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Cowboys to wear new bucking horse logo helmet this year

Jul 28, 2013 - From staff reports

There is some disagreement as to the horse and rider depicted in the famed silhouette, which appears on all Wyoming Cowboy uniforms.

LARAMIE -- The year was 1965, and the director of the Wyoming state travel commission, Frank Norris, Jr., had a suggestion. Why not feature the iconic bucking horse logo, already present on the state's license plates, on the University of Wyoming football helmets?

The very next year, the UW headgear featured one of the nation's most distinctive logos, the profile of a cowboy riding a bucking horse.

It wasn't new to UW, however -- this symbol has been a part of the Athletics Department since the early 1920s, when equipment manager Deane Hunton traced a photo of Guy Holt atop a world-famous bucking horse named Steamboat at the Albany County Fairgrounds in 1903.

The horse was born on a ranch in the Laramie area in 1901, and is regarded as one of the greatest bucking horses ever.

Hunton had the image made into a logo utilized by UW athletic teams.

In later years, the athletics logo was altered to more closely resemble the logo on the state's license plates, which was a depiction of another horse and rider.

That design was developed in 1935 by then-Secretary of State Lester C. Hunt, who later became governor of Wyoming and a U.S. Senator.

The horse and rider on the license plates differs from the Steamboat image.

For the plates, Hunt used a photo of a Fremont County rider named Stub Farlow, and a horse called Deadman, which belonged to the Jackson Hole Frontier Association.

The bucking horse and rider first appeared on the Wyoming license plate in 1936.

While there are differing opinions on exactly which horse and rider is depicted on all of UW's athletic uniforms today, it is the symbol that is important.

The bucking horse and rider represents the toughness, and the never-say-die spirit that is Wyoming.

A statue honoring the symbol called "Fanning a Twister" was erected at the north entrance of UW's athletics facilities in 1991.

The 2013 season will mark the 120th anniversary of Wyoming Cowboy Football. To commemorate that anniversary, the Cowboys will wear a redesigned helmet that combines the bucking horse logo and the Great Seal of the State of Wyoming in a new color scheme.

Wyoming's season opener at Nebraska is on Saturday, Aug. 31.

The home opener versus the Idaho Vandals is Saturday, Sept. 7.

2013 Wyoming

Football Schedule

Date - Opponent (Special Events)

Time (M.T.) - Television

- Sat., Aug. 31 - at Nebraska - 6 p.m. - Big Ten Network

- Sat., Sept. 7 - IDAHO (Hall of Fame/Celebrate Energy/Buddy Walk/Campus Pass) - 2 p.m. - ROOT SPORTS

- Sat., Sept. 14 - NORTHERN COLORADO (Ag Day/Fan Fest/Youth Day) - 2 p.m. - TBA#

- Sat., Sept. 21 - at Air Force* - TBA - ESPN Networks

- Sat., Sept. 28 - at Texas State - 5 p.m. - TBA#

- Sat., Oct. 5 - OPEN

- Sat., Oct. 12 - NEW MEXICO* (Homecoming/Band Day) - 1:30 p.m. - ROOT SPORTS

- Sat., Oct. 19 - COLORADO STATE* (Border War) - Noon - ROOT SPORTS

- Sat., Oct. 26 - at San Jose State* - 5 p.m. - ROOT SPORTS

- Sat., Nov. 2 - OPEN

- Sat., Nov. 9 - FRESNO STATE* (Military Appreciation Day) - 1 p.m. - Mountain West Network

- Sat., Nov. 16 - at Boise State* - TBA - ESPN Networks

- Sat., Nov. 23 - HAWAII* (Family Day/Senior Day) - Noon - Time Warner Oceanic PPV

- Sat., Nov. 30 - at Utah State* - Noon - ROOT SPORTS

- Sat., Dec. 7 - Inaugural Mountain West Championship Game +

All game times listed are Mountain Time

*Indicates Mountain West Conference games

#Remaining television coverage may be announced at future dates

+The inaugural Mountain West Football Championship Game will be played at the home stadium of the divisional champion with the highest BCS ranking.

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