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Wyoming has another world rodeo champion.

Dusty Tuckness, of Meeteetse, recently won the Professional Bullfighters Daisy Protection world championship.

He won the title with partner Andy Burelle, of Ardmore, Okla.

The competition was held in conjunction with the PRCA Sand Hills Stock Show and Rodeo in Odessa, Texas. The bullfighting competition featured the top five teams from the 2008 season.

"All year long, we were going up against the best bullfighters in the world," Tuckness said.

Tuckness and Burelle entered the event behind Jay Brewer and Steve Wrangler in the 2008 standings. However, Tuckness and Burelle piled up enough points to push their way to first place.

"Dusty's the best partner I could ever have," Burelle said. "Everything always works when we're in the arena together. Our styles really fit each other."

Tuckness and Burelle also won the event average title, finishing a scant two points ahead of Dave Jantzi and Toby Inman after six rounds of bullfighting.

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Tuckness, an ascending star in his profession, has also been selected to work as a bullfighter for the Dodge National Circuit Finals this April in Pocatello, Idaho.

He will be joined at Holt Arena by Belgrade's Al Sandvold.

Sandvold is one of three Montanans who will have prominent roles for the DCNFR.

Will Rasmussen of Choteau has been chosen as one of the announcers while Sidney's Cathy Wieferich is the DNCFR secretary.

It will be seamless transition for Rasmussen, who worked last weekend's Montana Pro Rodeo Circuit Finals in Great Falls and the same for Wieferich.

The granddaughter of the late hall of fame stock contractor Marvin Brookman and her husband, Dave, run the Brookman Rodeo Company. The Brookman Rodeo Company had stock selected for both the MPRC and the National Finals Rodeo this past December in Las Vegas.

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The Montana Pro Rodeo Hall and Wall of Fame's Annual Cowboy and Cowgirl Reunion is scheduled for Jan. 31 at the Holiday Inn Grand Hotel Convention Center in Billings.

The event is a fundraiser for the MPRHW's rodeo scholarship program for graduating high school seniors.

Special guests include actor Wilford Brimley and legendary stock contractor Harry Vold.

Vold, known as the "Duke of the Chutes," has been selected the PRCA stock contractor of the year 11 times. Involved with rodeo since the 1950s, Vold is one of two men still living to have bucking stock featured at every NFR.

The MPRHW will also induct its class of 2009. The wall of fame honorees are Bill Brown Jr., Glenn Fritzler, Hensey Esp, Aubry McDowell (deceased), Montie Montana (deceased) and Dale Small (deceased).

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The Asay brothers of Powell, Wyo. - Kanin and Kaleb - have wasted little time making their mark in the PRCA world standings.

Kanin Asay, a two-time NFR qualifier, leads the current world bull riding standings after placing second at Odessa, Texas. Kaleb Asay is second in the world saddle bronc standings. He was the 2008 PRCA rookie of the year for the event.

Contact Joe Kusek at jkusek@billingsgazette.com or 657-1393

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