The Ram Montana Circuit Finals Rodeo wrapped up on January 13th, and the three-day event was packed with plenty of thrills, chills, and spills. If this year's event had a theme song, cowboys in every event of the rodeo would sum up their bumps and bruises in the immortal words of Garth Brook's tune, "Much Too Young." Despite the pain and discomfort, the cowboys fought on and the biggest name to come out of this year's Finals was Beau Hill, proving he truly is Montana's supreme bull rider.
Hill dominated the competition this year, jumping to the head of the pack as the only cowboy to ride all three bulls. His first bull helped him put up a score of 79 points, while his second gave him a respectable 85 point ride. However, his final round gave him the best score of the event, with the Kessler Rodeo bull Whiskey Jack bucking his way to a 92 point ride. He put up a score of 91 on the same bull at the Kalispell rodeo last year, making this a truly magical pairing. His $6,700 in earnings gave him the season-winning edge over his closest competitor Parker Breding for his fifth Circuit championship. Wins like this are reason enough to steer away from retirement and stay on the circuit.
Other Ram Montana Circuit Finals Rodeo champions this year are steer wrestler Nolan Conway, bareback rider Chase Erickson, saddle bronc rider Jesse Kruse, team ropers Miles Kobold and Matt Robertson, tie-down roper Bryant Mikkelson, and barrel racer Chloe Hoovestol.