Hanging around the Cowboy State, you might notice the silhouette of a bucking horse and rider on our shirts, cars, license plates, Wyoming memorabilia and much more. We lovingly refer to this symbol as Steamboat. The horse on this iconic Wyoming emblem is designed after a famous bucking rodeo horse named Steamboat. Born in 1896, he was deemed the “horse that couldn’t be ridden.” Steamboat is said to have been stubborn, contrary and energetic, further endearing him as a mascot of the state whose residents pride themselves on their grit and tenacity. Steamboat’s rodeo roots are cause for even more admiration in Wyoming, where rodeo is the official state sport.
The rider was designed after famous Lander cowboy Albert “Stub” Farlow. Together, Steamboat and Stub became the symbol on Wyoming’s license plate and would go on to further represent the University of Wyoming and the state’s cowboy way of life.
Today, Steamboat is found across Wyoming in all aspects of life. His silhouette is instantly known among state residents and provides a silent bond. If you have a chance to visit Wyoming, it won’t take you long to find a souvenir featuring Steamboat to bring home with you.
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