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A bucking bronc rider holds on for dear life as his horse bucks real good coming out of the gate at the 2016 Miles City Bucking Horse Sale in Miles City, Montana.

I haven’t photographed a lot of rodeos. Two to be exact. I know that seems odd with all of the cowboy photography and cowgirl photography I do. I guess you can say I prefer to concentrate on the agricultural photos more so than sports and entertainment. So the 2016 Miles City Bucking Horse Sale in Miles City, Montana was the first time I could officially say, “This is not my first rodeo, you know.” Although truth be told, it sure felt like my first rodeo.

“Why?” Because the Miles City Bucking Horse Sale is unlike anything else I have witnessed before.

Otherwise known as the “Cowboy Mardi Gras,” the Miles City Bucking Horse Sale is the perfect way to kick off the summer season. It’s one part party, one part rodeo, and one part insanity. There are so many people crammed into tiny little Miles City, Montana on that day (many of whom are beautiful cowgirls), the whole place feels like the most densely populated place in Montana for the weekend.

Talking to other rodeo photographers it is also one of the best events to make photographs, too. So I’m glad I chose this past weekend to make the Miles City Bucking Horse Sale an event I didn’t want to miss on my photo calendar.

Below are the results…a gallery of 20+ photos from the 2016 Miles City Bucking Horse Sale. And after just one visit to this most amazing event, I pretty much guarantee I will be back again and again. That’s for sure.

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