The toughest and fastest from all corners of the province eagerly proved their rodeo skills and talents much like the pros seen at the CFR, however these athletes are all still in high school.
Cowboys and cowgirls in twelve different rodeo events filled the Ponoka Stampede grounds June 13, 14, and 15. The Alberta High School Rodeo Finals hosted the top ten competitors from each of the three divisions in the province. With a pep talk from CPRA Bull Rider Tanner Girletz to kick start the weekend, over a thousands runs and rides took place while hundreds of parents and family members watched.
Along with the finals rodeo there was also a banquet and cowboy prom for the 2014 graduates. In attendance at the cowboy prom was motivational speaker Amberley Snyder from Utah. In 2010 the cowgirl was in a car accident that claimed the use of the bottom half of her body. With determination and incredible perseverance Snyder has overcome obstacle after obstacle and now college rodeos as well is a motivational speaker across North America.
2014 Alberta High School Rodeo Champions
ROYALTY: QUEEN- Emma Hawley PRINCESS- Amber Monti
HI POINT ALL AROUND CHAMPION COWBOY: Clayton Smith
HI POINT ALL AROUND CHAMPION COWGIRL: Makayla Boisjoli
ROOKIE COWBOY OF THE YEAR: Lochlan Christianson
ROOKIE COWGIRL OF THE YEAR: Madelyn Schauer
Bareback Riding: Dustin Shaver – Crooked Creek, AB
Barrel Racing: Eryn Coy – High River, AB
Boys Cutting: Sloan Smith – Blackie, AB
Breakaway Roping: Shelby Boisjoli – Calgary, AB
Bull Riding: Austin Nash – Sangudo, AB
Girls Cutting: Tamara Davies – Rocky Mountain House, AB
Goat Tying: Caitlin Park – Creston, BC
Pole Bending: Makayla Boisjoli – Calgary, AB
Saddle Bronc Riding: Jake Burwash – Nanton, AB
Steer Wrestling: Landon Beardsworth- Innisfail, AB
Team Roping: Stran Schlosser- Nanton, AB
Tie Down Roping: Shane Smith- Wimborne, AB
For complete results go to the AHRSA website.
This 2014 AHSRA provincial finals was the last one to be held at the first class arena at the Ponoka Stampede Grounds. For the next two years the provincial finals will be headed to Grande Prairie.
Our Albertan and Canadian champion athletes will be headed on to the next level of competition through out the summer. The top four in each event will be representing Canada at the National High School Rodeo Finals in Rock Springs, Wyoming July 13-19, and the 5th -15th place cowboys and cowgirls will attend the Silver State International Rodeo in Winnemucca, Nevada June 29- July 5. They will also be representing Alberta at the Canadian High School Rodeo Finals in Nanton, Alberta July 24-26.