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Callahan Crossley CFR 2017

After just 23 rodeos, Callahan Crossley and her gelding Brownie raked up $24,762.93 and is headed to the Canadian Finals Rodeo in third spot. This is the Hermiston, Oregon cowgirl’s second CFR qualification.

How would you describe Brownies style and personality?
Brownies style is very deceiving! Nothing fancy about the way he runs the barrels, he just does his job. His personality is another story! He is very corky and it seems everyday it is something new with him. Whether he decides he isn’t going to load in the trailer to not letting you bridle him or clean his feet out, he likes to keep things interesting!

Will you be bringing up another horse to run, or will you rely solely on Brownie throughout the week?
I plan on running Brownie for the 6 rounds but I will be bringing my sister Jordan Minor’s awesome horse Laurie Darling! I ran her at most of the May- June Rodeo’s this year. She is a palomino mare, she is out of my moms old barrel horse (Joes Genuine Copy) and by Frenchman’s Falcon who is an own son of Frenchman’s guy.

What was your favourite rodeo this year and why?
My Favorite Canadian rodeo this year would have to be Ponoka because that is where everything started to turn around and kind of kicked off the rest of the year.




Over the years, what has been your most memorable run you’ve made?
I’d have to say my most memorable run would have to be this year at the 2017 Breeze barrel race in Ponoka where Brownie and I won the 50K!

Who is your barrel racing idol?
My biggest barrel racing idol is my Mom! She’s taught me everything I know and has trained some greats, including my favorite one of all, Brownie!

Riding a seasoned barrel horse, what exercises do you do for tune-ups on the pattern?
For Brownie it’s mostly just keeping him in the best shape. He knows the pattern by now (most days 😜) so I try to not tune on him unless he’s had lots of time off.

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 just try to focus on myself. Don’t worry about what people are doing around you. It’s very easy to get caught up with how much others are winning when your in a slump.

What is the best piece of advice you could give a person who wanted to run pro?
Go for it! Everyone started somewhere.

What is one thing you can’t live without on the road?
The support of my family and candy!

*Photo submitted by Calli*




On The Record

Kirsty White CFR 2017

After 43 rodeos, and $23,713.71 won, Kirsty White has qualified again for the Canadian Finals Rodeo with her great mare Racey aka Special Tack (by Plain Special out of a Cutters Bonanza (Major Bonanza) mare.) This will be White’s fifth CFR, and they are coming in HOT in fourth position!

How would you describe Racey’s style and personality?
Racey is very present, forward and pushy in addition to being very sensitive, she has a very strong personality and is the most reactive horse I have ever been around. She is a difficult horse but has so much try its off the charts. She turns on all four and is very correct but feels different on the left side compared to the right, which is why I went left. She has changed my life. I love her with all my horse. She has the most try out of anything I have ever rode.

Can you tell us about your other horse?
Raisen is exactly the opposite of Racey. Very laid back, easy going but super spooky. Probably one of the finest horses I have ever trained. She wants to use her hind end in the turn, has a great style and is very easy to ride fast. She definitely makes you look good. She is a five year old by an own son of Corona Cartel and out of an own daughter of Raise A Secrete, who is out of Bugs Alive in 75. She is crazy fast and efficient. I am so excited about her




What was your favourite rodeo this year and why?
I have two favourites. The last run in my pool at Calgary because I won it, and have tried to win it for a long time, and Okotoks because I won it on Raisen! I was over the moon with her.

Over the years, what has been your most memorable run you’ve made?
Gosh, thats a tough one. Racey worked unreal at Ponoka in the long round this year. I was thirteenth out and she tried her butt off. I won third and then I won Okotoks inside one year by three tenths, almost a flawless run. There are so many great runs, I am just lucky to go fast when I get to.

Who is your barrel racing idol?
Rayel Little, without question the best trainer of all time on the planet!

Will you be rodeoing south the border this winter?
Yes, I got into Houston and San Antonio so I was hoping to have both the horses ready.

Riding a seasoned barrel horse, what exercises do you do for tune-ups on the pattern?
Just exercise every day. Sprints, speed control, slow work, and always long trotting in the field eery few days.

