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Carman Pozzobon CFR 2017

Our number one Canadian Professional Rodeo Association barrel racer is non-other than Carman Pozzobon, on Ripp the badass record breaking buckskin. The duo won Coleman, Teepee Creek, Coronation, Ponoka, and Armstrong IPE putting $34,186.88 to their name.


With all the miles made, varying ground conditions, and expenses,what kept the CFR dream alive for you?
Many more goals. It all helps in the end to achieve as much as I can.

What was your favourite rodeo this year and why?
Ponoka. It’s a very prestigious rodeo. I love that they try and make it unique and abit more challenging.

Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede 2017
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Performance 1

Do you have a different game plan for this years CFR or will it be similar to last year?
Just aiming for smooth clean runs. Taking it one run at a time and it will all work out in the end.

What new goals have you set for yourself for 2018?
Wanting to get qualified for Calgary, and the winter rodeos so I can make a run down south. If I can fit it in I will hopefully get a chance to try for the All American.

We all know that being competitive takes serious mental strength.What do you do to keep a sharp mental edge in the game of rodeo?
A Balanced life is key. Need enough sleep. Exercise and make sure your mind is clear. Don’t hold on to negative energy. I will go do reiki if I’m to blocked off.


IPE and Stampede 2017
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Performance 1

What is your go to product for keeping your horse feeling her best for the season?
Elite Three Hemp Products, Mare Mix.

What is the best piece of advice you’d a barrel racer looking to go pro?
Never put a limit on your Goals. If you can think it you can do it! Never use the word CAN’T.

What is one thing you can’t live without on the road?
My horses, and Water!!!

Photos submitted by Carman*

On The Record

Rene LeClercq CFR 2017

Rene LeClercq is back again, determined to pull cheques in Edmonton at her second finals, on her mare Flirt for a Diamond, who is by Chicado Book (Docs Paradise) and a Quixote Doc mare. Throughout the 2017 season and after 45 rodeos, the pair won $18,917.81 for their efforts.

Does Flit have any quirks?
She is so laid back, sometimes she gets too relaxed before a run.

How would you describe her style?
She’s a ratey horse. The harder you run her in the better she turns.

(Covy Moore/

With all the miles made, varying ground conditions, and expenses,what kept the CFR dream alive for you?
Well obviously having tough horses to be competitive on, Flit saved my season this year. All my sponsors, you can’t get down the road without great partnerships. And the support of my family and friends.

What was your favourite rodeo this year?
Strathmore, Flit had an amazing run and it felt great to be complemented by the US girls.

Who is your barrel racing idol?
Mom, she has done so much, and I’ve always looked up to her.

What do you do to keep a seasoned horse tuned up?
Flit is so easy running she doesn’t need much. But slow work, maintaining good shape and form. Fast times come from form.

What do you do to keep a horse legged up throughout the season?
Lots of long trotting and breezing out in fields.

We all know rodeo takes serious mental toughness. What do you do to stay focused, and confident?
I just have to have confidence in my horses and myself. And just remind myself to have fun, when I got out happy and having fun there is no pressure.

What supplements do you use to keep your horses performing their best?
Hoffmans, Sharpedge, Excel EQ.

(Covy Moore/

What advice would you give to someone wanting to run pro?
Believe in yourself and your horse. Stick to your own game, and don’t let the big stage overwhelm you. It’s the same pattern whether it’s at home or the CFR.

What can you not live without on the road?

Rene would like to thank her sponsors, Frontier Western Shop, Country Junction Feeds, Destress, MMD, Sharpedge Equine Supplements, Excel EQ Alberta at 10 Mile Ranch, Hidez Canada, North Point Outfitters.

Photos submitted by Rene*

On The Record

Kellie Collier CFR 2017

Kellie Collier will be running at both the Canadian Finals Rodeo in Edmonton, Alberta, after bringing in $20,458.53 and an 8th place season finish, and at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Nevada in 13th position after a solid $83,342.23 96 won.

In Edmonton Collier will be running Muffin, who she purchased from Millarville resident and past CFR qualifier, Toni Dixon. In Vegas she will run LoLo.

What kind of quirks do they have?
Muffin (Jig French Truckle, by RNJ Heckofafrenchman out of a Whose Dat Bunny mare, Dat Fur Bunny) is pretty laid back for the most part. She knows her job and she absolutely loves it. She is a little cinchy when you saddle her! Toni and I like to says it’s because she knows she a race horse! She also hates walking on concrete. She is very careful.

LoLo (Streakin Easy April, by Streak of Fling out of a Doc O Dynamite mare, Easy April Lena) is quite a quirky horse! She doesn’t hardly trust anyone (except me of course). She does not like to be tied, she will pull back! She doesn’t ever run away once she is loose, she just stands there.

