Newest John Moore Book

The World Famous Miles City Bucking Horse Sale is proud to help John Moore market this new book. John has been instrumental in keeping the history and heritage of the World Famous Miles City Bucking Horse Sale alive! This newest book is a must read!
John Morford – President – World Famous Miles City Bucking Horse Sale Board of Governors


In 1982, Miles City area rancher John L. Moore self-published a 76-page booklet entitled “The World Famous Miles City Jaycee Bucking Horse Sale Collector’s Edition.”

A former reporter and photographer for both the Miles City Star and the Great Falls Tribune, Moore had attended the Sale since he was a child and had first covered it in 1971.

“I threw the ‘Collector’s Edition’ together hastily back then,” he admits. “I saw the Sale losing its sense of culture. Someone needed to preserve its origins and honor its history of cowboys, broncs, consignors, and buyers.”

The booklet included articles and photographs by Moore and contributions by other notable writers, photographers, and cowboys.

Now, 42 years later, Moore has issued a revised Bucking Horse Sale book and added his popular series on the FUF Ranch, a horse operation south of Forsyth, Montana, that ran 15,000 horses on 1.1 million acres of open range between 1890 and 1910. This booklet is 80 pages in length.

“The Bucking Horse Sale and the FUF Ranch have no direct connection,” Moore explains. But both are important figures in the history of horses on the Northern Great Plains. The FUF Ranch had a cast of crew members that included Teddy Blue Abbott, the poet D.J. O’Malley, the famed western artist William Gollings, freed slave Joe Proctor, and other top horse hands and cooks. And to top it off, its headquarters was on an island in the Yellowstone River known as Cannibal Island.”