Miles City Bucking Horse Sale Celebrates 68 years

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This year is the 68th Annual World Famous Bucking Horse Sale May 17-20 in Miles City, Montana, but the event is far more than just bucking horses.

Attendees can catch a Ned LeDoux and Corb Lund concert at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are available for purchase online at, by emailing, calling 406-234-2890, or by purchasing at Miles City Chamber of Commerce, Murdoch’s, and Stockman Bank.

The trade show opens Friday at 3 p.m., followed by the rodeo grand entry at 5:30 p.m., wild horse race, bucking bull sale, mutton busing, ranch bronc ride, and street dance on Main Street, downtown Miles City.

The wild horse race, sponsored by the Miles City Tourism Business Improvement District and the MCBHS Board of Governors, requires 16 teams to wrangle a wild horse as it flies out of the chute, saddle it, and ride it around the race track and back into the arena. Each team will have two gos, competing both Friday and Saturday. The eight teams with the best times on two head will make it to Sunday finals to compete for the $3,000 added purse and Casper Schaffer Finals Championship buckles sponsored by First Interstate Bank.

Friday’s Bucking Bull Futurity allows consignors the chance to showcase their most promising bucking stock and earn a piece of the $1,500 added money. They may also consign bucking bulls to the sale.

Saturday will kick off with the Range Riders Museum Breakfast at 6 a.m., and the MCBHS parade downtown Miles City at 9 a.m. A Quick Draw Art Show will be at 10:30 a.m. at Riverfront Park, and the trade show opens shortly after, at 11 a.m., at the fairgrounds.

The Bucking Horse Sale starts at 12:45 p.m. with the grand entry, then promptly begins the second round of the wild horse races.
The prestigious Mile City Bucking Horse Sale featuring the world class bucking futurity will be at 1:15 p.m.

Bronc riders will do their best to match the abilities of bucking horses in their prime and the start of their careers, all while being judged for their score and competing for $1,000 added each for the top horses and top bronc riders.

Miles City Bucking Horse Sale 2016

A horse race will begin at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. One race will be the Sunday prior at 1 p.m., and another will be at noon Sunday.
There will be another street dance Saturday following the day’s festivities.

The Custer County Area Center Sunday Brunch and Artist Reception will be at 9:30 a.m. Sunday before cowboy church at 10 a.m. at the fairgrounds.

The trade show will once more open at 11 a.m., and the MCBHS grand entry will be at 1 p.m. Sunday. The ranch bronc ride will follow, trailed by the match bronc riding grand entry and calcutta at 1:10 p.m.

2016 Miles City Bucking Horse Sale

The match bronc ride, at 2 p.m. Sunday, features 27 bronc riders from eight U.S. states and two Canadian provinces, with names like Cole and JJ Elshere, Chet Johnson, and Cort Scheer.

The event will wrap up with the wild horse race finals at 6 p.m.

Visit the Miles City Bucking Horse Sale website or Facebook for more information.

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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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