With all the miles made, varying ground conditions, and expenses, what kept the CFR and NFR dream alive for you?
I, along with many other girls, have always dreamt of making the CFR and NFR! My horses heart and try kept me going throughout the year. I honestly believe that they wanted it just as bad as I did. My moms support and wise words throughout the year were also a huge help!! We cried many tears together (good and bad).

What was your favourite CPRA and PRCA  rodeo this year and why?
My favorite CPRA rodeo would have to be Hand Hills! It was just a fun experience, because I’ve never had to go down several gravel roads to get to a pro rodeo! 

My favorite PRCA rodeo of the year is Denver! They have a great committee that takes very good care of the contestants; I won it, so that’s a plus! 

Who is your barrel racing idol?
Lisa Lockhart

How do you stay healthy on the road? Do you exercise or just eat as healthy as you can?
My Mom actually eats a lot healthier than I do on the road! I don’t eat very well, that’s because I forget to eat sometimes. I am very bad about getting busy and putting food last on the priority list. But I believe that all that we do with our horses out there on the road keeps me in very good shape! 

Riding a seasoned barrel horse, what exercises do you do for tune-ups on the pattern?
I don’t normally show either of my horses the pattern hardly at all. I try to just keep them in the best shape I can by long trotting and loping. Occasionally I will go in an arena before I run and get a feel for the situation, but that is more for me than my horses.

We all know that being competitive takes serious mental strength.What do you do to keep a sharp mental edge in the game of rodeo?
I always say that the rodeo road takes 90% mental toughness. That is something I learned very quickly! You will not get anywhere even in life with mental weakness. I try to stay as positive as possible and ALWAYS look at the good things like your horses are healthy and your getting to do what you love every single day. My mom is also a huge help in keeping my mental game strong and not letting me get down on myself. Always, always pray about it, and what is supposed to happen will happen. 

What is your go to product for keeping your horse feeling her best for the season?
I love my feed program, and I believe that keeping them healthy from the inside is so so important. I also always wrap my horses legs with Mud after they run to keep their ligaments tight.

What is the best piece of advice you were ever given regarding barrel racing?
“You have to learn to lose before you win” -Carley Richardson

What is one thing you can’t live without on the road?
White Monster Energy drink!

Photos submitted by Kellie Collier

On The Record

Jaime Hinton CFR 2017

Coming to the Great White North from Bulverde, Texas is Jaime Hinton with her main man The Goob, a 14 year old gelding, double bred California Driftwood (all old school ranch horse bloodlines.) They chipped away and pocketed $19,916.89, without winning a single CPRA rodeo.

How would you describe his  style?
His style is not very impressive as far as “fun to watch”, there isn’t anything super flashy about the way he works so people don’t get really excited to watch him run. He’s a super flat mover who is just efficient and honest in his runs. If I do my job, he does his.

What kind of quirks does he have?
The Goob came by his name honestly, in fact, I’m certain in his next life he is coming back as a Golden Retriever. He loves people, loves any kind of attention, always seems to have himself in a bad situation and wants more than anything to get his halter on and go to work everyday.

Photo courtesy of Jaime Hinton

With all the miles made, varying ground conditions, and expenses,what kept the CFR dream alive for you?
The Goob. He has some serious soundness issues and last year I only got 6 total runs out of him. This year, as long as he felt good and I felt like he had a chance, I told myself I would keep going. He’s that “once in a lifetime” horse for me and he’s taken me places I thought I would never be. Made dreams come true. CFR included.

What was your favourite CPRA rodeo this year and why?
Ponoka. It was the first rodeo that had a little deeper ground and a big set for the Goob. The energy was awesome from the crowd and my horse feeds on that. Plus he did well…so that’s always a bonus!

Who is your barrel racing idol?
Sue Smith from Blackfoot, Idaho. She’s a past Calgary Stampede Champion, Futurity World Champion, NFR Qualifier…I’m not sure there’s much she hasn’t won. She is an incredible horse trainer, has a work ethic that you can’t beat and is just an incredible individual.

Ponoka Stampede 2017
Monday, July 3, 2017

How do you stay healthy on the road?Do you exercise or just eat as healthy as you can?
I should do a lot better job of it! That is something I need to pay attention to next year! I’m looking for suggestions on that!

Riding a seasoned barrel horse, what exercises do you do for tune-ups on the pattern?
It completely depends on the horse and what he/she is doing in their runs. I spend a lot of time just riding the Goob, if I get the chance I’ll rope on him. He gets a lot of trotting, circles, counter arcing, that kind of thing. I’ll lope him up to the barrels, stop him and push his hip underneath of him just in everyday situations.

