Big Moves in B.C.

Bull rider, Coy Robbins, enjoyed a productive and lucrative weekend as he captured the title at the first-ever Valley West Stampede in Langley, British Columbia riding Duane Kesler Championship Rodeo’s 675 Circus Freak for 88.5 points and $5,773.

With the 2022 Canadian Professional Rodeo season winding down, one of the most critical weekends of the fall took place entirely in the nation’s westernmost province. Sunny skies, big crowds and spectacular performances were the order of the day at Armstrong, Merritt and Langley, BC.

The SMS Equipment Pro Rodeo Tour wrapped up over Labour Day weekend with the final tour stop (IPE and Stampede) and Finals in Armstrong, BC. While most of the season leaders held on to claim the overall tour titles and the champions’ trophy spurs, there was come-from-behind drama in the bareback and bull riding events. 

Reigning Canadian Bareback Riding Champion Clint Laye put together an 89-point effort for second place ($2,713) in the regular Armstrong Pro Tour rodeo, then added an 88.25 ride on Calgary Stampede’s Bigtimin Houston to take top spot in the Finals for another $2,320. The twin successes vaulted the Cadogan, AB. cowboy from third place entering the weekend to the SMS Equipment Tour title and earned him the champion’s trophy spurs as he edged Ty Taypotat by just five points.

Bull rider Brock Radford was the only other competitor who overcame a deficit to win the SMS Equipment Tour title. The DeWinton, AB, hand was aided by his fourth-place result in the tour final en route to the overall championship.

Steer wrestling champion, Scott Guenthner.

Those able to protect the leads they enjoyed going into the Armstrong weekend included steer wrestling champion Scott Guenthner, tie-down roper Beau Cooper, bronc rider Lachlan Miller, barrel racer Bayleigh Choate, team ropers Tristin Woolsey and Trey Gallais and breakaway roper Lakota Bird. 

Guenthner, the two-time Canadian Steer Wrestling Champion and 2022 season leader, also put up a pair of wins, topping the field at Merritt with a 4.1 second performance for $1,999, then smoking a 3.1 second run in the SMS Equipment Pro Rodeo Tour finals for $2,320 to clinch his tour title.

Bull rider, Coy Robbins, enjoyed a productive and lucrative weekend as he captured the title at the first-ever Valley West Stampede in Langley, British Columbia riding Duane Kesler Championship Rodeo’s 675 Circus Freak for 88.5 points and $5,773. Robbins then added an 87-point win at the Nicola Valley Pro Rodeo (Merritt, BC,) on Macza Rodeo’s 803 Blue Bombshell for another $1,908. The Camrose, AB, athlete capped off the weekend with an 87.5, third place finish in the SMS Pro Tour Final for an additional $1,160. After a weekend that provided major moves in the Canadian standings, Robbins is a virtual lock for the CFR as his wins will move him past Jordan Hansen into third place.

The Graham brothers, Dillon and Dawson, continued their winning ways, running their steak to five in a row with wins at Merritt (4.3, $2,216) and Armstrong (5.0, $2,832). The Wainwright cowboys came up just short in their effort to capture the SMS Equipment Tour title as the duo of Trey Gallais and Tristin Woolsey prevailed for the SMS Equipment crown.

One of the biggest moves in the CFR race was that of barrel racer Jennifer Neudorf. Entering the weekend in a precarious 11th place in the standings, a win at Langley (15.42, $5,922) and a 6/7 spilt for another $998 at Armstrong will push the Grande Prairie cowgirl solidly into the top ten with just three weeks remaining in the regular season.

With every dollar won critical as the 2022 season winds down, CPRA competitors will now take their talents to the Coronation Pro Rodeo, September 9-10 and the Medicine Lodge Fall Roundup September 10.

For complete (unofficial) results, check out prorodeocanada.com

102 Years of the Falkland Stampede

Kolby Wanchuk, 2022 Falkland Stampede.

Kolby Wanchuk hasn’t forgotten the way his 2021 Canadian rodeo season ended. The Sherwood Park, AB bronc rider was bumped from Canadian Finals Rodeo contention on the final stop of the regular campaign. This weekend at the 102nd Falkland Stampede, the second generation cowboy took another step toward ensuring that history would not repeat itself.

