The Victoria Day weekend in May, means Canadian Pro Rodeo action in British Columbia. CPRA competitors loaded onto the BC ferries, for Vancouver Island’s Luxton professional rodeo and the interior’s famed Falkland Stampede. The CPRA’s May 22 Press Release, spotlights the winners who rode west to claim some rodeo riches.
A couple BC, competitors found their ways to the pay window. Pouce Coupe’s steer wrestler Clayton Moore and Savona’s Jolene Seitz made the best of their home province rodeos. Moore’s 3.4 second run, took the top money in Falkland then split 4/5 in Luxton with a time of 4.0. Seitz took home the Island rodeo’s top barrel money, while South Dakota cowgirl, Lisa Lockhart took the fastest barrel time in Falkland.
Luxton’s first place winner in the steer wresting, was Redcliffe, AB, cowboy Zane Hankel- with a time of 3.8 seconds.
In the bareback Aussie cowboy Jake Marshall, cleared Bog Stone Rodeo’s Tar Baby for a score of 86.5 and top spot at Luxton. Northcott Rodeo’s Night Mare made Longview AB, cowboy Stephan Peloquin a happy man at Falkland, scoring a 85 point win.
Taos Muncy, Canadian’s reigning Champion saddle bronc rider of Corona, New Mexico, rode Northcott Rodeo’s Rockin Horse, for a 82.5 winning ride at Falkland. Big Stone Rodeo’s Smokey proved bronc rider Luke Butterfield’s trip to Luxton worth while, with a 81.5 top score.
Utah tie down roper and 2007 Canadian Champion, Clint Robinson made his money in Falkland with a winning time of 8.2 seconds. It was Donalda AB’s ten time Canadian Champion, Curtis Cassidy who made the fastest time of 8.2 seconds to claim top spot in the tie down at Luxton.
The 2007 Bull Riding World Champion Welsey Silcox of Santaquin, Utah rode out Big Stone Rodeo’s Renegade for 87 points, and the title at Luxton. Buck Lake AB, cowboy Ty Patten’s sore of 84, aboard Northcott Rodeo’s Whiplash, put him in top position in front of the crowd at Falkland.
Both rodeos paid off for team roping brothers Clint and Jeremy Buhler. Their time of 4.6 seconds nailed them a win in Falkland, while a time of 5.8 on the Island scored the duo a check for fourth place. The Luxton title was roped in 4.3 seconds, by Riley Warren of Stettler, AB, and Kenton Fawcett of Ponoka, AB.
There may be a future star in the weekend’s mix of winners. Young rough stock riding prodigy Dawson Hay, (son of legendary saddle bronc rider Rod Hay), scored a 76 claiming the steer riding title at Falkland.
The next towns hosting pro rodeos for the last week of May, are Bonnyville and the renown Grande Prairie Stompede.