Border War 2017: Pistol and Pete played their part

Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station Haflinger draft horses Pistol and Pete took on the mantle of tradition during the 2017 Border War lead-up to the Wyoming-Colorado State University football game in Laramie November 3.

Pistol and Pete (and Pistol Pete) were on hand at the Wyoming-Colorado border when the Army ROTC detachment from CSU arrived after running the game ball up US 287 from Fort Collins. With Travis Smith at the reins, they accompanied ball-carrier Ethan Hall and the rest of the UW ROTC cadets over the hill to Laramie.

That evening in the parade through town, the pair transported the coveted Bronze Boot trophy, arriving at War Memorial Stadium as dusk – and doom for CSU – settled in.

Photos: Chavawn Kelley, Luke Case

PIstol and Pete wait at the Wyoming-Colorado border with UW students on horses and three US army soldiers.Pistol and Pete lead the ROTC cadets to Wyoming.ROTC cadets and Pistol and Pete on side of road traveling back to Wyoming.ROTC cadets lead Pistol Pete mascot followed by Pistol and Pete on side of road.US army solider on black horse next to Pistol and Pete's red wagon.UW ROTC cadets standing in formation.US Army soldier holding football and standing between Pistol and Pete.Four UW students in brown shirts on brown horses.UW cadets wearing football jerseys over their fatigues.Pistol and Pete pulling the wagon and the bronze boot through residential area of Laramie.Pistol and Pete with drivers showing off the bronze boot.Pistol and Pete and wagon in parking lot of football stadium.