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 just try to stay positive and get all my physical prep done. The mental game when I’m training is patience, sometimes to stretch the ride out is better than dying on that hill. Sometimes they just need time to process. If I’m in a jam, I just retract or ask in a different way, but keep asking and try to wait them out. For competition a person just needs to figure out how to be present and relaxed. Usually deep breathing works best to expel thoughts so as better to react and feel and try to get where you can practice this, away from the chatter.

What is your go to product for keeping your horse feeling her best for the season?
Corvet, Ty Corbiell is my go to. I have complete trust in him and he helps me read my horses needs really well. He cares.

What is the best piece of advice you could give a person who wanted to run pro?
Try not to expect too much and have an open mind. There is so much info our there. Don’t get too high or too low, and try to do everything you can to be prepared. Try to just have one main go to, keep trying and never give up.

What is one thing you can’t live without on the road?
My horses head gear.

Kirsty would like to thank her sponsors,  Back  On Track , SharpEdge, & Corvet- Ty Corbiell

*Photo submitted by Kirsty




On The Record

Sydney Daines CFR 2017

In 2014 Sydney Daines took home 3 Go Round buckles at the Canadian Finals Rodeo, and was headed to the Calgary Stampede in 2015 after finishing the season in the Top 4. CFR44 will be Daines’ third Canadian Finals Rodeo qualification on her great gelding Flame (sired by Dash ta Fame out of a Jet of Honor Mare).


With all the miles made, varying ground conditions, and expenses,what kept the CFR dream alive for you?
Theres no better feeling than running down the alley at the Northlands Coliseum and just wanting to experience that feeling again makes all the miles, ground conditions and expenses worth it.

What was your favourite rodeo this year and why?
My favourite rodeo this year would have to be Innisfail. We didn’t pull a cheque out of Innisfail but its one of my favourite times of the year because my family has a chance to get together. I can also see old friends and hangout with them for the weekend since Innisfail is the only rodeo on that weekend. Plus, I know for the rest of the summer my life consumes of soccer and rodeo.

How do you manage to balance University, Soccer and rodeo so well in the spring and fall?
First thing is I have a great mother. When I’m busy with school or soccer she is taking care of Flame and always making sure he is looking amazing. I have a really good connection with my soccer coach and we try to make it work between games/practices with rodeo. My team is a big supporter of Flame. I’m currently taking the combined Native Studies Arts/ Education elementary degree. Fall is the more busier time of the year with regular season soccer and preparing for CFR, so I can only take 4 course loads this semester. Overall I try to put school first but only once in your life you can play soccer at this high level and be blessed with a great horse at the same time, so my new motto is, why not do both?




Riding a seasoned barrel horse, what exercises do you do for tune-ups on the pattern?
Sometimes he just needs a little reminder who’s boss, since he is very spoiled. Overall, it depends what arena were competing in and what he has done in that arena in the past will depend on what exercises we do.

Regarding legging a horse up, especially when so busy,what is your routine?
Flame is a funny horse he is very hard to just go ride around in the field, usually you’ll see us going faster backwards than forwards. With me living in Edmonton and him back in Innisfail my mom takes him to Coulee Equine very regularly where he swims and goes on the long trotter. I will also meet my mom once or twice before CFR to ride him so I can remember what I’m doing. With him I feel confident that he just needs to keep in shape and stay away from the barrel pattern until November 8th.

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 just try to have fun with every run by remembering how lucky I am to have this horse and that I am able to do this event. I never try to over think things right before my run or become too nervous because your horse can feel that. I always try to focus on my main goals I’ve set through out the year, so before my run I am already prepared. If I didn’t reach one of the goals I just go back to the drawing board and see what could I have done differently.

What is your go to product for keeping your horse feeling her best for the season?
Dr. Scott is our product. He knows Flame inside and out. He gives us the best knowledge on what products to use down the road whether its for long night hauls or hot/cold weather conditions. He always has three great answers to every question.

What is the best piece of advice you would pass along to someone regarding barrel racing and/or rodeo?
Overall, enjoy the people you meet in the rodeo and barrel racing world and appreciate the time and stories you create with your friends and family doing an event you love. By having those people in your life to celebrate wins with or having a glass of wine with when you hit a barrel, all help when trying to make it down the road.

