CFR ‘45 – Changes at the Top

Photo by Billie-Jean Duff.

The first three rounds of CFR ‘45 were not kind to Scott Guenthner. The 2018 season leader had seen his spot at the top of the Canadian standings slip away. It was time for a change.

“I was having the worst luck,” the Provost, AB cowboy admitted, “so I thought I’d switch everything up. I rode a different horse, had a different hazer and it went a lot better.

“I switched horses to “Tyson,” Curtis Cassidy’s horse. Curtis was really good about it even though there’s five guys riding him. (I’m going to be riding him at the NFR in Vegas too.) And Baillee Milan hazed for me. It felt awesome.”

The five-time Canadian Finals Rodeo qualifier posted a 3.7 to win the round and jump back into contention for the Canadian title – which will be awarded Sunday afternoon. While Guenthner re-claimed the overall lead, he sits sixth in the aggregate and still has work to do. Among those who have a legitimate shot at the steer wrestling title at this point are Stephen Culling (who sits second overall and second in the aggregate), Tanner Milan (3rd overall and 3rd in the aggregate) and Dallas Frank who is 5th overall but leads the aggregate.

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Saddle bronc rider, Jake Watson, has been flying under the radar for much of the 2018 season… and the early rounds of this CFR. But tonight that changed.

“I had Lunatic Party of Outlaw Buckers and it couldn’t have gone any better,” the Hudson Hope, BC native stated. “Just a great horse… she goes out and does her job every time. I’ve been waiting quite a while to get on that horse.”

Watson posted his second 87-point score of the Finals to win round four and take home the first place cheque of $10,530. He moved to third overall ($12,000 back of leader, Clay Elliott). Watson, however, leads the lucrative aggregate while Elliott sits fourth and second place man, Zeke Thurston, fell to eight after a Friday night buck-off.

A number of other races also became more interesting as a result of Friday night’s performance. In the tie-down roping, Carstairs, AB roper, Kyle Lucas, took over the overall lead as well as moving to top spot in the aggregate with two rounds remaining.

Oregon barrel racer, Callahan Crossley, lengthened her lead by posting the fastest time of the rodeo to date (13.454 seconds) to win her third consecutive go-round. The three-time CFR qualifier remains first overall and leads the aggregate.

In the team roping event, Kasper Roy and Brady Tryan won the round for the second night in a row while Riley and Brady Minor cling to the overall lead just ahead of 2016 World Champions Levi Simpson and Jeremy Buhler who lead the aggregate.

Three-time Canadian bareback champion, Jake Vold, holds a $9000 lead over second place man Richmond Champion of Dublin, TX but Champion sits second in the aggregate. Vold is seventh and out of the aggregate standings for the moment.

And in the bull riding, Ponoka hand, Wacey Finkbeiner, continued his dominating performance at CFR ‘45 as he posted an 85-point score to win third – and more importantly – remain first in the aggregate. He is one of only two men to ride four bulls in four performances, the other being Cody Coverchuk of Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan.

While the 2018 novice champions were declared after performance three – Mason Helmeczi in the novice bareback and Cooper Thatcher in novice saddle bronc riding – the steer riding event wrapped up Friday.

Tristen Manning of Yellowhead County, AB, went four for four and won two rounds en route to the Canadian Steer Riding Championship.

Bull rider, Jacob Gardner, who grabbed a spot on the CFR bull riding roster when Brock Radford withdrew, claimed the 2018 All Around title by placing in rounds three and four.

And the Miss Rodeo Canada competition concluded Friday with the crowning of Jaden Holle as the 2019 queen.

Round Four Summary:
• Bareback riding round winners: (tie) Orin Larsen – 86.25 points on Calgary Stampede’s Xavier Joan and Jake Vold – 86.25 points on Outlaw Buckers’ American Thumper.
Overall bareback riding leader: Jake Vold
Aggregate leader: Clint Laye

• Steer wrestling round winner: Scott Guenthner – 3.7 seconds
Overall steer wrestling leader: Stephen Culling
Aggregate leader: Dallas Frank

• Team roping round winners: Brady Tryan/Kasper Roy – 4.6 seconds
Overall team roping overall leaders: Riley Minor/Brady Minor
Aggregate leaders: Levi Simpson/Jeremy Buhler

• Saddle bronc riding round winner: Jake Watson, 86 points on Outlaw Buckers’ Magic Carpet
Overall saddle bronc riding leader: Clay Elliott
Aggregate leader: Jake Watson

• Tie-down roping round winner: Kyle Lucas – 7.9 seconds
Overall and Aggregate tie-down roping leader: Kyle Lucas

• Ladies barrel racing round winner: Callahan Crossley – 13.454 seconds
Overall and Aggregate ladies barrel racing leader: Callahan Crossley

• Bull riding round winner: Jordan Hansen – 85.75 points on Girletz Rodeo’s Willy Wonka
Overall and Aggregate bull riding leader: Wacey Finkbeiner

• Steer riding round winner: Carter Sahli – 83 points
Steer Riding Champion: Tristen Manning

• Novice Bareback Riding Champion: Mason Helmeczi
• Novice Saddle Bronc Riding Champion: Cooper Thatcher

Saturday, November 3 will be a busy day at Westerner Park. The fifth performance of the Canadian Finals Rodeo runs Saturday, November 3 at 7:00 pm but earlier in the day (1:00 pm), fans can enjoy the Junior Canadian Finals Rodeo

First Futurity Results Are In!

