Dramatic Championship Sunday at Red Deer CFR

Scott Guenthner came out on top during CFR 45. Photo Credit: Roughstock Studios.

It came down to one run.

As steer wrestler, Scott Guenthner, backed into the box for his final run of CFR ‘45, he knew what he had to do. Guenthner had already watched some of his closest competitors and travelling partners have varying degrees of success. The Provost, Alberta cowboy didn’t have to win the round but needed to at least place to hold his spot in the aggregate and take home his first Canadian Championship. And that’s exactly what he did.

The five time CFR qualifier posted a 3.6 second run to split second and third in the round for $6480 and held on to fourth place in the average for another $7695. His total season earnings of $69,899 left him comfortably ahead of Aggregate Champion, Stephen Culling.

“It was a little nerve-racking,” Guenthner admitted. “My steer hadn’t come in (to the chute) yet. I could hear the announcers bragging me up and I tried to blank that out but I couldn’t really do it.”

With the crowd roaring around him, the second generation Canadian Champion made the run he needed to make. Guenthner’s week started slowly and he changed things up after the third round.

“I’m riding Tyson, Curtis Cassidy’s Horse; he is the Steer Wrestling Horse of the Year. When things weren’t going well early in the week, I decided to go to the best horse in Canada… and it worked.”

While the win is Guenthner’s first, it’s not the first for the family. His Dad, Ken, captured the title 37 years earlier in 1981.

One of the tightest races at this year’s Finals was in the saddle bronc riding where Nanton, Alberta’s Clay Elliott was able to hold off the late charge of 2016 World Champion, Zeke Thurston, for the win. Thurston rode first in the final round and marked a spectacular 87 on Kesler Rodeo’s tremendous stallion, Copper Cat. Elliott then rose to the challenge – but had to ride two horses as a problem in the chute with his first mount resulted in a re-ride. The 2016 Canadian Champion climbed aboard C5 Rodeo’s High Valley, a horse he was familiar with, having ridden the seven year old bay gelding to 87 points to win Edmonton’s K-Days Rodeo back in July. This time, the two combined for 86.25 points, giving Elliott second place in the round as well as second in the aggregate for a $9000 margin of victory over Thurston.

“It was quite an adventure today as I actually had my saddle on three different horses,” Elliott commented. “My first one, Black Hills, got turned around in the chute and was having trouble so the judges offered me a re-ride, a horse called Banshee from Northcott-Macza. He’s a bucking son of a gun but the judges didn’t see it that way today and gave me another re-ride. This one was High Valley from C5 Rodeo; the horse had bucked me off at Ponoka but I rode him for the win at K-Days Rodeo and was excited to have him today.”

Elliott’s second Canadian Championship in three years, including his regular season earnings, netted the 24-year-old $82,294 in total.

The biggest money earner of this Canadian Finals Rodeo was Callahan Crossley of Hermiston, Oregon. Not only did the three time CFR qualifier cruise to the title with four first place finishes and two seconds, she also established two all time monetary records. Riding her 20 year old gelding, Brownie, Crossley won a record-setting $73,575 at the CFR and her season total of $99,190 also goes into the record books.

The 2016 World Champion team ropers, Levi Simpson (on the header side) and heeler, Jeremy Buhler, captured their second Canadian team roping title in a row on Sunday afternoon at the Enmax Centrium in Red Deer. The amazing pair placed in all six rounds, including splitting one-two in rounds two and five and sealing the deal with a third place 5.2 second run in the final round. Simpson, from Ponoka, AB, and Buhler (Arrowwood, AB) captured both the aggregate title and the Canadian Championship.

The bareback riding was no less dramatic as Dublin, TX cowboy, Richmond Champion, took home his first Canadian title. The 25 year old two time Calgary Stampede Champion held off long-time travelling partner, Jake Vold and Manitoba bareback rider, Orin Larsen, in claiming the coveted championship buckle. Champion earned $77,448 over the season.

Louisiana roper, Shane Hanchey, edged Carstairs, AB talent, Kyle Lucas, to win his thrid Canadian Championship. Hanchey roped and tied his calf in 7.9 seconds on the last day to finish fourth in the round and first in the aggregate en route to victory. With total season earnings of $65,338, Hanchey slipped by Lucas by just $1700 for the win.

Bull rider, Wacey Finkbeiner, survived a final round buck-off to win his first Canadian Bull Riding Championship. The Ponoka, AB hand had gone an impressive five for five prior to Sunday and that run, which included two first place cheques and the aggregate title, gave him the winning season total of $73,729 – and a $14,000 cushion over runner-up Cody Coverchuk of Meadow Lake, Sask.

Rounding out the roster of winners at CFR ‘45 were first time High Point Champion, Riley Warren, who edged hard-luck cowboy, Kyle Lucas, by less than $1300 and All Around Champion, Jacob Gardner (Dawson Creek, BC) who placed in two rounds to claim the buckle.

The novice champions for 2018 were Mason Helmiczi from Sundre, AB in the bareback riding and Wildwood, Alberta’s Cooper Thatcher in the novice saddle bronc riding. The steer ridng title went to 14 year old Tristen Manning from Yellowhead County, AB.

CFR stock award winners were C5 Rodeo’s amazing bareback horse, F13 Virgil, who had already claimed back-to-back World and Canadian Championships; Northcott-Macza’s four time Canadian Champion saddle bronc horse, 242 Get Smart, and Vold Rodeo’s bull, 621 Wicked Dreams.

Rodeo athletes and fans big farewell to the winningest bull rider in Canadian rodeo history as Scott Schiffner made his final ride on Sunday afternoon. The Strathmore cowboy announced in July that this would be his last season before stepping into retirement. He leaves the sport as a two time Canadian Champion, two time Calgary Stampede Champion and 18 time Canadian Finals Rodeo qualifier – a record among bull riders.

CFR ‘45 at Westerner Park in Red Deer, Alberta was a huge success with sold out performances, first class production and tremendous community support. 1.65 million was paid out to contestants over the course of the six day event.

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Red Deer is the Proud New Home to the Canadian Finals Rodeo 

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The Centrium at Westerner Park in Red Deer, Alberta will be the new home of the Canadian Finals Rodeo.

January 16 | Red Deer, AB — Tonight, hundreds of people turned out in anticipation to hear the major announcement that sparked huge social media attention when the invitation was sent out this past Friday. 

