Brett Badgett is a fourth-generation Montanan whose roots run deep in the tradition and legacy of the American West. His great-grandfather, Shorty Badgett, came to the Otter Creek country of southeastern Montana in the 1880’s to establish a ranch. Shorty’s son, Kirk, continued the ranching tradition by raising Remount horses for the United States Government and also rode for the famous CBC horse operation which was reputed to be the largest American horse enterprise ever.
Brett’s father, Wally, was a collegiate and professional rodeo rough-stock rider who qualified for the 1974 PRCA National Finals Rodeo. Wally is also an artist and the creator of the “Earl” comic strip.
Brett graduated from Montana State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree while competing in calf roping and team roping on the MSU rodeo team. After college, Brett traveled the nation for the next five years with several noted horsemen. He started performance horses for the next four years before accepting the position as Equine Studies instructor at Miles Community College. Brett is currently in his eighth year at MCC.
Brett has placed a 1/2 life-size monument titled “Layin the Trip” in the sculpture garden at the Pro Rodeo Hall of Champions Museum in Colorado Springs, CO. He has received commissions from companies and individuals such as Dodge Trucks, the Anipro Corporation and the Montana Stockgrowers Association. Brett’s work is available in very limited editions.