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Professional Bull Rider Tanner Byrne, left, is applauded by PBR CEO Sean Gleason, center, as he rings the New York Stock Exchange opening bell, Friday, Jan. 4, 2019.

HELENA — The head of the Professional Bull Riders Association thinks Montana lawmakers really stepped in it when they rejected a measure to recognize the fourth Saturday in July as the "National Day of the Cowboy."

Professional Bull Riders Association CEO Sean Gleason tells The Great Falls Tribune he "has a burr in his saddle" after the state House vote and he considered moving this weekend's PBR event in Billings next year.

Gleason says in a Facebook post that he reconsidered because he couldn't abandon the fans "over the small-minded act of short-sighted politicians."

The House rejected the resolution on April 4 after some legislators wanted to add "cowgirl" because the resolution wasn't inclusive enough.

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Montana would have been the 15th state to participate in observing the National Day of the Cowboy.

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