As the top-ranked team in the Montana Circuit standings, Brady Tryan and Justin Viles are on track to make their third Montana Pro Rodeo Circuit Finals together, where they will compete for a shot at the RAM NFR Open.
Currently, Tryan, 33, of Huntley, Montana, has earned $10,154.99 in circuit earnings, while Viles, 38, of Cody, Wyoming, has earned $11,901.98 so far this season.
“Honestly, things don’t really get started up here that much until the end of July,” Viles said. “We didn’t really go to too many before then. The Fourth of July can get a little busy up here, but Lewistown is kind of when everything starts up here and then, August is really busy. We didn’t go a whole lot at the beginning, but we’ve just been going pretty good here this past couple of weeks.”
During the past week in Montana, Tryan and Viles earned third at the Big Timber Weekly PRCA Rodeo in Big Timber for $498 each, third at the Yellowstone River Round-Up in Billings for $2,531 each, fifth at the McCone County Fair PRCA Rodeo in Circle for $402 each, and sixth at the Fallon County Fair & Rodeo in Baker for $2,314 each. In total, they earned $5,745 each on the week.
“We’ve roped the past two years together,” Viles said. “Honestly, we just try to catch as much as we can and keep building off of that.”
At the 2021 Montana Pro Rodeo Circuit finals, the proven team finished second in the average, and at the 2022 Montana Pro Rodeo Circuit finals, they tied for fourth in the average.
“Making the circuit finals every year is definitely a priority,” Viles said. “You know, if you can do good during the year and get to the circuit finals, you got a chance to make good money there. And, if you do good at circuit finals, then you have a chance to go to the NFR Open.”
With four rodeos remaining on the circuit schedule, they intend to hold their lead until the end.
“We’re just trying to finish out strong,” Viles added. “The goal this year is to win the circuit and make it to the NFR Open. You could definitely win quite a bit of money there and that’s the main goal.”
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