Prairie Paints

It has been a great summer for the Saskatchewan Paint Horse Club.  The club has played host to a number of events, including the Loud & Proud Show on June 15th & 16th. The show was a great success thanks to Stephanie McMillan and a number of generous sponsors. Some of the winners include:

Hi Point 13 & Under – Cassidy Boxall
Hi Point 14 to 18 – Taylor Gardner
Hi Point Youth Solid Paint Breed – Sam Boxall
Hi Point Amateur – Angie Morrow
Hi Point Amateur Solid Paint Bred – Rebecca Katz

Sportsmanship Awards were handed out to Tianna Gallerneault and Alivia Boxall. Congratulations to all of those winners.

Alivia Boxall, winner of a Sportsmanship Award

Alivia Boxall, winner of a Sportsmanship Award

Sportmanship Award Winner, Tianna Gallerneault

Sportmanship Award Winner, Tianna Gallerneau


The SPHC played host to other events of the summer, including, the 3rd Annual Trail Ride and Trail Challenge which was held at Trail’s End Guest Ranch. Despite the rain and flooding the event was a success. Events included a trail ride through the Arm River Valley, a youth division trail challenge, and a battle for the saddle class. Sunday events included:  Rookie, APHA JR. and Sr, Horse, and competition for the Open ladies and mens divisions.  Congratulations to the winners.

Youth Division (1st, 2nd & 3rd place) – Audra Cooper
Battle for the Saddle Division- 1st Place: Stephanie McMillan, 2nd Place: Ronni Nordal, 3rd Place: Brent Byers
Rookie Division – 1st Place: Gary Charnock, 2nd Place: Rhonda Lang, 3rd Place: Rose Johnson
APHA Jr. Horse –Stephanie McMillan
AHPA Sr. Horse – 1st Place: Lynn Hoosier, 2nd Place: Brent Byers, 3rd Place: Ronni Nordal
Ladies Open – 1st Place: Lynn Hoosier, 2nd Place: Ronni Nordal, 3rd Place: Lorilei Cornell
Mens Open – 1st Place: Robert Barbour, 2nd Place: Brent Byers, 3rd Place: Rick Bathgate
The Saskatchewan Paint Horse Club’s final event of the year is the Harvest of Colours Show. This show is a 2 judge SPHA show and is combined with a single judge AQHA Novice and Open show.  This fun event will take place August 30-31 at Prairieland Park, Saskatchewan.

SPHC 3rd Annual Trail Ride and Trail Challenge

SPHC 3rd Annual Trail Ride and Trail Challenge



Alberta Association for Stables


The Alberta Stables Initiative (ASI) recently made the announcement that the group is converting from an initiative to an official association for stables. The association of stables will address the many economic and demographic challenges that stable operators face in Alberta.

The ASI began in 2009 with the goal of developing professional association for stables. The initiative itself was a collaborative project among the Horse Industry Association of Alberta (HIAA), the Alberta Equestrian Federation (AEF), and the horse industry section of Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development (AARD).

“This association will enable stable owners and operators with the opportunity to work together to share the operational strategies, processes, policies, and to speak with a unified voice to municipal and provincial authorities on issues involving the stable industry,” says current interim President, Gary Millar.

“In the fast changing world in which we find ourselves, the equine marketplace is in a constant state of evolution. It is an advantage for some stable owners and operators to work together to maintain high standards and a high level of service. We are all stronger in the horse industry when working together than we are working alone.”

The inaugural meeting of the Alberta Stables Association to elect the new board of directors will take place in the Lookout Room at Westerner Park in Red Deer on April 27, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. during The Mane Event.

Nomination forms for the prospective board of directors are available for download at the ASI website,



Next Steps for Reining

Massimiliano Ruggeri (ITA) on Spat Split And White, silver medallists at the FEI European Reining Championships 2013 in Augsburg (GER). (Photo: FEI/Action Images/Henry Browne)

Massimiliano Ruggeri (ITA) on Spat Split And White, silver medallists at the FEI European Reining Championships 2013 in Augsburg (GER). (Photo: FEI/Action Images/Henry Browne)

A cooperation agreement has been signed formalizing the Fédération Equestre Internationale’s (FEI) relationship with the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) and the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA), which has been in place since Reining became a FEI discipline in 2002.