The room was filled with excitement from beginning to end with video presentations, flashing lights, live music and fireworks that went off in celebration to announce the Canadian Finals Rodeo (CFR) is coming to Red Deer.

“We feel honoured that the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association (CPRA) has chosen Red Deer to be the new home for CFR,” says Ben Antifaiff, CEO and General Manager at Westerner Park. “Together as a community, we should be very proud of this moment and celebrate that the CFR will continue its legacy right here in Central Alberta.”

Westerner Park and Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce began working on their vision for a multi-year proposal to the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association several months ago and pitched their bid by hosting an event to showcase Red Deer as a strong contender.

“Our city and our region has been buzzing with excitement since we went public with our proposal to host the CFR,” says Robin Bobocel, CEO of Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce. “We are a vibrant community that can accomplish anything it sets its sights on, and with the help of our partners in the community, and the CPRA, we will make CFR 2018 a huge success.”

Canadian Professional Rodeo Association went on stage following the big reveal that Westerner Park and the Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce were successful in their efforts to bring the Canadian Finals Rodeo (CFR) to Red Deer.

President of the CPRA, Terry Cooke, echoed the excitement expressed by the Red Deer group. “We see this as a wonderful new opportunity for the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association, our contestants, sponsors, partners and fans,” Cooke said. “Central Alberta has long been known as a hub of rodeo talent and community support for our sport. The combination of great rodeo fans in this region, coupled with the influx of visitors that make the CFR an annual destination, point to a tremendous future for the CFR in Red Deer.“

“The CPRA Board would like to thank all the cities that have expressed interest in the Canadian Finals Rodeo,” noted Jeff Robson, CPRA spokesman. “This process was obviously accelerated with the closing of the Coliseum in Edmonton one year sooner than expected. The moving of an event of this magnitude and heritage that has only had one home certainly wasn’t taken lightly. We looked at a number of factors in selecting Red Deer as our new host city. Their excitement for the event and facilities to not only host the rodeo, but to host various other activities during the week will continue to support the economic impact that CFR brings to the host community. We would like to thank Westerner Park and the Red Deer Chamber of Commerce for all their work on this bid and look forward to working with them on the event.”

Brett Gardiner was the emcee for the evening event and closed off the celebration by thanking everyone in attendance as “your presence here is a testament to the passion for rodeo that we have in Central Alberta.”

The countdown for CFR 45 taking place on Oct 30 to Nov 4, 2018 in the ENMAX Centrium at Westerner Park starts now!

Red Deer, where champions are made and legends continue.

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Westerner Park is Central Alberta’s largest tradeshow, agricultural, sports, entertainment and convention facility. A not-for-profit organization supported by 50 full-time staff and 150 full-time volunteers, Westerner Park generates $150 million annually in economic activity hosting over 1,500 events and 1.5 million visitors each year. 

With more than 800 business members, the Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce is a collaborative leader that fosters an environment where businesses can lead, be innovative, sustainable and grow. 

The Canadian Professional Rodeo Association (CPRA) with headquarters in Airdrie, Alberta is the sanctioning body for professional rodeo in Canada. The CPRA approves over 50 events annually with a total payout exceeding $5.1 million. The organization holds the Grass Roots Final (at the Agrium Western Event Centre, Stampede Park in Calgary, Alberta) each September and their premiere event – the Canadian Finals Rodeo (CFR) – in Red Deer, Alberta in late fall. Follow the CPRA on Twitter and Instagram @prorodeocanada, ‘Like’ Canadian Professional Rodeo Association on Facebook or online at RodeoCanada.com.

Vold Takes First Victory Lap of 2017 WNFR

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Jake Vold takes the go-round win on the first night of the WNFR. Photo Credit: Canadian Professional Rodeo Association

Canadian cowboys got off to a fast start at the 2017 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

Three time Canadian champion, Jake Vold, wasted no time in resuming his signature lights-out performances in Las Vegas. Vold who finished second in the world a year ago and won three rounds and $165,000 in the Thomas and Mack Arena, picked up where he left off with a tremendous 87.5 on Kesler Rodeo’s Oakridge. The win netted the Airdrie cowboy the $26,230 first place cheque and moved him to third in the world standings with $138,391 in the bank, now $87,000 back of season leader and defending world champion Tim O’Connell.

“It’s a good confidence builder,” Vold noted of his first night ride. “There are a lot of horses here and going at that kind of money, I find quite exciting. It’s keeps your blood flowing. I need to win a lot of money to have a chance at a world title. To get the win right off the bat is definitely key. Hopefully a guy can keep it rolling and see what happens after the 10 days”.

Provost, Alberta steer wrestler, Scott Guenthner, did not appear to feel any nerves as he made his first-ever appearance at the WNFR posting a solid 4.3 second run to be among a cluster of bulldoggers with that time. Guenthner split 3/4/5/6/6 for a nice $7530 start to his Finals.  Cochrane’s Tanner Milan, at his second Las Vegas Finals, was 6.6 seconds on his steer and finished out of the money. Defending world champion, Tyler Waguesback, won the round with a 3.5 second run to keep his repeat title hopes very much alive. He sits third in the world at $140,000, $33,000 behind Helena, Montana dogger, Ty Erickson.

In the saddle bronc riding, defending world champion, Zeke Thurston of Big Valley, Alberta, closed the gap on the season leader and 2015 World Champion, Jacobs Crawley. The 23 year-old Canadian now trails Crawley by just $9,000 after a 5/6/6 split on the Calgary Stampede stallion Timely Delivery. The second generation bronc rider was 85 points on the horse on this night, as the pair reprised their July Calgary Stampede matchup that ended with Thurston collecting 90 points. Crawley finished out of the money on a night that saw Oklahoma cowboy Hardy Braden win the round with an 87.5 score. Utah’s Ryder Wright (86.5) and 2015 Canadian champion Cody DeMoss (85.5) won 3rd and 4th respectively on a couple of Canadian broncs, C5 Rodeo’s Black Hills and Outlaw Buckers’ three time Canadian champion Lunatic Party.

Clay Elliott and Layton Green, the other two Canadians in the bronc riding, both managed 79 scores on night number one.

Defending world champion team roping heeler, Jeremy Buhler of Arrowwood, caught a leg and was 9.3 seconds with partner Tom Richards after Canadian partner, Levi Simpson, finished just out of the 2017 WNFR. Buhler remains in 15th spot in the world standings in a round that was won by Kaleb Driggers and reigning All Around Champion, Junior Nogueira, who also sit atop the world standing, both with over $170,000 on the season.