“I don’t want to miss the CFR again,” Wanchuk admitted. “I’ve been getting to the spring rodeos and I want to do whatever it takes to get back to the Finals. That’s one of my goals for this year. You can’t win a Canadian title if you’re not at the CFR.”

The 25-year-old rode Macza Pro Rodeo’s +2 Big Surprise to 86 points and the first place cheque of $1,226. The win will consolidate Wanchuk’s hold on fourth place in the Canadian standings and keep him solidly in the top 15 in the World.

“I’d seen this horse quite a bit, but this was my first time on him,” Wanchuk noted. “He’s not a big horse but he tries really hard. He had a couple of big jumps at the start and then was really nice.”

Things will start heating up for Wanchuk and all CPRA contestants as the 2022 rodeo season moves into high gear. “We’ll be going back and forth across the border pretty well every week. From Reno in June to the end of August, there are rodeos almost everyday. And I want to get to every one I can.” Wanchuk is especially looking forward to the CPRA (SMS Equipment) Pro Tour events. “I want to get to as many of the 11 Tour rodeos as I can because that money makes a big difference in the Canadian standings.”

Great weather and record crowds were on hand in Falkland, BC throughout a weekend that saw several other outstanding performances. A pair of 90 point rides highlighted the weekend action with reigning Canadian Bareback Champion, Clint Laye, navigating Macza’s award winning 118 OLS Tubs Stevie Knicks to first place and $1188 in the bareback riding. That effort was matched by 2016 Canadian Champion bull rider Jordan Hansen who posted his 90 point ride on Macza’s D 180 Big City Life – good for $1,398. Other Falkland champions included tie down roper, Clayton Smith who clocked an 8.5 second run for $1962; steer wrestler Quentin Branden who was 3.9 seconds ($1,426), team ropers Dawson and Dillon Graham whose 4.4 netted $1,512 for each. Ladies barrel racing saw a one-two split between Lynette Brodoway and Bradi Whiteside who were 16.38 seconds for $1,544 each. Breakaway roper, Kylie Whiteside posted a 2.44 to win her event and pocket $994. The novice saddle bronc event also saw a tie with Colton Powell and Devon Hay marking 69 points for $224 each while in the junior steer riding, Nash Loewen was 82 points for $329.

For complete CPRA results, check out rodeocanada.com

CFR ‘45 – Changes at the Top

Photo by Billie-Jean Duff.

The first three rounds of CFR ‘45 were not kind to Scott Guenthner. The 2018 season leader had seen his spot at the top of the Canadian standings slip away. It was time for a change.

“I was having the worst luck,” the Provost, AB cowboy admitted, “so I thought I’d switch everything up. I rode a different horse, had a different hazer and it went a lot better.

“I switched horses to “Tyson,” Curtis Cassidy’s horse. Curtis was really good about it even though there’s five guys riding him. (I’m going to be riding him at the NFR in Vegas too.) And Baillee Milan hazed for me. It felt awesome.”

The five-time Canadian Finals Rodeo qualifier posted a 3.7 to win the round and jump back into contention for the Canadian title – which will be awarded Sunday afternoon. While Guenthner re-claimed the overall lead, he sits sixth in the aggregate and still has work to do. Among those who have a legitimate shot at the steer wrestling title at this point are Stephen Culling (who sits second overall and second in the aggregate), Tanner Milan (3rd overall and 3rd in the aggregate) and Dallas Frank who is 5th overall but leads the aggregate.

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Saddle bronc rider, Jake Watson, has been flying under the radar for much of the 2018 season… and the early rounds of this CFR. But tonight that changed.

“I had Lunatic Party of Outlaw Buckers and it couldn’t have gone any better,” the Hudson Hope, BC native stated. “Just a great horse… she goes out and does her job every time. I’ve been waiting quite a while to get on that horse.”

Watson posted his second 87-point score of the Finals to win round four and take home the first place cheque of $10,530. He moved to third overall ($12,000 back of leader, Clay Elliott). Watson, however, leads the lucrative aggregate while Elliott sits fourth and second place man, Zeke Thurston, fell to eight after a Friday night buck-off.

