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Legendary Steer Wrestling Horse Willy Passes On

Purchased by the Cassidy family when was just three, RTR Little Willy (aka: Willy) was a registered running-bred appendix horse that enjoyed stints on the track in Alberta and Wyoming.

The gritty brown gelding that accompanied two generations of Cassidy cowboys to North American rodeos (Greg and sons Curtis and Cody all won Canadian titles on Willy, as did Lee Graves) enjoyed an outstanding career as a professional steer wrestling horse. Willy carried four men to World titles and earned well over $3 million. He was named Canadian Steer Wrestling Horse of the Year a record six times and won the AQHA-PRCA World Championship in 2008.

After helping Curtis (Cassidy) win the last two rounds at the 2010 NFR, Willy headed into a well deserved retirement on the Cassidy ranch at Donalda, Alberta.

And this year, RTR Little Willy earned a place in the Canadian Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame as one of the 2020 inductees. This equine superstar holds a special place in the Cassidy family’s hearts and in the hearts of all of us who follow pro rodeo. At 34 years of age, it seems somehow fitting that the steer wrestling legend chose CFR week to say farewell.

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Message from CPRA President, Terry Cooke

Terry CookeAll of us would love to be heading to Red Deer right now and getting ready for CFR47. Unfortunately, that can’t happen this year. But instead, we can spend some time reflecting back on the wonderful Canadian Finals Rodeo that 2019 brought us… and look ahead to the return of professional rodeo and the CFR in 2021.

I want to offer special congratulations to the CPRA athletes, stock contractors and their four-legged partners who will soon be making their way to Arlington, Texas for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

Closer to home, it’s exciting to see CPRA Committee Reps, Shane Crouch and Lloyd Gray, orchestrating a meeting of our rodeo committees for Nov 21st. It will be great to see everyone get together and start planning for 2021. I'm sure some good ideas will come out of this meeting. 

We have also been in regular contact with Alberta health authorities and continue to work closely with them in planning for next year’s rodeo season.

We’re all aware that we will have to make changes in how we do business from now on but l am confident that we will overcome the challenges the pandemic has brought us. I believe that our existence depends on all of us being more creative if we want to continue to prosper. The western way of life is very dear to us all and we have to stick together to keep it going.

CFRFinally, to celebrate our traditional CFR week, I invite you follow along on the Rodeo Canada website and social media channels where we’ll be looking back at CFR 2019. Feel free to share your favourite photos, videos and memories over the week ahead.

See you down the rodeo trail,
Terry Cooke

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National Finals Rodeo Bound
WNFR 2020The dust has settled on the 2020 PRCA rodeo season... and a number of CPRA athletes and former champions have earned qualifications to the Wrangler NFR.

Among those with plans to be at Globe Life Field in Arlington, TX from Dec 3-12:

- 2019 Bareback Champion Orin Larsen, Inglis, MB (3rd, PRCA standings, $81,391)
- 2018 Bareback Champ Richmond Champion, Stevenville, MT (7th, $64,149)

- 2019 Saddle Bronc Champion Zeke Thurston, Big Valley, AB (9th, $50,523)

- Two time Steer Wrestling and nine time High Point Champion, Curtis Cassidy, Donalda, AB (5th, $50,047) who is also the recipient of the Purina AQHA Top Pro Rodeo Steer Wrestling horse, Dashin Haze (aka Tyson)


In the tie-down roping event:
- 2010 Champ, Tuf Cooper, Decatur, TX (2nd, $67,189)
- Four time (& reigning) Champion, Shane Hanchey, Sulphur, LA (10th, $52,299)
- 2013 Champion, Timber Moore, Aubrey, TX (9th, $53,167)
- Three time Champion, Tyson Durfey, Brock, TX (12th, $47,292)
- 2019 Reserve Cdn Champ Haven Maged, Miles City, MT (3rd, $66,747)

Top Steer Wrestling Horse of 2020Team roping headers:
- 2013 Cdn Champion Kolton Schmidt, Barrhead, AB (11th PRCA, $51,021)
- Four time Cdn Champion Levi Simpson, Ponoka, AB (13th, $50,397)

Team roping heelers:
- 2012 Champion Paul Eaves, lonedell, MO (8th, $56,159)
- 2019 Champion Hunter Koch, Vernon, TX (14th, $51,021)

Barrel racing:
- Four time Champion Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, SD (13th, $40,904)

Click here for a complete list of 2020 WNFR qualifiers
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Congrats RAM National Circuit Finals Winners
Brooke WillsThe Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo took place Sept 10-13, 2020 in Greeley, Colorado where a number of CPRA athletes came away from the four day event with sizeable cheques.

