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When all was said and done, Preston Williams stood head and shoulders above the nearly 200 cowboys and cowgirls on hand for the 30th Indian National Finals Rodeo in San Carlos, Arizona.

Someday their names will be the answers to Wrangler Division trivia questions. These 12 individuals claimed national championships at the first Wrangler Junior High Finals Rodeo, conducted in July 2005 in Gallup, New Mexico. Here’s a closer look at each of the winners.

First-time contestants and fans alike are always surprised to see two dozen or so trees planted in a circular shape inside the St. Paul Rodeo arena. At one time, the trees served to outline the arena’s racetrack, used for all types of cowgirl, pony-express, chariot and pony races that most often involved local contestants.

Fancy loops, masterful horsemanship and great gear are just part of the allure of the Californios Ranch Roping & Stock Horse Contest. The buckaroo brotherhood and unguided stock-handling philosophies are what make it a tradition.

When John Scott moved to Montana, his vision for a ranch was as vast as the skies above him. Undeterred by harsh weather and wavering markets, John built one of the largest cow-calf operations and most reputable remudas in the state.

After 130 years, the JA Ranch remains one of Texas’ legendary outfits. Now, the ranch’s young crew addresses the challenges of ranching today while retaining an appreciation for the traditions of the past.