And in the bull riding, Calgary’s 2016 Canadian champion, Jordan Hansen, first Canadian to qualify for the WNFR since 2001, was bucked off by Beutler and Son Rodeo’s Lumberjack. Hansen came to Las Vegas in 13th place overall. The round was won by Trey Benton lll, as he rode the Big Stone bull, Mortimer, to 90 points.  Joe Frost, he Utah bull rider rode Outlaw Buckers’ Bomb Shell to 84 points for 5th place in the round. 2017 Canadian champion, Garrett Smith from Rexburg, Idaho, narrowed the gap on season leader Sage Kimsey as he posted an 85.5 point ride for 4th place in the round while Kimsey, the three-time titleist, finished out of the money with a 79 mark. Smith moves to within $20,000 of the leader as he vies for his first world crown.

Canadian Eh? 2017 Ladies of Canadian Pro Rodeo Fashion Show & Luncheon

This year the Ladies of Canadian Professional Rodeo celebrated Canada’s 150th Anniversary.

Each year during the Canadian Finals Rodeo in Edmonton, Alberta the Ladies of Canadian Professional Rodeo hosts a Luncheon & Fashion Show fundraiser. This year WHR was on hand at the event to witness all the fun and fashion that was had at the Canadian Eh? 2017 Ladies of Canadian Pro rodeo Fashion Show & Luncheon.

The luncheon & fashion show, a long time stand-out on the Canadian rodeo social scene, has generated over $291,000 to charitable causes. The funds raised by the event are distributed to the Cowboy Benefit Fund and the Canadian Pro Rodeo Sport Medicine Team (CPRSMT). The Cowboy Benefit Fund was established to provide emergency funding for Canadian Pro Rodeo Association members who are injured or placed in hardship due to injury. The fund relies on donations by rodeo fans, businesses and groups to maintain its resources. The CPRSMT plays an important role in and out of the rodeo arena, with their help rodeo athletes maintain a level of health in order to be better prepared to compete, reduce the effects of injuries and add longevity to their rodeo careers.

The event doubled as Miss Rodeo Canada 2017, Ali Mullin’s, final runway walk. Photo Credit: Classic Rodeo Boutique

Dr. Blaine Bugg, manager of the CPRSMT was on hand at the event, and took to the stage to commend the Ladies of Canadian Pro Rodeo for all the hard work they put into the luncheon and fashion show, and thanked them for their support. Another poignant moment came when Jim Nevada, of Roper Apparel and Footwear, took to the stage to introduce a memorial song to all the cowboys that were lost in 2017. With collaboration from Stacy Roper, Norm Swen and Don Johansen, and performed by Stacy Roper, Gord Bamford, and Duane Steele, the song was a beautiful tribute to the rodeo community. The luncheon serves many purposes, aside from raising money for great causes, it brings together the rodeo community for an afternoon of fun and fashion. There were lots of laughs around the room, and even more glitter and bling from the visiting rodeo queens from around Canada, and the world, including Miss Rodeo Australia, and Miss Rodeo Warwick.

Former Miss Rodeo Sundre, Kyla Williams, was in the running for Miss Rodeo Canada, and showed off a beautiful gown for her final walk. Photo Credit: Classic Rodeo Boutique.

Western fashion, with a Canadian twist, was the focus of the fashion show, with clothing provided by Roper and Wrangler through Lammles Western Wear and Tack. Audi Roy, of Classic Rodeo Boutique, was on hand to style and accessorize the outfits. The fashion show also shone a spotlight on the Miss Rodeo Canada pageant contestants who were vying for a chance to be crowned Miss Rodeo Canada 2018. Each of the five spectacular young women walked the stage in different fashions, while being evaluated for the final judged portion of pageant week before the crowning at the rodeo later in the evening. Despite what could be a nerve-wracking situation, all of the ladies were poised and beautiful as they made their way down the runway. Of course, Miss Rodeo Canada 2017, Ali Mullin, stole the show, as she sauntered down the runway for her final walk as Miss Rodeo Canada.

Former Miss Rodeo Medicine Hat, Brittney Chomistek, rocked fashion from Lammles Western Wear. Chomistek was crowned Miss Rodeo Canada 2018 later that evening at the CFR. Photo Credit: Classic Rodeo Boutique.

Overall the luncheon and fashion show was a massive success. Live music, entertainment and a delicious lunch was topped off with a fun fashion show, all while raising money for amazing causes within the rodeo community. If you have plans to head to CFR next year, make sure to put the Ladies of the Canadian Pro Rodeo Luncheon and Fashion show on your “to-do” last night, it’s a lot of fun – and for a great cause. What’s better than that?!

Former Calgary Stampede Princess, Lizzie Ryman, got a chance to catch up with the freshly crowned 2018 Calgary Stampede Royal Trio.

2017 Canadian Champions Declared

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The Champions of CFR 44. Photo Credit: Canadian Finals Rodeo.

Edmonton, ALTA – November 12, 2017

It was simply a case of unfinished business. For Canadian team ropers Levi Simpson and Jeremy Buhler, CFR44 offered the opportunity to fulfill a dream that had been left incomplete up to now. While Ponoka, Alberta header, Simpson, had a Canadian championship to his credit, to go along with his 2016 World Champion buckle, heeling partner, Jeremy Buhler, was still looking for his first Canadian title. Despite a slow start to their CFR (they had two no times in the first three rounds), the duo blazed their way through Super Saturday with back to back 4.1 second go-round winning runs and added a 4.2 second run on Championship Sunday to emerge as victors.

“It was very exciting to follow up a ‘dream come true season winning the world’ to come back up here, finally have a good year to come in here number one then outlast everyone until the end and stay number one.”

Simpson and Buhler, who also finished fifth in the average, ended the season with $59,006 each for a comfortable margin over second place finishers Justin and Brett McCarroll.

Layton Green erupts from a chute on the final day of CFR 44. Photo Credit: Canadian Finals Rodeo.

Another season leader who was able to win a Canadian title was saddle bronc rider Layton Green of Meeting Creek, Alberta. Green saw second place man – and reigning world champion – Zeke Thurston, make up considerable ground on this lead over the first three rounds. But the 23 year old Green turned things around for the last three rounds of CFR44 and restored his comfortable edge. What was an amazing year for the second generation cowboy ended with Green establishing a new saddle bronc season earnings record. He wrapped up the year with $107,363 to move past eight time Canadian Champion Rod Hay who had previously held the record at $101,646 (set in 2005).

