Courtesy of the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association
December 8, 2017
Tanner Milan led the Canadian parade to the winner’s circle on night number two of the 2017 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
After being out of the money in the first round, the two-time Canadian Champion dropped his steer in a speedy 3.5 seconds to claim the $26,230 first place cheque on Friday night at the Thomas and Mack Arena.
“I was a lot sharper on the barrier tonight and being sharper and getting a good start really helped me.”
Mounted on Tom Lewis’ doggin’ horse, Maverick, and with brother and talented hazer, Baillie on the other side of the steer, Milan won his first ever go-round at the WNFR. “It’s something I’ve always dreamed of and it dang sure feels good to get it done.”
The Cochrane cowboy, appearing at his second National Finals, jumped three places to fifth overall in the world standings and gained much-needed ground on season leader, Ty Erickson. Milan moved to within $53,000 of the leader. Erickson and the second half of the Canadian steer wrestling tandem, Scott Guenthner, of Provost, Alberta, both finished just out of the money with identical 4.5 second runs.
In the bareback riding, Canadian frowns turned upside down when Jake Vold’s announced 77 score earned the three-time Canadian title holder a re-ride. And given a second chance, last year’s runner-up for the world title didn’t waste the opportunity, recording an 87 score on Beutler and Son Rodeo’s Hollywood Hills to split 3/4 in the round and pick up $13,326 for the effort. The bad news for Vold was that he was unable to narrow the gap on front-runner and defending World Champion, Tim O’Connell who equaled Vold’s score with an 87 point ride of his own.
Vold’s 174.5 on two leads the average with O’Connell in second spot and Manitoba’s Orin Larsen in third. Larsen picked up a sixth place cheque in the go round, courtesy of his 85 score on Pickett Pro Rodeo’s Uncapped for a $4230 payday.
And in the bull riding, 2016 Canadian champion, Jordan Hansen, cashed his first-ever cheque at the WNFR as he rode Sutton Rodeo’s High Roller to 84.5 points and a $6769 haul, a nice bounce-back performance after the Calgary talent bucked off his opening night bull. Things got a little tighter at the top end of the bull riding leaderboard as 2017 Canadian Champion, Garrett Smith, won the round with an 87.5 and inched closer to overall leader and three time title holder, Sage Kimzey who was 86.5 to spilt 2/3 in the round. Smith, the Rexburg, Idaho sensation, is now just $12,000 back of Kimzey and is second in the average with the Texas superstar holding down 4th spot. Wayne Vold’s Heaven’s Basement took home the rank stock award as the seven year-old brindle bucked off the very tough Tim Bingham.
Things did not go well for the trio of Canadian saddle bronc riders on a Friday night that felt like Friday the 13th. In a round that saw the bucking horses dominate, there were only seven cowboys able to record scores. Reigning World Champion, Zeke Thurston, 2017 Canadian Champ, Layton Green, and 2016 titleist, Clay Elliott weren’t among the seven success stories on this night as CoBurn Bradshaw rode Calgary Stampede’s Tiger Warrior to a whopping 89 score to win the round. If there’s a silver lining for the Canadian trio, it’s that the guy all three are chasing, season leader Jacobs Crawley was also victimized by the tough Friday pen of broncs. Bradshaw, however, has moved to third in the standings and is now very much in the championship conversation as he also leads the average after two rounds.
In the team roping, Arrowwood, Alberta’s Jeremy Buhler remains in 15th spot overall after a no time on Friday night. The defending world champion and 2017 Canadian champ is roping alongside Arizona roper, Tom Richards, after regular partner (for both of those championships) Levi Simpson, finished one spot out of the top fifteen and is having to watch his longtime partner from the sidelines. Former Canadian Champions, Dustin Bird (twice) and Russell Cardoza won the round with a blistering 3.9. Kaleb Driggers and 2016 World All-Around Champion Junior Nogueira continue to lead the world standings.
And in the barrel racing, Salem, Oregon’s Amberleigh Moore posted a go-round winning 13.54 second run while Tiany Shuster’s seeming insurmountable lead coming to Las Vegas seems even more secure after Friday night. While Shuster has been out of the money through two rounds, her nearest rival, Stevi Hillman had a difficult round two run (23.67 seconds) and took herself out of the average and very likely out of the title chase as well.