We all know that being competitive takes serious mental strength. What do you do to keep a sharp mental edge in the game of rodeo?
This year I focused on my horse. I reminded myself almost everyday how lucky I am to get to do what I did. I tried not to compare myself to the other competitors and tried to focus on my own plan and goals. I thought about every run and tried to make each one count and this year I really focused on leaving runs where I left them. Meaning, if things didn’t go right, I did my best to fix what happened if I could, recognize what was just bad luck or out of my control and go on to the next one with the mindset to make that next run count.

What is your go to product for keeping your horse feeling her best for the season?
A super solid feed and conditioning program and I also rely on Silver Lining Herbs throughout the year.

What is the best piece of advice you were ever given regarding barrel racing?
That there’s more than one way to do it and to find what works for me!

What is one thing you can’t live without on the road?
Besides the Goob? Coffee.

Photos provided by Jaime Hinton


LCB Weekend Report May 12-14

STAVELY, Alberta- This past weekend was the Stavely Indoor Pro Rodeo, Medicine Lodge amateur rodeo, Thorsby Mothers Day Jackpot, The Delburne District Spring Dash Jackpot, and the Hoover Hays Memorial Steer Wrestling Jackpot.

Rebecca Miller and her mare Queenie took home $2039.80 from the pro rodeo, which will give her a nice  boost in the CPRA standings where she was sitting 10th prior to the rodeo.

“Queenie feels amazing right now, I am absolutely blown away with the way she is handling these little pens this spring considering she is so huge! She was a little more amped up than normal before our run and she kinda took off on me in the alley but I managed to stay on and it worked out. I had no idea I was that fast and I got an extra surprise with a beautiful buckle that I didn’t expect, so I was just so grateful!” Miller exclaimed.

Just off the Yellowhead, way west of Edmonton is the Medicine Lodge amateur rodeo, where Kayley Anderson and her horse Lickety cinched up their water wings and ran a 14.924 in the rain filled pen.

“My run felt good for the very muddy conditions. Lickety was always my back up horse for the muddy runs at the pro rodeos and now she is really confident in the mud.” she said  “I trust her and she trusts me so it makes for a great team in not so wonderful ground conditions.”

Over to the land of jackpots, a Mothers Day Jackpot was hosted at the Thorsby Haymaker arena, where Kali Kott and her horse Charm ran a 14.970 in Thorsby taking home just over $500 beating out 127 open runs to win the 1D. The Delburne Spring Dash had over 80 runs both Saturday and Sunday with a 13.609 ran by Bailey Goelema on Torque being the fast time of the weekend (that is posted).

The Hoover Hays Memorial steer wrestling jackpot in Cremona, Alberta at the Milan ranch had 54 guys entered, paying out four places in the rounds, and six places in the average. Check out the results down below!

Stavely Pro Rodeo Results courtesy of
1. Rebecca Miller, 13.645 seconds, $2039.80; 2. Shaylee McMann, 13.669, $1733.83; 3. Candace Lefebvre, 13.761, $1427.86; 4. Nina Smith, 13.766, $1223.88; 5. Kirsty White, 13.781, $1019.90; 6. Bailey O’Donnell, 13.792, $713.93; 7. Melissa Thiessen, 13.793, $509.95; 8. Gaylene Buff, 13.827, $407.96; 9. Sarah Gerard, 13.843, $356.97; 10. Kellie Collier, 13.867, $305.97; 11. Sydney Daines, 13.874, $254.98; 12. Chelsey Carlier, 13.877, $203.98

WRA- Medicine Lodge Rodeo Results
1-Kaylee Anderson – 14.924, 2-Kayla Kowalsky – 15.168, 3-Kolbie Sawley – 15.238, 4-Morgan Marquardt – 15.280, 5-TJ Nash – 15.303

Thorsby Mothers Day $1037 Added Jackpot

Paid the following in each D in the Open
1-$508, 2-$442 3-$375, 4-$309, 5-$243, 6-$177, 7-$110, 8-$44

1 Kali Kott Charm 14.970, 2 Carman Larson Bring On The Fame 14.981, 3 Tristan Johner Nike 15.055, 4 Sandra Carter Dollar 15.181, 5 Rhonda Mccaghy Jet 15.191, 6 Tristan Johner Sir 15.211, 7 Jacqueline Marsh Sage 15.220, 8 Kaylea Argent Roy 15.227 

1 Ashley Batchlor Hitch 15.738, 2 Jennifer Peters Harley 15.752, 3 Crystal Shaw Cash 15.770, 4 Danielle Knapp Winnie 15.776, 5 Beth Stewart OE 15.784, 6 Jessica Cuffner Ryder 15.786, 7 Sonda Marks Tara 15.800, 8 Kayley Anderson Hootie 15.807

1-Kayley Anderson Ricky Bobby 16.413, 2 Morgan Preece Mouse 16.457, 3 Rachel Jones Gem 16.539, 4 Beth Stewart Gator 16.550, 5 Stacey Velhuis Rafter 16.574, 6 Morgan Preece Koda 16.598, 7 Frances Meston Princess Who 16.601, 8 Irene Blasko Blazin Jethro Pie 16.794.