Several contenders (incl. Brooke Wills, Dawson Graham, Keely Bonnett, Cole Goodine, Ty Taypotat and Jesse Popescul) earned RNCF qualifications courtesy of their success at the inaugural Maple Leaf Circuit Finals held Nov 27-30, 2019 at Canadian Western Agribition Rodeo in Regina.

Among the winners:

* Dawson Graham/Keely Bonnett - Team Roping average winners ($6564 each)

* defending Canadian Champion barrel racer & Maple Leaf Circuit Finals Champ Brooke Wills who placed in both rounds and the average ($4365 total)

* bareback riders Trenton Montero, Cole Goodine and Ty Taypotat - all of whom earned multiple cheques: Montero ($8197); Goodine ($5529); Taypotat ($1698)

* 2019 CFR steer wrestling qualifier Tanner Brunner - round 2 winner ($3201)

* tie-down ropers 2007 Cdn Champ Clint Robinson ($5238) and 3 x CFR qualifier Jesse Popescul ($4559)

* Complete RNCF results here
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Rodeo Hat Trick for Ben Robinson
Ben RobinsonAug 31, 2020 - Huge weekend for 3rd generation tie-down roper, Ben Robinson (Innisfail, AB) who earned over $8000 courtesy of wins at Range Days Rodeo (Rapid City, SD), Golden Spike Rodeo (Tremonton, UT) and Alamosa Round Up (Alamosa, CO). Congratulations Ben!

* PRCA story here
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CPRA Athletes Make the Miles to Earn 2020 WNFR Spots
Cassidy among WNFR contendersAugust 25, 2020 - Canadian Champion Steer Wrestler Curtis Cassidy is among a group of CPRA athletes who have been steadily climbing in the standings south of the 49th in an effort to qualify for the 2020 WNFR.

While the annual World Finals may look a little different this year, and may be located in a venue other than its usual Nevada home, contestants are as focused as always on gaining a top 15 spot.

Among those joining Cassidy as likely contenders are Shane Hanchey, Richmond Champion, Orin Larsen, Levi Simpson, Kolton Schmidt, Paul Eaves, Zeke Thurston and Sage Kimzey.


Sidenote: Dawson Hay is going to try to return to competition after an earlier injury. (See details in PRCA story by Tracy Renck)

... Complete standings are posted at ProRodeo.com
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Corb Lund's All Time Favourite Rodeo Songs

It’s a tough year for rodeo, and it's a tough year for live music, too. Meanwhile, there aren’t many rodeo songs on the radio these days, so I thought I’d try to cheer everyone up a little by sharing some of my favourites with you. Some of them I first heard in my childhood, others are more recent. I grew up around pro rodeo because my dad, DC, was a steer wrestler and my mom, Patty, was a barrel racer in her younger days. Both my grandfathers competed, and one of them, Clark Lund, was a judge at Calgary for a few decades after he won the All Round Championship in 1939. I rode steers as a kid and dabbled at bulldogging in my teens until I discovered the guitar. Western music shaped a lot of my childhood memories and remains a big part of my life today. So here, in no particular order, are some of my all-time favourite rodeo songs. Make sure you click the link at the bottom of the article to listen along.

“Rodeo Road” by Ian Tyson
Ian has always been a hero of mine and has become a good friend over the years, which is even better. As everyone from our neck of the woods already knows, he’s the king of cowboy music. “Rodeo Road” is one of his lesser known songs, but it’s a great one. It is the melancholy-but-hopeful tale of a bronc rider finally hanging up the spurs and tossing all his gear into the river to prove to his lady that he’s finally gonna stick around. If you’re a Tyson fan, scare this one up.