“It’s pretty special; it’s something I’ve dreamed of as long as I can remember,” Green said. “I always wanted to ride broncs and wanted to be a Canadian champion. It’s a dream come true. And to walk out in the arena with one of your best friends (Thurston) and know that either you or him is going to be Canadian champion is something I’ll never forget.”

For the first time since 2009, a Canadian reigns supreme in the tie down roping event. Nanton, Alberta cowboy, Logan Bird edged fellow Canadian, Riley Warren, by less than $1000 for the win. Bird had to overcome a broken barrier in the last round, and capitalized on the struggles of several in the field of 12 (including the defending world champion Tyson Durfey and the last Canadian to win it, Alwin Bouchard) to capture the title.

“When you come to the CFR, you’re not just roping against anybody,” Bird stated. “You’ve got to be on your game because these are the best in the world.”

The 23 year old’s success is due, in large measure, to two things: his encyclopedic knowledge of the calves and his 13 year old gray gelding, TJ, the 2016 tie down roping horse of the year. “I wouldn’t be here without TJ. He helps me out so much. In my opinion, he’s probably the best horse in Canada, and close to the best horse in the world.”

Carman Pozzobon clinches the title of Canadian Barrel Racing Champion. Photo Credit: Canadian Finals Rodeo.

The closest race at this year’s CFR was in the ladies barrel racing where Aldergrove, British Columbia cowgirl, Carman Pozzobon, slipped by Texan, Jaime Hinton, by just $183. Pozzobon, the Canadian season leader, finished up the year with $68,399 and her first gold buckle.

“My main goal (on the final day) was to get around all three barrels; I didn’t care if it was ugly or not,” the gifted horse trainer said. Pozzobon was first out on Championship Sunday and finished fourth in the round with a 14.660 to capture second place in the average en route to the title. The two time CFR qualifier was riding her seven year old mare, Ripp n Lady (Ripp), 2017 Canadian barrel horse of the year.

A trio of American cowboys captured Canadian titles in 2017. Seth Hardwick of Ranchester, Wyoming caught season leader and three time Canadian champion, Jake Vold, in the bareback riding to win the title by a margin of just $850. Hardwick placed in every round and won the average for a total of $74,980.

The steer wrestling honor went to Benton, Arkansas cowboy, Jason Thomas, who – like Harwick – put together six go-round placings and an average win for a total of $59,177 to best second place finisher, Scott Guenthner, by $5000.

Cowboys flock to congratulate Tanner Girletz on an incredible career. Photo Credit: Canadian Finals Rodeo.

And in the bull riding, season leader, Garrett Smith of Rexburg, Idaho, laid claim to his first Canadian championship by riding four of his six bulls and finishing second in the average for an $8000 margin of victory over the second place man, Tanner Girletz. Girletz, the 2006 Canadian champion, was at his ninth Canadian Finals and announced before the start of this year’s CFR that this was his final season as a bull rider.

Ky Marshall in the All Around (second time) and Morgan Grant for the High Point award (3rd time) were repeat winners. Earlier in the week, the youth event champions were crowned. Connor Hamilton of Calgary is the 2017 Novice bareback champion; Dawson Hay (Wildwood, AB) is the novice saddle bronc winner and Luke Ferber of Irricana won his second steer riding title.

Top CFR stock honors went to C5 Rodeo for their bareback horse, Virgil; the Calgary Stampede for saddle bronc, Wild Cherry and the Kesler Rodeo company for their bull, Flight Plan.

In its 44th and final year at Northlands Coliseum, CFR 44 attracted 90,268 fans – a 3.3% increase over last year’s attendance figure.

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The Canadian Professional Rodeo Association (CPRA) with headquarters in Airdrie, Alberta is the sanctioning body for professional rodeo in Canada. The CPRA approves over 50 events annually with a total payout exceeding $5.1 million. The organization holds the Grass Roots Final (at the Agrium Western Event Centre, Stampede Park in Calgary, Alberta) each September and their premiere event – the Canadian Finals Rodeo (CFR) – in Edmonton in November. Follow the CPRA on Twitter and Instagrm @prorodeocanada, ‘Like’ Canadian Professional Rodeo Association on Facebook or online at RodeoCanada.com

Edmonton’s Premier Western Events Shine

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A Final Tip of the Hat to CFR at Northlands. Photo Credit: Canadian Finals Rodeo

EDMONTON, AB (November 12, 2017) – For the past five days, Northlands was honoured to host the 44th annual Canadian Finals Rodeo and Farmfair International from November 8 – 12 at Northlands Coliseum and the Edmonton EXPO Centre. Two of Edmonton’s largest annual events spurred western excitement throughout the Northlands grounds and the entire city of Edmonton, with a combined attendance of 191,397.

 “We are proud of the incredible growth achieved by Farmfair International,” said Tim Reid, President and CEO, Northlands. “The success of this event further demonstrates the importance of agriculture to Northlands and to Alberta’s economy. Farmfair is an integral part of the future of Northlands as we embrace our agricultural roots moving forward.”

The 44rd edition of Farmfair International drew a record 101,129 guests to the Edmonton EXPO Centre to take in cattle shows and sales, equine events, the Heritage Ranch Rodeo, RAM Country Marketplace and more. This a 5.8% increase over last year’s record breaking attendance, and the first time Farmfair International has attracted more than 100,000 guests. Farmfair International brought 140 international buyers from 14 countries together to conduct business, trade industry knowledge and to purchase top-quality genetics from Alberta producers. The number of international buyers is up 55% over last year. With more than 1,500 head of livestock exhibited including more than 1,000 head of purebred cattle, the 2017 edition of Farmfair International was one of the biggest yet.

From humble beginnings in 1974, the first Canadian Finals Rodeo drew 24,000 guests to the Edmonton Gardens. In its 44th and final year at Northlands Coliseum, 90, 268 guests took in six action-packed performances over five days. This is a 3.3% increase over last year’s attendance. As the largest indoor rodeo in Canada, 108 competitors chased the dream for championship buckles and their share of more than $1.5 million in prize money. The Roadhouse presented by TD brought live performances to the Edmonton EXPO Centre on Friday and Saturday including Dallas Smith’s Side Effects Tour presented by Old Camp, as well as Tanya Tucker and Aaron Pritchett to keep the party going after CFR performances.

