Joe Bogner held a 2008 rodeo championship buckle in one hand and the 2009 version in the other hand, showing them to a visitor.

    The basic template for the Dodge City Roundup PRCA Rodeo buckle doesn't change from year to year. The difference is in the distinctive details — the size of the Budweiser logo on one side, the small jewels that adorn the buckle, the silver scrolls that swirl around the center.


Joe Bogner held a 2008 rodeo championship buckle in one hand and the 2009 version in the other hand, showing them to a visitor.
    The basic template for the Dodge City Roundup PRCA Rodeo buckle doesn't change from year to year. The difference is in the distinctive details — the size of the Budweiser logo on one side, the small jewels that adorn the buckle, the silver scrolls that swirl around the center.
    The manufacturer, Montana Silversmiths, uses the best materials to make each buckle special, Bogner said Monday.
    "You're using sterling silver, you're using gold leaf, you're using gold on them, and you're using the real jewels — whether they be the rubies, the emeralds, the diamonds," he said. "They're the real thing. They're not just a chrome knockoff."
    About five months ago, Bogner and his son, John, began work on this year's championship buckle.
    Now, after months of discussions, e-mails and preliminary designs, the finished buckle is ready for Championship Night.
    "I take pride in it," John Bogner said as he displayed the buckle in its small case. "Like Dad said, there's only a few buckles that these cowboys look for, and this is one of them. So we really want to make sure this is the one they go after."

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