CPRA Update-Flundra Steps It Up

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Dustin Flundra has never missed a CFR. And after an $8200 dollar week to kick off the month of August, it appears that streak will continue for the Pincher Creek, Alberta saddle bronc rider.

“I think this is only my fourth cheque over a thousand dollars this whole year,” muttered Flundra just prior to accepting his championship buckle at the Strathmore Stampede Monday afternoon. “I won this rodeo once before on Zippy Delivery years ago.”

This time it was an 87-point ride on Outlaw Buckers’ bay gelding, Quittin Time that propelled the 12-time CFR qualifier to the winner’s circle.

“He lets you show off and do your thing. He gives you every opportunity to win first.”

The 32 year-old Flundra also split 2nd in Grimshaw, Alberta and finished 4th in High Prairie, Alberta to earn a total of $8,187 for the past week which increases his earnings this season to $17,516. Not bad considering the three-time Canadian champ has missed almost a month of the season.

“Anytime you lose any month, it’s not good but to lose the month of June really put me behind the eight ball,” explains Flundra, who was kicked in the head by a horse in Wildwood, Alberta on June 1st. “There aren’t a lot of rodeos going on down south so you can really focus on Canada and get a jump of qualifying for the CFR.”

Dusty LaValley has qualified for the Canadian Finals Rodeo ten straight times. And despite a much less rigorous travel schedule in 2013, the four-time Canadian bareback champion is well on his way to number eleven.

“I was hoping it was going to go good,” begins LaValley. “It’s worked for me in the past. You just go a little bit slower, have a good time when you’re there and you’re feeling one hundred percent.” He began the week by posting only the second bareback score in the 90’s this season. A 90-point trip on Kesler’s Double Dippin’ in High Prairie paid LaValley $1,298, one of three cheques he won last week for a total payday of $3,876. Jake Vold has the only other 90+ score this year, a 91.75 in the Ponoka Stampede bonus round.

Just six weeks ago, it was thought no one would catch Levi Simpson and John Robertson in the Canadian team roping standings after the pair won $8,800 each during a 16-day stretch in June. But Brett McCarroll and Clint Buhler had other ideas. After sweeping the long-go, finals and average in Strathmore, the Ponoka Stampede champs have unofficially moved to number one in their respective heeling and heading standings.

McCarroll and Buhler ($5,081 each) were by far the biggest winners in the event over the past week. In fact, twenty-two different teams won money from the four rodeos on the calendar. Other big winners from the week include barrel racers, Christine Loflin ($7,262) and Lisa Lockhart ($6.090); bullriders, Tanner Girletz ($6,141), Scott Schiffner ($6,098) and Jesse Torkelson ($5,361); steer wrestlers, Cody Cassidy ($6,201) and Chance Butterfield ($4,628); bareback riders, Matt Lait ($3,050) and Luke Creasy ($2,947); tie-down roper, Tyson Durfey ($4,359) and saddle bronc rider, Jim Berry ($3,452).

On the CPRA calendar this week are stops in La Crete, Alberta (Aug. 5-6), Dawson Creek, BC (Aug. 9-11) and a bull riding-only event in Elnora, Alberta (Aug. 10).

~ Information courtesy of the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association

Lambert Takes Aim

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Zane Lambert is no stranger to competing on the big stage. The 27 year-old has qualified for the PBR World Finals twice and the PBR Canada Finals six times. But there’s one year-end dance that has so far eluded the Ponoka, Alberta bullrider.

“That would be super cool if I can make it to the CFR this year.”

After wins in Medicine Hat and Bruce, Alberta this past weekend, Lambert may be on his way to Edmonton this November for the first time. The weekend started with a 92 point trip on Kesler’s Whiskey Jack at the Wrangler Pro Tour stop in “The Hat”.

“I’ve been waiting to draw him since I had him two years ago at the Medicine Hat spring rodeo,” grins Lambert. “He turned back to the right just like he did before and he suited me just right. That’s what I’ve been looking for. That’s what gives you the boost to get to the finals.”

