The Timelessness of Fringe

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Fringe is as much a part of cowboy culture as, say, denim and roper-heeled boots. While various tasseled styles, many of which have origins in First Nations culture, where fringe was first introduced as functional elements of design (the long strips of suede or leather worked to wick rainwater away from the body, for example) — these days, they are largely centred around making a fashion statement.

From jackets and chaps, to accent-hemmed skirts and even tassel-adorned handbags, fringe is one of the most identifiable elements of western wear today.

Photo by McKenzie Fotos.

But it’s not just riders who are buying into the look.

Thanks to the growing popularity in recent seasons of what’s being referred to by many fashion magazines as the “Americana” trend, fringed fashions have reemerged in mainstream style, as well. Several designers, such as the American brands Calvin Klein and Coach and the French brand CELINE, began prominently featuring fringe designs during their Spring/Summer 2018 collection shows. Appearing in various forms, from soft strands that fluttered in the breeze, to bold swaths of fabric swinging from the hem of mini dresses, the message was made clear: fringe has gone mainstream.

Photo by McKenzie Fotos.

And, ongoing appearances in the latest collections showed on the runways in recent months during fashion weeks in Milan, New York and Paris proves that it’s here to stay. And, fringe isn’t the only element of Western wear that’s seeping into mainstream fashion in 2019.

High fashion brands like CHANEL, Gucci and Dior have touched on elements of equestrian culture in recent seasons — moving away from more predictable influences of English riding styles such as polished field boots and sharply tailored hunt coats — instead, showcasing western-inspired elements such as prairie dresses, handkerchief neckties, yolked button-down shirts, denim-on-denim, cowboy boots and more.

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And the proliferation of such pieces has surely led to an increase in Hollywood celebrities popping up wearing the trend including Gwen Stefani, Kendall Jenner and  Rosie Huntington-Whitely, further introducing the western aesthetic to a broader audience of fashion fans.

Gwen Stefani at a recent performance in Las Vegas, NV. Photo by @imalazyj

So, while these  influences have enjoyed a long history of appearing and reappearing in mainstream fashion throughout the years, it’s safe to say that these western wear pieces are sure to continue to leave an impression on fashion, this year and beyond.

DOC WEST – Ranch Roping

Illustration by Dave Elston.

Doc West returns with his sage advice for the lost and lonely gunsel.

