4-H Shows off Projects

The 13th annual presentations of the Manitoba 4-H Young Horse Development Project (YHDP) were held September 6 at the Westoba Agricultural Centre of Excellence, in Brandon, Manitoba. The YHD Project, launched in 1998, is a joint initiative of Manitoba 4-H and the Manitoba Equine Ranching Association (MERA) and the Saskatchewan Equine Ranching Association (SERA), both members of the North American Equine Ranching Information Council (NAERIC). The project provides a venue for senior 4-H members to demonstrate their knowledge gained through the 4-H Equine Program, as well as to showcase the stock being bred and raised on Manitoba’s equine ranches.

Each year, interested senior 4-H members (14 years of age by January 1 of the current year) apply to the YHD Project’s Working Committee. Upon selection, members are given a list of participating MERA and SERA ranchers from whom they may purchase a weanling. The YHD Project involves a two-year commitment, and teaches 4-H members valuable life skills about taking responsibility, setting goals, and applying their knowledge gained. Members raise and train their horses with the objective of presenting them as a yearling “in hand”, and as a two- year-old “under saddle”.  Members receive an Enhancement Fund payout based on their individual efforts so that the experience of their presentation will be self-evaluated on the elements of basic showmanship skills, conditioning of the horses, and their abilities to teach their horses to work on a longe line and to load into a trailer.

Group photograph of yearling presenters, from left to right: Kevin McCullough, Carla Plett, Molly Jay, Monica Coffey, Geralea De Yaegher, Evelin Isenschmid, Heather Woodcock, Evaluator: Bev McLeod.

Kevin McCullough, 15, of Carmen, Manitoba, is in grade eleven at Carmen Collegiate. Kevin presented his yearling Quarter Horse gelding, Doc N Peppy, “in hand”. Kevin said, “I chose my yearling because I liked everything about him. I liked his pedigree and I wanted a gelding. I need a performance horse for rodeo events as I’m planning to team rope with him at High School rodeos and local events in the future.” Kevin grew up with horses, has been a team roper for two years, and has been in 4-H since he was nine. This is Kevin’s first time to participate in the YHD Project. “So far, this project has taught me how to properly train a young horse. I learned on an older horse first, but needed to know how to handle and train a young prospect.” Kevin chose Doc N Peppy from an offering of weanlings bred by by D5 Performance Horses at Miniota, Manitoba, owned by Dean and Debbie Fenty.

Kevin McCullough and Doc N Peppy. Photo Courtesy: Marnie Somers

Following each group’s presentations, YHD Project evaluator Bev McLeod of Brandon, Manitoba, provided constructive criticism to the 4-H members, relative to the project’s scoring criteria and indicating what she, as an evaluator, was looking for in their presentations. She said, “As far as advice to these presenters, I suggested the yearling handlers pay attention to the two-year-old handlers – what they did and how they looked. They would be able to tell by watching the others who stood out. They could also go to other horse shows and see who is placing and how they present themselves.”

Group photograph of two-year-old presenters, from left to right: Allison Fisher, Jessica Funk,Amy Bartley, Joel Lewis, Monica Coffey, Jenna Cook, Geralea De Yaegher, Aaron Lewis, JamiWorms, Kassidy Petruk, Evaluator: Bev McLeod

Ten 4-H members presented their two-year-old Quarter Horses, a Paint Horse, and a Thoroughbred-Percheron crossbred, “under saddle”. Each horse and rider was scored based on their individual performance over a predetermined horsemanship pattern.  Each member received a copy of their evaluation, a tri-coloured neck banner and a trophy horse cooler, sponsored by NAERIC.

Jessica Funk, 16, is in grade 11 at Goose Lake High School in Roblin, Manitoba. Jessica presented her two-year-old Quarter Horse gelding, DF Quincy Streak, also bred by Dean and Debby Fenty,  “under saddle”. Jessica said, “I chose my gelding because I liked him when I saw him out in the pasture. He was nice looking, with good conformation and bones and his papers were pretty good. He’s more of a ranch type horse, which is what I wanted because I need an all-around horse. I’m going to try Barrel Racing with him, because he has lots of speed. I learned that it takes a lot of patience and horsemanship skills to start a young colt.  This YHD project has been good for me. It’s my first time through with a young horse and will be helpful in the future because I can use this experience to start colts for myself.”