What can you not live without on the road?
I can’t live without Starbucks or Red Bulls.

*Photo submitted by Sydney




On The Record

Taylor Manning CFR 2017

At just thirteen years old, Miss. Taylor Manning is headed to her very first Canadian Finals Rodeo in Edmonton, Alberta this November.

Taylor and her main mount Matlock, aka Good Little Nick (By As Good As Nick Gets out of Fols Dream of Cash) had an outstanding year winning $21,163.55 after 40 rodeos, and are going to the finals in seventh position.

How would you describe Matlock’s style?
Matlock’s style is bendy and soft through the body

What kind of quirks does Matlock have?
Some of his quirks are that he can be a bit strong and he holds his breath when he’s nervous. He nudges me constantly for attention and will whinny when he sees me.

What was your favourite rodeo this year and why?
My favourite rode was Ponoka Stampede! It was my first short round and final four. I got to go on stage to get auctioned off and got the coolest Ponoka Stampede knife!

Taylor and her sister Paige at Ponoka

Who is your barrel racing idol?
My favourite idols are Rayel Little and Kirsty White. They both have the same style and work hard to achieve their goals. They are nice to me and always are helping me to improve both my horse and I. Rayel also trained Matlock! 

My Mom Shelly is also my idol. I’ve always looked up to my Mom, as she is sweet, outgoing and fair. This summer she was always there helping me, and drove me around everywhere. For example we showed up in Ponoka at 5am trying to get to ride, driving all night from Williams Lake, BC. 

Riding a seasoned barrel horse, what exercises do you do for tune-ups?
I round pen Matlock to keep him soft. I also do lots of slow work to keep him relaxed.

Regarding legging a horse up,what is your routine?
I let my horse up almost six weeks before I go to a jackpot. My Dad plows a track in the field if the snow is too deep.

We all know that being competitive takes serious mental strength and focus.What do you do to keep focused in the game of rodeo?
I just think about what I have to do and make it as perfect as I can.

What is your go to product for keeping your horse feeling her best for the season?
Matlock loves his Buckeye Feeds and Sharpedge. I also keep his legs feeling good and give him lots of rest.

What is the best piece of advice you were ever given regarding barrel racing?
The best advice I have heard is to always trust your homework.

What is one thing you can’t live without on the road?
The most important things I need on the road is my bridle and tack. Another thing I need is my Mother. She drove me everywhere this summer, as my Dad drove my brother to all the amateur rodeos. I am so thankful for my parents that are giving me the opportunities to fulfill my dreams and helping me move forward in barrel racing.

Taylor would also like to thank her sponsors as this season wouldn’t be possible without them. MMD, Cross Country Pipeline, Anderson Builders Group, Sharpedge and Impact Gel.

*Photos submitted by Taylor




On The Record

Sarah Gerard CFR 2017

Back for her second Canadian Finals Rodeo is Sarah Gerard and her mare Mona aka. Luv n Roan Mance, who is by Desperado Doc and out of Miss Behavin Irwin. Together after 43 rodeos they won $17,359.48 and are headed to Edmonton in 11th position.

 

How would you describe Mona’s style?
Mona is a turner. I push her in between then try to stay quiet and out of her way around the barrels. No wins for Mona and I this year.

With all the miles made, varying ground conditions, and expenses,what kept the CFR dream alive for you?
First of all it was Jason,Odessa and Troy telling me to go. That I could get it done that I needed to make it so they could go watch . I think my family and friends believing that Mona and I could get to the CFR but also my family allowing me to be gone a good part of the summer with out to much complaint was the strong driving force that let me stick the miles out. Odessa was amazing and took care of all my responsibilities at home even through being evacuated because of the crazy wildfires!! I’m so thankful for each and every person that helped me out along the way enabling me to accomplish my hope of competing at the 2017CFR. My list is too long to name everyone but it’s their kindness and generosity that has made it a reality!! Sherri Belcham also said she would make me shirts if I got there so that was extra incentive. Last but not least.. I just love to barrel race!!

What was your favourite rodeo this year and why?
I would say KDays stands out as my favourite this year. I always wanted a chance to run at Northlands again to apply the lessons I had learned after my rookie performance at the 2003 CFR and Mona pulled through getting a good cheque.