Q. Doc West, explain if you will, the nuances of difference between ranch roping and team roping?

A. The answer to this question if asked a few years ago would have been as simple as team roping is what the cowboys do at the rodeo, and ranch roping is what the cowboys do back at the ranch. Today however, ranch roping has grown into a popular “off circuit” competitive event that has reached an almost cultish status complete with its own set of rules and even governing associations. As a general observation both competitive events are similar in the sense a team (usually two, but sometimes three) of cowboys (or cowgirls) on horseback armed with ropes or lassos embark upon the act of roping a bovine. However, that is where the similarities end and the many differences begin: for example, team ropers rope a single isolated steer, ranch ropers pick a target out of a herd; team ropers start in the box and blast forward in pursuit of a running target, ranch ropers meander at a walk through a herd. Team roping is a timed event where runs are won or lost on a fraction of a second, ranch roping is scored on a point system of bonuses and penalties, so long as you get your calf roped within the time limit – a generous three or four minutes.
Differences in rules and regulations do little justice to what is a truer answer to such a question – a long meandering tale that does not easily lend itself to this column’s short and glossy smartly edited words, as it finds its beginnings 500 hundred years ago when conquistadors such as Cortes and Coronado and De Soto were the first explorers to bury into the North American continent in search of gold to take, but paradoxically leaving a much finer gift, the Spanish horse. Spain’s colonization of the new world brought with it the hacienda system of ranching, which gave life to the pillar of that system, the vaquero. Of Spanish origin and Mexican blood, the vaquero trailed up the Baja travelling the El Camino Real into California, where the gentle climate over time molded the California vaquero into its own unique creation – the “California Tradition” of the American cowboy. Later yet, when the big ranches in California started breaking up, many of the California vaqueros moved northward once again and spread out into the “Buckaroo-dom” of the great basin region of Nevada, Oregon and Idaho where the traditions evolved once more. As a collective, the California Tradition – the vaqueros and buckaroo’s are first and oldest cowboys – Spanish in origin and Mediterranean in mentality.
In the California tradition, style rules supreme – flat hats, silvered spade bits, rawhide romel reins, bossels and hackamores, elaborately finessed loops, and a horse tuned as finely as a Swiss watch. A vaquero was not just a hired cowpuncher, he was a caballero, a citizen, a gentleman, an aristocrat of the saddle. An emphasis on form and lifestyle permeated Spanish cowboying where cattle were moved leisurely over the rolling green hills, “it took as long as it took” – if it didn’t get done today, there was always mañana or tomorrow. Modern day ranch roping is a derivative of the vaquero traditions and those high plains riders, and the nature of the competition is rooted in the west coast mindset that faster is not always better; cattle were roped slowly, methodically and with as little stress on the animal as possible – 60-foot lariats are dallied to a leather wrapped pommel which allowed a soft catch and the ability to let loose if things got hairy.
The second part of this story finds its genesis in the mid 1800’s when Anglo settlers moved westward into historic Spanish territory and took up ranching, initially in the great plains of Texas. The English adopted the many of the fine vaquero cowboy traditions, however many of these were modified to adapt to a much more unforgiving environment and gave birth to what is known as the “Texas Tradition” – or as modern lore has coined simply as “the cowboy.” Over time the Texan style also spread – following the great cattle herds driven north up the Rockies eastern slopes into the wilds of Wyoming, Montana and across the 49th into Alberta and Saskatchewan. Cowboys of the Texas Tradition were practical individuals, not as concerned with the “how” as with the “is.” By way of example where the California Vaquero enjoyed a pleasant climate they could work all day and mañana too, by contrast most cowpunchers were beat by the panhandle sun into sweltering goo by noon, as such most cowboying needed to be done quickly and efficiently in the morning hours – there was no mañana for the Texas cowboy. Tack was practical and tough, durable clothing that could take thorns, basic working bits, heavy leather split reins, plain saddles, gritty cowponies and maybe a saddle gun too. The Texan roped hard and fast. The big “purdy” open country throws favoured by the buckaroos were impracticable in prairie scrub, cowboys ropes were shorter, throws were tighter and faster, ropes were often tied on to the saddle horn as dallying was deemed too slow and according to the seasoned cowpuncher were reserved for those afraid to commit. The team roping that we all see in rodeos is all about two things, making the catch and how fast you did it. In the Texan Tradition that’s all that mattered on the range and that’s all that matters in the arena.

Kevin Costner Among Notable Honorees Appearing at National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s 2019 Western Heritage Awards®

Annual ceremony recognizing outstanding contributions to Western culture will also honor Michael Martin Murphey, Howard Keel and Clark McEntire.

OKLAHOMA CITY — The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum will host the 59th annual Western Heritage Awards, April 12 – 13, 2019, in celebration of creative works in literature, music, film and television that reflect the significant stories of the Western genre. The Western Heritage Awards also celebrate the induction of individuals into the Museum’s esteemed halls of fame.

This year, legendary Hollywood actor Kevin Costner will be inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers along with notable musical and screen performer Howard Keel (1919 – 2004). Inductees into the Hall of Great Westerners for 2019 are Clark McEntire (1927 – 2014), three-time world champion steer roper and father of country music icon Reba McEntire, and George McJunkin (1851 – 1922), a cowboy and former slave who discovered the first Folsom archaeological site.

The 2019 Western Heritage Awards will also recognize Dave Stamey, cowboy entertainer and musician, with the Chester A. Reynolds Memorial Award. Named in honor of the Museum’s founder, this award is bestowed on a living honoree who has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to Western values and ideals. Singer and songwriter Michael Martin Murphey will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his nearly 50 years producing celebrated Western music. 