Delburne Spring Dash Results found here.

Hoover Hays Memorial Jackpot Results 

Round 1
1-Tanner Milan 3.7 $1102, 2-Chance Butterfield 2.9 $826, 3-Straws Milan 4.0 $413, 4-Travis Reay $4.0 $413

Round 2
1-Straws Milan 3.6 $1102, 2-Tanner Milan 4.0 $826, 3-Curtis Cassidy 4.1 $413, 3-Harley Cole 4.1 $413

Round 3
1-Tanner Milan 4.0 $1102, 2-Bailie Milan 4.1 $688, 3-Layne Delemont 4.1 $688, 4-Straws Milan 4.3 $91, 4-Joe Guze 4.3 $91, 4-Harley Cole 4.3 $91

Round 4
1-Lucas Parker 3.7 $826, 1-Layne Delemont 3.7 $826, 1-Tanner Milan 3.7 $826, 2-Curtis Cassidy 3.8 $275

Round 5
1-Joe Guze 3.7 $1102, 2-Ty Willick 4.0 $826, 3-Layne Delemont 4.1 $413, 3-Landen Beards 4.1 $413

1-Tanner Milan $4009.35, 2-Harley Cole $3318, 3-Stephen Culling $2626, 4-Will Stovall $1935, 5/6-Matt Richardson/Travis Reay $967 each


Arena Chatter

PBR Global Cup & CFR To Go Head To Head

The City of Edmonton will be flooded with cowboy hats the second week of November, even more than years prior.

The Canadian Professional Rodeo Association (CPRA) finally announced this morning that the Canadian Finals Rodeo alongside Farm Fair International, will run the same dates as previous years at Northlands Coliseum & Northlands Park for 2017 and 2018.

Last month, Professional Bull Riders (PBR) announced they would hold the PBR Global Cup, at the new Rogers Place during this time, before the CPRA had announced any dates or location for their finals, which has been in Edmonton for the past 43 years.

Some may think there is not room for two large events to run in the city at the same time, others believe the more the merrier.

Either way you look at it, the western community will be quite prominent in the capital city, November 8th-12th this coming fall.



Arena Chatter Courtesy of CPRA

Champions Decided and Races Tighten With One Day Remaining at #CFR43

EDMONTON, AB (November 12, 2016)

Three 2016 Canadian champions were declared at the Saturday night performance of the Canadian Finals Rodeo and one of those champions was a home town hero.

For Kolby Wanchuk of nearby Sherwood Park, there was never any doubt about what he’d be doing with his life. With a barrel racing mom and a rodeo clown dad, the only real question was just what part of the rodeo industry he would be concentrating his efforts on.

“I always wanted to ride broncs,” Wanchuk admitted. “When I was little, the Thurston Gang (contract act) were at a lot of the same rodeos my dad was working and that’s a bronc riding family so I think that had something to do with it.”

When the time came the young man decided to attend a bronc riding school in Stettler. And to add a little incentive to his efforts at that school, he had already entered a high school rodeo for the next week.

It all worked out for the young talent as this year he made finals in seven different associations winning two before the Canadian Finals Rodeo. But there’s no doubt what the second generation cowboy considered the brightest jewel in the crown.

“This was my goal for the year,” he noted. “There’s such great guys and cool horses here that I just wanted to come here, do well and be the champion.”

Wanchuk was right in assessing his fellow qualifiers. 2016 saw a great crop of young bronc riders travelling together and all of them enjoying a successful 2016. But none better than Wanchuk who’s already thinking about next year.

“I have another year of novice eligibility,” Wanchuk stated, “but I might go into the open next year—that’s a decision I’m going to have to make.”

Over on the novice bareback side, Tanner Young was winning a title of his own.

“I had a great year,” Young acknowledged. “I was able to win the Calgary Stampede Novice Tour but I was pretty focused on being here at the end of the year.”

He did just that coming into the Finals as the season leader, then adding two CFR firsts and two second place finishes to give him $11,365 for the year and a $3200 margin over the second place man, Chance Barrass.

“I had a bit of a slow start this week but I went back to doing things the way I’d done them all summer.’ The strategy worked, culminating with his winning both rounds on Super Saturday on his way to the title.”

And for the young man from Sylvan Lake, this is just a jumping off point. “I want to be back here next year in the open. I’ll be in the practice pen this winter; then I want to go after my permit and maybe the rookie title as well.”