Who is your barrel racing idol?
Sherri Cervi. I admire her riding style.

Regarding legging a horse up,what is your routine?
For Mona because she has pssm I slowly work her up to a regular workout before the start of the season which is 10minutes walking 10 trot 7-10 lope/gallop 5 trot 10 walk.

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 try to focus on riding to the best of my ability so my horses can work to the best of theirs. Being able to reach out for support from my family and friends when life on the road gets overwhelming is important for me. Knowing God always has a plan.

What is your go to product for keeping your horse feeling her best for the season?
For Mona it’s her odd traveling buddy….Rona the goat. Mona gets anxious with very high stress so Rona settles her making the miles easier on her and me too.

What is the best piece of advice you were ever given regarding barrel racing?
There is 2 that I always fall back on. Kenny Mclean said get off his face trust him! And My Dad told me you got to be smarter than the horse.

What is one thing you can’t live without on the road?
I’d say coffee.

*Photo submitted by Sarah




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/CovyMoore.com)

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/CovyMoore.com)

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?
Candy!!

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

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
Showdown

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




Courtesy of CPRA

Al Bouchard—Healthy and (a Little More) Wealthy

* Courtesy of the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association

Airdrie, ALTA – September 6, 2017

Al Bouchard has become one of the Ironmen of rodeo – those people who are able to not only compete for a long time but continue to do so at a high level throughout a lengthy career.

With 16 CFR appearances to his credit, the veteran tie-down roper added to his impressive resume in Armstrong over the weekend as he finished in a 3/4/5 split during the regular IPE and Stampede Tour rodeo that concluded on Saturday night, then put together an impressive 7.6 second run to take top spot in the Canadian Pro Tour Final on Sunday evening.

The weekend netted the Canadian and Calgary Stampede champion $4950 in earnings to take his already substantial season total to over $21,000, virtually guaranteeing the Altario, Alberta cowboy a 17th tour of duty at the Northlands Coliseum in November.

Just as important as the money was the 170 tour points Bouchard garnered over the weekend (70 during Armstrong’s final tour stop and 100 for finishing first in the tour finale). The two results carried the long, tall 43 year-old past Logan Bird who had held the tour lead heading to Armstrong. And it assured Bouchard of a shot at a second Calgary Stampede victory as the tour champions in bareback, saddle bronc and bull riding along with the tie down roping and steer wrestling winners receive byes to the 2018 edition of the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.

Bouchard made it clear that while the trips to Edmonton and Calgary ”make a guy darn happy”, neither was on his mind as he made his way to the BC interior. “I haven’t been doing very good for quite a while,” he acknowledged. “My horse (Bo) got hurt at Ponoka and we just haven’t been able to get it together since then.

“I was pretty worried about him,” Bouchard admitted. “We’d been doing really well all spring but after he got hurt, it just hasn’t been good. But in the practice pen this week, he was back to really working so I thought things might get a little better.”

Bouchard, the last Canadian to win the Canadian tie-down roping title (2009), noted that it’s nice to have another shot at winning a Canadian title. “That’s the game plan every spring when I start out but it just hasn’t worked out. I guess the only good thing is that the guys who’ve beat me rope pretty good.”

Included in that group is Idaho’s Matt Shiozawa who one year ago edged Bouchard on the final night as the two friends went down to their last respective runs before Shiozawa emerged as champion.

One thing Bouchard has in his favour this time around is the fact that he heads into the last weeks of the season and the CFR totally healthy. That hasn’t always been the case including last year when he had to deal with a hand injury as he pursued that elusive second Canadian title.

Bouchard’s solid showing wasn’t the biggest payday earned by a competitor this weekend. That honour went to barrel racer Carman Pozzobon who won both the rodeo (15.796 seconds–$3835.20) and the tour finale (15.786–$2400), then added a 4th place $672 cheque at her hometown rodeo in Merritt for an impressive $6900 weekend haul.

And as with Al Bouchard, horsepower has been the key to success for the BC cowgirl. “I got ‘Ripp’ (Rip’n Lady) when she was three and started training her for barrels the November before her futurity year. She took to it right away and found it really easy which, of course, made my job easier as well.”