“As the preeminent recognition of quality in Western-themed works for nearly 60 years, the Western Heritage Awards celebrates and encourages the creation of Western literature, music and film with true merit,” said Museum President & CEO Natalie Shirley. “We are excited to once again honor a group of creative individuals who hold steadfast to Western ideals while creating new and groundbreaking works.”

Each award winner and inductee receives a Wrangler, an impressive bronze sculpture of a cowboy on horseback created by Oklahoma artist Harold T. Holden, a 2017 Hall of Great Westerners inductee.

The Western Heritage Awards festivities begin Friday, April 12 at 11:00 a.m. with a workshop featuring Emmy-winning makeup artist Michael F. Blake that is free to the public with Museum admission. This is followed by a cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m. and an autograph session with honorees at 6:00 p.m.

On Saturday, April 13 at 11:00 a.m. is the Western Heritage Awards Panel Discussion, which is also free to the public with Museum admission. The Western Heritage Awards Cocktail Hour begins at 5:00 p.m., followed by dinner service and the awards ceremony at 6:00 p.m. Reservations are required for all evening events, with discounts available to Museum members. For additional information or to make reservations visit or contact Kaylia McCracken, Events Coordinator, at (405) 478-2250 ext. 218.

Western Heritage Award sponsors to date include, Promoting Sponsors: The Chickasaw Nation, Compellier, IBC Bank and JE Dunn; Inductee Sponsors: Linda M. Davis, Mr. and Mrs. Mike Ingram, Mr. Brent Cummings, Mrs. Howard Keel, Robert A. Funk and Express Ranches and Wyatt and Lisa McCrea; Museum Partners: Devon Energy Corp. and E.L. and Thelma Gaylord Foundation; and Community Sponsors: Allied Arts, Arvest Bank, Continental Resources, OG&E, Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau and MassMutual Oklahoma. Sponsorship opportunities remain available; for more information visit or contact Trent Riley, Membership Manager, at or (405) 478-2250 ext. 251.

The full list of 2019 inductees and honorees includes:

Hall of Great Western Performers Inductees:

• Kevin Costner

• Howard Keel (1919 – 2014)

Hall of Great Westerners Inductees:

• Clark McEntire (1927 – 2004)

• George McJunkin (1851 – 1922)

Chester A. Reynolds Award Recipient: Dave Stamey

Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient: Michael Martin Murphey

Literary Awards

• Western Novel: The Hunger by Alma Katsu, published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

• Nonfiction Book: The Woolly West: Colorado’s Hidden History of Sheepscapes by Andrew Gulliford, published by Texas A&M University Press

• Art/Photography Book: Living Beneath the Colorado Peaks – The Story of Knapp Ranch, by Betsy Knapp, Bud Knapp and Sarah Chase Shaw, illustrated by Todd Winslow Pierce, published by Knapp Press

• Juvenile Book: Hardscrabble by Sandra Dallas, published by Sleeping Bear Press

• Magazine Article: “Long Live the King,” Western Horseman, by Christine Hamilton, Ross Hecox and Susan Morrison, published by Ernie King

• Poetry Book: Landscapes, with Horses by Mark Sanders, illustrated by Charles D. Jones, published by Stephen F. Austin State University Press

Music Awards

• Original Western Composition: “Frontier Symphony,” recording artists Jeff Lippencott with the 46onier Festival Orchestra, composed by Jeff Lippencott

• Traditional Western Album: Sunset on the Rio Grande Revisited, recording artist Syd Masters

• New Horizon: “I’ll Ride Thru It,” recording artist Deanna McCall, produced by Randy Huston and Jim Jones

Film & Television Awards

• Fictional Drama: “A Monster is Among Us”, Yellowstone, S1, E7, starring Kevin Costner, directed and written by Taylor Sheridan, produced by Paramount Network

• Western Lifestyle Program: Red Steagall is Somewhere West of Wall Street, starring Red Steagall, produced by West of Wall Street Film Company