He works as a welder with veteran bronc rider Jim Berry and two time novice bronc riding champion, Lane Cust. The three will be on the rodeo trail together next year.

“Jim is a great mentor. He’s so good with the mental aspects of rodeo,” Young noted.

And in the steer riding, where the youngest competitors are featured, the drama was palpable. The steer riding title was decided by a differential of just $85.00 ($6974 for Tattrie to $6889 for Taylor).

And it was the fourteen year-old from Youngstown, Alberta who made the highest marked ride of his career in the final round of the CFR—a spectacular 84 pointer that gave him the victory.

“I had that cow once before at the FCA Finals,” Tattrie smiled “and I won the round there. “She’s the one everybody wants, she’s just so honest.”

Of his battle with Parkland, Alberta cowboy, Quinten Taylor, he said, “I knew we were close coming in to today but after I saw his ride (77 points), that’s when I started to worry.”

And with good reason as rodeo secretaries, Judy and Burva Dawn Kesler calculated the money three times before declaring the tight race official.

The new champion was quick to credit his dad, former CFR bareback rider, Troy Tattrie for having a role in the win. “He keeps me relaxed; it’s really helpful to have him around.”

And Dad gave the credit right back to his son. “’He tried as hard as he could all year,” the elder Tattrie noted. “And he never stopped smiling. It’s cool to win but to me the attitude is everything and he has that smile all the time. I’m pretty darn proud.”

You know you’re watching a great section of team roping when a 4.3 second run wins only a fifth place cheque. In what was easily the toughest round of the week, it was the young American duo of Jacob Minor (Ellensburg, Washington) and Garrett Rogers (Baker City, Oregon) who posted a blistering 3.8 to win the round.

“It happened fast. I actually thought we were faster,” Minor admitted. “It was awesome. We thought the steer was pretty good but we didn’t know how good. He went straightaway and it happened really fast. It felt good.”

“It was the best round of team roping I ever watched for sure,” Rogers added.

The Pacific Northwest cowboys are the only team with five steers caught giving them the lead in the average and a legitimate shot at the title tomorrow.

“We kind of took a look at things today and knew we had a chance,” said Minor. “Dustin Bird and Russell Cardoza, they have the lead but we have a chance, that’s for sure.”

Rogers was more philosophical about the game plan. “I don’t really pay attention to the standings and stuff. I just want to have fun and catch as many as we can.”

If the American duo can catch one more, it could be very interesting when it comes time to hand out the hardware for the team roping on Sunday afternoon.

Other Saturday night winners included Manitoba’s Orin Larsen for his third bareback riding go-round win in succession, this one an 87.5 point ride on the Calgary Stampede’s six year-old  bay gelding, Xrated Dancer; Stony Plain bulldogger, Derek Frank with a blazing 3.8 second run and Big Valley, Alberta cowgirl, Kirsty White who held on to second spot (behind Callahan Crossley) with a round winning 14.773 second effort on her dynamic mare, Racey.

In the saddle bronc riding Lane Cust, the two time novice champion of Canada, teamed up with the Saddle bronc of the Year, Northott-Macza’s Get Smart to collect an 86.75 mark and the $12,000 first-place cheque while in the tie down roping it was Eckville’s Clayton Smith who bested the field for the first time this week with a solid 8.1 second run.

And what looked for a while like a runaway in the bull riding has suddenly become a race courtesy of Okotoks, Alberta cowboy, Jordan Hansen. Coming back from a broken leg that sidelined him for most of the second half of the season, Hansenis four for five at CFR 43. In Saturday night’s fifth round, he rode Big Stone Rodeo’s Sugar Smack for an 86.25 to climb to within $6000 of the leader coming in and two time Canadian champion Dakota Buttar who was bucked off on Saturday night by another Big Stone bull, this one Attitude Dude.

With Hansen ahead in the average the stage is set for a last man standing shootout for the title.

Courtney of the CPRA*


Best Dressed – CFR ’16

The City of Edmonton is bringing us the 43rd Canadian Finals Rodeo in a weeks time. My dear friend Kathy Butkovic suggested that I do a little collaboration with Calgary’s own Ted Stovin from Everything-Cowboy regarding CFR Fashion for both urban and rural cowboys and cowgirls. Check it out.

Cassie: It feels as if only a few times a year, the people of the western community get to take off their work boots and slip into something a little dressier. Not that there is a damn thing wrong with work boots, dirty jeans and a dusty hat, but it does feel good to get dressed up and go out on the town.

It is known in the fashion world that trends come and go. When they come back they are often updated slightly and thrown back into the mix of things. This year we saw Vintage Western make a full come back. Of course there are a few trend setters who were ahead of the curve, but this trend finally caught up with the masses this year.

