Ranch Rodeo in Custer, MT: June 20
June 18, 2015
Ranch rodeo in Custer, Mont. celebrates competition derived from working on the range June 20, 2015.
The 9th annual Custer Ranch Rodeo packs a ranch rodeo experience into Saturday at the Custer Arena, two miles north of the town of Custer.
The day starts at 9 a.m. with a ranch horse competition to show off the cowboy's most important partner–their horse. At 1 p.m. youth contestants under the age of fifteen compete in A Short Ranch Rodeo.
At 2 p.m. the Custer Ranch Rodeo kicks off. Teams are comprised of three cowboys and one cowgirl who will battle it out to determine who is the best in branding, penning, doctoring, wild cow milking, and trailer racing.
A Calcutta will take place prior to the rodeo for an opportunity to put money down on the best team.
The teams entered are:
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Bob Lile of Pompey's Pillar
Brad Mitchell of Hardin
Brett Marshall of Lodge Grass
Chad Fink of Hysham
Dale Sargent of Shawmut
Nate Roskelley of Sumatra
Sam Redding of Hardin
Toby Abel of Custer
Wes Sargent of Shawmut
Will Croft of Hardin
Immediately following, bronc riders will battle it out in the Stockman Bank Open Ranch Bronc Riding, and cowgirls compete in the Open Ranch Gal Race.
Keeping the ranching tradition alive a brisket dinner will be served at 4 p.m. by the Custer FFA chapter. The Ranch Rodeo costs $5 for adults and free for children.
The Custer Ranch Rodeo has given over $20,000 to the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center. As well as approximately $11,000 to the rebuilding of the Custer Arena.
The winning team from this rodeo will be qualified to compete in the NILE Ranch Rodeo Finals Oct. 14 during Rancher's Day at the NILE. This is a big incentive for many of the competitors because the venue is large, indoor, and has instant replay on big screens. More enticingly, the winner from the NILE Ranch Rodeo is eligible to compete at the Working Ranch Cowboys Association World Championship Ranch Rodeo in Amarillo, Texas.
The NILE is proud to have the Custer Ranch Rodeo as one of sanctioning partner because they too work to preserve and embrace the western lifestyle.