“Fans of the Canadian Finals Rodeo came out to show their support and demonstrated the impact this event has on our local economy,” said Tim Reid, President and CEO, Northlands. “We thank the CFR fans for their support and loyalty over the last 44 years. This is not goodbye but see you later.”

Champions Crowned at Canadian Finals Rodeo


Photo by Mike Copeman.

Photo by Mike Copeman.

It was a story that will be told and retold for a long time.

It’s the story of a twenty-three year-old bull riding sensation whose season came to a crushing halt in Cheyenne, Wyoming—a bull ride that ended in a shattered ankle left in nine pieces with three plates and ten screws holding it together and doctors saying his season was over.

But Jordan Hansen had other ideas. He not only came back for the 43rd edition of the Canadian Finals Rodeo but when the Northlands Coliseum smoke cleared and the dust settled, Hansen had defied the odds and was the Canadian Bull Riding Champion.

“I kind of like to prove those doctors wrong,” the likable Calgary cowboy chuckled. “This is what we ride for all year and once the cast was off and the surgeon said I could start training a little bit, I knew I’d be here. I only got on a couple of practice bulls and it wasn’t feeling that great coming here but the Sport Medicine Team taped me up really well and I didn’t feel it during any of my rides this week.”

Hansen bucked off his first bull in Wednesday night’s first performance and noticeably hobbled as he ran back to the chutes. Then came Thursday and his first successful bull ride in in four months—an 85.5 point ride to finish third in the round.

“That was the one that really gave me the confidence that I still knew how to ride bulls,” Hansen affirmed.

It was the first of five rides in row and when he rode his final bull of the week on Sunday afternoon—Vold’s Black Rose for 85.50 for another third place cheque—Hansen had won the average and made the long climb to the top of the mountain… earning $78,185 for his abbreviated season and a slender $7,000 margin over second place man and two time champion—Dakota Buttar.

When asked about goals after winning his first Canadian title, Hansen laughed. “Well, there’s always room for two. I feel really fortunate to be able to come back after the injury. I just want to heal up a little bit more and see what happens this winter. And I’ve always wanted to get to the NFR so I’ll try to stay healthy all year and that’s my next goal.”

“I want to be among the greats.”

Jake Vold was thinking about names like LaValley, Dunham, Dunn, Trottier, Shields, Boyd and Cholach, some of the greatest bareback riders of all time.

“Those guys all won at least three titles so this third one means a lot to me.” Vold shared after winning his third consective Canadian bareback riding championship. And he did it with authority, putting an exclamation point on his CFR week with a spectacular 87.5 point ride on the Calgary Stampede mare, Reckless Margie.

“She’s a phenomenal mare,” Vold smiled. “I’d never had her before and to be honest I think I could do better on her next time but I was pretty happy when I got the call last night telling me I had that horse. And she was super today.”

The final go round win, coupled with securing the average, took the Airdrie (via Ponoka) cowboy to a season earnings total of $91,467 and an $18,000 cushion over the second place man, Tremonton, Utah’s, Caleb Bennett.

Vold also claimed the Top Gun award that goes to the competitor who earns the most money over the five days and six performances of the CFR. And there’s more to come. The twenty-nine year-old will be part of the Canadian contingent—eight strong—who will be heading south to Las Vegas to compete at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in December.

For Cody Cassidy the sentiment was something similar after the Donalda cowboy clinched his second title in a row and his fifth overall. “

“One of the Butterfields won six of them, I think,” Cassidy acknowledged. “And I’d like to win seven or eight before I’m done.”

This one might have been a little easier than some. “I think I might have won it even if I missed that last steer,” Cassidy commented, “but there’s a lot of money up and that’s why we come here—money and championships, so I still wanted to do it right.”

Cassidy’s 4.3 second run was good for third in the round and carried him to the average title as well. His winning total was $79,371 providing him with a $23,000 margin of victory over his older brother, Curtis.

Cassidy credited both the horse he rode to the title, Dustin Walker’s Tank and his hazer, “Mountain Man” Josh Harden.

“Tank probably wouldn’t work for everybody but he fits me perfectly,” Cassidy smiled. “And it always feels good when you don’t have to think about your hazer. Josh is just such a good hand and I’m really confident when I know he’s over there.”

It’s not often that a rookie qualifier jumps out and wins a Canadian title, especially when riding against a field of veterans with a bunch of championships to their credit. But for Nanton, Alberta bronc rider, Clay Elliott, there was never any doubt that he had a chance to win it.

“I don’t think about the stats or anything really but the horses,” the twenty-two year-old confided. “I knew if I rode like I can, I’d have a chance.”

And when it came down to Sunday, that chance became a reality. Elliott rode three time Saddle Bronc of the Year, Lunatic Party from Outlaw Buckers, for 85 points and second in the championship round to take his season total to $70,685, giving him a $19,000 margin of victory over the eight time CFR qualifier Jim Berry.

“I knew I had one of the best horses in the pen,” Elliott said, moments after the ride. “To stay on a bucking son of a gun like that—it’s pretty special.’

Elliott had to regroup after being bucked off in the Saturday evening round. “In rodeo it’s all about short term memory. I give myself ten minutes after a ride like that one last night, then I fix what I need to fix and get back at it.”

Like Jake Vold, Elliott will be heading for Las Vegas in a few weeks to represent his country at the CFR. “This fuels the fire for sure,” the second generation cowboy smiled. “I can’t wait to get there.”

The twenty-two year National Intercollegiate champion of a year ago had special words for one of his bronc riding heroes. “Next to my family, the guy who is my idol is Winston Bruce. He’s got a world champion’s buckle on his belt and he taught me so much about how to win.”

Of his next challenge, Elliott repeated a mantra he’d followed all week. “I try to focus on only one thing and that’s bucking horses. They stay the same and I know if I let the media and announcers say what needs to be said about me, I can just concentrate on that one thing—those bucking horses. I have the opportunity to go get on ten more—ten one headers in Las Vegas—and I can’t wait.

One of the closest races was in the tie down roping. The last time a Canadian won the roping championship was in 2009. That man was Al Bouchard. And on Sunday afternoon, Bouchard did all he could to end the drought Canadians have experienced since ’09.

But his effort fell just short as the talented and unflappable Matt Shiozawa from Chubbock, Idaho held off the hard-charging Bouchard to claim his second Canadian title, the first coming back in 2014.

Noting that he’d just got the news that he’d officially won it, Shiozawa, said, “It’s kind of a relief. It was so close I didn’t know for sure I’d won it until a few minutes ago.