“Since Reining became an FEI discipline in 2002, we have worked closely with the NRHA and the AQHA to grow the sport worldwide, and the expansion has been huge, with 115 Reining events last year compared to just five in 2002,” said Bettina de Rham, FEI Director Reining, Driving & Vaulting.

In the agreement, which covers areas of common interest including horse welfare, FEI Rules and Regulations, FEI Clean Sport, Stewarding, education and FEI recognition; the FEI will have sole jurisdiction over Reining competitions for horses seven years and older, and the NRHA and AQHA will manage all competitions for horses younger than six years.

However, an exception has been made where six-year-old horses will be eligible to compete in the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy.

“FEI Reining will again be under the global spotlight this summer at the world’s biggest equestrian event, the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, in the heart of Normandy. Just one month before, the FEI European Reining Championships for Young Riders and Juniors will take place in Switzerland at the beginning of July. Our busy Reining event calendar is a true reflection of just how popular Reining has become amongst athletes of all ages, and we’re looking forward to continuing our work with the NRHA and the AQHA to foster growth of Reining worldwide,” said de Rham.

The NRHA which is based in Oklahoma City (USA0) was formed in 1966 brings together over 19,000 members.

The AQHA, which is the world’s largest equine breed registry and membership organization and is located in Amarillo, Texas (USA), was created in 1940. They first recognized Reining as a sport in 1949.

“The FEI, NRHA, and AQHA, while separate and distinct organizations, have recognized as the major stakeholders in the Reining world that together they can foster the growth of our sport globally, and this agreement is a major milestone in the expansion of Reining,” said Bob Thompson, FEI Reining Committee Chairman.

Both the NRHA and the AQHA are excited to have a partnership with the FEI and are looking for other new ways to grow the sport of Reining globally.

“The NRHA is very excited to be moving forward with its relationship with the FEI, and to grow the sport of Reining worldwide,” said NRHA President Beth Himes.

Executive Vice President of the AQHA Don Treadway elaborated. “Since Reining became an FEI discipline in 2002, we have seen the sport introduced to several new countries, and we look forward to working closely together with the FEI to advance the worldwide growth of Reining well into the future.”

Another Milestone for Smart Spook

smartspookSmart Spook reached another milestone in his career by becoming the National Reining Horse Association’s (NRHA) 13th Two Million Dollar Sire. Helping him reach this milestone was Colonels Smart Spook, owned by Sally Amabile and shown by NRHA Professional and Million Dollar Rider Jordan Larson. Colonels Smart Spook’s first place finish in the World Championship Shootout held during the NRHA Futurity helped push his sire, Smart Spook, over the two million dollar mark.

Smart Spook, a 2001 stallion, owned and bred by Million Dollar Owner Rosanne Sternberg, is by Smart Chic Olena and out of Sugarplum Spook (by Grays Starlight). With $403,150 in NRHA lifetime earnings, it’s safe to say Smart Spook had a successful show career including the following wins:

2004 NRHA Futurity Level(L) 4 Open Champion with Shawn Flarida

2005 NRHA Derby L4 Open Champion with Shawn Flarida

2005 AQHA Junior Reining World Champion with Shawn Flarida

Earner of six gold medals in FEI World Reining Masters competition

His top-earning offspring include:

Custom Spook (out of Custom Spinderella): $184,400 NRHA LTE, owned by Million Dollar Owner Rancho Oso Rio LLC; 2010 NRHA Futurity L4 Open finalist, 2011 NRHA Derby L4 Open finalist, 2012 NRBC L3 Open finalist, 2013 NRBC L3 Open finalist