A number of other races also became more interesting as a result of Friday night’s performance. In the tie-down roping, Carstairs, AB roper, Kyle Lucas, took over the overall lead as well as moving to top spot in the aggregate with two rounds remaining.

Oregon barrel racer, Callahan Crossley, lengthened her lead by posting the fastest time of the rodeo to date (13.454 seconds) to win her third consecutive go-round. The three-time CFR qualifier remains first overall and leads the aggregate.

In the team roping event, Kasper Roy and Brady Tryan won the round for the second night in a row while Riley and Brady Minor cling to the overall lead just ahead of 2016 World Champions Levi Simpson and Jeremy Buhler who lead the aggregate.

Three-time Canadian bareback champion, Jake Vold, holds a $9000 lead over second place man Richmond Champion of Dublin, TX but Champion sits second in the aggregate. Vold is seventh and out of the aggregate standings for the moment.

And in the bull riding, Ponoka hand, Wacey Finkbeiner, continued his dominating performance at CFR ‘45 as he posted an 85-point score to win third – and more importantly – remain first in the aggregate. He is one of only two men to ride four bulls in four performances, the other being Cody Coverchuk of Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan.

While the 2018 novice champions were declared after performance three – Mason Helmeczi in the novice bareback and Cooper Thatcher in novice saddle bronc riding – the steer riding event wrapped up Friday.

Tristen Manning of Yellowhead County, AB, went four for four and won two rounds en route to the Canadian Steer Riding Championship.

Bull rider, Jacob Gardner, who grabbed a spot on the CFR bull riding roster when Brock Radford withdrew, claimed the 2018 All Around title by placing in rounds three and four.

And the Miss Rodeo Canada competition concluded Friday with the crowning of Jaden Holle as the 2019 queen.

Round Four Summary:
• Bareback riding round winners: (tie) Orin Larsen – 86.25 points on Calgary Stampede’s Xavier Joan and Jake Vold – 86.25 points on Outlaw Buckers’ American Thumper.
Overall bareback riding leader: Jake Vold
Aggregate leader: Clint Laye

• Steer wrestling round winner: Scott Guenthner – 3.7 seconds
Overall steer wrestling leader: Stephen Culling
Aggregate leader: Dallas Frank

• Team roping round winners: Brady Tryan/Kasper Roy – 4.6 seconds
Overall team roping overall leaders: Riley Minor/Brady Minor
Aggregate leaders: Levi Simpson/Jeremy Buhler

• Saddle bronc riding round winner: Jake Watson, 86 points on Outlaw Buckers’ Magic Carpet
Overall saddle bronc riding leader: Clay Elliott
Aggregate leader: Jake Watson

• Tie-down roping round winner: Kyle Lucas – 7.9 seconds
Overall and Aggregate tie-down roping leader: Kyle Lucas

• Ladies barrel racing round winner: Callahan Crossley – 13.454 seconds
Overall and Aggregate ladies barrel racing leader: Callahan Crossley

• Bull riding round winner: Jordan Hansen – 85.75 points on Girletz Rodeo’s Willy Wonka
Overall and Aggregate bull riding leader: Wacey Finkbeiner

• Steer riding round winner: Carter Sahli – 83 points
Steer Riding Champion: Tristen Manning

• Novice Bareback Riding Champion: Mason Helmeczi
• Novice Saddle Bronc Riding Champion: Cooper Thatcher

Saturday, November 3 will be a busy day at Westerner Park. The fifth performance of the Canadian Finals Rodeo runs Saturday, November 3 at 7:00 pm but earlier in the day (1:00 pm), fans can enjoy the Junior Canadian Finals Rodeo

First Futurity Results Are In!

Submitted by Elaine Good, Photos Courtesy of Barbara Glazer.

Glen Beveridge rides NRR Coles China Doll to the Open Futurity championship.

The first two days of the Moose Jaw Cutting Horse Show were dedicated to the Limited Age Event. These are classes restricted to horses just beginning their show careers and competing against horses of the same age for over $12,000 in prize money. It’s also the very first time for the three year olds to be shown and it’s amazing to watch these youngsters! This event is organized by the Saskatchewan Cutting Horse Association to help breeders, trainers and owners develop and showcase their horses and programs. It’s held at the Golden Mile Arena in conjunction with the 4 day Moose Jaw Cutting Horse Show where the facilities and great footing allow these horses to show their full potential!