“But really the best part was that I roped second last and Al roped last and we were giving each other high fives and wishing each other good luck. That’s the camaraderie there is in our sport.”

Shiozawa credited his mare, Alotta with helping him to that second title. “She’s a terrific horse that I rode at my first Finals back in ’07. The she hit a bit of a rough patch and we bred her, had a nice colt and when we brought her back she was great again. She’s part of the family.”

Another great CFR comeback story was fashioned at this finals as Taber, Alberta’s Nancy Csabay won her second straight barrel racing title Csabay who needed a huge performance at the Pro Rodeo Canada Series Final a month ago in Calgary, just to qualify for the CFR, was once again a picture of consistency en route to back to back titles.

Csabay won the third round on Friday night, then added third place cheques in all five of the remaining rounds to top the field in the average and take home the champion’s saddle and buckle once again.

‘It feels wonderful,” the second generation cowgirl beamed. ”It’s something I never, ever expected. Going in to the Pro Series Final in Calgary I was 14th. I was able to move up to 7th there – and then to come here and go from 7th to 1st is amazing.”

Csabay and her mare Wicked have been an electric pairing, especially for the last two seasons.

“That horse of mine is a life changer. I just love her. I’ve learned that I just need to make the same run every time and not worry about the win—just do what I know and let my horse do what she knows.”

Together Csabay and Wicked won $42,345 at the CFR to take her season total to $72,010, providing a slender $1200 edge over second place finisher, Callahan Crossley, the Hermiston, Oregon cowgirl who struggled in the final round and dropped out of first place for the first time all week.

And in the team roping it was the new dad from Cut Bank, Montana winning his second title, this time with partner Russell Cardoza who collected his first Canadian championship.

The team formed near the end of 2015. “I needed a partner at the time to help me get to the NFR,” Cardoza said, “and I heard Dustin was out there. We teamed up and it worked out. I got to Las Vegas and this year, Dustin really wanted to include the Canadian rodeos in our schedule. That was fine with me. Now I can’t wait to get back up here next year.”

“I grew up close to the Canadian border,” Bird, who won his first Canadian title in 2012, added. “I wanted to win a Canadian championship and after that I was hoping to win it again so this is great.”

Luke Butterfield, the Ponoka bronc rider and steer wrestler, claimed his first All Around title, holding off defending champion, Josh Harden for the honours while Morgan Grant maintained his hold in the High Point race to claim his second title, the first coming back in 2013.

On the livestock side of things, it was C5 Rodeo’s bareback horse Virgil capturing Best of the CFR honours while in the saddle bronc riding, Wild Cherry from the Calgary Stampede was top horse with Vold’s VJV Nailed capturing the Best CFR Bull title.

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Rodeo2-650x432Jake Vold made it back to back championships in the bareback riding and put an exclamation on his second title with a spectacular 89.25 point ride on the Wayne Vold four-legged superstar, True Grit. Vold’s Sunday score was the highest of the entire Canadian Finals Rodeo in any of the riding events and took his season earnings to a record $98,567.97, more than $22,000 better than the previous record, set by Davey Shields Jr. back in 2004.

Vold was last the last man in the section and was ready for the moment. “I love being the last guy out and needing to be 90 to win. My style is pretty much let it all go and sometimes it doesn’t work but today it felt really good. I actually think I’m happier this year,” Vold said of his second title. “I had the best finals I’ve ever had and I thought if I had a really good CFR I might just get to $100.000 for the year. I guess I came pretty close.”

As for the future, Vold conceded he’s already thinking about next year’s Wrangler NFR after just missing getting there in 2015. “I’ve got my eye on the prize for sure for next season,” Vold smiled, adding that ‘the prize’ includes a run at a third Canadian title.

It was Canadian championship number four for Donalda, Alberta steer wrestler Cody Cassidy. Cassidy posted a 4.2 to win fourth in the final round and that, coupled with his fourth place finish in the aggregate, meant the second generation cowboy had equalled his dad Greg’s buckle total. “That was definitely a goal,” Cassidy commented. “Now I guess I’d like to shoot for five. That’s how many Lee Graves won and he’s probably the best Canadian steer wrestler ever. And then maybe I’ll try for six or seven. My dad went until he was 47 and I don’t see any reason why I can’t do the same thing.”

It was a winning week for the Cassidy family as brother, Curtis claimed his ninth High Point title and earlier in the week, the Cassidy patriarch, Greg, was inducted into the Canadian Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame.

When you talk about barrel racer Nancy Csabay, it’s all about consistency. The Taber cowgirl came into the CFR as the season leader, then placed in every CFR round with four second-place finishes, a third and a fourth, and she won the average as well, taking her season earnings total to a whopping $84,714.89. Add to that the Top Gun award for most money won at this year’s CFR by a single competitor–$57,056.78, and it adds up to a sensational year for Csabay and her brilliant mount, Wicked, the 11-year-old mare that was earlier voted Horse With the Most Heart.

“She’s changed my life,” Csabay admitted as she spoke of the mare. “She tries so hard every time; we raised her and trained her and she is everything.”

In one of the closest finishes at this year’s CFR, Dakota Buttar, the Kindersley, Saskatchewan bull rider split the final round with an 87.25 point ride on the Outlaw Buckers bull, Cutie. The margin of victory for the back to back champion was less than $500 over Ponoka’s Zane Lambert who came into the final round in the lead but came down off the Vold bull, Smoke Show.

Buttar battled back after taking a physical pounding the night before to make a specatular ride and equal the retiring Tyler Thomson’s score to split the round and earn a second Canadian title. For Thomson it was the last ride in a career that earned the Black Diamond cowboy a Canadian title in 2008 and a third place overall finish and an aggregate win at his last CFR.

Another close finish highlighted the tie down roping event where Sulphur, Louisiana cowboy, Shane Hanchey won his second Canadian title. He needed to be very solid in the final round to capture the title. And solid is exactly what Hanchey was, with an 8.2 to claim the second place $9,000 in the round and first in the average.

“I knew if I got two cheques today, I’d be hard to beat,” Hanchey commented and he was right as his $62,448.77 gave him a slender $2300 margin of victory over former World All Around champ, Ryan Jarrett, who won the final round with a 7.2 to put the pressure on his long-time friend.

Cody Demoss made his first trip to the Canadian Finals Rodeo a memorable one. The Heflin, Louisiana cowboy came to the finals with a comfortable lead that was never threatened during the six performances of the 42nd CFR. Demoss won the opening round, was second in three others and added a fourth place finish in round two to go with his third place standing in the aggregate; he amassed a total of $90,687.33 for the winning margin of $15,000 over the second place man, Wade Sundell of Coleman, Oklahoma who was also competing at his first CFR.