Submitted by Elaine Good, Photos Courtesy of Barbara Glazer.

Glen Beveridge rides NRR Coles China Doll to the Open Futurity championship.

The first two days of the Moose Jaw Cutting Horse Show were dedicated to the Limited Age Event. These are classes restricted to horses just beginning their show careers and competing against horses of the same age for over $12,000 in prize money. It’s also the very first time for the three year olds to be shown and it’s amazing to watch these youngsters! This event is organized by the Saskatchewan Cutting Horse Association to help breeders, trainers and owners develop and showcase their horses and programs. It’s held at the Golden Mile Arena in conjunction with the 4 day Moose Jaw Cutting Horse Show where the facilities and great footing allow these horses to show their full potential!

The Barry & Elaine Good Open Futurity Aggregate went to “NRR Coles China Doll” for owner Warren Russell, Stoughton, Saskatchewan under the saddle of Glen Beveridge, Valley View, Alberta. Glen saw this 3 year old mare sired by “NRR Cat King Cole” and out of the mare “Chinas Instant Choice” being worked by Cody Smith at Ponoka, Alberta which prompted a phone call to Warren. Warren said “If you think she’s a good one go ahead and buy her.” He never saw her until she was shown at Moose Jaw! This mare is real sweet to be around and they hope to keep her feeling good and keep showing her through the fall futurities. They want to thank everyone who helped along the way including Clint Christianson, Tyler Darroch and Mike Belof. Thanks from GD Cutting Horses!

Elaine Speight was the victor in the Non Pro Futurity with her great mare, Hickory Boonlight.

The 3 Year Old Non Pro Futurity Aggregate also sponsored by Barry & Elaine Good was claimed by the accomplished showperson, Elaine Speight riding “Hickory Boonlight” owned by Bill & Elaine Speight, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta. The Speights found this blue roan mare, sired by “Boonlights Shining” out of the mare “QR Duals Hickory” advertised on the northernhorse.com website. They purchased her in the fall of her yearling year from Jennell Heptner and had “Boony” started by Anna Petrova of Strathmore, Alberta, as a two year old. Bill continued with training her on cattle, then the flag during the winter and more cattle work into her 3 year old year. The Speights were happy and proud that she did so well at the Moose Jaw Show. With her size, strength in the hind quarters and tremendous long stride they feel she has the potential to make a great horse.

Hesa Rey Cat is a stallion with serious potential, after taking home the derby title with Clint Christenson aboard.

The 4 Year Old Open Derby Aggregate went to “Hesa Rey Cat” owned by the class sponsor Kali Fortner, Bracken, Saskatchewan! Kali’s partner, Clint Christianson trains and shows “Hesa Rey Cat,” the sorrel son of “Dual Rey” that they purchased from Montana Ranch Cutting Horses of Big Fork, Montana. “Hesa Rey Cat” is the third colt that Clint has had the good fortune to train out of the great producing mare “ Shes A Cuttn Cat” and they look forward to his potential both as a show horse and stud prospect.

RH Purralator Cat made breeder and owner, Sandy Reid, proud, by taking home the Non Pro Derby win.

“RH Purrolator Cat” owned and shown by Sandy Reid of Leduc County, Alberta claimed the 4 Year Old Non Pro Derby sponsored by Donna Reid of Webb, Saskatchewan. This home raised gelding sired by “Smooth As A Cat” out of their mare “Jazzys Pep Talk” earned consistent 72’s during the show. “RH Purrolator Cat” is one of a pair of full brothers that Sandy was showing in the 4 year old class! They are both a finished product from Jeff Schwitzer’s Melville, Saskatchewan training program for 3 year olds that were easy for her to take over and show. Sandy says ““Rush” is the horse that won and he is a bit more sensitive that the other. Thank you for having great ground for us to play in that is so important to us competitors!”

Hot Metal Smarts showed off her cow smarts winning the Open Classic for rider, Glen Beveridge.

“Hot Metal Smarts” returned to Moose Jaw after winning the 2017 Open Derby to take this year’s Les & Coreen Jack 5/6 Year Old Open Classic under the saddle of Glen Beveridge. This 5 year old mare by “Metallic Cat” out of the mare “Jazzy Jay Bar” was bred and owned by Hollingworth Farms Limited of Valley View, Alberta. This mare has really come on nice this year and they hope to keep her going for the fall futurities.

