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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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Rodeo Houston Begins

March 7th-26th is Rodeo Houston where contestants compete in sets of Super Series which include 15 performances, two semifinals, a wild card and a championship round where $50,000 is up for grabs. The money won at Houston does not count towards world standings for the cowboys, but for the cowgirls it does, which can send a lady to the top of the Womens Professional Rodeo Association standings with a really great shot at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

You can watch Rodeo Houston here on their live stream channel, and through Fox Sports Live Stream here.

Canadians that will be competing in Houston this year include:

Bareback Riders 
Kyle Bowers Super Series I
Luke Creasy Super Series I
Kody Lamb Super Series I
Jake Vold Super Series III
Orin Larsen Super Series III
Colin Adams Super Series V
Team Ropers 
Kolton Schmidt, with Shay Carroll Super Series IV
Levi Simpson & Jeremy Buhler Super Series V
Saddle Bronc Riders
Layton Green Super Series I
Jake Watson Super Series I
Tyrel Larsen Super Series II
Zeke Thurston Super Series II
Luke Butterfield Super Series III
Clay Elliot Super Series V
Dustin Flundra Super Series V
Sam Kelts Super Series V
Steer Wrestlers
Cody Cassidy Super Series I
Clayton Moore Super Series III
Tanner Milan Super Series V
Bull Rider
Jordan Hansen Super Series V
Barrel Racer
Nancy Csabay Super Series V
Wondering how contestants are qualified to enter Houston? See here


Barrel Racers that will be running at the NRG+ Stadium include

Bessert, Sammi Super Series I
Burger, Mary Super Series I
Collier, Kellie Super Series I
Crossley, Callahan Super Series I
Grimes, Kathy Super Series I
Jacob, Taylor Super Series I
Langdon, Taylor Super Series I
Schnaufer,  Kelley Super Series I
Kruse, Cassidy Super Series II
Mcleod, Michele Super Series II
Schuster, Tiany Super Series II
Taylor, Fallon Super Series II
Thiel, Britta Super Series II
Tovar, Kelly Super Series II
Walker, Mary Super Series II
Wall, Kimmie Super Series II
Bean, Jana Super Series III
Capper, Pamela Super Series III
Ganter, Jackie Super Series III
Hillman, Stevi Super Series III
Mays, Brenda Super Series III
Melby, Cayla Super Series III
O’Quinn, Sabra Super Series III
McDonald, Sarah Rose Super Series III
Cervi, Sherry Super Series IV
Conrado, Ivy Super Series IV
Dice, Rachel Super Series IV
Griemsman, Jana Super Series IV
Moore, Amber Super Series IV
Murray, Tillar Super Series IV
Schulze, Kim Super Series IV
Apffel, Callie Super Series V
Blanchard, Sydni Super Series V
Csabay, Nancy Super Series V
Little, Benette Super Series V
Lockhart, Lisa Super Series V
Richardson, Carley Super Series V
Swint, Megan Super Series V
Williams-Miller, Annelle Super Series V

Pay out looks like this:

*  Super Series I — V   Semifinals 1 & 2   Wild Card   Championship
Champion $3,000 $3,000 $3,000 $50,000
Second Place $2,000 $2,000 $2,000 $20,000
Third Place $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 $10,000
Fourth Place $750 $750 $750 $5,500
Fifth – 10th Place N/A $500 $500 $1,250
11th — 12th Place N/A N/A $500 N/A

The schedule for each Super Series is as follows:

Performance Date
Super Series I, Round 1 Tuesday, March 7
Super Series I, Round 2 Wednesday, March 8
Super Series I, Round 3 and Super Series I Championship Thursday, March 9
Super Series II, Round 1 Friday, March 10
Super Series II, Round 2 Saturday, March 11
Super Series II, Round 3 and Super Series II Championship Sunday, March 12
Super Series III, Round 1 Monday, March 13
Super Series III, Round 2 Tuesday, March 14
Super Series III, Round 3 and Super Series III Championship Wednesday, March 15
Super Series IV, Round 1 Thursday, March 16
Super Series IV, Round 2 Friday, March 17
Super Series IV, Round 3 and Super Series IV Championship Saturday, March 18
Super Series V, Round 1 Sunday, March 19
Super Series V, Round 2 Monday, March 20
Super Series V, Round 3 and Super Series V Championship Tuesday, March 21
Semifinal 1 Wednesday, March 22
Semifinal 2 Thursday, March 23
Wild Card Friday, March 24
RodeoHouston® Super Series Championship Saturday, March 25
RodeoHouston® Super Shootout Sunday, March 26

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L&CB Wrangler NFR Recap

The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo is over for another year. This means we can all start to catch up on some sleep, our non-rodeo friends can talk to us about civilian matters again, and those of you who unfollowed me on Facebook for fear of seeing live results before you witnessed the run, can “follow” or “friend” me again.

First things first. HOLY INTENSE BARREL RACE!!! Huge congrats to Mary Burger and Mo on their world title. Though her and Mo may not have the prettiest pattern each night, he still managed to make up time with his huge stride, probably saying to Mary, “hang on tight lady, here we go!”