The Barry & Elaine Good Open Futurity Aggregate went to “NRR Coles China Doll” for owner Warren Russell, Stoughton, Saskatchewan under the saddle of Glen Beveridge, Valley View, Alberta. Glen saw this 3 year old mare sired by “NRR Cat King Cole” and out of the mare “Chinas Instant Choice” being worked by Cody Smith at Ponoka, Alberta which prompted a phone call to Warren. Warren said “If you think she’s a good one go ahead and buy her.” He never saw her until she was shown at Moose Jaw! This mare is real sweet to be around and they hope to keep her feeling good and keep showing her through the fall futurities. They want to thank everyone who helped along the way including Clint Christianson, Tyler Darroch and Mike Belof. Thanks from GD Cutting Horses!

Elaine Speight was the victor in the Non Pro Futurity with her great mare, Hickory Boonlight.

The 3 Year Old Non Pro Futurity Aggregate also sponsored by Barry & Elaine Good was claimed by the accomplished showperson, Elaine Speight riding “Hickory Boonlight” owned by Bill & Elaine Speight, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta. The Speights found this blue roan mare, sired by “Boonlights Shining” out of the mare “QR Duals Hickory” advertised on the northernhorse.com website. They purchased her in the fall of her yearling year from Jennell Heptner and had “Boony” started by Anna Petrova of Strathmore, Alberta, as a two year old. Bill continued with training her on cattle, then the flag during the winter and more cattle work into her 3 year old year. The Speights were happy and proud that she did so well at the Moose Jaw Show. With her size, strength in the hind quarters and tremendous long stride they feel she has the potential to make a great horse.

Hesa Rey Cat is a stallion with serious potential, after taking home the derby title with Clint Christenson aboard.

The 4 Year Old Open Derby Aggregate went to “Hesa Rey Cat” owned by the class sponsor Kali Fortner, Bracken, Saskatchewan! Kali’s partner, Clint Christianson trains and shows “Hesa Rey Cat,” the sorrel son of “Dual Rey” that they purchased from Montana Ranch Cutting Horses of Big Fork, Montana. “Hesa Rey Cat” is the third colt that Clint has had the good fortune to train out of the great producing mare “ Shes A Cuttn Cat” and they look forward to his potential both as a show horse and stud prospect.

RH Purralator Cat made breeder and owner, Sandy Reid, proud, by taking home the Non Pro Derby win.

“RH Purrolator Cat” owned and shown by Sandy Reid of Leduc County, Alberta claimed the 4 Year Old Non Pro Derby sponsored by Donna Reid of Webb, Saskatchewan. This home raised gelding sired by “Smooth As A Cat” out of their mare “Jazzys Pep Talk” earned consistent 72’s during the show. “RH Purrolator Cat” is one of a pair of full brothers that Sandy was showing in the 4 year old class! They are both a finished product from Jeff Schwitzer’s Melville, Saskatchewan training program for 3 year olds that were easy for her to take over and show. Sandy says ““Rush” is the horse that won and he is a bit more sensitive that the other. Thank you for having great ground for us to play in that is so important to us competitors!”

Hot Metal Smarts showed off her cow smarts winning the Open Classic for rider, Glen Beveridge.

“Hot Metal Smarts” returned to Moose Jaw after winning the 2017 Open Derby to take this year’s Les & Coreen Jack 5/6 Year Old Open Classic under the saddle of Glen Beveridge. This 5 year old mare by “Metallic Cat” out of the mare “Jazzy Jay Bar” was bred and owned by Hollingworth Farms Limited of Valley View, Alberta. This mare has really come on nice this year and they hope to keep her going for the fall futurities.

The Non Pro Classic championship went to Scott Brady aboard One Cuttin Cat.

The Belof Performance Horses 5/6 Year Old Non Pro Classic Aggregate was won by the 6 year old mare “One Cuttin Cat” for owner and rider, Scott Brady of Midale, Saskatchewan. Scott purchased this mare sired by “One Time Pepto” and out of the great mare “Shes A Cuttn Cat” raised by Montana Ranch Cutting Horses as a two year old from Clint Christianson and Kali Fortner. She was a finalist in last year’s Futurities in Red Deer and Calgary. Scott says “this mare is very sensitive and because of that she makes me a better rider; it’s a challenge that’s good for me!”