• Theatrical Motion Picture: Ballad of Buster Scruggs starring Tim Blake Nelson, directed and written by Ethan and Joel Coen, produced by Netflix

• Documentary: UmoNhoN Iye The Omaha Speaking, directed and written by Brigitte Timmerman, produced by Range Films, LLC

About the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City is America’s premier institution of Western history, art and culture. Founded in 1955, the Museum collects, preserves and exhibits an internationally renowned collection of Western art and artifacts while sponsoring dynamic educational programs to stimulate interest in the enduring legacy of the American West. For more information, visit

Espresso Granita 

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Host a fabulous New Year’s Eve gathering this year, with this special dessert made just for congregating. Granita is a coarse, Italian-style flavored ice. Topped with an espresso pudding-like layer and served with Beignets for dipping, this is one dish your guests won’t be able to stay away from as you ring in 2019!

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½ cup sugar

2 cups brewed espresso

Add sugar to hot espresso and stir until dissolved.

When espresso has cooled, place in a 9 x 13″ Pyrex baking dish and put in the freezer. Let sit in freezer until ice crystals start to form (approximately 45 minutes.) Remove from the freezer. Using a fork, stir the ice crystals from the edges of the dish to the center. Return to freezer. Repeat every 30 minutes until the liquid has frozen into a nice soft crystal (approximately 2 hours). Store in freezer until it is time to serve.

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2 cups Sugar

2 cups Brewed Espresso

Combine ingredients in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer for 25 minutes until the liquid comes to a syrup consistency.

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This part of the dessert is made just before serving the dish.

6 Egg Yolks

1/3 cup Amaretto

3 tablespoons Sugar

Combine ingredients in a stainless steel bowl and whisk over over simmering water vigorously until thickened (about five minutes total.) When thickened, place over an ice bath and whisk. You need to cool it down before you finish the dessert. Whisk over ice bath for 2 to 3 minutes.

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2 ¼ teaspoon Active Dry yeast

1 ½ half cups Warm Water

½ cup Sugar

1 teaspoon Salt

2 Eggs

1 cup Evaporated Milk

7 cups All Purpose Flour

¼ cup Shortening

¼ cup Confectioners Sugar

In a large bowl dissolve yeast in warm water. Add sugar, salt, eggs and milk and blend well. Mix in 4 cups of flour and beat until smooth and then the remaining 3 cups of flour. Cover and chill up to 24 hours. Roll dough out to 1/8 inch thick and cut into 2 ½ inch squares, fry in 360 degree Fahrenheit oil. Drain on to paper towel. Sprinkle with confectioners sugar while hot.

To make the dish:

Fill a rocks glass half-way up with Granita. Place in freezer until Zabaglione is ready. Drizzle espresso syrup over the Granita then fill the glass with the cooled Zabaglione. Place on a plate next to the Beignets for dipping. Serve with a spoon and enjoy.  

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Make Plans for the 2019 Saskatchewan Equine Expo

The Saskatchewan Equine Expo includes thrilling equine demonstrations, like mounted shooting.

The 8th Annual Saskatchewan Equine Expo takes place February 14-17, 2019 at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon, SK. The event is produced by Prairieland Park Agriculture department in partnership with volunteers from Saskatchewan Horse Federation, the Western College of Veterinary Medicine and various equine breed groups.

The event presents equine related lectures, presentations, demonstrations, entertainment and a full industry-related trade show. As a participant or spectator, you can experience the newest equine products, techniques and technology.

In 2019 enjoy a feature demonstration from Jonathan Field, a world renowned horseman and clinician. Field has been featured on national TV, in major equine publications, has authored a book titled ‘The Art of Liberty’ and was the recipient of the Jack Brainard Horsemanship award for overall horsemanship during the International colt starting competition “Road to the Horse”. 

The NAERIC Trainer’s Challenge also returns this year with trainers, Scott Todd, Jason Irwin and Amos Abrahamson vying for top honours in the colt starting.

Other fun activities for the equine enthusiast include the Equine Extravaganza, Off-Track Thoroughbred Challenge and trade show.