Then on Sunday, the former Manitoba cowboy was 81.5 points at the 100th Bruce Stampede to pick up another first place cheque. His weekend earnings of $3,724 unofficially moves Lambert into the 12th and final CFR spot in the new CPRA standings.

“I need to get another 9 or 10 thousand to qualify. Just need to keep my chin tucked and my hand closed, get a few day money cheques and another couple of wins and we’ll be there.”

Ironically, Lambert didn’t win a dime at either of the two CPRA-sanctioned bullriding-only events in Oyen and Cochrane, Alberta. It was Tanner Byrne who captured the title at Saturday’s Cochrane Classic. The Prince Alberta, Saskatchewan cowboy won the most bullriding money on the weekend ($5,845). Scott Schiffner ($4,574) and Kyle German ($5,491) split the championship at the 15th annual White Lightning Dodge Pro Cowboy Crunch on July 24th.

There appears to be no way to slow down Morgan Grant. The 24 year-old won another $6,455 on the weekend in the tie-down roping and steer wrestling. In fact, the Ontario-born cowboy walked away from Medicine Hat with victories in both events.

“First time I’ve ever won two events at one rodeo,” a beaming Grant said shortly after collecting a $932 cheque for splitting 3rd in the roping in Bruce. “I still need to win some more in the steer wrestling. I’d really like to make it (to the CFR) in two events.”

Grant, who was 21st in the Canadian bulldogging standings heading into the weekend, has won over fifteen thousand dollars in the two events in July.

Bareback rider, Matt Lait won his second straight tour rodeo. His 82 point ride on Kesler’s Forget Me Knott in Medicine Hat paid the Cayley, Alberta cowboy $2,583 as he attempts to keep pace with Kyle Bowers and Jake Vold atop the leaderboard.

Other big winners from the weekend include saddle bronc rider, Luke Butterfield ($1,900), steer wrestler, Trygve Pugh ($2,792), barrel racers, Bennette Little ($3,083) and Lee Ann Rust ($2,151), team ropers, Tate Kirchenschlager and Will Woodfin ($2,324 each) and All-Around qualifier, Jeremy Harden ($1,436 SW; $732 SB).

It’s another busy week for Pro Rodeo Canada competitors with stops in High Prairie, Alberta (July 30- 31), Strathmore, Alberta (Aug. 2-5), Abbotsford, BC (Aug. 2-4) and Grimshaw, Alberta (Aug. 3-4). Bullriders will head to Camrose for the annual ‘Bulls for Breakfast’ event during the Big Valley Jamboree (Aug. 1-4).

~Information provided by the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association

Barrel Racers’ Sprint for CFR Heats Up


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As the dog days of summer settle in and the races for coveted CFR berths intensify, a couple of people who narrowly missed getting to the Finals in 2012 are doing all they can to see that history doesn’t repeat itself.

Merritt, British Columbia’s Katie Garthwaite added to her earnings total on a weekend that featured the ‘east run’–the trio of rodeos in Kennedy and Maple Creek, Saskatchewan and Morris, Manitoba—with a win and two solid placings on her palomino mare, Frenchie.

The duo clocked a 17.161 at Maple Creek for the win, and added a fourth place finish at Kennedy and a 5/6 split at the 50th anniversary edition of the Manitoba Stampede for a total of $2289 and a move to tenth in the overall standings and, more importantly tops among the Canadians who will make up seven of the twelve CFR qualifiers.

Garthwaite who was $600 out of a CFR spot a year ago stated emphatically, “I don’t want that to happen again!” Her 10 year-old mare (FC Guys Prime Time), an own daughter of Frenchman’s Guy out of an own daughter of Martha’s Six Moons has been solid all year. “I actually found her for a friend of mine who bought her but didn’t get along with her so I got her a year later and things have really clicked for us.”

“I have two really nice horses now so this is just a lot of fun,” Garthwaite smiled. The second mount is the talented young stallion, Fiesta Royale that belongs to Bruce H. Robinson. She likes the equine pair enough that next year she is planning to breed the mare to the grey stud for an eventual embryo transfer.

