The Montana PRCA Pro Rodeo Circuit Finals!
The 35th Anniversary of the Montana Pro Rodeo Circuit Finals will be held at the Montana ExpoPark in Great Falls on January 10, 11 and 12, 2014. Tickets go one sale Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 11am at the Montana ExpoPark Box Office (406-727-1481) - OR ORDER HERE ONLINE! (beginning at 11am on December 7, 2013).
Circuit Finals Rodeo 2012 Results
MPRF Ranch Rodeo Ground Rules
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2013 Keith Peterson Lifetime Achievement Award
Duane Walker was very honored to be named the recipient of the 2013 Keith Peterson Lifetime Achievement Award because of what the award stands for and who it is named after. Duane stated that Dr. Keith Peterson dedicated so much time, energy and finances in putting together having a Sports Medicine team at the Montana Pro Rodeo Finals to which has truly made a difference for the contestants at the finals.
Duane was nominated by a close friend and colleague, Rick Griffin, Head Athletic Trainer for the Seattle Mariners and member of the Montana Pro Rodeo Sports Medicine team. Since the inception of the Montana Pro Rodeo Circuit Finals 34 years ago, Duane has served on the board as the Advertising Director and Secretary in helping establish the circuit. Duane dedicates many hours to the circuit each year in gathering up sponsors and creating the advertising logos to promote the finals.
As stated in Mr. Griffin’s nomination letter, “In 1981 and continuing to the present, Duane has been the person most responsible for the continued support of the Sports Medicine program that Dr. Keith Peterson started. Every year since, Duane helps arrange and organize not only the medical coverage but also works closely with the local EMT and Ambulance companies to make certain the contestants hare covered in case of serious injury. “
Duane is a tireless worker who goes about his duties in a way that does not bring attention to himself. Duane feels it very honoring to be in the company of the other recipients of the award.
Story by: Mariah Rys-Sikora, Miss Rodeo Montana
A mile long string of cars and pickups stretched out on Hwy 288, all going from Belt to Great Falls. All going home from yet another amazing Belt Rodeo. The truck behind me was anxious to pass me but, when he pulled into the other lane and saw how many cars were ahead of us, decided to be content behind my blue Dodge.
All these people had just witnessed one of Montana's finest rodeos. Finest meaning it truly was Montana. A little rodeo arena nestled next to the bluffs with grandstands every place there wasn't a roping box, bucking chutes, or a gate. The ground was full of little rocks but that did not stop the barrel racers from turning in sub 18 second runs. Small town jokes were made and I made my first appearance at Montana Professional Rodeo as Miss Rodeo Montana.
I could have not been more proud of my state at that rodeo. Little, Belt, Montana had managed to attract some the big names of Professional Rodeo . People who had been to the Wrangler National Finals and who had taken home the world title. People like Ciff Cooper, Wade Sundell, Stran Smith, and Montana's own Jesse Kruse all showed their faces and tipped their hats to the many rodeo fans who came to watch.
Even though there were big names and world champions competing, many Montana locals took home first place checks. Dakota Lewis and Gerald Eash both turned in 80 point rides in the bull riding and Brant Davis and Sam Levine roped horns and heels in 6 seconds for the win. Even with hard ground on the third barrel, Lindsay Karp of Missoula ran a time of 17.43 which was a comfortable three tenths faster than second place.
This Father's Day weekend rodeo had record breaking crowds Saturday night and gave away a pair of tickets to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Sunday afternoon. The winds were strong but the sun was shining and, really, what more could you ask of a Montana rodeo in early June.