Red Stripe Spook (out of Ms Red Capri): $175,800 NRHA LTE, owned by Bonnie Hippensteel; 2010 NRHA Futurity L4 Open Reserve Champion, 2013 NRBC L4 Open finalist

Spook Off Sparks (out of Setting Off Sparks): $142,300 NRHA LTE, owned by Silver Spurs Equine; 2011 NRHA Cowtown L4 Open finalist, 2011 Scottsdale Classic Futurity L4 Open Champion, 2011 NRHA Futurity L4 Open Reserve Champion

Spooks N Sparks (out of Whizicle): $100,700 NRHA LTE, owned by Tamarack Ranch LLC; 2011 NRHA Futurity L3 Non Pro Champion and L4 Non Pro Champion, 2012 NRBC L4 Non Pro finalist, 2012 NRHA Derby L4 Non Pro finalist

Jacs Lil Spook (out of Miss Whoa Jac): $94,700 NRHA LTE, owned by Ruben Pacheco Cuevas; 2010 NRHA Futurity L1 Open finalist, L2 Open finalist and L3 Open finalist; 2011 NRBC L1 Open Champion, L2 Open Champion, L3 Open Reserve Champion, and L4 finalist; 2011 NRHA Derby L1 Open finalist and L2 Open finalist.

New Classes Offered At APHA World Show

Photo by Deanna Buschert

Popularity is growing in the stock horse world for Ranch Horse Pleasure classes, and the American Paint Horse Association opted to include a new class for the discipline at the upcoming APHA Open/Amateur World Championship Paint Horse Show.

The second of two premier events hosted by the association annually, the Open/Amateur World Show is slated to take place November 6-17 at Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth.

A Ranch Horse Pleasure Sweepstakes with $1,750 added offers followers of this popular new discipline an opportunity to shine on the World stage. The sweepstakes format means qualifying is not required for participation. Additionally, the Association is waiving the late fee for Ranch Horse Pleasure entrants for the introductory year. Part of the added money for the class is sponsored by Farnam, while the remainder comes from APHA. At this time, the Ranch Horse Pleasure Sweepstakes class is open only to Regular Registry Paint Horses.

By the numbers, the 2013 APHA World Show has something for everyone—with 240 total classes. And while the majority of 168 World Championship classes require qualification in order to participate, 109 do not require qualification.

  • ∗ 240 total classes
  • ∗ 168 World Championship classes
  • ∗ 109 non-qualifying classes
  • ∗ 106 Open division classes
  • ∗ 90 Amateur & Novice Amateur division classes
  • ∗ 35 Solid Paint-Bred classes
  • ∗ 56 Breeders’ Futurity classes
  • ∗ 17 new classes
  • ∗ $79,250 added money (excluding Breeders’ Futurity and Farnam Stakes payouts)
  • ∗ 99 opportunities for affiliate recognition
  • ∗ 18 Intermediate Exhibitor classes (class-within-a-class)
  • ∗ 8 Southern Belle Breeders’ classes (class-within-a-class)
  • ∗ 2 NSBA Stallion Incentive Fund classes (class-within-a-class)

Additional activities – Boot Camp, Ride the Pattern, Gift Show, Sale, Clinics

Besides the classes in the arena, APHA has added other activities for exhibitors and spectators to get more enjoyment out of their time at the World Show. The pre-show Amateur Boot Camp will offer a full day’s worth of honing skills and polish for Amateur and Novice Amateur exhibitors who are interested in getting help from industry professionals. Held on November 5, Boot Camp will be followed immediately by APHA’s “Ride the Pattern” seminar. Ride the Pattern is a free opportunity for all exhibitors to hear from a World Show judge what the judges will be watching for—while the patterns are being demonstrated live.

The Farnam Breeders’ Trust Sale festivities kick off November 9 with the Sale Preview Party. The following day, November 10, the Farnam Breeders’ Trust Sale Preview will begin at 5:30 pm and the Sale will begin at 6:30 pm. Two sessions will be held: the first for Breeders’ Trust horses of any age, or those in foal to a Breeders’ Trust stallion; the second for yearlings whose owners are making them eligible to compete in the 2014 Farnam Sale Stakes classes (with anticipated payout exceeding $50,000).