The NAERIC Trainer’s Challenge is an exciting colt starting competition with three top trainers from across Canada.

Tickets are on sale now and the show includes the extravaganza, tradeshow, demonstrations and clinics and can be found here:

A schedule of events can be found here:

Within the Saskatchewan horse industry a need exists for a quality event that will showcase the newest technological advances, the latest developments in equine health, and a demonstration of horsemanship excellence that is equally entertaining and educational.

Saskatchewan Equine Expo will celebrate the diversity of the equine industry with the live demonstrations, breeds on display, and events featuring outstanding horsemen and women on February 14-17, 2019, Make plans to be there!

The Off-Track Thoroughbred Challenge takes an English twist on the predominately western-dominated colt starting challenges.

Pozzobon Rip(p)s It Up at the WNFR

Courtesy of the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association

While several of the Canadian storylines were exciting at the 60th annual Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, none was more so then the one featuring first-time qualifier, Carman Pozzobon. The British Columbia cowgirl, riding her talented mare Ripp, (Ripn Lady), posted her fastest time of the week, a 13.68 for third in the round and a cheque for $15,653. But more importantly, Pozzobon was the only cowgirl to keep the barrels standing through all ten rounds, which means that in addition to her three go-round placings, Pozzobon won the first-place aggregate cheque of $67,269 to garner her over $117,884 in Vegas. That left her in 4th place overall (she came to the WNFR in 15th place) with a season money total of $204,831.

But the last night was not without a little drama as Pozzobon and Ripp brushed one of the barrels, putting it on tilt and dangerously close to a costly five second penalty. “I looked back at that barrel and said you better stay up, damn it,” Pozzobon laughed after the run. And like so many barrel racers she was quick to credit her horse. “I don’t know how she did it,” the 2017 Canadian Champion admitted. “Even when I was falling apart, she was the one that was keeping it together. She’s amazing.”

It was Cotulla, Texas cowgirl Hailey Kinsel who won her first world title. Though she finished out of the money in the final round, Kinsel was dominant over the ten days with four go-round wins en route to the championship and a record $350,699 in season earnings.

Tim O’Connell was the first World Champion crowned on Saturday night. The talented Zwingle, Iowa bareback rider made it three in a row as he put the finishing touches on another brilliant season with a round ten 5/6 split 87–point ride on a J Bar J bucker called All Pink. That ride propelled O’Connell to a ½ split of the aggregate and a season total of $319,801 – a $63,000 margin of victory over second place man Steven Dent of Mullen, Nebraska who was the other half of the aggregate split with O’Connell. The lone Canadian in the field, Manitoba’s Orin Larsen, fashioned a remarkable story of his own as he overcame the effects of knee surgery just three weeks before the Finals to finish eighth in the aggregate with $92,000 earned over the ten days of the WNFR. The likable four-time finalist won round seven at the Thomas and Mack Arena and placed in four other rounds en route to wrapping up the season in eighth spot with $222,732 in overall earnings.

Tyler Waguespack of Gonzales, Louisiana won the second steer wrestling title of his career. The newly-wed Cajun’s 5.1-second run was out of the money in the final round that was won by Nick Guy with a 3.7. But Waguespack finished first in the average and collected $260,000 for his season total to give him a comfortable $43,000 cushion over the second place man, Montana’s Bridger Chambers. The two Canadian qualifiers, Curtis Cassidy and Scott Guenthner both finished out of the money in the final round. Cassidy, the Donalda, Alberta man who owns 12 Canadian titles, came to Las Vegas as the number one man in the world standings and finished up 4th overall with $188,355. Guenthner, the Provost, Alberta product and newly-crowned Canadian titleist finished just $1,500 behind Cassidy in fifth place overall. Guenthner took home a tidy $94,000 from Las Vegas with Cassidy pocketing $82,000.