Also on a mission to ensure that 2013 isn’t a repeat of the year previous is Big Valley, Alberta’s Kirsty White. The talented trainer / farrier / rider has never been to the Edmonton season-ender and missed last year’s CFR by a heart-breaking nineteen dollars. White cashed decent cheques at Morris and Maple Creek and as things sit now, she is 11th overall and second, right behind Garthwaite among the Canadians.

“I’m really excited about the way the season has gone so far,” White commented, “and I really feel that a lot of the runs from here on are set up just right for my horse.” The horse is Special Tack (aka Racy) a seven year old daughter of Plain Special, race bred on top and cow bred on the bottom side.

If last year is any indicator, White could be right as she and Racy were very tough over the latter part of last season before falling just short in their quest for a Finals berth.

There were other contestants who made important moves over the weekend including Cochrane bulldogger, Harley Cole, who parlayed a 3.9 first place run and $2319 payday at Morris into a spot in the top fifteen in Canada. Ky Marshall won one of the three weekend events and shared the lead at a second to move up in the overall bareback standings and the all around race. The Bowden cowboy was 89 points on Big Stone’s Second Thoughts at the Moose Mountain Pro Rodeo in Kennedy for $1068 and split first place in Maple Creek with 84 points on Bar C5’s Fabio for $822. 2008 Canadian champion bronc rider Dusty Hausauer of Dickinson, North Dakota captured top honours at Maple Creek with an 84 point ride on the Big Stone bronc, Buckle Up, and added a second place finish at Kennedy and a ninth place cheque at Morris for a productive $2012 weekend that should go a long way toward getting the talented cowboy’s – thus far frustrating Canadian season – back on track.

Additional winners at Manitoba’s only professional rodeo stop included Sam Kelts (82 points on Vold’s Days and Nights) for $2808; Matt Lait (81 on Vold’s Medieval Knevil) for $2436; Chad Johnson in Tie Down Roping with an 8.8 for $2040 (Johnson added a $1237 second place cheque in Team Roping); bull rider Garret Green (86.5 on Vold’s Bong and a Blitz) for $2842; Melissa Theissen, 17.544 for $2060 and team ropers Stacey Cornet and Dake Skocdopole, 4.8 for $1422 each at the first-ever team roping at Morris, added especially for the 50th year celebrations.

See rodeocanada.com for complete weekend results and payouts.

This week’s CPRA stops are the Medicine Hat Stampede, July 25-27 and the 100th Annual Bruce Stampede July 28 with CPRA Bull Ridings at Oyen July 24 and Cochrane July 27.

Band of Brothers

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Only once since 2005 has there not been a pair of brothers qualify in the same year for the CFR in the steer wrestling. Derek and Dallas Frank are hoping to continue that tradition.

The Stony Plain, Alta., brothers each won three cheques at the three CPRA rodeos this past weekend. Derek had the most proficient weekend with earnings of $2,289. The 2009 Foothills Cowboys Association champion had his biggest payday in Coronation, Alta., where his run of 4.3 seconds was the best of the rodeo. Those earnings should be enough to move the younger Frank from 15th in the Canadian bulldogging standings to within the top ten. Dallas’ best run of the weekend was also in Coronation where a 4.6-second trip paid the three time CFR qualifier $522. He’ll move inside the top 20 after pocketing weekend cheques worth $1,173.

Dallas has already been part of a CFR-qualifying brother combination. He and younger brother, Travis both appeared in Edmonton in 2006. In fact, Travis still holds the record for the fastest steer wrestling run at the finals, a 3.1-second blur on the opening night of that year’s CFR.

There seems to be no way of slowing down veteran bareback rider, Kyle Bowers. Coming off a huge Canada Day long weekend in which he won just under $14,000, the Brooks, Alta., cowboy added another $1,890 with victories in Taber, Alta., and Coronation.