The Non Pro Classic championship went to Scott Brady aboard One Cuttin Cat.

The Belof Performance Horses 5/6 Year Old Non Pro Classic Aggregate was won by the 6 year old mare “One Cuttin Cat” for owner and rider, Scott Brady of Midale, Saskatchewan. Scott purchased this mare sired by “One Time Pepto” and out of the great mare “Shes A Cuttn Cat” raised by Montana Ranch Cutting Horses as a two year old from Clint Christianson and Kali Fortner. She was a finalist in last year’s Futurities in Red Deer and Calgary. Scott says “this mare is very sensitive and because of that she makes me a better rider; it’s a challenge that’s good for me!”

Tazalittle and rider Carol Bailey finished off the aged event by captured the 7 Up Champion title.

The turnerhorses.com 7 Up Non Pro Aggregate went to “Tazzalittle” owned and shown by Carol Bailey of Kyle, Saskatchewan. Carol describes her bay gelding sired by “Pepto Taz” and out of the mare “Paulas Little Lena” as her “lifelong partner in this sport. He’s easy to get ready and he knows his job. A true testament to his training foundation.”

Full results of the Moose Jaw Cutting Horse Show and Limited Age Event are available on the SCHA Website: www.scha.ca.

Calgary Stampede 2018 Winners

Ryder Wright scored a career high 93 points on Stampede Warrior to become the $100,000 Saddle Bronc Champion. Photo by Shellie Scott Photography.

Showdown Sunday at the Calgary Stampede is known as the ‘Richest Day in Rodeo.’ After nine days of battling it out in the rodeo arena, winners of each event  took home a cheque for $100-thousand dollars.

Here are your 2018 winners:

SADDLE BRONC: Ryder Wright of Milford, Utah, scored a career high 93 points on Stampede Warrior to become the $100,000 Saddle Bronc Champion.

BAREBACK RIDING: Richie Champion of Dublin, Texas, rode Virgil to the championship of the $100,000 Bareback title.

BULL RIDING: Marcos Gloria of Brazil is the $100,000 Bull Riding champion.

STEER WRESTLING: Matt Reeves of Cross Plains, Texas, won the $100,000 in the steer wrestling with a time of 4.7 seconds.

BARREL RACING: Hailey Kinsel, Cotulla, Texas, and her horse Sister are your $100,000 champions with a time of 17.078.

TIE DOWN ROPING: Tuf Cooper, Weatherford, TX, is the $100,000 Tie Down Roping Champion.

GMC RANGELAND DERBY: Kurt Bensmiller, Dewberry, AB, wins the Dash for Cash at the Calgary Stampede.

Hailey Kinsel and her horse, Sister dominated the competition every day they were up. They are your $100,000 champions. Photo by Shellie Scott Photography.

 

Tuf Cooper is the $100,000 Tie Down Roping Champion. Photo by Shellie Scott Photography.

 

Marcos Gloria of Brazil is the $100,000 Bull Riding champion. Photo by Shellie Scott Photography.

 

Kurt Bensmiller, Dewberry, AB, wins the Dash for Cash at the Calgary Stampede. Photo by Shellie Scott Photography.

 

 

2018 Wild Rose Welsh & Open Pony Show

Welsh Mountain Pony 2-year-old colt, Sunburst Heart of Jubilee (Sunwillow Jubilee x Young’s Heart Breaker) was the 2017 Supreme Champion Welsh. Shown and owned by Kasandra Miller. Michelle Walerius Photography.


2018 Wild Rose Welsh & Open Pony Show
Centered on Welsh. Open to all.
Date: August 10-12, 2018
Location: Amberlea Meadows Equestrian Centre, Leduc County, Alberta
Website: www.piperp13.wixsite.com/wildroseshow (all show forms found here)

This is a family-friendly show with competitive and fun classes for all ages and skill levels. A variety of in-hand, riding, and driving classes are offered—from Welsh breed, Sport Pony, and Model Hunter halter classes to English, Western, Hunter, Sidesaddle, and gymkhana ridden classes to driving, trail, showmanship, and costume.

Berrylyn Alexi, 15-year-old Half-Welsh mare (Alvesta Folklore x TH Centrefold), 2017 Grand Champion Sport Pony and Half-Welsh breed class winner. Owner: Nancy Haverstock; handler: Eliza Haverstock. Michelle Walerius Photography.

Classes for Welsh Ponies and Cobs, alongside many open classes—registered and unregistered ponies and horses are most welcome.

Judges:

– India Baker (Waterford Welsh Cobs, ME): Sat – Sun double-judged show
– Karen MacLeay (Seldom Rest Farm, CA): Sat – Sun double-judged show
– Kathy MacLeay (Seldom Rest Farm, CA): Friday Young Stock Futurity & Performance Stake
Sarah Lindsay Miller of Sarah’s Equine Design will be the show photographer.

