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World champion Donnie Gay in Montana for Montana Pro Rodeo Hall and Wall banquet

Posted at 8:22 PM, Jan 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-28 12:52:22-05

BILLINGS – Attendees at this weekend’s Montana Pro Rodeo Hall and Wall of Fame banquet got a special treat: one of the great story-tellers, and bull riders, the sport has ever seen.

Donnie Gay was this year’s featured guest. He’s an eight-time world champion, still the most in PRCA history, winning his first at age 21, not much older than the high school kids who receive scholarships from the Hall and Wall, which Gay said is a worthy cause for multiple reasons.

“When they get a college scholarship to rodeo, to go ahead and further their education, they’re doing two things,” Gay said. “One is they’ve already decided they can rodeo, they can win. They’re going to go and learn the nuances of real life out there. Then you couple that with science and biology and the regular education. You just put some great people on the planet that can actually go do something, and I’m just glad to be a part of it.”

The Hall and Wall has raised more than $500,000 so far in just their 14th year.