“I Can Still Make Cheyenne” by George Strait
Everybody knows this one. This number from King George, along with a couple of Garth’s, are the last songs I can remember on country radio with any real western themes, which is a sad fact. But this one is a beauty and has almost a polar opposite message than “Rodeo Road” does. It’s actually pretty dark, if you dig into it. He says something about how ‘this rodeo’s been hard on us all’, implying there are kids involved. He calls home, hears that she doesn’t want him back, and with in about 45 seconds has decided to hell with it, on to the next one. It’s a great song that deserves to be as famous as it is.

“Much Too Young (To Feel This Damned Old)” by Garth Brooks
Speaking of Garth, I know a number of bronc riders that consider “Much Too Young” pretty much a hymn. And I recently discovered that Garth wrote this one himself. Good on ya, bud. This is one of my favourite all time songs of any genre. I love the lyric, the melody, and years later, I’m still trying to figure out the great fingerpicked intro. This is also the song where Garth famously name checks Chris LeDoux, helping Chris to finally get a major label record deal. Classic rodeo song.

“Bareback Jack” by Chris LeDoux
Which brings us to Chris. I never had the good fortune to meet him, but I’ve become great friends with some of his family. In fact, his son, Ned LeDoux, and I wrote a song together called “Dance With Your Spurs On”. It’s about his dad and my uncle, Tommy Ivins, wringing every last drop out of life and we won the Songwriter of the Year buckle for it last year at the Rocky Mountain Country Music Association Awards. Chris’ “Bareback Jack” is a classic and is made a hundred times more legitimate having been written by an NFR champ. I’m aware of three different versions of this, and the one from the Songs of Rodeo Life album is my pick. The version before is old school bluegrass/folk style, and the later version has a more modern country sound. Both are great, but this one hits the 1970s sweet spot for me in terms of how they recorded it.

“Bandy The Rodeo Clown” by Moe Bandy
This one is a big childhood memory for me. I remember hearing it on the 8-track alongside “Delta Dawn” and “Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys” in Dad’s pickup on the way to watch him bulldog in Coronation or Ponoka or Medicine Hat. Still love it to this day, and I want to dedicate it to Ash Cooper, Flint Rasmussen, and Kelly Lacoste.

“Everything That Glitters (Is Not Gold)” by Dan Seals
Here’s a real rodeo tearjerker, written by Dan Seals and Bob McDill. This one hits you right in the gut. I mean, Old Red stumbles, she misses Little Casey’s birthday, and there are certain things a man just doesn’t know. Ouch. Come on, guys, take it easy on us. What a brilliant piece of work, with a great ‘80s country sound.

“The Cowboy In The Continental Suit” by Marty Robbins
My all-time number one record as a kid, and still to this day, is Marty Robbins’ Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs. That album doesn’t have any rodeo songs on it, per se, but this is a beauty from one of his later western albums. I love the part where he rolls a smoke, blows a smoke ring, then climbs on the buckskin, old school. I know a couple guys who could pull this off. One of them is from Wood Mountain, Saskatchewan.

“Dawson Le Gate” by Red Steagall
I’ve had the good fortune to meet Mr. Steagall a couple of times while in Nevada and in Texas, and he’s a great man. A legend in Texas, and in western music generally. I love how this song has an Alberta connection; it kind of picks up where Tyson’s “Rodeo Road” leaves off. I’ve found in my travels that the cowboy lifestyle has a common thread all the way down the Rockies as far as the Rio Grande. I’ve made a bunch of great friends all the way along the route.

“Someday Soon” by Ian and Sylvia
This one is a Canadian classic that we all know and love. Sometimes I forget that it’s a rodeo story because it’s such a beautifully written folk song, but it sure enough is, and is as good as they come. I remember hearing this one as a kid, blaring through those worn out metal speakers mounted on poles as I watched the slack on a Saturday morning at some dusty outdoor arena in small town Alberta.

I can’t wait to get back to playing shows and watching rodeo. I hope everyone stays safe, sane and healthy, and I look forward to seeing you down the trail someplace at a PRCA show or a saloon or a rodeo dance when the smoke clears and the dust settles.

You can listen to these songs and a few other honourable mentions here:

Corb Lund’s new album Agricultural Tragic is available now.