Join us on Facebook for show announcements: www.facebook.com/WildRoseShow

 

Alvesta Sedona, yearling Welsh Section B (Llanarth Tarquin x Alvesta Fairy Lustre) was 2017 overall Welsh Gelding Champion. Owned by Alvesta Farm; shown by Karen Podolski. Michelle Walerius Photography.

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

 

Bounce Back Night for Canadian Cowboys

COURTESY OF THE CANADIAN PROFESSIONAL RODEO ASSOCIATION

December 11, 2017

After a couple of sub-par nights, Team Canada bounced back with a strong performance in the fifth go-round of the 2017 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Five members of the nine-man Canadian contingent cashed cheques, making this easily their best night to date.

It was a case of saving the best for the last as two-time Canadian Steer Wrestling Champion, Tanner Milan, was 3.8 seconds on the last steer in the round to pick up his second go-round win and the $26,320 first place cheque. The win moved the Cochrane, Alberta man to 4th place in both the average and the world standings.

“I just have to keep running at it every night,” Milan noted. “I can’t back off. The horse I’m riding, Maverick who belongs to Tom Lewis, has been getting my feet on the ground really fast and I just have to stay aggressive.”

Ty Erickson, the Montana cowboy, continues to lead the world standings but Milan has moved to within $63,000 of the leader with five rounds and the all-important average still to be decided. Provost, Alberta bulldogger, Scott Guenthner checked in with a 6.6 second run and was out of the money. Guenthner sits in 10th place on the world leaderboard.

You know the pen of bareback horses is pretty sweet when 87.5 is good for only a 5/6 split. That was the case in go-round number five of the 2017 WNFR. Canadian cowboy Orin Larsen was that guy on this night as he matched up with Wilson Sanchez from the Hi Lo ProRodeo Company. The horse, born and raised near Rocky Mountain House, actually came from the Hollingsworth family of Eckville and to add to the intrigue, Larsen’s sister is married to a Hollingsworth. You know Central Alberta was cheering for the Manitoba man who is at his third WNFR. Larsen has placed in four of five rounds for over $56,000 won and sits in fifth place in both the average and the world standings.

Santaquin, Utah cowboy, Mason Clements, won the round with an 89 point ride while Tim O’Connell maintained his big lead at the top of the standings. Jake Vold whose 85 score wasn’t quite enough to get into the money, has dropped back to fourth place in the world standings behind the seemingly unstoppable Tim O’Connell, Richmond Champion and Tanner Aus.

You knew it was just a matter of time for Jeremy Buhler. And tonight was the time. The defending world champion and his WNFR partner, Arizona header, Tom Richards. posted a 4.0 to catch a 3/4 split in the round and a pair of $13,326 cheques. It was the first qualified time and the first payday for the duo that was thrown together when Buhler’s longtime partner Levi Simpson just missed qualifying for this year’s WNFR. Erich Rogers and Cory Petska split the round with Clay Tryan and Jade Corkill. The 3.9 second result took Rogers and Petska, the Arizona superstars, to a narrow lead in the world standings.

Things finally went the way Canadian saddle bronc riding fans thought they’d go right from the start as the reigning world champion, Zeke Thurston and 2017 Canadian Champion, Layton Green were part of a fifth go-round 2/3/4 split. Both cowboys cashed cheques for $15,794 and for Thurston it meant he was able to gain a little ground on the season leader, Jacobs Crawley.

The Big valley, Alberta 23 year-old’s ride on Wound Up, the 2017 Saddle Bronc of the Year, enabled him to climb back into second place in the world standings ahead of CoBurn Bradshaw, the third place man who leads the all-important average. For Green, the Meeting Creek, Alberta man, it was his first cheque of this – his first WNFR. The third Canadian, 2016 Canadian Champion, Clay Elliott finished out of the money in the go round with an 80-point ride. C5 Rodeo’s Double D won the Rank Horse of the Night award as he parted company with Jake Wright before the eight second horn.

Tie Down Roper, Marty Yates, turned in the fastest run of this WNFR at 7.0 seconds flat for the go-round win with season leader Tuf Cooper just one tick back at 7.1. It was a critical run for Cooper as he was able to put some space between him and second place man, Marcos Costa, and Trevor Brazile who had been closing fast on the leader and now sits third. Costa, the Brazilian roper, leads the average with Trevor Brazile second and Cooper right behind. Cooper’s run tonight also tightened the race for the All-Around title where he and brother-in-law, Brazile, are duking it out as well with Brazile holding a $47,000 lead over Cooper.

And in the barrel race, Colorado cowgirl, Ivy Conrado and four time Canadian Champion, Lisa Lockhart of Oelrichs, South Dakota split the round, both with 13.59 runs. Season leader, Tiany Schuster, had her fastest run of the Finals with a 13.90 but for the fifth night in a row, was out of the money. Schuster who sits 6th in the average has to be feeling the heat just a little as three or four cowgirls are all mounting a charge at the Krum, Texas cowgirl who was so dominant throughout the regular season.