Tazalittle and rider Carol Bailey finished off the aged event by captured the 7 Up Champion title.

The turnerhorses.com 7 Up Non Pro Aggregate went to “Tazzalittle” owned and shown by Carol Bailey of Kyle, Saskatchewan. Carol describes her bay gelding sired by “Pepto Taz” and out of the mare “Paulas Little Lena” as her “lifelong partner in this sport. He’s easy to get ready and he knows his job. A true testament to his training foundation.”

Full results of the Moose Jaw Cutting Horse Show and Limited Age Event are available on the SCHA Website: www.scha.ca.

Calgary Stampede 2018 Winners

Ryder Wright scored a career high 93 points on Stampede Warrior to become the $100,000 Saddle Bronc Champion. Photo by Shellie Scott Photography.

Showdown Sunday at the Calgary Stampede is known as the ‘Richest Day in Rodeo.’ After nine days of battling it out in the rodeo arena, winners of each event  took home a cheque for $100-thousand dollars.

Here are your 2018 winners:

SADDLE BRONC: Ryder Wright of Milford, Utah, scored a career high 93 points on Stampede Warrior to become the $100,000 Saddle Bronc Champion.

BAREBACK RIDING: Richie Champion of Dublin, Texas, rode Virgil to the championship of the $100,000 Bareback title.

BULL RIDING: Marcos Gloria of Brazil is the $100,000 Bull Riding champion.

STEER WRESTLING: Matt Reeves of Cross Plains, Texas, won the $100,000 in the steer wrestling with a time of 4.7 seconds.

BARREL RACING: Hailey Kinsel, Cotulla, Texas, and her horse Sister are your $100,000 champions with a time of 17.078.

TIE DOWN ROPING: Tuf Cooper, Weatherford, TX, is the $100,000 Tie Down Roping Champion.

GMC RANGELAND DERBY: Kurt Bensmiller, Dewberry, AB, wins the Dash for Cash at the Calgary Stampede.

Hailey Kinsel and her horse, Sister dominated the competition every day they were up. They are your $100,000 champions. Photo by Shellie Scott Photography.

 

Tuf Cooper is the $100,000 Tie Down Roping Champion. Photo by Shellie Scott Photography.

 

Marcos Gloria of Brazil is the $100,000 Bull Riding champion. Photo by Shellie Scott Photography.

 

Kurt Bensmiller, Dewberry, AB, wins the Dash for Cash at the Calgary Stampede. Photo by Shellie Scott Photography.

 

 

2018 Wild Rose Welsh & Open Pony Show

Welsh Mountain Pony 2-year-old colt, Sunburst Heart of Jubilee (Sunwillow Jubilee x Young’s Heart Breaker) was the 2017 Supreme Champion Welsh. Shown and owned by Kasandra Miller. Michelle Walerius Photography.


2018 Wild Rose Welsh & Open Pony Show
Centered on Welsh. Open to all.
Date: August 10-12, 2018
Location: Amberlea Meadows Equestrian Centre, Leduc County, Alberta
Website: www.piperp13.wixsite.com/wildroseshow (all show forms found here)

This is a family-friendly show with competitive and fun classes for all ages and skill levels. A variety of in-hand, riding, and driving classes are offered—from Welsh breed, Sport Pony, and Model Hunter halter classes to English, Western, Hunter, Sidesaddle, and gymkhana ridden classes to driving, trail, showmanship, and costume.

Berrylyn Alexi, 15-year-old Half-Welsh mare (Alvesta Folklore x TH Centrefold), 2017 Grand Champion Sport Pony and Half-Welsh breed class winner. Owner: Nancy Haverstock; handler: Eliza Haverstock. Michelle Walerius Photography.

Classes for Welsh Ponies and Cobs, alongside many open classes—registered and unregistered ponies and horses are most welcome.

Judges:

– India Baker (Waterford Welsh Cobs, ME): Sat – Sun double-judged show
– Karen MacLeay (Seldom Rest Farm, CA): Sat – Sun double-judged show
– Kathy MacLeay (Seldom Rest Farm, CA): Friday Young Stock Futurity & Performance Stake
Sarah Lindsay Miller of Sarah’s Equine Design will be the show photographer.

