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Hansen Kicks Off Season in Winning Style

Jordan Hansen has some big-time goals for 2020.
A win at the Rebel Energy Xtreme Bull Riding in Red Deer, Alberta was a solid first step toward fulfilling a couple of those objectives.
“My focus will definitely be on rodeo again this year,” the 2016 Canadian champion stated. “I want to get back to the WNFR. Once you’ve been there, you want to be there every year. And, I’d like another Canadian title. I don’t want to win just one. And if it worked out, I think it would be cool to make all three major finals – the CFR, the WNFR and the PBR World Finals. I was close last year; I was alternate for the PBR World Finals. If I can have some luck at a few of the big PBR events, who knows. There haven’t been many guys make all three.”
Hansen’s Red Deer win took place at the Westerner Park’s Centrium and came on the heels of his riding all six of his CFR bulls in that same building in late fall. The Ponoka, Alberta bull rider is now eight for his last eight in that facility. Hansen topped the long go at the Rebel Energy event with an 86.5 point score on Eno Bucking Bulls’ Thunder Road then added a second 86.5 in the short round on Outlaw Buckers’ Too Hot to finish up with 173 points on two head for an impressive $5088.
“I’d seen my long round bull once before, and he was really good.” Hansen explained. “And I got pretty lucky in the short round. All the guys were telling me I had the easy one and I’d better not screw up. They said he’d start to the right and come back left; that’s exactly what happened.”
The 26 year old bull rider is heading into the 2020 season on a high. “There’s no doubt that winning the average and going six for six at the CFR, and then having a good NFR (including a final go-round win) was huge for me. My confidence is through the roof and I was ready to get the season started.”
Two time Canadian All Around Champion, Jacob Gardner (Dawson Creek, BC) followed up on his Maple Leaf Circuit Finals win in late November with a solid second place showing in Red Deer (170 points on two, $4712).
The Adrenaline Productions CPRA-PRCA approved event also featured Novice Bull Riding. Parkland, Alberta cowboy Quentin Taylor topped an impressive field of young riders with 77 points for $784.
Complete results are available at rodeocanada.com
Next on the CPRA spring roster is the Chad Besplug Invitational February 29 in Claresholm, AB.

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Breakaway Roping Now an Optional CPRA Event

The Canadian Professional Rodeo Association is pleased to announce the addition of Breakaway Roping for the 2020 rodeo season as an optional event.
Individual committees can choose to add Breakaway Roping to their event roster at 2020 rodeos and beyond in the same way existing CPRA optional events – novice bareback, saddle bronc, bull riding and junior steer riding – may be added. 
“We’re excited to have Breakaway Roping on board,” noted CPRA President, Terry Cooke. “It’s great to see another opportunity for girls and women to compete. As well, rodeo committees have an additional event option, fans will enjoy the fast-paced action and the CPRA can look forward to welcoming new members.”
The event itself is open to female rodeo athletes of all ages – as long as they hold a current CPRA membership.
Contestants interested in competing in Breakaway Roping at CPRA rodeos can contact the office at 403-945-0903 for more information on memberships.

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2019 Canadian Champions Crowned


Ladies Barrel Racing

Canadian Champion: Brooke Wills
Go-Round Winner: Jackie Ganter 14.047
Aggregate Winner: Stacey Ruzicka

Championship Sunday Results:
Jackie Ganter 14.047
Brooke Wills 14.251
Stacey Ruzicka 14.467
Jennifer Sharp 14.518
Angela Ganter 14.525
Shelby Spielman 14.529
Justine Elliott 14.625
Mary Walker 14.693
Taylor Manning 19.649
Bertina Olafson nt
Jenna O’Reilly nt
Lynette Brodoway nt

Bareback Riding

Canadian Champion: Orin Larsen
Go-Round Winner:Orin Larsen
Aggregate Winner: Orin Larsen

Championship Sunday Results:
Orin Larsen 89.50
Dantan Bertsch 88.75
Cole Goodine 87.25
Clint Laye 87.25
Ty Taypotat 86.75
Richmond Champion 85.50
Caleb Bennett 84.25
Jacob Stemo 84.00
Kody Lamb 83.25
Spur Lacasse 82.50
Ky Marshall 81.25
Linden Woods 0.00