For the winning team roping duo of Roland Flewelling and Tyrel Flewelling, at least part of the preparation for the final run of the season was mental. After the team missed their steer on Saturday night, opening the door for several other teams to take a run at them, the teammates chatted about Sunday.

“I wanted to be mad at myself,” McFadden related, “but Tyrel wouldn’t let me. He just said let’s forget about this and go out there and do what’s worked for us all year long. That really helped plus we had Tyler Thomson down at our end of the arena for that last run and his job was to tell me to breath and relax. And he did–although he did it a little more colourfully than I can pass along. But it really helped.” For Flewelling, it was his third title and a special one. “It was really great to be part of Pony’s (McFadden’s) first championship–that was cool, for sure. He’s roped so good all year; he absolutely deserves this.”

Josh Harden of Big Valley, Alberta became the second member of the Harden family to win the All-Around title, joining brother Jeremy who managed the feat back in 2005.

In the junior events, Lane Cust of Bluffton, Alberta clinched his second consecutive novice saddle bronc riding title on Saturday night to cap off a year that saw the talented twenty year-old also earn the novice title at the Calgary Stampede and semi pro titles in the Lakeland and Wild Rose Rodeo Associations.

Cust won two of the five rounds at the CFR and was second in two more en route to almost $13,000 and the title.

The novice bareback riding honour went to Sundre’s Wyatt Gleeson. The twenty-one year-old had to overcome getting hung-up and taking a pounding in round two of the finals to accumulate a winning season total of $11,859 to claim the champion’s buckle. Both young men will be heading into the open competition next year and both have future CFR appearances on their minds.

In the steer riding, it was Irricana’s Luke Ferber who was able to catch season leader Owen Berreth to claim the championship. He put together two go-round wins, a third place finish and won the aggregate to clinch the title. With two years of steer riding eligibility remaining, the soft-spoken southern Alberta talent left no doubt as to his short-term goals. “I’d like to go for the three-peat,” he smiled.

Top stock awards of the finals went to C5 Rodeo’s Virgil in the bareback riding, the Calgary Stampede’s Tiger Warrior in the bronc riding and the Girletz bull, Moto Moto. Virgil was ridden both of his appearances in Rexall Place–for 88 points by Caleb Bennett and 87 points by Dusty Lavalley. Each of the rides resulted in a go-round win. Tiger Warrior and Moto Moto both added a pair of buckoffs to their CFR resumes.

The CFR and professional rodeo bid farewell to popular bullfighter, Scott Byrne, who made his final appearance in a career that has earned the Prince Albert native virtually every accolade possible in a career spanning  20 years and that saw Byrne’s life-saving talents earn the endearing respect of bull riders and rodeo fans alike.

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The following are the results of the sixth and final performance of the Canadian Finals Rodeo (CFR) held at Rexall Place on Sunday, November 15.

BAREBACK 1 Jake Vold, Airdrie AB, 89.25, $12,159.64; 2 Caleb Bennett, Tremonton UT, 89.00, $9,041.79; 3 Kyle Bowers, Drayton Valley AB, 87.75, $5,923.93; 4 Cole Goodine, Carbon AB, 86.00, $2,806.07; 5 Colin Adams, Deloraine MB, 85.50, $1,247.14

Total Season Earnings 1 Jake Vold, $98,567.97 ; 2 Caleb Bennett, $71,916.35 ; 3 Kyle Bowers, $56,015.30 ; 4 Ty Taypotat, $50,710.75 ; 5 Dusty LaValley, $38,388.05

Canadian Champion: Jake Vold, Airdrie, AB

Champion Horse: Virgil, Bar C5 Rodeo

CFR Aggregate Winner: Caleb Bennet, Tremonton, UT

STEER WRESTLING 1 Scott Guenthner, Consort AB, 3.3, $12,159.64; 2 Coleman Kohorst, Okotoks AB, 3.8, $9,041.79; 3 Straws Milan, Cochrane AB, 3.9, $5,923.93; 4 Cody Cassidy, Donalda AB, 4.2, $2,806.07; 5 Dustin Walker, Aneroid SK, 4.5, $1,247.14

Total Season Earnings: 1 Cody Cassidy, $60,610.55 ; 2 Curtis Cassidy, $55,329.56 ; 3 Scott Guenthner, $54,599.25 ; 4 Tanner Milan, $49,420.30 ; 5 Travis Reay, $44,087.51

Canadian Champion: Cody Cassidy, Donalda, AB

CFR Aggregate Winner: Curtis Cassidy, Donalda, AB

TEAM ROPING 1 Clayton Hansen, Pendleton OR, $6,079.82 & Rocky Dallyn, Nanton AB, $6,079.82;, 4.0; 2 Levi Simpson, Ponoka AB, $4,520.89 & Jeremy Buhler, Arrowwood AB, $4,520.89;, 4.1; 3/4 Garrett Rogers, Baker City OR, $2,182.50 & Jacob Minor, Milton-Freewater OR, $2,182.50;, 4.2; 3/4 Clint Weston, Cardston AB, $2,182.50 & Travis Booth, Calgary AB, $2,182.50;, 4.2; 5 Brett Buss, Ponoka AB, $623.57 & Klay Whyte, Airdrie AB, $623.57;, 4.3

Total Season Earnings 1 Roland McFadden, $38,799.00 & Tyrel Flewelling, $38,798.95 ; 2 Levi Simpson, $35,703.83 & Jeremy Buhler, $35,703.82 ; 3 Justin McCarroll, $30,383.42 & Brett McCarroll, $30,383.44 ; 4 Clay Ullery, $26,854.49 & Kevin Schreiner, $23,818.49 ; 5 Brett Buss, $26,496.51 & Klay Whyte, $26,496.50

Canadian Champion: Roland McFadden, Vulcan, AB & Tyrel Flewelling, Lacombe, AB

CFR Aggregate Winner: Levi Simpson, Ponoka, AB & Jeremy Buhler, Arrowwood, AB

SADDLE BRONC RIDING 1 Wade Sundell, Coleman OK, 87.25, $12,159.64; 2 Cody DeMoss, Watervalley AB, 86.50, $9,041.79; 3 Cort Scheer, Elsmere NE, 85.25, $5,923.93; 4 Layton Green, Meeting Creek AB, 84.50, $2,806.07; 5 Chuck Schmidt, Keldron SD, 83.75, $1,247.14