Jessica Funk and DF Quincy Streak. Photo Courtesy: Marnie Somers

Allison Fisher, 16, is in grade 11 at Dauphin Collegiate in Dauphin, Manitoba. Allison presented her two-year-old gelding, RF Blue N Smooth, bred by Royston Farms in Russel, Manitoba. Allison said, “I chose my gelding because he’s pretty, well balanced and has good muscle. I plan to keep him and use him in Ranch Horse Versatility competitions.” Allison already competes at fairs, in rodeos and in Ranch Horse competitions with the Southwest Ranch Horse Association. She’s an all-around competitor who exhibits in both english and western tack and even does goat-tying. She said, “I learned you need lots of patience with a young horse. It takes lots of time and feel to get what you want out them. This was a great learning experience for me as my future plans are to become a large animal veterinarian.”

Allison Fisher and RF Blue N Smooth. Photo Courtesy: Marnie Somers

Leanne Sprung, 4-H & Youth Specialist, Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives, Brandon, Manitoba said, “We have a total of 2,556 Manitoba 4-H members in 2009-2010, and 522 equine projects were undertaken. This project provides an opportunity for members to establish relationships with Manitoba and Saskatchewan equine ranchers and to own and develop a young horse. The members gain advanced skills in selecting, feed and handling horses and an increased awareness of the equine industry.”

Lynn Coffey, the Chairperson of the YHD Project’s Working Committee said, “There were nine senior 4-H members approved to select weanlings in 2010, since we have a commitment from MERA and SERA ranchers and NAERIC to continue this program through to the 2012 ‘under saddle’ presentations. We are grateful to MERA and SERA for sponsoring the fees to cover our project evaluator. We also appreciate the ongoing support of the individual equine ranchers who offer their weanlings, and NAERIC for sponsoring the cost of awards, facilities – including the arena and stabling, post event press releases, and colour photographs for the members and ranchers, and for administering the YHDP Enhancement funds.”

Approximately one-half of the 4-H members intend to keep their project horses for pleasure or showing in the future. The other half indicated they expect to sell their project horses.

For more information regarding the 4-H Young Horse Development Project, and to view photographs of all the 4-H members with their horses visit: www.naeric.org.

Stampede 4-H Rodeo

Wavelengths aren’t confined to the world of physics. To enjoy true success in the saddle, it takes two . . . riding in unity, reading each other’s thoughts.

“Understanding your horse does play a huge role in rodeo,” said Jonathan Wrubleski, 16, of Leduc, Alta., under the Calgary Stampede’s Big Top on Sunday afternoon. “It helped me win today.”

Jonathan Wrubleski of Leduc, Alta., shows winning form on Beau in capturing the senior breakaway roping class during the Calgary Stampede's 13th annual Invitational 4-H Rodeo on Sunday, Sept. 19 under the Big Top. Photo credit: Calgary Stampede

The Stampede held its 13th annual Invitational 4-H Rodeo, sponsored by Westcan Bulk Transport and Lammle’s Western Wear and Tack, over the weekend – with more than 100 youngsters, aged 9 through 20 and representing thirty 4-H clubs from across Alberta, congregating at Stampede Park for the two-day event.

For many, the Stampede’s annual youth invitational affair is an entry point into the world of rodeo, and these young cowboys and cowgirls tested their chops with both timed events (barrel racing, pole bending, and thread-the-needle) and roughstock events (breakaway roping, goat tying, and cow riding).

In recent years, education has become an increasingly important aspect of the Stampede’s 4-H Rodeo, and this past weekend’s event featured an intriguing Saturday-morning seminar on the subject of horse harmony — a “horse personalities” clinic by Dessa Hockley of Millarville, Alta., author of the book Is Your Horse a Rock Star?

“We keep it fun and lighthearted. I don’t get too serious with it. But it helps people understand what kind of a career a horse will be best suited for, based on its personality,” says Hockley, whose book is based on Myers-Briggs assessments of personality type and cognitive style, and came from an idea proposed by Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Jane Smiley. “It’s about listening to your horse, understanding who they are, and making sure they’re happy in their job by changing your approach to them.”

So what about these horses down at Stampede Park? What about their personality types? Were they rock stars? Accountants? Wallflowers? Macho men?

“He’s a reluctant rock star,” said Wrubleski of Beau, a 16-year-old quarter-horse gelding owned by his sister, who carried him to the senior breakaway roping championship, for contestants aged 15 through 20, in 6.1 seconds. “He’s nice and laid back, and when he has to get to the punch line, to get something done, he has the get-up-and-go to do it, which really helped today.

