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Eli Lord, Sturgis, SD.
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Eli Lord, Sturgis, SD.

Sturgis cowboy wins gold at Cheyenne Frontier Days

News Staff - August 1, 2019

CHEYENNE, WY – The ‘grand daddy of ‘em all,” turned out to be just that for Sturgis, SD steer wrestler Eli Lord who won the gold buckle at the historic Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo that wrapped up July 28, 2019.

It was a mixed performance for Eli Lord who won the first round handedly but came up short in the quarterfinals, earning a third-place paycheck. But it was enough when no other qualified times were posted.

That took him to the short go where 6.9 second head catch earned the 25-year-old the buckle “that everybody wants to win,” Cheyenne Frontier Days gold.

Lord is quick to credit his hazer, Linn Churchill, Valentine, NE, who has a successful record in his own right, having hazed for three Cheyenne Frontier first-place finishers.

Lord is a familiar name in arenas  having won Rodeo Rapid City during the Black Hills Stock Show last winter and the 100th Black Hills Roundup in Belle Fourche, SD over the 4th of July.  He has focused on the local front that is resulting in a solid year for the cowboy who competes in steer wrestling and team roping.

Unlike some of his counterparts, Lord didn’t boycott the iconic rodeo – as other professional rodeo athletes did - because of a change to a controversial  tournament format for the first time in the 123 year history of the world’s largest outdoor rodeo.

In the past, there would be two go-rounds in each of the eight Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association-sanctioned events. Rodeo athletes with the top times and scores from those go-rounds would make the finals.

There was still go-rounds in some of the timed events, but those go-rounds – done in slack, or outside of the afternoon rodeos – were qualifiers for the top 40 rodeo athletes to make the eight regular performances.

The format change was criticized by some because it required more runs over an extended period of days, tiring horses and keeping competitors from making other points-earning PRCA rodeos because of having to stay longer in Cheyenne.  But the new format also brought more money to the pay-out.

Much has changed since Cheyenne held its first “Frontier Day” in 1897. But for Lord and others, the thrill of winning the gold buckle at Frontier Days will always be a lasting legacy.

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