(Photo courtesy NILE Rodeo)

NILE media release

BILLINGS – Montana’s biggest rivalry has reached the rodeo arena for the NILE Cat/Griz Shoot Out ProRodeo, Thursday, October 20, at 7 p.m.

The annual Cat/Griz Chute Out. Rodeo contestants are divided into two teams–either representing the MSU Bobcats of the UM Grizzlies. The “team” that performs the best wins major bragging rights and that school’s rodeo team is awarded a scholarship.

This rodeo gives a twist to Montana’s college rivalries. Tune into Cat Country 102.9 FM for a chance to win tickets to the Cat/Griz football game during the rodeo. NILE will be giving away an honorary jersey from the MSU Bobcats and UM Grizzlies.

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The spotlight also shines on the up and coming rodeo stars in the Tvetene Turf High School Rodeo Showcase. Imagine the edge-of-your-seat thrill as a high school kid goes up against seasoned professionals who have been rodeoing for longer than they’ve been alive. This is the kind of entertainment you want to witness, and don’t just want to hear about the next day. Don’t miss it–buy tickets for October 20 and see the High School Rodeo Showcase where top Montana High School Rodeo athletes will compete right alongside the professionals, and might even outshine them.

The hilariously entertaining Wild Pony Races returns this year kicking off Thursday night with five tough teams. Three kids 12 and under and weighing less than 150 pounds.

They must hold on, get on, and stay on a wild pony for a maximum of two seconds. The team that can do that the fastest wins! The anchor holds the end of the lead rope, the mugger holds the pony, and the rider has to get on and stay on the pony. Five teams compete during the rodeos Thursday, October 20 and Friday, October 21–the top two teams from each night return for the final round Saturday night, October 22.

Teams must be turned into office with all three teams members forms completed and signed before teams are considered entered. Teams must also pay in full at time of entry to be considered entered.

Also featured at the Cat/Griz Shoot Out Rodeo is the Bull Bounty. A fundraiser for Special Olympics Montana Yellowstone Valley Area. Sponsors will be matched at random with a bull and its rider. If the cowboy can stay on the bull for the full eight seconds, the cowboy wins and the sponsor will donate $400 to Special Olympics Montana Yellowstone Valley Area (YVAR). If the bull can buck the rider off in under eight seconds, the bull wins and the sponsor will donate $600 to YVAR.

It’s an action packed night with lots going on. The biggest sports rivalry in the state of Montana, the Montana State University Bobcats against the University of Montana’s Grizzlies, will battle head to head on the toughest bulls, broncs and timed events to earn points for their teams throughout the night. High School rodeo athletes get to go head to head against the professionals, with money raised for an exceptional cause.