Champions Crowned at Canadian Finals Rodeo


Photo by Mike Copeman.

Photo by Mike Copeman.

It was a story that will be told and retold for a long time.

It’s the story of a twenty-three year-old bull riding sensation whose season came to a crushing halt in Cheyenne, Wyoming—a bull ride that ended in a shattered ankle left in nine pieces with three plates and ten screws holding it together and doctors saying his season was over.

But Jordan Hansen had other ideas. He not only came back for the 43rd edition of the Canadian Finals Rodeo but when the Northlands Coliseum smoke cleared and the dust settled, Hansen had defied the odds and was the Canadian Bull Riding Champion.

“I kind of like to prove those doctors wrong,” the likable Calgary cowboy chuckled. “This is what we ride for all year and once the cast was off and the surgeon said I could start training a little bit, I knew I’d be here. I only got on a couple of practice bulls and it wasn’t feeling that great coming here but the Sport Medicine Team taped me up really well and I didn’t feel it during any of my rides this week.”

Hansen bucked off his first bull in Wednesday night’s first performance and noticeably hobbled as he ran back to the chutes. Then came Thursday and his first successful bull ride in in four months—an 85.5 point ride to finish third in the round.

“That was the one that really gave me the confidence that I still knew how to ride bulls,” Hansen affirmed.

It was the first of five rides in row and when he rode his final bull of the week on Sunday afternoon—Vold’s Black Rose for 85.50 for another third place cheque—Hansen had won the average and made the long climb to the top of the mountain… earning $78,185 for his abbreviated season and a slender $7,000 margin over second place man and two time champion—Dakota Buttar.

When asked about goals after winning his first Canadian title, Hansen laughed. “Well, there’s always room for two. I feel really fortunate to be able to come back after the injury. I just want to heal up a little bit more and see what happens this winter. And I’ve always wanted to get to the NFR so I’ll try to stay healthy all year and that’s my next goal.”

“I want to be among the greats.”

Jake Vold was thinking about names like LaValley, Dunham, Dunn, Trottier, Shields, Boyd and Cholach, some of the greatest bareback riders of all time.

“Those guys all won at least three titles so this third one means a lot to me.” Vold shared after winning his third consective Canadian bareback riding championship. And he did it with authority, putting an exclamation point on his CFR week with a spectacular 87.5 point ride on the Calgary Stampede mare, Reckless Margie.

“She’s a phenomenal mare,” Vold smiled. “I’d never had her before and to be honest I think I could do better on her next time but I was pretty happy when I got the call last night telling me I had that horse. And she was super today.”

The final go round win, coupled with securing the average, took the Airdrie (via Ponoka) cowboy to a season earnings total of $91,467 and an $18,000 cushion over the second place man, Tremonton, Utah’s, Caleb Bennett.

Vold also claimed the Top Gun award that goes to the competitor who earns the most money over the five days and six performances of the CFR. And there’s more to come. The twenty-nine year-old will be part of the Canadian contingent—eight strong—who will be heading south to Las Vegas to compete at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in December.

For Cody Cassidy the sentiment was something similar after the Donalda cowboy clinched his second title in a row and his fifth overall. “

“One of the Butterfields won six of them, I think,” Cassidy acknowledged. “And I’d like to win seven or eight before I’m done.”

This one might have been a little easier than some. “I think I might have won it even if I missed that last steer,” Cassidy commented, “but there’s a lot of money up and that’s why we come here—money and championships, so I still wanted to do it right.”

Cassidy’s 4.3 second run was good for third in the round and carried him to the average title as well. His winning total was $79,371 providing him with a $23,000 margin of victory over his older brother, Curtis.

Cassidy credited both the horse he rode to the title, Dustin Walker’s Tank and his hazer, “Mountain Man” Josh Harden.

“Tank probably wouldn’t work for everybody but he fits me perfectly,” Cassidy smiled. “And it always feels good when you don’t have to think about your hazer. Josh is just such a good hand and I’m really confident when I know he’s over there.”