Queen B beat Ambereigh Moore by $10,793.24. Moore came into the finals in 15th position and finished 2nd! Amber & her mare Paige were amazing to watch and quickly became all anyone could talk about. They even tied Taylor Jacobs arena record of 13.37 and could’ve beat it but tipped a barrel to be a 13.31. Now, you may say “Cass, she tipped that barrel, if she went around it she wouldn’t have been that fast.”  But when you watch that run, the horse had to take an extra stride around the tipped barrel and she didn’t hustle the mare home. So I still believe she would’ve had the new record. I got in on a WNFR Barrel Draft and after I had made my picks, watched Amberleighs runs on Facebook from earlier in the year, and KNEW I should’ve put her on my team. Paige works phenomenal indoors. They are a great team and hope to see a lot of them in the 2017 season.

Lisa Lockhart and Mr. Consistency himself/Louie, won the Average title staying clean for all ten rounds, and have the new average record of 137.98! They always make just the prettiest runs. Sherry Cervi broke her own WNFR earnings record which was $155,899 from 2013; Sherry earned $164,634.63 this year and Amberleigh Moore earned a whopping $187,692.29. Poor Mary Walker & Latte were unable to pull a single cheque and only had a few clean runs. I was completely shocked that Tibbie ducked third barrel on the first night and second barrel on the last night. Hats off to Ivy for riding the hair off of that power house each night. They are still one of my favourites to watch! I was also happy to see a Facebook Live feed with Sarah Rose McDonald where she was asked how she feels about all the talk regarding her riding, where she happily replied “I don’t care.” Round 7 was my absolute fave to watch of her and Bling where they ended up 2nd with a 13.66. Also, how about Cervi and Arson bringing the heat! She rides him so so well (duh, Cassie it’s Sherry, she could ride a camel at finals and do well) but they also won (tied for 1st) the last round the same as she did last year on him. Way to be Sherry!

My recommendation for all barrel racers for next year that will be watching, go follow Blaine McDougal on Facebook. He’s a barrel racer out of Kansas and did hilarious 20 minute live feed recaps of each round. He also has perfect brows. You’re welcome.

Lastly regarding the barrels, kudos to those who were able to bring new ground into the Thomas & Mack, which allowed the top 15 to give us the most exciting finals to watch!

Okay, okay, now onto other WNFR excitement. Snow Mexican’s (Canadians’s) brought home THREE World Championship titles. Holy sweet maple syrup, we’re really doin’ it Harry!

Levi Simpson won the world with $249,133.31 and the average along side his pard Jeremy Buhler who took home a grand total of $258,311.13. They were the first all Canadian team to make it to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, and the first to clinch the world title. Though it was not Buhler who started #FearTheBeard, ropers across the world now do, fear the beard.

Zeke Thurston beat out Jacobs Crawley for the world title by $2,831.39 after winning the average and a 3/4 place split in the final round where Crawley received a no score for missing his horse out of the chute. Jake Watson made it into the finals just by a few hundred bucks, and silently flew under the radar during the first bit of the finals, slowly climbing up by dominating the average. Watson ended up 2nd to Thurston in the average, and finished 5th in the world!

Jake Vold finished second in the world with $240,161.06. Vold had 3 go-round wins which launched him towards the top. Orin Larsen finished third in the world with $219,372.59 and had a go-round win despite all the pain he was in with his ribs during the finals. Kolton Schmidt came into the finals first in the world, but the pressures of the finals may have got to him with several misses, though he and Shay Carroll did win Round 9, they finished 10th in the world. We all know that Kolton is one hell-of-a roper and all of Canada looks forward to watching his 2017 season!

Also I would like to give a shout out to Dennis Halstead for being Alternate Barrel Man during the WNFR, and to Gary Remple as one of the pickup men! As well a shout out to Calgary Stampede as their 6 year old mare Xplosive Skies was named top Bareback Horse of the 2016!

Other Canadian’s who were making it big in Vegas this December were Daryl Thiessen, Travis James &  Monty Philips who competed at the Bull Fighters Only Championships, Thiessen making it to the short round, Monty was out early with a bad knee, and Travis did not advance.

Veronica Swales won the 2D taking home $10,000 at the All In Barrel Race in Las Vegas that ran during the WNFR. Sandy McGinnis & Jordyn Schuett also competed at the All In. McGinnis figured she may as well go big or go home while down in Sin City, she entered the American Qualifier finishing 20th against NFR horses and some of the best out there right now. Rylee Shields & Lindsay Sears also entered and finished in the Top 10 and will be competing at the Semi-Finals in Fort Worth, Texas.

Canadian Matthew Mousseau won the Pro Fantasy Rodeo draft that thousands of people enter.

Dang, the Canadians sure cleaned up down south the past ten days, eh?

Full World Standings are below.

