GREAT FALLS -- Ty Erickson of Helena, and Winston's Jesse and Lindsay Kruse, were crowned champions at the 41st annual Montana Pro Circuit Finals Rodeo on Sunday.
Erickson, the reigning world steer wrestling champion, captured his fifth Montana PRCA Circuit title, having pocketed $21,590 on the year. He also won the MPFR average crown in the Four Seasons Arena, grounding three steers in 10.6 seconds, while collecting $3,534.
Jesse Kruse garnered his third straight -- and sixth overall -- year-end circuit saddle bronc championship, with season earnings of $16,957. The 2009 PRCA world titlist, he placed runner-up in the average, scoring 228 points on three rides for $2,651.
Jesse's wife, barrel racer Lindsay Kruse, claimed her fourth Montana circuit crown, totaling $22,664 in yearly earnings. This is the second time for double year-end victories by the Kruses, having previously turned the trick in 2017.
The threesome have qualified for the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo in Florida in April.
Capital City cowgirl Shelby (Blixt) Gill placed third in the barrel's average standings, clocking a combined time of 40.44 seconds for three turns around the cloverleaf, while pocketing $1,767.