Photo by Paul Rentz of Corvallis, Oregon, 1996 Benton County Fair
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7/25/2007: CHEYENNE - The ties between Cheyenne Frontier Days and popular country musician and former bareback rider Chris LeDoux became even more tightly knotted Tuesday.
Not long after dismounting bareback horse Bear Sign, Beau LeDoux reached into his shirt pocket, pulled out a small bag of his father's ashes and poured them on the arena floor.
The plan had been in the works for two years, but the 24-year-old had been injured and unable to compete in the past two CFD rodeos. LeDoux posted an 81-point ride Tuesday to tie for third in the second go-round. He recorded a 70 on Monday.
It was something my family and I thought would be right to do because this was such a special rodeo to him," Beau LeDoux said. "This has always been a special rodeo in my family. My dad rode here and came close to winning here a couple of times. -- Wyoming News
4/2006: I am so saddened by the loss of Chris LeDoux that even a year later, I find it hard to write anything here. I am just a fan and only met him briefly after a couple of his concerts, but I felt like I knew him from listening to his music, going to his concerts, spending so much time on this site reading all of the wonderful stories you all have written here. All the stories that have ever been left about him are such positive, wonderful tributes to a wonderful cowboy gentleman who enriched all of our lives with his example and his music. Thank you all for continuing to enter your stories here about Chris. God Bless Chris's family, friends, and fans. --Janet
3/9/2005: Chris LeDoux has passed away after a battle with cancer -- Yahoo News Stories
"When he blasts onto a stage, it's with the same furious tension as when the chutes used to open for him on a bucking bronc. When he writes songs, he writes and sings about cowboys, rodeos, and wide open spaces. He writes about dusty cowboy hats, worn-out boots, wild horses, lonesome roads, and storm clouds above the timber line. His music is about a world many have only seen in movies and others believe lost to history. He writes about what he knows. He's the real thing, a world champion rodeo rider and a world class entertainer." 1994 American Cowboy Collection
...If they ever saw a sunrise on a mountain morning
I got peace of mind and elbow room
Chris LeDoux, Western Skies