Steer Wrestling

Canadian Champion: Scott Guenthner
Go-Round Winner: Ty Miller
Aggregate Winner: Cody Cassidy

Championship Sunday results:
Ty Miller 4.1
Jason Thomas 4.3
Stephen Culling 4.4
Scott Guenthner 4.6
Cody Cassidy 5.0
Tanner Brunner 5.7
Brendan Laye 7.5
Hunter Cure 13.6
Bridger Chambers 15.3
Layne Delemont NT
Clayton Moore NT
Curtis Cassidy NT

Team Roping

Canadian Champions: Matt Sherwood & Hunter Koch
Go-Round Winners: Matt Sherwood & Hunter Koch
Aggregate Winners: Matt Sherwood & Hunter Koch

Matt Sherwood Hunter Koch 4.1
Levi Simpson Riley Wilson 4.2
Logan Bonnett Keely Bonnett 4.5
Kolton Schmidt Jeremy Buhler 4.9
Tuftin McLeod Tyce McLeod 7.4
Garrett Rogers Jacob Minor 8.5
Clay Ullery Riley Warren 9.6
Justin McCarroll Brett McCarroll 10.1
Brett Buss Klay Whyte NT
Steele DePaoli Tristin Woolsey NT
Kal Fuller Kasper Roy NT
Dawson Graham Dillon Graham NT

Saddle Bronc Riding

Zeke Thurston now has the monetary record with $110,785.68 won in the 2019 season! WOW

Canadian Champion: Zeke Thurston
Go-Round Winner: Ben Andersen
Aggregate Winner: Zeke Thurston

Championship Sunday Results
Ben Andersen 90.00
Cort Scheer 86.75
Zeke Thurston 84.25
Kole Ashbacher 83.75
Jake Watson 83.75
Dusty Hausauer 81.00
Jake Burwash 79.00
Jake Finlay BO
Dawson Dahm MO
Logan Hay 78.75
Kolby Wanchuk MO
Dawson Hay BO

Tie-Down Roping

Canadian Champion: Shane Hanchey 4X Canadian Champion
Go-Round Winner: Shane Hanchey
Aggregate Winner: Shane Hanchey

Championship Sunday Results:
Shane Hanchey 7.2
Ty Harris 8.4
Morgan Grant 8.5
Blair Smith 8.6
Alwin Bouchard 8.9
Jesse Popescul 9.0
Lee Rombough 10.4
Haven Meged 10.6
Cody McCartney 11.1
Erik Dublanko 11.7
Shane Smith 13.0
Logan Bird 18.4

Bull Riding:

Canadian Champion: Edgar Durazo
Go-Round Winner: Jordan Hansen
Aggregate Winner: Jordan Hansen

Championship Sunday Results:
Jordan Hansen 89.75
Zane Lambert 88.00
Garrett Green 87.75
Edgar Durazo 87.00
Todd Chotowetz 85.75
Sage Kimzey 85.75
Ty Ellis 85.50
Jared Parsonage 83.75
Lonnie West
Jacob Gardner
Cody Lee Coverchuk
Kyle Brown

Novice Bareback – Chett Deitz
Novice Saddle Bronc – Lachlan Miller
Junior Steer Riding – Tristen Manning
Miss Rodeo Canada – Alicia Erickson
The All Around Cowboy title goes to Jacob Gardner
The High Point Champion is Riley Warren
Bareback of the CFR is Kessler’s 253 Sundance Kid
Saddle Bronc of the CFR is 242 Get Smart from Northcott Macza
Bull of the CFR is Blackstone from Outlaw Buckers