“It’s nice especially at this point in my career,” says the 36 year-old Bowers of his recent hot streak. “You’ve got to do a lot of things right just to keep up with these young guys.”

One of those young guys is Ky Marshall of Olds, Alta. He won the bareback riding at the third weekend stop in Benalto, Alta.

A couple of young bronc riders are showing they may soon be ready for the bright lights. Kale McKenzie of Rocky Mountain House, Alta., not only won the novice saddle bronc title in Benalto but also won the open bronc riding in Taber. His 78-point ride on Richards Rodeo’s Lonesome Nights was good for $1,052. Meantime, Hudson Hope, BC’s Jake Watson followed in McKenzie’s footsteps by winning in Coronation. The 2013 CNFR qualifier also placed 2nd in the NSB in Taber for a $1,308 weekend. Other top winners from the weekend included bullriders Zane Lambert ($2,192), Skyler McBride ($1,255) and Jesse Torkelson ($1,155); barrel racers, Joleen Seitz ($1,532) and Ryley McKenzie ($1,228) and timed event cowboy, Curtis Cassidy ($1,029 SW, $764 TD).

CPRA competitors head to northern Alberta this weekend (July 13-14) for the Teepee Creek Stampede and the Harmon Valley Rodeo near Peace River.

For more information, www.rodeocanada.com, Pro Rodeo Canada

Prairie Paint Horse News

The Saskatchewan Paint Horse Club Board was elected at the February 16, 2013 Annual General Meeting.  Ronni Nordal is elected president for the 2013. New directors include:  Nicole Gauthier, Angie Morrow, Kerri-Anne Boxall, Tyler-Anne Boxall, Candy Schick and Dana Derenoski and some returning directors:  Lorraine Beaudette, Stephanie McMillan, Bruce Martin and Laura Martin.

The directors have been busy and the 2013 will be a full year. The Lloydminster Spring show took place May long weekend. Our numbers were down, but we believe that was due to the never ending winter. We were lucky to work with Flax Premium who donated bedding for the stalls and the flax bedding was a huge success!

Wickham Greenhouse, Lloydminster, graciously lent shrubs and bushes for decorating our trail course, which looked great, as did Jenn Hendrickson and Chips Tommy Boy going across the bridge.

The hi point winners and sponsors, as well as jackpot winners and sponsors are on the SPHC website. A huge thank-you to the Durness 4H Multi-Club and their leader, Alison Weaver who acted as our announcer.

The next SPHC event was the Loud & Proud APHA and SHF shows held June 15 and 16 at Willowridge Stables in Saskatoon. The event was a success and thanks to Stephanie McMillan for all her work on that show.

Next up for SPHC is the Trail Ride and Outdoor Trail Competition to be held July 20 & 21 at Trails End Guest Ranch, Aylsebury, SK. Information and forms are on the website – or contact Laura/Bruce Martin for information. Hope to see you there.

Our 2013 show/event season will close with a return of the Harvest of Colours show to be held October 5 and 6, 2013 at Prairieland Park, Saskatoon. For 2013 this will be a 2 judge APHA show combined with a single judge Novice AQHA show, including grassroots, (AQHA approval pending) along with open adult classes and all breed jackpots (weanling, hunter under saddle, western pleasure, trail and perhaps longe line). Keep checking the website/facebook or contact Ronni Nordal  or Kerri-Anne Boxall.

Many of our SPHC members just returned from the APHC June show in Ponoka and congrats to all their successes (which are too many to set out). Good luck to SPHC members who are on their way to the AjPHA World Championship Show – we expect lots of news reports!

Until next time – may we all keep enjoying our horses and may our horses keep enjoying us!
~ Ronni Nordal


Cowboy Christmas 2013

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Three-time Canadian bareback champion, Kyle Bowers now knows what Cowboy Christmas is all about.

The 36 year-old, Brooks, Alta., cowboy pocketed close to 14-thousand dollars during the July long weekend while posting victories in Williams Lake and Airdrie and making his first appearance in the Ponoka Stampede Showdown.