Vintage Squash Blossom necklaces have been, and will continue to be around forever. They are a statement piece that quickly grabs your attention. Bolo Tie’s made a comeback this year. Some adorned vintage pieces, others created new versions from painted and carved leather pieces, to large concho styles. Anything with turquoise goes, you really can’t go wrong. If you think turquoise is wrong, I don’t want to be right.

Real squash blossom necklaces aren’t cheap, starting around $1200

Real squash blossom necklaces aren’t cheap, starting around $1200

Tooled, painted, and vintage leather accessories are everywhere. Have your Grandpa’s old belt? Wear it. Did a friend of yours paint you a leather cuff a couple years ago? Dig it out. Tooled leather whether it be a belt or cuff goes with every outfit. While you’re digging Grandpa’s belt out, ask him if he has any old style cowboy hats, ’cause you bet they made a come back.

If you are looking to get a new purse or bag, the number of leather artisans in North America is endless. In Canada I would recommend asking Kim Hodgins of Kim Hodgins Designs if she is able to whip something up for you. Paige Leather by Paige Albrecht is also always sure to please. If you have the money to spend and can handle the US dollar exchange, I would suggest looking into 26 Mile Collective, HD West Leather or Jennilie Leather.

Gorgeous leather bag from Paige Leather by Paige Albrecht

Gorgeous leather bag from Paige Leather by Paige Albrecht

Clothing wise, florals aren’t just for spring. I see floral prints on every item of clothing, right down to floral stitched patterns on jeans. Flare jeans have been back in the rodeo arena for a few years now, but more so now in the bleachers. Shirts that hang off both shoulders, or are cut out at the shoulders, turtle neck-style shirts, and dusters are everywhere. Suede type materials have also made a comeback with everything from dresses to pants. Lastly, fur vests and jackets are very appropriate for the CFR. They are another timeless look that you can pair with any outfit.

B & B Clothing Boutique in Olds, Alberta is currently one of the busiest boutiques in the western community. Owner Charlsey Whittemore, has new items coming in weekly, and has something for everyone. B & B will be in Edmonton during the Canadian Finals Rodeo, but be sure to get there within the first few days so you don’t miss out on getting the right size in the perfect floral dress, or one of their best selling lace maxi’s.

Nicole Wade Photography – Charlsey in the Wine Westin Lace Dress

Nicole Wade Photography – Charlsey of B&B Boutique in the Wine Westin Lace Dress

Though square toe cowboy boots have been a staple for everyone to wear with their jeans when headed to the city, you have more options than just that. Knee-high heeled boots pair nicely with leggings or dresses. Booties of every style will be everywhere you look in the city. My personal favourite are currently my Jeffrey Campbell Cromwell Suede booties with accents of silver on the toe and heel. While in Edmonton, and if you have the extra spending cash in your wallet, Poppy Barley has a beautiful collection of handmade leather shoes, my favourite being the Two Point Five ankle bootie. They source their leathers from a family run tannery, and pay attention to detail when creating their shoes; their pricing reflects this.

With fashion the options are endless. Style is a way of saying who you are, without speaking.

As always, what I have listed is only what I saw trending this year, and are mere suggestions if you are looking to spruce up the wardrobe. If your eye is drawn to something, pick it up and try it on. Wear what you feel comfortable in, and wear it with confidence.


Ted: For anyone that’s wondered, my main 100X black hat was built by Vern Elliott of Gold Springs Custom Hats in 2008. He’s re-done it a few times since but I’ve probably worn it 1,000 days or more in those years. Since then, I’ve burned through plenty of straw hats from the American Hat Company. Also, I work at Smithbilt here in Calgary in the winter. That’s where my 100X silver belly is from and we always have stock.


Prince William, Kate Middleton and Stephen Harper in their Smithbilt Hats in Calgary.

Quality is key here with all of these hats in my mind. That hat Vern made me is bullet proof. All those days, wear and tear have it not looking like it used to. It’s not the hat’s fault though or Vern’s, I’ve put it through about everything a hat can take. Same goes for my silver belly from Smithbilt which I’ve had since 2013. I’ve learned lots more about building hats since then and I think it’s time to build myself a new black one this winter.

It might cost $800 or more for a 100X hat. I’ve saved money by having a hat I can get fixed or reshaped when a cheaper, lesser quality hat won’t hold up that long or hold it’s shape as long. Investing in quality has paid off for me.

Ideally, it’s best to have someone shape your hat for you or get it fitted. Having one that’s too tight is no good. Don’t add any different hat bands either, there’s a reason the one that’s on it is there.