Trevor Brazile, seemingly on a mission to take back his All-Around crown after a year’s absence from the PRCA, won the tie down roping with a Brazile-esque 7.4 run on Friday night.
After a go-round win last night, Nellie Miller has gained some ground chasing that World Champion title, with a beautiful run. She is now behind the number two cowgirl, Stevi Hillman by $29,184.87 and behind Tiany Schuster by $93,610.04. Each round pays $26,230.77 to win, so anything is possible!
All of the ladies and their horses looked great last night, so I expect to see it get even faster tonight! Ground looked a little hard on third..
Amber Moores horse Paige took third barrel to the stifle, hopefully she is feeling ok tonight. Taci Bettis was making a nice run, snapped around second, but her saddle slipped headed up to third, and received a no time.
People keep talking about records being smashed during this Wrangler NFR, and no doubt we will see crazy fast times, but the pattern has been changed just the slightest each year, so is anything a true record anymore? The current “record” is 13.37 set by Taylor Jacob and Bo in 2013. Amberleigh Moore and Paige could’ve broke that last year, but had a knocked barrel. They did tie Taylors time though!
Best dressed: Ivy Conrado and Nellie Miller, cause I do love a Canadian Tuxedo!
Favourite run to watch: Nellie Miller. Sister made it look like a walk in the park.
Round two prediction is Kassie Mowry to win it with a 13.5.
As for Canadians last night, Jake Vold won the bareback riding on Oakridge with an 87.5 spur ride for $26,230.77, while Manitobas Orin Larsen was second with an 86.5 pocketing a cool $20,730.77.
In the steer wrestling, Scott Guenthner split 3/4/5/6/6 with a 4.3 for a $7,530.77 cheque, Tanner Milan was long with a 6.60.
In the saddle bronc riding, 2016 world champion Zeke Thurson split 5/6/6 with an 85 point ride on Calgary’s Timely Delivery for $3,666.66. Both Layton Green and Clay Elliot were 79.
The 2017 Canadian Champion and 2016 world champ heeler, Jeremy Buhler was a 9.3, and Jordan Hansen was bucked off of Record Rack’s Lumberjack.
Canadian cowboys got off to a fast start at the 2017 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
Three time Canadian champion, Jake Vold, wasted no time in resuming his signature lights-out performances in Las Vegas. Vold who finished second in the world a year ago and won three rounds and $165,000 in the Thomas and Mack Arena, picked up where he left off with a tremendous 87.5 on Kesler Rodeo’s Oakridge. The win netted the Airdrie cowboy the $26,230 first place cheque and moved him to third in the world standings with $138,391 in the bank, now $87,000 back of season leader and defending world champion Tim O’Connell.
“It’s a good confidence builder,” Vold noted of his first night ride. “There are a lot of horses here and going at that kind of money, I find quite exciting. It’s keeps your blood flowing. I need to win a lot of money to have a chance at a world title. To get the win right off the bat is definitely key. Hopefully a guy can keep it rolling and see what happens after the 10 days”.
Provost, Alberta steer wrestler, Scott Guenthner, did not appear to feel any nerves as he made his first-ever appearance at the WNFR posting a solid 4.3 second run to be among a cluster of bulldoggers with that time. Guenthner split 3/4/5/6/6 for a nice $7530 start to his Finals. Cochrane’s Tanner Milan, at his second Las Vegas Finals, was 6.6 seconds on his steer and finished out of the money. Defending world champion, Tyler Waguesback, won the round with a 3.5 second run to keep his repeat title hopes very much alive. He sits third in the world at $140,000, $33,000 behind Helena, Montana dogger, Ty Erickson.
