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Champions Crowned at #CFR43

EDMONTON, AB (November 13, 2016) – For immediate release

It was a story that will be told and retold for a long time.

It’s the story of a twenty-three year-old bull riding sensation whose season came to a crushing halt in Cheyenne, Wyoming—a bull ride that ended in a shattered ankle left in nine pieces with three plates and ten screws holding it together and doctors saying his season was over.

But Jordan Hansen had other ideas. He not only came back for the 43rd edition of the Canadian Finals Rodeo but when the Northlands Coliseum smoke cleared and the dust settled, Hansen had defied the odds and was the Canadian Bull Riding Champion.

“I kind of like to prove those doctors wrong,” the likable Calgary cowboy chuckled. “This is what we ride for all year and once the cast was off and the surgeon said I could start training a little bit, I knew I’d be here. I only got on a couple of practice bulls and it wasn’t feeling that great coming here but the Sport Medicine Team taped me up really well and I didn’t feel it during any of my rides this week.”

Hansen bucked off his first bull in Wednesday night’s first performance and noticeably hobbled as he ran back to the chutes. Then came Thursday and his first successful bull ride in in four months—an 85.5 point ride to finish third in the round.

“That was the one that really gave me the confidence that I still knew how to ride bulls,” Hansen affirmed.

It was the first of five rides in row and when he rode his final bull of the week on Sunday afternoon—Vold’s Black Rose for 85.50 for another third place cheque—Hansen had won the average and made the long climb to the top of the mountain… earning $78,185 for his abbreviated season and a slender $7,000 margin over second place man and two time champion—Dakota Buttar.

When asked about goals after winning his first Canadian title, Hansen laughed. “Well, there’s always room for two. I feel really fortunate to be able to come back after the injury. I just want to heal up a little bit more and see what happens this winter. And I’ve always wanted to get to the NFR so I’ll try to stay healthy all year and that’s my next goal.”

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“I want to be among the greats.”

Jake Vold was thinking about names like LaValley, Dunham, Dunn, Trottier, Shields, Boyd and Cholach, some of the greatest bareback riders of all time.

“Those guys all won at least three titles so this third one means a lot to me.” Vold shared after winning his third consective Canadian bareback riding championship. And he did it with authority, putting an exclamation point on his CFR week with a spectacular 87.5 point ride on the Calgary Stampede mare, Reckless Margie.

“She’s a phenomenal mare,” Vold smiled. “I’d never had her before and to be honest I think I could do better on her next time but I was pretty happy when I got the call last night telling me I had that horse. And she was super today.”

The final go round win, coupled with securing the average, took the Airdrie (via Ponoka) cowboy to a season earnings total of $91,467 and an $18,000 cushion over the second place man, Tremonton, Utah’s, Caleb Bennett.

Vold also claimed the Top Gun award that goes to the competitor who earns the most money over the five days and six performances of the CFR. And there’s more to come. The twenty-nine year-old will be part of the Canadian contingent—eight strong—who will be heading south to Las Vegas to compete at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in December.

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For Cody Cassidy the sentiment was something similar after the Donalda cowboy clinched his second title in a row and his fifth overall. “

“One of the Butterfields won six of them, I think,” Cassidy acknowledged. “And I’d like to win seven or eight before I’m done.”

This one might have been a little easier than some. “I think I might have won it even if I missed that last steer,” Cassidy commented, “but there’s a lot of money up and that’s why we come here—money and championships, so I still wanted to do it right.”

Cassidy’s 4.3 second run was good for third in the round and carried him to the average title as well. His winning total was $79,371 providing him with a $23,000 margin of victory over his older brother, Curtis.

Cassidy credited both the horse he rode to the title, Dustin Walker’s Tank and his hazer, “Mountain Man” Josh Harden.

“Tank probably wouldn’t work for everybody but he fits me perfectly,” Cassidy smiled. “And it always feels good when you don’t have to think about your hazer. Josh is just such a good hand and I’m really confident when I know he’s over there.”

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It’s not often that a rookie qualifier jumps out and wins a Canadian title, especially when riding against a field of veterans with a bunch of championships to their credit. But for Nanton, Alberta bronc rider, Clay Elliott, there was never any doubt that he had a chance to win it.

