Bucking Tradition 

Montana's rich rodeo culture goes beyond just an eight second ride

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click to enlarge Riker Carter of Stone, Idaho, waits for his bull riding event at the 112th annual Fourth of July rodeo in Arlee. Carter was one of 114 entrants in the rodeo’s nine events. - PHOTO BY ANNE MEDLEY
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  • Riker Carter of Stone, Idaho, waits for his bull riding event at the 112th annual Fourth of July rodeo in Arlee. Carter was one of 114 entrants in the rodeo’s nine events.



click to enlarge Ty Tescher, of Sidney, netted $655.50 when he took first place in the bull riding competition at the Drummond Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) rodeo despite suffering a broken wrist the night before during a competition in Wolf Point. - PHOTO BY ANNE MEDLEY
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  • Ty Tescher, of Sidney, netted $655.50 when he took first place in the bull riding competition at the Drummond Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) rodeo despite suffering a broken wrist the night before during a competition in Wolf Point.



click to enlarge Crowned Miss Teen Rodeo Montana in January 2010, Libby Gurnett, 18, of Helena, is a sixth-generation Montanan spending the year acting as an ambassador for pro rodeo and all things Western. - PHOTO BY ANNE MEDLEY
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  • Crowned Miss Teen Rodeo Montana in January 2010, Libby Gurnett, 18, of Helena, is a sixth-generation Montanan spending the year acting as an ambassador for pro rodeo and all things Western.



click to enlarge Dilbert High, 78, has been handling rodeo stock and running the calf chutes for Kesler Rodeo for the past 17 years. He’s quick to point out his claim to fame: making $8,000 for being featured as a Marlboro cowboy in an ad campaign years ago. - PHOTO BY ANNE MEDLEY
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  • Dilbert High, 78, has been handling rodeo stock and running the calf chutes for Kesler Rodeo for the past 17 years. He’s quick to point out his claim to fame: making $8,000 for being featured as a Marlboro cowboy in an ad campaign years ago.



click to enlarge A bareback rider hangs on during the opening event at the 68th annual Drummond PRCA rodeo on July 11. JR Vezain, an 18-year-old from Cowley, Wyo., won the event and a $471 prize. - PHOTO BY ANNE MEDLEY
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  • A bareback rider hangs on during the opening event at the 68th annual Drummond PRCA rodeo on July 11. JR Vezain, an 18-year-old from Cowley, Wyo., won the event and a $471 prize.



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