In the saddle bronc riding, defending world champion, Zeke Thurston of Big Valley, Alberta, closed the gap on the season leader and 2015 World Champion, Jacobs Crawley. The 23 year-old Canadian now trails Crawley by just $9,000 after a 5/6/6 split on the Calgary Stampede stallion Timely Delivery. The second generation bronc rider was 85 points on the horse on this night, as the pair reprised their July Calgary Stampede matchup that ended with Thurston collecting 90 points. Crawley finished out of the money on a night that saw Oklahoma cowboy Hardy Braden win the round with an 87.5 score. Utah’s Ryder Wright (86.5) and 2015 Canadian champion Cody DeMoss (85.5) won 3rd and 4th respectively on a couple of Canadian broncs, C5 Rodeo’s Black Hills and Outlaw Buckers’ three time Canadian champion Lunatic Party.
Clay Elliott and Layton Green, the other two Canadians in the bronc riding, both managed 79 scores on night number one.
Defending world champion team roping heeler, Jeremy Buhler of Arrowwood, caught a leg and was 9.3 seconds with partner Tom Richards after Canadian partner, Levi Simpson, finished just out of the 2017 WNFR. Buhler remains in 15th spot in the world standings in a round that was won by Kaleb Driggers and reigning All Around Champion, Junior Nogueira, who also sit atop the world standing, both with over $170,000 on the season.
And in the bull riding, Calgary’s 2016 Canadian champion, Jordan Hansen, first Canadian to qualify for the WNFR since 2001, was bucked off by Beutler and Son Rodeo’s Lumberjack. Hansen came to Las Vegas in 13th place overall. The round was won by Trey Benton lll, as he rode the Big Stone bull, Mortimer, to 90 points. Joe Frost, he Utah bull rider rode Outlaw Buckers’ Bomb Shell to 84 points for 5th place in the round. 2017 Canadian champion, Garrett Smith from Rexburg, Idaho, narrowed the gap on season leader Sage Kimsey as he posted an 85.5 point ride for 4th place in the round while Kimsey, the three-time titleist, finished out of the money with a 79 mark. Smith moves to within $20,000 of the leader as he vies for his first world crown.
EDMONTON, AB (November 12, 2017) – For the past five days, Northlands was honoured to host the 44th annual Canadian Finals Rodeo and Farmfair International from November 8 – 12 at Northlands Coliseum and the Edmonton EXPO Centre. Two of Edmonton’s largest annual events spurred western excitement throughout the Northlands grounds and the entire city of Edmonton, with a combined attendance of 191,397.
“We are proud of the incredible growth achieved by Farmfair International,” said Tim Reid, President and CEO, Northlands. “The success of this event further demonstrates the importance of agriculture to Northlands and to Alberta’s economy. Farmfair is an integral part of the future of Northlands as we embrace our agricultural roots moving forward.”
The 44th edition of Farmfair International drew a record 101,129 guests to the Edmonton EXPO Centre to take in cattle shows and sales, equine events, the Heritage Ranch Rodeo, RAM Country Marketplace and more. This a 5.8% increase over last year’s record breaking attendance, and the first time Farmfair International has attracted more than 100,000 guests. Farmfair International brought 140 international buyers from 14 countries together to conduct business, trade industry knowledge and to purchase top-quality genetics from Alberta producers. The number of international buyers is up 55% over last year. With more than 1,500 head of livestock exhibited including more than 1,000 head of purebred cattle, the 2017 edition of Farmfair International was one of the biggest yet.
From humble beginnings in 1974, the first Canadian Finals Rodeo drew 24,000 guests to the Edmonton Gardens. In its 44th and final year at Northlands Coliseum, 90, 268 guests took in six action-packed performances over five days. This is a 3.3% increase over last year’s attendance. As the largest indoor rodeo in Canada, 108 competitors chased the dream for championship buckles and their share of more than $1.5 million in prize money. The Roadhouse presented by TD brought live performances to the Edmonton EXPO Centre on Friday and Saturday including Dallas Smith’s Side Effects Tour presented by Old Camp, as well as Tanya Tucker and Aaron Pritchett to keep the party going after CFR performances.
“Fans of the Canadian Finals Rodeo came out to show their support and demonstrated the impact this event has on our local economy,” said Tim Reid, President and CEO, Northlands. “We thank the CFR fans for their support and loyalty over the last 44 years. This is not goodbye but see you later.”
