July CPRA Rodeo Highlights

Deanna Buschert

Photo By Deanna Buschert

This information is courtesy of the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association:

Ponoka steer wrestler Chance Butterfield took a big step toward that coveted trip to the Canadian Finals Rodeo as he posted two wins over the past weekend. The 27 year old third generation bull dogger posted a 4.4 at Taber for $1390 and was even quicker at Harmon Valley with a 3.6 for $1426. His total weekend earnings of $2816 will propel the Texas Tech grad up the standings and into the hunt for a CFR berth.

Bronc rider Justin Berg (Marwayne, AB) enjoyed a productive weekend as well with a win at Harmon Valley (81 points on Northcott’s Hoop Dancer for $943) and a second place at Teepee Creek for an additional $985 for a total of $1929.

Other Harmon Valley winners included several Alberta-based athletes: Longview’s Steele Depaoli in the tie-down roping (8.5, $1189), Taber’s Nancy Csabay in the barrel racing (15.156, $1144), Clyde team ropers, Murdoch Keith and Cody Potts (4.4, $1022/each), Cessford bareback rider Clayton Bunney (81.5 on Northcott’s Ninety Proof, $1165) and Crossfield bull rider Kyle German (86 points on Northcott’s Pay N’ Rent, $1297). The novice saddle bronc winner was Layton Green from Meeting Creek (79 points, $706).

Teepee Creek winners included Eckville saddle bronc rider Jake Brown (78.5 points on Outlaw Bucker’s American Sister, $1191), Airdrie bareback rider Matt Lait (82.5 on Outlaw Bucker’s Madame, $1229) and bull rider, Devon Mezei of Big Valley (87.5/$1500 on Outlaw Bucker’s Lazy Boy). Timed event wins went to tie-down roper Riley Warren of Stettler who was 9.6 for $1372, steer wrestler Todd Maughan of Airdrie-3.5 for $1524 and Brooks barrel racer Stephanie Mather who was 15.744 for $1307. The team roping win was split between Stacey Cornet/Dale Skocdopole and Murray Linthicum/Casper Roy, both teams with 4.9 second runs for $1027 each. Novice winners were Cole Neely in saddle bronc (68.5 points for $384) and Dylan Bilton in bareback (64.5 points for $353). The steer riding title went to Kagen Schmidt with a sensational 82 point score for $446. Other Taber champions included Nanton bull rider Beau Brooks (76 points on Kesler’s Who Knew for $921), saddle bronc rider Justin Meston (74.5 points on Kesler’s Centre Stage for $714) and a split in the bareback riding – with Bowden’s Ky Marshall on Kesler’s Spanish Breeze and New Zealander Joseph Fentiman on Kesler’s Must Have – both marking 76.5 points for $642 each. In the timed events, former Canadian champion Al Bouchard of Scandia was the tie-down roping winner with an 8.9 for $961 while Brett Buss of Ponoka and Matt Fawcett of Stettler won the team roping with 5.4/$903/each. St Paul’s Rylee McKenzie picked up the barrel racing title with a 17.572 – good for $724. Novice saddle bronc riding was split between Cole Neely and Layton Green (61.5/$308). The steer riding winner was, once again, Kagen Schmidt (77 points/$436).

This coming weekend’s rodeo action will take athletes to Maple Creek (July 18-20) and Kennedy, SK (July 21-22) and Morris, MB July 19-22.

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