Two free clinics are scheduled, which are open to World Show attendees and the community at large. On November 9, horse trainer and Chrome columnist Kalley Krickeburg will demonstrate her “pre-saddle training” methods in the Watt Arena. On November 10, dog trainer and Chrome columnist Hilton Butler will share techniques he uses successfully in his work.

Shoppers will find a wide array of treasures and holiday gift items in the Colors of the Season Gift Show. Now with an expanded venue, the gift show will be open daily during the World Show from 9 am to 6 pm, with extended hours the weekend of November 8-11. Interested vendors may contact Shannon Rogers at 817-222-6433.

Enter. Compete. Win. Celebrate. 

Full details, tentative class schedule, premium books and class entry forms are available online at Pre-enter by the September 10 deadline for the best pricing, stall location and RV spaces. Entries are accepted until 5 p.m. the day prior to the class.

Alberta Barrel Racing Association Finals

It’s all about the trinkets! Talyn Kapfhamer, winner of the 3D at the ABRA Finals.

As the summer begins to wind down, there is one major barrel racing event to compete at – the Alberta Barrel Racing Association Finals. The Finals are held in Ponoka, at the newer Ag Events Center.

Amazing building.

Over the weekend, that arena hosted roughly 2,000 barrel runs over the course of four days. Thank you to all the sponsors who donated prizes. Truly appreciated by everyone!

I must say, there are a ton of barrel racers in Alberta. I qualified on both of my two horses, my niece also qualified on a horse of mine. We headed up to Ponoka on Wednesday afternoon, as the Open Barrel Race started at 7:00 a.m. on Thursday morning. This event is definately one of the more organized, and well run events I have ever been to, and kudos to all of those that make it happen. Everybody gets two runs, and then based on either the average, or a fast time, qualification for the Short Go Sunday.

I am highly impressed with the quality of horses we have here in Alberta, and I think we must all be proud for what we have. I ran both of my guys on Thursday, they ran great. Captain pulled off an outstanding 17.49, and Cat a 17.59, which both took us to the pay window. Day 2, they began with the youth, and my niece was up on my horse, Taco. Together they ran a beautiful pattern of 17.88 and hit the pay window as well. I saw another old horse of ours, who ran a 17.67 and looked amazing, and I am happy to see that the owners are doing great with him. Come Sunday, all four of our Stampede Ranch (TS) Horses had qualified for the Sunday Short Go, in the top end, and I can say I am very blessed and proud to be riding, and seeing our horses out there.

One of the winners was probably the most excited little girl I have ever seen. Her name is Talyn Kapfhamer, and she was the winner of the 3D. As she went up to receive her buckle, saddle and all her little trinkets she had won, she was no bigger than the saddle she had won. I had to get her picture! I absolutley love seeing that kind of excitement from a winner. And she will continue to win, because she appreciates it. Good work Talyn!

On the Saturday, I had a bit of down time, so I thought I would get my horses out of the pen for a walk. Earlier that day someone had told me about the river being nearby. I thought, well, it is 30°C out here, and I know they would love to go cool down and splash around in the water. So I am rode Captain, and ponyed Taco and Cat. We spotted the river, and the one kilometer road parallel to a set of train tracks, which we needed to travel down to reach it.

We arrived at the river, and overhead was the train bridge. I led everyone into the river to splash and play. In the distance, I heard something. I thought it might be a train. I glanced up at the bridge which was almost directly over us, and thought, “I better get outta here.”

The train sounded fairly far off still. I got my horses turned around, and we are heading up out of the water, and suddenly it appeared, coming at us head on, loud, and directly over top of us. Cat leapt backwards, jerking me his way, but I didn’t let go. He pulled again, I tried my hardest to hang on, but lost the rope. There was a moment of stillness, my heart dropped. He stood staring at the overhead thundering train for a second or two, and then the fear and flight set in, and he bolted, up out of the water, and into the trees.