My favorite pair of boots in the past few years has been a black pair of square toe ostrich boots from Welsh’s I traded my friend there an ad for in 2012. Some of those exotic skins are tougher, like the elephant Tony Lama’s I bought back in 2009. Leather soles may not be ideal on the ice in our Canadian winters but they can be re-soled. Buying great Canadian, handmade boots like Boulet and Brahma pays off long term in this business. I wear both and actually have a custom pair of Brahma’s on the way from Winnipeg right now. Just in time!


Speaking of long-term. I’ve had a few pairs of my Wrangler Jeans last longer than I can fit them. It probably happens more than I’m thinking it might but they have been great jeans. New in the past couple years that I’ve noticed are the retro and advanced comfort styles. The advanced comfort jeans are a dream to travel in. If you haven’t tried them out yet, you might want to. They are like hanging out in pajamas all day.

With jeans in the cowboy world, I rarely ever leave my house unless they have been starched by Drycleaning by Dave here in Calgary. If you didn’t know, that’s what makes those awesome creases, the ones my mom made fun of me for. In our business it’s a cost that saves on the laundry time and lets us wear our jeans a lot longer when we are on the road. Dave even does pickup and delivery in Calgary. It’s handy.

Then comes the question, do the pants hold up the belt or the belt hold up the pants? My belt came from my friend Kathleen Brannon of Desert Sage Bead Art in Reno, NV. Kathleen and I met at a horse show in Vegas when I was in school there back in 2011. Kathleen made me the classiest belt of all time in the summer of 2013.


Some things that never change are the classic pearl snaps, also from Wrangler. My Dad never bought a shirt that didn’t have three snaps on each sleeve. Snaps for the win, but also for the win are the new advanced comfort shirts. The advanced comfort shirt I have fits better than any shirt I’ve ever had, it’s also denim by the way. Retro is back as Cassie says. Plus it’s formal here in Canada too, check out Aaron Roy and Ty Pozzobon, they are wearing the same shirt I’m talking about in competition right now.

Wild rags won’t likely ever go out of style here in Canada. Silk is what I want and bright colors are becoming more popular. If you don’t have one you might want to add one or two to your wardrobe. The same goes for a nice pair of lined deerskin gloves, made in Canada.

Don’t forget though our western retailers all carry t-shirts, day-to-day shoes, hoodies, ball caps and much more.

Another cool thing about this business is how many people have jobs or businesses doing other things besides rodeo or bull riding. I know a lot of people who are farmers and ranchers but then I know a pilot and Earl Klapstein who owns Eddie’s Men’s Wear on Calgary Trail in Edmonton. Like anything else I’ve mentioned in this story, it’s likely going to cost you some money but it’s going to be high quality stuff that lasts.

In the past couple year’s I’ve bought a couple jackets from Earl that I used every week on the road this fall for the PBR’s Monster Energy Canada Tour. Earl and his crew have made sure I got the right fit and right piece. They haven’t gone un-noticed either. Someday when I grow up I guess I’ll have to get some more stuff from him. If you’re in the market, Earl is a huge supported of our way of life in this country. Supporting folks like him help make everything go around.

Thanks for checking this post out! If you have any fashion ideas, trends or anything else you would like to let us know about, please do in a comment below!


2015 Canadian Finals Rodeo Results

Here are your Season Earning Results, Champions & Average Champions. For full performace results, check out

Bareback Riding:
Total Season Earnings 1 Jake Vold, $98,567.97 ; 2 Caleb Bennett, $71,916.35 ; 3 Kyle Bowers, $56,015.30 ; 4 Ty Taypotat, $50,710.75 ; 5 Dusty LaValley, $38,388.05
* Caleb Bennett (average winner)

Steer Wrestling:
Total Season Earnings 1 Cody Cassidy, $60,610.55 ; 2 Curtis Cassidy, $55,329.56 ; 3 Scott Guenthner, $54,599.25 ; 4 Tanner Milan, $49,420.30 ; 5 Travis Reay, $44,087.51
CHAMPION: Cody Cassidy
* Curtis Cassidy (average winner)

Team Roping:
Total Season Earnings 1 Roland McFadden, $38,799.00 & Tyrel Flewelling, $38,798.95 ; 2 Levi Simpson, $35,703.83 & Jeremy Buhler, $35,703.82 ; 3 Justin McCarroll, $30,383.42 & Brett McCarroll, $30,383.44 ; 4 Clay Ullery, $26,854.49 & Kevin Schreiner, $23,818.49 ; 5 Brett Buss, $26,496.51 & Klay Whyte, $26,496.50
CHAMPIONS: Roland McFadden/Tyrel Flewelling
* Levi Simpson/Jeremy Buhler (average winners)

Saddle Bronc Riding:
Total Season Earnings 1 Cody DeMoss, $90,687.33 ; 2 Wade Sundell, $75,980.60 ; 3 Chuck Schmidt, $52,997.97 ; 4 Layton Green, $42,885.32 ; 5 Cort Scheer, $42,797.53
* Wade Sundell (average winner)

