Rodeo Hall of Famers

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JW Campbell and Junior at the 1974 Calgary Stampede.

The Canadian Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame has announced the following inductees for 2015.

Dee Butterfield – Contestant

            An 11-time CFR qualifier and one-time NFR Qualifier, Dee Butterfield is also the 1992 Canadian Barrel Racing Champion. Butterfield has over 40 years of experience as a barrel racing and horsemanship clinician.

 Greg Cassidy – Contestant

          A four-time Canadian Champion Steer Wrestler and the 1987 and 1988 Canadian High Point Champion, Greg Cassidy has continued to be involved in the sport as a hazer.

 Harris Dvorkin – Builder

            Owner of the Ranchman’s Cookhouse and Dancehall Inc. in Calgary, Harris Dvorkin has been a friend of the cowboys for over 40 years. A former member of the Calgary Stampede’s Rodeo Committee, Dvorkin created the Ranchman’s Renegades Charity Bull Bustin’ which has now taken place in the parking lot behind the bar for 16 years, acting as an unofficial kick off to the Stampede.

 Jim Freeman – Contestant

            A multi-event cowboy, Jim Freeman was crowned the Canadian Bull Riding Champion at the conclusion of the first Canadian Finals Rodeo in 1974. Freeman became a judge in 1984 and continued his involvement in the sport instructing schools and as the Old College Rodeo Coach for 18 years.

 Pearl Mandeville – Builder

            Pearl Mandeville helped improve rodeo’s image by arranging visits to the Alberta Children’s Hospital with champion cowboys and acting as the promotional director for the inaugural year of High School Rodeo in Alberta. Pearl’s biggest contribution to the sport was the creation of the Canadian Rodeo News in 1964.

 Junior – Animal

            Tie down roping horse owned by Jim “Bearman” Campbell rode by all of the greats to numerous titles including two Canadian champions in the 1970’s.

About the Canadian Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame (CPRHOF): Since 1981, 183 inductees have been inducted into the Canadian Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame, located upstairs in the Calnash Ag Events Center in Ponoka, AB. To nominate someone for induction into the CPRHOF visit the nomination tab at www.canadianprorodeohalloffame.com

For all other inquiries or visiting hours direct e-mails to info@canadianprorodeohalloffame.com or by phone at 403-236-8511

Canadian Pro Rodeo Update

 

Wild Pony Racers at the Cowtown Pro Rodeo in Maple Creek. Photo by Kate Winquist, taken from The Advance Facebook page.

Wild Pony Racers at the Cowtown Pro Rodeo in Maple Creek. Photo by Kate Winquist. 

The first rodeo that Saskatchewan bareback rider, Ty Taypotat entered this season was in Grande Prairie, AB, at the end of May. Some would argue, however, that Taypotat’s season didn’t officially begin until July 5th.

Since then, the 22-year-old, Regina cowboy has placed at seven straight rodeos, won a tidy $5,698 and moved back into contention for his third trip to the Canadian Finals Rodeo. Taypotat grabbed a first place cheque at the Moose Mountain Pro Rodeo in Kennedy, SK, this past weekend for an 83.5-point ride on Big Stone Rodeo’s Time Machine, placed 2nd at the Morris Stampede in Morris, MB, and split 3-4-5 at the Cowtown Pro Rodeo in Maple Creek, SK. The “East Run” netted the CPRA’s 2011 Rookie of the Year $3,174, enough to likely move him inside the top 15 of the new Canadian Pro Rodeo bareback standings.

Barrel racer, Kerilee Noval has also been a regular at the pay window this month. In fact, she’s won money at every rodeo she’s entered in July.

“Once we got to the big outdoor rodeos, I was a lot more confident,” says the Turner Valley, AB, cowgirl. “My horse thrives outdoors. I wasn’t riding him that great indoors. We were running fast but I kept knocking the first barrel when we came out.”

Noval, who filled her permit last season at the first pro rodeo she entered in Medicine Hat, AB, won $2,500 at the three weekend stops which included a first place cheque from the Wrangler Pro Rodeo Tour stop in Morris. Teamed up with her 10-year-old horse, Bully, she’s picked up $6,325 from eight rodeos this month to bump her season earnings to over $12,000.