It was a tough night for the two Canadian saddle bronc riders in round ten of the Finals. Two-time and reigning Canadian Champion Clay Elliot bucked off in round ten at the seven second mark. Nevertheless, the Nanton cowboy placed in three rounds and will take $44,692 back to Canada as he finished up 10th in the world standings. 2016 World Champion, Zeke Thurston, was also bucked off in round ten and while that spelled an end to the Big Valley cowboy’s championship aspirations, Thurston placed in eight rounds, including a couple of go-round wins, for $149,400 as he finished up 3rd in both the aggregate and world standings.

The saddle bronc title went to the popular Wade Sundell, sending two world championship buckles to Iowa competitors. Sundell was 87.5 for 4th in the round ten. That gave him second in the aggregate and when Rusty Wright was disqualified for missing out the Calgary Stampede’s Wild Cherry, the race was over and Sundell was the champion for the first time in his outstanding career.

Clay Smith and Paul Eaves won their first World title in a ‘down to the wire’ final round in the team roping. Though the talented team has been in the lead in the World standings for most of the 10 day Final – picking up two round wins and 5 additional placings along the way – the title was determined tonight in a close race that saw Kaleb Driggers and Junior Nogueira put the pressure on with a 4.1 second run – good for second in the round. Smith and Eaves roped in 4.4 – which gave them third in the round and third in the average… $174,576 each in WNFR earnings, $289,921 overall and the title. And despite not placing in Round 10, Aaron Tsinigine and Trey Yates stayed in the lead to win the Aggregate – courtesy of a very consistent ten day run – with placings in 7 of 10 rounds for $128,461 each. Tsinigine ended his year in with $212,506 and Yates with $226,900 – 3rd in the World overall standings.

Prior to the final round of this Finals, the big question making the rounds was, “What’s wrong with Sage Kimzey?” The four-time champion bull rider had come to Las Vegas with an insurmountable lead but he’d struggled through the first nine rounds, riding only three of his bulls. But on Saturday night, Kimzey answered the question about what was wrong with the Texas superstar. The answer—nothing.

Kimzey rode Beutler and Son’s Record Rack’s Shootin’ Stars to the highest bull riding score of the week—93 points. The Strong City, Oklahoma talent won his fifth title in his five year career and finished up with an amazing $415,252.

It came down to the final round in the tie-down roping before Caleb Smidt was declared both the World Champion and the Aggregate winner. The Huntsville, Texas cowboy, who won his first title in 2015, placed in 6 out of 10 rounds (83.70 seconds on ten head) for a total of $142,846 in WNFR earnings and $232,817 for the year. Tonight’s round was won by the legendary Trevor Brazile who roped in 7.2 seconds.

In fact, it was a fitting conclusion to one of the greatest stories in the history of rodeo. Trevor Brazile, the “King of the Cowboys” announced earlier in the week that he was reducing his schedule after this year in order to focus more time on his family. And in a script only he could write, the brilliant Texan won one more title, his 24th, this one the All-Around championship with $336,679 giving him $25,000 more than brother-in-law, Tuf Cooper. That dollar margin was almost exactly the difference between Brazile’s final round winning run in the tie-down roping and Cooper’s no-time, the result of a disqualification for a jerk-down of the calf.

For WNFR final results, stories and highlights, go to

Canadians Go Six For Six On Canada Night

Courtesy of the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association

Every year on Canada Night (Round 8 of the WNFR), Canadian flags are an even bigger part of the action than they are during the other nine performances. 

And, with all six Canadian competitors getting to the pay window, Canadian fans were on top of the rodeo world.

In the bareback riding, Canada’s Orin Larsen followed up his 7th go-round win with an 87 point ride on Hi Lo ProRodeo’s Pretty Woman, good for third in round 8 and a $15,653 injection into the Larsen bank account. That ride moved the Manitoba product to 8th place in the aggregate (average) and third in the world standings with only Caleb Bennett and defending world champion Tim O’Connell ahead of him on the season leaderboard. Shane O’Connell of Rapid City, South Dakota won the round with an 89. 

