The 53rd C.M. Russell Stampede is
The purchase of a renegade mare from a riding stable in Detroit, Michigan for $150.00 became one of the most significant purchases made in the company. This mare #29, Nightmare, went on to be the foundation mare for this breeding program. Along with the assistance of Bud Dancy from South Dakota who was raising bucking horses at that time and an outstanding stud, Mr. T, a Tooke bred horse, some of the greatest horses evolved. The legacy of these horses goes on for many years with outstanding bucking horses that have won many awards in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.
In December of 2008, Sparky and Marlene Dreesen of Circle, Montana, bought J Bar J from Jim and Maggie Zinser. Sparky and Marlene got started in the rodeo business in the mid 80’s when they bought out Harlan Gunville of Eagle Butte, South Dakota. Prior to that Sparky was a bareback rider in the Badlands Circuit. They started out producing high school and amateur rodeos which they still do in their spare time. In 2004, they merged with Dr. Bruce Fink and Gold Buckle Rodeo Company. After the purchase of J Bar J in 2008, they merged their businesses and formed J Bar J, Inc. With the combination of the Gold Buckle stock and that of J Bar J, they are producing top quality rodeos from east to west.
J Bar J has been taking stock to the NFR since 2005. In 2017 they were able to take 12 head to the National Finals. They currently take livestock to 10 PRCA Rodeos, and some Champions Ride Bronc Matches. Their livestock travels from the Central to Eastern Montana and as far away as Kentucky. They also sub contract at other rodeos.
J Bar J has been recognized in 2010 and 2014 with the PRCA Remuda Award. This annual award goes to the stock contractor who provides the best most consistent pen of bucking horses in the PRCA. One of their best known horses is “Bugs Bunny.”