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Montana: J.R. Vezain returns all-around title to roughstock end of arena in Great Falls

GREAT FALLS, MT – J.R. Vezain graduated from high school in Wyoming, goes to college in Texas and is now the top cowboy in Montana.

He took his very big talent to Big Sky Country and claimed the biggest prize.

Vezain, 18, emerged from the Jan. 14-16 Dodge Montana Circuit Finals Rodeo with the year-end all-around and bareback riding championships, the first roughstock cowboy to claim the Montana all-around title since Bob Schall in 1993.

“I picked the Montana Circuit for a reason,” Vezain told the Great Falls Tribune. “I’ve spent summers in Montana for a lot of years, and I have a lot of friends and family up here. This is like my backyard.”

There was little reason to question Vezain’s comfort level after he completed his double-buckle parlay in Four Seasons Arena. He won the first round of the bareback riding, placed in all three rounds and finished second in the average by two points to Justin Miller (237-235).

With a third-round check in the bull riding, Vezain finished his season with total earnings of $19,690 in Montana Circuit competition, narrowly holding off timed-event hand Brett Fleming by $650.

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“I’d been kind of struggling with the bull riding,” Vezain said. “I just wanted to show the folks why we won the all-around, bring it back to the roughstock end right there. That sealed the deal for me.”

Billings native Ryan Siemsen was the rodeo’s all-around champion after pulling off a double win at the Four Seasons. He paired with heeler Ross Carson of Shepherd, MT, to win the three-head average in the team roping (30.2 seconds), and he also won the average in the tie-down roping (30.6 seconds).

The other Dodge Montana Circuit Finals Rodeo champions were steer wrestler Jabe Anderson (21.1 seconds on three head), saddle bronc rider Jesse Kruse (237 points on three head), bull rider Beau Hill (167 points on two head) and barrel racer Lindsay Karp (39.56 seconds on three runs).

GREAT FALLS, MT – J.R. Vezain graduated from high school in Wyoming, goes to college in Texas and is now the top cowboy in Montana.

He took his very big talent to Big Sky Country and claimed the biggest prize.

Vezain, 18, emerged from the Jan. 14-16 Dodge Montana Circuit Finals Rodeo with the year-end all-around and bareback riding championships, the first roughstock cowboy to claim the Montana all-around title since Bob Schall in 1993.

“I picked the Montana Circuit for a reason,” Vezain told the Great Falls Tribune. “I’ve spent summers in Montana for a lot of years, and I have a lot of friends and family up here. This is like my backyard.”

There was little reason to question Vezain’s comfort level after he completed his double-buckle parlay in Four Seasons Arena. He won the first round of the bareback riding, placed in all three rounds and finished second in the average by two points to Justin Miller (237-235).

With a third-round check in the bull riding, Vezain finished his season with total earnings of $19,690 in Montana Circuit competition, narrowly holding off timed-event hand Brett Fleming by $650.

“I’d been kind of struggling with the bull riding,” Vezain said. “I just wanted to show the folks why we won the all-around, bring it back to the roughstock end right there. That sealed the deal for me.”

Billings native Ryan Siemsen was the rodeo’s all-around champion after pulling off a double win at the Four Seasons. He paired with heeler Ross Carson of Shepherd, MT, to win the three-head average in the team roping (30.2 seconds), and he also won the average in the tie-down roping (30.6 seconds).

The other Dodge Montana Circuit Finals Rodeo champions were steer wrestler Jabe Anderson (21.1 seconds on three head), saddle bronc rider Jesse Kruse (237 points on three head), bull rider Beau Hill (167 points on two head) and barrel racer Lindsay Karp (39.56 seconds on three runs).

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