“It’s pretty weird because I’m now at a point where I’m pretty safe to make the CFR,” begins Noval. “So I don’t have to go to everything but I don’t know if I still should, if I want to push it or not. I never really expected to be in this kind of position. It’s a pretty good dilemma to be in. It’s something I’ve dreamed of for so long and it’s actually happening a lot sooner than I expected.”

Rocky Mountain House, AB, steer wrestler, JD Hays was also a triple winner from the weekend. The 29-year-old won the most of any competitor with earnings totaling $4,260. The biggest cheque came from a first-place, 3.6-second run in Morris.

The Canadian All-Around race has a new entrant. Josh Harden of Big Valley, AB, joined Kyle Thomson and Travis Reay in the hunt for the coveted award by winning a cheque in each of the saddle bronc and steer wrestling events in Maple Creek. Steven Turner placed in both the bullriding and bulldogging in Morris, to move one steer wrestling cheque shy of qualifying.

Other big winners from the weekend include roper, Riley Warren ($1,902 TDR, $287 TR); bullriders, Dakota Buttar ($3,522) and Devon Mezei ($2,986); steer wrestler, Dustin Walker ($2,709); saddle bronc rider, Kyle Thomson ($3,385); team ropers, Chase Simpson/Braidy Davies ($1,960 each) and barrel racers, Deb Guelly ($2,857) and Britany Diaz ($2,254).

In the junior events, Dantan Bertsch added a win at Maple Creek and a second place finish at Kennedy – good for $640 – to further secure his lead in the novice bareback standings. Keenan Reinhardt repeated the same placings in the novice saddle bronc to add $644 to move his 2014 earnings over the $4000 mark. Weekend winners in the steer riding included current season leader Nick Tetz who topped the field at Kennedy and Riley Gagnon who won the Maple Creek Cowtown Pro Rodeo.

Next up on the Pro Rodeo Canada schedule is the White Lightening Dodge Professional Cowboy Crunch in Oyen, AB (July 23), Medicine Hat Stampede in Medicine Hat, AB (July 24-26, Bonnyville Pro Rodeo in Bonnyville, AB (July 24-26), Cochrane Classic Bullriding in Cochrane, AB (July 26), Bruce Stampede in Bruce, AB (July 27) and the High Prairie Elks Pro Rodeo in High Prairie, AB (July 29-30).

Hansen Back on Track

Pickup man taking a breather at the Airdrie Pro Rodeo

Pickup man taking a breather at the Airdrie Pro Rodeo. Photo by Kelsey Simpson

Jordan Hansen was the youngest bullrider to qualify for the Canadian Finals Rodeo last season. Now in his third season on the Pro Rodeo Canada trail, the Okotoks, AB, cowboy is still just 20-years-old, but in the last eight months his goal has definitely changed.

“I don’t want to just qualify (for the CFR),” says Hansen of his expectations in 2014. “I want to go win it.”

After a pair of victories this past weekend in Taber, AB, and Benalto, AB, Hansen is at least back in the hunt for a second straight CFR appearance. The $2,031 he won will unofficially move him to 13th in the new CPRA standings ahead of the injured, Ty Patten of Buck Lake, AB, and just behind 2011 world champion, Shane Proctor, who isn’t likely to enter the required 15 rodeos this season to allow him to compete at the CFR as a non-Canadian.

“My season started really good. I was in the top ten until Hand Hills and then I hit a slump,” explains Hansen. “I watched some videos and saw I wasn’t focused and kept looking at the ground. But I finally pulled my head out of my butt in the last month and I’m focused on staying focused.”

In fact, since June 1st, Hansen hadn’t won a dime until rolling into Benalto on July 5th and posting an 87-point ride on a Bar-C5 bull called Sugar Bear.

“Tanner Girletz had him in Maple Creek (last year) and he was good. He bucks a lot like (Big Stone Rodeo’s) Pop Evil.”