“This is definitely the best weekend I’ve ever had in Canada,” said Bowers shortly after an 86.5 point ride in the Ponoka Stampede finale. “I’ve been riding for pretty much 18 years and I’ve watched guys have some awesome weekends on the July long weekend and always wished I could do it one time.”

Bowers began his Cowboy Christmas run in Ponoka on June 25th with an 85 point trip on Kesler’s Western Star, then two nights later jumped aboard Outlaw Bucker’s American Trip for 88 points. The 3 time Canadian champion followed that up with a drive across the mountains to Williams Lake where he rode John Duffy’s Blue Jeans for 87 points and then made the trip back to Ponoka for the Stampede’s final day.

“I hate to complain about draws but honestly this spring up until Wainwright, I couldn’t draw a horse to save my life. About the only time I’d win money was on a re-ride,” sighed the 11-time CFR qualifier. “I really wished I could have finished it off by winning Ponoka but it was pretty much a dream weekend. I can’t really complain about anything.”

It was the hometown cowboy, Jake Vold who won the bareback riding at the Ponoka Stampede. The 26 year-old posted the season’s highest marked ride – doing so in front of a packed grandstand on Canada Day. The 91.5-point ride on Calgary Stampede’s Stampede Warrior in the Showdown round capped off
a $17,703 weekend which also included a 4th place cheque from Williams Lake.

“I’ve never done good here (Ponoka) before since I won the novice back years ago,” said Vold after picking up his championship buckle and jacket. “I’m probably related to half the people here. I’m never nervous but all weekend I was nervous.”

Oregon barrel racer, Brenda Mays joined Bowers in picking up cheques at all three Canada Day weekend rodeos. The 2012 WNFR average champion finished second in Airdrie, grabbed a 6th place cheque in Williams Lake and won her first Ponoka Stampede championship.

“I got a call last night and they said ‘hey a girl is turning out, do you want the spot’,” said Mays, who finished 13th in the Stampede’s opening round, one spot out of the finals.

Mays turned that good fortune into a $10,652 payday at Ponoka while adding another $4,117 from the other weekend stops.

“I really enjoy it up here, I love the rodeos,” offers Mays. “I’ll be working now on getting to the CFR.”

Black Diamond, Alta., bullrider, Tyler Thomson also turned a surprise trip to the Ponoka Stampede showdown into a big payday. Thomson was bucked off in the finals Monday afternoon but an injury to Garrett Green after his successful ride gave the 2008 Canadian champ a second chance. The result was an 88-point ride on Franklin’s Team Paige and a Ponoka championship.

“I messed up a bull that I thought I should have rode this afternoon,” began Thomson after the evening ride. “Anytime you win a rodeo like this, it’s an unbelievable feeling.”

Thomson’s $7,930 cheque was the second highest in the bull riding behind that of 2011 Canadian champ, Chad Besplug who earned $13,002 from Ponoka.

Other big winners from the long weekend included saddle bronc riders, Tyler Corrington ($14,666) and Cort Scheer ($12,049); bareback rider, Clint Cannon ($10,563); tie-down ropers, Nate Baldwin ($10,075), Timber Moore ($11,652) and Logan Bird ($9,069); steer wrestlers, Todd Maughan ($9,097), Hunter Cure ($9876) and Clayton Moore ($8557); barrel racer, Jane Melby ($9,226) and team ropers, Cory Petska and Erich Rogers ($8,376 each).

Next up on the Pro Rodeo Canada schedule are rodeos in Benalto and Taber (July 5-7) and Coronation (July 6).
For full Cowboy Christmas rodeo results, see rodeocanada.com.

Championship Sunday at Innisfail

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“The Innisfail Rodeo and the Daines family are the reason I take out my Canadian card.”