It’s not often that a rookie qualifier jumps out and wins a Canadian title, especially when riding against a field of veterans with a bunch of championships to their credit. But for Nanton, Alberta bronc rider, Clay Elliott, there was never any doubt that he had a chance to win it.

“I don’t think about the stats or anything really but the horses,” the twenty-two year-old confided. “I knew if I rode like I can, I’d have a chance.”

And when it came down to Sunday, that chance became a reality. Elliott rode three time Saddle Bronc of the Year, Lunatic Party from Outlaw Buckers, for 85 points and second in the championship round to take his season total to $70,685, giving him a $19,000 margin of victory over the eight time CFR qualifier Jim Berry.

“I knew I had one of the best horses in the pen,” Elliott said, moments after the ride. “To stay on a bucking son of a gun like that—it’s pretty special.’

Elliott had to regroup after being bucked off in the Saturday evening round. “In rodeo it’s all about short term memory. I give myself ten minutes after a ride like that one last night, then I fix what I need to fix and get back at it.”

Like Jake Vold, Elliott will be heading for Las Vegas in a few weeks to represent his country at the CFR. “This fuels the fire for sure,” the second generation cowboy smiled. “I can’t wait to get there.”

The twenty-two year National Intercollegiate champion of a year ago had special words for one of his bronc riding heroes. “Next to my family, the guy who is my idol is Winston Bruce. He’s got a world champion’s buckle on his belt and he taught me so much about how to win.”

Of his next challenge, Elliott repeated a mantra he’d followed all week. “I try to focus on only one thing and that’s bucking horses. They stay the same and I know if I let the media and announcers say what needs to be said about me, I can just concentrate on that one thing—those bucking horses. I have the opportunity to go get on ten more—ten one headers in Las Vegas—and I can’t wait.

One of the closest races was in the tie down roping. The last time a Canadian won the roping championship was in 2009. That man was Al Bouchard. And on Sunday afternoon, Bouchard did all he could to end the drought Canadians have experienced since ’09.

But his effort fell just short as the talented and unflappable Matt Shiozawa from Chubbock, Idaho held off the hard-charging Bouchard to claim his second Canadian title, the first coming back in 2014.

Noting that he’d just got the news that he’d officially won it, Shiozawa, said, “It’s kind of a relief. It was so close I didn’t know for sure I’d won it until a few minutes ago.

“But really the best part was that I roped second last and Al roped last and we were giving each other high fives and wishing each other good luck. That’s the camaraderie there is in our sport.”

Shiozawa credited his mare, Alotta with helping him to that second title. “She’s a terrific horse that I rode at my first Finals back in ’07. The she hit a bit of a rough patch and we bred her, had a nice colt and when we brought her back she was great again. She’s part of the family.”

Another great CFR comeback story was fashioned at this finals as Taber, Alberta’s Nancy Csabay won her second straight barrel racing title Csabay who needed a huge performance at the Pro Rodeo Canada Series Final a month ago in Calgary, just to qualify for the CFR, was once again a picture of consistency en route to back to back titles.

Csabay won the third round on Friday night, then added third place cheques in all five of the remaining rounds to top the field in the average and take home the champion’s saddle and buckle once again.

‘It feels wonderful,” the second generation cowgirl beamed. ”It’s something I never, ever expected. Going in to the Pro Series Final in Calgary I was 14th. I was able to move up to 7th there – and then to come here and go from 7th to 1st is amazing.”

Csabay and her mare Wicked have been an electric pairing, especially for the last two seasons.

“That horse of mine is a life changer. I just love her. I’ve learned that I just need to make the same run every time and not worry about the win—just do what I know and let my horse do what she knows.”

Together Csabay and Wicked won $42,345 at the CFR to take her season total to $72,010, providing a slender $1200 edge over second place finisher, Callahan Crossley, the Hermiston, Oregon cowgirl who struggled in the final round and dropped out of first place for the first time all week.

