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Fourth annual Custer Ranch Rodeo raises funds for Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame

The 2010 Custer Ranch Rodeo once again this year benefited the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame & Western Heritage Center (MCHF).  Nearly everything needed to make the ranch rodeo run from stock fees to prizes to hundreds of volunteer hours is donated to this fun event that promotes the MCHF, and generous sponsors make the benefit a reality each year.  The ranch rodeo has raised nearly $15,000 for the MCHF in the last four years.  This year’s event was held Saturday, June 19 in Custer, Montana.

Trustees for the MCHF organize the Custer Ranch Rodeo with help from Custer community members.  The Custer FFA serves concessions at the ranch rodeo, and youngsters are invited to participate in kids events with prizes sponsored by local businessman Stan Buckholz.  Over 200 people attended this year, and afterwards many enjoyed live music by local band Exit 53.

This year’s winning ranch rodeo team, Pat O’Neill, Zane Dempewolf, Dan Harrington, and Sam Kortum, all of the Terry area, has won Custer for three of the last four years.  Sponsored by MCHF Trustees (Feek Tooke Memorial, Faber Taxidermy, Beartooth Travel, Little Cowboy Bar, and Jesse Labree), this team won the Big Sky Custom Panels trailering event, as well as the Junction City Saloon bronc riding and the Dvorak-Ruff cow milking.  Zane won a 20X hat from H-Bar Hatworks thanks to his top bronc riding skills.  The team was awarded belt buckles, ropes from Buckaroo Businesses, hats from Olathe Boots, and hat cleanings from Law Dog Hat Co, and will advance to the NILE Championship Ranch Rodeo in October.

The broncs for the event were donated once again by Newman Rodeo of Melstone, and the cattle by PV Ranch of Hysham.

The Northern Ag Network team, Clint & DaLauna Potts, Jason Phipps, and John Woodard of Sand Springs took second at the ranch rodeo and won custom trophy saddle blankets donated by Allison Saddlery, Fandek Saddles & Stirrups, Ben Swanke Saddlery, and Northern Range Cowboy Gear.

Coming in in third place, the team sponsored by BLS Horse Sales and Torske Law Office –  KC & Sarah Verhelst, Blake Rainsdon, and Brett Marshall of Pryor, won both the Stockman Bank pony express race and the team branding events.  KC was named handiest cowboy for the day, taking home a cantle concho donated by Flat Hat Silver.  Sarah took honors for riding the top cowgirl’s horse and won a snaffle bit donated by the Montana Ranch Horse Association and a gift certificate to Hippy Cowgirl.

Rachel Larsen of Lodge Grass, riding for the Montana Cattlemen’s Association team, was named handiest cowgirl and won a sterling silver bracelet as well as a gift certificate to Hippy Cowgirl.  

Greg Severe, riding for the PV Ranch team, rode the top cowboy’s horse and took home a bosal donated by Nate Wald Rawhide.

The team sponsored by the Montana Stockgrowers, Cid Klebenow, Paul Woods, Travis Remely, and Dave Fryer, all of the Bozeman area took first in the team doctoring event.

The glad-you-signed-a-waiver award new boots and a hat from Olathe Boots went to Skeeter Redding of the Hardin Community team (sponsored by Sugar Factory Vet Clinic, Little Horn State Bank, and Svedberg Agency).

Other teams competing were sponsored by Cat Coulee Beds & Birds and the Custer Community (Pocket Creek Ranch, Keller Land & Livestock, Hoffman Angus, and Farmer’s Union Oil Co.).

This event would not be possible without the following generous sponsors:  Yellowstone County News, Western Ranch Supply, Graphic Imprints, NILE Stock Show & Rodeo, Treasure Vet, Shan Kuntz State Farm, Mid-Yellowstone Electric, Vitalix, Montana Living Magazine, Swede Pfaffinger, Gary Cunningham Trucking, Pepsi Cola of Billings, C&K Meats, and the Custer Volunteer Fire Department.