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Late Season Charge by Kody Lamb
Kody Lamb - Wildwood Imagery copyrightSept 13, 2021 - Sherwood Park, AB bareback rider, Kody Lamb, went three for three this past weekend with wins at both Taber Double Down events and Coronation Pro Rodeo

"It's so great to be rodeoing in Canada again after such a long time. Those were my first three rodeos in Canada since Regina in 2019 and it feels awesome," says Kody Lamb.

- full results here

- Wildwood Imagery photo
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Rodeo is Back
- 2021 Alberta CPRA Rodeo Highlights

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Bull rider, Zane Lambert, Among Long Weekend Winners
Zane Lambert - Wildwood ImageryBull rider, Zane Lambert enjoyed success at both Pro Rodeo Canada stops this weekend

- full weekend results here

* Chantelle Bowman/Wildwood Imagery photo
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Races Tighten for CFR Berths

Dawson and Dillon GrahamAug 31, 2021 - To say Dawson and Dillon Graham have been ‘on fire’ lately would be an understatement.

And the Wainwright team roping brothers found their way to the pay window once again this past weekend with a smoking 3.8 second run at Regina’s Pile O Bones Rodeo that netted each man $2334. When added to sizeable cheques from Okotoks Pro Rodeo (1-2 split, $1731) and Drayton Valley (2nd, $1212) the total helped the ropers establish a strong lead in the Canadian standings.

Several steer wrestlers also bettered their chances at a CFR berth, among them five time Canadian Steer Wrestling Champion, Cody Cassidy who won Drayton Valley and added a 6th place split at Regina for a total of $2000. Cassidy is joined by his brother Curtis and Virden, Manitoba’s Justin Miller - both of whom moved higher in the rankings as well.

At the rough stock end of the arena, Eastend, Sask bareback rider Dantan Bertsch maintained his grip on the season leader position after earning the win at Okotoks on Vold Rodeo’s True Grit with an 88 point ride ($1433) and a couple of solid placings at Regina and Drayton Valley. ($2900 for the weekend)

South of '49
Wildwood, Alberta bronc rider Dawson Hay did not qualify for the National Finals Rodeo last year, ending the season 18th overall. His 2021 goal to be in the top 5 going into the NFR came closer to being a reality at Rapid City, SD where the second generation cowboy won his first PRCA Xtreme Broncs Tour title after winning the Tour Finale and $26,678. With this win, Hay moved to 4th in the World standings. For PRCA event results and World standings, for complete unofficial results.

Next up on Pro Rodeo Canada's event roster are two central Alberta stops: the Daines Ranch Pro Rodeo at Innisfail Sept 2-4 and the Benalto Stampede Sept 4-6.

Cody Cassidy Dantan Bertsch
Cody Cassidy - Drayton Valley Steer Wrestling
Champion - Dallas Duffy photo
Dantan Bertsch - Okotoks Pro Rodeo
Bareback Champion - Gralyn Boyd photo
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Macza Rodeo Loses Spilled Perfume
Spilled PerfumeAugust, 2021 - The rodeo community was sad to hear about the recent loss of CFR-NFR mare, N X81 Spilled Perfume. The 13 year old award-winning bareback horse died from complications related to colic.

Spilled Perfume's accomplishments include:
3rd place BB Horse of the NFR 2017
2nd place BB Horse of the NFR 2018
2nd place BB Horse of the NFR 2019
2 X runner up BB Horse of the CFR
Ponoka Stampede Bareback Horse of the Rodeo 2018

Spilled’s legacy will live on through her first colt - produced this spring.

Photo: Reigning Canadian Bareback Champion, Orin Larsen & Spilled Perfume - 2019 CFR

(Billie-Jean Duff photo)

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Cranbrook Rodeo Fans Enjoy Three Days of Exciting CPRA Action
Aug 22, 2021 - Ladies barrel racer Justine Elliott was among the winners this weekend at the Cranbrook Pro Rodeo. The Lacombe, Alberta CFR qualifier negotiated the cloverleaf pattern in 17.954 seconds to win $1574.27 remain 3rd in the Canadian standings. And it was a great weekend for Lakota Bird. The Nanton, AB cowgirl won the Breakaway Roping at Cranbrook Pro Rodeo in 2.82 seconds ($545.20).

