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Cheyenne Trotters Coming to Fort Robinson State Park

CRAWFORD, Neb. — The Cheyenne Trotters, a group of skilled horse enthusiasts who specialize in cavalry demonstrations, parades and drill team performances, will entertain audiences during a series of appearances at Fort Robinson State Park in August.

Drill performances are set for Thursday, Aug. 11, prior to the fort’s weekly rodeo at 7 p.m., and Saturday, Aug. 13, at 7 p.m., also at the rodeo arena. Cavalry performances will be Friday-Sunday, Aug. 12-14, on the park’s parade grounds at 10 a.m. each day.

The demonstrations require a high level of horsemanship of the men and women who make up the Wyoming group of eight to 12 riders. The drill performance tasks the riders and horses to gallop through an intricate pattern with impeccable timing and spacing. The cavalry routine, which has historic military origins appropriate to Fort Robinson’s history as a U.S. Cavalry post, features the horses and riders responding to spontaneous voice commands of a drillmaster as they ride at a brisk trot.

The performances are open to the public free of charge but a Nebraska park entry permit is required for vehicles entering Fort Robinson.  The permits are available online at outdoornebraska.org, the park’s headquarters or from vendors throughout the state.

About Justin Haag

Justin Haag has served the Commission as a public information officer in the Panhandle since 2013. His duties include serving as regional editor for NEBRASKAland Magazine. Haag was raised in southwestern Nebraska, where he developed a love for fishing, hunting and other outdoor pursuits. After earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Chadron State College in 1996, he worked four years as an editor and reporter at newspapers in Chadron and McCook. Prior to joining the Commission in 2013, he worked 12 years as a communicator at Chadron State, serving as the institution’s media and public relations coordinator the last five. He and his wife, Cricket, live in Chadron, and have two children.

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