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Larsen and Wanchuk Enjoy Success South of the Border
Orin Larsen and Kolby WanchukJune 15, 2020 - CPRA athletes made the most of appearances at recent PRCA rodeos with reigning Canadian Bareback Champion, Orin Larsen, earning the win at Coleman, TX (88.5 points aboard United Pro Rodeo’s Slick). The Inglis, MB cowboy also earned a share of the win at the Pony Express Rodeo in Eagle Mountain, UT to garner $3,100 between the two events.

2019 CFR qualifier, Kolby Wanchuk, found his way to the top of the leaderboard at Coleman as well. The Sherwood Park, AB bronc rider marked 89 points on Dakota Rodeo's Richie's High for $3,091.

* Several other CPRA competitors are also back on the rodeo trail south of the 49th. Check recent results and standings at www.prorodeo.com
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Connecting with Reigning Canadian Bareback Champion - Orin Larsen
 
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Message from CPRA President, Terry Cooke

Terry CookeMay 17, 2020

CPRA Members

With the problems that Covid 19 is causing for not only our sport, but for the world in general, l want to touch on the current state of our association.

As you all know, our events have been cancelling and more are dropping off each week.

We are down to about 17 left as of today and those events are getting to the point of having to make a decision as to whether they can go. I am still hopeful we can have a few rodeos and at least salvage part of our season, but there is no guarantee that it will happen.

I have talked with some committees and they want to rodeo as much as you do and are hanging on and rescheduling to try their best to have an event. These committees are at the mercy of the provincial health authorities and can’t even move forward with plans as things are.

I'm not sure as to when we will decide on whether it would be feasible to still plan a CFR but the the decision will have to be made soon. If we end up with only a handful of events later in the season we will have to count them for the 2021 season.

Our association is in good shape financially and we will be in a solid position even if we loose the season.

The board of directors and our management have taken the necessary steps to ensure that our association will survive this pandemic that is financially crippling many organizations and businesses throughout the world. 

This virus is always going to be with us now and the way we do things is going to change in many ways. We will have to evolve a bit but l know we will carry on and find a way to prosper. It will become the new norm and we will roll on.

I remember when all this security at events and airports first started We thought it was crazy but now we just accept it and plan for it. This is just an example of how things change in our world and in a little while we will just move on as it becomes normal.

Let's just all be patient and hope all of this gets fixed soon and we can start doing what we love to do.

Please don’t hesitate to call your director or the office for updates any time. I am always available if you want to talk.

Thanks,

Terry Cooke
President
Canadian Professional Rodeo Association

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Apr 27 - Checking in with Scott Guenthner on ranching, 2020 rodeo season, family and Covid-19
 
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CPRA Marks Tenth Year at Airdrie, AB Location
Ribbon cutting ceremony with Dale Dale Leschiutta and Jim Pippolo CPRA staff 2010
Celebration cake Entrance to CPRA property
Apr 15, 2020 marks the 10th year the CPRA has enjoyed its headquarters in its current location near Airdrie, AB. Prior to purchasing the property and office just northeast of Airdrie, the Association made its home in leased space at 2116 27 Ave NE, Calgary, Alberta in the Stockman's Centre.
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Catching up with CPRA Ladies Barrel Racer Steffanie Mather-Moore

Stephanie Mather-MooreHey guys,

Let me start by introducing myself, I am Steffanie Mather-Moore, 2014 Canadian Champion Barrel Racer.

Some of you may know me better as Clayton (Moore's) wife, the one packing all the kids around lol. I haven’t had my name down at a rodeo in almost two years, and I have been chomping at the bit to get back at it.

We spend our winters ranching, putting on jackpots, and riding horses. As busy as life is, especially with three little kids, I made sure to make time to keep my rodeo horse legged up as well as getting myself back into top shape. Getting into shape was the easy part, having three kids four and under, as well as helping to look after about 300 head of animals, cardio is just a daily norm. (According to my fit bit, most days I put on between 20,000-25,000 steps).

I had my goals set for this summer, was already planning on how I wanted to enter the rodeos, and was excited to spend the season on the road with my family. My mare and I had been to two jackpots, she worked great, and I had a ton of confidence to take into the spring rodeos.