1 Tim O’Connell $374,271.53, 2 Jake Vold $240,161.06, 3 Orin Larsen $219,372.59, 4 Caleb Bennett $217,167.12, 5 Tanner Aus $213,152.41, 6 R.C. Landingham $211,986.10 7 Clayton Jon $171,064.17, 8 J.R. Vezain, $159,508.019,Winn Ratliff $153,679.51, 10 Wyatt Denny $148,861.91, 11 Richie Champion $129,092.09, 12 Jake Brown $120,282.43, 13 Evan Jayne $119,081.12, 14 Ty Breuer $114,329.92, 15 Jessy Davis $79,916.05

Steer Wrestling
1 Tyler Waguespack $298,675.58, 2 Matt Reeves $226,542.67, 3 Clayton Hass $213,111.08, 4 J.D. Struxness $213,107.74, 5 Jason Thomas $205,136.76, 6 Dakota Eldridge $176,672.53, 7 Ty Erickson $145,672.82, 8 Riley Duvall $129,103.74, 9 Josh PeekP $119,156.51, 10 Nick Guy $118,308.09, 11 Billy Bugenig $109,330.21,12 Trevor Knowles $101,336.11 13 Cody Cabral $101,331.34, 14 Jacob Talley $96,686.36, 15 Baylor Roche $93,635.63

Team Roping (Headers)
1 Levi Simpson $249,133.31, 2 Kaleb Driggers $230,283.97, 3 Luke Brown $228,435.76, 4 Riley Minor $220,166.07, 5 Clay SmithB $218,611.20, 6 Dustin Bird $200,102.27, 7 Erich Rogers $189,184.93, 8 Matt Sherwood $145,906.76, 9 Zac Small $143,787.19,10 Kolton Schmidt $132,378.12, 11 Colby Lovell $122,245.15, 12 Tyler Wade $114,529.41, 13 Garrett Rogers $109,731.45, 14Cody Snow $100,717.73, 15 Coleman Proctor $92,049.18

Team Roping (Heelers)
1 Jeremy Buhler $258,311.13, 2Junior Nogueira $230,283.97, 3 Jake Long $225,091.16, 4 Paul Eaves $219,900.02, 5 Brady Minor $218,658.07,6 Russell Cardoza $193,441.35,7 Cory Petska $190,411.17, 8 Quinn Kesler $145,876.06, 9 Wesley Thorp $138,221.06, 10 Dakota Kirchenschlager, $120,755.43, 11 Shay Carroll $110,968.20, 12Jake Michael $109,152.43, 13 Dugan Kelly $106,510.45, 14 Travis Graves $106,450.23, 15Billie Seabees $98,833.62

Saddle Bronc
1 Zeke Thurston $265,449.45, 2 Jacobs Crawley $262,618.06,3 CoBurn Bradshaw $219,867.17, 4 Ryder Wright $211,758.01, 5 Jake Watson $204,101.75, 6 Cody Wright $196,927.15, 7 Allen Boore $184,385.46, 8 Jake Wright $166,818.43, 9 Rusty Wright $163,903.88,10 Jesse Wright $150,423.80, 11 Clay Elliott $139,759.79,12 Cody DeMoss $138,768.01,13 Sterling Crawley $132,376.23,14 Heith Allan DeMoss $110,986.86,15 Chuck Schmidt $83,244.36

Tie-Down Roping
1 Tyson Duffey $212,445.46, 2 Marcos Costa $208,926.95, 3 Hunter Herrin $205,572.94,4 Marty Yates $194,212.48, 5 Cade Swor $187,566.02,6 Caleb Smidt $183,776.78, 7 Riley Pruitt $180,585.78,8 Shane Hanchey $180,124.45,9 Matt Shiozawa $161,281.32,10 Cory Solomon $160,853.54, 11 Ryan Jarrett $143,688.19, 12 Blane Cox $141,473.40,13 Timber Moore $118,539.17,14 Reese Riemer $99,640.71,15 Ryle Smith $94,386.06

Bull Riding
1 Sage Kimzey $311,451.27, 2 Brennon Purcell $287,803.29, 3 Shane Proctor $272,364.58, 4 Joe Frost $217,032.70, 5 Garrett Smith $171,698.16, 6 Scottie Knapp $159,290.93, 7 Cody Rostockyj $153,286.71, 8 JW Spears $151,801.83, 9 Roscoe Jarboe $149,765.04, 10 Tyler Smith $139,891.07, 11 Jeff Askey $134,993.09, 12 Tim Bingham $132,782.74, 13 Garrett Tribble $129,118.08, 14 Rorey Maier $127,584.16, 15 Cody Teel $112,194.16

Barrel Racing (Un-Official from Miles McNarland)
1 Mary Burger $277,553.51, 2 Amberleigh Moore $266,760.27, 3 Lisa Lockhart $251,974.96, 4 Sherry Cervi $248,313.36, 5 Kimmie Wall $242,602.87, 6 Pam Capper $171,966.29, 7 Jackie Ganter $169,540.54, 8 Ivy Conrado $161,775.49, 9 Jana Bean $159,085.63, 10 Sarah Rose McDonald $159,018.24, 11 Stevi Hillman $156,527.60, 12 Michele McLeod $144,706.52, 13 Cayla Small $133,698.17, 14 Mary Walker $122,815.95, 15 Carley Richardson $103,990.71


Arena Chatter Courtesy of CPRA Results

Canada Night – Half a Million and Counting

The Canadian contingent went into their night at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo needing just $38,000 to top the half million dollar mark in take home pay from the ten million dollar event, easily surpassing the best previous Canadian performance.

And Orin Larsen wasted no time in getting ‘Team Canada’ closer to that milestone payoff as he made his best ride of the 2016 WNFR with an 87.5 score on Frontier Rodeo’s Full Baggage to win his first ever go-round and the $26,000 plus first place cheque. The talented Manitoba cowboy has fashioned an inspirational story as he re-injured a painful rib tear in the opening round but has refused to give in. And over the last three days, Larsen has placed in all three rounds to win almost fifty thousand dollars.

