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World Champion Bronc Rider Honored at World’s Oldest Rodeo
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04 July 2017
 
Three-Time World Champion Bronc Rider and Professional Rodeo Hall of Fame member Monty Hawkeye Henson One of Legends Honored During World's Oldest Rodeo on Sunday July 2nd, 2017 in Prescott, Arizona. All Photos by: Torrence Dunham

Three-Time World Champion Bronc Rider and Professional Rodeo Hall of Fame member Monty Hawkeye Henson One of Legends Honored During World's Oldest Rodeo

PRESCOTT- In the 130th year of the Prescott Frontier Days World’s Oldest Rodeo, legends of the sport were honored. One of the legends honored is three-time World Champion and Professional Rodeo Hall of Fame member Monty Hawkeye Henson, who also served as Grand Marshall of the annual parade.

“I just bolted down here as soon as I could get here,” said Henson, who mentioned his excitement to receive the call and travel from South Dakota.

Henson last participated in the Prescott Frontier Days in 1986, staying with General Manager and fellow World Champion/Hall of Fame member J.C. Trujillo and his parents during the competition. Since his last appearance as a bronc rider, he hasn’t been back to The Prescott Frontier Days.

“A long time ago, I mean half my life ago,” Henson said. “It was just great days and it’s still good here.”

Henson mentioned The Prescott Frontier Days was one of his favorite rodeos. Now back, the rink may be a bit updated but the crowds haven’t changed.

“It feels a lot different, I mean it’s really updated. But there is some déjà vu involved too,” Henson said. “They’ve always had good crowds at this rodeo forever, you like coming here.”

Spending time throughout the week interacting with cowboys in the sport today, Henson is impressed with the talent.

“There’s a lot of talent out there,” Henson said. I like rodeo, all events, but watching the bronc riding here has been pretty good.”

As both a competitor and an observer, Henson urges individuals to come experience the rodeo.

“If you don’t go to the Prescott rodeo, something is wrong with you,” Henson said.

Patrons have one final performance to attend in the 2017 show as the Prescott Frontier Days World’s Oldest Rodeo ends Tuesday, July 4th, at 1:30pm. Tickets can be purchased on the rodeo website.

Below are results through seven of eight performances. While all the competitions will decided on Tuesday, the bareback riding is already complete as Tim O'Connell won with eighty-six points and takes home the $5,640 prize.

E MAIL RESULTS.xlsx 7th Perf

Scores provided by Prescott Frontier Days.

Torrence Dunham

Torrence Dunham is a multimedia journalist who graduated with a Bachelor's Degree from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.  Torrence is our PrescottValleyeNews.com Correspondent covering local news and events in Prescott Valley. He is also the lead sports correspondent and play-by-play pro for all our multimedia news sites. If he's not adding to his extensive sports bobble-head collection, he's talking baseball, his favorite. Follow him on Twitter: @Tadunham.