Rookie bareback rider, Cole Goodine of Carbon, AB, has now won cheques at five of his last six rodeos. Goodine went to the pay window at all three weekend stops in Taber, Benalto and Coronation, AB. The cheques totaled $1,246 compared with the $9,550 the semi-pro superstar won in Ponoka, AB, and Airdrie, AB, the weekend before.

Stettler, AB, roper, Riley Warren also collected three cheques. The 24-year-old split 1st in Benalto and split 2nd in Taber in the tie-down roping and grabbed a 3rd place cheque in the team roping in Taber for a $2,856 weekend.

A pair of CPRA cowboys competing at the Calgary Stampede took time out to cash in at the smaller pro rodeo stops. Donalda, AB, steer wrestler, Curtis Cassidy, who competed in the tie-down roping in Calgary on Saturday afternoon and then made the three hour trip to Taber, won the top money there ($1,249) with a 4.0-second run while Pincher Creek, AB, bronc rider, Dustin Flundra was 83.5-points on Frank Wyzykoski’s Ink Spot in Benalto to take home the first place cheque worth $1,147.

Other top winners from the weekend included steer wrestler, Scott Guenthner ($1,656); saddle bronc rider, Jim Berry ($1,253); team ropers, Kolton Schmidt and Rocky Dallyn ($1,201 each); barrel racer, Kerilee Noval ($1,250) and novice saddle bronc rider, Keenan Reinhardt ($749).

Next on the CPRA schedule are the Teepee Creek Stampede (July 11-13) and the Peace River Pro Rodeo (July 12-13).

First Time Winners

Photo from Innisfail Auction Mart website

In what may have been the last Daines Ranch Pro Rodeo organized under the direction of Jack Daines, all but one of the event champions this past weekend at the 54th annual rodeo were first time winners at “The Ranch”.

“There comes a time when you gotta say that’s enough,” the 79 year-old, Daines said during last Thursday’s slack at the rodeo grounds he built over five decades ago north of Innisfail, AB.
Ky Marshall and his family, from nearby Bowden, have been to many of those 54 rodeos. But they’ll always have special memories of this year’s edition with a pair of highly coveted, championship buckles now on display in the 22-year-old bareback rider’s trophy case.
“We’re good friends with the Daines’ family. There are tons of people here watching,” an excited Marshall explained after competing in the tie-down roping in Saturday night’s third performance. “You actually try harder when all those people are watching cause you don’t want to embarrass yourself.”
Moments before his 7th place, 8.7-second roping run, Marshall had spurred Vold Rodeo’s superstar, True Grit for 89.5 points in the bareback riding. It was the second time the 2012 Canadian Intercollegiate Rodeo champion and the 2013 CPRA Bareback Horse of the Year had been partnered together.
“I drew her last year at the CFR, but we didn’t quite have the same match-up. I was hoping for that horse and when I saw the draw, I was just stunned. All the cowboys wish they could draw her.”
The bareback win paid Marshall $2,098, while his tie-down cheque worth $871 was enough to help the 2011 Canadian Novice Bareback champion also take home the All-Around buckle from the Daines Ranch.
Eight-time CFR qualifier, Sam Kelts has had his eye on the special Contway Bronze given to the Innisfail saddle bronc riding champion since he began competing on the pro rodeo trail in 2002. The Millarville, AB cowboy was finally awarded the trophy Sunday after an 88-point ride on Calgary Stampede’s Lynx Mountain.
“That’s a horse you can win first on anywhere. But it was an outstanding pen of broncs out today,” praised the 30 year-old Kelts. “The money ($2,170) is a big deal but it spends. The trinkets are forever.”
Reigning Canadian All-Around champion, Travis Reay was among the first-time winners. The Mayerthorpe, AB cowboy, one of the last bulldoggers out on the final afternoon, turned his steer in 4.1 seconds to win the buckle. It was Reay’s first cheque in almost two months and the $2,623 nearly doubled his 2014 earnings.
Brock Radford was not only a first time Innisfail Champion, but he also won his first pro rodeo on Calgary Stampede’s 703 Gingas Kong. The DeWinton bull rider scored 89.5 points for a $2727.68 cheque and the championship buckle.
Only one Innisfail champion came from Thursday’s pre-rodeo slack performance. Laci Suitor’s time of 15.877 held up to capture the top prize of $2,613.
Idaho’s Nate Baldwin won his first Innisfail tie-roping championship. The 40-year-old’s 8-flat run Sunday survived a final day roping field filled with cowboys boasting a combined 49 appearances at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. The win was worth $2,411. In the team roping, it was Levi Simpson and Ryon Tittle who took home the buckles after their 4.8-second run. Simpson was the only repeat champion having won the same buckle last year with heeler, John Robertson.
Dantan Bertsch from Eastend, SK marked 79 points to win the first place cheque of $675.12 in novice bareback and in the novice broncs, Calgary’s Keenan Reinhardt posted a 77 point score to win $721.68. The Innisfail steer riding champion was Owen Berreth; the Airdrie youngster scored 76 points to take home $659.60.
Next on the Pro Rodeo Canada schedule are stops in Wainwright, AB (June 18-22) and Sundre, AB (June 20-22).