“Full Baggage – he’s a big, strong horse that I’ve always wanted to get on and there’s no better place to do that than right here,” Larsen noted with a smile. “That trip to the South Point (nightly go-round buckle presentations) is something I’ve wanted to do since I was a little kid – that’s going to be an emotional roller coaster for sure.”

Referencing the pain that has been an unpleasant accompaniment to every one of his rides at the Finals, the two time WNFR qualifier was philosophical. “It’s not too bad during the ride other than the popping and crunching that’s happening. But after the ride, that’s when I can feel it. But tonight I won so I feel pretty good.”

Airdrie’s Jake Vold who won three rounds in a row earlier at this Finals, had some trouble with the Pickett Rodeo bareback horse, Top Notch and had to settle for just 70.5 points.

Canadian bareback horses had a big night as C5 Rodeo’s Virgil packed Winn Ratliff to 86.5 and second place while Big Stone Rodeo’s Call Me Kindra carried JR Vezain to an 85 point 3/4 split.

For the third night in a row all three Canadian saddle bronc riders were in the money. The ‘kids’ (the oldest is 23) were led by Nanton’s Clay Elliott who rode Burch Rodeo’s Lunatic Fringe to an 86 point second place finish and a $20,730 dollar payday. Big Valley cowboy Zeke Thurston spurred out an 85 point effort on Pete Carr Rodeo’s Manhattan Moon for third place money of $15,653 and the guy who has been Mr. Consistency through the first eight days in Las Vegas – Jake Watson of Hudson’s Hope, BC – made it eight for eight with an 82 point ride on JK Rodeo’s Dakota Babe for 6th place and $4230.

Watson sits in top spot in the average and Thurston who has bucked off only one horse (at 7.92 seconds) is right behind Watson in the average with just two go-rounds remaining.

Two time World Champion, Cody Wright turned back the clock on this night and rode like his two sons Rusty and Ryder who are among the five Wrights qualified for Las Vegas in 2016. The elder statesman of the family was a brilliant 88 points on Lipstick and Whiskey from Powder River Rodeo, a horse that eighteen year-old Ryder rode to a go round win earlier in the week.

The lone disappointment for the dedicated Canadian fans, who had the flags waving with attitude tonight, came in the team roping as Levi Simpson (Ponoka) and Jeremy Buhler (Arrowwood) took their first no time of the rodeo and fell to third place in the average. Barrhead’s Kolton Schmidt went after it but broke the barrier to take him and Texas partner Shay Carroll to a 13.9 with the ten second penalty.

The 2016 Canadian champion team of Dustin Bird from Cutbank, Montana and Russell Cardoza from Terrebonne, Oregon were picture perfect in making the fastest run of the week, a sensational 3.7 seconds to win the round and keep Bird in the #1 spot in the All-Around standings.

Terrell, Texas bulldogger Clayton Hass won the round in his event with a 4.1 second run and remains in contention for both the steer wrestling and all-around titles. And in the barrel race, Oregon cowgirl, Amberleigh Moore, equaled the arena record with her 13.37 to win the round while former champion, Mary Burger, at 68 years young finished third in the round with a 13.66 to inch closer to her second world title.

Three Canadian champions finished atop the tie down roping leaderboard for the eighth go-round. Sulphur, Louisiana’s Shane Hanchey topped the round with a 6.8 second run; Blackfoot Idaho’s Matt Shiozawa (the reigning Canadian Champ) was second at 7.1 and the new dad from the state of Washington, Tyson Durfey, finished up in third spot with a 7.3.

It was fitting that in the Canada Night finale, it was a Canadian bull, Wayne Vold Rodeo’s Cooper’s Comet, that carried Fruita, Colorado cowboy, Tyler Smith, to an 89 point win in a round that saw only two men able to ride. In two trips at the 2016 WNFR, Cooper’s Comet, the 2016 Canadian Bull of the Year, has been 88.5 and 89 points and his riders, Smith and Roscoe Jarboe have both won the rounds.

Courtesy of the CPRA*

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Solid Night for Team Canada

Canadians continued their assault on the Wrangler National Finals’ chequing account and their own all-time earnings record in Wednesday’s seventh round.

The big move for the Canadian contingent once again came courtesy of the team roping duo, Levi Simpson and Jeremy Buhler. The talented twosome, from Ponoka and Arrowwood, Alberta respectively, roped their steer in 4.3 seconds to split second in the round and add $18,192 to their earnings total. More importantly, they moved to first place in the average and are the only team to have roped all seven of their steers. The average or aggregate – which is the total time on ten head – pays $67,000 to the first-place finisher.

“We just missed getting to the Finals last year,” Simpson commented, “so we changed a few things so that wouldn’t happen again. We went to fewer rodeos so we could be rested and focused for the ones we did go to.”

“We’re just trying to stay aggressive and take it one night at a time,” Buhler added. “Levi’s turning ‘em just great and I’m just trying to do my job on the back side.”

Matt Sherwood and Quinn Kesler won the round with a 4.1 while the third Canadian in the team roping, Barrhead, Alberta’s Kolton Schmidt along with Texas partner, Shay Carroll continued to struggle and finished out of the money in round seven.

