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The Canadian Professional Rodeo Association (CPRA) and Canadian Western Agribition (CWA) have announced a new rodeo partnership and structure for the 2016 edition of Canada’s largest livestock exhibition and trade show.

The formal announcement was made by the two organizations as they concluded an agreement that will see CWA partner with the CPRA to host the “Agribition Pro Rodeo” in 2016. The four performance rodeo will take place during Agribition, November 21 – 26 and is the first pro rodeo of its kind in Saskatchewan. The event will feature 16 top athletes from each of the seven major events who will be divided into two pools of eight competing in two performances each.

“Inviting the best cowboys and cowgirls in Rodeo to Agribition offers visitors a new entertainment experience. It is Agribition’s first time using this model and we intend to raise the fan experience and deliver a world-class event just like everything else we do,” explained Bruce Holmquist, CWA Rodeo Chair.

The roster will be based on the Pro Rodeo Canada standings at the end of the 2016 regular season and will be the inaugural event of the 2017 schedule. Top professional competitors from around the world will battle for $100,000 in prize money, giving rodeo fans in Saskatchewan high energy, action-packed rodeo to enjoy.

“We are excited to welcome Agribition into our rodeo family as we continue to move forward with our commitment to grow our sport in Canada,” noted CPRA President Murry Milan. “Regina has always been a great rodeo community and I know our rodeo athletes will look forward to competing at what will be an amazing kick-off to our season.”

Making Miles – Making Money

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No sleep, no problem.

“I got a couple of hours at the airport,” shrugged saddle bronc rider, Zeke Thurston, after his win at the Oldstoberfest Pro Rodeo this past weekend. “I was in St. George, Utah last night and got dropped off at the Salt Lake airport at about 2:30 in the morning, then flew to Calgary and my grandpa picked me up and drove me here.”

Despite the schedule, the 20-year-old Thurston posted the top score of the weekend in Olds, AB, with an 83.5-point ride on C5 Rodeo’s Black Hills to win $1,627. That will leave him 9th in the unofficial Pro Rodeo Canada bronc riding standings with just under $16,000 in earnings and bump the Big Valley, AB, cowboy from 12th to 5th in the Pro Rodeo Canada Series standings.

“This was the only one I made money at this week,” revealed Thurston, whose recent travels have taken him to the U.S. in search of a spot at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. “It doesn’t take much to turn things around. If you do something right that you’ve been having trouble with, the next day it’ll be twice as good. Then you can get on a roll and you can’t be beat.

“I’m zeroed in on my targets. There will be plenty of time after the season to look back. You have to be confident for good things to come your way. You have to believe in yourself.”

Utah’s Rhen Richard followed the tracks of Thurston to Olds. And, like him, won an Oldstoberfest championship stein, too.

“I left St. George at six this morning and got here at 11,” offered Richard, who topped the tie-down roping with an 8.0-second run on Saturday to win $2,211.

The 26-year-old, four-time CFR team roping qualifier can also relate to Thurston’s recent struggles on the rodeo trail.

“It’s been a long three weeks up here without winning much,” sighed Richard, who used Curtis Cassidy’s award-winning horse, Stick in Olds. “I was hoping to ride him a lot more up here this year and even down south but he’s been having health trouble. The last two times I’ve been on him, it’s worked out great.

“I think I have enough now (to qualify for the Canadian Final Rodeo). On paper, Clint (Arave) might have a chance if he won everything at the (Pro Rodeo Canada Series) finals. It would be nice to finally get to the CFR in the tie-down roping.”

Other Olds’ champions included steer wrestler, Cody Cassidy (4.7-seconds, $1,886); team ropers, Stacy Cornet/Denver Johnson (5.2-seconds, $1,411 each); barrel racer, Julie Leggett (17.336- seconds, $1,737); bullrider, Jarod Parsonage (84-points on C5 Rodeo’s Sugar Bear, $1,374) while Cole Goodine (Franklin Rodeo’s Ultimate Cash), Jessy Davis (C5 Rodeo’s Montana’s Hope) and Tate Hartell (C5 Rodeo’s Virgil) were all 81 points to split the bareback riding title and collect $1,178 each.

