Fergus junior heads to state rodeo competition

Charlie Denison
Brady Boyce


 For the second straight year, Fergus High School junior Brady Boyce heads to the Montana High School Association State Rodeo competition in Baker where he will compete in steer wrestling, team roping and tie down roping. 

And, this year, he’s “coming in confident,” optimistic that he can place high and earn a ticket to nationals in Wyoming. 

“It’s cool to be competing at state, but it’s even cooler knowing I have a chance to win, Brady said. “I have a feeling I’m going to do pretty good.” 

This is especially the case with steer wrestling and tie down. 

“There are four of us who are maxed out on points for steer wrestling and three of us maxed out on points for tie down,” Brady said. “It’s taken a lot of practice and hard work, and my dad, Bill, has me riding a very nice horse, Jimmy, which helps a lot.” 

Steer wrestling can be a challenge, Brady said, and it can be easy to get frustrated, but, no matter what, you “have to stay focused and keep a positive mindset.” 

Brady’s dad, no stranger to rodeo, has significantly helped Brady blossom into a potential state champion. 

“My dad has won the Montana circuit many times,” Brady said. “He’s really helped me stay mentally strong. He’s helped me visualize a run. That’s one of the biggest reasons my season is going well. I haven’t been able to practice very much, but I’ve run thousands of calves and steers in my head. That’s almost better practice than going out and doing physical practice.” 

Nevertheless, Brady will be getting plenty of physical practice in before state, and, so far, so good. 

“All my horses are working really well, I am tying calves really fast and roping really good,” he said. “I will just keep building from there over the next couple weeks and will continue to visualizing the run. I think, come state, everything will go as planned. I just have to have a good mindset and compete well.” 

Ready for action 

For as long as Brady can remember, he’s wanted to compete in rodeo. 

“When I was 8 or 9 I started going to rodeos and did some breakaway roping,” Brady said. 

Since then, Brady has been hooked on the rodeo, honing his craft every chance he gets, especially in the summertime. 

“I rope every day, I exercise my horses every night, rope the dummy and am thinking about [rodeo] all the time,” he said. 

This is Brady’s third year competing in steer wrestling, his sixth year competing in tie down roping and he’s lost count of how many years he’s been team roping. As he improves, Brady’s enthusiasm for each event continues to grow. This is in large part thanks to his horse, Jimmy. 

“When we first got Jimmy he was kind of crazy,” Brady said. “He’d been abused and was kind of out of whack. My dad and I took him under our wing, and he’s taught me so much. He’s taught me about everything I know. He’s awesome.” 

Preparing for the future 

Brady said he doesn’t know what the future holds, but he hopes one day to make a living through the rodeo circuit. 

“My main goal is to make it to the National Finals Rodeo, but in the near future I hope to make it to the circuit finals the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association,” Brady said. “This year, the goal is to win state in calf roping and make the Top 10 in Nationals.” 

Brady believes he can make this happen, thanks in large part to the support he received from his father, mother and others. 

“There are a lot more people who will support you in this now than when my dad was doing it,” Brady said. “It’s a little easier now and there is more money involved, but, for most who do it, you definitely need a second job. Still, there are a few guys who do make a living off of it, and I want to try. Right now, if I were to have a second job, I’d want to work on my Grandpa Dee’s ranch. We’ll see.” 



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