2016 Canadian Bull Riding Champion, Jordan Hansen, of Calgary bucked off a tough outlaw called Crime Boss from Universal Rodeo. The result leaves Hansen at 1 for 5 at the midway point of the rodeo. Meanwhile Sage Steele Kimzey is starting to distance himself from the field as he pursues a fourth consecutive title. Kimzey, who hails from Strong City, Texas, rode Beutler and Son’s Shootin’ Stars to 89 points and the round win. He sits second in the average to fellow-Texan, Trey Benton III who bucked off for the first time on Monday night.

Lonnie West Rides Perfect in Abbotsford to Earn First PBR Victory

Courtesy of PBR Canada

Lonnie West rides Tippin Point in Round 1 of Stop No.5 of the PBR Monster Energy Tour in Abbotsford, BC. Photo by Covy Moore / CovyMoore.com

West rises from No. 10 to No. 5 in Canadian standings as the tour prepares to crown a PBR Canadian Champion next week in Saskatoon.

ABBOTSFORD, British Columbia – Building upon his runner-up finish last weekend in Winnipeg, Lonnie West delivered a perfect 2-for-2 performance in Abbotsford to claim his first career PBR victory at the final regular season event of PBR Canada’s Monster Energy Tour, presented by Mac’s and Circle K.

West (Cadogan, Alberta) began the Saturday night event with a fifth place effort in Round 1, riding Tippin Point (S&E Bucking Bulls) for 84 points.

In the championship round, the 21-year-old delivered the high-marked ride of his PBR career, making the 8 aboard Anika’s Pet (Big Chief/Armstrong) for 89 points.

His victory earned him $4,260.80, 465 Canadian points and 80 world points.

After beginning the event ranked No.10 in the Canadian standings, West is now the No.5 man in the race for the national title as the tour heads to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan next weekend, Oct. 20-21, for the PBR Canada Monster Energy Tour Finals.

He now trails No.1 Brock Radford (De Winton, Alberta) by 751.66 points.

Radford finished ninth in Abbotsford, earning 20 Canadian points, after riding Hollow Point (Vold Rodeo/Prescott) for 83.5 points in Round 1.

Zane Lambert (Westbourne, Manitoba) and Jared Parsonage (Maple Creek, Saskatchewan) tied for second after logging matching 169.50-point scores in the aggregate.

Lambert’s event began in Round 1 with an 82.5-point ride on Boom Beach (S&E Bucking Bulls), which he followed with 87 points aboard Spot On (Wilson Rodeo) in the championship round.

The 31-year-old earned $2,405.29, 170 Canadian points and 40 world points.

The 2013 PBR Canada Champion, ranked No.2 in the national standings, now trails No.1 Radford by 379.16 points as he looks to earn his second Canadian title.

After earning a re-ride, Parsonage logged 82 points on Big Rig (Vold Rodeo/Prescott) in the event’s first round.

He concluded the Abbotsford stop with an 87.5-point trip aboard Kalit Karma (Vold Rodeo/Prescott) in the championship round.

For his work Parsonage earned $2,611.46, 180 Canadian points and 40 world points.

Parsonage rose from No.8 to No.7 in PBR Canada standings, now 909.16 points off the No.1 position.

Fresh off his event win last weekend in Winnipeg, Dakota Louis (Browning, Montana) finished fourth after opening his night with a Round 1 win compliments of his 88.5-point ride aboard Overcooked (Vold Rodeo/Prescott).

He leaves Abbotsford with $2,552.55, 160 Canadian national points and 20 world points.

Kale Marks (Sunnybrook, Alberta) rounded out the Top 5, earning $1,195.77, 105 Canadian  points and 15 world points.

His finish was backed by his 86.5-point trip aboard Tweedle Dee (Vold Rodeo/Prescott) in Round 1.

PBR Canada’s Monster Energy Tour, presented by Mac’s and Circle K next travels to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and the SaskTel Centre on Oct. 20-21 for the twelfth annual PBR Canada Finals. Action gets underway at 7:30 p.m. CT on both Friday and Saturday. Tickets are still available at PBRCanada.com or Ticketmaster.ca.

The event will crown the 2017 PBR Canada Champion who will earn a trip to the Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour Finals in Las Vegas, Nevada Oct. 28-30 where they will then have the opportunity to qualify for the Built Ford Tough World Finals on Nov. 1-5.