Trevor Brazile made the statement while accepting the High Point award at the 53rd Annual Innisfail Pro Rodeo that wrapped up on Sunday at the Daines Rodeo Ranch. Brazile split 2nd in the tie down roping (7.2 seconds for $5427) and added $2760 as he and partner Patrick Smith earned a 3-4 split in the team roping with their 4.5 second run. The $8100 haul for Brazile was topped only by Oelrichs, SD barrel racer Lisa Lockhart whose first place run on Saturday afternoon was good for a whopping $8507.

While Brazile, the seventeen time World Champion, has been a fixture at Innisfail in recent years, his wife Shada was making her first appearance at the picturesque Daines Ranch Rodeo. And although it was Father’s Day, the Decatur, Texas superstar used the occasion to heap praise on the lady of his life. “She went back barrel racing after we had our two kids and she’s in the top seven in the World standings right now… I’m really proud of her. Rodeoing as a family has been a lot of fun,” Brazile noted.

Brazile’s split of second in the tie down roping was shared with Montana roper, Jason Schaffer who has been lighting it up in Canada in recent weeks. The top gun in the roping was another familiar name—Brazile’s brother-in-lay, Clint Cooper. Cooper’s 7.1 held up for the one-tenth of a second victory and earned the Texas hand $6302. Cooper, Brazile and Schaffer were part of a total U.S. domination of the Tie Down Roping.

Not so in the steer wrestling where reining Canadian Champion, Tanner Milan provided the top drama of Innisfail’s championship Sunday. Milan was the last of the 109 bulldoggers entered at Innisfail and did, in fact, ‘save the best for the last’ with a sensational 4.1 to ease by young Casey Lawes whose 4.4 in the slack on Wednesday had held up until Milan’s last man heroics. “I had a good steer… Lee Graves told me to let him out a bit and I did that and it worked out,” Milan told the large and appreciative Innisfail crowd. “I thought I made a pretty good run.” No argument there as the win resulted in a $7064 payday for the likable Cochrane cowboy. “Oh and Happy Father’s Day Dad,” Milan added, saluting his father and CPRA President, Murry Milan who was on hand to see the winning run. And Championship Sunday lived up to its billing as five of the seven events were won on the last of the five Innisfail performances.

2006 Canadian Bull Riding Champion Tanner Girletz is doing everything he can to ensure that sitting out last year’s Canadian Finals Rodeo (‘I hated being at home listening to it on the radio.’) won’t happen again. The Bowden bull rider turned in an electric 88.5 performance on the back of Calgary Stampede’s Grey Water to claim the first place cheque of $6079 and vault into second place in the Canadian standings with just under $12,000 won only a third of the way into the 2013 season.

Three time Canadian Champion, Lisa Lockhart, made her winning run (15.611 seconds) on her seasoned and sensational gelding Chisum and was just quick enough to edge popular home town cowgirl, Cheryl Daines whose second place run (15.640 seconds) earned the former Miss Rodeo Canada $6805.

Team ropers Levi Simpson (Claresholm) and John Robertson (Polson, Montana) continued their winning ways with a blazing 3.9 second run for $3680 each, the win consolidating the duo’s hold on top spot in the Canadian standings.

NFR bareback rider Steven Dent of Mullen, Nebraska spurred out a spectacular 89 point ride on the Calgary Stampede’s Muffled Cries for $5002 and a half point margin over two time world titleist, Kaycee Feild.

The saddle bronc title was also won on Sunday as 2009 Canadian Champion, Chet Johnson matched up with another world-class Calgary Stampede bucker—Mad Money. Johnson’s 87.5 earned the Douglas, Wyoming competitor $5713 and moved him to the lead in the Canadian standings, ahead of Canadian Rylan Geiger who managed a fourth place finish and $1900 at the Innisfail stop.

Jordan Swanson won the novice saddle bronc event with a 74 score for $752 while Daniel Gratton’s 60 points was good enough to win the novice bareback riding and a cheque for $768. Reigning Canadian Steer Riding Champ, Kagen Schmidt was 73 points to earn the first place payoff of $814.

Complete Innisfail results are available at rodeocanada.com

New Five Million Dollar Sire

Wimpys Little Step joins four other NRHA Five Million Dollar sires.