Next up on the Pro Rodeo Canada schedule is the Hanna Pro Rodeo in Hanna, AB (Sept. 25-27) and the Dallas Sunstrum Memorial Pro Rodeo in Brooks, AB (Sept. 25-26).

Curtis Cassidy Tops Ropers at Inaugural Medicine Lodge Event

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It’s been a bit lonely for Curtis Cassidy on the pro rodeo trail. The Donalda, AB, cowboy has been without his sidekick for much of the summer and it’s showed.

“He (2010 Canadian tie-down roping horse of the year, Stick) has been having breathing problems,” relayed Cassidy, who was 24th in the Pro Rodeo Canada tie-down roping standings heading into last weekend. “I haven’t been on him much this summer at all. From about Calgary (Stampede) until Jasper, I was getting mounted on anything I could find.

“His throat has collapsed on one side and the other side is only partially open. We don’t know how it happened and we’ve been trying everything under the sun but nothing really helps. He can’t run calves very far because he gets short of breath.”

Cassidy won his biggest roping cheque since July 1 this past weekend at the inaugural Medicine Lodge Fall Roundup in Medicine Lodge, AB, for a rodeo-winning 9.0-second run.

‘The calves were good, at least for me. I like them big,” offered the 36 year-old. “When they’re bigger like that, it’s not easy to flank them. So I focused on having a good, strong flank and it worked.”

The $1,013 cheque will prove vitally important to his chances at qualifying for the Canadian Finals Rodeo in the roping. It should be enough to get the 29-time CFR qualifier to the Pro Rodeo Canada Series Finals at the Agrium Western Event Centre in Calgary on October 2-3, where the top ten in each event from the Series standings will compete.

“I’ve dug myself such a big hole,” concluded Cassidy, who has won just $2,800 since the beginning of July in the roping. “I need to keep winning as much as possible the rest of the way and then do good at those finals. The bulldogging’s been good all summer but if it wasn’t for the Pro Series finals (in Calgary), I wouldn’t have a snowball’s chance in (heck) of getting to Edmonton in the roping.”

The win moves the reigning and eight-time Canadian Hi-Point champion into 9th in the Pro Rodeo Canada Series standings and bumps him up a spot in the overall standings.

Bareback rider, Kevin Langevin solidified his CFR qualification by winning in Medicine Lodge with an 83-point ride on C5 Rodeo’s White Water. The $737 cheque boosts the Rich Lake, AB, cowboy’s earnings to $12,538, good enough to leave him in the 12th and final CFR spot, almost two thousand dollars ahead of the injured Michael Solberg.

Other Medicine Lodge winners included saddle bronc rider, Jake Watson ($970, 82-points on John Duffy’s Rip N Zip); steer wrestler, Cody Cassidy ($1,181, 3.9-seconds); team ropers, Travis Booth/Clint Weston ($728 each, 5.1-seconds); bullrider, Fabian Dueck ($698, 82.5-points on Duffy Rodeo’s No Seeum) and barrel racer, Kirsty White ($591, 13.822 seconds).

Next up on the Pro Rodeo Canada schedule is the Oldstoberfest Pro Rodeo in Olds, AB (Sept. 18-19).

When a Plan Comes Together

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“I wanted to be able to rodeo hard this fall and not worry about the Canadian Finals Rodeo,” explained Layton Green. “My plan at the start of the year was to go to all the spring rodeos in Canada to get a head start.”

With a pair of cheques from long weekend stops in Armstrong and Merritt, BC, the Meeting Creek, AB, saddle bronc rider is a big step closer to accomplishing what he set out to do – qualify for both the  CFR and the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.

“It was a really good hit for me up here and down in the States,” offered the 21-year-old. “I’m now going to be rodeoing my butt off down south for September.”