Be sure to stay tuned to PBRCanada.com and follow the tour on Facebook (PBR Canada), Twitter (@PBRCanada), and Instagram (@PBRCanada) for the latest results

Dakota Louis Sweeps Both Rounds to Win PBR Monster Energy Tour in Winnipeg

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Dakota Louis rides Minion Stuart for 87.5 points in the Championship Round. Photo: Covy Moore / CovyMoore.com

Five riders went a perfect 2-for-2, including home province hopeful Zane Lambert, now ranked No.2 in the PBR Canada national standings

WINNIPEG, Manitoba – Sweeping both Round 1 and the short go, Dakota Louis (Browning, Montana) earned his first event win of the season Friday night at the Monster Energy Tour, presented by Mac’s and Circle K event at Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

The 25-year-old began the night riding Smash (Skori Bucking Bulls) for 85 points in Round 1, before covering Minion Stuart (Skori Bucking Bulls) for 87.5 points as the last rider in the championship round.

The bovine athlete, who hadn’t been ridden in his last three outs, was recently selected by PBR Livestock Director Cody Lambert as one of the five Canadian bulls that will buck at this year’s PBR World Finals in Las Vegas, Nevada on Nov. 1-5.

The win marked Louis’ first title since June 2016 when he won the Touring Pro Division event in Belt, Montana.

Louis’ perfect 2-for-2 performance earned him 80 world points and $8,222.50.

Notching his second runner-up finish of the year, Lonnie West (Cadogan, Alberta) leaves Manitoba’s capital city $5,922.50 richer, having earned 50 world and 270 Canadian points.

In Round 1 the 21-year-old tied for second after making the 8 aboard Ulterra’s Counter Force (Wild Hoggs Bucking Bulls) for 84.5 points.

In the short go West logged his high-marked ride of the season, covering Heaven’s Basement (Vold Rodeo/Prescott) for 87.5 points to split the round win with Louis.

West, who began the night No.14 in the Canadian  national standings, rose four positions to No.10 compliments of the finish. He now trails No.1 Brock Radford (De Winton, Alberta) by 1,196.66.

Radford failed to earn any points in Winnipeg, bucking off Milky Chance (Flying Four Bucking Bulls) in Round 1 at the 4.31-second mark.

Zane Lambert (Westbourne, Manitoba) and Cody Casper (Pacific, Washington) tied for third after recording matching scores in both rounds.

The duo opened the night scoring 84.5 points aboard their first round draws. 2013 PBR Canada Champion Lambert became the first rider to cover All Gold Everything (Vold Rodeo/Prescott), while Casper made the 8 aboard Marshals Law (Wild Hoggs Bucking Bulls).

In the championship round Lambert and Casper both earned scores of 85 points after riding Tykro Liquid Fire (Wild Hoggs Bucking Bulls) and Finning Mr. Ripley (Flying Four Bucking Bulls) respectively.

Each rider earned $2,875, 25 world and 165 Canadian points.

For Lambert the finish allowed him to surpass Cody Coverchuk (Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan) in the PBR Canada national standings, where he now finds himself ranked No.2, 529.16 behind No.1 Radford, as he looks to earn his second national title.

Coverchuk, much like Radford, also failed to earn any points in Winnipeg after bucking off Double Major (Wild Hoggs Bucking Bulls) in 2.43 seconds in the first round.

Casper also climbed the rankings in the PBR Canada title race, surpassing Jordan Hansen (Okotoks, Alberta) and rising from No.5 to No.4 in the standings. He now trails the top spot by 722.50 points.

Todd Chotowetz (Major, Saskatchewan) rounded out the Top 5, earning $1,656, 15 world and 95 Canadian points.

The Saskatchewan rider was the final athlete to deliver a perfect 2-for-2 performance after covering Brick Wall (Vold Rodeo/Prescott) for 82 points in the first round, and Whiskey Hand (Vold Rodeo/Prescott) for 85.5 points in the short go.

First Buckle (Rafter 8 Bulls) was the high-marked bull of the event, earning a bull score of 44 points after dumping Armando Davila Rodriguez (Saltillo, Mexico) in 1.75 seconds in the championship round.

PBR Canada’s Monster Energy Tour, presented by Mac’s and Circle K next travels to Abbotsford, British Columbia and the Abbotsford Centre on Oct. 14 for the final regular season event of the year. Action gets underway at 7:30 p.m. PT. Tickets are still available at PBRCanada.com or Ticketmaster.ca.

Be sure to stay tuned to PBRCanada.com and follow the tour on Facebook (PBR Canada), Twitter (@PBRCanada), and Instagram (@PBRCanada) for the latest results.

 

2017 Wild Rose Welsh and Open Pony Show

Written by: Karen Podolski

For Welsh owners and breeders, the Wild Rose Welsh & Open Pony Show is the largest Welsh show in Western Canada in 2017. It is a three-in-one opportunity: the Friday futurity has one judge and then the main show on Saturday to Sunday is double-judged. The show also includes a large number of halter and performance classes that are open to all breeds.

Pleasure Driving Champion, English Pleasure Champion, and Section A Reserve Senior Champion: Coyote Run Frezno six-year-old Welsh Mountain Pony stallion. Photo Credit: Michelle Walerius Photograph.

