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RMBA – June 5th Newsletter

The Rocky Mountain Breeders Association (RMBA) has closed the curtain on the first Ranch Horse Competition of the 2022 series. There were a number of new exhibitor faces and many familiar ones, too.

Look for the show results on the website at and while you’re there, enjoy the new look of the website. The newsletter will publish the show results in the next installment, so keep your eyes open if you like to cut out and save results, or haven’t had a chance to look on the website.

Upcoming Events

Be sure to enter early for the shows. You can now enter on the website using Saddlebook! Also note the change to membership requirements in 2022 for exhibitors. Each rider is allowed to show without a membership a maximum of one show; beyond that, membership is required. The High Point races for Year End Awards remains the same that both owner and rider, if different and not part of the same membership, must be members in good standing before points can accrue. To be eligible for High Point awards, the horse/rider duo must show at least 50 percent of the available shows. A total of four weekends, eight show days are the event calendar. There are six show days remaining, or three weekends ahead. The June and July shows will again be held at the Saddle Peak Equestrian Center at Belgrade, Montana, and the August show will be held at the fairgrounds in Twin Bridges, Montana.

Welcome New Owners

On behalf of the RMBA, we would like to wish the new owners of The WRANGLER Horse & Rodeo News, good luck in their new endeavor. The Moss family has done a tremendous job covering a wide swath of the region’s equine events over many years. They have kept the Wrangler going through a variety of economic climates, maintaining that consistent media for horse enthusiasts to rely on. The Mosses have been great to work with, along with the terrific employees, to become that true partnership. For all these years and hard work the Wrangler has supplied to many associations including the RMBA, we say “Thank You.” Wishing you all the best in the new chapter of your life. And to the DeLancey family, we look forward to the working relationship ahead.

Our Condolences

On a sad note, equine legend Dick Pieper passed away just shy of his 83rd birthday. He passed on May 15, 2022. Dick has been a long-standing part of the performance horse world including winning the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity in 1977 showing Spanish Mountain. Two years later he was co-Reserve Champion on Cee Blair Masota. He rode 23 NRHA futurity finalists between 1976 and 1995. He had a lifetime earnings in NRHA of $225,000+. His name was synonymous when talking about the 1991 American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) World Champion Junior Reining horse, stallion Texas Kicker.

Dick’s attention shifted to the sport of cutting when he purchased cutting stallion Playgun. Dick’s National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) earnings were in excess of $350,000. Both Playgun and Texas Kicker made their home at Pieper Ranch in Marietta, Oklahoma. Dick’s knowledge and interest has influenced an untold number of horse enthusiasts over the years. He was a true horseman. Our condolences go out to the family and friends of Dick Pieper.

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Have tidbits, news, photos, or updates? Send them to Jan at or call (406) 266- 4992 or (406) 521-0001. We love to celebrate with our members or offer updates affecting the industry.

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The WRANGLER Horse & Rodeo News has been the leading equine publication of the Rocky Mountain Region since 1987. Under the new ownership of the DeLancey Family in 2022, The WRANGLER is now headquartered in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

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