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Red Deer is the Proud New Home to the Canadian Finals Rodeo 

Article courtesy of the Canadian Pro Rodeo Association

The Centrium at Westerner Park in Red Deer, Alberta will be the new home of the Canadian Finals Rodeo.

January 16 | Red Deer, AB — Tonight, hundreds of people turned out in anticipation to hear the major announcement that sparked huge social media attention when the invitation was sent out this past Friday. 

The room was filled with excitement from beginning to end with video presentations, flashing lights, live music and fireworks that went off in celebration to announce the Canadian Finals Rodeo (CFR) is coming to Red Deer.

“We feel honoured that the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association (CPRA) has chosen Red Deer to be the new home for CFR,” says Ben Antifaiff, CEO and General Manager at Westerner Park. “Together as a community, we should be very proud of this moment and celebrate that the CFR will continue its legacy right here in Central Alberta.”

Westerner Park and Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce began working on their vision for a multi-year proposal to the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association several months ago and pitched their bid by hosting an event to showcase Red Deer as a strong contender.

“Our city and our region has been buzzing with excitement since we went public with our proposal to host the CFR,” says Robin Bobocel, CEO of Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce. “We are a vibrant community that can accomplish anything it sets its sights on, and with the help of our partners in the community, and the CPRA, we will make CFR 2018 a huge success.”

Canadian Professional Rodeo Association went on stage following the big reveal that Westerner Park and the Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce were successful in their efforts to bring the Canadian Finals Rodeo (CFR) to Red Deer.

President of the CPRA, Terry Cooke, echoed the excitement expressed by the Red Deer group. “We see this as a wonderful new opportunity for the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association, our contestants, sponsors, partners and fans,” Cooke said. “Central Alberta has long been known as a hub of rodeo talent and community support for our sport. The combination of great rodeo fans in this region, coupled with the influx of visitors that make the CFR an annual destination, point to a tremendous future for the CFR in Red Deer.“

“The CPRA Board would like to thank all the cities that have expressed interest in the Canadian Finals Rodeo,” noted Jeff Robson, CPRA spokesman. “This process was obviously accelerated with the closing of the Coliseum in Edmonton one year sooner than expected. The moving of an event of this magnitude and heritage that has only had one home certainly wasn’t taken lightly. We looked at a number of factors in selecting Red Deer as our new host city. Their excitement for the event and facilities to not only host the rodeo, but to host various other activities during the week will continue to support the economic impact that CFR brings to the host community. We would like to thank Westerner Park and the Red Deer Chamber of Commerce for all their work on this bid and look forward to working with them on the event.”

Brett Gardiner was the emcee for the evening event and closed off the celebration by thanking everyone in attendance as “your presence here is a testament to the passion for rodeo that we have in Central Alberta.”

The countdown for CFR 45 taking place on Oct 30 to Nov 4, 2018 in the ENMAX Centrium at Westerner Park starts now!

Red Deer, where champions are made and legends continue.

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Westerner Park is Central Alberta’s largest tradeshow, agricultural, sports, entertainment and convention facility. A not-for-profit organization supported by 50 full-time staff and 150 full-time volunteers, Westerner Park generates $150 million annually in economic activity hosting over 1,500 events and 1.5 million visitors each year. 

With more than 800 business members, the Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce is a collaborative leader that fosters an environment where businesses can lead, be innovative, sustainable and grow. 

The Canadian Professional Rodeo Association (CPRA) with headquarters in Airdrie, Alberta is the sanctioning body for professional rodeo in Canada. The CPRA approves over 50 events annually with a total payout exceeding $5.1 million. The organization holds the Grass Roots Final (at the Agrium Western Event Centre, Stampede Park in Calgary, Alberta) each September and their premiere event – the Canadian Finals Rodeo (CFR) – in Red Deer, Alberta in late fall. Follow the CPRA on Twitter and Instagram @prorodeocanada, ‘Like’ Canadian Professional Rodeo Association on Facebook or online at RodeoCanada.com.

