Western Experience

The newest attraction at Cheyenne Frontier Days™ offers unique Western experiences. See the incredible bond that develops between man & horse as horsemen work with horses off the range preparing them for adoption.

Do you have what it takes to be a Barrel Racer or Bronc Rider?  Test your skills at the Rodeo Zone Tech exhibit, where Rodeo Meets Robotics! Initially developed as practice equipment to train rodeo athletes on proper form and safe practices for the sport of rodeo.  Fun for the entire family!

Hansen Wheel WrightDoug Hansen, founder & owner/operator of Hansen Wheel & Wagon Shop established in 1978.  He has worked as a wainwright and wheelwright since that time, specializing in the building and restoring of heavy wagons and wheels.  Doug has made a point of researching and studying the original, authentic vehicles and performs all his work with special attention to following the original design and detail – to produce only authentic, quality workmanship.

His fascination with horse drawn vehicles brought about self-study of their designs and qualities.  He truly believes that traditional wagon making and its methods are his connection with the original artisans of the past, and his inspiration comes from the study of their work.

Doug’s primary interest is in the realm of the western vehicles that traveled across the prairies of Dakota Territory, as well as the heavy commercial vehicles that kept our nation supplied. Iconic  American vehicles such as stagecoaches, chuck wagons, freight wagons, and hitch wagons combine to make up his largest area of study.

Examples and contributions of Doug’s work can be found in private collections, museums & corporate holdings.  His company and its products have been featured in numerous articles, films and have been displayed nationally and internationally.

Doug’s reputation and experience has led to consulting work, evaluations, workshops, and speaking engagements, that he enjoys doing all across the country.

Doug will demonstrate the art of the wheelwright, from tenoning and shaping spokes to, joining felloes and setting tires.

Blacksmithing goes hand in hand with the wheelwright process and the art of shaping hot iron with the forge and anvil with be demonstrated.

The Art of the Wheelwright Hansen Wheel & Wagon Shop Wheelwright Exhibit booth will be open daily from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Doug Hansen Presenting Daily Demonstrations —

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. on July 22-29, 2017

AM Experience logoThe America’s Mustang Experience is a 40 ft. interactive trailer filled with videos and information about our mustangs and the public lands on which they live. The Experience includes a virtual reality video station where you can stand face to face with VR wild mustangs to see, hear and experience their habits both on-range and in off-range corrals. Come learn about your mustangs and celebrate this symbol of the American spirit. YOUR LAND. YOUR HORSE.





The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Wyoming Wild Horse and Burro Program and Cheyenne Frontier Days (CFD) have had a long relationship. That relationship has blossomed and expanded over the past several years, with a new emphasis and effort which began in 2016.

For 2017 CFD, BLM WY, Mustang Heritage Foundation (MHF) and Mantle Ranch Wild Horse and Burro Training Facility are going to present approximately 20 wild horses and burros for adoption.  The Mantle’s and Madison Shamburg (Mustang Maddy) will be doing daily training demonstrations for the public. These demonstrations will give the public the chance to see what it takes to start a wild horse or burro.

Every year for CFD the horses that are offered for adoption are provided and trained by the Mantle Family. They have been training and gentling wild horses for the BLM in Wheatland Wyoming since 1998. The Mantle’s have placed over 1000 head of horses into qualified adopters homes throughout the years contracting with BLM.  Their training demos are fun and very informative.  They adapt to every horse’s needs and explain every step.

Mustang Maddy has made it her life’s mission to promote and showcase the Mustang while raising awareness of America’s wild horses. Madison crisscrosses the country to educate horsemen and women about her “Five Golden Rules” that shape her interaction and training with horses of all kinds. Using Madison’s method, horse lovers can enjoy stronger relationships with their horses for recreation and performance. Maddy is also Mustang Magic 2017 Champion, and she trains not only Mustangs but also zebras too!

BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program information booth
will be open daily from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

— Daily Demonstrations
July 21-30 from 10 a.m. to noon and 4-6 p.m.

— Live Auction on July 28
4- 4:30 p.m. Preview of the horses.
4:30 p.m. talks about BLM WH&B Program
5 p.m. Auction begins (5 minutes per horse)

— New adopter gets to know their animals/load out
July 29 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Any horses not adopted during the event will be available for adoption, by appointment, at the Mantle Wild Horse Adoption and Training Facility. For more information about the BLM adoptions during Cheyenne Frontier Days™, please contact BLM Wild Horse Specialist June Wendlandt at (307)690-9069.