Total Season Earnings 1 Cody DeMoss, $90,687.33 ; 2 Wade Sundell, $75,980.60 ; 3 Chuck Schmidt, $52,997.97 ; 4 Layton Green, $42,885.32 ; 5 Cort Scheer, $42,797.53

Canadian Champion: Cody DeMoss, Heflin, LA

Champion Horse: Tiger Warrior, Calgary Stampede

CFR Aggregate Winner: Wade Sundell, Coleman, OK

TIE DOWN ROPING 1 Ryan Jarrett, Comanche OK, 7.2, $12,159.64; 2 Shane Hanchey, Sulphur LA, 8.2, $9,041.79; 3/4 Morgan Grant, Didsbury AB, 8.3, $4,365.00; 3/4 Dean Edge, Rimbey AB, 8.3, $4,365.00; 5 Scot Meeks, Airdrie AB, 8.6, $1,247.14

Total Season Earnings 1 Shane Hanchey, $62,448.77 ; 2 Ryan Jarrett, $60,172.71 ; 3 Dean Edge, $45,677.43 ; 4 Matt Shiozawa, $42,452.68 ; 5 Rhen Richard, $41,341.13

Canadian Champion: Shane Hanchey, Sulphur, LA

CFR Aggregate Winner: Shane Hanchey, Sulphur, LA

LADIES BARREL RACING 1 Cayla Melby, Burneyville OK, 14.564, $12,159.64; 2 Nancy Csabay, Taber AB, 14.722, $9,041.79; 3 Gaylene Buff, Westwold BC, 14.822, $5,923.93; 4 Katie Garthwaite, Merritt BC, 14.937, $2,806.07; 5 Braidy Howes, Metiskow AB, 14.979, $1,247.14

Total Season Earnings 1 Nancy Csabay, $84,714.89 ; 2 Cayla Melby, $68,451.59 ; 3 Deb Guelly, $51,016.06 ; 4 Julie Leggett, $43,765.42 ; 5 Toni Dixon, $31,843.20

Canadian Champion: Nancy Csabay, Taber, AB

CFR Aggregate Winner: Nancy Csabay, Taber, AB

BULL RIDING 1 Dakota Buttar, Kindersley SK, 87.50, $12,159.64; 2 Tyler Thomson, Black Diamond AB, 87.25, $9,041.79; 3 Jordan Hansen, Okotoks AB, 86.50, $5,923.93; 4 Adam Jamison, Okotoks AB, 86.00, $2,806.07; 5 Lonnie West, Cadogan AB, 82.25, $1,247.14

Total Season Earnings 1 Dakota Buttar, $72,065.79 ; 2 Zane Lambert, $71,552.73 ; 3 Tyler Thomson, $69,216.84 ; 4 Jared Parsonage, $44,794.28 ; 5 Devon Mezei, $39,026.35

Canadian Champion: Dakota Buttar, Kindersley, SK

Champion Bull: MOTO MOTO, Girletz Rodeo Stock

CFR Aggregate Winner: Tyler Thomson, Black Diamond, AB

ALL AROUND CHAMPION: Josh Harden, Big Valley, AB

HIGH POINT CHAMPION: Curtis Cassidy, Donalda, AB

TOP GUN: Nancy Csabay, Taber, AB

Attendance for Championship Sunday, November 15 was 12,828. Overall attendance at the 2015 Canadian Finals Rodeo was announced at 89,177.

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Canada’s Newest Rodeo Queen

It was a busy week, full of Rodeo and friendly competition; but on Saturday, November 9th, Miss Rodeo Canada 2013, Gillian Shields, tearfully relinquished her crown and announced a new Miss Rodeo Canada.

Miss Rodeo Canada 2014 Nicole Briggs walks out of the arena with Miss Rodeo Canada 2013 Gillian Shields after the crowning ceremony held at the 40th annual Canadian Finals Rodeo in Edmonton Nov. 9.
Photo by Covy Moore.

Congratulations to Nicole Briggs, Miss Rodeo Canada 2014! Nicole is a 21-year-old Gibbons, AB native who grew up in 4-H, roping, barrel racing and horse shows. In 2012, she was crowned Miss Rodeo Airdrie, which then led her to compete in the Miss Rodeo Canada 2014 Pageant. Nicole is the president of the Canadian Intercollegiate Rodeo Association and received the prestigious Cowgirl of the Year Award in 2013. She remains a leader in the 4-H Light Horse Club, works as a riding instructor in her spare time, and is pursuing a BSc in Animal Health, with a major in Food Animals at the University of Alberta, with hopes of obtaining a degree in Veterinary Medicine and eventually a career in Equine Health. Nicole hopes her reign as the new Miss Rodeo Canada will help keep the western heritage alive in the sport of rodeo and to instill the love and passion of the sport into the hearts of others.

Gibbons, Alberta, and former Miss Rodeo Airdrie Nicole Briggs sports her new crown and title of Miss Rodeo Canada 2014, after winning this years pageant during the Canadian Finals Rodeo in Edmonton, Alberta.
Photo by Covy Moore.

Nicole and her competitor, Miss Rodeo Sundre 2011, Bronwen Bowhay, spent all week competing in various categories such as Horsemanship, Public Speaking, Personal Interviews, Rodeo Knowledge, Overall Personality, Poise and Maturity. It was a very tight race, but, in the end, Nicole won the Horsemanship, Public Speaking and Rodeo Knowledge portions of the Pageant and ultimately the crown as well. The pageant coincided with the Canadian Finals Rodeo, where the crowning took place in the dirt.

Bronwen Bowhay and Nicole Briggs react to the announcement that Briggs won the title of Miss Rodeo Canada 2014, during the fourth performance of the 40th Anniversary Canadian Finals Rodeo at Rexall Place in Edmonton Nov. 9.
Photo by Covy Moore.

We look forward to another great year with the new Miss Rodeo Canada and be sure to look for Nicole in her new role at a number of events throughout the year, starting with the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, from December 5th – 14th.

About Miss Rodeo Canada:

Miss Rodeo Canada is a non-profit organization that has been supporting the personal development of young women for more than 50 years. Each November, the Miss Rodeo Canada Pageant produces an ambassador who wears a crown of pride and carries our Canadian western heritage to the rodeo community and beyond.

Visit www.missrodeocanada.ca