And in the team roping it was the new dad from Cut Bank, Montana winning his second title, this time with partner Russell Cardoza who collected his first Canadian championship.

The team formed near the end of 2015. “I needed a partner at the time to help me get to the NFR,” Cardoza said, “and I heard Dustin was out there. We teamed up and it worked out. I got to Las Vegas and this year, Dustin really wanted to include the Canadian rodeos in our schedule. That was fine with me. Now I can’t wait to get back up here next year.”

“I grew up close to the Canadian border,” Bird, who won his first Canadian title in 2012, added. “I wanted to win a Canadian championship and after that I was hoping to win it again so this is great.”

Luke Butterfield, the Ponoka bronc rider and steer wrestler, claimed his first All Around title, holding off defending champion, Josh Harden for the honours while Morgan Grant maintained his hold in the High Point race to claim his second title, the first coming back in 2013.

On the livestock side of things, it was C5 Rodeo’s bareback horse Virgil capturing Best of the CFR honours while in the saddle bronc riding, Wild Cherry from the Calgary Stampede was top horse with Vold’s VJV Nailed capturing the Best CFR Bull title.

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Rodeo2-650x432Jake Vold made it back to back championships in the bareback riding and put an exclamation on his second title with a spectacular 89.25 point ride on the Wayne Vold four-legged superstar, True Grit. Vold’s Sunday score was the highest of the entire Canadian Finals Rodeo in any of the riding events and took his season earnings to a record $98,567.97, more than $22,000 better than the previous record, set by Davey Shields Jr. back in 2004.

Vold was last the last man in the section and was ready for the moment. “I love being the last guy out and needing to be 90 to win. My style is pretty much let it all go and sometimes it doesn’t work but today it felt really good. I actually think I’m happier this year,” Vold said of his second title. “I had the best finals I’ve ever had and I thought if I had a really good CFR I might just get to $100.000 for the year. I guess I came pretty close.”

As for the future, Vold conceded he’s already thinking about next year’s Wrangler NFR after just missing getting there in 2015. “I’ve got my eye on the prize for sure for next season,” Vold smiled, adding that ‘the prize’ includes a run at a third Canadian title.

It was Canadian championship number four for Donalda, Alberta steer wrestler Cody Cassidy. Cassidy posted a 4.2 to win fourth in the final round and that, coupled with his fourth place finish in the aggregate, meant the second generation cowboy had equalled his dad Greg’s buckle total. “That was definitely a goal,” Cassidy commented. “Now I guess I’d like to shoot for five. That’s how many Lee Graves won and he’s probably the best Canadian steer wrestler ever. And then maybe I’ll try for six or seven. My dad went until he was 47 and I don’t see any reason why I can’t do the same thing.”

It was a winning week for the Cassidy family as brother, Curtis claimed his ninth High Point title and earlier in the week, the Cassidy patriarch, Greg, was inducted into the Canadian Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame.

When you talk about barrel racer Nancy Csabay, it’s all about consistency. The Taber cowgirl came into the CFR as the season leader, then placed in every CFR round with four second-place finishes, a third and a fourth, and she won the average as well, taking her season earnings total to a whopping $84,714.89. Add to that the Top Gun award for most money won at this year’s CFR by a single competitor–$57,056.78, and it adds up to a sensational year for Csabay and her brilliant mount, Wicked, the 11-year-old mare that was earlier voted Horse With the Most Heart.

“She’s changed my life,” Csabay admitted as she spoke of the mare. “She tries so hard every time; we raised her and trained her and she is everything.”

In one of the closest finishes at this year’s CFR, Dakota Buttar, the Kindersley, Saskatchewan bull rider split the final round with an 87.25 point ride on the Outlaw Buckers bull, Cutie. The margin of victory for the back to back champion was less than $500 over Ponoka’s Zane Lambert who came into the final round in the lead but came down off the Vold bull, Smoke Show.

