Doubling Down at Coleman and Camrose

Scott Schiffner's Winning Ride in Round 2 of CFR 2015. Photo by: Mike Copeman

Scott Schiffner’s Winning Ride in Round 2 of CFR 2015.
Photo by: Mike Copeman


CAMROSE/COLEMAN, ALTA – If you were going to make a bet this past weekend, it would have been safe to go double or nothing on the two-time Canadian Champion Bull Rider. Thirty-six-year-old Scott Schiffner is showing no signs of slowing down this season after winning the Kananaskis Pro Rodeo with an impressive 90 point ride on Kesler Rodeo’s “Flight Plan”.

The winning ride was actually made on a young bull that was in the re-ride pen, Schiffner says the bull proved to be even better than expected. “Duane said ‘you probably want to get on him Scott, he’s pretty good’,” said Schiffner when making the decision to take his re-ride draw after his first bull of the night stumbled, “He wasn’t pretty good, he was pretty exceptional.”

The Strathmore cowboy also battled it out and split the win at the Camrose Spring Classic with the “Young Gun” Lonnie West who is 16 years Schiffner’s junior. The two tied with a pair of 87.5 point rides, Schiffner’s done on the Outlaw Buckers bull “Brahma Boots Chrome”.

“I was pretty excited to go there because that’s the bull that I turned out in the sixth round last year at CFR, that was the first time in my 15 year history at the CFR that I didn’t get on a bull so it was kind of nice to have him again and know that I could ride him,” said Schiffner.

The Bull Rider has been there, done that, in the Canadian rodeo world and is still proving he has what it takes to be among the top 12 in Canada on a consistent basis, but Schiffner says he’s hoping to enjoy life outside of the bucking pen a little more this rodeo season.

“I want to try to go to a few less rodeos and still make the CFR. I still support Canadian rodeo but I’ve got a lot going on and my girls are getting to the age now where they’re pretty fun and I don’t want to miss out on things that they’re going to do maybe once or twice in their lifetime,” said Schiffner.

Between the two rodeos Schiffner will pocket $3,032.10 unofficially, making him the top bull riding earner of the weekend.

A competitor that was just shy of a double win this weekend was Okotoks Barrel Racer Crystal Christman. The cowgirl placed first at the Kananaskis Pro Rodeo with a speedy time of 12.951 seconds on her horse “Blazin Boy” otherwise known as “Binger”. She was then barely edged out for the lead at Camrose by Canadian Champion Barrel Racer, Deb Guelly.

Christman, who is not currently well known on the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association trail, has placed at all three of the first Canadian Professional Rodeos and surpassed her entire life earnings record in just two weekends, but with two kids at home and a busy work schedule, Christman says she’s just out there to have fun.

“I’ll make it to the ones I can get to and try to take it easy on the old boy,” Christman says of the 16-year-old horse she describes as a warrior, “We’re just going to go out and have fun, we’re going to get to where we can go and enjoy the ride.”

Christman was your highest earning barrel racer, and overall rodeo competitor, of the weekend with an unofficial total of $3,833.08 to go on the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association season leaderboard. At this rate, a Canadian Finals Rodeo qualification may start to be on her mind and who knows, stranger things have happened to people when they’re having fun.

Whether it’s competing at CPRA rodeos or enjoying life at home, Christman says there are many people to thank for the fun she’s had along the way and wishes to send a special shout out to the Webb and Depaoli families as well as her own family including her two little girls.

Other competitors that collected two paychecks this weekend include: your top Bareback money earner, Caleb Bennett with $1,822.57 in total earnings, Dustin Walker who topped the class in the Steer Wrestling with $3,070.51 between his win at Camrose and third place split in the Kananaskis Country, Team Ropers Braidy Davies and Chase Simpson placed twice this weekend to earn $1,687.76 each, in the Saddle Bronc it was Cole Scott who took home the most cash with a total of $1,988.38, and the top earner in the Tie Down Roping was Cody Brett with $2,282.32 on the board.

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Next up on the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association schedule is Drayton Valley April 29th to May 1st.


Big Country Farm Toys Sponsorship of Joe Frost

Joe Frost earns 83.5 points on Rafter H Rodeo Livestock’s Cowboy Cool in Round 9 of the 2014 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (Ric Andersen photo).