Then, what seemed like overnight, the world as we know it came to an abrupt halt!! At first, it seemed like things would be on lockdown for a week or two and then hopefully life would carry on as normal. We know now, that is definitely not the case and I won’t even lie about it, last week I threw my sucker in the dirt! I’ve spent the last two years on the sidelines, worked by butt off this winter, and wanted nothing more than to have a fun and successful rodeo season. I have since pulled my head out of the sand and quit pouting to take a look at what is really going on in the world.

Rodeo committees are having to cancel or postpone events they have been working on all year long on, sponsors are unsure of what the future of our economy looks like and the impact this will have on their companies and businesses, fellow rodeo competitors may be losing jobs or worried about a sick loved one. These are uncertain and, let be honest, quite scary times.

As disappointed as I know we all are about the postponement of our rodeo season, I think it’s important to look out for one another as a rodeo family and realize the impact this is having on the whole world. Self-isolating is certainly not how I had planned to spend most of March and April, but if we all do our part, hopefully things will slowly start to get back to normal. Steffanie

Until then, I’ll continue to get horses rode, spend time with my family, maybe tackle a few projects I’d been waiting to find the time for, and since we are starting to calve and the weather up here in the north is still wintery, getting too far from the Ranch wasn’t going to happen anyways.

So until next time, stay safe, stay home, and hope to see you all on the rodeo trail at some point!

Steffanie Mather-Moore

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2020 blog from CPRA Bronc Rider Jake Burwash
March 26 - Rodeo cowboys and cowgirls we are pretty good planners, (well some of us) but all are better at making fast decisions. In a sport where reaction is the only thing happening faster than the clock or the animal we are riding on, no one could have predicted the effect COVID-19 was about to have… unless you are the writers for the Simpsons, because apparently they can predict everything. ... jb
Jake BurwashHi there everyone

I am Jake Burwash - CPRA/PRCA Saddle Bronc Rider from Nanton, Alberta. Currently I am serving day 6 of jail time (I mean quarantine) and I thought that I would share how we found out that the start of our rodeo season was going to be postponed.

At the start of the winter run, I had been traveling with Dawson Dahm, Chance Barrass and Preston Ogle in Dawson’s rig. But throughout the winter I had to bum rides and pack all my stuff with me. It wasn’t until my mom drove down my truck to watch my brother and sister in-law compete at the NRCHA World Show in Fort Worth, Texas in February that my truck made it down south. Meanwhile I was searching for a used Capri Camper to put on my truck and managed to find one on Facebook. The thing needs some work but it’ll be perfect for comfortable travel. Capri campers are meant to be bolted to the floor of the truck box. Unfortunately I had zero tools to do that so a couple of ratchet straps were going to have to do til I made it an hour north to Chet Johnson’s place in Stephenville, TX where Kolby Wanchuck (power engineer) and Chet (self proclaimed master craftsmen) could help get this camper half a** put together and securely bolted down. About this time is when talks of the COVID-19 really started to hit the news. None of us really thought anything of it to begin with as we carried on with normal weekday activities, golfing, workouts and cookouts.

BurwashEverything changed when we got a call on the back nine of a crappy, cheap little 9 hole golf course. They had cancelled Austin, TX ; Montgomery, AL; Mercedes TX and Winston Salem, NC rodeos that add $8,000-$47,000. The guys and I started entering smaller Texas rodeos to fill the gaps and try to get at least a few rodeos in before we headed north toward home or west to Redmond, OR at the end of March… until the press release from the PRCA notified us that all rodeos for the next month had been cancelled or postponed and the winter run officially came to a close.

While we adjust to the new normal, I hope everyone stays safe and positive. Practice social distancing and protect others by protecting yourselves. We will see you all in an arena near you - hopefully this summer!

Jake Burwash
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An Recent Visit with Team Roper Clay Ullery
 
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The American
Congratulations 2020 American Rodeo winners
incl. stock contractors C5 Rodeo (Kaycee Feild won the Bareback riding with 93 pts on two-time C5 World Horse of the Year, F13 Virgil) and Northcott-Macza (Wyatt Casper topped NM's reigning Canadian and World Champion Horse of the Year 242 Get Smart for 91.25 pts and the Saddle Bronc win) ... details here
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Celebrating a few of the Many Amazing Women in our sport on International Women's Day (March 8)
International Women's Day
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Jared Parsonage Wins 2020 Besplug Invitational
Jared ParsonageFeb 29 - Fans packed the Claresholm Agriplex Saturday night to cheer on a field of top bull riders at the Chad Besplug Invitational Bull Riding.