Jake Watson is quickly becoming one of the very cool stories of the 2016 WNFR. On a night that saw all three Canadian bronc riders cash some chips, the 23 year old Hudson’s Hope, BC cowboy stuck an 83.5 point ride on the three time Canadian champion saddle bronc, Get Smart from the Northcott Macza firm. Watson, who barely squeaked into 15th place to qualify for his first WNFR, split 2/3/4 in the round, for a $15,794 payday. He’s climbed all the way to first place in the average and 7th in the world standings with over $143,000 won. Watson split the round with world leader and defending champion, Jacobs Crawley and Jake Wright who was aboard the Calgary Stampede’s Waning Moon. Another Stampede bronc, Tiger Warrior, ended the perfect run of first time finalist Allen Boore who was 6 for 6 before tonight’s encounter with the Grated Coconut son.

Reigning Canadian champion Clay Elliott put together an 81 point effort on Stace Smith’s Pretty Boy for a fifth place $6769 cheque while Zeke Thurston, who won round six, teamed with Burch Rodeo’s Angel Slings for 6th place in the round and $4230.

Orin Larsen followed up his 2/3 spilt and first cheque of the Wrangler National Finals rodeo in Tuesday’s sixth go-round with a split of sixth place in round seven to add a $2215 cheque to the $18 thousand plus he collected the day before. The Manitoba product, who came to the WNFR in second place, was 78 points on Rafter G Rodeo’s Ankle Biter. Meanwhile the blazing pistols of Jake Vold cooled slightly on this night. The Ponoka cowboy who had won the previous three rounds was out of the money in round seven as he managed a 76 score on Beutler and Son’s Nod Big .Com Wonderland. Vold remains in second place in the average and fourth in the world.

The California man and Canadian Finals Rodeo qualifier, RC Landingham won the round with an 84.5 on a horse called Scarlet Fever while Tim O’Connell continues to enjoy a commanding lead atop the bareback riding leaderboard. On the stock side where going into round seven, $240,000 had been won on Canadian horses and bulls, the Calgary Stampede’s Trail Dust carried Texan Richie Champion to 79 points and a fifth place cheque for $6769.

Defending average champion, Dakota Endridge won the round in the steer wrestling with a 3.4 second time. Leading the world after seven rounds is Louisiana cowboy Tyler Waguespack with $204,000. Mary Burger came to Las Vegas leading the world and the 68 year old grandmother continued her storybook year as she and her tremendous gelding, Mo, posted a 13.58 to win the round and consolidate her lead for the world title. Canadian champion Matt Shiozawa of Blackfoot, Idaho won his first round of this WNFR with a 7.3 second run one night after he suffered the misfortune of having his rope break to force a no time.

And in the bull riding, all eyes were initially focused on Sage Kimzey and his quest for a third world title. But former world champion, Shane Proctor, has become one of the big storylines and tonight he made it seven for seven as the Washington cowboy was part of a three-way split of first with 85 points. Joining Kimzey in the Winner’s Circle were Garrett Tribble and Cody Rostockyj.

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Big Bucks Go North of 49

The Canadian saddle bronc riders have been watching the bareback riders and team ropers getting all the headlines. And in go-round six of the 2016 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, they decided to do something about it.

The youthful trio enjoyed their finest hour to date as all three Canadian bronc riders placed in the round for the first time at this Finals. It was Big Valley’s Zeke Thurston leading the way as he put together a spectacular 88.5 on C5 Rodeo’s Black Hills for his first-ever WNFR go-round win. The win gives him $49,923 in earnings to date and third place in the slot machine-like average.

Right behind the second generation bronc rider was Hudson Hope, BC’s Jake Watson with his 87 point effort on Frontier Rodeo’s Times Up. The second place cheque meant the very consistent Watson is now 6 for 6 and has moved to the overall lead in the average. The third member of the Canuck threesome, Canadian Champion Clay Elliott, saw his 82.5 on Big Rafter Rodeo’s Pearl hold on for a split of sixth place and $2115.

“That’s just a really nice little horse of Vern’s (MacDonald),” Thurston grinned after his ride. “I’ve had her a couple of times before and I’ve won quite a bit of money on her. She felt really good out there.”

Thurston had to put the disappointment of a 7.92 second buckoff earlier in the week behind him and is definitely in a groove now. “Yeah, Killer Bee is one of the buckiest horses I’ve ever been on.” Thurston acknowledged. “I set an arena record on him at Tucson but here he got me. You just have to put those things out of your mind and get ready for the next one.”

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“It’s not over ‘till I win.”

Those were the words of Canadian bareback rider, Orin Larsen. The talented Manitoba cowboy had not had the finals he had hoped for, particularly as he came into the Wrangler NFR in second place in the world standings and was coming off a terrific Canadian Finals Rodeo that saw him win three rounds.

But it was clear almost from the outset that all was not right with the soft-spoken two time WNFR qualifier.

“I’d torn some ribs back in September but after the CFR I thought I was pretty well home free. But about two or three jumps out on my first round horse here (Frontier Rodeo’s Night Watch) I felt a pop and knew I’d tore them again.”

Not one to look for an excuse, Larsen was quick to accentuate the positive. “The Sport Medicine Team has done as awesome job of keeping me in one piece,” he stated. “ I’m really looking forward to the last half of the Finals.” That despite admitting to ‘feeling it crunch and pop’ as he rides.