Edmonton, Alberta – If you’re coming to the city for the 44th Canadian Finals Rodeo or for the inaugural Professional Bull Riders Global Cup, you’re going to be in and around the heart of downtown Edmonton.
Instead of going to Boston Pizza, The Keg or Ruth’s Chris, I have compiled a list of some delicious restaurants you should check out, Lipstick and Cowboy Boots approved of course. All of which are within 10km of Northlands Coliseum and even closer from Rogers Place.
If you don’t feel like driving the dually downtown, I don’t blame you. Call an Uber. Download the app, it is SO easy to use and is cheaper than a cab. Plus you can watch on your phone how close they are to you! The LRT also runs downtown and is an option.
I have made this really handy for you. If you click the name of the resturant it will take you to Google Maps, but if you read through, you’ll find each restaurants website at the bottom of each write up!
Bodega Tapas & Wine Bar, 10220 103 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 4A1 5km from Northlands Coliseum
This is my favourite place in Edmonton. Opens at 4:30pm. Its small, but has a large group table in the middle. What are Tapas? They are shareable dishes. So the majority of whats on the menu, you order to share with the table. There are a few bowls for one, but get in on the sharing action! If you have me on Snapchat, you’ve probably looked at every dish on the menu. (Sorry for pretending to be a food critic hipster, taking photos of my food)
Favourite dishes on the menu include but are not limited to: Bacon Wrapped Dates, Patatas Bravas, Crimini Mushrooms, Angus Skirt Steak, Garlic Prawns, Piri Piri Calamari, and the beef and lamb Empandillas. To finish it off, I LOVE the House Passionfruit Cheesecake or the Crema Catalina.
At first the dishes will start coming out and you won’t think its enough to eat, so you keep ordering more dishes, and then once its time to consider dessert, you’re wishing you wore your thanksgiving stretchy pants. Just unbutton your Wranglers and get the dessert!
Fave drink here – red or white sangria. Both are delicious.
Parking lot is across from La Boheme, you won’t get towed, or street parking.
Website with menu – www.bodegahighlands.ca
El Cortez Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar, 8230 Gateway Blvd, Edmonton, AB T6E 4B2 8km from Northlands Coliseum
El Cortez makes you feel like you’re not in the North Pole, instead you made a run for the border and you’re in the heart of Mexico. They have weird but interesting video snippets playing on the wall, occasionally have a DJ come in, and ALWAYS have great tacos!
Favourite dish on their menu is the VALENTINA’S FRIED CAULIFLOWER with Aji Aioli Dip.
Fave taco there is the Cinnamon Braised Pork,
Fave drink here – Sangria.
Parking lot across the street.
Website with menu – http://www.elcortezcantina.com
Tres Carnales Taqueria, 10119 100A St NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 0R5 5km drive from Northlands Coliseum or you can take the train.
This restaurant was my first Taco love. It is small and usually has a line but they are fast and the food is worth the wait. Great option for those of you headed to the ladies fashion show at the Westin. Its within stumbling distance.
Favourite dish to start is the Papas Fritas, which is fried chunks of Russett potatoes topped with a guajillo chile chimmichurri, queso fresco and cilantro.
Fave taco is the El Pastor (Pork)
Fave drink here – you guessed it, the Sangria.
Parking – minimal street parking, but there is a parkade around the corner. I will cross my fingers CFR44 & the PBR Global Cup aren’t coming with a blizzard and forty below temps!
Website with menu – http://trescarnales.com
Meat, 8216 104 St NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 4E5 8km from Northlands Coliseum
If all you want is a rack of ribs, fried chicken or smoked chicken, may I suggest Meat. They do have a few sandwiches as well. Sides are ordered separately. Its all delicious! You’ll leave with a full belly and the meat sweats.
Favourite drink here – Kentucky Mule (Bourbon)
Parking – find a lot and walk down Whyte, or test your luck and see if there is street parking.
Website with menu – http://meatfordinner.com
Sicilian Pasta Kitchen, 11239 Jasper Ave, Edmonton, AB T5K 0L5 6km from Northlands Coliseum (There is also a south side location if you’re staying on the south side of the city.)
