|Twin Bridges Rodeo|
December 5 marks the first round of the National Finals Rodeo held in Las Vegas, NV and runs through December 15. For many of the ranchers in Montana, this may be the only week they get away to enjoy the big city life and watch the cowboys and cowgirls compete in a sport that represents their way of life. Rodeo has deep roots in Montana and Southwest Montana in particular, raising some of the top cowboys who have competed and brought home the coveted championships.
Benny Reynolds who calls Twin Bridges his home is just one of the many notable cowboys and characters who had his share of national championships including The World All Round Cowboy in 1961. He also won the Linderman Award for earning the most money in a combination of 3 or more rough stock and timed events in 1966, a tough act to follow. Benny who was born in Twin Bridges in 1936 continues to make his home here and at age 77 still “lives rodeo” and actively operates his cattle ranch S of Twin Bridges. If you watch close, you will see him in the National Finals arena in Las Vegas manning a chute gate.
This year there are three Montana cowboys who will be representing our state in Las Vegas. Clay Tryan of Billings goes into the finals in the number one slot as a Team Roping Header, Dustin Bird, also a header takes the lime light at the 11th position, and Jessie Davis of Power will try to capture a bareback title going in at the 6th spot.
Cheer for the home town boys by watching each go around and the finals through December 15 on the Great American Country Channel (Ch 165 on Dish, and Ch 326 on Direct TV) at 8:00 Mountain Time.