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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

Arena Chatter

PBR Global Cup & CFR To Go Head To Head

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Arena Chatter Courtesy of CPRA

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

EDMONTON, AB (November 12, 2016)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Courtney of the CPRA*

Fashionista

Best Dressed – CFR ’16

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

Gorgeous leather bag from Paige Leather by Paige Albrecht

Gorgeous leather bag from Paige Leather by Paige Albrecht

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

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

Nicole Wade Photography – Charlsey in the Wine Westin Lace Dress

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

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

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

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




 

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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



Results

2015 Canadian Finals Rodeo Results

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

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

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

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

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

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

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