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This is horse country. Montana provides some of the best horses in the region. The NILE strives to preserve and embrace the western lifestyle and horses are an integral part of that mission. By providing a venue for working horses horse enthusiasts have a way to showcase their equine partners. Join us in October for the many horse events during the week of NILE.

Check out the ranch rodeo where the handiest cowboys and cowgirls compete in events derived from the working on the ranch. A special award is given that night to the Top Horse.

Truly great athletes are those that are versatile. The Battle on the Yellowstone Timed Events Challenge puts rodeo athletes to the test--asking who is the best at heading, heeling, tie-down roping, and steer wrestling? Of course, none of this would be possible without the help of an equally athletic equine partner.

Satisfy the need for speed in the Running the Rims Barrel Race. Three barrels, two hearts, one dream--horses explode across the arena showing off their quickness and power. UBRC co-hosts this event providing a professional and fun atmosphere.

Since the cowboys headed west they've trusted their adventures with the American Quarter Horse. The same traits they valued are highlighted in the AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge. Registered horses perform tasks that would be easily translatable to the pasture when moving, doctoring, sorting, and caring for cattle. Take a peak at what tradition looks like at this show.

There may be sliding stops in baseball but there's nothing like it when a cow horse slides down the arena spraying sand. The Cow Horse Bash celebrates the brain and brawn of horses. Completing reining patterns and working cattle the relationship between horse and rider is amazing to watch. Show structure is NRCHA (National Reined Cow Horse Association) and managed by CMRCHA (Central Montana Reined Cow Horse Association.

With the start of the NILE Horse Sales the NILE Horse Futurities developed. Horses become eligible to compete in the futurities by going through the sale ring. It's an added incentive to buy at the NILE because there's a chance to win some money the next year in the futurity. Yearling, Two-Year-Old, Three-Year-Old, Four-Year-Old, Five-Year-Old, and barrel horses can enter in their respective futurities. In addition, the three, four, five, and barrel horses can become eligible through a nominated stallion. This is a great event that promotes the intertwined relationship between all of the NILE horse events.

The NILE Gold Buckle Select Horse Sales draw buyers and sellers from all over the region. Some of Montana's best breeders bring their babies for the Weanling/Yearling sale. Performance horses ranging from rodeo arena to pasture doctoring trot through the sale ring each year and buyers try to snag one before someone else does. It's a great two days with lots of incredible horses.

Questions or comments about these horse events contact McCall Linke or (406) 256-2497
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