Green matched up last Saturday night at the IPE and Stampede in Armstrong with a young Calgary Stampede horse named Xavier Joan. The result was an 86.75-point score, good enough for the bronc riding championship and a cheque worth $6,486.

“That’s a new horse that’s only been bucked a few times,” began the 2012 Canadian Novice Saddle Bronc champion. “But she’s just what you want. Jumped out and was awesome. And that rodeo is one of the coolest there is. Everybody is excited and the atmosphere is great.”

Just a few hours earlier, Green was 78 points at the Nicola Valley Pro Rodeo in nearby Merritt, good for a three way split of 6th and a cheque worth $62. Together, the paydays boost the third-year pro cowboy’s 2015 Pro Rodeo Canada earnings to $18,760, enough to push him solidly inside the top ten of the bronc riding standings with only five rodeos left on the Canadian pro rodeo schedule.

The biggest winner from the weekend was timed event cowboy, Morgan Grant, who split the steer wrestling win in Armstrong with a 4.2 second run, finished 2nd in the tie-down roping with a time of 7.9 seconds and placed third in the bulldogging in Merritt to win a total of $7,925. Despite the big cheque, the 2013 Canadian Hi-Point champion remains on the CFR bubble in both the tie-down roping (12th) and steer wrestling (11th) in the unofficial Pro Rodeo Canada standings.

A pair of young team ropers have also put themselves on the bubble. 21 year-old, Kyle Lucas and 20 year-old, Grady Branden placed 2nd in Merritt and split 5th in Armstrong to win $2,052 each. That will put Branden in 11th in the Canadian heading standings while Lucas will hold down the 12th and final qualifying spot in the heeling division. Both are tight races with less than $800 separating 9th through 12th in the heeling.

Other top winners from the long weekend included saddle bronc riders Cody DeMoss ($6,225) and Chad Ferley ($4,324); bullriders Adam Jamison ($6,147) and Trevor Kastner (4,161); bareback rider Clint Laye ($5,809); tie-down roper Dean Edge ($3,604); steer wrestlers Scott Guenthner ($3,519) and Coleman Kohorst ($3,059); barrel racers Jackie Ganter ($3,447) and Toni Dixon ($2,845) and team ropers Clayton/Chase Hansen ($2,329 each) and Jacob Minor/Garret Rogers (2,073).

Next up on the Pro Rodeo Canada schedule is the inaugural Medicine Lodge Fall Roundup in Medicine Lodge, AB (Sept. 12).

CFR and All Around Races Tighten

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With only a half-dozen rodeos left on the Pro Rodeo Canada schedule, every cheque becomes increasingly important, no matter how many zeroes may be attached to it. Barrel racer, Rene Leclercq couldn’t agree more.

“It’s very important for me to be winning right now because I’m right on the bubble,” offered the 21- year-old, who is in her third year on the pro rodeo trail. “Getting to the CFR has been a life long dream since I was a little girl. If I got there, it would mean the world to me.”

Leclercq picked up $1,175 for a rodeo-winning time of 12.528-seconds at the Okotoks Pro Rodeo in Okotoks, AB, this past weekend. That will keep the Holden, AB, cowgirl in 13th spot in the unofficial Pro Rodeo Canada standings. But the gap between herself and Saskatchewan’s Kareen Warren, who holds down the 12th and final Canadian Finals Rodeo qualifying spot, has shrunk to $1,600.

“My mare, Flirt, worked really awesome for me,” began Leclercq. “She really likes those tiny little pens. I think she’d like the set-up in Edmonton. She’s a great indoor horse.”

“I also started to run my other horse (7-year-old, Flit) for the first time. She was a little new to the game at the start but now she’s working really good for me, too. So it’s nice that I have the two of them.”

Among the other winners in Okotoks was bullrider, Ty Pozzobon, who not only grabbed a first place cheque worth $1,474, but also posted the high marked bull ride of the 2015 Pro Rodeo Canada season.

