July 16, 2013
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Cowboy Joe Mascot Introduced
Every cowboy needs a horse. In 1950, a nation of Cowboys got one - though it wasn't a horse they could ride. That was the year the iconic Cowboy Joe pony was introduced to the UW football program. Cowboy Joe I was a brown and white pinto Shetland pony donated by the Farthing family of Cheyenne and served as the UW mascot until 1965. Cowboy Joe II took over until 1981, followed by Cowboy Joe III, who served until the 1997 season. Cowboy Joe IV served through the 2011-12 season before being replaced by the current pony, Cowboy Joe V, before the 2012 season.
Cowboy Joe represents UW in parades around the region, appears in Tailgate Park on football game days and leads the band and team in the pre-game Cowboy Walk. Cowboy Joe's handlers are students in UW's College of Agriculture.
About the #120CowboyTough Countdown
The 2013 season will mark the 120th anniversary of Wyoming Cowboy Football. To commemorate that anniversary, we will be counting down some of the great memories and moments from Wyoming football history over the next eight weeks leading up to the Cowboys' season opener at Nebraska on Aug. 31.
The 2013 "Countdown to Kickoff" will take Wyoming fans through Cowboy Football history chronologically. The first week will highlight some of the memorable moments from the period from the first season in 1893 through the 1940s. Then each successive week, the countdown will recall great moments from the 1950s, `60s, 70s, 80, 90s, 2000s and the current decade.
Our countdown will only touch on some of the greatest moments, but we encourage you, the Wyoming fans, to share your favorite memories through the official University of Wyoming Athletics Twitter (@wyoathletics) and Facebook pages (Wyoming Cowboys). Fans are encouraged to use #120CowboyTough when sharing their memories.
Enjoy the countdown, and we look forward to seeing you in War Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 7 for the home opener versus the Idaho Vandals.
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