Joe Frost earns 83.5 points on Rafter H Rodeo Livestock’s Cowboy Cool in Round 9 of the 2014 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (Ric Andersen photo).


Big Country Farm Toys, the fastest growing line of 1:20 scale farm, ranch and rodeo toys in America, has partnered with Joe Frost and the Frost family to offer creative, interactive farm and rodeo life toys which promote great character and values.

Announcing the partnership during the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, President and CEO for Big Country Toys, Greg Huett, said, “Joe Frost is a college graduate and avid rancher, who just so happens to be the number five bull rider in the NFR going into the Finals in Vegas.”

Joe Frost after the 2014 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Round 5 buckle ceremony at South Point Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pictured to Joe’s immediate right is Craig Latham, Joe’s college rodeo coach at Oklahoma Panhandle State University (OPSU), to whom he dedicated his round win. Also pictured: Clyde & Elsie Frost, as well as Joe’s parents, Shane & Lisa Frost (Sara Rempelos photo).

Joe Frost after the 2014 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Round 5 buckle ceremony at South Point Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pictured to Joe’s immediate right is Craig Latham, Joe’s college rodeo coach at Oklahoma Panhandle State University (OPSU), to whom he dedicated his round win. Also pictured: Clyde & Elsie Frost, as well as Joe’s parents, Shane & Lisa Frost (Sara Rempelos photo).

“I noticed common elements in working with both Clyde and Elsie Frost as well as their nephew, Joe. All are interested in creating a positive message for our kids, and both are generous with their own charities,” Huett, explained. “The Frost family giving 100% of their proceeds from the Lane Frost figurine to the Lane Frost Scholarship fund, and Joe Frost donating all of his proceeds from his Frost Fever line of T-shirts at the WNFR to the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund.”

Joe Frost on his family’s ranch in Randlett, Utah (Sara Rempelos photo).

Joe Frost on his family’s ranch in Randlett, Utah (Sara Rempelos photo).

Huett and Big Country Toys introduced the figurines “Challenge of the Champion’s” in 2015 featuring Hall of Fame legend Lane Frost as well as John Growney’s Hall of Fame bull, Red Rock. The successful introduction of the toy and a growing relationship with the Frost family led to the partnership with Joe, second cousin to Lane.

“Although Joe is his own man, and does not want to live in his cousin’s spotlight, the comparisons are there,” Huett said. The two share more than just a last name. Joe Frost will be competing, like his cousin, for the prized championship buckle. But deeper than talent, Joe Frost carries the known and respected name and character of the Frost family.

Joe Frost receives the 2014 Linderman Award from PRCA Media Director, Kendra Santos, and PRCA Commissioner, Karl Stressman. Joe won $26,624 more than his next closest competitor, 2013 Linderman Award winner Trell Etbauer, the largest margin in the history of the award (Sara Rempelos photo).

Joe Frost receives the 2014 Linderman Award from PRCA Media Director, Kendra Santos, and PRCA Commissioner, Karl Stressman. Joe won $26,624 more than his next closest competitor, 2013 Linderman Award winner Trell Etbauer, the largest margin in the history of the award (Sara Rempelos photo).

Joe Frost won his first national bull riding title in March 2015 at the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo (RNCFR) in Kissimmee, Florida (Sara Rempelos photo).

Joe Frost won his first national bull riding title in March 2015 at the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo (RNCFR) in Kissimmee, Florida (Sara Rempelos photo).

Big Country Farm Toys is excited about having Joe Frost be a part of the Big Country team. His values of integrity, education and generosity have always been a key part of the western lifestyle and will help the company fulfill its mission of providing wholesome products and role models for today’s youth.

Parents are tired of the imagination lacking, technological culture that their young kids are being immersed in, and the poor role models that are all too prevalent in today’s media. Big Country Farm Toys promotes the alternative to the disappointment of parents when dealing with bad role models and children being consumed with the tech culture that has consumed this generation, leading to a lack of creativity and imagination brain drain.

Joe Frost earned his degree in Agri-Business from Oklahoma Panhandle State University (OPSU) in May 2015 (Waymen Trujillo photo).

