NILE Rancher’s Day: Oct. 19 in Billings
Billings, MT–A day full of events to educate, entertain and enhance the experience for working ranchers at the NILE. Wednesday, October 19 is Rancher’s Day at the NILE.
Catch the Commercial Heifer Pen Show and take part in the Cattlemen’s Cut Judging Contest open to the public. For $10 try evaluating cattle alongside the professionals for a chance to win nearly a nearly $3,000 prize package. The Classic Pen Show has been an event at the NILE since the beginning. The show starts at 1 p.m. in the Heritage Building.
New this year is a low stress cattle handling demonstration presented by Dr. Ron Gill. Dr. Gill speaks and shows how to manage cattle at 2 p.m. in the F150 Ecoboost Show Ring in the ExpoCenter. Dr. Gill is from Texas A & M and is a professor and Extension livestock specialist for Texas AgriLife Extension. He assists in providing leadership to statewide programming efforts for Beef Safety and Quality Assurance programming.
The AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge shows off the American Quarter Horse in events derived from working ranches. Competitors bring their best for a chance at $15,000 prize money. The NRCHA Cow Horse Bash moves up to the Rimrock Auto Arena from the Super Barn for a combined show with the Ranching Heritage Challenge. Classes will alternate between the two associations for improved spectator enjoyment, and smoother transitions for exhibitors. The first Cow Horse Bash class begins at 7:30 a.m. and the first Ranching Heritage Challenge Class starts at 8:30 a.m.
In the Heritage Building on MetraPark the Texas Longhorn Cattle Show begins at 8 a.m. The show is reminiscent of the old cattle driving days–be reminded of the great stories, like Lonesome Dove droving from Texas to settle in beautiful Montana.
While in town do some shopping in the NILE Trading Post. Buy some boots and purchase some panels. Vendors offer a little bit of everything–so don’t be afraid to browse. Booths inside the cattle barn open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. October 15-22, in the Exhibit Hall (lower level of Rimrock Auto Arena) 10 a.m.-5 p.m. October 15-19 and 10-7 October 20-22. Trailer row in the Montana Pavilion is open 8 a.m.-5p.m. Ocotber 19-22. Booths are also set up in the courtyard. Plenty of food vendors also available all week to keep hungry stomachs at bay.
PRCA and WPRA slack is free and open to the public Wednesday evening in the Rimrock Auto Arena. Timed events start at 6 p.m. followed by barrel racing.
A day dedicated to ranchers and designed with everyone in mind. Visit the NILE for Rancher’s Day, Wednesday, October 19th!