Canada\’s Greatest Horseman


The results are in from Canada’s Greatest Horseman competition held at Farmfair. Competitors participate in herd work, roping, steer stopping, reining and fence work over a four day period.  These events demonstrate the talent and versatility that a great horseman displays.  The competition was very close, with only 5 points seperating the top three riders.

John Swales of Millarville, Alberta, earned the prize leather jacket and championship buckle with his top score of 579.5 points.  Riding Nic O Lena Badger, Swales out-roped and out-rode the competition.




In a close second was Veronica Swales on Will James Smokey.  Veronica was the only female to compete, and was just four points behind John with a score of 575.5.

Rounding out the top three was Brad Pedersen, a working cow horse and cutting trainer from Lacombe, Alberta.  Aboard Smart Sassy Date, Pedersen earned a total score of 573.5.

Place Rider Horse Total Points
1 John Swales NIC O LENA BADGER 579.5
2 Veronica Swales WILL JAMES SMOKEY 575.5
3 Brad Pedersen SMART SASSY DATE 573.5
4 John Swales MAXIMUM ECHO 571
5 Geoff Hoar NU CASH SIGN 567.5
6 Jesse Thomson PICKACHICLET 566.5
7 Clint Swales PURE LATIGO 562
8 Vance Kaglea PEPINICS FANCY 534.5



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