BILLINGS — It will almost be like Chase Brooks never left Las Vegas.
Just a week after competing on professional rodeo’s biggest stage, the Deer Lodge cowboy will be back in the arena for the annual Chase Hawks Roughstock Rodeo.
The event, which raises money for families in need, starts at 7 p.m. Saturday at Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark.
Chase Hawks officials plan to honor Frank Chesarek, who played an integral part of the rodeo. Chesarek died Sept. 1.
There will be 60 cowboys — 20 in each event — from 13 different states and two Canadian provinces competing in bareback, saddle bronc and bull riding.
Along with some familiar faces, Brooks will also be seeing some familiar four-legged athletes as the three stock contractors — Brookman Rodeo Company, Powder River Rodeo, and Sankey Pro Rodeo and Jeff Robinson Bucking Bulls — are bringing some of the same horses and bulls that bucked at the National Finals Rodeo.
Brooks is one of three saddle bronc riders who competed at the NFR Dec. 6-15. He is joined by Clay Elliott and Jake Wright. The saddle bronc field also includes former world champions Jesse Kruse (2009), Jesse Wright (2012) and Spencer Wright (2014).
“It’s a great rodeo,” said Brooks. “It will be good coming in all warmed up from the NFR. Usually, I’ve been off for a while before Chase Hawks.”
Brooks was on fire for a couple nights at his first NFR, posting back-to-back 90-point rides — the first of his career — to win rounds seven and eight. He earned $92,500 in 10 rounds of the NFR.
Brooks also won the saddle bronc competition at the PRCA NILE in October.
The saddle bronc field also includes Dawson Hay of Canada, the 2018 PRCA rookie of the year. His father won the Chase Hawks saddle bronc competition in 1999 and his uncle Denny won it in 2002 (sharing with Dan Mortensen) and 2005. Sage Newman of Melstone is a former national high school champion.
The bareback field spotlights former world champion and Chase Hawks winner Kelly Timberman of Mills, Wyoming.
Canadian Jared Parsonage returns to defend his bull riding title but will be hard pressed against a star-studded field.
The group includes Chase Dougherty, of Canby, Oregon, and Edgar’s Parker Breding. Dougherty finished second in the final 2018 bull riding standings and was the Top Gun Award winner at the NFR by earning more than $205,000, the most of any competitor. Breding enjoyed his best year as a professional, finishing fourth in the world standings.
Nevada Newman of Melstone won the PRCA NILE bull riding in the same building in October, while Stetson Lawrence is coming off an appearance at the Professional Bull Riders World Finals. Luke Gee of Stanford is the 2018 Canadian Pro Rodeo all-around champion. He also competed in steer wrestling.