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Heading For the Finish Line

Orin Larsen is enjoying the 2019 Canadian Finals Rodeo. The four time CFR qualifier just made his second consecutive victory lap and is well placed heading into tomorrow’s final performance… courtesy in large part to a spectacular 90 point ride on the Calgary Stampede’s celebrated stallion and former Canadian Champion bareback horse, Special Delivery. 
“I saw the draw last night right before I went on stage to get my (Round 4) buckle so I had a little more jazz when I saw that horse beside my name.” Larsen grinned. “He’s an outstanding draw of Calgary’s. I’ve had lots of success on him. I’ve had him four times. We’ve had some mixed feelings about each other… but I think we made up for that today. I was pretty happy about tonight.”
Larsen remains first in the all-important aggregate and took command of the overall lead with a margin of $5000 between himself and second place Richmond Champion.
The steer wrestling event is wide open heading into Championship Sunday with six men still in contention – including reigning Champion Scott Guenthner – who clings to a $5300 lead over the rest of the field that includes five time Canadian Champion, Cody Cassidy. Cassidy leads the aggregate but trails Guenthner in overall earnings by $15,000 (which, coincidentally is about what the aggregate pays).
In the tie-down roping, 21 year old rookie sensation Haven Meged has a slender lead heading into Sunday’s final round. Three time (and reigning) Canadian Champion, Shane Hanchey, could be the sleeper as the 2013 World title holder turned in a blistering 7.3 second run to win Round 5, take the lead in the aggregate and close to within $7000 of Meged.
The bull riding has become a two man race with one go-round yet in play. Edgar Durazo – the Mexican born Rookie of the Year – finished third on a night when only three bull riders rode for the required eight seconds. The 28 year old has amassed $92,466 in season earnings to date. Still within striking distance is 2016 Canadian Champion, Jordan Hansen, who is $19,000 back of Durazo, but leads the aggregate. Durazo and Hansen are the only bull riders to have covered all five of their bulls.
The barrel race is also up in th air. First time CFR qualifier, Brooke Wills, has won the last two rounds to jump to the overall lead with $51,207; but an unfortunate opening night that saw the Kamloops, BC barrel racer hit two barrels has her eighth in the aggregate and out of the money there. The only cowgirl who has not hit a barrel is another CFR rookie, Stacey Ruzicka, who sits first in the aggregate but trails Wills by $17,000.
In the team roping, header Matt Sherwood and heeler Hunter Koch bounced back from a rough round 4 to post a 4.4 second run in the fifth round and move to first in the aggregate and first overall. The team of Canadian Champion Kolton Schmidt and Canadian/World Champion Jeremy Buhler were the fastest of night five with a 4.0 second run that moved them to fourth in the aggregate and narrowed the gap between themselves and the leaders to less than $12,000.
And in the classic event of rodeo – the saddle bronc riding – 2016 World Champion, Zeke Thurston, took another step towards a first Canadian title by finishing second in the round with an 85.5 point ride on Calgary Stampede’s Timely Delivery. The Big Valley, Alberta cowboy extended his already commanding lead as he has placed in every round and won two of them.
For complete results, see rodeocanada.com
The sixth and final performance of CFR ‘46 kicks off at 2:00 pm tomorrow. Get in on all the action at the Centrium at Westerner Park in Red Deer, or sign up to watch live at FloRodeo.com

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Another Action-Packed Night at CFR ‘46

