Yellowstone and rodeo icon Forrie J. Smith is living up his “Instigators of the Montana Rodeo Reride” with his mother, and the photo is priceless.
Is anyone surprised at all that Forrie J. Smith‘s mom is the most precious thing you’ve ever seen? Seen here alongside her son and fellow Montanan Dean Folkvord, the Yellowstone star’s mother is picture-perfect in her embroidered equine attire.
“Instigators of the Montana Rodeo Reride Reunion with Dean Folkford, Mom and I!” Smith captions his photo. Check it out for yourself below, courtesy of his official Instagram:
Forrie J. Smith’s family history runs deep with American tradition. In fact, his family originates in Montana, where Yellowstone is based – and mostly filmed. The Lloyd Pierce actor was born in the city of Helena in 1959, and was raised on his grandparent’s ranch southwest of the city alongside his sweet mother.
“I went to grade school at Montana City – there were 13 kids in 8 grades,” Smith told RodeoNews a while back. “I fed cows with a team and sleigh when it was 50 below and it was 106 in August when I was setting posts,” he recalls of his Montana childhood.
‘Yellowstone’s Forrie J. Smith is as American as They Make ‘Em
“My granddad was whining and about the cow prices and how he wasn’t going to make any money, and I would ask, ‘Granddad, why are we doing it?’,” Smith continues of his upbringing. “He looked at me said, ‘Son, we’re helping feed our country. We’re helping feed America. We’re Americans’.”
The Yellowstone icon would spend his entire youth at the local rodeo with his mother and father. By 8-years-old, he was competing himself.
“I was on my second pair of chaps already – I wore one out riding at home,” he details. “My granddad rodeoed when they circled the cars and snubbed the horses… I was drawn to it. I’m known as a horseman. I’ve started a lot of warmbloods for the equestrian people.”
A young Forrie was also riding bucking stock bareback by age 11. “I would get on turnout horses and people like Pat Linger and Steve Loney would help me out,” he says. Talk about perfect for Yellowstone.
And when Forrie J. Smith says he “was raised in the back seat of a station wagon,” he means it in a good way. He says of his father’s rodeo-blood: “dad was winning checks until he was 52 in the RCA.”
As for his adorable mother? She was a rancher and rider, too. Still is! Forrie began “working the labor list when I was eight under guys like Sonny Linger, Reg Kesler, and the Big Bend Rodeo Company” with encouragement from his dear ol’ mom.
In short, the Yellowstone star puts it plainly: “Everything good in my life was because of rodeo.”
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