If you want pasta, may I suggest not stopping at Olive Garden and checking out the Sicilian Pasta Kitchen instead? Seriously, you’ll thank me later.
My favourite dish was a lobster stuffed ravioli which I am not seeing on the menu, BUT, you could order anything on the menu and feel like you’re in Italy for the evening. Their in-house prepared tiramisu has been hailed as Edmonton’s best.
Website with menu – www.sicilianpastakitchendowntown.com
Blue Plate Diner, 10145 104 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 1A7 5.5km from Northlands Coliseum
GREAT BREAKFAST HERE I am told.
Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, and a kids menu, the Blue Plate Diner has you covered. Again, I have never personally been here before, but have always heard great reviews of the place.
Parking – there are pay-parking lots close by.
Website with menu – www.blueplatediner.ca
Local Jasper, 11228 Jasper Ave, Edmonton, AB T5K 2V2 6.5km from Northlands Coliseum
This is a bit of a chain restaurant, similar to Joeys or Earls but its a safe bet if you’re scared of everything else I have recommended so far. Kids are welcome here. Board games, shuffle board etc available to play while you wait.
Favourite dish here would be the Fried Chicken Sandwich.
Fave drink – Kung Fu Punch. Tastes like juice, packs a punch..
Parking – I believe there is a parking lot here, or street parking.
Website with menu – www.localjasperave.com
Sherlock Holmes Pub, 10012 101A Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 0P5 5km from Northlands Coliseum
Pub food, around the corner from the Westin, so ladies who are headed to the fashion show, looking for a drink and quick bite to eat before the rodeo, this is a great option (as is Tres Carnales, its just a little longer walk.)
Daily specials, and brunch available for those who don’t wake up early enough for breakfast..
Website with menu – www.thesherlockspubs.com
Eat Clean St. Albert
If you’re looking for a healthy alternative through out the week, I will HIGHLY recommend Eat Clean St.Albert. Dan and Stacey will meal prep for you and all you have to do is order. You can either pick up at their location or you can choose the delivery option. Check out their Facebook page or their website for all options! http://eatcleangrill.com
1st- Laci Suitor FAMOUS LITTLE BUGGAR 17.590 $1216
2nd- Kim Gertowski SR FAMOUSINPARADISE 17.821 $912
3rd- Chad Muldoon NINETYNINE ELCAMOONO 17.833 $608
4th- Pam Havens STRAIGHT BACK TA FAME 17.884 $304
5th- Chelsea Moore LEROY 17.986
1st- Melissa Resch GO BAD MAN GO 17.560 $640
2nd- Virginia Foran LITTLE DREAM WEAVER 17.646 $480
3rd- Rene LeClercq SPECIAL N TINY 17.981 $320
4th- Shauna Cole MARTHAS GOLD 18.185 $160
5th- Twylla Bruhn GOOSES DONALD DUCK 18.267
Results to be posted after the sale.
