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Eastern Montana documentary front and center at National Finals Rodeo

Posted at 6:22 PM, Dec 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-17 19:16:33-05

LAS VEGAS – It’s Championship Saturday at the National Finals Rodeo, as the 2018 PRCA world titles will be handed out inside the Thomas & Mack Center during Round 10. Outside of the arena, though, a neat story is brewing about a Montana legend.

It’s a documentary called Feek’s Vision, the story of how a guy named Feek Tooke changed the future of rodeo with outstanding bloodlines in the bucking stock he raised in Ekakala. They debuted previews of the film, which is still in production, during the NFR because it’s the 50th anniversary of Feek Tooke passing away.  The film is set for release in the Fall of 2019.

He actually passed away at the Finals in 1968. Tooke was receiving an award for Bucking Horse of the Year. According to Ken Howie, the film’s director, Harry Vold was about 10 feet away from Tooke. After receiving the award, they had ridden out of the arena, Feek’s horse stopped, and Feek fell over and passed away.

The documentary features stories from rodeo greats Larray Mahan, Ty Murray, Deb Copenhaver, Dan Mortensen and Vold.

They showed previews at The Orleans on three different dates in the last 10 days. Theater presentations are on deck after the new year, including at the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame and Carter County Musuem in Ekalaka. If you’d like to see a few more details, click here.