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Behind the Scenes at the Montana Pro Rodeo

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It's no secret that the Montana Pro Rodeo is one of the largest and most exciting events here in Great Falls. But many people don't realize how much behind the scenes work goes into putting on three event filled days. The Montana Pro Rodeo Circuit Finals has had a huge sold out weekend, and while rodeo goers get to see that exciting action out on the floor back stage there are a number of people working hard to help put on the show.

"well this is our 35th anniversary for here in great falls for the Montana pro-rodeo circuit finals and literally we have brought a lot of people here to town and had a lot of fun,"

Working in rodeo for nearly his entire life, stock contractor Duane Kesler is the man responsible for supplying the horses and other livestock for competition.

"We supply the bucking animals for professional rodeos around the state of Montana," says Duane Kesler.

Kesler's family has been supplying rodeo's since his grandfather back in 1946 and now years later Kesler is continuing to keep rodeo in the family.

"We're on our fourth generation I'm a third generation contractor and my boy and my sister's boy are 4th generation," explains Kesler.

On the other side of arena, Head Athletic Trainer for both the Montana Pro Rodeo and the Seattle Mariners and recent Monahan Award winner Rick Griffin and his staff work to keep riders healthy and back on the horse.

"We had 20 guys, 20 guys who competed. I think there is 70 people here, 75 so and we did about 20 so about a third of them came in and got some kind of a treatment and then this morning we did 15," says Griffin.

To the fans these people stay anonymous, to the competitors these people make up a big part of the whole show.

"Their what makes it all happen you know, without us or them it ain't going to happen especially here because it's the best horses and the best cowboys that come out so it's just kind of a fun atmosphere," explains Competitor Jake Costello.

Even with all the back stage work, rodeo officials say all this is possible with the support of the fans and sponsors and they look forward to being back next year.

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