“That bull was named Bull of the CFR last year,” said Pozzobon of his draw, Proper Ripped from Vold Rodeo. “The quicker you get out of the chute, the better he’ll buck. He was alright so I just nodded and the end result was 92 points.”

The win boosts Pozzobon’s unofficial Pro Rodeo Canada earnings to $24,448, an impressive total given the Okotoks’ stop was just the Merritt, BC, cowboy’s 19th rodeo of the season.

“I had a bad head injury from the PBR Canada finals in Saskatoon last November,” revealed Pozzobon. “I won my first rodeo in Camrose in April and then I got hurt again and didn’t come back again until after the Grande Prairie weekend at the end of May.”

“I’ve had to go to neurologists and everything because I’ve had about 10 concussions since 2012 so they wanted to make sure everything was ok. The doctor made it seem like maybe I should find a new hobby. But bullriding is all I’ve ever known. We did come to the conclusion that I can’t take too many more hits like that.”

A small cheque for $357 for a 7th place, 9.8-second run in the tie-down roping in Okotoks may turn out to be the most important of the season for Ky Marshall. It’s Marshall’s 3rd roping cheque of the season and throws him into the Pro Rodeo Canada All-Around race. The reigning Canadian All- Around champ, who has already solidified a spot at the Canadian Finals Rodeo in Edmonton in November in the bareback riding, now joins Josh Harden as the only competitors in the running for the coveted award.

Other Okotoks’ champions included team ropers, Logan and Keely Bonnett (4.4-seconds, $1,295 each); tie-down roper, Kyle Lucas (7.7-seconds, $1,643); saddle bronc rider, Jim Berry (86.5-points on Vold Rodeo’s Pedro, $1,643); steer wrestlers, Tyler Willick and Layne Delemont (tie, 3.5-seconds, $1,435 each) and bareback riders, Dusty LaValley and Jake Vold (tie, 83-points on Vold Rodeo’s Mucho Dinero and Wildwood Flower respectively, $1,276 each).

Next up on the Pro Rodeo Canada schedule is the final Wrangler Canadian Pro Rodeo Tour stop at the IPE & Stampede in Armstrong, BC (Sept. 2-6) and the Nicola Valley Pro Rodeo in Merritt, BC (Sept. 5-6).

Reaching for the Top

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If Dayton Roworth finishes off the 2015 Pro Rodeo Canada season the way he began the campaign, he may find himself riding in a new season leader saddle next year. The 25-year-old had collected over $9,000 in earnings by mid-June while flirting with the number one spot in the Canadian steer wrestling standings.

“I got on a roll earlier in the year,” suggested Roworth, who first bought his pro card in 2010. “I figured some things out in the practice pen. And I’m getting more comfortable now. I know how to use my head a little more than when I started.”

With a win this past weekend at the Whoop-Up Days Pro Rodeo in Lethbridge, AB, Roworth has now passed the twenty thousand dollar mark in earnings. And the $2,351 won from the southern Alberta stop will leave him less than $2,400 out of the top spot in the updated Pro Rodeo Canada unofficial standings.

“There’s still a chance,” confirmed the 2009 Lakeland Rodeo Association bulldogging champ. “I was hoping to make the CFR and have a seat by now but not with $20,000 won. It’s a bit surprising.”

The Czar, AB, cowboy claimed the Lethbridge title with a 3.6-second run last Thursday night while using his traveling partner’s horse.

“I had a good steer and rode Ty Miller’s horse,” explained Roworth. “Ty hazed for me. I got a good start and things worked out.”

“That’s the first cheque I’ve won on anything other than my horse, Fly. He was a little sore and I think I’ll give him another week off. I’ll ride Ty’s horse (Chico) again and see from there.”

Other Lethbridge champions included reigning Canadian bull riding champion, Dakota Buttar. The Saskatchewan cowboy was 86.5 points on Kesler Rodeo’s 2012 Canadian Bull of the Year, Whiskey Jack, to take home $1,953, enough to boost his season earnings to nearly $35,000.