Ty Harris has a flair for the dramatic. Flash back one month to Hanna, Alberta and the final regular season stop for 2019. The San Angelo, Texas tie-down roper had to win the rodeo outright to qualify for his first Canadian Finals Rodeo. Not only did he do that, but he did it by turning in a 6.7 second run – the fastest of the CPRA season – and the fastest of his career.
Fast forward to performance number four of CFR ‘46. The 24 year old college student recorded a 7.0 second run to equal the Canadian Finals Rodeo tie-down roping record set by two time Canadian Champion Matt Shiozawa.
“This is a great rodeo with an amazing atmosphere. I’m just happy to be here,” Harris grinned.
The win moved Harris to second place overall – just $2100 behind travelling partner Haven Maged. The challenge for Harris is that he sits tenth in the lucrative aggregate standings while Maged is second behind Michigan roper, Cody McCartney.
As CFR moves into the final weekend, the aggregate – which pays one and a half times a regular go-round – is on the radar for many competitors. One of those athletes is 2013 Canadian Steer Wrestling Champion, Clayton Moore, who took over the aggregate lead in his event. And while the Pouce Coupe, BC cowboy sits fourth overall, all three men ahead of him are not factors in the all-important aggregate standings.
“I’m excited about being at CFR,” the veteran bull dogger commented. “My mare’s working really good. And it doesn’t really matter where I come in here as long as I have a seat at the table. They pay enough that you can cover a lot of ground pretty quick.”
Bareback rider, Orin Larsen also made a move in round four. The Inglis, Manitoba cowboy spurred out an 87.5 score on Outlaw Buckers’ Buckwheat to jump back into contention for the title. Tonight’s go-round win leaves Larsen within $3000 of overall leader Richmond Champion; but Larsen sits atop the aggregate standings with Champion in second place.
Maybe the most dramatic moment of the night was the ride of 2016 Canadian Champion Bull Rider Jordan Hansen. The last rider of the night matched up with Outlaw Buckers’ Bull of the Year, Blackstone After Party who had not been ridden in 2019. Hansen, who is one of five bull riders who are four for four heading into Saturday’s fifth round, was 90.25 points on the outstanding big gray. Hansen, who has also qualified for his second National Finals Rodeo, is within striking distance of 2019 Rookie of the Year, Edgar Durazo, who won the first three rounds and finished second tonight to Hansen’s amazing effort.
Other go-round winners were Zeke Thurston who rode the Calgary Stampede’s Zaka Kibitz to 87.25 points for his second go-round win and Kamloops, BC cowgirl, Brooke Wills, who broke through for her first win with the fastest time of this CFR to date – a 14.223 second run. There was a first place tie in the team roping; Justin and Brett McCarroll and Clay Ullery/Riley Warren both got the job done in 4.6 seconds.
And the 2019 Junior Steer Riding Champion was declared. Tristen Manning from Yellowhead County, Alberta won his second consecutive title. The second generation hand rode all four of his steers, making his strongest ride on Friday night with a 78 point score. Manning picked up $4000 in CFR earnings and $12,185 overall – a single season earnings record in steer riding.
Another title that was awarded during performance four was that of Miss Rodeo Canada 2020. Alicia Erickson – from the Ponoka Stampede organization – will carry the crown as we move into next season.
For complete results, see rodeocanada.com



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Special Night for Cole Goodine

Cole Goodine is making up for lost time.
A foot injury kept the Carbon, Alberta bareback rider sidelined for over half of the 2019 season, but once he cracked back out, he didn’t miss a beat. And he’s off to a solid start at his sixth straight CFR.
Goodine rode the Calgary Stampede’s outstanding 13 year old stallion, Special Delivery, to 86.25 points to win the second go-round and better position himself in the standings.
“When I saw the draw last night, I was pretty excited,” the second generation cowboy grinned. “Special Delivery is one of my favourite draws. He’s big and strong. He’s wild and has a big mane. Everything about him is cool. When I saw I had him, I knew I had a chance.”
Goodine’s association with Special Delivery goes back to 2014, his rookie season, when he met up with the big bay son of Grated Coconut in the Ponoka Stampede 4-round. “I was 87.5 and since then he’s been one of my favourite horses.”
Goodine came into this year’s Finals in seventh spot with $21,607 in regular season earnings. Tonight’s go-round win ($10,530) moves the 25 year old into a second place tie in the aggregate standings and fifth overall with $32,137 in total earnings. The bareback riding event is suddenly wide open after season leader, Caleb Bennett from Corvalis, MT, surprisingly bucked off Northcott-Macza’s Star Struck.
Other round winners included Edgar Durazo who won his second straight bull riding go-round. The first ever Mexican-born CFR qualifier recorded an 87.75 point ride on last year’s bull of the year, the Calgary Stampede’s -201 Night Moves. 2017 Canadian steer wrestling champion, Jason Thomas bounced back from an opening night 14.0 second run with a blazing 3.6 tonight. Saddle bronc rookie, Kolby Wanchuk marked  85.5 points aboard Outlaw Buckers’ W42 Comeback Red for the round win. Team Ropers, two time world champion, Matt Sherwood and CFR first timer, Hunter Koch, enjoyed a 3.8 second run while 15 year old Taylor Manning topped the barrel racing field with a 14.456 second run. And Texan, Ty Harris, made his first CFR cheque a good one with an 8.0 in the tie-down roping. 
In the novice events, which wrap up tomorrow, the round wnners were Chett Deitz in the bareback riding and K’s Thomson in the saddle bronc – both with 76.5 point scores. Griffin Koester marked 75 to claim top spot in the junior steer riding.
For complete results, see rodeocanada.com
CFR performance number three takes on a Halloween theme at 7 pm tomorrow evening (Oct 31) at Westerner Park in Red Deer, Alberta. 