Larsen noted as well that he’s aware of the support of Canadian fans both here in Las Vegas and back in Canada. “That means so much to me; I really appreciate it,” he smiled. “I don’t have any choice. I have to go out there and win.”

It turns out that those fans and Larsen’s attitude were just the combination to get his week turned around.

In tonight’s round six, he climbed aboard Bar T Rodeo’s Ruby’s Girl and did what he has done all season long, spurring out an 85 score to split 2/3 in the round and pocket his first cheque of this finals, a sizable $18,192 payoff. In fact only one man was better.

And that man, fellow Canadian, Jake Vold, was a half point better on Burch Rodeo’s Jim Dandy to post his third go-round win in succession. Vold’s $91,000 plus haul has moved him to 4th place in both the average and the world standings with four rounds remaining.

“I had Jim Dandy here in 2014; I think it was in the same round,” Vold recalled, “and I knew he was good. But I think I rode him better this time.”

As happy as he was with his own performance, Vold was equally tickled to see his countryman enjoy some success. “Orin is as tough as nails – riding with separated ribs; I was really excited to see him win a big cheque tonight.”

A couple of Canadian horses grabbed a share of the spotlight in the bareback riding as well. The Calgary Stampede’s Tootsie Roll carried Tanner Aus to an 84 point ride and 4th place in the round while Kesler Rodeo’s Starburst was the mount for Jake Brown’s 84 point 5/6 split.

The all Canadian team roping duo of Levi Simpson and Jeremy Buhler kept their streak of qualified runs going with a 9.3 to finish just out of the money but maintain their hold on second place in the average. Lady luck continued to plague the third Canadian team roper, Kolton Schmidt, and his Texas partner, Shay Carroll as the team is still without a cheque to date.

The $416,000 won by Canadian competitors at the 2016 WNFR has made this finals the most lucrative for Canadian contestants in the history of the event.

In the bull riding, Outlaw Buckers’ Chip Shot carried Rexburg, Idaho’s Garrett Smith to 82 points, just outside of the money in a round that saw Minnesota’s Brennon Eldred ride Championship Pro Rodeo’s The Duke to a 90.5 score for the win.

There was a three-way split for first in the steer wrestling between Billy Bugenig, Riley Duvall and Tyler Waguespack – all with 3.6 second runs. Two time Canadian Champion Tyson Durfey was the quickest of the tie-down ropers with a 7.4. And in the barrel racing, Utah cowgirl Kimmie Wall ran the fastest time of the finals to date – a 13.46 – for her second round win this week.

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Show Me the Money

Canada Night doesn’t happen until Thursday at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. But apparently the Canadian contingent of WNFR qualifiers either didn’t get the memo or they just plain couldn’t wait.

The first all Canadian team roping team hasn’t just showed up at this Finals, they have been a factor in every round, including a win in round one. Tonight the Alberta twosome, Ponoka’s Levi Simpson and Arrowwood heeler, Jeremy Buhler, had their fastest run to date, a 4.0 to split the round with Kaleb Driggers and Junior Nogueira, each of the four men pocketing $23,480. Simpson and Buhler remain in 2nd place in the average and have moved to 7th and 6th respectively in the world standings.

“We just missed the WNFR field last year,” Simpson commented. “This year, we worked harder at it, put in more practice time and prepared mentally for every situation in the arena.”

That preparation served the Alberta duo well in Round 5. “Like Levi, I don’t get caught up in the show,” Buhler, the man sporting the most famous beard at this NFR added. “I don’t hear the music, I just keep it simple and watch the feet.”

It took Jake Vold 14 WNFR rounds to win his first go round buckle. It took him one to win his second. Twenty four hours after winning round four with a sensational 89.5, the Airdrie (via Ponoka) three time Canadian champion came back with a spectacular 89 score on Hi Lo Pro Rodeo’s Wilson Sanchez. The back to back wins have propelled Vold to 4th place in the average and fifth in the world.

Before the twenty-nine year-old talent nodded his head tonight, there were already three scores of 86 points or higher on the board. No problem for Jake Vold.

“I want someone to jump out there with a 90 so I can go get them,” he confided. “Seeing big rides before me fuels my fire.”

The Calgary Stampede bucking sensation Xplosive Skies lived up to his name as he pitched Manitoba bareback rider Orin Larsen to the Thomas and Mack turf before the eight second klaxon en route to winning the Rank Horse of the Night Award.

And not to be outdone, the three Canadian bronc riders brought their A (Eh!) game with Canadian Champion, Clay Elliott grabbing a 3/4 split – courtesy of his 86.5 ride on Bar T Rodeo’s Son of Sadie. And right behind his countryman was the Hudson Hope, British Columbia man, Jake Watson who took home a 6th place cheque with his 85 score on Stace Smith Rodeo’s Resistol’s Top Hat. Watson has quietly fashioned a solid Finals to date after qualifying in fifteenth spot. He is now five for five and has climbed to third in the average.

The third Canadian bronc rider, recent bridegroom Zeke Thurston was 81 points on the appropriately named Maple Leaf of Frontier Rodeo. The Big Valley cowboy was just out of the money in Round 5. Reigning World Champion, Jacobs Crawley, from Boerne, Texas, bounced back from a Round 4 buck-off to mark a spectacular 89 on Frontier Rodeo’s four time world champion, Medicine Woman. The Monday night go-round also marked the end of 18 year old Ryder Wright’s record-tying run. After four consecutive go-round wins, the Milford, Utah cowboy bucked off Flying 5 Rodeo’s Spring Planting.

