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 Ron Rains, depicts Dan 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. Dan Mortensen joined PRCA in 1990 and dominated the saddle bronc event. The sculpture is the focus of the Montana Pro Rodeo Hall and Wall of Fame, honoring Montana's 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 are well lighted
.A native of Montana Ron Rains is one of the major talents on the western art scene. He spent his early years on various ranches, listening to tales of the old cowboys and observing people and animals. The life-like quality of his critically acclaimed bronzes and his attention to detail has gained him a national following. The Mortensen bronze will further his reputation as a well respected western artist
.The Montana Pro Rodeo Hall and Wall of Fame will maintain a perpetual scholarship fund intended to assist Montana youth who are active in high school rodeo events and wish to pursue higher education. The scholarship will be awarded each year during the Northern International Livestock Exhibition week to coincide with any additional names to be added to the Wall of Fame. All donations to and purchases of bronzes and belt buckles that go into the Scholarship Fund are tax-deductible under the 501(c)(3) designation.
Directions: Montana Pro Rodeo Hall and Wall of Fame is located near the entrance to the MetraPark arena on the Yellowstone County Fairgrounds at 308 6th Avenue North.