Let the bucking begin


When it comes to rodeo’s —specifically the Upper Yellowstone in Gardiner and the Wilsall Rodeo — whether the sun is shining or the rain is falling, a good time will be had.

Fortunately, for this year’s Northern Rodeo Association events, both of which will take place this weekend, the forecast is leaning toward the sunny side.

Rodeo action begins at Gardiner’s Jim Duffy Arena Friday at 6 p.m. and continues with a second performance Saturday at 6 p.m.

In Wilsall, action begins at 6 p.m. Saturday and begins anew Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

As far as the weather is concerned, the National Weather service is calling for a high of 61 degrees with a 30 percent chance of showers Friday in Gardiner.

Saturday in the Yellowstone Gateway community, there is a 0 percent chance of showers with clear skies and a high of 74.

Both rodeos also feature slack.

Gardiner’s Slack is set for noon Friday, while Wilsall’s is set for Saturday at 1 p.m.

Both slack events are free to the public and will feature Barrel Racing, Steer Wrestling, Breakaway Roping, Team Roping and Tie Down Roping.

In Wilsall, the forecast is even better, with sunny skies and a high of 72 Saturday, and a high of 73 and mostly sunny skies for Sunday’s finale.

The main performance of each rodeo, in addition to the slack events, also feature bull, bareback and saddle bronc competitions.

One of the many great things about the two NRA-sponsored Park County rodeo’s is the local competitors.

Pray’s Gayleen Malone and Milee Dailey, Gardiner siblings Shai and Alexis McDonald, and Wilsall’s Lane Lahaye will compete at both Gardiner and Wilsall.

Also at Gardiner, Pray’s Connor Wines, Livingston’s Shelly Anzick and BreAnne Pino, and Gardiner’s Colt Yates will vie for top paydays.

Contending for wins at Wilsall will be Clyde Park’s Ian Austiguy, Cameron Schlagel, TJ Heath and Justin Langley; and Wilsall’s Weston Zupan.