“Beau tracked the calf coming right out of the chute, tracked him quite nice, just put me in the spot to catch the calf.”

Laramie Hlus, 16, of Innisfree, Alta., captured the senior pole-bending event — head-to-head runs involving slalom racing and straight-out speed — on Saturday aboard Joe, an 11-year-old quarter-horse gelding formerly ridden by her mom, in a time of 19.24 seconds.

“He’s a ‘boss’ type of horse. He likes to do his job, but he’s not a ‘horsey’ kind of horse . . . he doesn’t really want to interact with anyone else,” said Hlus. “He had a really great run. He turned the end poles perfectly . . . nothing really seemed to bother him. Just a perfect run.”

Coralee Shantz, of High River, and Sprite negotiate the pole-bending course at the Calgary Stampede's 13th annual Invitational 4-H Rodeo on Saturday, Sept. 18 under the Big Top. Photo credit: Calgary Stampede

The 13th annual Stampede 4-H Rodeo also offered seminars in goat tying by Lindsay Miller, biosecurity by Dr. Ted Shacklady, sports medicine by Mark Barrett, cow riding by Dave Shields, calf roping by Shawn Miller, and horsemanship for barrel racers by Suzanne Randle DePaoli of Longview, Alta.

“It’s about enjoying your horse, knowing your horse, and how to do the perfect barrel pattern,” says Randle DePaoli, a multi-time contestant at the Calgary Stampede and Canadian Finals Rodeo. “Horses are just so powerful and wonderful to be around. And willing . . . most horses are very willing.”

In Saturday’s senior thread-the-needle event — negotiating a tight corridor, circumscribing a pole at the end of the course, and returning down the same corridor — Calgary’s Anna Gunn and Rosie emerged victorious in a time of 7.55 seconds. Desirae Jackson of Sundre teamed up with Casper to win the intermediate division, for competitors aged 12 through 14, in 7.71 seconds, while Airdrie’s Logan Berreth won the junior title (ages 9 to 11) aboard Fargo in 9.15. Also Saturday, Kimberly Tammaro of De Winton won her second straight senior barrel-racing title on Cherish in 14.61 seconds. Fallon Jenkins of Ponoka and Casey were intermediate champs in 15.1, while Saige Jackson of Sundre and Nugget claimed the junior division in 15.24. Nicole Lausen of Carseland won intermediate pole-bending aboard Freebie in 20.35, and Taylor Drake of Kathyrn rode Docs Nanking Dodger to victory in junior poles in 21.11.

Desirae Jackson of Sundre and Casper make a turn in the intermediate barrel racing category at the Calgary Stampede's 13th annual Invitational 4-H Rodeo on Saturday, Sept. 18 under the Big Top. The duo would later win the intermediate thread-the-needle event. Photo credit: Calgary Stampede

On Sunday, Amarie White of Consort and Skip & Kraimer teamed up to win senior goat tying in 13.67 seconds, while Kelsey Hallett of Big Valley won the intermediate division aboard Missy in 10.85. Calgary’s Jordan Mitchell claimed senior cow riding with an 80-point ride; Laramie’s brother Bailey Hlus of Innisfree was intermediate champ, also scoring 80 points. Tye Werk of Bowden emerged as intermediate breakaway roping champ on Busch, stopping the clock in 3.16 seconds.

Wace Pallesen of Strathmore holds on tight during cow riding action at the Calgary Stampede's 13th annual Invitational 4-H Rodeo on Sunday, Sept. 19 under the Big Top. Photo credit: Calgary Stampede

“In our eyes, this year’s event was really quite successful. The kids had the opportunity to do some really good workshops, and then they got turned loose to practise everything in the next two days,” said Laura Frank, a member of the Stampede’s Invitational 4-H Rodeo committee. “We see success with this rodeo when kids come from all over the province, like they did this year. From way up north to way down south, making the long trip to Calgary . . . that just demonstrates the quality of the event.”

Education and Encouragement

Education is a key element of the Calgary Stampede’s annual Invitational 4-H Rodeo, with rodeo experts tutoring teens on everything from horsemanship to sports medicine to biosecurity. Credit: Calgary Stampede

Rodeo rapport. Lindsay Miller felt it at the age of 10 during her very first spin round the infield dirt at a 4-H affair in Hanna, Alta., and she makes sure it’s an essential part of the curriculum every time the Calgary Stampede Invitational 4-H Rodeo comes around.

