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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


Biever Wins Hometown Besplug Invitational

“A dream come true.”

That’s the way bull rider Logan Biever described the moment to an appreciative sold-out hometown crowd moments after clinching the win at the 5th annual Chad Besplug Invitational. Biever had just turned in an impressive 88 point ride on Outlaw Buckers’ Home Grown to finish in a 2/3 split in the short-go and first overall with 171 points on two rides for a $3457 payday. It was the biggest win of the youthful Biever’s career to date.

“You can’t wish for anything better,” the 20 year old (he’ll turn 21 in March) acknowledged. “I knew the crowd was pretty much on my side and I was thinking this is one place you don’t want to fall off.”

And he didn’t. In fact, far from it as the likeable southern Alberta talent dominated two excellent bulls—another Outlaw Buckers product, Village Idiot for 83 points and second place in the long round before his roof-raising effort on Home Grown, the black white-face with CFR credentials for the winning ride.

Biever hadn’t seen Home Grown prior to their Saturday night encounter but that didn’t appear to be any kind of hindrance for the young 2018 PBR Finals qualifier. 

“The bull came from Jay Nelson and I talked to Jay about him a couple of weeks ago; he said Home Grown was really good. I tried not to set any traps or plan something that probably wasn’t going to work. I just wanted to react to what he did and ride jump for jump and I guess it worked out.”

Biever will continue to ply his trade at both CPRA and PBR events and hope his hot hand will continue for a while yet. He’s ridden nine of his last ten bulls and the confidence that comes with that kind of success is clearly building. 

“It’s never been better than it is right now,” Biever acknowledged. “It takes a long time to get that confidence to where you want it to be but I’ve been riding pretty good the last while. I just want to keep it going.”

Defending Claresholm Bull Riding champion, Garrett Green, topped the short round with an 89 on Vold Rodeo’s Desperado to finish second overall, just a point behind Biever in the (two head) aggregate.

For complete (unofficial) Chad Besplug Invitational Bull Riding results, go to

Next up on the CPRA schedule is the Medicine Hat Broncs and Honky Tonks Spring Indoor Rodeo April 5-7. 

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Further south, another Canadian was racking up a big-time win as Inglis, Manitoba’s Orin Larsen, spurred out a spectacular 92.5 point score on Frontier Rodeo’s Full Baggage in the championship bareback riding final at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo to pocket over $29,500. 2019 marked the second time Larsen had won the iconic Texas event; the CFR-NFR qualifier was also the 2016 San Antonio champion. 

Several other Rodeo Canada connections were among the well-paid money winners at the home of the Alamo, including a trio of Albertans – Larsen’s fellow bareback colleague, Conner Hamilton ($12,250); bronc rider, Zeke Thurston ($18,250) and steer wrestler, Tanner Milan ($16,500). Reigning Canadian champion bareback rider Richmond Champion from The Woodlands, Texas finished up just a half point behind Larsen for a second place haul of over $22,000. Another Canadian titleist – three time and reigning tie-down champion – Shane Hanchey of Sulphur, Louisiana, captured his first San Antonio win and picked up $23,500 along the way while CFR qualifier and World Champion bronc rider, Wade Sundell captured the San Antonio title and earned $26,500 for his Iowa bank account.

A number of Canadian bucking horses lit it up at San Antonio as well. Go-rounds were won on Calgary Stampede buckers Soap Bubbles (2), Zulu Warrior (2), Youngstown Rocket, Welcome Delivery, Y U R Frisky, Xavier Joan and Xecutive News along with C5 Rodeo’s Oney and Makeup Face. Richmond Champion’s second place 92 point ride in the bareback riding finale was aboard World and Canadian champion, Virgil.

For complete San Antonio results, go to