Cowboy Reunion honors past, bolsters future of sport

The annual Cowboy Reunion in Billings, Montana, gathered world champions from six decades of professional rodeo. More than 600 attended the invitation-only event.

The annual reunion is the primary fundraiser for the Montana Pro Rodeo Hall and Wall of Fame and for scholarships to graduating high school seniors involved in the sport of rodeo. As of 2015, they awarded $336,000 in scholarship money to date. Scholarship money goes to the student’s school and is awarded after first semester. Recipients must participate on the school’s rodeo team. By honoring its past, rodeo is preserving its future.

From a report by Joe Kusek in the Billings Gazette, Billings, Montana.