“I don’t think about the stats or anything really but the horses,” the twenty-two year-old confided. “I knew if I rode like I can, I’d have a chance.”

And when it came down to Sunday, that chance became a reality. Elliott rode three time Saddle Bronc of the Year, Lunatic Party from Outlaw Buckers, for 85 points and second in the championship round to take his season total to $70,685, giving him a $19,000 margin of victory over the eight time CFR qualifier Jim Berry.

“I knew I had one of the best horses in the pen,” Elliott said, moments after the ride. “To stay on a bucking son of a gun like that—it’s pretty special.’

Elliott had to regroup after being bucked off in the Saturday evening round. “In rodeo it’s all about short term memory. I give myself ten minutes after a ride like that one last night, then I fix what I need to fix and get back at it.”

Like Jake Vold, Elliott will be heading for Las Vegas in a few weeks to represent his country at the CFR. “This fuels the fire for sure,” the second generation cowboy smiled. “I can’t wait to get there.”

The twenty-two year National Intercollegiate champion of a year ago had special words for one of his bronc riding heroes. “Next to my family, the guy who is my idol is Winston Bruce. He’s got a world champion’s buckle on his belt and he taught me so much about how to win.”

Of his next challenge, Elliott repeated a mantra he’d followed all week. “I try to focus on only one thing and that’s bucking horses. They stay the same and I know if I let the media and announcers say what needs to be said about me, I can just concentrate on that one thing—those bucking horses. I have the opportunity to go get on ten more—ten one headers in Las Vegas—and I can’t wait.

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One of the closest races was in the tie down roping. The last time a Canadian won the roping championship was in 2009. That man was Al Bouchard. And on Sunday afternoon, Bouchard did all he could to end the drought Canadians have experienced since ’09.

But his effort fell just short as the talented and unflappable Matt Shiozawa from Chubbock, Idaho held off the hard-charging Bouchard to claim his second Canadian title, the first coming back in 2014.

Noting that he’d just got the news that he’d officially won it, Shiozawa, said, “It’s kind of a relief. It was so close I didn’t know for sure I’d won it until a few minutes ago.

“But really the best part was that I roped second last and Al roped last and we were giving each other high fives and wishing each other good luck. That’s the camaraderie there is in our sport.”

Shiozawa credited his mare, Alotta with helping him to that second title. “She’s a terrific horse that I rode at my first Finals back in ’07. The she hit a bit of a rough patch and we bred her, had a nice colt and when we brought her back she was great again. She’s part of the family.”

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Another great CFR comeback story was fashioned at this finals as Taber, Alberta’s Nancy Csabay won her second straight barrel racing title Csabay who needed a huge performance at the Pro Rodeo Canada Series Final a month ago in Calgary, just to qualify for the CFR, was once again a picture of consistency en route to back to back titles.

Csabay won the third round on Friday night, then added third place cheques in all five of the remaining rounds to top the field in the average and take home the champion’s saddle and buckle once again.

‘It feels wonderful,” the second generation cowgirl beamed. ”It’s something I never, ever expected. Going in to the Pro Series Final in Calgary I was 14th. I was able to move up to 7th there – and then to come here and go from 7th to 1st is amazing.”

Csabay and her mare Wicked have been an electric pairing, especially for the last two seasons.

“That horse of mine is a life changer. I just love her. I’ve learned that I just need to make the same run every time and not worry about the win—just do what I know and let my horse do what she knows.”

Together Csabay and Wicked won $42,345 at the CFR to take her season total to $72,010, providing a slender $1200 edge over second place finisher, Callahan Crossley, the Hermiston, Oregon cowgirl who struggled in the final round and dropped out of first place for the first time all week.

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And in the team roping it was the new dad from Cut Bank, Montana winning his second title, this time with partner Russell Cardoza who collected his first Canadian championship.

The team formed near the end of 2015. “I needed a partner at the time to help me get to the NFR,” Cardoza said, “and I heard Dustin was out there. We teamed up and it worked out. I got to Las Vegas and this year, Dustin really wanted to include the Canadian rodeos in our schedule. That was fine with me. Now I can’t wait to get back up here next year.”