Buttar battled back after taking a physical pounding the night before to make a specatular ride and equal the retiring Tyler Thomson’s score to split the round and earn a second Canadian title. For Thomson it was the last ride in a career that earned the Black Diamond cowboy a Canadian title in 2008 and a third place overall finish and an aggregate win at his last CFR.

Another close finish highlighted the tie down roping event where Sulphur, Louisiana cowboy, Shane Hanchey won his second Canadian title. He needed to be very solid in the final round to capture the title. And solid is exactly what Hanchey was, with an 8.2 to claim the second place $9,000 in the round and first in the average.

“I knew if I got two cheques today, I’d be hard to beat,” Hanchey commented and he was right as his $62,448.77 gave him a slender $2300 margin of victory over former World All Around champ, Ryan Jarrett, who won the final round with a 7.2 to put the pressure on his long-time friend.

Cody Demoss made his first trip to the Canadian Finals Rodeo a memorable one. The Heflin, Louisiana cowboy came to the finals with a comfortable lead that was never threatened during the six performances of the 42nd CFR. Demoss won the opening round, was second in three others and added a fourth place finish in round two to go with his third place standing in the aggregate; he amassed a total of $90,687.33 for the winning margin of $15,000 over the second place man, Wade Sundell of Coleman, Oklahoma who was also competing at his first CFR.

For the winning team roping duo of Roland Flewelling and Tyrel Flewelling, at least part of the preparation for the final run of the season was mental. After the team missed their steer on Saturday night, opening the door for several other teams to take a run at them, the teammates chatted about Sunday.

“I wanted to be mad at myself,” McFadden related, “but Tyrel wouldn’t let me. He just said let’s forget about this and go out there and do what’s worked for us all year long. That really helped plus we had Tyler Thomson down at our end of the arena for that last run and his job was to tell me to breath and relax. And he did–although he did it a little more colourfully than I can pass along. But it really helped.” For Flewelling, it was his third title and a special one. “It was really great to be part of Pony’s (McFadden’s) first championship–that was cool, for sure. He’s roped so good all year; he absolutely deserves this.”

Josh Harden of Big Valley, Alberta became the second member of the Harden family to win the All-Around title, joining brother Jeremy who managed the feat back in 2005.

In the junior events, Lane Cust of Bluffton, Alberta clinched his second consecutive novice saddle bronc riding title on Saturday night to cap off a year that saw the talented twenty year-old also earn the novice title at the Calgary Stampede and semi pro titles in the Lakeland and Wild Rose Rodeo Associations.

Cust won two of the five rounds at the CFR and was second in two more en route to almost $13,000 and the title.

The novice bareback riding honour went to Sundre’s Wyatt Gleeson. The twenty-one year-old had to overcome getting hung-up and taking a pounding in round two of the finals to accumulate a winning season total of $11,859 to claim the champion’s buckle. Both young men will be heading into the open competition next year and both have future CFR appearances on their minds.

In the steer riding, it was Irricana’s Luke Ferber who was able to catch season leader Owen Berreth to claim the championship. He put together two go-round wins, a third place finish and won the aggregate to clinch the title. With two years of steer riding eligibility remaining, the soft-spoken southern Alberta talent left no doubt as to his short-term goals. “I’d like to go for the three-peat,” he smiled.

Top stock awards of the finals went to C5 Rodeo’s Virgil in the bareback riding, the Calgary Stampede’s Tiger Warrior in the bronc riding and the Girletz bull, Moto Moto. Virgil was ridden both of his appearances in Rexall Place–for 88 points by Caleb Bennett and 87 points by Dusty Lavalley. Each of the rides resulted in a go-round win. Tiger Warrior and Moto Moto both added a pair of buckoffs to their CFR resumes.

The CFR and professional rodeo bid farewell to popular bullfighter, Scott Byrne, who made his final appearance in a career that has earned the Prince Albert native virtually every accolade possible in a career spanning  20 years and that saw Byrne’s life-saving talents earn the endearing respect of bull riders and rodeo fans alike.