“After I finished college rodeo I thought that my breakaway roping career was over. To be able to compete at professional rodeos in the breakaway is not something I ever thought possible and it has been so much fun! Winning Cranbrook was extra special to me because I have family ties to that rodeo,” says Bird. (Murray Hayward photo)

* Unofficial Cranbrook results here
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Uniquely Western, Art Meets West at Cowboy Kicks
Cowboy KicksCowboy Kicks is a major, annual fundraiser for the Westerner Foundation and the volunteer-led Canadian Pro Rodeo Sport Medicine Team. The inaugural Cowboy Kicks event is on September 18, 2021, at the Peavey Mart Centrium at Westerner Park in Red Deer, Alberta.

The evening features a charity auction and raffles. Through an exciting live auction, 6 large one-of-a-kind fiberglass cowboy boots, hand-painted by Albertan artists, will be partnered with one-of-a-kind experiences and auctioned off. There will also be 10 smaller boots featured in the charity auction.

Guests will be treated to a hearty, western meal and beverage while enjoying an intimate performance from our special guest - award-winning Canadian country music star Brett Kissel!

Date: September 18, 2021
Location: Peavey Mart Centrium, Westerner Park
4847A 19 Street, Red Deer, AB T4R 2N7
Attire: Wear your western gear and jeans!

Tickets: $125 (including fees and taxes)

Available through Tickets Alberta at
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Lucrative Payday at Field of Dreams Stampede

Matt Richardson was 4.7 secs to win the 2021 La Crete, AB Field of Dreams Stampede Steer Wrestling title and $1999. The win will see the Olds, AB cowboy move into the top 5 in Canada - unofficial results here
- photo by Wildwood Imagery  
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Dublanko and Durazo Among Weekend Winners

Darren DublankoAug 9, 2021

* Darren Dublanko enjoys success at the Sundre Pro Rodeo with an 8.1 second winning tie-down roping run - good for $1664. The Thorsby roper is making a bid for his first CFR appearance.

* Reigning Canadian Bull Riding Champion Edgar Durazo teams up with Duane Kesler’s 601 Tickety Boo to the tune of 83 points and the title at Guy Weadick Rodeo in High River, AB over the weekend. The Mexican-born bull rider adds a second place in High River with $1880 overall. Durazo sits among the top 5 in Canada.

* Wainwright, Alberta’s team roping brothers, Dawson and Dillon Graham. move up in the Canadian standings courtesy of a speedy run at Sundre (4.6 sec, $1942 each) and a 5.5 at High River for a total of $1990.

* Saddle bronc rider Chance Barrass picks up a first at High River (82 points on Duane Kesler's Fox Hole) and a fifth at Sundre for a total of $1236 in an effort to get to his first Finals.


* Guy Weadick Rodeo video courtesy of C5 Rodeo
August Long Weekend Highlights

Dawson Hay - Billie Jean Duff photo copyrightAug 3, 2021

* Two time World and reigning Canadian Saddle Bronc Champion Zeke Thurston (Big Valley, AB) tops $16,000 in winnings with big performances at the Hardgrass Bronc Match, the Strathmore Stampede and the Medicine Hat Stampede.

* CFR-NFR qualifier Dawson Hay (Wildwood, AB) equals world record high score in the saddle bronc riding with his 95 point ride on The Calgary Stampede’s W16 Wild Cherry at the Hardgrass Bronc Match, Pollockville, AB

* Two time Canadian High Point Champion Morgan Grant (Didsbury, AB) enjoys a profitable weekend ($4210) with tie-down roping wins at the Bruce Stampede (8.7 secs) and the Medicine Hat Stampede (8.3 secs). And his horse Buhler carries smokin’ hot Thorsby, AB roper Erik Dublanko to the win (8.7 secs, $5668) at the Strathmore Stampede

* Three time Canadian Bareback Champion Jake Vold returns to action. The Carstairs, AB cowboy climbs on his first bareback horse in over 18 months to mark 84.5 points on Duane Kesler Championship Rodeo’s G7 Little Rotten to win the Medicine Hat Stampede and $2500.

Bradi Whiteside - Shellie Scott photo copyright* In the ladies barrel racing, two competitors stand out. Bradi Whiteside (Longview, AB) stops the clock at the Strathmore Stampede in 17.760 secs to earn first place and $6847. Recent Calgary Stampede Champion Bertina Olafson (Hudson Bay, SK) picks up a second place cheque at Strathmore (17.977 secs) and a third at Medicine Hat (17.211 secs) to add $8166 to her bank account. Both women move among the top five in Canada.