“I started an exercise plan last year and I’m continuing it this year,” began Buttar in describing his continued success on the Pro Rodeo Canada trail. “I think it really helps.”

Buttar’s Lethbridge win came on the heels of the previous weekend’s double successes. The accounting student topped the field at Jasper’s Pro Rodeo with an 86-point ride on Northcott’s Cool Pop, good for $1,504.75, then added a second place $777.55 cheque at Cranbrook Pro Rodeo with an 82-point performance.

The only other current leader in the Canadian standings to win a Lethbridge title was Louisiana’s Cody DeMoss. He was 83 points on Kesler Rodeo’s Paper Clip to win the saddle bronc event and $2,098.

Other Whoop-Up Days champions included bareback rider Ty Taypotat (81 points on Kesler Rodeo’s Cool Boots, $1,953); barrel racer Katie Garthwaite (15.635 seconds, $2,012); tie-down roper Scot Meeks (7.7 seconds, $1,988); team ropers Dale Skocdopole and Rocky Ross (5.0 seconds, $1,459 each); novice saddle bronc rider Keenan Reinhardt (78 points, $303); novice bareback rider Dustin Shaver (67 points, $241) and steer rider Owen Berreth (77 points, $553).

Next up on the Pro Rodeo Canada schedule is the Okotoks Pro Rodeo in Okotoks, AB (Aug. 28-30).

Morgan Grant – Hot in Stretch Drive

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Just five weeks ago, Morgan Grant was considering his Plan ‘B.’ Now, with just eight rodeos left on the Pro Rodeo Canada schedule, his plans for qualifying for the Canadian Finals Rodeo have taken a decidedly different direction.

“I’m now in the fight in both event to make the CFR,” concluded Grant, who has won $11,499 in both the steer wrestling and tie-down roping since July 17. “This is where your metal is tested.”

The 26-year-old Ontario native continued his hot streak this past weekend with a win in the bulldogging at the Jasper Heritage Rodeo in Jasper, AB, and a second-place finish at the Cranbrook Pro Rodeo in Cranbrook, B.C. His cheques equaled $3,041.

“I got an awesome start and Tanner (Milan) gave me a great haze,” began Grant in describing his 3.7-second run in Jasper last Wednesday night, “In Cranbrook, I knew I had to give my steer a big chance. I saw about six inches then knocked the barrier out and Baillie (Milan) gave me a great haze and the steer was really good on the ground.”

That 4.0-second run on Saturday earned the 2013 Pro Rodeo Canada High Point champion $1,319, enough to boost his 2015 steer wrestling earnings to $11,650 and put the four-time CFR qualifier unofficially in 12th spot in the new Pro Rodeo Canada bulldogging standings.

“That’s the beauty of doing the two events,” contended Grant, who won $2,246 in the roping the weekend before at the Dawson Creek, B.C., Stampede. “You always seem to do well in one of them.”

“I should also have enough won now in the steer wrestling to make the Pro Rodeo Canada Series Final (Oct. 2-3 in Calgary) but I need to win some more in the tie-down roping. You’re hoping to have the CFR made by then, but it’s a good plan ‘B.’”

Drayton Valley, AB, permit holder Joe Guze is also making a dramatic climb up the steer wrestling standings. The 2014 Wildrose Rodeo Association champion won $2,268 over the weekend with a 4.2-second run in Cranbrook to split third and a 4.1-second trip at the Pincher Creek Pro Rodeo in Pincher Creek, AB, to win third. Guze’s won $4,556 in the past two weeks.

Reigning Pro Rodeo Canada All-Around champion Ky Marshall took a big step towards qualifying for a shot at a second straight title. Marshall won his second tie-down roping cheque with an 8.4-second run in Jasper. Marshall, who’s won $18,060 in the bareback riding so far this season, hasn’t placed in the roping since April in Dawson Creek and now needs one more cheque to join Josh Harden of Big Valley, AB, in the all-around race.