Join us on Facebook for show announcements: www.facebook.com/WildRoseShow

 

Alvesta Sedona, yearling Welsh Section B (Llanarth Tarquin x Alvesta Fairy Lustre) was 2017 overall Welsh Gelding Champion. Owned by Alvesta Farm; shown by Karen Podolski. Michelle Walerius Photography.

The Richest 2-Year-Old Futurity in Canada

Competitors come from across Canada to compete at the Manitoba Superhorse 50/50. Photo Credit: Marohn Images

The Manitoba Superhorse 50/50, held in Brandon, Manitoba, is an innovative futurity format that celebrates the Quarter Horse breed and is billed as the richest two year old western horse futurity in Canada. The organization has been running successfully for the past 27 years and continues to grow with exhibitors coming across Canada for a chance to take home a piece of the pie. The concept of the Superhorse organization is to promote and enhance the versatility and quality of today’s young horses.

The show brings competitors, breeders and buyers to the same venue. Photo Credit: Photo Credit: Marohn Images

The 50/50 concept is based around the support of loyal breeders and buyers. Breeders bring their good weanlings to the foal sale held in conjunction with the futurity each year. Buyers then pack the stands and bid on the weanling they think will come back to win the futurity two years later. That is where the 50/50 concept comes into play, 50% of the selling price goes to the consignor of the eanling, and 50% of the selling price of the weanlings sold is retained by the organization and used as operating expenses, purse and breeder/consignor awards in the 2 year old futurity. At the futurity itself 40% of the 50% above of the selling price of the weanling will go to the 2 year old futurity purse, 5% goes to breeder/consignor awards and 5% goes to operate costs – meaning every one is celebrated during the event.

Photo Credit: Marohn Images

The Manitoba Super Horse 50/50 also features a special aspect of the sale, the “Ghost Slot”. The ghost slot will be the second horse to go through the sale, it is open to both members and non-members and the buyer of the slot must be the breeder of record of this foal. The full selling price of the ghost slot will go back into the pot and will be eligible for futurity money, as well as awards except for the consignor awards.

Photo Credit: Marohn Images

The futurity itself consists of a confirmation class, rail class and pattern class. Exhibitors show for two days in each of these classes then the points are accumulated to produce a winner. Weanlings that were sold at the 2015, 2016 and 2017 sale are eligible to win a guaranteed $10,000 for first place in 2017, 2018 and 2019 given the great success of the sales.

Photo Credit: Marohn Images

Each year the Manitoba Super Horse 50/50 is held in the fall and in partnership with the Manitoba AG EX, in Brandon, Manitoba. In 2017 Jessica Bartram of Medicine Hat, Alberta walked away with top honours on her horse, Styled By Impulsions, originally consigned by Little Valley Q.H.’s, Ltd. Styled By Impulsions (Impulsions By Mail x Autumn Invitation) and Bartram won the High Point Amateur, Rail and Pattern, which earned them the highest amount of points for the 50/50. The team walked away with a saddle, blanket, and of course the hotly contested $10,000.

Photo Credit: Marohn Images

Only One Design was the reserve champion, owned by Barry Foote of Sandy Land Stables, and trained and ridden by Jason Lamb. Only One Design (One N Only x Dynamically Designed) was the ghost slot entry in 2015 and took home High Point Open, which earned the team a buckle, as well as $4,972.74.

Photo Credit: Marohn Images

 

Bounce Back Night for Canadian Cowboys

COURTESY OF THE CANADIAN PROFESSIONAL RODEO ASSOCIATION

December 11, 2017

After a couple of sub-par nights, Team Canada bounced back with a strong performance in the fifth go-round of the 2017 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Five members of the nine-man Canadian contingent cashed cheques, making this easily their best night to date.

It was a case of saving the best for the last as two-time Canadian Steer Wrestling Champion, Tanner Milan, was 3.8 seconds on the last steer in the round to pick up his second go-round win and the $26,320 first place cheque. The win moved the Cochrane, Alberta man to 4th place in both the average and the world standings.

“I just have to keep running at it every night,” Milan noted. “I can’t back off. The horse I’m riding, Maverick who belongs to Tom Lewis, has been getting my feet on the ground really fast and I just have to stay aggressive.”

