Chris LeDoux statue comes to Wyoming
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
– A life size and a half bronze statue celebrating the life of Chris LeDoux, titled "Good Ride Cowboy," by sculptor D. Michael Thomas, will be unveiled on June 19 during the dedication of Chris LeDoux Park in Kaycee, Wyo.
The statue, which sits atop a guitar shaped base, is of LeDoux riding the horse Stormy Weather, which earned the former rodeo cowboy a world championship. The event and activities surrounding the dedication is free and open to the public.
The Chris LeDoux Park is a dream LeDoux had for the community. He wanted a place in Kaycee for people to be able to go to rest and reflect. There is a unique walkway that leads in to the park where the sculpture is - the walkway has LeDoux's actual boot prints leading people in to the park and the boot prints fade as you get closer to the sculpture.
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