Saddling up for the Miles City Bucking Horse Sale

Posted at 4:17 PM, May 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-05 14:58:22-04

MILES CITY – Miles City is gearing up to host its 68th annual Bucking Horse Sale this weekend.

The event attracts people from all over the world for four days of rodeo, fast-talking auctioneers, dancing in the streets and a whole lot more.

“It’s embracing the western heritage, you know, it’s just kind of a celebration of the past history here, and the cowboy way of life, said John Morford, the Vice President of the Bucking Horse Sale Board of Governors. “Around this country we embrace that to a great degree.”

“It’s the annual Bucking Horse sale. Well, it looks a little crowded, but as I weave through the crowd of 6,000 people. I found out what the event was all about,” said former MTN News reporter Laura Hendrickson in a 1990 report.

“It’s cowboy Mardi Gras. Where other place can you come to a western town like Miles City is, be here for four days, with street dance every night?” Morford asked.

“It gives you a natural high, is what it is,” one rider said. “I think I’m addicted to it. Just like you can be addicted to drugs, this is just my natural high.”

“Even though we’ll double our population here in three days, you can still — the identity still remains. You can go to a lot of places ,and see people walking around with a cowboy hat on,” Morford said. “And every day you’ll see lots of them walking around the streets of Miles City, and 99 percent of those are real cowboys, not just somebody that bought the hat.”

There’s a lot more to this event than just bucking horses. There’s also vendors, live music, partying in the streets and all sorts of Western heritage activities.

Click here to learn moire about this year’s event.