“I grew up close to the Canadian border,” Bird, who won his first Canadian title in 2012, added. “I wanted to win a Canadian championship and after that I was hoping to win it again so this is great.”

Luke Butterfield, the Ponoka bronc rider and steer wrestler, claimed his first All Around title, holding off defending champion, Josh Harden for the honours while Morgan Grant maintained his hold in the High Point race to claim his second title, the first coming back in 2013.

On the livestock side of things, it was C5 Rodeo’s bareback horse Virgil capturing Best of the CFR honours while in the saddle bronc riding, Wild Cherry from the Calgary Stampede was top horse with Vold’s VJV Nailed capturing the Best CFR Bull title.

Courtesy of the CPRA*


CFR43 Full Barrel Racing Results – CPRA

Here are the full CFR43 Ladies Barrel Racing Results from each go round. Nancy Csabay is your 2016 LBR Champion and Average Winner. Congrats Nancy!

Championship Sunday Results Ladies Barrel Racing 1 Jackie Ganter, Abilene TX, 14.639, $12,324.47; 2 Sydney Daines, Red Deer County AB, 14.718, $9,164.35; 3 Nancy Csabay, Taber AB, 14.828, $6,004.23; 4 Lynette Brodoway, Brooks AB, 14.834, $2,844.11; 5 Toni Dixon, Millarville AB, 14.850, $1,264.05; Total Season Earnings 1 Nancy Csabay, $72,010.65 ; 2 Callahan Crossley, $70,849.06 ; 3 Kirsty White, $58,636.38 ; 4 Katie Garthwaite, $42,055.02 ; 5 Sydney Daines, $41,975.64

Round 5 Ladies Barrel Racing 1 Kirsty White, Big Valley AB, 14.773, $12,324.47; 2 Callahan Crossley, Hermiston OR, 14.818, $9,164.35; 3 Nancy Csabay, Taber AB, 14.915, $6,004.23; 4 Katie Garthwaite, Merritt BC, 14.997, $2,844.11; 5 Lynette Brodoway, Brooks AB, 15.056, $1,264.05; Total Season Earnings 1 Callahan Crossley, $64,844.83 ; 2 Kirsty White, $55,792.28 ; 3 Nancy Csabay, $53,681.96 ; 4 Katie Garthwaite, $42,055.02 ; 5 Lynette Brodoway, $33,401.78
Ladies Barrel Racing
Round 4 Ladies Barrel Racing 1 Katie Garthwaite, Merritt BC, 14.629, $12,324.47; 2 Callahan Crossley, Hermiston OR, 14.676, $9,164.35; 3 Nancy Csabay, Taber AB, 14.701, $6,004.23; 4 Sydney Daines, Red Deer County AB, 14.747, $2,844.11; 5 Kirsty White, Big Valley AB, 14.836, $1,264.05; Total Season Earnings 1 Callahan Crossley, $55,680.49 ; 2 Nancy Csabay, $47,677.74 ; 3 Kirsty White, $43,467.81 ; 4 Katie Garthwaite, $39,210.91 ; 5 Lynette Brodoway, $32,137.74
Ladies Barrel Racing results
Round 3 Ladies Barrel Racing 1 Nancy Csabay, Taber AB, 14.754, $12,324.47; 2 Kirsty White, Big Valley AB, 14.782, $9,164.35; 3 Callahan Crossley, Hermiston OR, 14.869, $6,004.23; 4 Sydney Daines, Red Deer County AB, 14.890, $2,844.11; 5 Carman Pozzobon, Aldergrove BC, 15.103, $1,264.05; Total Season Earnings 1 Callahan Crossley, $46,516.14 ; 2 Kirsty White, $42,203.76 ; 3 Nancy Csabay, $41,673.51 ; 4 Lynette Brodoway, $32,137.74 ; 5 Carman Pozzobon, $29,833.90
Ladies Barrel Racing Round 3 Results

