Bozeman to hold NRA rodeo in August
After being absent from the Gallatin County fairgrounds events schedule for decades, a major rodeo is coming the Bozeman, MT facility August 6-7.
Produced by Jacobs Livestock Rodeo of Great Falls, MT, the two-day NRA event is being staged by the Bozeman Stampede, LLC, as a way to showcase the community’s western heritage and the region’s traditional ranching roots.
The sanctioned rodeo is being spearheaded by Mike Hope, Aaron Odegard, Vance Ruff, Ryan Elliott and Tony Kaber.
Net proceeds will go to the non-profit Bridger Mountain High School Rodeo Association, the MSU Rodeo club and 4-H programs in Gallatin County.
“We wanted to bring money into the community and help to bring the community together,” Odegard said. “We decided to go non-profit to help build both rodeo programs and our western lifestyle in the region.”
The organizers said the old Bozeman Roundup was once one of the largest rodeos in the state in the 1940s and 1950s. The goal is to build it into a big event again during the next five to ten years.
Hope said the community support has been “unbelievable” with almost $40,000 in sponsorships obtained so far.
“We want to bring this heritage back to Bozeman because agriculture and this lifestyle is still what this state is all about,” Hope said. “Agriculture is still the largest industry in Montana.”
Organizers said they would have liked to us the title “Bozeman Roundup,” but it is being used by the ranch rodeo that is held in conjunction with the Gallatin County Fair in July.
Dick Lyman, who manages Jacobs Livestock Rodeo for his step-father, Don Jacobs, said he was excited about the progress made by the organizing committee.
With $1,500 added money in each event, except for the junior categories, Lyman said the entries should be large.
“With the good grass and cool weather, the roughstock is fat and feeling good and wants to buck,” Lyman said.
Altogether, about 20 head of stock that has been to the NRA finals will be at the rodeo, Lyman said. The roster includes six bulls with PBR outs on them, seven saddle broncs with NRA finals experience and six bareback horses that have been to the Finals, according to Lyman.
A majority of the roughstock horses have been raised on the Jacobs ranch to the north of Great Falls, MT.
Lyman said Andy Bolich and Michael Beattie are scheduled to be the pickup men. Larry Lorang and Vance Ruff are running the announcer’s microphone.
The rodeo being held in the Anderson outdoor arena and is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. each evening. Slack is scheduled for Saturday morning.
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