Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame
A self-made genuine Montana cowgirl, Arlene (Keltz) Haugland has been living her dream for most of her seventy-seven years. As a teenage admirer of Gene Autry she began training Cindy-Lou, her soon to be famous barrel horse on her parent’s farm near Belgrade, Montana. Cindy-Lou was a born winner and “tail spinner” known for propelling her way back to the finish line.
When Arlene graduated from Belgrade High school in 1954 she had already been competing in area rodeo. She married Bob Haugland soon after graduation. They both participated in rodeos, winning several buckles and trophies.
Arlene and Bob started their life together working on remote cattle ranches and soon settled on a diversified cattle ranch of their own in the Pass Creek Community several miles north of Belgrade. They raised their children Bill, Vickie and Deb to also become rodeo contestants, who they themselves won many awards. The family worked their cattle and crops of hay and grains as a team; hard work and rewarding accomplishments on the land and in the Community. Arlene remains on the home place even after Bob’s passing and continues with her cattle ranching, farming, haying and managing of the place with her son, Bill. Vickie and Deb also come to help when needed. Fifty years of the cowgirl life is truly a dream and a legacy to be admired.
Arlene’s achievements -
Montana Amateur Rodeo Association – Montana & Northern Rodeo Association Barrel Racing – 1st place: 1955, 1957, 1958, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1964; 2nd place: 1965
Five-State Champions Barrel Race Invitational – Montana State University. Won championship award in barrel racing: 1961
Secretary- District 4 – High-School Rodeo Association -27 years
Clerk - Bozeman Livestock & Headwaters Livestock Auction – 1969 - Present - 45 years
Rodeo Timer – High School Rodeo Association, Montana State University College Rodeo & Montana & Northern Rodeo Association - 47 years
Clerk - Wild West Winter-Fest Horse Sales - Bozeman - Several years
4-H Club Head Leader Pass Creek Community- 1966 - 2008 - 42 years. Horse & livestock, miscellaneous projects and judged Gallatin County 4-H record books. Recipient of three county 4-H award plaques for leadership service.
Gallatin County 4-H Horse Leader - 22 years
Charter member & served as President – Gallatin County Cowbelles
Member of Menard Community Women’s Club - since moving to area
Board member – Pass Creek Community Center - 2004 - present
Outstanding Agriculture Ranchers of the Year – Gallatin County Chamber Of Commerce – Arlene & Bob Haugland 2004
Manager Haugland Ranch cattle operation - 1957 - present