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Luck and Strategy Pay Off For Graham Brothers

Number 7 is lucky. Three sevens is even better.
With steer #777 as their team roping stock draw, Wainwright, Alberta ropers, Dawson (header) and Dillon Graham made the most of performance number one at their first ever Canadian Finals Rodeo. The youngest set of four brother combinations competing in the team roping event this year, the 2019 season leaders clocked a smoking 3.9 second run to win the round and pocket $10,500 each – which helps the duo maintain their hold on top spot with $21,891 overall.
“We were just hoping to get one caught,” 20 year old Dawson explained, “but we had some good luck. Our game plan coming in was just to make a good solid run, but as the team roping went on and there was four flat, 4.3, 4.2, we knew we had to go out there and be as fast as we could.”
The strategy paid off for the last ropers in the round, helped along by steer #777.
“We knew we had the one everyone had their eye on,” added 18 year old Dillon. “Our best friends, the Bonnetts won a rodeo on him, Levi (Simpson) ran him at Hand Hills and we ran him the other day. We’re excited about day one and we’re hoping to catch the rest of our steers as the week goes on.”
Other athletes who earned first place cheques in round one included bronc rider, Zeke Thurston. The 2016 world champion – one of only four men to ride – scored 87 points aboard the Calgary Stampede’s Y- 24 Yoyo Marbles. For Thurston, there’s really only one missing piece on an otherwise sterling resume, a Canadian championship. And tonight, the season leader took a big step toward rectifying that.
“I was excited to get on him,” the Big Valley, Alberta bronc rider said. “I’d seen him and kinda wondered why he bucks so many guys off. I figured that out tonight. He’s a big strong horse and he had me hustling for a while but it worked out.”
Calgary bareback rider, Spur Lacasse, rode Vold Rodeo’s 838 Mucho Dinero to 87.25 points. Season leader (and 2019 Rookie and Permit winner) Edgar Durazo (Montezuma, Sonora, MX) topped the bull rid- ing field with 87.25 points on Vold’s 42 Baja Midnight; Consort, AB’s Brendan Laye enjoyed a 3.4 second run to win the steer wrestling while CFR tie-down first timer, Haven Maged (Miles City, MT) took top money with an 8.2 second run. Season leader, Justine Elliott from Lacombe, AB made the most of top spot on the ground as she recorded a 14.510 second run aboard her mare Blondy (the 2019 Barrel Horse With the Most Heart). Drayton Valley novice bareback rider, Jake Plotts won his event with a 73 point ride; Condor, AB novice bronc rider Hayden Cole marked 75.5 to earn top spot and Weyburn, SK steer rider, Kegan Kmita, scored 76 to win his first CFR cheque.
For complete results, see rodeocanada.com

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Drama Highlights Hanna Season Wrap-Up

