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Chaps New Programs

Alphabet Soup Services is a new program that CHAPS Equine Assisted Services, is offering for the community.

On June 12th, Kirsten Marcus, Executive Director at CHAPS talked about the program “Today is a mock session for a new program that we just got funded from Hughes Charitable Foundation out of Jackson.” She said that the goal of the program is to help those who serve, hoping to give them some connections and give them inspiration to help them keep serving, through the connection with the horses.

Kristen said that one program in Minnesota has been very well received but the biggest challenge, and it will be their challenge as well, is getting these folks to come out and give it a try.

One participant in the program was Roger Ouellette, retired military, firefighter and police, as well as a volunteer at CHAPS. “I think once the word gets out it will be okay, but it is hard to get past the stigma of asking for help.


VA Turns 100 Years Old

On Saturday, Oct. 1, the community was invited to celebrate the Sheridan VA’s 100th anniversary of health care and community partnerships.

According to the news release “the Sheridan VA Medical Center has cared for Veterans for 100 years, a milestone that wouldn’t be possible without the community we serve them in.”

The fort itself and most of the buildings are older, they were built in 1899.

In the early 1900s, congress began consolidating the forts and moving the soldiers into larger population centers. The buildings were practically new, and several attempts were made to repurposed it, including the idea of a military school, but none were really successful until after the first World War, when it became a Veteran’s Hospital.

The actual date of the opening of the hospital was in May of 1922, and the first patients came in on June 22.

Cassiday Nominated

Liz Cassiday, Executive Director at the Sheridan YMCA, was one of the nominees for the Wyoming Business Report 2022 Women of Influence in the non-profit category.

In 2021 Jennie Gordon, First Lady of Wyoming was honored for her Wyoming Hunger Initiative. Cassiday said that she is appreciative someone sees that their work is really in the trenches.

WYO Film Fest Movie features Ranchester girl

One movie included in the fest was titled, Nowhere Man and a Whiskey Girl, about a band by the same name that performed around Bisbee, Arizona. “Whiskey Girl” Amy Lopez was born in Billings, Montana, and her family lived in Ranchester where she attended Tongue River Schools. She met and married “Nowhere Man” Derrick Ross and they were together for several years. Singing and playing around Bisbee, Arizona. And then the music stopped….

Joe Martin, of shoplifter studios, Tampa, Florida, was at the Film Fest and talked about Nowhere Man and a Whiskey Girl.


Buffalo Man #1 Bareback Rider

Cole Reiner, Buffalo native and graduate of Buffalo High School, was ranked #1 Bareback Bronc Rider in the World. Reiner rode in the National Finals Rodeo December 1-10 in Las Vegas.

Reiner, 23, started riding broncs in 2016, when he was 17. He attended Sheridan college for a year and then Casper college for a year, now he’s riding in rodeos full-time.

He added that one of the highlights was last year:

He enjoys the life. “Just being able to go out and ride bucking horses and call that your job is very special,” he said.


Black Tie” named Bucking Horse of the Year

The Sankey Pro Rodeo stock contracting company has been the stock contractor for the Sheridan WYO Rodeo since 1994.

Several of their animals have been named PRCA bucking stock of the year. This year Black Tie, a horse that also won at the Sheridan WYO Rodeo in 2022, was named bucking horse of the year at the 2022 National Finals Rodeo.

Sankey said the horses win when the cowboy wins, and a cowboy making a good ride on one of his horses is very rewarding. When you watch a rodeo, remember that these animals are just as much professional athletes as the cowboys are.

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