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First Rodeos of 2021 In the Books

Ty Taypotat - Bonnyville
Bareback rider Ty Taypotat earned top spot at Bonnyville Pro Rodeo aboard Sawyer Pro Rodeo’s Z-19 Legacy - Wildwood Imagery photo

Fans were excited to take in the action at Bonnyville Pro Rodeo, Teepee Creek Stampede & Bowden Daze.

... unofficial results here

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CFR Red Deer Update
CFR Red DeerMay 11, 2021 - We understand that everyone is eagerly waiting for information for this year’s Canadian Finals Rodeo.

At this time, we can confirm that we are actively planning and optimistic that we will have more information soon!

As always, we continue to monitor and follow all Alberta Health Services recommendations regarding COVID-19 and we will continue to take appropriate measures and make any necessary decisions.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. Stay safe and stay healthy.

Sign up to be a Rodeo Insider to stay in the know. We’ll be sending updates and timelines as soon as we have them.
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Guenthner and Champion Among 2021 RNCFR Winners
RNCFRCongratulations RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo Winners - including Canadian Champions Scott Guenthner (steer wrestling), Richmond Champion (bareback) and CFR qualifier Jake Finlay (saddle bronc).

The April 8-10 Finals wrapped up Saturday night at Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee, Florida. With earnings counting toward the World Standings, a number of CPRA athletes bolstered their chances at 2021 NFR berths.

Guenthner, who is vying for his fourth NFR and was mounted on Curtis Cassidy's PRCA Steer Wrestling Horse of the Year, Tyson, collected $16,805 for his efforts. Champion, who is a fixture at Canadian rodeos, took home $15,010 while Australian bronc rider, Jake Finlay, who qualified for his first CFR in 2019, earned $14,249.

Among the other Pro Rodeo Canada athletes who enjoyed success at Kissimmee were tie down ropers Kyle Lucas - who added over $11,000 to his 2021 earnings, Josh Erickson who pocketed $1,847 and bareback rider Kody Lamb who picked up $3,849.

* PRCA story here
* RNCFR results
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2021 American Rodeo Wraps Up in Arlington
Shane Hanchey & TJ - Jake Link photoMarch 7, 2021 - Four time Canadian Champion and 2013 World Champion Tie-Down Roper, Shane Hanchey, of Sulphur, LA teamed up with his Canadian superstar partner, TJ (owned by Logan Bird) to post a 7.7 in the Shoot-Out Round of The American Rodeo to take home the big cheque of $100,000.

Hanchey tipped his hat to his four legged partner in his comments as he accepted his cheque, "I just feel like I am the best roper in the world. If you don’t believe it, then you’re not it. Confidence is the main key to this game from bareback to bull riding.  I just felt on that horse, I had all the confidence in the world and if not for TJ, I wouldn’t be here.”

Two time World and reigning Canadian Champion, Zeke Thurston, rode Dakota Rodeo's Bartender for 82.5 points and the $10,000 third place cheque.

Bull doggers Scott Guenthner and Tanner Milan were 6.8 and 7.3 respectively in Round 2/the Finals and did not qualify for the final four Shoot-Out.

Shane Hanchey - The American winnerAdditional 2021 American Rodeo Champions were Tilden Hooper (Bareback Riding), Jacob Talley (Steer Wrestling), Ryder Wright (Saddle Bronc), Erich Rogers/Paden Bray (Team Roping), Hailey Kinsel (Barrel Racing ) and Colten Fritzlan (Bull Riding). The Breakaway Roping was won by Jill Tanner.

* Shane Hanchey quote, photos and event stats courtesy of The American Rodeo / Rural Media Group

See complete PRCA results here
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Major CPRA Presence at Final Day of The American

Scott Guenthner - The American RodeoMarch 7, 2021 - Canadian and CPRA rodeo athletes - both two-legged and four-legged - will be front and centre as the curtain rings down on the 2021 edition of The American Rodeo in Arlington, Texas.

Among the competitors who have a shot at titles are two time and reigning Canadian Steer Wrestling Champion Scott Guenthner. The Provost, Alberta cowboy won the Semi-Finals and the Long Round at AT&T Stadium. He was the only bulldogger to stop the clock in less than 4 seconds so far and is in a position to capture the million dollar prize. (See PRCA story here)

Guenthner is joined by two time Canadian Champion Tanner Milan. Both men will be mounted on Curtis Cassidy's 2020 World Steer Wrestling Horse of the Year - Tyson.

