News and Opinion from Sisters, Oregon

A scholarship and a rodeo run for Montgomery

Cache Montgomery has a $2,000 Sisters Rodeo Scholarship under his belt. Now he's setting out to add some trophy buckles to put on that belt as a professional rodeo cowboy.

The 18-year-old La Pine High School graduating senior just received his PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association) card and will enter his first professional rodeo as a steer wrestler at Sisters Rodeo. As of press time he was close to certain that he will run in Friday evening's performance.

Montgomery has had a successful high school rodeo career, standing at second in the state in steer wrestling, and making nationals competition.

Montgomery told The Nugget that the spark for his rodeo career caught when he was working on a haying crew in Nevada. He watched a lot of rodeo while working on that crew.

"I thought, man, that looks kind of fun," he recalled.

He decided he wanted to get into rodeo competition in calf roping, steer wrestling, and saddle broncs. However, he didn't think he had the horsemanship skills for calf roping. As for saddle broncs, "I thought it would be easier to convince my parents to let me do steer wrestling than doing saddle broncs," he said.

So steer wrestling it was - and he has had considerable success before turning pro. In addition to rodeo, he participated in other high school sports, including placing second in state for wrestling. His success wasn't only in the arena - he's an honor student with a perfect attendance record. He plans to attend Feather River College, majoring in agribusiness with the goal of owning a stock contracting and ranching business. He'll compete in college rodeo, including steer wrestling, team roping, and tie-down.

Initially, his focus will be on school, but after two years, he says, he plans to hit the pro rodeo circuit hard. And it'll all start at the Biggest Little Show in the World in Sisters.

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Jim Cornelius, Editor in Chief

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Jim Cornelius is editor in chief of The Nugget and author of “Warriors of the Wildlands: True Tales of the Frontier Partisans.” A history buff, he explores frontier history across three centuries and several continents on his podcast, The Frontier Partisans. For more information visit www.frontierpartisans.com.

 

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