In less than a year after achieving the four million dollar mark, Wimpys Little Step has become the National Reining Horse Association’s (NRHA) newest Five Million Dollar Sire. This makes him the fifth horse to earn this achievement and puts him in the ranks alongside Gunner, Smart Chic Olena, Topsail Whiz and Hollywood Dun It.

The 2011 NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee is by Two Million Dollar Sire and Hall of Fame Inductee Nu Chex To Cash and out of Leolita Step by Forty Seven. Wimpys Little Step is owned by Xtra Quarter Horses, LLC in Purcell, Okla. where he currently stands.  With limited showing in 2002, ridden by NRHA’s only Four Million Dollar Rider Shawn Flarida, Wimpys Little Step racked up an impressive show record with NRHA Lifetime Earnings of over $185,000.

  • The Tradition Futurity Level 4 Open Reserve Champion
  • All American Quarter Horse Congress Futurity Level 4 Open Champion
  • NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open Champion

His top earning progeny include:

  • Wimpys Little Chic (Wimpys Little Step x Collena Chic Olena by Smart Chic Olena): $514,700 NRHA LTE, bred by Double Run Farm, currently owned by NRHA Million Dollar Owner Arcese Quarter Horses U.S.A.; NRHA’s current lifetime earning leader and only horse to consecutively win the NRHA Futurity, National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) and NRHA Derby; 2007 NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open Champion, 2008 NRBC Level 4 Open Champion, 2008 NRHA Derby Level 4 Open Champion, 2009 NRBC Level 4 Open Reserve Champion and Open Mare Champion, 2009 NRHA Derby Level 4 Open third place, 2010 NRBC Level 4 Open Reserve Champion and Open Mare Champion, 2010 NRHA Derby Level 4 Open fourth place, 2012 NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee
  • RC Fancy Step (Wimpys Little Step x Sonita Wilson by Doc Wilson): $352,000 NRHA LTE, bred by Bernie Paetzel, currently owned by Molly Morgenstern; 2007 All American Quarter Horse Congress Futurity Level 4 Open Champion, 2007 NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open Finalist, 2008 Wimpys Little Step Derby Level 4 Open Champion, 2008 NRBC Level 4 Open Reserve Champion, 2009 Wimpys Little Step Derby Level 4 Open Champion, 2009 NRHA Derby Level 4 Open Champion, 2010 Wimpys Little Step Derby Level 4 Open Champion, 2010 NRBC Level 4 Open Finalist, 2010 Alltech™ FEI World Equestrian Games Team Gold Medalist
  • Wimpys Little Buddy (Wimpys Little Step x All Thats Dun by Hollywood Dun It): $255,800 NRHA LTE, currently owned by Madalyn Roberts; 2010 NRBC Level 4 Non Pro third place, 2011 NRBC Challenge Open Champion, 2011 Cactus Reining Classic Maturity Challenge Level 4 Open Champion, 2011 Reining By The Bay Maturity Level 4 Open Champion, 2011 Open World Championship Shootout Finalist, 2012 AQHA World Championship Show Senior Horse Finalist
  • Wimpyneedsacocktail (Wimpys Little Step x Seven S Mimosa by Hollywood Dun It): $227,600 NRHA LTE, owned by Xtra Quarter Horses LLC; 2010 NRHA Futurity Level 4 finalist, Level 3 Open Finalist, and Level 2 Open Limited Champion, 2011 NRHA Derby Level 4 Open Finalist, 2012 NRBC Level 4 Open Finalist, 2012 NRHA Derby Level 4 Open Finalist, 2012 AQHA World Championship Show Junior Horse Reserve Champion, 2013 NRBC Level 4 Open Champion and Level 3 Open Champion
  • Show Me The Buckles (Wimpys Little Step x Sunset Whiz by Topsail Whiz): $126,000 NRHA LTE, bred by Michael Boyle, currently owned by Rebeca Martin; 2011 High Roller Reining Classic Futurity Level 4 Open Reserve Champion, 2011 NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open Reserve Champion

Tanner Times Two

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Two cowboys. Different motivations. Two rodeos. Same results.

