Rain and mud, mixed with gritty relentless riders hoping for rodeo bucks, have kicked out some excitement in the first half of June. So far this month Canadian Professional Rodeo action has rode into the Alberta towns of Wildwood (bronc riding), Leduc, Hand Hills, Brooks, Lea Park and Rocky Mountain House.
The CPRA released a couple notable highlights of their rodeos- including the return of two healed up cowboys, Todd Herzog and Sam Kelts. At Leduc Black Gold Rodeo Kelts’ rode out Northcott’s number 725 for 83.5 points and a $1937 paycheck; at the Hand Hills Lake Stampede he spurred out Calgary Stampede’s Nutty Champagne for 84.5 points and $940. Herzog made the lay-off worth his while taking home $4380 at Wildwood; he won the first go on Outlaw Buckers’ 530 Quittin Time with 83.5 points, this was followed by a win in the short round on Outlaw Buckers’ 555 Rockstar with 81.5 points.
Following Brooks, Lea Park and Rocky Mountain House, the CPRA say ‘it was all about Rocky and Rolly,’ in the team roping. The four time Canadian champion Rocky Dallyn (Nanton) and two time CFR qualifier Roland McFadden (Vulcan)- spoiled the competition at the Rocky Pro Rodeo (4.7 seconds for $1210 each) and at the Brooks Kinsmen Rodeo (5.0 seconds and $1823 each).
So far this season, several top American competitors have begun their quest for a Canadian rodeo salary. However, their mighty northern counterparts have continued to hold the reins in most events.
Stephenville Texas cowgirl Lee Ann Rust sits on top of the barrel racing standings after winning at Lea Park, with a 16.121 second time for $2,825; taking seventh place at Brooks ($551) and fourth at Rocky Mountain House ($1251).
This weekend, the rodeo action continues in the Innisfail (June 14-17) and Corination (June 16) rodeo arenas. Check out the CPRA website for all the latest standings and rodeo listings.