Pozzobon is all about goals and the first of her 2017 goals—capturing the season leader title is getting ever closer to being met. Her weekend winnings have taken her season total to over $32,000 and widened the gap between herself and second place cowgirl, Lynette Brodoway who also finished second in the tour finale to keep Pozzobon at least within sight.

Next up for Pozzobon, who now makes her home in Aldergrove, BC—the CFR and a different approach this time around after a decent first CFR appearance in 2016.

“I’m going to back off going as hard for the go-round buckles and concentrate on the average,” she asserted. “That’ll be a little easier on my horse and she can just do her thing. She has a ton of heart and tries really hard every time.”

And plans are already afoot for the next of Pozzobon’s stated goals—after that run at a Canadian title—to head south in the hopes of getting to the big winter rodeos and eventually a shot at the Wrangler NFR.

“A lot depends on how I do and on sponsorship,” the thirty-one year-old horse trainer conceded, but the buzz around a lot of rodeo arenas this year was to keep an eye on the BC barrel racer and her buckskin mare. That’s probably a pretty good idea.

 

And in the bull riding, just twenty-four hours after announcing this would be his last year, 2006 Canadian bull riding champion, Tanner Girletz, put together a flashy 89.5 point effort on the Calgary Stampede’s Sweet Like Sugar.

“I’m going to keep my foot on the pedal right to that last bull,” the eight time CFR qualifier stated as he put out the word on his impending retirement.

That mindset clearly worked on Sunday as Girletz once again worked his magic. The result and $2400 first place pay cheque virtually guaranteed that the popular third generation cowboy would go out the way he wanted—with one more trip to the Canadian Finals Rodeo. The win in the tour finale wasn’t enough to earn Girletz the Canadian Pro Rodeo Tour title, however. That honour and the accompanying berth at the Calgary Stampede went to Saskatchewan bull rider Todd Chotowetz who garnered the highest number of points among those who attended all of the Tour events – a requirement for competing at the Tour Finale and earning the overall Tour Championship. Chotowetz joins Bouchard, bareback rider Jake Vold, bronc rider Layton Green and Scott Guenthner who just edged Tanner Milan for the tour’s steer wrestling title. Additional Tour Champions (though no Stampede bye is granted in these events) are barrel racer Lynette Brodoway and team ropers Riley Roy (header) and Brady Chappel (heeler).

For complete Armstrong and Merritt results, go to rodeocanada.com

This week cowboys and cowgirls point their rigs in the direction of Medicine Lodge, Alberta for a Saturday, 2 pm performance (new time).

Arena Chatter Results

LCB Barrel Report July 21st-23rd

Edmonton, AB – The inaugural K-Days rodeo has come and gone, and is making huge waves in the CPRA standings. For many, this rodeo has been a game changer as the rodeo had $50,000 added in each event with entry fees being $300, making for an outstanding payday, and an opportunity to make the Canadian Finals Rodeo

The K-Days rodeo ladies barrel racing champion Crystal Christman, decided to make a few adjustments during this past weekend after a chat with her husband.

“My husband showed me some video of how I was riding in the spring as opposed to recently, and I used that to help make some adjustments. As well, we changed bits in Kennedy to a combination chain that I haven’t used in about 15 years. Kennedy was a turning point towards improvement. I haven’t ever seasoned a horse out on the trail and I am so very grateful to all of the friends and family who have helped me along the way. It’s a bit of a dream come true to walk among this community and call them not just mentors but also my friends.” she said.

“I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to run at K-Days, but coming in as an alternate against the tough field of barrel racers up there, I didn’t have any expectations. We went in with the game plan to make our best run and enjoy the experience of coming down that particular alley. Lenny handled it all like he had been there a hundred times before. He was content to have his friend in the alley with him. When he came up the alley so calm and I let him pick his path to the first without bothering his face, I knew he was going to put a run together. It just felt so right. I didn’t know how fast it was going to be but it felt wonderful to have that trust back and make a smooth run. It was pretty surreal to hear the announcer say those three magical words ‘a new leader.’ ”

What could make this win even better? “Making a victory lap on my daughters horse made it that much more special.” Crystal said.

