SD man wins Battle of the Broncs

Other events held in conjunction with the futurity finals included: a barrel racing, celebrity team roping a wife-carrying contest, a silent auction and dance. Courtesy photo

Over 2,000 fans enjoyed the World Class Bucking Horse Association, Inc. Battle of the Broncs Finals on Oct 20, 2012 in Kalispell, MT. This event, featuring some of the best four- and five-year-old saddle bronc horses in North America is the first of its kind, said Bob Pecora, Executive Director of the organization. Surely some of the future world champion bucking horses could be seen bucking, jumping and twisting in arenas throughout the Northwest during the summer-long series.

The contractors/breeders and cowboys attended events throughout the season to qualify for the Finals. The qualifying matches were held in Riverton, WY, Whitehall, MT, Jordan, MT, Sidney, MT, Belt, Mt, Kildeer, ND and Roundup, MT.

Throughout the season the contractors/breeders’ goal was for their horses to win the top Remuda award at each event, which is the contractor/ breeder who has the highest combined score on three horses. The horses are judged individually and the three horses’ scores are added to determine top Remuda. The Association kept stats on each horse and invited the top horses back for the finals event. The cowboys competed against each other to qualify for the Finals as well.

At the finals, the horses as well as the cowboys were judged by a team of six judges: Larry Jordan, Pray, MT, Larry Sandvick, Kaycee, WY, Jake Hayworth, Saint Anthony, ID, Wally Badget, Miles City, MT, Ryan Mapston, Belt, MT, Dustin Thompson,
Calgary, BC.

According to Pecora these horses and cowboys are the best of the best. In addition to $25,000 added money, the bronc riders paid $150 each as if to say “I can ride that bronc” and the contractors/breeders anteed up $300 per horse saying “I don’t think so.” A true match of wills. Many well-known retired bronc riders showed up to watch. The energy in the crowd and the arena was phenomenal said Pecora.

“This is the start of something new in the West,” said Pecora. “The crowd thoroughly enjoys watching this caliber of horses and cowboys go at it.”

In addition to the money won by the bronc riders, WCBHA raised $3,800 from calcutta proceeds and silent auction for James Irish, Missoula, MT, who sustained a serious injury at the Jordan, MT, event and is scheduled for surgery on his neck in November.

Other events held along with the futurity finals included: CHS Fast and Furious barrel racing, celebrity team roping sponsored by Frontier Builders of Whitefish, a wife-carrying contest sponsored by Kalispell Convention & Visitors Bureau, a silent auction and dance following the event with the Kayla Adams Band.

For more information, contact Bob Pecora at (406) 291-4085 or go to the website

World Class Bucking Horse Association is a 501-3C non-profit organization. Their goals are to create a scholarship program for students interested in rodeo, give buck¬ing horse breeders an avenue to show off their breeding programs and to allow the public to see these outstanding horses and follow them throughout their careers.


High Point Horses

1st MX Bar Ranch/David McDonald, Lac La Biche, ALB, $6,966

2nd D&H Cattle Co/Franzens, Riverton, WY

3rd Wildman Rodeo/Steve Waagen,
Bottineau, ND

4th/5th Powder River Rodeo, Riverton, WY

4th/5th Flying 5 Rodeo, Pomeroy, WA

6th Frank Wyzykoski, Eckville, ALB

7th Wildman Rodeo/Steve Waagen


•Long Go

1st Jake Costello, Newell, SD, $2,176

2nd Chazz Recine, Browning, MT

3rd Brian Dawson, Wisdom, MT

4th JC DeSaveur, Roberts, MT

•Short Go

1st Chase Brooks, Deer Lodge, MT, $1,088

2nd Jesse Kruse, Great Falls, MT

3rd Blaze Hamaker, Centennial, WY

4th Jake Costello


1st Jake Costello – 162.5 on 2, $2,176

2nd Chase Brooks

3rd Jesse Kruse

4th/5th Blaze Hamaker

4th/5th Brian Dawson, Wisdom, MT F