Both Canadian steer wrestlers got to the pay window on Thursday night with Provost bulldogger, Scott Guenthner checking in with a 4.0 for third place while Donalda, Alberta’s Curtis Cassidy added a $4230 6th place cheque to his WNFR earnings. After eight rounds 2016 World Champion Tyler Waguespack has gone to the lead in the world standings, dropping Cassidy, (who at the moment is out of the aggregate) to second place. But first time finalist Will Lummus, from West Point, Mississippi, has placed in seven of eight rounds, leads the average and sits in 3rd place overall, just $14,000 behind Waguespack. Guenthner, coming off his first Canadian championship just a month ago, moved up one spot to fourth overall but sits well back in 8th place in the average. 

The Canadian successes continued in the saddle bronc riding as two-time and reigning Canadian Champion Clay Elliott of Nanton enjoyed his best moment of the Finals so far with a sparkling 87.5 point ride on C5 Rodeo’s Black Hills, good for 4th place and $11,000. 2016 World Champion, Zeke Thurston, was right behind his teammate with an 86.5 point effort on Bailey Pro Rodeo’s James Bond. Elliott’s $6769 payday keeps him 4th in the aggregate and 6th in the world standings. Rusty Wright and Chase Brooks spilt the round with a pair of 90 point rides, which has become almost the commonplace winning score in the bronc riding this year. While Ryder Wright continues to sit atop the season leaderboard, there are several cowboys in hot pursuit including Thurston, the Water Valley, Alberta hand, who sits 6th overall but a strong 4th in the aggregate. Elliott is also in the aggregate at present, in sixth spot, and sits 10th overall.

But on Canada night, the Canadian contingent saved the best for the last. With the pressure mounting in the barrel racing event as contestants have struggled to keep the barrels up, Texan, Taci Bettis, earned her first round win of 2018 with a 13.57 second run. But Canada’s Carman Pozzobon took full advantage of her number one position on the ground as she ran her best time of the Finals so far – 13.70 and turned in her eighth clean run. With Jessica Routier hitting a barrel, the British Columbia cowgirl and her tremendous mare, Ripp (Ripn Lady), moved to number one in the very lucrative ($67,000 for first) aggregate. Texan Hailey Kinsel remains first overall.

Team ropers Bubba Buckaloo and Chase Tryan enjoyed the Round 8 win with a smoking 3.6 second run – the fastest time so far. And Clay Smith and Paul Eaves maintained their first place world standings ranking – a position they’ve held for the last three rounds – courtesy in part of a share of 2/3/4 tonight with a 4.1 second time – which paid $15,794 per man. And they sit fourth in the aggregate. 2015 World Champion header, Aaron Tsinigine, and heeling partner, Trey Yates, are still first in the aggregate (59.40/8) and hold down ninth and sixth respectively overall. Among the strongest contenders for a world title with only two rounds remaining appear to be the teams of Smith and Eaves and Kaleb Driggers/Junior Nogueira (who despite not placing in round 8) are still second in in the average and second in the world.

In the tie-down roping, Ryan Jarrett, the 2004 World Champion, got off to a slow start at this Finals but has been lights out in the last three rounds including winning round 8 with a 7.3 second time giving him $55,000 over the last three performances. Three-time champion Tuf Cooper continues to lead the world and benefited from an inadvertent quick flag from the officials that gave him a 7.4 second split of 2nd and 3rd in the round. As well, the Texas superstar has closed to within $1000 of brother-in-law Trevor Brazile in the All-Around race.

The bull riding event was considered a lock before the WNFR began with the twenty-four year-old four-time champion, Sage Kimzey, having won over $300,000 before the week got underway. After round eight that saw Kimzey buck off for the fifth time in eight trips, the talented Texan is still in the driver’s seat but credit Chase Dougherty and Joe Frost with making it interesting. Dougherty, the Oregon bull rider, at his first WNFR, sits first in the average and 3rd overall with Frost, from Randlett, Utah, now sitting first in the average and 4th overall.