The Welsh and Half-Welsh Young Stock Futurity and Performance Stake took place on Friday, July 14, judged by Heather Black of Blackwood Farm in Ontario. Champion English Pleasure and Pleasure Driving winner was six-year-old Welsh Mountain Pony Stallion, Coyote Run Frezno (Anderin’s Caerwynne x Young’s Golden Fascination by Liseter Star Design), owned by Kerry Marit of Marit Stables, Cochrane AB. Marit says, “Frezno isn’t a typical stallion, in that he lives with a gelding, Emery, who is his best friend; many don’t realize he’s a stallion.” Marit chooses ponies based on their exceptional temperaments because at her facility she says, they have to be around a myriad of kids, dogs, donkeys, grandparents, and really anything you can think of. “All of the ponies are picked because they have that personality combined with good conformation and frankly they are the “dream pony” we wished we had as kids.”

Futurity Supreme Champion and Grand Champion Sport Pony: Alvesta Infinity, two-year-old Welsh Mountain Pony colt. Photo Credit: Michelle Walerius Photography.

Following the futurity performance classes for ponies aged three to eight are the young stock classes, for Welsh and Half-Welsh two years of age and under. Futurity Champion Section A, as well as Futurity Supreme Welsh and Grand Champion Sport Pony all went to Alvesta Infinity (Cat Creek Innuendo x Alvesta Caris by *Nerwyn Gwyn), a two year old colt owned by Alvesta Farm. Judge, Heather Black, said that he had “a lovely head, was well balanced, and had free-flowing movement.”

Marit V.I.P (Coyote Run Frezno x Bar C Ban-na-righ by *Skellorn Dauphinoir) owned by Kerry Marit took home the Futurity Grand Champion Section B, and Futurity Reserve Supreme Welsh.

Judge Heather Black said, “The show featured lovely ponies overall, and the owners should be proud of what they are producing.”

Supreme Champion Welsh and Res. Grand Champion Sport Pony: Coyote Run Enya, 3-year-old Welsh Mountain Pony mare. Photo Credit: Michelle Walerius Photography.

The main show on Saturday and Sunday was officiated by Patricia Cochran of Lochinvar Welsh in Oregon and Hilary Tolhurst of Cwmfelen Welsh in Ontario.

The highest champions of the Wild Rose Welsh and Open Pony show were the Supreme Champions, and this year they did not dissapoint. Supreme Champion Welsh under Patricia Cochran went to Brenda Harder’s three-year-old grey mare, Coyote Run Enya (Tillybo Casanova x Coyote Run Esper by Anderin’s Caerwynne). Patricia says Enya is “a stunning young mare, feminine, brimming with breed type, and a ‘look-at-me’ presence! I especially liked her great legs: straight, flat boned, short cannons, with good muscling. Enya is a well-balanced mare with free movement, a beautiful well set-on neck, good topline and powerful hip. She is a beautiful example of a Section A Mountain Pony.”

Supreme Champion and Res. Grand Champion Sport Pony: Sunburst Heart of Jubilee, 2-year-old Welsh Mountain Pony colt. Photo Credit: Michelle Walerius Photography.

Kasandra Miller’s two-year-old palomino Welsh Mountain Pony, Sunburst Heart of Jubilee (Sunwillow Jubilee x Young’s Heart Breaker by Young’s Country Rock), had a successful Saturday show under both judges, though Hilary Tolhurst gave the colt Supreme Champion Welsh. Hilary says, “My choice for Supreme Champion was a very nicely put together pony with a good topline, substance, movement, and with the presence of a true Welsh Mountain Pony. He was also my choice for sport pony—with a pony like this you have the basis of your sport pony breeding and competition, having bone, movement, and quality to either produce quality or to compete himself.”

More championship results are detailed below. A huge thanks to all of the Wild Rose Welsh & Open Pony Show’s exhibitors, sponsors, and volunteers who made the show possible.

The Wild Rose Welsh and Open Pony Show would like to thank the 2017 breeder/owner sponsors, who contributed to the show: ​Marit Stables/Kerry Marit, Alvesta Farm/Brenda Podolski (plus John & Mary), Rosegarland Welsh/Muriel & Dave Hill, Airth Farms Ltd./Linda Airth, Crignant Welsh/MaryAnn Isaacson & Elizabeth Eddington, SilverViews Welsh/Stacey Schaber, Wendy & Don Williams, Coyote Run Welsh Mountain Ponies/Brenda Harder, Elana Turner, Exeter Farm/Karen & Dean Chorney, Shannon Czajko, Tyalow Acres/Judy Owad and Nancy Haverstock.

As well, thank the wonderful companies and organizations giving back to their community through sponsorship: ​Welsh Pony & Cob Society of Canada, Trustori Inc, Saddle Up Magazine, Greenhawk Equestrian Sport, From Field to Show, Sweet Water Leather Care, Flashpoint Thermography, Horse-Canada, Hoffman’s Horse Products, Therapy Connection, BioEquine, The Chocolate Palomino, and Tail Spin Bracelets.