Round 2 Ladies Barrel Racing 1 Lynette Brodoway, Brooks AB, 14.694, $12,324.47; 2 Carman Pozzobon, Aldergrove BC, 14.758, $9,164.35; 3 Nancy Csabay, Taber AB, 14.805, $6,004.23; 4 Katie Garthwaite, Merritt BC, 14.875, $2,844.11; 5 Sydney Daines, Red Deer County AB, 14.890, $1,264.05; Total Season Earnings 1 Callahan Crossley, $40,511.92 ; 2 Kirsty White, $33,039.42 ; 3 Lynette Brodoway, $32,137.74 ; 4 Nancy Csabay, $29,349.04 ; 5 Carman Pozzobon, $28,569.86Ladies Barrel Racing - Round 2

Round 1 Ladies Barrel Racing: 1 Callahan Crossley, Hermiston OR, 14.645, $12,324.47; 2 Katie Garthwaite, Merritt BC, 14.680, $9,164.35; 3 Nancy Csabay, Taber AB, 14.887, $6,004.23; 4 Kirsty White, Big Valley AB, 14.909, $2,844.11; 5 Cayla Small, Burneyville OK, 14.966, $1,264.05; Total Season Earnings 1 Callahan Crossley, $40,511.92 ; 2 Kirsty White, $33,039.42 ; 3 Katie Garthwaite, $24,042.34 ; 4 Jackie Ganter, $23,402.78 ; 5 Nancy Csabay $23,344.82Ladies Barrel Racing

Courtesy of the CPRA*

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*

Arena Chatter

CFR 16 Horses

Though I usually discuss each horse that comes to the Canadian Finals Rodeo in their rider’s interview, I thought I would still write something up showing the bloodlines of each horse in a convenient little post just for reference while you’re watching the C.F.R next week. A few horses are different than listed in the original interviews. The horses listed for Melby are not confirmed, but are the horses she is supposed to be taking to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in December.







Sires Sire

Damns Sire

Kirsty White Special Tack Plain Special Cutters Brass Tack Send Cash Cutters Bonanza
Callahan Crossley   Brownie Bi Bogie Bogie Biankus Chets Babe Biankus Chet Young 89er
Callahan Crossley   Docs Genuine Leo
Jackie Ganter  Recent Release Light On Cash Parr Pass Dash For Cash Citation Bars
Jackie Ganter  Cartels Fame Dash Ta Fame Corona Koolaid First Down Dash Corona Cartel
Jackie Ganter  Faminator Dash Ta Fame Moons Special Leader First Down Dash Special Leader
Rene Leclerq DT Cash N Diamonds Cash N Sans Suzanas Lena Doc Miss N Cash Siners Lena Doc
Rene Leclerq Preppies Sundown Preppie Miss Bonanza Lee Dash For Cash General Bonanza
Lynette Brodoway  SR Root Sixty Six Root Beers Boots KR Miss Six Fols Root Beer Doc Six Fols
Carman Pozzobon  Ripn Lady Frenchs Hula Guy Bijou Betalii Frenchmans Guy Eli Betastreak
Carman Pozzobon  Rimes Girl Frenchs Hula Guy Maggie Majorette Frenchmans Guy Major Rime
Nancy Csabay Little Miss Wicked Terribly Wicked Like An Effort Streakin Six Flying Effort
Sydney Daines  Honor Before Fame Dash Ta Fame Lehigh Pepper Red First Down Dash Jet Of Honor
Cayla Melby Shameon U Fameonu Gay Sunny Delight Dash Ta Fame Gay Bar Sun
Cayla Melby Docs Frosty Blue Bar TT Dakota KitABars Yonder Grace Goes Mr Docs Dakota Yonder Jack Goes
Cayla Melby Brookstone Joe Brookestone Bay Sheza Jo Baby Jo First Down Dash Proudest Effort
Colby Gilbert Badgers First Play Reys Dual Badger Play Shorty Play Dual Rey Shorty Lena
Toni Dixon  Jig French Truckle RNJ Heckofafrenchman Dat Fur Bunny Frenchmans Guy Whose Dat Bunny
Toni Dixon Guys R A Mystery Frenchmans Guy Disarray Sun Frost Dash Ta Fame
Katie Garthwaite Shufire Dash of Royal Gold Firewater Flyer Juno Dat Cash Fire Water Flit
Katie Garthwaite FC Guys Prime Time Frenchmans Guy A Prime Example Sun Frost Marthas Six Moons


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!