Other notable money winners from the weekend included tie-down ropers Matt Shiozawa ($2,418) and Lee Rombough ($1,622); team ropers Rocky Dallyn and Kyle Smith ($1,464 each); bullriders Dakota Buttar ($2,283) and Jared Parsonage ($2,131); saddle bronc riders Wade Sundell ($2,954) and Sam Kelts ($1,969); barrel racers Nancy Csabay ($1,997) and Gaylene Buff ($1,510); bareback rider Cole Goodine ($1,348) and novice saddle bronc rider Keenan Reinhardt ($698).

Next up on the Pro Rodeo Canada schedule is Lethbridge Whoop Up Days in Lethbridge, AB (Aug. 20-22).

Vold Rolling Again

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If you’re Canadian bareback champion Jake Vold, how do you top last season? Well, how about by winning more already this season than you did during the entire 2014 season leading up to the Canadian Finals Rodeo.

“I was so lucky last year and drew so good everywhere pretty much all year,” recalled Vold of his championship season. “I had a slower start this spring and I knew better than to even be thinking that I could do the same thing. But I went home and got some things worked out and it started to come around.”

The 28-year-old’s unofficial 2015 Pro Rodeo Canada earnings now sit at $40,371 after a $3,329 weekend, which included a first-place cheque from the Field of Dreams Stampede in LaCrete, AB, for an 86-point ride on Outlaw Buckers’ Hair Trigger and a second-place finish at the Wrangler Canadian Professional Rodeo Tour stop in Dawson Creek, B.C.

“Rodeo’s a roller coaster ride,” offered the 2007 Canadian novice bareback champion, who had only won just over $4,200 by mid-June. “Last year was the dream year that I had been waiting for and it finally came. And I wanted to repeat it so it was getting hard to keep a positive outlook.”

But, in fact, it’s been the Airdrie, AB, cowboy’s ability to stay positive that has helped him win over $36,000 since June 14.

“I’ve got my eyes on the prize again,” concluded Vold, who is not only number one in the Pro Rodeo Canada bareback standings but sits just outside the top 15 in the world standings. “I’m just hoping to finish strong. We’ll just have to see how things go from now to the end of the year.”

South Dakota saddle bronc rider Troy Crowser knows all too well about the rodeo roller coaster. The 27-year-old missed qualifying for last year’s Wrangler National Finals Rodeo by a mere $152. This season, he’s currently on the outside looking in when it comes to a CFR berth.

“I’m sitting just out of it,” declared Crowser when analyzing his position in the Pro Rodeo Canada bronc riding standings. “I really needed this and I need a few more, too.”

Crowser topped the bronc riding at the Dawson Creek Stampede with an 87.5-point ride on Kesler Championship Rodeo’s big bay stallion, Spanish Pair, to win $2,617. That, coupled with a win in late July in High Prairie, AB, has boosted Crowser’s earnings over the $10,000 mark.

Other top money winners this past week included steer wrestlers Cody Cassidy ($2,563), Lochlan O’Neill ($2,497), Stephen Culling ($2,496) and JD Hays ($2,235); barrel racer Nicole Pana ($2,453); bareback riders Dusty LaValley ($2,414) and Kevin Langevin ($1,877); bull rider Dakota Buttar ($2,346); tie-down roper Dean Edge ($1,596); team ropers Kolton Schmidt and Dustin Searcy ($1,757 each); all-around competitor Josh Harden ($1,800 SB, $176 SW); novice bareback rider Wyatt Gleason ($1,513) and novice saddle bronc rider Ricky Warren ($1,575).

Next up on the Pro Rodeo Canada schedule are the Jasper Heritage Rodeo in Jasper, AB (Aug. 12-15), the Cranbrook Pro Rodeo in Cranbrook, B.C. (Aug. 14-16) and the Pincher Creek Pro Rodeo in Pincher Creek, AB (Aug. 14-16).