Joe Frost earned his degree in Agri-Business from Oklahoma Panhandle State University (OPSU) in May 2015 (Waymen Trujillo photo).

Big Country Farm Toys products are cobranded with some of the top Ag brands including Ford Super Duty Trucks, Sundowner trailers, Aermotor windmills, the PBR and the PRCA.  Their line of over 30 products includes hand painted animals, figurines, vehicles and all the great accessories kid’s need to build their own farm, ranch or rodeos. The toys are both collectible and playable.

Big Country Toys - "For the Country in all of us."

Big Country Toys – “For the Country in all of us.”

For more information about this topic or to schedule an interview with Greg Huett please call 1-888.801.4391.

Regina Rodeo


The Canadian Professional Rodeo Association (CPRA) and Canadian Western Agribition (CWA) have announced a new rodeo partnership and structure for the 2016 edition of Canada’s largest livestock exhibition and trade show.

The formal announcement was made by the two organizations as they concluded an agreement that will see CWA partner with the CPRA to host the “Agribition Pro Rodeo” in 2016. The four performance rodeo will take place during Agribition, November 21 – 26 and is the first pro rodeo of its kind in Saskatchewan. The event will feature 16 top athletes from each of the seven major events who will be divided into two pools of eight competing in two performances each.

“Inviting the best cowboys and cowgirls in Rodeo to Agribition offers visitors a new entertainment experience. It is Agribition’s first time using this model and we intend to raise the fan experience and deliver a world-class event just like everything else we do,” explained Bruce Holmquist, CWA Rodeo Chair.

The roster will be based on the Pro Rodeo Canada standings at the end of the 2016 regular season and will be the inaugural event of the 2017 schedule. Top professional competitors from around the world will battle for $100,000 in prize money, giving rodeo fans in Saskatchewan high energy, action-packed rodeo to enjoy.

“We are excited to welcome Agribition into our rodeo family as we continue to move forward with our commitment to grow our sport in Canada,” noted CPRA President Murry Milan. “Regina has always been a great rodeo community and I know our rodeo athletes will look forward to competing at what will be an amazing kick-off to our season.”


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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with a total payout exceeding $5.1 million. The 42nd edition of the Canadian Finals Rodeo (the CFR) –

the association’s premiere event – runs November 11th-15th, 2015 in Edmonton, Alberta at Rexall Place.

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Real Life Rodeo Queen Secret Number 10


Autograph Sessions

This position comes with great power…

Being a rodeo queen means having power, I’ll admit it, and you have to make a choice. You’re in a position where you can either take advantage of that power, or you can use it to do something remarkable.

I know this is starting to sounds like a “with great power, comes great responsibility” speech, but boy did I feel powerful last weekend.

I’ve had the idea for a very long time now to partner with Make-A-Wish to help brighten the day of a young girl, and at the Pro Rodeo Canada Series Final, I used the help of others and my power as Miss Rodeo Canada to make that happen.

As I looked at a list of names and ages to choose from, I was thinking logically. I needed a girl small in size that would fit in a saddle with me, so she had to be young, but not so young that she might be scared and be afraid to stay with me. Very logically, I chose a name and age.

Six-year-old Rozanna, who later became known to us as Rozie, Little Miss Rodeo Canada 2015.

I used my brain to pick that name, but my heart melted when I met the inspiring little girl behind the name and fell in love with not only her, but her entire family.

The family had been through a lot. Both Rozie and her brother Joey are healthy kids, but their story is not void of heartache. The Make-A-Wish foundation of Southern Alberta first heard about the family when Jacey, the eldest of the family became ill with cancer. Before Jacey passed away almost three years ago her wish to visit Rome was granted.


One of the most amazing things about the Make-A-Wish program is that they understand that it’s not just the children that are sick that are affected by disease, but the family rallying around that child. So they keep in touch with those family’s, even after tragedy strikes, to offer them these amazing opportunities.

She arrived to a herd of rodeo queens (a royal welcome if you want to get out the puns) and they escorted her in my direction where she was immediately, and quite happily, whisked on to my horse to practice grand entry. I felt a walk was the safest pace to travel around the arena and would ensure she would feel secure in the saddle with me. After leaving the arena for grand entry rehearsal she immediately asked, “when do we get to go fast?”

