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There was a moment of silence at the 2020 Montana High School Rodeo championships for a teen saddle bronc rider who didn’t make it to the state competition.

It was punctuated by a rider-less saddle bronc.

In between, a Miles City rider was honored by friends, competitors and family at the Fallon County Fairgrounds.

Orin Robert Muri died in a car accident April 29, just more than a month before the event was held in Baker.

There was a tribute during the event Saturday, when the organizers stopped to honor the 18-year old, with a large plaque, an emotional ceremony with his family and a moment that was silent except for one noise: the bucking of a horse, Orin’s Crossroads, which is named after Muri. Orin’s Crossroads bucked for eight seconds with an empty saddle.

The event was held right after the saddle bronc event.  Tori Yeager gave a speech while the family held his buckles during the ceremony.

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