Don King Brings Crowds to Equestrian Center

Crowds gathered at the Big Horn Equestrian Center Sunday for the first day of Don King Days. (Photo by Pat Blair0

Tents and chairs covered the grounds around the Big Horn Equestrian Center clubhouse Sunday, and cars were lined up at the entrance to the center as hundreds of people came out for this year's Don King Days.

An annual event since 1988, the two-day celebration continues through Monday. Cecile Pattison, who's one of the event's organizers, said over 1,000 people each day usually come out to the center just outside Big Horn.

Polo games start the activities each day at 11 a.m., and that's followed by the Wyoming Steer Roping finals and match bronc riding.

Pattison talked about how Don King Days got started.

Among those at the equestrian center as Don King Days was getting underway Sunday was Sheridan County Commissioner Tom Ringley. Ringley said he's an emeritus member of the Don King Days organizers and has been for many years.

Cowboy polo was also among Sunday's activities, and on Sunday night, Paul Bogart provided music at the clubhouse. Pattison said Bogart will also perform Monday night. She said Bogart is kind of a staple, having provided music at Don King Days for quite a few years.

A polo match started the action Sunday, and will kick off the celebration again Monday. (Photo by Pat Blair)
With the rider on board, a bronc is turned loose in Sunday's bronc riding event. (Photo by Pat Blair)
One of the more than 20 vendors on the grounds. (Photo by Pat Blair)