For WNFR detailed results, daily stock draws, stories and highlights, go to

About the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association

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 September 26-27 at Stampede Park in Calgary, Alberta and their premiere event – the Canadian Finals Rodeo (CFR) – at the ENMAX Centrium, Westerner Park in Red Deer, Alberta, October 29 – November 3. Follow the CPRA on Twitter and Instagram @prorodeocanada, ‘Like’ Canadian Professional Rodeo Association on Facebook or online at

The Tahoe Verona

Are you still looking for the perfect gift for the horseman or woman in your life? The new ‘Tahoe’ shank from Tom Balding finds inspiration in the Vaquero style that is part of California’s history. This beautifully crafted bit features a Tahoe© shank in a stainless finish with antiqued silver engraved plates and dots. This shank measures 8″. The mouthpiece is Balding’s Verona© with roller.

The Verona© mouthpiece with roller.

When you’ve made a decision and are ready to place your order, you may want to consider extras, such as initials or brands to customize your bits. The ultimate, personalized gift! Plus, Tom Balding Bits and Spurs does offer rush delivery. 

Call them at 307-672-8459 or e-mail for more information.

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Holiday Giving – For Her


Stuck on the perfect gift idea for her? In this four-part blog series, Western Horse Review has rounded up several of our favorite tidings of joy. This is Christmas shopping made easy! You’re welcome.

By Louisa Murch White & Jenn Webster


POP SOCKETS – Never drop your phone again with these sweet handcrafted, Canadian-made pop sockets from Sweet Iron Silver. Sterling silver and can be personalized. Starting at $95


WILD RAGS – Wrap yourself or a loved one in the warmth of a 100% silk wild rag from Brown Creek this winter. Starting at $55


Credit Twisted Tree Photography.

ANYTHING FROM SCOTT HARDY – Looking for something that is truly special? She’ll love anything from renowned silversmith, Scott Hardy. From custom-made buckles, to jewelry, to flasks or saddle silver, Hardy has the perfect signature piece for your one of a kind. Inquire for pricing.


WHR NECK WRAP – Wrap yourself in one of these neck wraps, hand-made in Canada by Janine’s Custom Creations exclusively for Western Horse Review. Crafted from real Pendleton® Blankets, these wraps are stylishly functional and look attractive with any style of outerwear. Light weight and lined with a soft sherpa for comfort and warmth. Easy snap closures. With fringe or without. Can be worn over the shoulders or as a wrap. Many colors and styles to choose from.


CREDIT: Twisted Tree Photography. All hats from Smithbilt Hats. Tan hat with beadwork is a custom design by @thechiefsdaughter_.

CUSTOM HAT – The right hat is the perfect way to accentuate her western lifestyle. Choose from a variety of styles and colours at Smithbilt Hats to compliment her unique sense of style. Inquire for pricing.


YOU CAN’T GO WRONG WITH TURQUOISE – Featuring one of the largest selections of high quality, vintage, Native American turquoise and sterling silver jewelry from Navajo, Zuni and Hopi artists, the Lost American Art Gallery & Museum has some truly exquisite pieces. Inquire for pricing.


SEW CUTE KITS – These adorable mason jar sewing kits from Cattle Cait are the perfect stocking stuffer for the crafty lady in your life. Handmade from 100% recycled wool and jars, each kit contains needles, pins, buttons, a measuring tape and thread. $30.


JUST RIDE TEE – This stylish, ladies slim-fit graphic tee pairs perfectly with her favourite denim! Navy blue and 100% ringspun cotton, from Tonic Equestrian. $25.


BETTY & JOLENE JEAN – Canada’s #1 western retailer Lammle’s Western Wear & Tack, is now carrying Kimes Ranch Jeans! Two women’s styles, the classic Betty and the stylish Jolene, are the first to be offered both in-store and online through the Lammle’s website at


HANDMADE STOCKINGS – Crafted from real Pendleton® Blankets by Janine’s Custom Creations exclusively for Western Horse Review Boutique, these beautiful stockings show off your western heritage. Fill them with all kinds of Christmas goodies and admire the elegance of your mantle as you do. ($60)