Maple Creek, Sask's Jared Parsonage rode Outlaw Buckers’ A32 OLS Tubs Anika’s Pet to 85.5 points for the long-go win. While the short-go bulls proved to be a big challenge for the finalists, including Parsonage who climbed on Wild Hoggs' 594 Tractorland's Arizona Dreamin, the CFR bull rider (and CPRA bull riding director) added $3981.60 to his already significant 2020 earnings, moving him (unofficially) to second in Canada.

... see complete results here
 
* Video provided by Feature Productions and Alpha Bull Inc.
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They’re Back… and They’re Hungry
Layton Green - CFR 2018Feb 21, 2020 - Canadian spring rodeo will see a couple of familiar names back in competition. And while rodeo fans are understandably excited to see two of our best back on the trail, that sentiment might not be shared by the guys who have to beat them week in and week out.

2017 Canadian saddle bronc champion Layton Green broke both bones (tibia and fibula) in his right leg last spring when his saddle horse stumbled and fell on him while riding the hills at a friend’s ranch.

“Nothing can make a guy hungrier and wanting to win more than sitting out a year,” grinned the Meeting Creek, AB cowboy. “I had to lie around inside for the first month but I got back outside as soon as I could.”

Green climbed on a saddle horse at home not long after the injury then progressed to riding colts and moving cattle at (former Canadian bull riding champ), Tyler Thomson’s, ranch in Black Diamond, AB as soon as he could handle the pressure on his leg. “I tried to take advantage of the time off by doing some riding and hunting - things I usually don’t have much time for.”

While Green’s leg is feeling pretty good, he’ll be looking at another small surgery when the time is right, to remove a couple of the screws used to repair his leg. The second generation bronc rider, along with travelling partners Coburn Bradshaw and Jesse Wright, is already enjoying success at the spring PRCA rodeos. Green is headed to the Finals this weekend at the San Antonio (Texas) Stock Show and Rodeo as well as at Fiesta de Los Vaqueros in Tucson, AZ.

Jake Vold - CFR 2018Three time Canadian bareback champion Jake Vold is also making the most of his return to competition. The Ponoka, AB athlete - who just relocated to Cremona, AB where he and his wife, Sara, bought a place - cracked out at San Antone after a seven month hiatus from the sport. Vold injured his shoulder at the 2018 WNFR, but returned to the Canadian rodeo scene successfully last spring. It was a second injury (incurred at the Calgary Stampede), this time a hyper-extended knee and bone bruise on his tibia, that put the fan favourite back on the DL.

“I needed a few months off,” the 32 year old commented. “I started feeling good in the fall (of last year) but by October, there was nothing left to go to.”

While Vold kept busy during the winter with the move and home renos, he’s excited to be back in action. “I still crave the competition and I’m glad to be back. I missed the camaraderie with the guys and rodeo is still my main source of income.”

Vold and Green join a number of CPRA athletes enjoying success on the ‘South of ’49’ spring rodeo run. And both rough stock riders hope to qualify for this year’s CFR. The first full CPRA rodeo of the 2020 season is the Broncs & Honky Tonks Spring Indoor Rodeo in Medicine Hat, AB April 17-19 which is part of the Maple Leaf Circuit. And it’s a good bet both Layton Green and Jake Vold will be there.

Yes, they’re back and it’s going to be a lot of fun watching two former champs do what they do so well.

Check out www.rodeocanada.com/rodeo_schedule.htm for a full list of 2020 CPRA events.

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Standout Stevie Knicks
Stevie KnicksNorthcott-Macza's bareback superstar, 118 Stevie Knicks outdid herself recently when she and 3 time world champion Tim O'Connell tied the bareback riding world record.

The Iowa cowboy rode the 2019 Canadian Bareback Horse of the Year to an outstanding 94 points to win the San Angelo Cinch Chute-Out Rodeo, Feb. 15.

O’Connell shares the world record with Wes Stevenson on Kesler Rodeo's Cover Girl (Dallas, TX, 2002); Will Lowe and Kesler Rodeo’s Sky Reach (Omaha. NE, 2003; Ryan Gray on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Grass Dancer (Eagle, CO, 2009) and Tilden Hooper aboard Classic Pro Rodeo’s Big Tex (Silver City, NM, 2010).