Sale begins at 5PM and will be on the Three Step Quarter Horse Facebook page LIVE. The preview will be on the same page at 12PM where horses will have five minutes in the arena and are asked to make a run (to the horses ability)
The Cloverleaf Sale Results
Lot 1 – ZS GOTTA SMOOTH ALIBI $3,500
Lot 2 – VON FILLINIC -PASS
Lot 3 – BAR F SUGAR PAM $2,400
Lot 4 – SCRATCH
Lot 5 – UNLEASH THE ICE $4,000
Lot 6 – MISS FLASHY MERCEDES $3000
Lot 7 – JXL DELIGHTFUL CHIC $700
Lot 8 – ZS ZIPPYHIPPIE $2,400
Lot 9 – LECTRIC LILY BAR $1,000
Lot 10 – CHAMPIONS CHALLENGE $4,750
Lot 11 – ALG LITTLE AMIGO -PASSED
Lot 12 – HANKS VEGAS SHOWMAN-PASSED
Lot 13 – BULLYS JACKIE JOH-PASSED
Lot 14 – UNLEASHED THE FIRE $4,500
Lot 15 – QUICK MOVIN GUY-PASSED
Lot 16 – HD COLOR ME REBEL-PASSED
Lot 17 – CHICKS PERFECT BABY $9,750 HIGH SELLER
Lot 18 – RAISIN THE GO $7,600
Lot 19 – BAR F BEE JAY $900
Lot 20 – DUSTY TATOR BUG $1,250
Lot 21 – STRIKERS GINGER PINE-PASSED
Lot 22 – DQ DELIGHT $8,500
Lot 23 – DK BANKIN ON FAME $8,600
Lot 24 – CAUGHT ME ON THE 99-PASSED
Lot 25 – SPECIAL GLOW -SCRATCH
Lot 26 – RAISIN THE MOON DR -PASSED
Lot 27 – SURFER -PASSED
Lot 28 – THE ORIGINAL GANGSTER-PASSED
Lot 29 – THINGS GETN WESTERN $700
Lot 30 – DDD MC CLASSY DASH-PASSED
Lot 31 – DK FAMOUS FWF $8,500
Lot 32 – VEGAS CHROME $5,150
Lot 33 – GS COWBOY WAY -SCRATCH
Lot 34 – MLR STREAK FOUREL VIS-PASSED
Lot 35 – RADICAL GOLD SCRIBBLZ $4,700
This is the UNOFFICIAL list of the top 15 barrel racers in the WPRA who should be heading to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo this December in Las Vegas, thanks to Miles McNarland, who keeps tabs on this all year long! As official results come in from the WPRA, I will update this post!
The number one cowgirl, Tiany Schuster and her horse Showmance, are ahead of Stevi Hillman who is occupying second position by $65,319, unofficially. The next closest by money won in the rough stock and timed events is bull riding sensation Sage Kimzey, who has won $234,136.27 in his 2017 season, then Tuf Cooper with $211,927.32.
Canada will be sending 9 of their best south of the border for finals, including Jordan Hansen, Tanner Milan, Scott Guenther, Jake Vold, Orin Ellis, Clay Elliot, Zeke Thurston, Layton Green, and Jeremy Buhler who will not be competing with his roping partner Levi Simpson as Simpson fell into the crying hole. Buhler will be roping with Tom Richards. Thanks to Ted Stovin with Everything Cowboy for the update. To learn more, check out his story here.
1 Tiany Schuster Krum, TX $250,016.98 90
2 Stevi Hillman Weatherford, TX $177,791.92 92
3 Nellie Miller Cottonwood, CA $130,536.75 46
4 Amberleigh Moore Salem, OR $120,852.11 50
5 Kassie Mowry Dublin, TX $115,162.81 24
6 Kathy Grimes Medical Lake, WA $111,785.38 45
7 Hailey Kinsel Cotulla, TX $97,778.87 66
8 Lisa Lockhart Oelrichs, SD $93,438.32 57
9 Taci Bettis (R) Round Top, TX $93,222.32 66
10 Sydni Blanchard Albuquerque, NM $91,376.73 74
11 Tillar Murray Fort Worth, TX $86,019.79 88
12 Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi Victoria, TX $83,741.30 90
13 Kellie Collier Hereford, TX $83,342.23 96
14 Ivy Conrado Hudson, CO $77,490.74 83
15 Kimmie Wall Roosevelt, UT $73,819.70 58
16 Sherry Cervi Marana, AZ $73,015.80 76
17 Emily Miller Weatherford, OK $71,704.09 79
18 Jana Bean Ft Hancock, TX $70,654.26 92
19 Jackie Ganter Abilene, TX $68,758.99 96
20 Ari-Anna Flynn Charleston, AR $62,607.25 86
PONOKA, Alberta – Over $300,000 was won this weekend at the Calnash Ag Events Centre during The Breeze, The Runaway and the LeathernLace Open barrel races, hosted by Leather n’ Lace owner Laci Fyfe-Shock.
2016 was the first year The Runaway was hosted. The event sold out in less than a minute, filling 155 slots at $750 a piece, making a 3D slot race with a seven tenths split. Because of the huge success of this event, Laci decided to host another; The Breeze. This time being a $1780 entry fee with only 115 slots, and decided to make it a 2D slot race with a one second split. An open jackpot was also held Friday and Saturday afternoon with about 500 runs between the two days.