Meanwhile, Taco in my left hand, pulled back, and almost jerked me out the other side of my saddle. Captain was doing everything he could to stay calm and upright what with getting pulled all over the place. Through the rope burn, blood and mud, I managed to hang onto Taco. I knew I couldn’t let two go. I rode up to a flat spot, the train continued on, and in my mind, I feared the horrific things that could happen.

I panicked. I didn’t know what to do but I needed to find Cat. Every morning when I feed my horses, I call them by name. And they come. As the train roared by, I started screaming, “Cat!….CAT!”

And, ….he came back. From out of the trees, I saw this scared little horse running up to us. He came to me, put his head almost in my lap in the saddle, and let me grab his halter. We were all safe.

I rode back to the trailer, shaken, and sick over what we had just experienced. It makes a tipped barrel, or anything negative look like nothing at all. Things like that are always a reality check. We must all count our blessings, daily. And give our horses the credit they deserve for knowing who they love and trust.

CPRA Update-Flundra Steps It Up

Photo by Deanna Buschert

Dustin Flundra has never missed a CFR. And after an $8200 dollar week to kick off the month of August, it appears that streak will continue for the Pincher Creek, Alberta saddle bronc rider.

“I think this is only my fourth cheque over a thousand dollars this whole year,” muttered Flundra just prior to accepting his championship buckle at the Strathmore Stampede Monday afternoon. “I won this rodeo once before on Zippy Delivery years ago.”

This time it was an 87-point ride on Outlaw Buckers’ bay gelding, Quittin Time that propelled the 12-time CFR qualifier to the winner’s circle.

“He lets you show off and do your thing. He gives you every opportunity to win first.”

The 32 year-old Flundra also split 2nd in Grimshaw, Alberta and finished 4th in High Prairie, Alberta to earn a total of $8,187 for the past week which increases his earnings this season to $17,516. Not bad considering the three-time Canadian champ has missed almost a month of the season.

“Anytime you lose any month, it’s not good but to lose the month of June really put me behind the eight ball,” explains Flundra, who was kicked in the head by a horse in Wildwood, Alberta on June 1st. “There aren’t a lot of rodeos going on down south so you can really focus on Canada and get a jump of qualifying for the CFR.”

Dusty LaValley has qualified for the Canadian Finals Rodeo ten straight times. And despite a much less rigorous travel schedule in 2013, the four-time Canadian bareback champion is well on his way to number eleven.

“I was hoping it was going to go good,” begins LaValley. “It’s worked for me in the past. You just go a little bit slower, have a good time when you’re there and you’re feeling one hundred percent.” He began the week by posting only the second bareback score in the 90’s this season. A 90-point trip on Kesler’s Double Dippin’ in High Prairie paid LaValley $1,298, one of three cheques he won last week for a total payday of $3,876. Jake Vold has the only other 90+ score this year, a 91.75 in the Ponoka Stampede bonus round.

Just six weeks ago, it was thought no one would catch Levi Simpson and John Robertson in the Canadian team roping standings after the pair won $8,800 each during a 16-day stretch in June. But Brett McCarroll and Clint Buhler had other ideas. After sweeping the long-go, finals and average in Strathmore, the Ponoka Stampede champs have unofficially moved to number one in their respective heeling and heading standings.

McCarroll and Buhler ($5,081 each) were by far the biggest winners in the event over the past week. In fact, twenty-two different teams won money from the four rodeos on the calendar. Other big winners from the week include barrel racers, Christine Loflin ($7,262) and Lisa Lockhart ($6.090); bullriders, Tanner Girletz ($6,141), Scott Schiffner ($6,098) and Jesse Torkelson ($5,361); steer wrestlers, Cody Cassidy ($6,201) and Chance Butterfield ($4,628); bareback riders, Matt Lait ($3,050) and Luke Creasy ($2,947); tie-down roper, Tyson Durfey ($4,359) and saddle bronc rider, Jim Berry ($3,452).

