Old-time Western film and rodeo star Montie Montana has tossed a legal lasso around the neck of Larry, a 12-year-old pinto that had been at the center of a divorce settlement dispute between Montana and his former wife.
The divorce settlement between the lasso artist, 75, and his wife of 12 years, Eleanor, 67, was kept private by mutual agreement except for the announcement that Montana was given custody of the horse.
"I feel like I'm getting my right arm back again," Montana said about Larry, who plays key roles in the rodeo shows the cowboy said he still puts on 250 to 300 days a year. "He's part of my life," Montana said.
The joint statement by attorneys for Montana and his former wife did not disclose who would receive the 15-acre Montie Montana Rodeo Ranch in Agua Dulce, how the Montanas' horse equipment would be divided or any cash settlement. The agreement averted a trial that had been scheduled to start Thursday in San Fernando Superior Court.