Drama Highlights Hanna Season Wrap-Up

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Want some late season heroics in your season finale? How’s this…
San Angelo, Texas tie-down roper, Ty Harris, needed a big performance at the Hanna Indoor Pro Rodeo, last stop of the regular CPRA regular season, to qualify for his first Canadian Finals Rodeo. The college student turned in the fastest time of his career (and the fastest time of this year’s CPRA season), a 6.7 second run, for the win ($1275.58) and his first CFR berth.
Barrel racer Shelby Spielman needed a win and was riding her backup horse, Walter, as her 2018 CFR mare, Hot Donna, was recovering from some health challenges. Spielman and Walter put together a 12.433 second run, which netted the Dalhart, Texas cowgirl the win and $917.91 to edge BC barrel racer Rylee Trenholm (unofficially) by $1.27 for the final CFR berth.
Wainwright, Alberta’s Ty Miller topped the steer wrestling field with a 3.7 second run for $1281.22. The win – Miller’s second in seven days – jumped the veteran into the top 12 in Canada for his first CFR appearance since 2010.
Team roping (heeler) Tristin Woolsey from Nanton, AB, could finish no worse than second to make the post season. He and partner, Denver Johnson, put together a 4.0 second winning run for $1049.51, which enabled Woolsey to move up four spots in the standings to earn a second consecutive CFR qualification.
Bashaw, AB bareback rider Jacob Stemo needed the win in Hanna to move to 13th place in the Canadian standings and put himself in a position to go to the CFR – depending on the injury status of two competitors ahead of him in the standings. Stemo got the win with an 83.5 ride on Sawyer Pro Rodeo’s Turn Back Time for $1015.20, but must now wait until CFR entry day to see if he’ll be competing in Red Deer.
Harris, the 2018 College National Finals Champion, credited Logan Bird’s two time Tie-Down Horse of the Year, TJ, with enabling his late season success. “He’s great. TJ makes it so easy and you know he’s going to do the same thing every single run,” Harris enthused. “Now it’s time for me to practice and get ready to rope against those guys up in Canada.”
Fellow Texan, Shelby Spielman, was excited and surprised at her brilliant finish to the season. “I never expected that to happen. But I think I rode him (Walter) better than I ever have.” The 22 year Texas Tech student had a strange way of celebrating her return to the CFR. After taking three hours to get from Taber to Warner (55 kms), in a record September snowstorm, Spielman pulled her rig into the Warner Post Office parking lot to spend the night. She is planning to run Walter for at least the first couple of performances at CFR ‘46. “Hot Donna is pretty much ready to go but she’s really good in those big outdoor pens so we’ll see how this works out.”
For complete unofficial Hanna results, see rodeocanada.com
Next stop on the Pro Rodeo Canada trail is CFR ‘46 Oct 29-Nov 3 at Westerner Park in Red Deer, AB