“I always remember the hosting environment of 4-H Rodeos when I first started out,” says Miller, of Dalemead, Alta., who went on to show in high school and college rodeos, and currently competes in the Canadian All Girl Rodeo Association. “It was a great environment. Everyone always showed encouragement, and it was OK to be starting at a place where you didn’t necessarily understand the event.

“People were always willing to help walk you through it, and encourage you to keep working at it.”

Encouragement and education remain the cornerstones of the Stampede’s Invitational 4-H Rodeo, sponsored by Westcan Bulk Transport and Lammle’s Western Wear and Tack, which will hold its 13th annual edition under the Big Top on Saturday, Sept. 18 and Sunday, Sept. 19. In all, 104 youngsters, ranging in age from 9 to 20 and representing 30 4-H clubs across Alberta, are registered to participate.

Many a rodeo career has begun at the Stampede’s annual youth invitational affair, and this weekend’s 4-H Rodeo on Stampede Park will be no exception.

“Fundamentally, we’re trying to teach the kids the basic elements of rodeo. That way, they can participate in rodeo as safely as possible,” says Miller, who has been involved with the Stampede’s Invitational 4-H Rodeo through its entire lifespan — first as a competitor, then a stock contractor, and now an educator and committee member. “Not only for themselves, but also for their horses and the livestock they’re going to be using in the competition. We want to make sure the kids know how to properly prepare themselves.”

Adds Wayne Waddell, who chairs this year’s Stampede Invitational 4-H Rodeo: “Safety is a major component, and through our clinics we also want to help the kids improve in the events they’re interested in.”

In recent years, education has become a key element of the Stampede’s 4-H Rodeo. Afternoons are earmarked for competition under the Big Top, with timed events (barrel racing, thread the needle, and pole bending) on Saturday and rough stock events (breakaway roping, cow riding, and goat tying) on Sunday, but mornings are devoted to clinics and seminars conducted by undisputed rodeo experts.

On Saturday morning, Suzanne DePaoli, a professional barrel racer who’s competed at the Calgary Stampede and the Canadian Finals Rodeo, will discuss horsemanship, while Miller will hold a seminar in goat tying, Dr. Ted Shacklady will conduct a biosecurity clinic, Dessa Hockley will discuss horse personalities, and Calgary’s Mark Barrett, who operates Strong Cowboy Strength and Conditioning, will give a detailed talk on sports medicine.

Sunday morning, former Canadian rodeo star Dave Shields, who’s won the Canadian Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame’s Legendary Achievement Award, will lead a cow riding clinic, while calf roper and team roper Shawn Miller will lead a discussion on the finer points of calf roping and Miller will again teach the intricacies of goat tying.

“We’d love to see these 4-H members get their start in rodeo right here at Stampede Park, and come back one day as Stampede Rodeo stars,” says Stampede agriculture program co-ordinator Sharon Yeast, who notes many competitors use the Invitational 4-H Rodeo as a stepping stone to the Wrangler (junior high), high school, and college rodeo circuits. “And the people we bring in to conduct our morning clinics are the best in the business — extremely skilled in their craft.”

Barrett will lead a particularly important discussion on sports medicine, which includes topics such as strength, conditioning, flexibility, and nutrition.

“It’s hard to compare rodeo events to other sports, but in a lot of cases, you’re being pushed into positions whether you like it or not by a larger animal,” says Barrett, who’s the exercise physiologist for the Canadian Professional Rodeo Sports Medicine Team. “You’re not going to overpower a 1,200-pound horse or a 1,600-pound bull, but you need to manage your body in spite of that. And if you are more flexible, stronger, more powerful, or all of the above, you’re going to do a lot better than if you just go into it cold turkey.”

Afternoon competition gets underway under the Big Top on Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

Miller also expects there’s more at stake than ribbons and prizes. “It’s a great opportunity for kids to forge friendships with other kids from all over the province,” she says. “I’m still quite close with a few people thanks to friendships I made at 4-H Rodeos, and I wouldn’t have otherwise had that opportunity.”

Everybody Loves Blue

This is Blue, our Paint gelding. Isn’t he dreamy? Everybody loves Blue. He’s just that kind of horse.