On the CPRA calendar this week are stops in La Crete, Alberta (Aug. 5-6), Dawson Creek, BC (Aug. 9-11) and a bull riding-only event in Elnora, Alberta (Aug. 10).

~ Information courtesy of the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association

Lambert Takes Aim

Photo by Deanna Buschert

Zane Lambert is no stranger to competing on the big stage. The 27 year-old has qualified for the PBR World Finals twice and the PBR Canada Finals six times. But there’s one year-end dance that has so far eluded the Ponoka, Alberta bullrider.

“That would be super cool if I can make it to the CFR this year.”

After wins in Medicine Hat and Bruce, Alberta this past weekend, Lambert may be on his way to Edmonton this November for the first time. The weekend started with a 92 point trip on Kesler’s Whiskey Jack at the Wrangler Pro Tour stop in “The Hat”.

“I’ve been waiting to draw him since I had him two years ago at the Medicine Hat spring rodeo,” grins Lambert. “He turned back to the right just like he did before and he suited me just right. That’s what I’ve been looking for. That’s what gives you the boost to get to the finals.”

Then on Sunday, the former Manitoba cowboy was 81.5 points at the 100th Bruce Stampede to pick up another first place cheque. His weekend earnings of $3,724 unofficially moves Lambert into the 12th and final CFR spot in the new CPRA standings.

“I need to get another 9 or 10 thousand to qualify. Just need to keep my chin tucked and my hand closed, get a few day money cheques and another couple of wins and we’ll be there.”

Ironically, Lambert didn’t win a dime at either of the two CPRA-sanctioned bullriding-only events in Oyen and Cochrane, Alberta. It was Tanner Byrne who captured the title at Saturday’s Cochrane Classic. The Prince Alberta, Saskatchewan cowboy won the most bullriding money on the weekend ($5,845). Scott Schiffner ($4,574) and Kyle German ($5,491) split the championship at the 15th annual White Lightning Dodge Pro Cowboy Crunch on July 24th.

There appears to be no way to slow down Morgan Grant. The 24 year-old won another $6,455 on the weekend in the tie-down roping and steer wrestling. In fact, the Ontario-born cowboy walked away from Medicine Hat with victories in both events.

“First time I’ve ever won two events at one rodeo,” a beaming Grant said shortly after collecting a $932 cheque for splitting 3rd in the roping in Bruce. “I still need to win some more in the steer wrestling. I’d really like to make it (to the CFR) in two events.”

Grant, who was 21st in the Canadian bulldogging standings heading into the weekend, has won over fifteen thousand dollars in the two events in July.

Bareback rider, Matt Lait won his second straight tour rodeo. His 82 point ride on Kesler’s Forget Me Knott in Medicine Hat paid the Cayley, Alberta cowboy $2,583 as he attempts to keep pace with Kyle Bowers and Jake Vold atop the leaderboard.

Other big winners from the weekend include saddle bronc rider, Luke Butterfield ($1,900), steer wrestler, Trygve Pugh ($2,792), barrel racers, Bennette Little ($3,083) and Lee Ann Rust ($2,151), team ropers, Tate Kirchenschlager and Will Woodfin ($2,324 each) and All-Around qualifier, Jeremy Harden ($1,436 SW; $732 SB).

It’s another busy week for Pro Rodeo Canada competitors with stops in High Prairie, Alberta (July 30- 31), Strathmore, Alberta (Aug. 2-5), Abbotsford, BC (Aug. 2-4) and Grimshaw, Alberta (Aug. 3-4). Bullriders will head to Camrose for the annual ‘Bulls for Breakfast’ event during the Big Valley Jamboree (Aug. 1-4).

