Big Timber, Mont. (July 26, 2022) The western town of Big Timber, Montana welcomes the PRCA series beginning Wednesday August 3, 2022 at 7 p.m., gates open at 5 p.m. The rodeo is produced by JS ProRodeo Company, owned by John ES Smith and his wife, Mardi.
The miniature chuckwagons are one quarter the size of the professional wagons. The miniature horses weigh approximately 250-275 lbs. and are less than 36 inches in height at the withers. The announcer script states, do not tell them they are little because they really believe they are racehorses. Carl Earl, his two adult daughters Alicia, Charlene, grandson Tyson, son-in-law Clay Dowie and his daytime boss from the county Mike Kiemele are the drivers.
Earl and his family own 60 plus miniature horses on at their place, Double Tree Farms. They are part of the Alberta Miniature Chuckwagon Racing Association and the featured specialty act on August 3 and 10. Video highlight provided by DTF
“These little guys are trained racehorses, they have the stamina,” explained Earl, “(This is a) controlled runaway, once the horn blows they know their job. Once you get around the arena, once, it takes arm strength to get them back.”
The Big Timber Weekly Pro Rodeo was voted the Small Rodeo of the Year in 2020 by the Montana Pro Rodeo Circuit. Each Wednesday August 3 through September 7, 2022 the rodeo is held at the Sweet Grass County Fairgrounds. For more information www.jsrodeocompany.com
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