Blue’s registered name is A Smokin Diamond. He was bred to be a cutting horse, by Like A Diamond, and out of a Genuine Peppy mare which I understand was a serious competitor in her aged event years.

Blue, however, somehow missed the essential cow-sense gene, and though impeccably well bred, did not take to the discipline. Truthfully, I can’t even imagine him as a cutting horse. Someone please show me that film.

For Blue possesses a character which is the furthest from a cutting horse I have ever observed. He likes parades, and kids, and shooting his tail out as if it’s the coolest, and prancing. Sometimes right through his western pleasure class. He’s the kind of horse who nickers when he sees his reflection in a window.

He’s downright comical.

I dare you to not love this guy.

Occasionally, his antics remind me of Jesse Burn’s Hollywood actor brother, Neal, in A River Runs Through It.

Except he doesn’t drink alcohol. Or date females with names like Old Rawhide. He does flip his mane in the mirror and check his profile.

Who, me?

According to the National Cutting Horse Association Horse Earnings tabulator, he won $366.36 in three years of aged event competition. It was mutually decided he wasn’t going to make a cutter. Working cow horse was suggested, and attempted. It didn’t take. His then Cutter-owner was stuck with a pretty and prancing blue-eyed Paint gelding, owning a gentle and sweet disposition, and possessed with a mind which seemed to be convinced the sport of cutting was about as far-fetched an idea of competitive fun as catching slippery piglets in a mudpen.

Lucky for this family, I rode out of the same barn as Cutter-owner did. Eventually the conversation sidled around to Teenager requiring a new horse for 4H.

It all went down quickly. Cutter-owner pressed Blue’s lead shank into my hands and said, “take him home kid, try him out for a week, try him out for the rest of the summer if you like. I’ll take him back if you don’t want him.”

So I brought him home. On a Sunday afternoon I saddled him up for a ride through the neighbour’s pasture. At some point we found the only ball of tangled old barb wire in the pasture and trotted right into it. While my mind raced forward to the conversation I would soon be engaged in with Cutter-owner whilst at the vet clinic, explaining how I managed to cripple his pretty Paint gelding, I calmly asked Blue to “whoa”. He stopped, let me dismount, and lift each of his legs out of the barb wire, and pull it all away. We came through it without a scratch. Naturally, I figured if he had a good enough mind to not turn that situation into a train wreck, he was a keeper.

The following week, I conducted due diligence and had him vet-checked. He failed. Something about him too straight up, and this and that. It was too late, he’d already passed my test. I loved him. Cutter-owner knew what he was doing when he sent that gelding home with me.

We negotiated. Somewhere between what Cutter-owner wanted and closer to the price I could afford – a deal was struck. Remarkably less than Cutter-owner would have needed to cut his losses to any real degree. But ultimately, he wanted to have a good home for Blue. I have a great respect for horse owners with this mindset. I’m very serious when I say that. It is a great responsibility we own, we horse owners.

This is a picture of Teenager and Blue the first day I brought him home. She’s grown so much since then, I am barely holding back the tears typing this. I mean, not that I’m not loving the teenager years. Really. I am LOOOOVVVING THEM. How much longer does this go on?

I’m tangenting. Let me get back to my story.

Turns out Blue is a tremendous competitor. Teenager rode him in 4H for four full years. In the winters, she rode him out of a jumper barn, and competed in hunter (successfully), and even tried to jump him (less successfully).

In 4-H and open breed shows and fairs, she rode him in English pleasure, equitation and hunter classes.

In western pleasure and equitation.

In trail.

She rode him in every gymkhana class ever invented. He is unorthodox, but he loves barrel racing and virtually anything which requires racing to a finish line. I didn’t once capture a photo. I think I was holding my breath. Or jumping up and down, yelling, “let him go, Teenager, let him go!”

They competed together in the toilet-paper race.

Lougheed, Alberta, has a great horse show day during their Fair, with so many fun and old-school classes we’d never even heard of. Here, Blue and Teenager made their debut in the sleepy cowboy competition, where contestants begin the race “sleeping” on saddle pads draped over their saddles on the ground, then must “wake up”,  saddle up as quickly as possible, and race their mounts to the other end of the arena.

The pair competed with another re-purposed cutter and equally competitive kid in the western pairs class.

Success!

It wasn’t all fun and games for Blue. He had to learn to put up with a lot.

Like slinkies.