Well done Tim O'Connell, Stevie Knicks and Northcott-Macza!

* Records information courtesy of the PRCA
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Rising Star Tanner Eno
Tanner EnoTalking to CPRA rookie bullrider feels like you’re conversing with a ten-year veteran. The young man has a goals, he has a plan and he isn’t likely to waver in reaching those goals and executing that plan.

“I wanted to be ready when I turned pro so I decided I wanted to win the FCA, the LRA and WRA before I started getting on bulls at this level,” he noted.

Well, check, check and check. The second generation Coronation talent won the FCA and the LRA in 2018, then added the WRA in 2019. And he capped off his semi-pro successes by being named the first-ever CPRA Novice Bull Riding Champion.

“That was another notch in the belt, that’s for sure,” the likeable Red Deer College Carpentry student acknowledged. And all the success has helped him put together a large helping of the ingredient he considers most critical to success in the professional ranks. That ingredient is confidence.

“I think Bull Riding is 80 per cent confidence and my family has been huge getting me to this point,” Eno adds. “Because my dad rode bulls and my family has been involved in rodeo I feel really comfortable in this environment. I remember being eight years old and J.B. Mauney was standing right there next to me. I’ve been in cowboys dressing rooms all my life. I guess I feel like I belong. And one thing my family has taught me is that you can learn from everybody, not copy but learn. I think all of that is going to help me get where I want to go quicker.”

Having already tasted a little success at the Rebel Energy Services event in Red Deer, Tanner Eno is excited to be taking that confidence and that plan to Claresholm on February 29 for the Chad Besplug Invitational.

You get a chance, you want to keep an eye on this young man. Better yet, have a chat with him. But don’t expect him to talk like a rookie.
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A Note From CPRA General Manager, Jeff Robson
Jeff RobsonFeb 6, 2020 - As we get closer to the ‘right side’ of winter I hope that this note finds you well.  We are all getting ready for the upcoming season of rodeos.

As most of you have heard, the CPRA is offering Breakaway Roping as an optional event for our Committees to host.  The Board believes that this event option is a good addition for our sport.  Breakaway Roping will provide a fast-paced, new event to our rosters that we feel will also be well received by you, our fans.

The host of our marquee event has been in the news lately, which leads you and our members to have some questions about CFR 47.  Since late December we have been working on a budget with Westerner Park and the Red Deer Chamber of Commerce to help reorganize the profitability of CFR. 

As such, we believe that there can be a sustainable model that will be used for years to come.  Several changes will be announced later this month about CFR.  In the interim - what I can say is the Planning Group is committed to providing a first-class fan experience along with keeping the payout for the athletes intact.

This month, the CPRA Board of Directors and Staff are also busy planning our members Annual General Meeting.  (Feb. 29, 2020). 

We are excited for the 2020 season and look forward to seeing you down the rodeo trail.
 
Jeff Robson
General Manager, CPRA
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CPRA Cowboys Win Big at Fort Worth
FWSSRFeb 9, 2020 - Pro Rodeo Canada athletes, Dawson Hay and Clay Ullery, made the most of their opportunities at the 2020 Forth Worth Stock Show & Rodeo.

Hay, the second generation saddle bronc rider from Wildwood, AB, drew into the final and turned in a record-tying 91 point ride on Calgary Stampede's Zena Warrior to claim the $20,000 first place cheque and a total of $23,080 overall.

Two Hills, AB team roping header, Clay Ullery teamed up with Jake Edwards (Ocala, FL) for the Fort Worth win for $22,200. The Fort Worth results catapulted both Ullery and Hay into the top ten in the World Standings in their respective events.

Among the other CPRA competitors who enjoyed Finals success include:
* Steer wrestlers Ty Erickson and Matt Reeves
* Tie-down roping former Canadian (and World) Champions Tuf Cooper and Tyson Durfey

The Calgary Stampede stock was prominent at their first FWSSR appearance as the Bareback Riding was also won on a Calgary horse with Tilden Hooper setting an arena record of 91.5 on CS Agent Lynx.

* Complete Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo results here
 


 
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