday there will be NO substitutions for Pro/Open and Sport divisions. Substitutions throughout the event are allowed in the Novice, Snowboard, Women’s, Century and Junior class, but they must be approved by the field judges.

5. If a horse, rider, or equipment is deemed unsafe the rider and horse can be asked to leave at any time by the Start Gate Official or SJA Ambassador.

6. If the Skier drops the rope BEFORE crossing the start line, he/she will be allowed a restart as soon as possible. If the skier drops the rope on the second attempt to start, that team is disqualified for that run.

7. The skier must finish in an upright position and on at least one ski, with rope in hand when crossing the finish line. Both skier boots must cross the finish line.

8. Both ski tips and both boots must go around a gate, or the gate is considered missed.

9. Penalties will be added to a teams time for the following:

a. 5 second penalty added for every missed gate.

b. 2 second penalty added for every missed or dropped ring.

c. 2 second penalty added for a dropped baton.

d. 5 second penalty for any horse breaking the plane of a jump, hitting a gate, or hitting a timing device.

10. Protests must be voiced by the skier or rider to the Finish Judge or Arena Judge before the start of the next run. The Arena Judge will have the final ruling before the start of the next run.


1. All performance-enhancing drugs are prohibited and will not be tolerated. Please refer to the SJA handbook for a list of performance-enhancing drugs and consequences if your horse test positive.

2. No person may abuse a Horse during an Event or at any other time. “Abuse” means an action or omission, which causes or is likely to cause pain or unnecessary discomfort to a Horse. Competitors will be disqualified upon adequate verification.

a. Abuse can include, but is not limited to:

i. Whipping or beating a Horse excessively.

ii. Subjecting a Horse to any kind of electric shock device.

iii. Jabbing the Horse in the mouth with the bit or any other device.

iv. Abnormally sensitize or desensitize any part of a Horse.

v. Leaving a Horse without adequate food, drink or exercise.

b. Any person witnessing an Abuse must report it immediately. If an Abuse is witnessed during or in direct connection with an Event, it should be reported to an Official. If the Abuse is witnessed at any other time it should be reported directly to Skijoring America via email: info@SkijoringAmerica.com

3. If a horse, rider, or equipment are deemed unsafe the rider and horse can be asked to leave at any time by the Horse Gate Official or SJA Ambassador.

4. Leg protection (boots or polo wraps) and bell boots are strongly recommended.

5. Horses should have a shoe that will increase traction (borium, calks, etc).


1. Ropes will be provided for competitors, though anyone is allowed to bring their own ropes.

a. Any rope not supplied by the individual race must be inspected and approved by a Starter or his designee prior to the start of the race.

b. Ropes cannot exceed 50 feet in length on the oval track.

c. Ropes cannot exceed 33 feet in length on a straight track.

d. Ropes must be 3/8” or larger in diameter.

e. Handles are not permitted on ropes.

f. Rope attachment must be to the saddle horn or behind the saddle. If the attachment is behind the saddle it must be secured to the primary rigging rings of the saddle by a non-elastic attachment so that the pulling rope is within 6 inches of the cantle, carabineer not included. Prior to the race, the Starter, or his designee may inspect any attachment to the saddle. Quick release shackles are highly recommended.

2. Use a standard western bit includes: 1. 8 1⁄2” maximum length shank. Shanks may be fixed or loose. If curb bit is used it must be free of mechanical device and should be considered a standard western bit. When a curb bit is used, a curb strap or curb chain is required, which must be at least 1⁄2” in width, lie flat against the jaw, and be free of barbs, wire, and/or twists.

3. Failure to dismount and/or present horse and equipment to the horse official and/or veterinarian, if asked, will result in disqualification for that race.


Good sportsmanship is important to the success of every event. Registration signature pledges a competitor’s word to the humane treatment of their horse and respectful relationships to all fellow competitors and volunteers hosting this exciting competition. Failure to comply with the spirit of friendly competition at any of the scheduled events may result in the disqualification of your team or banishment from future competitions.

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