Pay Off for Justin Miller

The Brooks Kinsmen Pro Rodeo Grounds.

The Kinsmen grounds in Brooks Alta. hosted their annual pro rodeo June 6th & 7th.

Heading into the May long weekend, steer wrestler, Justin Miller hadn’t won a dime on the Canadian pro rodeo trail. But a new mount has turned a cold start to the 2014 season into a sizzling, hot June, which has the Manitoba cowboy barking at the heels of the bulldogging standings leader.

“I bought him in Arizona this winter,” says Miller of his new horse, Grumpy. “He’s got a little grumpy personality for sure. He was kind of a runaway head horse.”

The nine-year-old bay packed Miller to the pay window at all three CPRA rodeos this past weekend in Rocky Mountain House, AB, Brooks, AB, and at Lea Park, north of Marwayne, AB. His fastest time of the weekend was posted at the Rocky Pro Rodeo on Saturday, where a 4.2-second run was good for a split of the first place money.

“I wasn’t expecting that steer to be that slow. It wasn’t the prettiest run but I hustled through it.”

A day later, the seven-time Manitoba high school rodeo champ (two all around, two tie-down and three steer wrestling titles) split first at the 60th annual Lea Park Pro Rodeo with a 4.6-second run. His weekend haul totaled $5,932, enough to unofficially move the 25 year-old into second spot in the new Pro Rodeo Canada standings with $8,325 in earnings.

Utah team roper, Rhen Richard and North Dakota’s Britany Diaz were the only other competitors to cash cheques from all three CPRA stops. Richard’s biggest payday came from the Kinsmen Pro Rodeo in Brooks where he partnered with Jeremy Buhler to win the team roping with a 5.2-second run to earn $1,330 of his weekend total ($3,677). Diaz won $1,914, which included a third place cheque from Rocky Mountain House worth $1,241.

Seven-time Canadian Hi-Point champion, Curtis Cassidy has officially entered that race again. The 35 year-old, 17-time CFR qualifier grabbed his third tie-down roping cheque of the season in Brooks where his 7.9-second run was good for second spot behind Texan, Cory Solomon. Cassidy also split first in the steer wrestling in Rocky Mountain House for a $4,131 weekend.

Nancy Csabay’s lead atop the Canadian barrel racing standings doesn’t appear to be in jeopardy this week after she placed second at Lea Park to win $2,061. Csabay and her ten-year-old mare, Wickedhave now won over eight thousand dollars so far this season.

“She’s just working well and I’m just kind of going with the flow. As long as I can stay on and in the center of her, she does all the work.”

Shelly Anzick of Livingston, MT, won the barrel racing at both Lea Park and Rocky Mountain House to earn $4,162, enough to vault the WNFR qualifier into the top ten in the Canadian standings.

Other big winners from the weekend included tie-down ropers, Randall Carlisle ($3,622) and Clint Arave ($3,107); bull rider, Ty Pozzobon ($3,288); saddle bronc rider, Rylan Geiger ($3,200); bareback rider, Clint Laye ($2,528); steer wrestler, Zane Hankel ($2,726) and team roper, Jeremy Buhler ($2,183).