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Timely Win for Ty Miller

It was the perfect time for Ty Miller to record his first win of the year.
The Wainwright steer wrestler bulldogged his steer in 4.4 seconds at the Dallas Sunstrum Memorial Pro Rodeo in Brooks, Alberta for a much-needed $1210 injection to his 2019 earnings total. Miller was sitting 14th in the Canadian standings prior to his Saturday night run but the win gives him $15,005 for the season with just one regular rodeo left on the roster—next week’s Hanna Pro Rodeo. 
When Alliance, Alberta’s Evan Spady, who had been occupying 13th place on the season leaderboard  dogged his steer in 4.8 seconds, just moments after Miller’s run, the stage was set for a four way showdown in Hanna. Spady’s pressure-packed run resulted in a 2/3 split for $974 giving him $15,211 going into the final week of the season. Spady’s Brooks performance also moved him into the top 10 in the race for a Maple Leaf Circuit spot.
With Montana cowboy, Bridger Chambers in 11th place at $15,267, Ponoka’s Brock Butterfield, who had been sitting in the 12th and final CFR qualifying berth at $13,325 taking a no time, it means that less than $900 separates the four men. Chambers, Spady, Miller and Butterfield will go head to head in Hanna – with two trips to Red Deer, site of CFR ’46 on the line.
“I didn’t back off and I did everything I could do,” Miller acknowledged after his Brooks effort. “I just wanted to give myself a chance in Hanna and I was able to do that.”
The veteran hand who made his last CFR appearance in 2010, had drawn the same steer he’d had in Armstrong (Labour Day weekend) for a fifth place finish in the Finning Pro Tour finale. “I felt I could have made a lot better run on him at Armstrong, so I was glad to have him here.
“There was pressure for sure but I think I’ve figured a few things out along the way.” Miller credited his success earlier this year at the Hoover Hays Memorial jackpot steer wrestling with preparing him for his late-season heroics. “I’d been in position to win that event three years ago and I messed up but this year, it was exactly the same deal and I was able to win it. That really helped me be ready for tonight. And one of my best friends in the world, Rowdy Hays, called me after Armstrong and said, ‘Be prepared for it to come down to Hanna’, and it looks like he was right.”
What added to the drama of the night was that Miller, who had the whole family on hand at the Silver Sage arena, traveled with Butterfield most of the year and was riding Brock’s horse for the winning run.
“That’s steer wrestling,” the veteran noted. “All of us are friends but all of us want to win.”
Another race that will likely be decided in Hanna is the tie-down roping as the 11th place man, Cody MacCartney (4th – $908), 12th place man, Riley Warren (3rd – $1102) and 14th placed Texan Ty Harris (7th – $324) all cashed cheques at Brooks.
Others who helped their CFR cause on the weekend were barrel racer Rylee Trenholm, the British Columbia barrel racer who cashed a 4th place $806 cheque to consolidate her hold on 12th place and team ropers, Tee McLeod and Trey Gallais. Their split of 4th place was good for $454 and enabled heeler McLeod to move up two spots to 12th place and bumped header Gallais up to 13th, just $109.00 back of 12th place man, Kal Fuller. McLeod also joined his partner in the top 10 of the Maple Leaf Circuit standings. And Taylor Manning’s barrel racing win moved the Edson, AB cowgirl from 11th to 8th in the Maple Leaf standings as well.
For complete Dallas Sunstrum Memorial results see rodeocanada.com
The all-important final stop of the 2019 regular season will take place next weekend with the Hanna Pro Rodeo, September 27-29.
About the Canadian Professional Rodeo AssociationThe Canadian Professional Rodeo Association (CPRA) with headquarters in Airdrie, Alberta is the sanctioning body for professional rodeo in Canada. The CPRA approves 55 events annually with a total payout exceeding $5.7 million. The organization holds their premiere event – the Canadian Finals Rodeo (CFR) – at Westerner Park in Red Deer, AB, October 29 – November 3, 2019 and will oversee the Finning Pro Tour Finals September 1 in Armstrong, BC and their inaugural Maple Leaf Circuit Finals November 27-30, 2019 at the Canadian Western Agribition in Regina, SK. Follow the CPRA on Twitter and Instagram @prorodeocanada, ‘Like’ Canadian Professional Rodeo Association on Facebook or online at RodeoCanada.com. 

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Big Moves on Critical Finning Pro Tour Weekend

Brendan Laye knew he was running out of time.

The four-year pro responded to the urgency of the moment with a 3.7 second run at the Armstrong IPE and Stampede, which hosted the last Finning Pro Tour Rodeo of the season, and the Finning Pro Tour Finals Sept 1. Laye earned the Tour rodeo steer wrestling win and $3790. He followed that up with an even quicker 3.2 second effort to top the field at the Nicola Valley Pro Rodeo in Merritt and add another $1513. The $6300 haul jetted the 2016 CPRA top rookie up almost ten spots in the Canadian standings, from 16th place entering the weekend to a comfortable spot well inside the top ten, virtually assuring Laye of a late October/early November date in Red Deer (CFR ’46).

“With the position I was in, I knew I had to have a big weekend,” the Consort bulldogger acknowledged. The “position he was in” was about $2000 out of the 12th and final qualifying berth with only a handful of rodeos left in the 2019 regular season. The good news for Laye was that the Armstrong Stampede, followed by the Finning Pro Tour Finals, made up the two biggest remaining potential paydays on the CPRA schedule.  Coupled with the Nicola Valley Pro Rodeo, the BC run is always a critical moment in the long, challenging Canadian rodeo season.