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The following are the results of the sixth and final performance of the Canadian Finals Rodeo (CFR) held at Rexall Place on Sunday, November 15.

BAREBACK 1 Jake Vold, Airdrie AB, 89.25, $12,159.64; 2 Caleb Bennett, Tremonton UT, 89.00, $9,041.79; 3 Kyle Bowers, Drayton Valley AB, 87.75, $5,923.93; 4 Cole Goodine, Carbon AB, 86.00, $2,806.07; 5 Colin Adams, Deloraine MB, 85.50, $1,247.14

Total Season Earnings 1 Jake Vold, $98,567.97 ; 2 Caleb Bennett, $71,916.35 ; 3 Kyle Bowers, $56,015.30 ; 4 Ty Taypotat, $50,710.75 ; 5 Dusty LaValley, $38,388.05

Canadian Champion: Jake Vold, Airdrie, AB

Champion Horse: Virgil, Bar C5 Rodeo

CFR Aggregate Winner: Caleb Bennet, Tremonton, UT

STEER WRESTLING 1 Scott Guenthner, Consort AB, 3.3, $12,159.64; 2 Coleman Kohorst, Okotoks AB, 3.8, $9,041.79; 3 Straws Milan, Cochrane AB, 3.9, $5,923.93; 4 Cody Cassidy, Donalda AB, 4.2, $2,806.07; 5 Dustin Walker, Aneroid SK, 4.5, $1,247.14

Total Season Earnings: 1 Cody Cassidy, $60,610.55 ; 2 Curtis Cassidy, $55,329.56 ; 3 Scott Guenthner, $54,599.25 ; 4 Tanner Milan, $49,420.30 ; 5 Travis Reay, $44,087.51

Canadian Champion: Cody Cassidy, Donalda, AB

CFR Aggregate Winner: Curtis Cassidy, Donalda, AB

TEAM ROPING 1 Clayton Hansen, Pendleton OR, $6,079.82 & Rocky Dallyn, Nanton AB, $6,079.82;, 4.0; 2 Levi Simpson, Ponoka AB, $4,520.89 & Jeremy Buhler, Arrowwood AB, $4,520.89;, 4.1; 3/4 Garrett Rogers, Baker City OR, $2,182.50 & Jacob Minor, Milton-Freewater OR, $2,182.50;, 4.2; 3/4 Clint Weston, Cardston AB, $2,182.50 & Travis Booth, Calgary AB, $2,182.50;, 4.2; 5 Brett Buss, Ponoka AB, $623.57 & Klay Whyte, Airdrie AB, $623.57;, 4.3

Total Season Earnings 1 Roland McFadden, $38,799.00 & Tyrel Flewelling, $38,798.95 ; 2 Levi Simpson, $35,703.83 & Jeremy Buhler, $35,703.82 ; 3 Justin McCarroll, $30,383.42 & Brett McCarroll, $30,383.44 ; 4 Clay Ullery, $26,854.49 & Kevin Schreiner, $23,818.49 ; 5 Brett Buss, $26,496.51 & Klay Whyte, $26,496.50

Canadian Champion: Roland McFadden, Vulcan, AB & Tyrel Flewelling, Lacombe, AB

CFR Aggregate Winner: Levi Simpson, Ponoka, AB & Jeremy Buhler, Arrowwood, AB

SADDLE BRONC RIDING 1 Wade Sundell, Coleman OK, 87.25, $12,159.64; 2 Cody DeMoss, Watervalley AB, 86.50, $9,041.79; 3 Cort Scheer, Elsmere NE, 85.25, $5,923.93; 4 Layton Green, Meeting Creek AB, 84.50, $2,806.07; 5 Chuck Schmidt, Keldron SD, 83.75, $1,247.14

Total Season Earnings 1 Cody DeMoss, $90,687.33 ; 2 Wade Sundell, $75,980.60 ; 3 Chuck Schmidt, $52,997.97 ; 4 Layton Green, $42,885.32 ; 5 Cort Scheer, $42,797.53

