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2017 Champions Declared


2017 Canadian ChampionsEdmonton, ALTA – November 12, 2017

It was simply a case of unfinished business.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CANADIAN PROFESSIONAL RODEO ASSOCIATION
~ NEWS RELEASES and ANNOUNCEMENTS ~



2017
FEBRUARY * Innisfail Pro Rodeo, Big E Round-Up
* Rebel Energy Services Red Deer Bull Riding * Wainwright, Sundre, High River
* Green Wins Besplug Invitational Bull Riding JULY
* CPRA Welcomes New President * Airdrie, Ponoka, Williams Lake
MARCH * Benalto, Coronation
* 2017 CFR Dates Announced * Teepee Creek Stampede
* Cinch Renews Agreement With CPRA * K-Days, Morris, Kennedy
* Medicine Hat Broncs & Honky Tonks * Oyen, Medicine Hat, Bowden, Maple Creek, Pollockville, Bruce
APRIL AUGUST
* CPRA Announces New Rodeo Administrator * High Prairie, Camrose, Strathmore, Grimshaw
* Tofield Bull Bash * Dawson Creek, La Crete
* Camrose & Coleman Rodeos * Cranbrook, Pincher Creek, Jasper
MAY * Okotoks Pro Rodeo
* Drayton Valley Pro Rodeo SEPTEMBER
* Stavely Indoor Pro Rodeo * Armstrong, Merritt
* CPRA Welcomes IHG For Another Year * Oldstoberfest
* Falkland Stampede

* Hanna, Brooks

JUNE * Grass Roots Final
* Grande Prairie, Leduc, Hand Hills, Wild Wood OCTOBER
* Brooks, Lea Park, Rocky Mountain House * ProRodeoTV to Livestream Canadian Finals Rodeo
  NOVEMBER
  * CFR44 Performance One
  * CFR44 Performance Two
  * CFR44 Performance Three
  * CFR44 Performance Five
  * CFR44 Champions Declared
 



2016 NEWS RELEASES / ANNOUNCEMENTS ARCHIVE
JANUARY AUGUST
* CPRA Appoints Director of Marketing/Communications/PR * CPRA Information Update
FEBRUARY * Bruce, Camrose, Medicine Hat, Strathmore
* Pro Rodeo Loses Greg Kesler * High Prairie, Grimshaw, Irricana, Cochrane
* Chad Besplug Invitational Kicks Off Season * CPRA Announces Three Interim Board Members
* Chad Besplug Invitational In the Books * La Crete, Dawson Creek
MARCH * Cranbrook, Jasper, Pincher Creek
* CPRA Declines Latest CFR Proposal * Okotoks Pro Rodeo
* CPRA Announces Resistol Partnership AUGUST
APRIL * CPRA Information Update
* CPRA Welcomes Back Guy Weadick Memorial Rodeo * Bruce, Camrose, Medicine Hat, Strathmore
* Cinch Announced as Official Jean & Shirt of the CPRA * High Prairie, Grimshaw, Irricana, Cochrane
* Medicine Hat Broncs & Honky Tonks * CPRA Announces Three Interim Board Members
* Camrose and Coleman Rodeos * La Crete, Dawson Creek
* Wrangler Canadian Pro Tour Contract Renewed * Cranbrook, Jasper, Pincher Creek
MAY * Okotoks Pro Rodeo
* Drayton Valley Pro Rodeo SEPTEMBER
* Stavely Indoor Pro Rodeo * Armstrong, Merritt, Wrangler Shoot-Out
* InterContinental Hotels Group * CPRA Names Interim Operations Manager
* Falkland Stampede * Cinch Pro Series Final - Lead-up to CFR
* Grande Prairie Stompede * Regular CPRA Season Wraps Up
JUNE OCTOBER
* Hand Hills / Leduc / Wildwood * Cinch Pro Rodeo Canada Series Final
* Brooks and Lea Park Rodeo * Crazy Eights - Canadians Headed to 2016 WNFR
* Innisfail Pro Rodeo * Canadian Finals Rodeo Announcement
* High River, Sundre, Wainwright Rodeos NOVEMBER
JULY * K-DAYS Pro Rodeo Announced
* SharpEdge Official Equine Supplement of CPRA * #CFR43 Nov 9 Perf One Release
* Ponoka, Williams Lake and Airdrie Rodeos * CPRA - PRCA Agreement Extended
* Benalto, Coronation and Taber Rodeos * #CFR43 Nov 10 Performance Two Release
* Teepee Stampede * #CFR43 Nov 11 Performance Three Release
* Kinsella and Bowden Special Events Pay Off * #CFR43 Nov 12 Performance Five Release
* Saskatoon CFR Announcement * #CFR43 Nov 13 Final Wrap-Up
* Kennedy, Morris, Maple Creek, Bonnyville, Oyen * 2017 Agribition Pro Rodeo
AUGUST DECEMBER
* CPRA Information Update * Canadians Make History at WNFR - Round 1
* Bruce, Camrose, Medicine Hat, Strathmore * Canadian Stock Lights It Up in Vegas - Round 2
* High Prairie, Grimshaw, Irricana, Cochrane * Canadians Impressive in Round 3
* CPRA Announces Three Interim Board Members * Oh Canada - Round 4
* La Crete, Dawson Creek * Show Me the Money - Round 5
* Cranbrook, Jasper, Pincher Creek * Big Bucks Go North of 49 - Round 6
* Okotoks Pro Rodeo * Solid Night for Team Canada - Round 7
  * Half a Million and Counting - Round 8
  * Round Win For Schmidt/Carroll - Round 9
  * Three World Champions For Canada - Round 10












 
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