It’s been a very good ten days for Tanner Girletz and Tanner Milan. Both Alberta cowboys posted back to back wins at a pair of important Canadian Professional Rodeo stops. And those results have propelled both men to the top of their respective events.

For Girletz the latest win—173 points on two at the 60th edition of the Wainwright Stampede for $5,127—was part of his game plan for getting back to the CFR after an unwelcome hiatus from Canada’s yearender.

The 2006 Canadian champion has made no secret of the fact that he hated not being in Edmonton in November and was going to do all he could to make sure it didn’t happen again. Girletz’s efforts are paying off as his earnings have now topped $18,000 and have him comfortably atop the Canadian bull riding standings.

It was a re-match with the Vold bull Cool Valley that provided the latest impetus for Girletz’s upward surge. “I had him at a PBR this spring in Prince Albert and he got me there,” the third generation cowboy recalled. “But I made one mistake in PA and I knew what it was. I figured if I fixed that error things would work out.”

And work out they did. The 87 point score in Wainwright’s short go gave the Bowden cowboy a 173 total on two and a five and a half point margin over another former Canadian champion Chad Besplug and the fast rising Jordan Hansen who split second and third with 167.5 on their two rides.

For “the other” Tanner it was, in the words of Yogi Berra, “déjà vu all over again” as for the second week in a row Milan was the last man in the Steer Wrestling and for the second week in a row he was 4.1 seconds to claim the title. The reigning Canadian champ who makes Cochrane, Alberta home added $6569 Wainwright dollars to his sizable $7000 plus earnings at Innisfail and the back to back big paydays have Milan on course for both of his 2013 goals—a run at another Canadian bulldogging title and a trip to the Wrangler National Finals rodeo in Las Vegas.

The back to back wins have given Milan a commanding perch atop the Canadian standings and have vaulted him into the top 15 on the world stage as well.

But maybe the hottest of the hot hands are team ropers Levi Simpson (Claresholm) and John Robertson (Polson, Montana). The blistering recent hot streak of the Can-American pairing continued at Wainwright as their winning run, 5.5 seconds in the short go, 15.4 on three runs earned them over $3800 apiece, and made them the third of the back to back winners at Innisfail and Wainwright and giving the talented pair some breathing room atop the Canadian standings.

Their current streak which dates back to a win at Rocky Mountain House and a last hole placing at Lea Park the same weekend means that in the last sixteen days Simpson and Robertson have netted just a tick under $8800 apiece, a bonanza that has propelled the duo into the top fifteen in the world.Clint Laye rounded out the Canadian successes at Wainwright as his 83.5 on Outlaw Buckers former Canadian champion OLS Tubs Ross River for a total of 167.5 and over $4000 to take home to Cadogan, Alberta.

Two time world champion Taos Muncy of Corona, New Mexico did what was expected of him and made a spectacular spur ride on another Canadian champion bucker, Eclypse of Wayne Vold, for 87 points and a 168 total on two for the win.

Former Canadian Rookie of the year, Timber Moore of Aubrey Texas was a smooth 7.7 in the short round for a winning total of of 26.1 on three and a tidy 4500 plus payday. And in the Barrel Race, Kaley Bass of Kissimmee, Florida put together two runs in 38.841 for the first place honours and a $5190 cheque.

The Wainwright Stampede Battle for the Buckles was the second stop in the Road to the CFR live webcast/telecast. Next week’s Canadian schedule will take cowboys and cowgirls to Williams Lake, Airdrie and the Ponoka Stampede, all part of the much anticipated “Cowboy Christmas run on both sides of the 49th parallel.

The second scheduled CPRA rodeo for the weekend, the Sundre Pro Rodeo, was postponed due to the flood conditions that have prevailed in much of southern Alberta through recent days. Sundre has been re-scheduled to August 23-25.

For full Wainwright results, see rodeocanada.com.