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CFR & Maple Leaf Circuit Races Wrap-Up this Weekend in Hanna!

Hanna Pro RodeoThe Hanna Indoor Pro Rodeo - final stop on the 2019 CPRA regular season schedule - promises to be exciting as the last few CFR and Maple Leaf Circuit Finals berths will be decided over the next 3 days!

* 3 Performances: Sept 27 & 28 at 7 pm, Sept 29, 1 pm
* Details & Ticket info here
* Hanna Indoor Pro Rodeo Contestant & Stock Draw

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* Maple Leaf Circuit Finals Standings
Sundre Pro Rodeo Chairman Honoured to be 2018 CPRA Committee Person of the Year
Shane CrouchFor the 40 years there has been a Sundre Pro Rodeo, there have been members of the Crouch family on the committee. And Shane Crouch, the recipient of the 2018 CPRA Committee Person of the Year, is no exception.

“The last year I rode steers,” Crouch grinned, “was in 1985. I’ve pretty much been involved in the Sundre Pro Rodeo since then. My dad, Gordon, and my uncle Les (who are twins) have been on the Board for the entire 40 years.”

Crouch went on to say, “It was a complete surprise to learn I’d won this award. It’s very humbling and I’m very honoured.”

The Sundre Pro Rodeo, which runs June 21-23, has grown over the years and the committee and community has worked hard to improve the grounds and offerings in and around rodeo weekend.

“We added a new building this year,” explains Crouch, “A pole, metal clad building with garage doors intended to replace the Whiskey tent. It’s the new home of the Wild Horse Saloon.”

And the committee has a few other elements lined up to help celebrate the 40th Anniversary… fireworks displays, Niki Flundra and her show, Unbridled, the Canadian Indian Relay Race, as well as a return appearance by rodeo clown, Dennis Halstead, seven-time pro rodeo entertainer of the year.

Sundre (located in west central Alberta) is an area where rodeo has been around since the early 1900’s, the first pro rodeo was held in 1979. Today, the event draws top competitors from across North America, offers a payout of over $85,000 and is sanctioned by the CPRA, PRCA and WPRA.

“And it couldn’t happen without our board and volunteers,” Crouch explains. “In addition to our 11 board members, it takes hundreds of people to put this event on. We have great support in the Sundre area; we’re so lucky that our community is so generous.”

As to what keeps Crouch involved from a personal perspective, “I absolutely love rodeo - the contestants, the fans - all of it. And our whole town buys in. It takes a huge amount of work to make it happen and a lot of volunteer hours, but I appreciate it all.”

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Canadian Pro Rodeo Celebrates 75 Years

CPRA - 75 YearsThe year was 1944. That’s when a group of cowboys banded together to form the Cowboys Insurance Association. Each member put in $1.00 per rodeo and that amount was matched by rodeo management to form a small insurance fund for the participants.

The following year, the group was re-named the Cowboys Protective Association (CPA) and became a society under The Societies Act. They went from an organization focused almost solely on providing insurance and medical assistance when needed to a body designed to serve its members in a much broader way.

Ken Thomson of Black Diamond was the first President and the organization boasted 160 members initially. Before the organization’s formation, many rodeos were paying less than $10.00 for first place money and entry fees were not added to the prize money. (Thomson recalls attending a rodeo where he spent $14.00 in entry fees, won four firsts and two seconds and got $34.00 back!)

In 1965, the group incorporated under the name Canadian Rodeo Cowboys Association, an identity that lasted until 1980 when the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association became the official name of the organization. Under the auspices of CPRA, Canadian pro rodeo has become a well-organized and well-regulated sport, with a global membership of over 1000 and a comprehensive insurance and medical program.

Fast forward to 2019 - 75 years after the early visionaries joined forces. Today, the CPRA holds 55 plus events annually with $5.57 million in total prize money. 1.65 million is paid out at the Canadian Finals Rodeo alone.

Happy 75th Anniversary Canadian Professional Rodeo Association!

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