The clock was ticking the last few days leading up to The Breeze and Sam Smith could not seem to get a bite on renting her slot as she had no horse currently sound and able to run in the race.
A last minute deal with her friend Callahan Crossley, ended up paying off when Callahan ran a 17.053 on her great horse Brownie. The slot originally belonged to photographer and barrel racer, Kaylee-Jo Fawcett (Henkelman).
The deal they made ended up giving Kaylee-Jo $5,000 sending Sam and Callahan $22,500 each.
When asked what Sam is doing with the money she jokingly said, “It’s already gone, I paid some vet bills.”
For Christa Winsnes she had to come home with money from The Runaway, or it meant the shoes were being pulled from her horses feet and her season was over. Her and her husband Willy had discussed that this was it for money being put into barrel racing and rodeo for the season after a tough year with cattle prices. Christa and her mare Sasha have really been clicking this season and running a lot faster than she ran in The Runaway. After stopping the clock at a 18.308, Winsnes was not a happy women, storming out of the arena.
Her husband walked up to the trailer with pep in his step. Smiling he asked, “Do you want to see your run?” to which Christa replied, “Why are you smiling? No! Burn the video!” Willy said, “Do you know where you’re sitting with that run? Carman ran a 16.906, you were an 18.308.”
Christa’s face dropped, thinking of what they could get done with $20,000 if she held on to the top spot in the 3D. They stayed out by the trailer, packed up and checked Rodeo-Go for results, scared to go back in.
After they packed up the trailer, they decided to go back into the building to watch the last five horses. They ran into friends who already congratulated her on her win. “No, no not yet! There are five horses to run.” Christa said.
“We called family members and said, ‘say a prayer, this might happen for us.’.”
Charlene Humphrey told Christa someone would have to run a thousandth of a second faster than her to bump her, the odds of that happening were slim. Christa told her it wasn’t real until the last horse ran, knowing anything is possible at a jackpot.
Finally Laci announced the money earners, and reality hit. They were going home with $20,000.
“You know, you don’t really win the 3D, you fall into it, and the luck of falling into it at this race, its something else; it’s surreal.” smiled Christa.
Check out these fast runs from The Breeze
Pays out as follows:
1st -$50,000 Callahan Crossley on Brownie 17.053
2nd -$30,000 Taylor Jacob on Honour Thy Frenchman 1
3rd -$5,000 Shannon Blakely on Major Dry Bar 17.160
4th -$5,000 Carman Pozzobon on Ripn Lady 17.180
5th – Jenny Traub on LL Invidious 17.253
1st -$50,000 Melissa Duff on Why Not This Man 18.073
2nd -$30,000 Abby Miller on Guy 18.081
3rd -$5,000 Del Bieleny on Chicklet Lena 18.081
4th -$5,000 Nicole Haughian 18.102
Check out Carman Pozzobon’s new arena record and other great runs from The Runaway!
Pays out as follows:
1st -$20,0000 Carman Pozzobon on Ripn Lady 16.906
2nd -$10,000 Bailee Switzer on Joans Special Alibi 17.208
3rd -$2,000 Brook Swaffield on Time Line In Command 17.230
4th -$2,000 Jaime Hinton on The Goob 17.241
5th – Judy Veer on Rushstone 17.311
1st -$20,0000 Nina Smith on Cloud Grey 17.610
2nd -$10,000 Regan Tebb on Concerned About Cash 17.618
3rd -$2,000 Lauren Byrne 17.673
4th -$2,000 Pamela Jacob Purves on JT Sizzle Smoky Bee 17.674
5th Kim Gertowski on Letta Shawne Bug 17.710
1st -$20,0000 Christa Winsnes on Sheisbyu 18.308
2nd -$10,000 Allison Thompson on Palmer 18.326
3rd -$2,000 Alex Keras on Simply Bad 18.343
4th -$2,000 Carolyn Knapp on Lynx Java Honor 18.344
5th Carla Popescu on Quick N Frosty 18.347