Res. Supreme Champion Welsh and Grand Champion Sport Pony: Pajon’s Royal Illusion, 11-year-old Welsh Section B stallion. Photo Credit: Michelle Walerius Photography.

Champions under Patricia Cochran

Welsh Gelding Champion: Alvesta Sedona, Alvesta Farm
Welsh Gelding Reserve Champion: Menai Step-On, Stacey Schaber

Section B Junior Champion: Arnaby Eloquence, Muriel Hill
Section B Reserve Junior Champion: Alvesta Sakari, Alvesta Farm

Section A Junior Champion: Sunburst Heart of Jubilee, Kasandra Miller
Section A Reserve Junior Champion: Coyote Run Erdyne, Brenda Harder

WELSH YOUNG STOCK CHAMPION: Sunburst Heart of Jubilee, Kasandra Miller
RESERVE WELSH YOUNG STOCK CHAMPION: Arnaby Eloquence, Muriel Hill

Section B Senior Champion: Alvesta Ever After, Alvesta Farm
Section B Reserve Senior Champion: Pajon’s Royal Illusion, Donna O’Neil

Section A Senior Champion: Coyote Run Enya, Brenda Harder
Section A Reserve Senior Champion: Coyote Run Frezno, Kerry Marit

SUPREME CHAMPION: Coyote Run Enya, Brenda Harder
RESERVE SUPREME CHAMPION: Sunburst Heart of Jubilee, Kasandra Miller

Sport Pony Junior Champion: Sunburst Heart of Jubilee, Kasandra Miller
Sport Pony Reserve Junior Champion: Alvesta Maya, Wendy Williams

Sport Pony Senior Champion: Berrylyn Alexi, Nancy Haverstock
Sport Pony Reserve Senior Champion: Coyote Run Enya, Brenda Harder

GRAND CHAMPION SPORT PONY: Berrylyn Alexi, Nancy Haverstock
RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION SPORT PONY: Coyote Run Enya, Brenda Harder

PLEASURE DRIVING CHAMPION: Menai Step-On, Stacey Schaber
PLEASURE DRIVING RESERVE CHAMPION: Evans Brockton Mountain, Muriel Hill

GRAND CHAMPION MODEL HUNTER PONY: Marsh Haven Fiona, Donna O’Neil
RES. GRAND CHAMPION MODEL HUNTER PONY: Alvesta Everlasting, Alvesta Farm

Champions under Hilary Tolhurst

Welsh Gelding Champion: Rosegarland Royal Troubadour, Tiffanie Hutnan
Welsh Gelding Reserve Champion: Alvesta Sedona, Alvesta Farm

Section B Junior Champion: Alvesta Sakari, Alvesta Farm
Section B Reserve Junior Champion: Alvesta Everlasting, Alvesta Farm

Section A Junior Champion: Sunburst Heart of Jubilee, Kasandra Miller
Section A Reserve Junior Champion: Alvesta Infinity, Alvesta Farm

WELSH YOUNG STOCK CHAMPION: Sunburst Heart of Jubilee, Kasandra Miller
RESERVE WELSH YOUNG STOCK CHAMPION: Alvesta Infinity, Alvesta Farm

Section B Senior Champion: Pajon’s Royal Illusion, Donna O’Neil
Section B Reserve Senior Champion: Alvesta Ever After, Alvesta Farm

Section A Senior Champion: Silverpine Jubilee, Stacey Schaber
Section A Reserve Senior Champion: Coyote Run Enya, Brenda Harder

SUPREME CHAMPION: Sunburst Heart of Jubilee, Kasandra Miller
RESERVE SUPREME CHAMPION: Pajon’s Royal Illusion

Sport Pony Junior Champion: Sunburst Heart of Jubilee, Kasandra Miller
Sport Pony Reserve Junior Champion: Alvesta Everlasting, Alvesta Farm

Sport Pony Senior Champion: Pajon’s Royal Illusion, Donna O’Neil
Sport Pony Reserve Senior Champion: Porsha, Quindy Watts

GRAND CHAMPION SPORT PONY: Pajon’s Royal Illusion, Donna O’Neil
RES. GRAND CHAMPION SPORT PONY: Sunburst Heart of Jubilee, Kasandra Miller

PLEASURE DRIVING CHAMPION: Coyote Run Frezno, Kerry Marit
PLEASURE DRIVING RESERVE CHAMPION: Evans Brockton Mountain, Muriel Hill

GRAND CHAMPION MODEL HUNTER PONY: Marsh Haven Fiona, Donna O’Neil
RES. GRAND CHAMPION MODEL HUNTER PONY: Alvesta Maya, Wendy Williams

Pleasure Driving Champion & Res. Welsh Gelding Champion: Menai Step-On 10-year-old Welsh Mountain Pony. Photo Credit: Michelle Walerius Photography