So around the warm up arena we went at a lope until she was satisfied that we had gone fast enough for her liking.

Grant Entry Practice

Next, a rodeo queen isn’t complete without a sash and crown so something had to be done: a crowning ceremony was in order. When Jim Nevada at Roper Canada found out my plan he also supplied my mini-me with a shirt and sparkly boots fit for any queen, big or small.

Sparkly Boots

I will admit that I’m not the strongest person when it comes to giving emotional speeches, but I have never had a harder time giving a speech than when I looked down at little Rozie, who was awaiting her crown. One sentence in and I was a mess; thank you to Kirsten Braumandl for stepping in to finish the speech I had uselessly practiced in my head over and over, just to cry five words in.

Crowning Ceremony 1

Crowning Ceremony 2


Rozie learned that there is no rest in rodeo queen land as we quickly got her dressed in her new duds and mounted for grand entry.

The moment announcer Dave Poulsen introduced Rozie is one I will never forget. There was a change in the air, you could physically feel it change, and it hit me like a punch in the chest. We slowly rode around the arena and I could see that each and every person in that building were touched by that little girl, just as I was. That feeling alone would have been enough, but the night was far from over.

We quickly tied up our horse and headed to the concourse where Rozie settled in next to the other rodeo queens for autographs, which she soon became an expert at. With the efficiency of an assembly line worker and the writing of a grade 1 student – hearts, hugs and kisses included – Rozie signed autographs for kids, fans and even a few rodeo competitors.

Autographs to contestants 1.

Autographs to contestants 2

The rest of the night saw her mingling with the crowd, being on-camera, doing interviews and awards presentations. Rozie got a taste of what it really takes to be a rodeo queen that night, but I found out just how much power being a rodeo queen enables you to have. The power to make someone happy.



Making Miles – Making Money


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No sleep, no problem.

“I got a couple of hours at the airport,” shrugged saddle bronc rider, Zeke Thurston, after his win at the Oldstoberfest Pro Rodeo this past weekend. “I was in St. George, Utah last night and got dropped off at the Salt Lake airport at about 2:30 in the morning, then flew to Calgary and my grandpa picked me up and drove me here.”

Despite the schedule, the 20-year-old Thurston posted the top score of the weekend in Olds, AB, with an 83.5-point ride on C5 Rodeo’s Black Hills to win $1,627. That will leave him 9th in the unofficial Pro Rodeo Canada bronc riding standings with just under $16,000 in earnings and bump the Big Valley, AB, cowboy from 12th to 5th in the Pro Rodeo Canada Series standings.

“This was the only one I made money at this week,” revealed Thurston, whose recent travels have taken him to the U.S. in search of a spot at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. “It doesn’t take much to turn things around. If you do something right that you’ve been having trouble with, the next day it’ll be twice as good. Then you can get on a roll and you can’t be beat.

“I’m zeroed in on my targets. There will be plenty of time after the season to look back. You have to be confident for good things to come your way. You have to believe in yourself.”

Utah’s Rhen Richard followed the tracks of Thurston to Olds. And, like him, won an Oldstoberfest championship stein, too.

“I left St. George at six this morning and got here at 11,” offered Richard, who topped the tie-down roping with an 8.0-second run on Saturday to win $2,211.

The 26-year-old, four-time CFR team roping qualifier can also relate to Thurston’s recent struggles on the rodeo trail.

“It’s been a long three weeks up here without winning much,” sighed Richard, who used Curtis Cassidy’s award-winning horse, Stick in Olds. “I was hoping to ride him a lot more up here this year and even down south but he’s been having health trouble. The last two times I’ve been on him, it’s worked out great.

“I think I have enough now (to qualify for the Canadian Final Rodeo). On paper, Clint (Arave) might have a chance if he won everything at the (Pro Rodeo Canada Series) finals. It would be nice to finally get to the CFR in the tie-down roping.”

Other Olds’ champions included steer wrestler, Cody Cassidy (4.7-seconds, $1,886); team ropers, Stacy Cornet/Denver Johnson (5.2-seconds, $1,411 each); barrel racer, Julie Leggett (17.336- seconds, $1,737); bullrider, Jarod Parsonage (84-points on C5 Rodeo’s Sugar Bear, $1,374) while Cole Goodine (Franklin Rodeo’s Ultimate Cash), Jessy Davis (C5 Rodeo’s Montana’s Hope) and Tate Hartell (C5 Rodeo’s Virgil) were all 81 points to split the bareback riding title and collect $1,178 each.