Minnesota bull dogger JD Struxness continued his hot streak with a 3.5 second run. Over the last three days, Struxness has two go-round wins and a 1-2 split. In the barrel racing, go-round winner was Keizer, Oregon cowgirl Amberleigh Moore with a 13.62 second run. And in the bull riding, Scottie Knapp of Albuquerque, New Mexico made his first ride of the 2016 WNFR a profitable one. His 87 on Rafter H Rodeo Livestock’s Breaking Bad was good for the go round win.

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Canadians Make History at Wrangler NFR


Levi Simpson and Jeremy Buhler had already written a page in Canadian rodeo history when the pair became the first all-Canadian team to qualify for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in the team roping. But they might have written an even cooler story when the duo blistered a 4.4 second run to win the opening round and collect the go-round winner’s cheques of $26,230 each. Simpson, the Ponoka (via Claresholm) header and Buhler from Arrowwood, showed almost no sign of first-time jitters as they backed into the box at the hallowed Thomas and Mack Arena for the first time.

“To tell you the truth,” Buhler commented after the run, “the money wasn’t on my mind at all. It was just awesome. I’ve run that steer in my head ten million times. It was nice to run him in real life tonight. And the way it went, it couldn’t get any better.”

His partner was equally thrilled, “When we were on stage getting our back numbers, it kind of hit me right there,” Simpson admitted. “Well, maybe we could be back here getting a buckle. But to have it happen in round one is pretty exciting.”

Both cowboys were especially appreciative of the support they have received from the Canadian rodeo community. “You have a whole country standing behind you, Buhler noted. “The messages, the calls, everything we got from our families, friends, acquaintances… it felt awesome knowing that there’s that many people pulling for you.”

Unfortunately, Kolton Schmidt of Barrhead, Alberta and his Texas partner, Shay Carroll took a no time as, like Simpson and Buhler, Schmidt made his debut appearance at the WNFR.

Jake Vold was the first of the eight man strong Canadian contingent to display his wares at Thursday night’s first round of the 2016 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. The Ponoka native posted an 81 score on Sankey and Robinson’s Sozo to earn a 5/6/6 split and $3666. Unfortunately, things didn’t go as well for Inglis, Manitoba’s Orin Larsen as he and Frontier Rodeo’s Night Watch combined for only 66.5, not the start the number two man in the world coming into the NFR was looking for.

Recently married Tanner Aus, the Minnesota bareback rider, won the opening round with an 85.5 score to collect $26,230

The saddle bronc riding was the other event that featured Canadian contestants and like the team roping there were three Canucks three in all. Clay Elliot had a tough start to his ten days in Las Vegas as he was bucked off a nasty bronc from Dakota Rodeo called Bridal Shower. Jake Watson, the BC man who just made the WNFR roster in 15th spot, spurred out a 77.5 on Bar T Rodeo’s Heart of Gold. That left it up to Zeke Thurston on Sweet Maria from Pete Carr Rodeo and Thurston, at his second consecutive Finals managed an 80.5 to finish just out of the money in a round that saw the amazing Wright family finish one-two-three. It was 18 year old Ryder, (Dad) Cody and (Uncle) Jake with 87.5, 86.5 and 85.5 respectively. First man out, Alan Boore, of Ardell, Utah, was 4th in the round with an 85 on a Canadian bronc, C5 Rodeo’s Black Hills.

Other winners included travelling partners Clayton Hass and Tyler Waguespack in the steer wrestling, each with 3.8 seconds on the clock; two time Canadian champion tie-down roper and 2013 World titleist, Shane Hanchey of Sulphur, Louisiana with a 7.1 second run; Cheney, Washington’s Pamela Capper with a an arena record-tying 13.75 in the barrel race and in the bull riding, two time World Champion, Sage Kimsey did what Sage Kimsey does, posting a sensational 86.5 on Frontier Rodeo’s Aftershock to win the round. A couple of Canadian bulls made their presence felt. Outlaw Buckers’ Chip Shot carried Brennon Eldred to an 83 points and a third place cheque. And Kesler Championship Rodeo’s Flight Plan bucked off Garrett Tribble.

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On The Record

Catching up with Clint Laye and JR Vezain

By now, if you follow the Canadian Pro Rodeo Association, or Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, you have probably heard of the Flow Riders. Known for their flowing mane, RC Landingham, Clint Laye and JR Vezain are some of the best Bareback riders of the sport. Though they have recently cut their locks off, they will still be known for their wild rides and rank spurring.

Currently it’s been just JR and Clint hitting the trail, RC will be back after Easter as he has taken some time off due to a rib injury. While RC has been away, Clint has been kicking ass and taking names. I really feel like its his year to shine which is really exciting for our Canadian from Cadogan, Alberta! Clint most recently won Rodeo Austin with a 88 and a check worth $9,803. And just before that he was second at Rodeo Houston taking home a whopping $24, 250. Sadly in the PRCA that (Rodeo Houston) doesn’t count towards world standings like it does in the WPRA, shooting barrel racer Nancy Hunter to first place with her rodeo count being just 1! Regardless, Clint is on a hot streak and is currently sitting inside the Top 15! #Canadasgotgame

JR is no stranger to being at the top. He has qualified for the Canadian Finals Rodeo twice and the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo three times! This winter he’s cashed in roughly $10,000, but I have no doubt his season will pick up and we will see him in Vegas yet again!

