GREAT FALLS, Mont. – In conjunction with the 40th Annual Montana PRCA Pro Rodeo Circuit Finals, the North 40 Ranch Rodeo will be held Saturday, Jan. 12 at 10:30 a.m. in the Montana Expo Park Four Seasons Arena. The third annual Ranch Rodeo features teams of true ranch cowboys from across Montana participating in events inspired by daily ranch work chores: ranch bronc riding, team sorting, team branding and team doctoring.

“This is the real deal, from breaking a colt to doctoring a calf on the prairie to sorting cattle out of a pen,” said organizer Jack Stensland.

Ten teams of four participate in the event. Prize money will be awarded to the top three teams. Prizes for “Top Hand” and “Top Horse” will be awarded.

“There’s nothing wrong with cowboys at the pro rodeo, but these guys do it for a living,” he said. “It’s a little ranchier; they’re not going to tie a calf in 8 seconds, but watching them get the job done is a lot of times more fun.”

Tickets are $10 at the door.

The event was started to give families an affordable alternative during Finals week.

“At $10 per person, it’s reasonable for a family to come,” Stensland said. “It only lasts a couple of hours and to watch the ranch horses and ranch hands at work is pretty fun.”

It’s that kind of authenticity that draws the crowds, he said.

“It gets a little more Western, a little more cowboy,” he said. “These are professional cowboys: it’s what they do for a living.”

For more information, contact Jack Stensland by email at 4sll@nemont.net or call (406) 392-5595.

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