Tie Down Roping:
Total Season Earnings 1 Shane Hanchey, $62,448.77 ; 2 Ryan Jarrett, $60,172.71 ; 3 Dean Edge, $45,677.43 ; 4 Matt Shiozawa, $42,452.68 ; 5 Rhen Richard, $41,341.13

Ladies Barrel Racing:
Total Season Earnings 1 Nancy Csabay, $84,714.89 ; 2 Cayla Melby, $68,451.59 ; 3 Deb Guelly, $51,016.06 ; 4 Julie Leggett, $43,765.42 ; 5 Toni Dixon, $31,843.20

On The Record

L&CB Talks to CPRA Team Roper Kolton Schmidt

I generally stick to interviewing barrel racers, talk about barrel racing, or talk about my own personal stuff. {riveting stuff right there, I know, I know}  Not something most men enjoy reading.. So! I figured I would change it up a bit; I will try to interview a man every now and then, and step out of the usual barrel patch. This time, I am heading into the rope pen!

He still holds the record for being the youngest competitor in the Team Roping at the CFR at the young age of 17. The 3 time Canadian Finals Rodeo Competitor, and 2013 CFR Team Roping Champ, is fresh out of college and ready to take on the world. Kolton Schmidt of Barrhead Alberta, had been attending South Eastern Oklahoma State University in Durrant Oklahoma taking Business Communications Classes, but is now back on Canadian soil, and is excited for the 2015 season!

What are your goals for this year?
“Canadian champion and have some success South of the border.”

Are you going  to any RFDTV The AMERICAN Qualifiers?
“I will be this year for sure. I am out of school so I am able to be more mobile and fit in the qualifiers without missing school.”

Are you planning on hitting the TR World Series in Las Vegas?
“I believe so. I’m sure thinking about it!”

2013 CFR Team Roping Champ Kolton Schmidt

2013 CFR Team Roping Champ Kolton Schmidt

What about going to any of the PRCA rodeos South of the border? 
“For sure! Going to be North and South of the border.I’m going to go to Sisters and hopefully Reno and then go over the “Fourth”. When middle of August comes around, I’ll be heading to the Northwest for rodeos till the middle of September. I will try and make the circuit finals in that circuit.”

Tell me about your favourite run, and who was your heeler.
“My favorite run would be from Ponoka last year we were 4.5 or 4.7 in the second round I believe. It sure felt cool in that arena. I was with my current partner, Rocky Dallyn. He’s a living legend for Team Roping her in Canada, and I’m sure pumped to get to have him as my partner.”

I like when people share their “Mental Game” tips. What are some of yours?
“Don’t over think anything. The reason we practice is to make muscle memory. Let that do its work. Always believe in yourself and what you’re doing.”

How did you get into roping?
“My whole family has done and does it. My Grandpa, at 70 some years old still comes and ropes with us every day. I love our family and the life we live.”

Who is your idol?
“My Grandpa, he’s such a good man and a truly good person. My Dad always said you rope good, people will talk about you. You’re a good person, and people will remember you!”

What are your plans for after Rodeo at this point?
“Might be bad to say but I have none. Nothing I want but to make The National Finals Rodeo and Rodeo for a living, so no plans until I need one.

Do you prefer Jackpotting or Rodeo, and why?
“I prefer rodeo no other sport in the world like it. One chance good or bad you get one. It is truly a challenge.”

Do you prefer to Head or Heel more?
“I prefer heading in large situations. I’m a quarter back and control our run.”

Do you like to practice more on live cattle, rope machine or dummy, and why?
“I like to practice on slow live cattle. It’s real and true for your horse but gives you the purpose of slowing things down for your horse!”

If you could give one piece of advice it would be?
“If you’re going to do something be all in and get after it. Find good people that believe in you more than you do to be behind you, and the opportunities in whatever you pursue are endless.”


Pollitt Photography – Photo submitted by Kolton

Whose been your favourite horse?
“Moon, he’s a new purchase of mine but he’s been amazing! And Badger who was the 2014 Canadian Head Horse of the Year. I can’t pick one I’m lucky to have both on my team!”

What is your favourite drink?
“Some cold Dr Pepper!”

What is your favourite Rope?
“GT4 by Rattler is my favourite. Rattler and Classic make the best ropes in the world. I get to endorse them and it sure is nice getting to use the best ropes there is everyday. I wouldn’t be here today with out my great sponsors. CVS Controls, Academy Fabricating, Lincoln County Oilfield Services, Frontier Saddles, Wrangler and Classic Ropes. They are all great to me and I could never do enough for them.”

All the best to Kolton down the road this year! 🙂

*all photos submitted by Kolton Schmidt*