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.