The Richest 2-Year-Old Futurity in Canada

Competitors come from across Canada to compete at the Manitoba Superhorse 50/50. Photo Credit: Marohn Images

The Manitoba Superhorse 50/50, held in Brandon, Manitoba, is an innovative futurity format that celebrates the Quarter Horse breed and is billed as the richest two year old western horse futurity in Canada. The organization has been running successfully for the past 27 years and continues to grow with exhibitors coming across Canada for a chance to take home a piece of the pie. The concept of the Superhorse organization is to promote and enhance the versatility and quality of today’s young horses.

The show brings competitors, breeders and buyers to the same venue. Photo Credit: Photo Credit: Marohn Images

The 50/50 concept is based around the support of loyal breeders and buyers. Breeders bring their good weanlings to the foal sale held in conjunction with the futurity each year. Buyers then pack the stands and bid on the weanling they think will come back to win the futurity two years later. That is where the 50/50 concept comes into play, 50% of the selling price goes to the consignor of the eanling, and 50% of the selling price of the weanlings sold is retained by the organization and used as operating expenses, purse and breeder/consignor awards in the 2 year old futurity. At the futurity itself 40% of the 50% above of the selling price of the weanling will go to the 2 year old futurity purse, 5% goes to breeder/consignor awards and 5% goes to operate costs – meaning every one is celebrated during the event.

Photo Credit: Marohn Images

The Manitoba Super Horse 50/50 also features a special aspect of the sale, the “Ghost Slot”. The ghost slot will be the second horse to go through the sale, it is open to both members and non-members and the buyer of the slot must be the breeder of record of this foal. The full selling price of the ghost slot will go back into the pot and will be eligible for futurity money, as well as awards except for the consignor awards.

Photo Credit: Marohn Images

The futurity itself consists of a confirmation class, rail class and pattern class. Exhibitors show for two days in each of these classes then the points are accumulated to produce a winner. Weanlings that were sold at the 2015, 2016 and 2017 sale are eligible to win a guaranteed $10,000 for first place in 2017, 2018 and 2019 given the great success of the sales.

Photo Credit: Marohn Images

Each year the Manitoba Super Horse 50/50 is held in the fall and in partnership with the Manitoba AG EX, in Brandon, Manitoba. In 2017 Jessica Bartram of Medicine Hat, Alberta walked away with top honours on her horse, Styled By Impulsions, originally consigned by Little Valley Q.H.’s, Ltd. Styled By Impulsions (Impulsions By Mail x Autumn Invitation) and Bartram won the High Point Amateur, Rail and Pattern, which earned them the highest amount of points for the 50/50. The team walked away with a saddle, blanket, and of course the hotly contested $10,000.

Photo Credit: Marohn Images

Only One Design was the reserve champion, owned by Barry Foote of Sandy Land Stables, and trained and ridden by Jason Lamb. Only One Design (One N Only x Dynamically Designed) was the ghost slot entry in 2015 and took home High Point Open, which earned the team a buckle, as well as $4,972.74.

Photo Credit: Marohn Images

 

7th Annual SK Equine Expo

The 7th Annual Saskatchewan Equine Expo takes place February 15-18, 2018 at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon, SK. Together volunteers from Saskatchewan Horse Federation, the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, various equine breed groups and the staff of Prairieland Park work together to facilitate this annual event. The event presents equine related lectures, presentations, demonstrations, entertainment and opportunities focusing on the equine industry. As a participant or spectator, you can experience the newest in equine products, techniques and technology!

Tickets are on sale now and include the extravaganza, tradeshow, demonstrations and clinics. Tickets are available online and on the website: http://saskatchewanequineexpo.com/

Stay up to date with the schedule of events at: http://www.saskatchewanequineexpo.ca/events/

 

Realizing there was a need within the Saskatchewan horse industry for a quality event that showcased the newest technological advances, the latest developments in equine health, and a demonstration of horsemanship excellence, organizers created an event that is equally as entertaining as it is educational.

The Saskatchewan Equine Expo on February 15-18, will again celebrate the diversity of the equine industry with live demonstrations, breeds on display and outstanding horsemen and women. Make plans to be there, get your tickets today!

As an addendum to the event this year is the newly added, Off Track Thoroughbred Challenge. In this highly anticipated event, qualified trainers purchase a retired Thoroughbred racehorse and will spend six months to one year retraining it to compete in a variety of chosen disciplines at the 2019 Saskatchewan Equine Expo.

See you there!

www.saskatchewanequineexpo.com

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