69th Annual Miles City Bucking Horse Sale and Drawing

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With a nod of the head, a bucking horse slings himself out of the chute as spurs reach for his shoulders. He takes one big jump to the left, ducks his head and bucks back to the right. The cowboy slumps into the dirt at his feet to the left, before jumping up and retrieving his hat. The pickup men lope up, grab the hack rein and release the flank strap before sending him into the alley, where the saddle will be removed and the bronc can return to his pen to quietly sit and munch hay. His work for the day is complete.

This will be a common occurrence at the 69th Annual World Famous Miles City Bucking Horse Sale, May 16 through 19 in Montana.

The Mother’s Day Horse Races are this Sunday at 1 p.m., then the rest of the events begin later in the week, starting with the March Bronc Ride Calcutta at the Bison Bar Wednesday night, May 15. Aaron Watson and Faren Rachels will be in concert Thursday night, then Friday begins the first full day of activities and events.

The Trade Show opens at 3 p.m. Friday at the Fairgrounds, and the Rodeo Grand Entry is at 5:30 p.m., followed closely behind by the wild horse race, bucking bull sale, mutton busting, wild horse race, ranch bronc ride, then street dance at 8:30 p.m. Phew! It’s going to be a jam-packed Friday night!

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Saturday will start with the Range Riders Museum Breakfast bright and early at 6 p.m., then the BHS Parade will commence at 9 a.m. down Main Street. At 10:30 a.m. will be a Quick Draw Art Show at Riverfront Park and the trade show will open at 11 a.m.

Please note, the first race of the horse races has been moved to noon on Saturday, followed by the grand entry, and what we’ve all been waiting for, the Miles City Bucking Horse Sale featuring the World Class Bucking Futurity. It will be followed up by the Preakness Post Time and Final Horse Race of the Day.

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Another street dance will sound up at 9 p.m., once again on Main Street.

On Sunday morning, the Custer County Art Center Sunday Brunch and Artist Reception will start at 9:30 a.m. and cowboy church will be at 10 a.m. at the fairgrounds. The trade show will open at 11 a.m. and the first of the day’s horse races will be at noon.

Grand entry will follow shortly after at 12:45 p.m., then the ranch bronc ride, Match Bronc Ride Grand Entry, Match Bronc Ride Calcutta, and finally the Match Bronc Ride at 3 p.m.

The Wild Horse Race will wrap up this year’s Miles City Bucking Horse Sale at 6 p.m.

Subscribe to Tri-State Livestock News today and be entered to receive a calendar from the Miles City Bucking Horse Sale. Click here!

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To purchase a calendar featuring the some of the best images from the 2018 Miles City Bucking Horse Sale by Ronnie Dunn, Ronald C. Modra, Woody Smith, and Mary Peters, follow this link https://www.milescitybhs.com

Each month’s photo is printed on high-quality fine-art matte paper and has been inset, enabling mounting and framing afterward.

The Miles City Bucking Horse Sale is sponsored by Tri-State Livestock News, Budweiser, Coors Light, Bud Light, Coors, Crown Royal, Pepsi, Stockman Bank, Murdoch’s, Cowtown Ag Supply, Blackiron Grill, Clark & Associates, Yeti, 4U Stitching, Bison Bar, Montana Cold Spring Huckleberry Vodka, Wrangler, MC Hotel and Suites, and Wacker.

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About Savanna Simmons

I'm Savanna Simmons and I live north of Lusk, Wyoming, on the Four Three Ranch with my husband Boe and our sons, Brindle and Roan. I grew up evolving my horsemanship with clinicians like Ray Hunt, Joe Wolter, and Jack Brainard, but not within a...

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