Other CPRA contenders are former Team Roping Champions Paul Eaves and Matt Sherwood, two time World Champion and current Canadian title holder, Zeke Thurston in the Bronc Riding, four time Canadian Champion Shane Hanchey and another former Champion, Tuf Cooper, in the Tie-Down Roping and 6 time World Champion and CFR qualifier, Sage Kimzey in the Bull Riding.

The American Rodeo On the livestock side, four of the eight semi-final Bareback horses are come from the Calgary Stampede and C5 Rodeo along with two more in the Saddle Bronc Riding.

March 7 Semi-Final Daysheet here

Semi-Final action gets underway today at 3 pm EST (1 pm MST). More information available at or

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Wanchuk Wins San Antonio
Kolby WanchukFeb 28, 2021 - CPRA athletes enjoyed the hospitality and the payout at the recent (Feb 12-27) San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo but few left the Texas city happier than 2021 SASSR Saddle Bronc Champion Kolby Wanchuk.

The 2019 CFR qualifier and Sherwood Park, Alberta cowboy rode The Calgary Stampede's Tokyo Bubbles to 91 points for the win. Coupled with earlier bracket earnings and the Wild Card win (another 90 pt ride) Wanchuk pocketed $13,500 overall and moved to the number two spot in the World standings.

Tie-down roper Kyle Lucas also enjoyed a productive San Antonio stop. The second generation roper won the Wild Card and a bracket go-round and was second in the Finals for total earnings of $10,500. Lucas was under eight seconds on all three of those runs. And... the young talent currently sits on top of the World standings!

Kyle Lucas
Among the other CPRA athletes who took home sizeable pay cheques were bronc riders Jake Watson ($5000) and Logan Hay ($4500); bull rider Jordan Hansen ($5000) and team ropers Kolton Schmidt/Hunter Koch ($3600 each).

Click here for complete San Antonio results

See updated World Standings here
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Between the Rows Podcast with CPRA Barrel Racer Stacey Ruzicka
Click here to listen to Glacier Media's Between the Rows Podcast with 2019 Canadian Finals Rodeo Barrel Racer Stacey Ruzicka

* Complete podcast here
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A Bull Rider's Eye View of the Pandemic
Between the Rows

January, 2021

Click here to listen to Between the Rows Glacier Media Podcast with two time CPRA All Around Champion Jake Gardner.

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Message from CPRA President, Terry Cooke
Terry CookeJan 14, 2021

Happy New Year everyone!

2020 was a very challenging year for many individuals and organizations and the CPRA was no exception.

But the year actually ended on a good note. December saw an exciting Wrangler National Finals staged at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. Congratulations to our CPRA competitors. Special recognition goes out as well to Canadian stock contractors for their tremendous additions to the NFR stock roster, and in particular to Northcott-Macza Rodeo whose saddle bronc, Get Smart, was voted Top Saddle Bronc Horse of the 2020 WNFR.

And now we’re into a new year - a new year with new optimism, new plans and even a new rodeo or two. As we enter 2021, I’m optimistic about our Canadian Pro Rodeo season. It’s promising that a number of rodeo committees have reached out with plans to move ahead with events as soon as they are able to do so. While the CPRA schedule will experience some modifications as we roll into the new season, and all of us may have to be flexible in our approach and expectations, we’re all hopeful that we will soon be back on the rodeo trail.

CFRTo that end, please know that since the pandemic started, CPRA Board and Staff have been taking care of Pro Rodeo Canada business so that we will be able to rodeo once conditions allow us to do so. The Association is alive and well and any rumours to the contrary are inaccurate.

Please continue to follow our Rodeo Canada website and social media channels for updates as we move into spring.

Terry Cooke
Canadian Professional Rodeo Association

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Rough ride to National Finals Rodeo for Canadians in pandemic season

CTV WNFR 2020 News StoryDonna Spencer - The Canadian Press Staff
Published Wednesday, December 2, 2020

EDMONTON -- Levi Simpson and his horse Stetson are about to trample the turf where the Los Angeles Dodgers hoisted the World Series trophy.

Simpson, a team roper from Ponoka, Alta., admits it's unusual for the National Finals Rodeo to be staged in a ballpark.

Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, served as Major League Baseball's “bubble” for the National League playoffs and October's World Series.

... read more

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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 CookeNov 3, 2020 - All 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. 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
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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
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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.


Terry Cooke
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 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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