Next up on the Pro Rodeo Canada schedule is the Hanna Pro Rodeo in Hanna, AB (Sept. 25-27) and the Dallas Sunstrum Memorial Pro Rodeo in Brooks, AB (Sept. 25-26).

The American (in Canada)


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The Calgary Barrel Classic American Qualifier is being produced by Calgary Stampede Board director Toni Dixon. Photo by Jeremy Wombald

September 26 will mark the first ever Canadian Qualifier for The American, which is the world’s richest one-day rodeo to date. The top Canadian and American athletes will be competing in Calgary for estimated prize money worth $80,000. Held in Arlington, Texas at Cowboys Stadium, the home of the Dallas Cowboys, the Top 10 National Finals Rodeo contestants from each rodeo event compete against the top 10 contestants who emerged from the series of qualifying events across the country throughout the year. Competitors coming from the National Finals Rodeo (NFR) line up have the opportunity to take home $100,000 per event. Those coming from the qualifying stream, have the opportunity to win or split $1,000,000 with other event qualifiers. Eight-time NFR Qualifier Lisa Lockhart won the barrel racing in both 2013 and 2014. At the first American, it was qualifying bareback rider Richie Champion who took home the cool million.

This past March we saw 11-time world champion Charmayne James compete with the invitational exemption, as well as Amberley Snyder (who incidentally graced the cover of our March issue) and was voted in by fans. In 2014, there were 10 qualifying barrel racing events held across the United States, but none north of the border. Millarville, Alberta resident and Canadian Professional Rodeo Association barrel racer Toni Dixon wanted to change that, and decided to host the first Canadian Qualifier.

“The first American Qualifier in Canada is great for the barrel racing industry, great for Canada and great for the Calgary Stampede’s vision as a world class year round gathering place. It is my hope that this event becomes an annual event in Canada.”

After the qualifying rounds, advancing competitors will head to the historic Cowtown Coliseum in the Fort Worth Stockyards for the semi-final rounds to determine the top 10 qualifiers.

The event will mark the first time the Agrium Western Events Centre in Calgary has hosted a weekend of action packed barrel racing. Alongside the main event, there will also be a two-day Open 5D barrel race with $20,000 added.

Curtis Cassidy Tops Ropers at Inaugural Medicine Lodge Event


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It’s been a bit lonely for Curtis Cassidy on the pro rodeo trail. The Donalda, AB, cowboy has been without his sidekick for much of the summer and it’s showed.

“He (2010 Canadian tie-down roping horse of the year, Stick) has been having breathing problems,” relayed Cassidy, who was 24th in the Pro Rodeo Canada tie-down roping standings heading into last weekend. “I haven’t been on him much this summer at all. From about Calgary (Stampede) until Jasper, I was getting mounted on anything I could find.

“His throat has collapsed on one side and the other side is only partially open. We don’t know how it happened and we’ve been trying everything under the sun but nothing really helps. He can’t run calves very far because he gets short of breath.”

Cassidy won his biggest roping cheque since July 1 this past weekend at the inaugural Medicine Lodge Fall Roundup in Medicine Lodge, AB, for a rodeo-winning 9.0-second run.

‘The calves were good, at least for me. I like them big,” offered the 36 year-old. “When they’re bigger like that, it’s not easy to flank them. So I focused on having a good, strong flank and it worked.”

The $1,013 cheque will prove vitally important to his chances at qualifying for the Canadian Finals Rodeo in the roping. It should be enough to get the 29-time CFR qualifier to the Pro Rodeo Canada Series Finals at the Agrium Western Event Centre in Calgary on October 2-3, where the top ten in each event from the Series standings will compete.

“I’ve dug myself such a big hole,” concluded Cassidy, who has won just $2,800 since the beginning of July in the roping. “I need to keep winning as much as possible the rest of the way and then do good at those finals. The bulldogging’s been good all summer but if it wasn’t for the Pro Series finals (in Calgary), I wouldn’t have a snowball’s chance in (heck) of getting to Edmonton in the roping.”