Ty Erickson, the Montana cowboy, continues to lead the world standings but Milan has moved to within $63,000 of the leader with five rounds and the all-important average still to be decided. Provost, Alberta bulldogger, Scott Guenthner checked in with a 6.6 second run and was out of the money. Guenthner sits in 10th place on the world leaderboard.

You know the pen of bareback horses is pretty sweet when 87.5 is good for only a 5/6 split. That was the case in go-round number five of the 2017 WNFR. Canadian cowboy Orin Larsen was that guy on this night as he matched up with Wilson Sanchez from the Hi Lo ProRodeo Company. The horse, born and raised near Rocky Mountain House, actually came from the Hollingsworth family of Eckville and to add to the intrigue, Larsen’s sister is married to a Hollingsworth. You know Central Alberta was cheering for the Manitoba man who is at his third WNFR. Larsen has placed in four of five rounds for over $56,000 won and sits in fifth place in both the average and the world standings.

Santaquin, Utah cowboy, Mason Clements, won the round with an 89 point ride while Tim O’Connell maintained his big lead at the top of the standings. Jake Vold whose 85 score wasn’t quite enough to get into the money, has dropped back to fourth place in the world standings behind the seemingly unstoppable Tim O’Connell, Richmond Champion and Tanner Aus.

You knew it was just a matter of time for Jeremy Buhler. And tonight was the time. The defending world champion and his WNFR partner, Arizona header, Tom Richards. posted a 4.0 to catch a 3/4 split in the round and a pair of $13,326 cheques. It was the first qualified time and the first payday for the duo that was thrown together when Buhler’s longtime partner Levi Simpson just missed qualifying for this year’s WNFR. Erich Rogers and Cory Petska split the round with Clay Tryan and Jade Corkill. The 3.9 second result took Rogers and Petska, the Arizona superstars, to a narrow lead in the world standings.

Things finally went the way Canadian saddle bronc riding fans thought they’d go right from the start as the reigning world champion, Zeke Thurston and 2017 Canadian Champion, Layton Green were part of a fifth go-round 2/3/4 split. Both cowboys cashed cheques for $15,794 and for Thurston it meant he was able to gain a little ground on the season leader, Jacobs Crawley.

The Big valley, Alberta 23 year-old’s ride on Wound Up, the 2017 Saddle Bronc of the Year, enabled him to climb back into second place in the world standings ahead of CoBurn Bradshaw, the third place man who leads the all-important average. For Green, the Meeting Creek, Alberta man, it was his first cheque of this – his first WNFR. The third Canadian, 2016 Canadian Champion, Clay Elliott finished out of the money in the go round with an 80-point ride. C5 Rodeo’s Double D won the Rank Horse of the Night award as he parted company with Jake Wright before the eight second horn.

Tie Down Roper, Marty Yates, turned in the fastest run of this WNFR at 7.0 seconds flat for the go-round win with season leader Tuf Cooper just one tick back at 7.1. It was a critical run for Cooper as he was able to put some space between him and second place man, Marcos Costa, and Trevor Brazile who had been closing fast on the leader and now sits third. Costa, the Brazilian roper, leads the average with Trevor Brazile second and Cooper right behind. Cooper’s run tonight also tightened the race for the All-Around title where he and brother-in-law, Brazile, are duking it out as well with Brazile holding a $47,000 lead over Cooper.

And in the barrel race, Colorado cowgirl, Ivy Conrado and four time Canadian Champion, Lisa Lockhart of Oelrichs, South Dakota split the round, both with 13.59 runs. Season leader, Tiany Schuster, had her fastest run of the Finals with a 13.90 but for the fifth night in a row, was out of the money. Schuster who sits 6th in the average has to be feeling the heat just a little as three or four cowgirls are all mounting a charge at the Krum, Texas cowgirl who was so dominant throughout the regular season.

2016 Canadian Bull Riding Champion, Jordan Hansen, of Calgary bucked off a tough outlaw called Crime Boss from Universal Rodeo. The result leaves Hansen at 1 for 5 at the midway point of the rodeo. Meanwhile Sage Steele Kimzey is starting to distance himself from the field as he pursues a fourth consecutive title. Kimzey, who hails from Strong City, Texas, rode Beutler and Son’s Shootin’ Stars to 89 points and the round win. He sits second in the average to fellow-Texan, Trey Benton III who bucked off for the first time on Monday night.