~Information provided by the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association

Barrel Racers’ Sprint for CFR Heats Up


Photo by Deanna Buschert

As the dog days of summer settle in and the races for coveted CFR berths intensify, a couple of people who narrowly missed getting to the Finals in 2012 are doing all they can to see that history doesn’t repeat itself.

Merritt, British Columbia’s Katie Garthwaite added to her earnings total on a weekend that featured the ‘east run’–the trio of rodeos in Kennedy and Maple Creek, Saskatchewan and Morris, Manitoba—with a win and two solid placings on her palomino mare, Frenchie.

The duo clocked a 17.161 at Maple Creek for the win, and added a fourth place finish at Kennedy and a 5/6 split at the 50th anniversary edition of the Manitoba Stampede for a total of $2289 and a move to tenth in the overall standings and, more importantly tops among the Canadians who will make up seven of the twelve CFR qualifiers.

Garthwaite who was $600 out of a CFR spot a year ago stated emphatically, “I don’t want that to happen again!” Her 10 year-old mare (FC Guys Prime Time), an own daughter of Frenchman’s Guy out of an own daughter of Martha’s Six Moons has been solid all year. “I actually found her for a friend of mine who bought her but didn’t get along with her so I got her a year later and things have really clicked for us.”

“I have two really nice horses now so this is just a lot of fun,” Garthwaite smiled. The second mount is the talented young stallion, Fiesta Royale that belongs to Bruce H. Robinson. She likes the equine pair enough that next year she is planning to breed the mare to the grey stud for an eventual embryo transfer.

Also on a mission to ensure that 2013 isn’t a repeat of the year previous is Big Valley, Alberta’s Kirsty White. The talented trainer / farrier / rider has never been to the Edmonton season-ender and missed last year’s CFR by a heart-breaking nineteen dollars. White cashed decent cheques at Morris and Maple Creek and as things sit now, she is 11th overall and second, right behind Garthwaite among the Canadians.

“I’m really excited about the way the season has gone so far,” White commented, “and I really feel that a lot of the runs from here on are set up just right for my horse.” The horse is Special Tack (aka Racy) a seven year old daughter of Plain Special, race bred on top and cow bred on the bottom side.

If last year is any indicator, White could be right as she and Racy were very tough over the latter part of last season before falling just short in their quest for a Finals berth.

There were other contestants who made important moves over the weekend including Cochrane bulldogger, Harley Cole, who parlayed a 3.9 first place run and $2319 payday at Morris into a spot in the top fifteen in Canada. Ky Marshall won one of the three weekend events and shared the lead at a second to move up in the overall bareback standings and the all around race. The Bowden cowboy was 89 points on Big Stone’s Second Thoughts at the Moose Mountain Pro Rodeo in Kennedy for $1068 and split first place in Maple Creek with 84 points on Bar C5’s Fabio for $822. 2008 Canadian champion bronc rider Dusty Hausauer of Dickinson, North Dakota captured top honours at Maple Creek with an 84 point ride on the Big Stone bronc, Buckle Up, and added a second place finish at Kennedy and a ninth place cheque at Morris for a productive $2012 weekend that should go a long way toward getting the talented cowboy’s – thus far frustrating Canadian season – back on track.

Additional winners at Manitoba’s only professional rodeo stop included Sam Kelts (82 points on Vold’s Days and Nights) for $2808; Matt Lait (81 on Vold’s Medieval Knevil) for $2436; Chad Johnson in Tie Down Roping with an 8.8 for $2040 (Johnson added a $1237 second place cheque in Team Roping); bull rider Garret Green (86.5 on Vold’s Bong and a Blitz) for $2842; Melissa Theissen, 17.544 for $2060 and team ropers Stacey Cornet and Dake Skocdopole, 4.8 for $1422 each at the first-ever team roping at Morris, added especially for the 50th year celebrations.

See for complete weekend results and payouts.

This week’s CPRA stops are the Medicine Hat Stampede, July 25-27 and the 100th Annual Bruce Stampede July 28 with CPRA Bull Ridings at Oyen July 24 and Cochrane July 27.