The Whitehall Ledger - Serving Southern Jefferson County in the Great State of Montana

By Jack H. Smith
Ledger Publisher 

Brooke Smith headed to Nationals


Whitehall resident Brooke Smith has qualified for the world's largest rodeo.

The soon to be senior at Twin Bridges High School will be competing in Reined Cow Horse at the 2017 National High School Finals Rodeo starting July 16 in Gillette, WY.

Brooke will be participating with her horse Django, who she purchased a year ago in Idaho from well-respected horse trainer Zane Davis.

Brooke was told by several people to give Reining Cow Horse a try with Django, and after only six months of competing together qualified for nationals with a top four finish at the state rodeo in Baker.

This will be her first time at nationals, and Brooke said she was really excited to qualify.

When discussing Django, Brooke said the six-year-old may be a little high strung, but he is a very special horse.

"He's one of a kind," she said.


Going into state, Brooke was confident Django would perform well, but wasn't quite sure how she would do in her relatively new event.

She thanked Tricia Purcell of Helena and Dean Briggs of Whitehall for help with training for the event.

Brooke got her first pony at 18 months and by three-years-old was competing in little kid rodeos.

To Brooke, rodeo is everything and takes up a large portion of her life.

She said it has also played a major role in shaping her character.

Looking towards the NHSFR, Brooke is hoping to have two solid runs, and with a little luck will be in the short run and finish in the top 20.

To follow Smith at the NHSFR, visit daily for complete results. Live broadcasts will also air online at


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