Canadian Champion: Cody DeMoss, Heflin, LA

Champion Horse: Tiger Warrior, Calgary Stampede

CFR Aggregate Winner: Wade Sundell, Coleman, OK

TIE DOWN ROPING 1 Ryan Jarrett, Comanche OK, 7.2, $12,159.64; 2 Shane Hanchey, Sulphur LA, 8.2, $9,041.79; 3/4 Morgan Grant, Didsbury AB, 8.3, $4,365.00; 3/4 Dean Edge, Rimbey AB, 8.3, $4,365.00; 5 Scot Meeks, Airdrie AB, 8.6, $1,247.14

Total Season Earnings 1 Shane Hanchey, $62,448.77 ; 2 Ryan Jarrett, $60,172.71 ; 3 Dean Edge, $45,677.43 ; 4 Matt Shiozawa, $42,452.68 ; 5 Rhen Richard, $41,341.13

Canadian Champion: Shane Hanchey, Sulphur, LA

CFR Aggregate Winner: Shane Hanchey, Sulphur, LA

LADIES BARREL RACING 1 Cayla Melby, Burneyville OK, 14.564, $12,159.64; 2 Nancy Csabay, Taber AB, 14.722, $9,041.79; 3 Gaylene Buff, Westwold BC, 14.822, $5,923.93; 4 Katie Garthwaite, Merritt BC, 14.937, $2,806.07; 5 Braidy Howes, Metiskow AB, 14.979, $1,247.14

Total Season Earnings 1 Nancy Csabay, $84,714.89 ; 2 Cayla Melby, $68,451.59 ; 3 Deb Guelly, $51,016.06 ; 4 Julie Leggett, $43,765.42 ; 5 Toni Dixon, $31,843.20

Canadian Champion: Nancy Csabay, Taber, AB

CFR Aggregate Winner: Nancy Csabay, Taber, AB

BULL RIDING 1 Dakota Buttar, Kindersley SK, 87.50, $12,159.64; 2 Tyler Thomson, Black Diamond AB, 87.25, $9,041.79; 3 Jordan Hansen, Okotoks AB, 86.50, $5,923.93; 4 Adam Jamison, Okotoks AB, 86.00, $2,806.07; 5 Lonnie West, Cadogan AB, 82.25, $1,247.14

Total Season Earnings 1 Dakota Buttar, $72,065.79 ; 2 Zane Lambert, $71,552.73 ; 3 Tyler Thomson, $69,216.84 ; 4 Jared Parsonage, $44,794.28 ; 5 Devon Mezei, $39,026.35

Canadian Champion: Dakota Buttar, Kindersley, SK

Champion Bull: MOTO MOTO, Girletz Rodeo Stock

CFR Aggregate Winner: Tyler Thomson, Black Diamond, AB

ALL AROUND CHAMPION: Josh Harden, Big Valley, AB

HIGH POINT CHAMPION: Curtis Cassidy, Donalda, AB

TOP GUN: Nancy Csabay, Taber, AB

Attendance for Championship Sunday, November 15 was 12,828. Overall attendance at the 2015 Canadian Finals Rodeo was announced at 89,177.

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Canada’s Newest Rodeo Queen

It was a busy week, full of Rodeo and friendly competition; but on Saturday, November 9th, Miss Rodeo Canada 2013, Gillian Shields, tearfully relinquished her crown and announced a new Miss Rodeo Canada.

Miss Rodeo Canada 2014 Nicole Briggs walks out of the arena with Miss Rodeo Canada 2013 Gillian Shields after the crowning ceremony held at the 40th annual Canadian Finals Rodeo in Edmonton Nov. 9.
Photo by Covy Moore.