“I hope to continue to build trust with Lenny over the rest of the season. Binger is nearly healed up from a nasty cut and he is itching to get a chance to run this year as well! Peyton, Sterling and I will head to Medicine Hat and Bonnyville this week. I’m not sure where things will end up, but our family is so grateful to able to spend the time together doing what we love.”
Christman was sitting in 32nd position with just $3,838.02 won (standings including up to Teepee Creek Stampede) but by winning K-Days and roughly $11,446.00, it will move her to the top ten in the standings.

The K-Days rodeo paid 15 holes in the barrel racing, with last hole paying about $572. To be eligible to run at this rodeo you had to be in the top ten in the PRCA or WPRA from the 2016 standings, top CPRA 2016 standings (previously not qualified), top five in the PRCA/WPRA standings as of June 26th, 2017 (previously not qualified) ad top five CPRA 2017 standings as of June 26th, 2017 (not previously not qualified). If those who were qualified to enter did not enter, they went down the list.

The rodeo was great for CPRA and PRCA contestants as the money counts towards standings, but was not a WPRA approved rodeo, so a few WPRA competitors did not make it up to Edmonton as the money would’ve just been money in their pockets or to count towards CPRA standings, and for some, the CFR is not on their mind; The WNFR is instead.


The Days of ’47 Cowboy Games and Rodeo was held in Salt Lake City, Utah this weekend, and yesterday the $50,000 Gold Medal winner was none other than the 2017 RFD-TV American winner, Hailey Kinsel. What a year her and Sis are having!

Sis aka DM Sissy Hayday is a gorgeous huge palomino by PC Frenchmans Hayday and out of Royal Sissy Irish who is by Royal Shake Em. The duo took home a grand total of $87,000 from the gold medal games and has punched her ticket to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo this December in Las Vegas, Nevada! This win should move Kinsel into the top 3 of the WPRA standings from 24th!


Check out this weekends results from the CPRA, LRA and WRA below.

Fairview Rodeo – results courtesy of the WRA
1. Molly Marquardt, 17.415; 2. Shannon Blakely, 17.507; 3. Kerstin Bennett, 17.563; 4. Christine Drisner, 17.599; 5. Lisa Trach, 17.599; 6. Brianna Baudin, 17.692; 6. Sierra Stuckel, 17.692; 8. Taylor Schmidt, 17.720;

Manning Rodeo – results courtesy of the WRA
1.Sayward Flynn, 17.841; 2. Shannon Blakely, 17.907; 3. Shelby Swain, 17.943; 4. Bryce Fischer, 17.966; 5. Traci Priessel, 17.985; 6. Sandra Carter, 17.997;

Hinton Rodeo – results courtesy of the LRA
1.Brianna Baudin, 17.846; 2. Taylor Schmidt, 17.901; 3. Sandra Carter, 17.903; 3. Traci Beckman 17.903; 5. Candace Lefebvre, 17.955; 6. Shannon Blakely, 17987; 7. Lisa Trach, 18.025; 8. Tristan Johner, 18.054;

Lamont Rodeo – results courtesy of the LRA
1.Shannon Blakely, 15.928; 2. Traci Beckman 15.988; 3. Rachel Jones, 16.053; 4. Brianna Baudin 16.097; 5. Molly Marquardt, 16.103; 6. Brittany Dommasch 16.127; 7. Katie Sloan, 16.146; 8. Kali Kott, 16.210;

K-Days Rodeo, Edmonton, Ab – results courtesy of the CPRA
1. Crystal Christman, 14.726, $11,446.00; 2. Diane Skocdopole, 14.736, $9156.80; 3. Taylor Jacob, 14.739, $7439.90; 4. Sarah Gerard, 14.785, $5723; 5. Kellie Collier, 14.837, $4578.40; 6. Kendra Edey, 14.843, $3433.80; 7. Callahan Crossley, 14.848, $2861.50; 8. Rene Leclercq, 14.867, $2575.35; 9. Kirsty White, 14.888, $2289.20; 10. Nicole Pana, 14.911, $2003.05; 11. Shalayne Lewis, 14.941, $1716.90; 12. Bobbie Goodwin, 14.961, $1430.75; 13. Sydney Daines, 14.970, $1144.60; 14. Brett Wills, 15.066, $858.45; 15. Nancy Csabay, 15.075, $572.30