Clint Laye winning his Super Series at Rodeo Houston

Clint Laye winning his Super Series at Rodeo Houston

How long have each of you been riding for, and how did you get into rodeo and riding bareback?

Clint – I started riding the spur board and working at it when is was 14 got on my first horse when I was 15, my whole family is a rodeo based family. Billy Laye was a bareback rider, he taught me how to ride and still helps guide me.

JR – I rode sheep and steers since I was 4, and when I was too old to ride steers and didn’t have a helmet for bulls, I decided to be bareback rider. All I have ever wanted to be was a cowboy never wanted to be a football player or any other kind of athlete. I have always lived & breathed Cowboy.

How did you all start travelling together?

“We first met each other at the National High School Finals in 2010, JR was a Senior I (Clint) was a sophomore. A couple of years later when we were going pro we had the same travel plans with Canada and the US so it worked out and we’ve been best pards ever since.”

List of Accomplishments

Clint – 2x CFR qualifier, 2x Calgary Stampede Qualifier, Jackson Mississippi Champ.

JR – 2009 High School National Champ, 2010 Montana Circuit All Around Champ, 2011 Resistol Rookie of the Year & College National Champ, 2012 Canadian Champ, 2x CFR qualifier, 3x NFR qualifier.

JR at the 2014 WNFR

JR Vezain at the 2014 WNFR

2015 Accomplishments thus far:

Clint – 2nd place 25g winner at Rodeo Houston, Colorado vs World 10g winner, Rodeo Austin Champion, Casper Wyoming champ.

JR – 10g so far, making it a decent winter.

Do you miss home ever?

“Being in Texas for two months made us miss home this winter. We love being entered up and keeping busy so we don’t usually miss it too much. When we go home after three days we end up missing the road.”

What has been your favourite town you’ve been through?

Clint – I really like traveling through or in California in the spring, get a taste of the sunshine.

JR – Lamar Colorado because that means I’m headed north and the years about to start.

Favourite Rodeo to ride at?

Clint – I like riding at Calgary Stampede because it’s right after the 4th and I get a break to relax and ride at home. Wainwright is hometown rodeo.

Clint at the 2014 Calgary Stampede. Photo by Mike Copeman

Clint at the 2014 Calgary Stampede. Photo by Mike Copeman

JR – San Juan California, San Antonio, Pendleton, Calgary Stampede, besides the NFR and Canadian Finals. Cody Wyoming is really good to because it’s hometown rodeo.


JR at Cheyenne in 2013

Most memorable ride thus far in your careers?

Clint – When I rode Power Play of Andrews the other night at Austin, because it’s a big strong bucker and I felt like I earned it.

JR – First and Tenth round that I won of my first NFR, and when I spurred Dirty Jacket and won San Antonio.

Whats it like living in a van most of the year with 2-3 dudes?

“Living out of our van is pretty awesome.  We have a tv and Xbox in there.  We love it! It means we’re rodeoing and doing what we love.”

How do you keep in shape and eat healthy while on the road?

“We pay for drop-ins or day passes at gyms in town we pass through. We are currently getting hooked on a new meal plan from Gavin Glye to help out, and we take a lot of vitamins. We’ve both completely quit drinking and seen that makes a huge difference with making us feel better.”

What sort of tips do you guys have for keeping a sharp mental game that you could pass on to barrel racers?

“We read some mental books including Mind Gym and stay positive towards everything. We help each other to keep up. The harder that you work the better results you will see is what it boils down to. Stay on top of everything.”

What are your goals for the 2015 season?

“Our goals are set very high for this year. Three of us chasing #goldbuckledreams in Vegas. Don’t ever set your goal to make the NFR or CFR, you have to shoot higher. Make it the Canadian Title, or World Title.”

What are your future plans for when you hang up your rigging?

Clint – My future plans are always changing, but I like to work with wood and build. Maybe I would build houses one day.

JR – I want to own a winter place in Arizona where I can raise train and sell performance horses, and a place back at home with cattle. Have both of my places making me money, and to raise a family starting my own generation of red-headed cowboys.

Who is the better singer?

“JR sings the most.. like every song that comes on, but sounds like a pack of dogs barking.”

“Clint on the other hand sounds like mixture of Fergie and Jesus, but doesn’t sing as much.”


Clint and JR on their hunting trip last fall

Who snores the loudest?

“We are both very peaceful sleepers and don’t snore. It’s beautiful.”

What is your favourite brand of Cowboy Boots?

Clint – I wear almost all girl boots to ride in because they are lighter, Toni Lamas at the time but pretty much whatever looks sharp.

JR – I wear Barstows because they fit my foot really well, are single stitched, and have a good strong riding heel because I spur hard!


Clint is sponsored by Wrangler and Bozco, while JR is sponsored by Barstow, Wapiti Ridge Outfitters, and Pan Good Trucking.

Be sure to follow their Facebook Page The Flow Riders to see how they’re doing, and where they will be next!