Congratulations to Nicole Briggs, Miss Rodeo Canada 2014! Nicole is a 21-year-old Gibbons, AB native who grew up in 4-H, roping, barrel racing and horse shows. In 2012, she was crowned Miss Rodeo Airdrie, which then led her to compete in the Miss Rodeo Canada 2014 Pageant. Nicole is the president of the Canadian Intercollegiate Rodeo Association and received the prestigious Cowgirl of the Year Award in 2013. She remains a leader in the 4-H Light Horse Club, works as a riding instructor in her spare time, and is pursuing a BSc in Animal Health, with a major in Food Animals at the University of Alberta, with hopes of obtaining a degree in Veterinary Medicine and eventually a career in Equine Health. Nicole hopes her reign as the new Miss Rodeo Canada will help keep the western heritage alive in the sport of rodeo and to instill the love and passion of the sport into the hearts of others.

Gibbons, Alberta, and former Miss Rodeo Airdrie Nicole Briggs sports her new crown and title of Miss Rodeo Canada 2014, after winning this years pageant during the Canadian Finals Rodeo in Edmonton, Alberta.
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Nicole and her competitor, Miss Rodeo Sundre 2011, Bronwen Bowhay, spent all week competing in various categories such as Horsemanship, Public Speaking, Personal Interviews, Rodeo Knowledge, Overall Personality, Poise and Maturity. It was a very tight race, but, in the end, Nicole won the Horsemanship, Public Speaking and Rodeo Knowledge portions of the Pageant and ultimately the crown as well. The pageant coincided with the Canadian Finals Rodeo, where the crowning took place in the dirt.

Bronwen Bowhay and Nicole Briggs react to the announcement that Briggs won the title of Miss Rodeo Canada 2014, during the fourth performance of the 40th Anniversary Canadian Finals Rodeo at Rexall Place in Edmonton Nov. 9.
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We look forward to another great year with the new Miss Rodeo Canada and be sure to look for Nicole in her new role at a number of events throughout the year, starting with the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, from December 5th – 14th.

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Miss Rodeo Canada is a non-profit organization that has been supporting the personal development of young women for more than 50 years. Each November, the Miss Rodeo Canada Pageant produces an ambassador who wears a crown of pride and carries our Canadian western heritage to the rodeo community and beyond.


Miss Rodeo Canada Crowned

Miss Rodeo Sundre, Arleta Bowhay was crowned the new Miss Rodeo Canada tonight at the 38th Canadian Finals Rodeo on Thursday, November 10, 2011. Four finalists, all hailing from Alberta, competed for this prestigious title.

Northlands congratulates Bowhay on becoming the Canadian ambassador for the sport of rodeo. The newly crowned Queen will travel to over 400 events all across Canada and around the world. Her first stop will be at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas where she will be joining Miss Rodeo America on December 1, 2011.

Since 1955, a new Miss Rodeo Canada has been crowned annually. Each Queen, including 2010 winner Kezia Morrison, has been a role model for young girls everywhere and provided an invaluable service to the community through their work at numerous charity events.

Click here to watch the Edmonton Sun’s interview with Arleta.


First Run Jitters


Laura James and Stretch. Photo by Bernie Hudyma.

Just a few days ago, we spoke with CFR contender Laura James about her upcoming first performance at the Canadian Finals Rodeo. We caught up with her last night after the performance to review her run. As it turned out, a few nerves, the ability to focus, and a horse who behaves like a “champ,” are the ingredients that carried Laura James through her first Canadian Finals Performance.  Just off the mark of earning her first CFR cheque, James 7th place finish landed her in the middle of the pack – a good start to a competition featuring some of the top names in professional barrel racing.  Here’s what she had to say:

“I had a few first-run-at-the-CFR jitters, but stayed quite calm and pretty focused for the main part.  Stretch went in there like a true champ, like he always does, and worked good. I needed to be a little more focused and with him, to help us be a bit sharper.  We ended up 7th which is crying hole, but it was so much fun!  Can’t wait to do it all over again tomorrow night! I am just so happy to be here and to be competing against such great girls.”

Way to go, girl, we’re looking forward to seeing you again this evening! Catch more CFR action from last night, including an interview with last night’s barrel racing winner, Lindsay Sears, at the Breed & Sports News blog.