Next on the Pro Rodeo Canada schedule is the 54th annual Daines Ranch Rodeo, north of Innisfail, AB (June 13-15).

Beau Rollin’

Hanna Pro Rodeo Queen, Jessica Rosenau at the Handhills Rodeo. Photo from Vione Kading

Hanna Pro Rodeo Queen, Jessica Rosenau at the Handhills Rodeo. Photo from Vione Kading

In a busy weekend filled with big paydays, Montana bull rider, Beau Hill is one of just two event leaders likely to hang on to their top ranking when the new Pro Rodeo Canada standings are released this week. The 35 year-old Hill continues to enjoy his finest start to a season in this country after a $2,491 weekend, which included the championship at the Leduc Black Gold Rodeo with an 86-point ride on Northcott Rodeo’s Harlum Knights.

“He did his part, I did mine and it worked out,” understated Hill on Sunday afternoon at the Leduc Recreation Centre. “I’m just going with it. I’m finally feeling healthy.”

Hill credits a switch to a Brazilian-style bull rope, which pulls from the opposite side of a cowboy’s riding hand, for helping him deal better with an injured wrist that’s bothered the three-time CFR qualifier for the past couple of seasons. He’s also made a change in the truck.

“I’ve been entering with (22 year-old) Garrett Green. He’s wanting to go hard and I’m having a lot of fun showing him things,” says Hill. “These kids ride so good. It feels good to still be able to compete with them and win.”

Steer wrestler, Scott Guenthner of Consort, AB, is the only other leader going into the weekend, who will unofficially keep his number one spot. Guenther, who split first in Medicine Hat, AB and Luxton, BC this season, more than doubled his earnings last weekend with $4,869 from three Alberta stops (Grande Prairie, Hand Hills and Leduc).

On a weekend when saddle bronc riders were given an extra chance to win on the CPRA trail, it was a trio of American cowboys who took full advantage of the opportunity. Minnesota’s Tyler Corrington, Wyoming’s Chet Johnson and Nebraska’s Cort Scheer all served notice on their first trip to this country this rodeo season that they plan to be booking flights back to Canada in November. The 28 year-old, Corrington cashed three cheques worth $7,501. His biggest haul came from the 11th annual Wildwood, AB, Bronc Bustin’, where the two-time WNFR qualifier pocketed $3,841 by winning the opening round and placing in round two and the finals. He added another $3,395 to his bank account by winning the Grande Prairie Stompede with an 86-point ride on C+ Rodeo’s Kiss’n Kate. Scheer won $3,528, which included the Leduc championship with an 80.5 ride on Northcott Rodeo’s N533. Johnson grabbed $3,081 from Wildwood and Grande Prairie.

World champion, Shane Hanchey made his first visit to Canada since winning the gold buckle in Las Vegas last December. The Louisiana tie-down roper won in Leduc with a 7.4-second run and split second in Hand Hills with a 7-flat trip for a $3,754 weekend.

“The Canadian Finals is one of my goals, a Canadian championship is one of my goals, as it is every year, so I’m thrilled to have some money won already.”

Other big winners from the weekend included saddle bronc riders, Jim Berry ($5,289), Call Marr ($5,369) and Dustin Flundra ($3,192); bareback riders, RC Landingham ($3,131), Kelly Wardell ($2,705) and Jake Vold ($2,309); barrel racers, Pamela Morrison ($3,491) and Nancy Csabay ($2,709); tie-down ropers, Matt Shiozawa ($6,841) and Ryan Thibodeaux ($3,242); team ropers, Bryce Palmer/Jacob Miner ($2,902 each) and Todd Gallais/Murdock Keith ($1,878 each); bullriders, Ty Elliott ($3,294) and Jesse Torkelson ($2,292) and novice bareback rider, Spur Lacasse ($1,300).

Next on the Pro Rodeo Canada schedule are three Alberta events: the Kinsmen Pro Rodeo in Brooks, AB (June 6-7), the 60th Annual Lea Park Rodeo in Marwayne, AB (June 6-8) and the Rocky Pro Rodeo in Rocky Mountain House, AB (June 6-8).