Lonnie West Rides Perfect in Abbotsford to Earn First PBR Victory

Courtesy of PBR Canada

Lonnie West rides Tippin Point in Round 1 of Stop No.5 of the PBR Monster Energy Tour in Abbotsford, BC. Photo by Covy Moore / CovyMoore.com

West rises from No. 10 to No. 5 in Canadian standings as the tour prepares to crown a PBR Canadian Champion next week in Saskatoon.

ABBOTSFORD, British Columbia – Building upon his runner-up finish last weekend in Winnipeg, Lonnie West delivered a perfect 2-for-2 performance in Abbotsford to claim his first career PBR victory at the final regular season event of PBR Canada’s Monster Energy Tour, presented by Mac’s and Circle K.

West (Cadogan, Alberta) began the Saturday night event with a fifth place effort in Round 1, riding Tippin Point (S&E Bucking Bulls) for 84 points.

In the championship round, the 21-year-old delivered the high-marked ride of his PBR career, making the 8 aboard Anika’s Pet (Big Chief/Armstrong) for 89 points.

His victory earned him $4,260.80, 465 Canadian points and 80 world points.

After beginning the event ranked No.10 in the Canadian standings, West is now the No.5 man in the race for the national title as the tour heads to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan next weekend, Oct. 20-21, for the PBR Canada Monster Energy Tour Finals.

He now trails No.1 Brock Radford (De Winton, Alberta) by 751.66 points.

Radford finished ninth in Abbotsford, earning 20 Canadian points, after riding Hollow Point (Vold Rodeo/Prescott) for 83.5 points in Round 1.

Zane Lambert (Westbourne, Manitoba) and Jared Parsonage (Maple Creek, Saskatchewan) tied for second after logging matching 169.50-point scores in the aggregate.

Lambert’s event began in Round 1 with an 82.5-point ride on Boom Beach (S&E Bucking Bulls), which he followed with 87 points aboard Spot On (Wilson Rodeo) in the championship round.

The 31-year-old earned $2,405.29, 170 Canadian points and 40 world points.

The 2013 PBR Canada Champion, ranked No.2 in the national standings, now trails No.1 Radford by 379.16 points as he looks to earn his second Canadian title.

After earning a re-ride, Parsonage logged 82 points on Big Rig (Vold Rodeo/Prescott) in the event’s first round.

He concluded the Abbotsford stop with an 87.5-point trip aboard Kalit Karma (Vold Rodeo/Prescott) in the championship round.

For his work Parsonage earned $2,611.46, 180 Canadian points and 40 world points.

Parsonage rose from No.8 to No.7 in PBR Canada standings, now 909.16 points off the No.1 position.

Fresh off his event win last weekend in Winnipeg, Dakota Louis (Browning, Montana) finished fourth after opening his night with a Round 1 win compliments of his 88.5-point ride aboard Overcooked (Vold Rodeo/Prescott).

He leaves Abbotsford with $2,552.55, 160 Canadian national points and 20 world points.

Kale Marks (Sunnybrook, Alberta) rounded out the Top 5, earning $1,195.77, 105 Canadian  points and 15 world points.

His finish was backed by his 86.5-point trip aboard Tweedle Dee (Vold Rodeo/Prescott) in Round 1.

PBR Canada’s Monster Energy Tour, presented by Mac’s and Circle K next travels to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and the SaskTel Centre on Oct. 20-21 for the twelfth annual PBR Canada Finals. Action gets underway at 7:30 p.m. CT on both Friday and Saturday. Tickets are still available at PBRCanada.com or Ticketmaster.ca.

The event will crown the 2017 PBR Canada Champion who will earn a trip to the Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour Finals in Las Vegas, Nevada Oct. 28-30 where they will then have the opportunity to qualify for the Built Ford Tough World Finals on Nov. 1-5.

Be sure to stay tuned to PBRCanada.com and follow the tour on Facebook (PBR Canada), Twitter (@PBRCanada), and Instagram (@PBRCanada) for the latest results