The win moves the reigning and eight-time Canadian Hi-Point champion into 9th in the Pro Rodeo Canada Series standings and bumps him up a spot in the overall standings.

Bareback rider, Kevin Langevin solidified his CFR qualification by winning in Medicine Lodge with an 83-point ride on C5 Rodeo’s White Water. The $737 cheque boosts the Rich Lake, AB, cowboy’s earnings to $12,538, good enough to leave him in the 12th and final CFR spot, almost two thousand dollars ahead of the injured Michael Solberg.

Other Medicine Lodge winners included saddle bronc rider, Jake Watson ($970, 82-points on John Duffy’s Rip N Zip); steer wrestler, Cody Cassidy ($1,181, 3.9-seconds); team ropers, Travis Booth/Clint Weston ($728 each, 5.1-seconds); bullrider, Fabian Dueck ($698, 82.5-points on Duffy Rodeo’s No Seeum) and barrel racer, Kirsty White ($591, 13.822 seconds).

Next up on the Pro Rodeo Canada schedule is the Oldstoberfest Pro Rodeo in Olds, AB (Sept. 18-19).

When a Plan Comes Together


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“I wanted to be able to rodeo hard this fall and not worry about the Canadian Finals Rodeo,” explained Layton Green. “My plan at the start of the year was to go to all the spring rodeos in Canada to get a head start.”

With a pair of cheques from long weekend stops in Armstrong and Merritt, BC, the Meeting Creek, AB, saddle bronc rider is a big step closer to accomplishing what he set out to do – qualify for both the  CFR and the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.

“It was a really good hit for me up here and down in the States,” offered the 21-year-old. “I’m now going to be rodeoing my butt off down south for September.”

Green matched up last Saturday night at the IPE and Stampede in Armstrong with a young Calgary Stampede horse named Xavier Joan. The result was an 86.75-point score, good enough for the bronc riding championship and a cheque worth $6,486.

“That’s a new horse that’s only been bucked a few times,” began the 2012 Canadian Novice Saddle Bronc champion. “But she’s just what you want. Jumped out and was awesome. And that rodeo is one of the coolest there is. Everybody is excited and the atmosphere is great.”

Just a few hours earlier, Green was 78 points at the Nicola Valley Pro Rodeo in nearby Merritt, good for a three way split of 6th and a cheque worth $62. Together, the paydays boost the third-year pro cowboy’s 2015 Pro Rodeo Canada earnings to $18,760, enough to push him solidly inside the top ten of the bronc riding standings with only five rodeos left on the Canadian pro rodeo schedule.

The biggest winner from the weekend was timed event cowboy, Morgan Grant, who split the steer wrestling win in Armstrong with a 4.2 second run, finished 2nd in the tie-down roping with a time of 7.9 seconds and placed third in the bulldogging in Merritt to win a total of $7,925. Despite the big cheque, the 2013 Canadian Hi-Point champion remains on the CFR bubble in both the tie-down roping (12th) and steer wrestling (11th) in the unofficial Pro Rodeo Canada standings.

A pair of young team ropers have also put themselves on the bubble. 21 year-old, Kyle Lucas and 20 year-old, Grady Branden placed 2nd in Merritt and split 5th in Armstrong to win $2,052 each. That will put Branden in 11th in the Canadian heading standings while Lucas will hold down the 12th and final qualifying spot in the heeling division. Both are tight races with less than $800 separating 9th through 12th in the heeling.

Other top winners from the long weekend included saddle bronc riders Cody DeMoss ($6,225) and Chad Ferley ($4,324); bullriders Adam Jamison ($6,147) and Trevor Kastner (4,161); bareback rider Clint Laye ($5,809); tie-down roper Dean Edge ($3,604); steer wrestlers Scott Guenthner ($3,519) and Coleman Kohorst ($3,059); barrel racers Jackie Ganter ($3,447) and Toni Dixon ($2,845) and team ropers Clayton/Chase Hansen ($2,329 each) and Jacob Minor/Garret Rogers (2,073).

Next up on the Pro Rodeo Canada schedule is the inaugural Medicine Lodge Fall Roundup in Medicine Lodge, AB (Sept. 12).