Cowboy State Elite Rodeo hosts kickoff party in Sheridan

(Sheridan, Wyo.) — It took a certain amount of nerve for the Sheridan WYO Rodeo board to stand up and say this small town would host a stop on the first ever Elite Rodeo Athletes League of Rodeo Champions tour. But the board did just that—made a pitch for Wyoming to be one included as of the 11 states to host the inaugural event, which has been likened to the PGA Tour of rodeo. "You can't really publish this, but it took some balls to bring this thing here," ERA athlete and team roper Jhett Johnson of Casper said at a ticket launch party for the Cowboy State Elite Rodeo, set for Sept. 3 in Sheridan. [image: 1.png] The Elite Rodeo Association is changing rodeo, ERA athlete and saddle bronc rider Chet Johnson of Sheridan explained. "It is taking rodeo and making it more mainstream. Everything is televised, and you have the best of the best at each event, every stop," he said. The Sheridan WYO Rodeo board, fans and the Wyoming athletes themselves celebrated the Sheridan event at a launch party Wednesday night at the WYO Theater. "The committee here that puts on the WYO Rodeo—they are so passionate and want to see it go to another level," Chet said. "They worked their tails off to see this come here. There is a rodeo vision in Sheridan, in Wyoming, that is huge." [image: 1-1.png] The September event will feature the ERA’s Wyoming athletes, including Chet Johnson; Jhett Johnson; bull rider Kanin Asay of Powell; and barrel racer Ashley Schafer of Yoder. Sheridan WYO Rodeo President Nick Siddle will also serve as the Cowboy State Elite Rodeo president. “The Cowboy State Elite Rodeo will be one of the highest-quality performances you’ll find anywhere," he said. *featured photo: Kanin Asay, Jhett Johnson, Sheridan WYO Rodeo board member Linda St. Clair and Chet Johnson.* *Other photos h/t ERA* #dally #news