Morris Stampede & Exhibition, Morris, MB – results courtesy of the CPRA
1. Sydney Daines, 17.515 seconds, $2455.28; 2. Rebecca Miller, 17.690, $2086.99; 3. Cranna Roberts, 17.733, $1718.70; 4. Carman Pozzobon, 17.808, $1473.17; 5. Sarah Gerard, 17.878, $1227.64; 6. Shayna Weir, 17.913, $859.35; 7. Shaylee McMann, 17.920, $613.82; 8. Casey Dacyk, 17.953, $491.06; 9. Lana Sproule, 18.003, $429.67; 10. Jackie Ganter, 18.052, $368.29; 11. Brett Wills, 18.053, $368.29; 12. Rusty Rae Quam, 18.222, $245.53

Moose Mountain Pro Rodeo, Kennedy, Saskatchewan – results courtesy of the CPRA
1. Shayna Weir, 16.204 seconds, $1258.62; 2. Lynette Brodoway, 16.230, $1078.82; 3. Kendra Edey, 16.245, $899.01; 4. Lane Wills, 16.289, $779.15; 5. Cranna Roberts, 16.296, $599.34; 6. Colby Gilbert, 16.309, $479.47; 7. Kirsty White, 16.394, $359.60; 8. Laura Stokes, 16.434, $239.73; 9. Casey Dacyk, 16.450, $179.80; 10. Carman Pozzobon, 16.485, $119.87

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Whitecourt,AB- Justine Elliot is KILLIN’ IT! This past weekend she either won or placed second at the three rodeos she ran at. At Hairy Hill she was only 5 thousandths of a second behind Jacqueline Marsh! What a season she is having!

Elliot and her horse Blondy will be heading down to Gillette, Wyoming for National High School Rodeo Finals this upcoming weekend. Best of luck to this duo, I know they will make Canada beyond proud!

Results from LRA, WRA & CPRA rodeos are below!

Whitecourt Rodeo Unofficial Results, courtesy of the WRA
1 Justine Elliot 17.711
2 Susan Gulick 17.9
3 Melissa Freeman 18.06
4 Karli Haeberle 18.086
5 Jaqueline Marsh 18.094
6 Tristan Johner 18.096
7 Brittany Kaiser 18.255
8 Sheryl Melaney 18.259

Hairy Hill Rodeo Unofficial Results, courtesy of the LRA
1 Jacquelin Marsh 15.530
2 Justine Elliot 15.535
3 Katie Sloan 15.578
4 Traci Beckman 15.587
5 Cheyanne Klepper 15.694
6 Candace Lefebvre 15.772
7 Chantel Kinch 15.804
8 Shannon Blakely 15.805

Stoney Lake Rodeo Unofficial Results, courtesy of the LRA
1 Traci Beckman 16.285
2 Justine Elliot 16.358
3 Karli Haeberle 16.418
4 Aimee McKnight 16.427
5 Christine Drisner 16.429
6 Bryce Fischer 16.479
7 Kirstin Bennet 16.514
8 Candace Lefebvre 16.528

Benalto Fair & Rodeo Unofficial Results, courtesy of the CPRA
1. Shaylee McMann, 15.040, $1144.92; 2. Madelyn Schauer, 15.101, $981.36; 3. Kendra Edey, 15.240, $817.80; 4. Taylor Manning, 15.244, $708.76; 5. Crystal Shaw, 15.251, $545.20; 6. Lynette Brodoway, 15.300, $436.16; 7. Rylee Shields, 15.375, $327.12; 8. Julie Leggett, 15.382, $218.08; 9. Susan Gulick, 15.417, $163.56; 10. Shalayne Lewis, 15.427, $109.04

Coronation Pro Rodeo
1. Carman Pozzobon, 17.260, $1124.24; 2. Bailee Switzer, 17.421, $977.60; 3. Shayna Weir, 17.496, $830.96; 4. Taylor Shields, 17.570, $684.32; 5. Madeline Schauer, 17.574, $537.68; 6. Lane Wills, 17.577, $391.04; 7. Sydney Daines, 17.611, $244.40; 8. Janie Johnson, 17.618, $97.76

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