BILLINGS – If you like rodeo but weren’t able to catch any of the NFR, either on TV or in person, you get a re-ride Saturday.
That’s when the Chase Hawks Roughstock Rodeo fires up in Billings with bareback, saddle bronc and bull riding only.
It’s a field loaded with stock and contestants straight from the National Finals Rodeo.
Brody Cress, Wyomings’ phenomenal 21-year-old rookie, is also planning to ride. He won the NFR saddle bronc average less than a week ago and admits this is one of his favorites.
“Oh, definitely,” said Cress. “I love that rodeo. I got to ride at it once before and I’m excited. I wish I could get on a bucking horse every day. That’s when I’m riding my best, so to be able to jump right into the Chase Hawks and then go to the Buckin‘ Ball in Gillette, and Colorado Versus World and right in to Denver. There’s going to be stock that’s here (at the NFR) at both of those, Chase Hawks and the Buckin‘ Ball. I’m definitely looking forward to going to those.”
Cowley, Wyoming’s J.R. Vezain, who now lives in Melstone and finished fourth in the world bareback standings, is expected to be among Saturday’s riders.
“I’ll go there, then down to Gillette to the Buckin‘ Ball, as well, and they’re both kind of the same deal,” Vezain said from the NFR. “They’re great events. Most of the guys come straight from here, bucking stock comes straight from here, so they’re great deals, especially that, as being a memorial and a lot of that going to charity and stuff. I like going to them deals and supporting those roughstock rodeos.”
Friday’s Cowboy Gatherin‘ at the Red Lion Hotel and Convention Center is sold out, but tickets are still available for Saturday’s rodeo performance.
Organizers are expecting some former world champions, as well. Among the notable contestants are Kaycee Feild, Jesse Kruse, the Wright brothers, Shane Proctor, Parker Breding and Beau Hill.
The Chase Hawks Roughstock Rodeo starts at 7 p.m. Saturday at Rimrock Auto Arena.