And braids.

Endless photo ops.

And 565, give or take a few, lessons.

We even took him back to the cutting flag once. Just in case one of the three trainers he had gone through missed something. You never know.

Does that stance seem to say, “after all I’ve done, you bring me back here?” , or is it just me?

Alright, not every day was a pretty day. This might have been one of those. Lessons were learned, tempers sometimes ran amuck. But Blue was a wonderful companion and influence for Teenager through her pre- and teen years.

So many memories of Blue and Teenager our family will treasure forever. . . And so, on this day, internet world, in our little horse family, it’s the end of an era. That of Blue and Teenager competing together.

And, the beginning of another!

After six years of trailing her big sister to every 4H show, lesson, class and event, it’s finally Wee’s turn. She’s nine, and in the 4H world that means . . . she’s legal to ride!

Off you go, kids. (This is really tearing me up. In a warm way, of course.)

While the care of Blue will now be placed primarily in Wee’s hands, and vice versa, I have a feeling Teenager won’t forget about him.

I’m guessing he’ll still be her go-to guy for times like this.

And days when she needs this.

Yep, he’s a keeper. But then I think I knew that back at the barb wire ball.

Northlands Farm & Ranch Show

NORTHLANDS FARM & RANCH SHOW, APRIL 8-10, EDMONTON, AB

Taking place in the recently completed Edmonton EXPO Centre, this year’s Farm & Ranch Show will almost take over the entire building. The Edmonton EXPO Centre, which officially opened in December 2009, is 522,000 sq feet of contiguous space – making it the largest tradeshow venue in Western Canada.

While the building may be new, this year’s Farm & Ranch Show has some familiar favourites such as the Envirotech Showcase, Women in Agriculture and Alberta Grows as well as new features such as expanded equine programming, a Seeding Technology Clinic and Farm/Ranch Management workshops.

For 44 years, the Northlands Farm & Ranch Show has been serving the western Canadian agricultural community. Dave Fiddler, Show Manager notes, “Northlands is pleased to offer a broad cross-section industry events, displays and seminars. With over 400 exhibitors, new programs and clinics, there’s something for everyone.”

The equine programming includes Tina Kaven, World Champion Western Pleasure and Western Riding with a horsemanship Clinic that will run all three days of the event. An opportunity not to be missed – Northlands is pleased to be hosting someone of this calibre in Alberta.

Terri McKinney from Wild Deuce

Other activities include round pen demonstrations with Stephanie Clarke and Backcountry Packing and Adventure Tourism with Wild Deuce Outfitters and Packers.

In addition to the equine programming, there are a number of activities for the beef sector with seven different manufacturers offering live demonstrations of the cattle handling equipment. There is also a Ranching for Profit Workshop and several business management presentations, relating to livestock operations.

Returning once again is the Northlands Performance Horse Sale which features performance horses geared to ranch work, rodeo arena, and other arena events.

Also new this year, Northlands presents 4- H day on Saturday, April 10.  Members will receive complimentary admission to the show by showing their membership card at the door and will have the opportunity to take part in a great selection of beef and equine activities. Fiddler notes, “Northlands is committed to mentoring youth in the agriculture industry and is excited to present these informative and dynamic sessions for 4-H members as part of the Farm & Ranch Show.”

Admission to the Farm & Ranch Show is just $5 and children under 12 are free. Download either a $2 off admission coupon or the Farm & Ranch Show Value Pack at farmandranchshow.com.  The value pack includes the cost of parking and two admissions for just $16 – a six dollar savings. Or pick up coupons at participating AMA, UFA and Federated Coop locations.  Redeem the value pack coupon at Northlands parking gates (coupon is good for one vehicle only).

After a day at the Farm & Ranch Show be sure to catch Canada’s up-and-coming rodeo stars at the Canadian National College Finals Rodeo (CNCFR). Advance CNCFR tickets are $10.50 and $12.50 plus service charges and includes Farm & Ranch Show admission. Ticket prices at the door will be $16.50 for both the Lower and Upper Bowl. After the show and before the rodeo, Canadian country music stars, Hey Romeo will also be performing twice daily in the Edmonton EXPO Centre Gallery.

The Northlands Farm & Ranch Show runs from 10am – 6pm daily, April 8-10.

For more information about the 2010 Northlands Farm & Ranch Show or CNCFR, visit farmandranchshow.com or call 1-877.471.7472.