Buskin Wilson won’t even consider most bulls until he’s seen them buck at least four or five rounds. Like a football coach recruiting athletes, the former professional bull rider scours Facebook pages and YouTube highlight reels, watching for performances he knows will sell at the Jackson Ho…

A steer breaks loose across the arena floor, and moments later a pair of ropers are on his trail. The lead, or header, throws his rope around the steer’s head, turning him slightly so the trail, or heeler, is able to cinch the animal’s hind legs.

Back in 1993 a newspaper reporter in Jackson asked local teenage rodeo star Jason Wheeldon about his idols in the sport.

Lee Judge and her partner in crime Pam Carter refer to themselves as “the unsung heroes of the rodeo,” and as the crew that provides libations at the popular Wednesday night beer stand, they just might be.

When the Jackson Hole Cutter races shut down three years ago, the local Shriners weren’t sure how their organization would continue to fundraise. Then the Wilson family, which runs the Jackson Hole Rodeo every summer, reached out, offering to donate all of the proceeds from two late-season s…