This years’ recipient of the Dr. Keith Peterson Lifetime Achievement Award is Duane Kesler.

Duane and his wife – Margo and son Chase – own and operate their own brand of rodeo company – “Duane Kesler Championship Rodeo Stock”.

This prestigious award recognizes an individual who has shown commitment, desire, an unforgiving work ethic, combined with a love of the sport of pro rodeo in the state of Montana. The individual provides sustained excellence in all that he or she does within the pro rodeo community.

Duane Kesler epitomizes everything that this prestigious award stands for. He has been involved in providing rodeo livestock throughout the US and Canada for over 40 years and believes in the gold standard of “honest hard work “ to get the job done. For four generations the Kesler name is ingrained in the world of Pro Rodeo not only in Montana but also throughout the lower US and Canada.

Duane has provided bucking stock for Montana’s biggest pro rodeos – Miles City, Baker, Whitefish, Drummond, Livingston, Augusta, the Montana Circuit Finals among many others throughout  Montana and Canada and the big ones – the Canadian National Finals and the pro rodeo National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.

Duane’s goal at each rodeo is to provide the best production and supply the best bucking stock to rodeo committees and contestants so the fans can experience the best that pro rodeo has to offer.

It is with great gratitude and honor that Duane Kesler is named the recipient of this year’s Dr. Keith Peterson Lifetime Achievement Award Presenting this year’s prestigious Dr. Keith Peterson Lifetime Achievement Award is Keith’s son, Dr. Chris Peterson of Seattle Washington.