Laye was ready. “I just wanted to be excited about the things that could go right and not worry about the things that could go wrong,” the 2018 PRCA Steer Wrestling Rookie of the Year noted. “I was riding (Curtis Cassidy’s Steer Wrestling Horse of the Year) Tyson and I knew he’d give me a good chance to win. I guess it worked out pretty well. There’s a lot less stress for the rest of the season, that’s for sure.”

And while the 29 year-old was blanked in the Finning Tour Finale on Sunday night, he was able to watch his talented cousins enjoy a profitable evening at the picturesque Armstrong rodeo layout. Cadogan’s Clint Laye captured the bareback riding win and a $4800 cheque, and Provost dogger, Scott Guenthner split the Finning honours (with Curtis Cassidy) for a $4200 boost to his earnings, keeping him comfortably at the head of the pack as the season roars down the home stretch.

“We’re not just cousins, we’re buddies,” remarked Brendan Laye, “going back to starting out in the Wild Pony racing together. We cheer each other on and it’s pretty cool when we all have a weekend like this one.”

Lacombe, AB barrel racer, Justine Elliott, is enjoying a fairy-tale year. The 17 year old high school senior and her cow-bred mare, Blondie, are not only headed to their second CFR, but they’re doing so in style. With solid placings at both Armstrong (15.890 secs/7th/$997) and Merritt (16.254 secs/6th/$464), and a winning 15.844 sec run at the Finning Pro Tour Final ($4800), Elliott added an overall $6261 to her bank account and is well placed to earn Season Leader barrel racing honours.

“I went into the Finning Pro Tour Finals just trying to have a good run, and let whatever happened, happen,” explained the young horsewoman. “I wasn’t one bit expecting to win it. The field was very tough. I tried to stay off Blondie until right before my run as I was nervous and didn’t want to make her worried. But Blondie likes the crowd and smoked a run.” Elliott grinned.

The duo will enjoy a more limited schedule for the next month, then start preparing for CFR at the start of October. With a 2018 CFR appearance behind her, Elliott is heading to this year’s Finals with a better idea of what to expect.

2019 Finning Pro Tour Finals Champions are: Clint Laye (bareback), Jake Burwash (saddle bronc), Edgar Durazo (bull riding), Shane Hanchey (tie-down roping), Scott Guenthner and Curtis Cassidy (steer wrestling tie), Dawson and Dillon Graham (team roping) and Justine Elliott (ladies barrel racing). This year’s Finning Pro Tour Final was particularly lucrative as it paid double the prize money of 2018.

Additional Weekend Highlights

It was just six weeks ago that Jake Burwash posted his first professional win in the Saddle Bronc Riding at the Teepee Creek Stampede. This weekend he all but assured himself of a spot on this year’s CFR roster with a huge 85.5 ride on Outlaw Buckers’ Bright Lights to take home the Finning Tour Finals win and the $4800 reward. The sizeable payoff vaulted the second generation Nanton, Alberta talent from 15th into the top ten in the standings.

And a couple of eye-popping 90 point rides bookended the weekend’s Armstrong action. Regina bareback rider, Ty Taypotat, matched up with the Calgary Stampede’s Agent Lynx in the opening performance of the Stampede to earn a $3711 stipend (an Armstrong IPE arena record) while Mexican born and raised bullrider, Edgar Durazo, made the final ride of the Finning Finals a good one as he combined with Outlaw Buckers’ One-Eyed Charlie for his 90 pointer and the accompanying $4800.

About the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association

The Canadian Professional Rodeo Association (CPRA) with headquarters in Airdrie, Alberta is the sanctioning body for professional rodeo in Canada. The CPRA approves 55 events annually with a total payout exceeding $5.7 million. The organization holds their premiere event – the Canadian Finals Rodeo (CFR) – at Westerner Park in Red Deer, AB, October 29 – November 3, 2019 and will oversee the Finning Pro Tour Finals September 1 in Armstrong, BC and their inaugural Maple Leaf Circuit Finals November 27-30, 2019 at the Canadian Western Agribition in Regina, SK. Follow the CPRA on Twitter and Instagram @prorodeocanada, ‘Like’ Canadian Professional Rodeo Association on Facebook or online at RodeoCanada.com. 

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