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!!!
Coming to Edmonton in second position after 39 rodeos and $30,601.56 pocketed is Lynette Brodoway and her boys, Freeway (11) and Rocket(8). They are half brothers on the sire side, both by Root Beers Boots, who stands at the Sandy Ridge Stallion Station.
How would you describe their style? Freeway is a straighter type running horse and very aggressive. I try to ride him pretty quiet and just let him do his job. Rocket is a rounder turner and a lot more laid back so I have to be more aggressive in how I ride him. They are both kind and easy to be around.
What was your favourite rodeo this year? My favourite rodeo was Ponoka. Qualifying for the short go was a long time goal finally achieved. The committee worked so hard for our event, making the ground conditions the very best possible. I am always amazed by the crowd at Ponoka and the high energy!
What has been your most memorable run over the years? Wainwright’s first go run this year is my most memorable run ever. It was rainy and the ground conditions didn’t look great. I was in the slack, it was cool, and I was so disappointed in the weather and ground conditions. I didn’t have any expectations and decided to just sit back and let Freeway do his job. Long story short – he won the first go. This run helped me make some changes in how I rode him for the rest of the year.
Who is your barrel racing idol, and why? My barrel racing idol is Rayel Little. Her great horsemanship and humility are a wonderful example to us barrel racers. Rayel was also an inductee to our Canadian Professional Rodeo Hall Of Fame this year.
Will you be rodeoing south of the border this winter? I will be rodeoing in Arizona this winter. I really enjoy those rodeos and it is a good way to get the year started.
Riding a seasoned horse, how do you keep them sharp on the pattern? I don’t really have any barrel exercises for Freeway and Rocket but I do periodically breeze them through the pattern and if something shows up I deal with it. I like to reinforce the skills needed for barrel racing while doing other activities. I change this up, sometimes I work, for example, the poles, the cutter’s flag or the Heel O Matic.
We all know that barrel racing and rodeo is very much so a mental sport. How do you stay mentally focused? Before my run I like to visualize a good run and then focus on executing that good run. This is a very important aspect of the Sport. As part of my ‘Brodoway Mentorship Program’, I am always educating myself and growing in the area of ‘mental toughness’. I practice these concepts personally and then teach them to fellow Barrel Racers through my Program.
What products do you use to keep your horses feeling their best on the road? ‘Herbs for Horses’ has great products that I use to keep Freeway and Rocket sharp and feeling good. Because of their different personalities I have specific products for each horse.
What is the best piece of advice you could give someone who wanted to run pro? Learning how to ride out the highs and lows of rodeo was a struggle for me. I have learned not to take the bad runs personally and not to get big headed over the good runs.
What is the one thing you cannot live without on the road? I will not leave home without my daytimer. I write down my times, what I like and don’t like in my runs, my entry dates, how many hours to get to the rodeo, ground conditions and inspiring quotes. Those that travel with me know that we do not leave until it is on the truck dash. My rodeo life is in that black book!
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!
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
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.
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.
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!
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The PRCA is pleased to announce that it is partnering with the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association and Northlands Coliseum to offer a livestream broadcast of the 44th Canadian Finals Rodeo on ProRodeoTV.
The Nov. 8-12 CFR will be exclusively broadcasted from Edmonton, Alberta, on ProRodeoTV.com. The broadcast will be available via home computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones.
“We are extremely excited and honored to be the exclusive content provider of the great Canadian Finals Rodeo through our relationship with the CPRA,” said PRCA Chief Operating Officer Aaron Enget. “This is a big opportunity for both of our associations.”
There are six total performances of the CFR, with four night performances beginning at 7:30 p.m. (MT) on Nov. 8-11. There are also 1 p.m. performances on Nov. 11-12, with the latter being the final round of the rodeo.
Watching the CFR livestream is as easy as logging on to www.prorodeotv.com and signing up for a subscription. In addition to CFR coverage, ProRodeoTV offers a variety of premium archived rodeo footage, including videos of past Wrangler National Finals Rodeo performances. ProRodeoTV will livestream more than 20 rodeos during the 2018 season, as well as the 2017 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER – live internationally, and on a 12-hour delay domestically.
“The CPRA and our partners at Northlands are excited to bring the CFR live to the internet once again this year,” said Jeff Robson, CPRA spokesman. “With the help of the PRCA, the viewers will get an exceptional product at an affordable price. We hope to grow this partnership and bring the CFR to the masses for the fans who are unable to attend the rodeo. Pay-Per-View live streaming is a great way to broaden our fan base.”
“There is significant demand for the CFR to be available via livestreaming,” CPRA President Terry Cooke added. “We’re happy to work with the PRCA and Edmonton Northlands on this endeavor which will provide another avenue for ProRodeo fans to enjoy our sport.”
ProRodeoTV packages to stream the CFR are $29.99 (USD), which includes all six performances.
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;
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.