The Canadian Professional Rodeo circuit hit the Trail and Coleman rodeo grounds on the last weekend of April. According to the CPRA’s press release, Manitoba bull rider Zane Lambert scored first place wins at both rodeos. At the Kananaskis Pro Rodeo he rode for an 85.5 score on Kesler Championship Rodeo’s Double Dragon to split first with Stettler, Alberta’s Scott Schiffner.
“It’s great to get off to a good start,” Lambert commented in the press release, “But I need to keep it going –especially at the bigger rodeos. I’ve had good starts to the season before but wasn’t able to maintain the consistency you need to get to the Finals.”
Jeremy Harden, the former Canadian All Around Champion from Big Valley, Alberta took home first place in the steer wrestling with a time of 3.7 seconds at Coleman. In second place was Baillie Milan, with a time of 3.9 and hometown cowboy and rookie professional Cooper Trotz, came in third with a time of 4.0.
The CPRA mention other Kananaskis/Coleman winners included three time Canadian Champion Dustin Flundra of Pincher Creek who captured the bronc riding with an 84 point ride on Kesler Rodeo’s Poker Star. Dallas Nitschke’s 83 scored second spot. Duchess cowboy Jesse Finnerty took home the tie down check with a 9.3 second finish and Stettler, Alberta’s Riley Warren made second place with a time of 9.7.
Kesler Championship Rodeo’s Touch of Frost edged Brownfield, Alberta’s Luke Creasy to win the bareback riding with an 81.5 score. In second place was Matt Lait’s 80.5.
In the Barrel Racing, Ramona Nash of Drayton Valley ran a time of 13.142, earning the top cheque of $1461. Lauren Byrne of Okotoks followed in second place with a time of 13.172 and third place went to Adel Hansen with a 13.248 second finish.
Cole Bevans and Hayes McRae, posted a 5.1 second run taking top spot in the Team Roping. The team scored a 1/10 of a second margin of victory over Kolton Schmidt and Tyrel Flewelling.
The novice saddle bronc title went to Layton Green of Meeting Creek, AB while Claresholm’s Griffin Smeltzer landed the junior steer riding title.
In Trail B.C. at the Kootenay Chrysler Bull-A-Rama the CPRA called it a ‘Turner-fest’ on Saturday night. The CPRA state brothers, Jody and Steven, each posted 85 scores – Jody on Outlaw Bucker’s Joe Smoe and Steven on Outlaw Bucker’s Alberta Premium. Full results from the bull riding go the CPRA website.
The next rodeo on the CPRA schedule is Stavely, Alberta May 10-12. Make sure to check in to the CPRA website for a complete listing of results and rodeos for the 2012 season.