Montana Pro Rodeo Hall and Wall of Fame
A committee was formed in 1998 to establish a permanent memorial to Montana professional cowboys and cowgirls who achieve national recognition in the sport of rodeo. The Montana Pro Rodeo Hall and Wall of Fame was formed to honor the achievements of Montana professional rodeo participants. The larger than life bronze statue, sculpted by Western Artist R. F. Rains, depicts ban Mortensen, six-time World Champion Bronc Rider riding Tee Box. The statue was unveiled October 15, 2002, along with the memorial wall containing the names of previous professional rodeo champions. The statue is located at the entrance to the MetraPark Arena located on the Yellowstone County Fairgrounds in Billings, Montana. There is no admission, and it can be viewed 24 hours a day as the statue and memorial wall are well lighted. To be built in 2009 is a second monument wall that will recognize all Montana PRCA cowboys and cowgirls who have (1) qualified to compete in the NFR, (2) won a Montana Circuit Championship, (3) Rodeo legends, (4) Miss Rodeo Montana, (5) Rodeo Committees, and (6) Contract Personnel. Available are 12 x 12 granite blocks of Montana Ranch Brands that will be placed on the exterior wall of the Rimrock Auto Arena. Proceeds from the sale of these brand blocks will fund the construction of the second wall, and then ongoing funds to be placed into the Scholarship Endowment Fund.