Meet Mr. August

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“(Hall of Fame writer) Dwayne Erickson gave me that name,” recalled Erik Dublanko shortly after capturing the Strathmore Stampede tie-down roping championship on Monday afternoon. “In one of the last articles he wrote before he passed away, he related me to Reggie Jackson. Those are pretty big shoes to fill.”

But Dublanko is doing his best to live up to the moniker, coined from Jackson’s “Mr. October” nickname given to the New York Yankee’s baseball star for his prowess to deliver big hits during his many World Series appearances. In fact, since 20111, when he first qualified for the Canadian Finals Rodeo, the Thorsby, AB, roper has won close to $19,000 during the month of August.

“I only need to win another four or five thousand (to make the CFR) and I have six weeks to do it,” calculated the 27-year-old, who jumped from 49th to near the top 20 of the unofficial Pro Rodeo Canada standing with the win in Strathmore, AB. “It’s a good time to get hot. I think it’s easier to come from behind than hold guys off. It’s better to be on the offence than defence.”

Dublanko won the first round in Strathmore with an 8-second run and tied his calf in 9.2 seconds in the final round to win the aggregate title with a two-head time of 17.2 seconds.

“When you come back with a lead, you know you don’t have to blast out (of the box),” offered the eight-year Pro Rodeo Canada veteran. “But it’s never easy. Sometimes when all you have to do is tie them down, that can be the hardest thing to do.”

A small 8th place cheque from the North Peace Stampede in Grimshaw, AB, helped push Dublanko’s long weekend earnings to $5,999, leaving the three-time CFR qualifier with just over eight thousand dollars in 2015 season earnings.

Just as you can bank on Dublanko winning in August, you can also bet on bareback rider, Caleb Bennett riding Wayne Vold’s True Grit for a big cheque.

“I’ve been on her probably six times and I’ve never been less than 85 points,” revealed the Utah cowboy who posted a 91.25-point score on the 2013 Pro Rodeo Canada Bareback Horse of the Year during the final round in Strathmore. “I’ve been 90 on her before so I knew I had an opportunity to take this home.”

“The first year she cracked out was my first year at the Calgary Stampede and I was 90 on her in the ten round. I helped boost her career and she helped boost mine.”

Bennett, who won $5,658 for his efforts, wasn’t the only rider in the 90s during the Strathmore shortgo. Manitoba’s Orin Larsen was 90.75-points on Vold’s other superstar, Mucho Dinero. He won $3,325.

The new partnership between 22-year-old header Clay Ullery and 35-year-old heeler Kevin Schreiner is paying early dividends. The pair won the Elks Pro Rodeo in High Prairie, AB, placed 2nd at the Mighty Fraser Rodeo in Abbotsford, B.C. and topped the aggregate standings in Strathmore.

“Three weeks ago we decided to hook up and we’ve been winning ever since,” offered Schreiner, who was mired in 29th spot in the Pro Rodeo Canada heeling standings before he and Ullery each won $6,041 this past week. “I really need this. It should put me in the top ten now.”

Other top money winners included bareback riders, Ky Marshall ($5,141), Jake Vold ($4,433) and Ty Taypotat ($3,778); steer wrestler, Travis Reay ($6,463); barrel racers, Taylor Jacob ($6,808); Kendra Edey ($5,526) and Deb Guelly ($3,914); saddle bronc rider, Cody DeMoss ($5,424); bullriders, Jordan Hansen ($6,304) and Beau Hill ($5,805); ropers, Steele DePaoli ($1,780 TDR, $2,064 TR) and Riley Warren ($3,950 TDR, $1,219 TR); All-Around contender, Josh Harden ($3,747 SB, $3,425 SW); novice bareback rider, Wyatt Maines ($1,835) and novice saddle bronc riders, Lane Cust ($1,784) and Keenan Reinhardt ($1,717).

Next up on the Pro Rodeo Canada schedule is the Field of Dreams Stampede in LaCrete, AB (Aug. 4-5) and the Dawson Creek Stampede in Dawson Creek, B.C. (Aug. 7-9).