Posted: Oct 7, 2013 5:11 PM by MTN Sports
BILLINGS - To a professional rodeo cowboy, October marks the beginning of a new year and another chance to qualify for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. The NILE Pro Rodeo is one of the first 2014 qualifying events and hits Billings October 17-19 inside Rimrock Auto Arena.
Brookman-Hyland Rodeo of Sidney, along with Burch Rodeo (Rozett, WY), Corey and Lange Rodeo (Moses Lake, WA), and C-5 Rodeo (Lac La Biche, B.C., Canada) will provide some of the rankest stock in the business; many of the same bulls and broncs rodeo fans will see on the Wrangler National Finals stock roster in December. JJ Harrison will return to his place in the barrel and two-time PRCA Announcer of the Year, Wayne Brooks, will be behind the microphone announcing the action.
As in years past, Thursday night will feature the Cat-Griz Shootout highlighting the college rivalry between the University of Montana and the Montana State University. The two rodeo clubs will compete for scholarship money based on the outcomes of their chosen competitors during the night's performance. Spectators are encouraged to wear school colors in support of their team with student tickets starting at $6. On Friday, Rimrock Auto Arena will become a sea of pink as St. Vincent Healthcare presents "Tough Enough to Wear Pink" night to support breast cancer awareness, with one dollar from every ticket sold going toward the St. Vincent Healthcare Eva Project. And on Saturday, the NILE closes with Wrangler Patriot Night highlighting the Big Sky Honor Flights. Military personnel will receive a $5 discount on tickets. Each night's performance will kick off at 7:30 p.m. with a laser light show.
Tickets may be purchased at the MetraPark box office, online at metrapark.com or by calling 800.366.8538. For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit www.TheNile.org. or call the NILE office at (406) 256-2495.