Pro Rodeo Canada Member Login
Official home of the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association FB TW YT IN E

CPRAEditorial Note: The information within this release is provided by the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association (CPRA) and is intended for media use. If you use any of the following information verbatim in your publication, or broadcast the details via radio or television, please note that the information is courtesy of the CPRA. * Photos are copyright protected and must not be copied, shared or otherwise disbributed without permission of the CPRA.

2018 CPRA Award Winners Announced

September 20, 2018 l Airdrie, AB

The ballots are in and tabulated. The Canadian Professional Rodeo Association is excited to release the list of 2018 Contract Personnel Awards/CFR Personnel.

Heading the roster is Brett Gardiner who has been awarded Canada’s Announcer of the Year for the eighth consecutive time and will make his sixth appearance behind the microphone as one of the announcers at the Canadian Finals Rodeo.

Dennis Halstead, also a repeat winner, is now seven time Comedy Act of the Year. The Okotoks resident will also be returning to the CFR, which makes its debut at Red Deer’s Westerner Park later this fall.

CFR pick-up men are Gary Rempel who will make his 20th appearance at the CFR. The 2009 Canadian Cowboy of the Year has also appeared as a WNFR pick-up man nine times and was named 2017 PRCA Pick-Up Man of the Year. Joining Rempel for an eighth CFR selection is Jason Resch.

Returning as CFR timers are Maxine Baird (for the 30th time) and Brenda Vold who will be making her 14th appearance.

Fighting bulls at the CFR for the sixth time in 2018, is Brett Monea. He will be joined by Scott Waye who will make his third trip and Ty Prescott who moves from a previous alternate role to a full time spot this year.

First time winner of the Specialty (Dress) Act of the Year is trick rider, Shelby Pierson (Full Throttle Trick Riding).

Kesler Championship Rodeo is being honoured as the CPRA Stock Contractor of the Year. The Kesler family has received countless accolades over the years in Canada and the U.S. - for both their tremendous stock and excellent rodeo productions.

After sweeping virtually every major bareback riding award one year ago, C5 Rodeo’s outstanding gray, F13 Virgil, is once again Canada’s top-voted Bareback Horse of the Year. S-66 Stampede Warrior, the Calgary Stampede’s 12 year old mare sired by six time World Champion Grated Coconut, has been selected as the top Saddle Bronc Horse in Canada. And the Calgary Stampede collected another award as its six year old black bull, -201 Night Moves, was voted 2018 Bull of the Year.

At the timed event end, Ripn Lady - 2017 Canadian Champion, Carman Pozzobon’s mare - has been named Ladies Barrel Racing Horse With the Most Heart for the second consecutive year.

CFRTwelve time Canadian Champion, Curtis Cassidy, will see two of his horses celebrated in 2018. Stick, a 20 year old sorrel gelding, has been named Tie-Down Horse of the Year while 14 year old Tyson earns Steer Wrestling Horse of the Year honours.

In the team roping, two cowboys who are enjoying break-out seasons, can point to their award-winning horses as part of the reason. Team roping header, Tuftin McLeod’s horse, Cactus is the Head Horse of the Year and Tristan Woolsey’s horse, Harry, has been named Team Roping Heel Horse of the Year.

Congratulations to all the 2018 winners!

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

About the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association:
The Canadian Professional Rodeo Association (CPRA) with headquarters in Airdrie, Alberta is the sanctioning body for professional rodeo in Canada. The CPRA approves over 50 events annually with a total payout exceeding $5.1 million. The organization holds the Grass Roots Final September 27-28 at Stampede Park in Calgary, Alberta and their premiere event - the Canadian Finals Rodeo (CFR) - at the ENMAX Centrium, Westerner Park in Red Deer, Alberta, October 30 - November 4. Follow the CPRA on Twitter and Instagram @prorodeocanada, ‘Like’ Canadian Professional Rodeo Association on Facebook or online at

For more information:
Barb Poulsen
Communications and Media
Canadian Professional Rodeo Association
Mobile: 403 625-9225
Phone: 403 625-2797

* Download this release

Want to be added to the Pro Rodeo Canada Media list
to receive releases from our organization?


JANUARY * Wainwright, Sundre, High River
* CFR Announcement Release * Jody Seeley Joins CPRA Team
* Rebel Energy Services Bull Riding * Ponoka, Williams Lake, Airdrie
* Chad Besplug Invitational Bull Riding * Benalto, Coronation
MARCH * Teepee Creek Stampede
* CPRA Welcomes Jeff Robson as General Manager * K-Days, Morris, Kennedy
APRIL * Medicine Hat, Bonnyville, Bowden, Pollockville, Bruce
* Broncs and Honky Tonks Indoor Rodeo AUGUST
* Tofield Bull Bash * High Prairie, Strathmore, Grimshaw
* Camrose-Coleman Rodeos * La Crete, Jasper, Dawson Creek
MAY * Cranbrook, Pincher Creek
* Drayton Valley Pro Rodeo * PRCA, CPRA Create Maple Leaf Circuit
* Stavely Pro Rodeo-A Night at the Ranch Bull Riding * CFR Details Rolled Out in Red Deer
* Falkland Stampede * Smithers, Okotoks
* Grande Prairie, Leduc, Hand Hills, Wildwood * Armstrong, Merritt
* Brooks, Lea Park, Rocky Mountain House * Medicine Lodge
* FloSports Announces Multi-Year Partnership With CPRA * Oldstoberfest
* Innisfail Pro Rodeo * 2018 CPRA Award Winners Announced

* Rebel Energy Services Red Deer Bull Riding * High Prairie, Camrose, Strathmore, Grimshaw
* Green Wins Besplug Invitational Bull Riding * Dawson Creek, La Crete
* CPRA Welcomes New President * Cranbrook, Pincher Creek, Jasper
MARCH * Okotoks Pro Rodeo
* 2017 CFR Dates Announced SEPTEMBER
* Cinch Renews Agreement With CPRA * Armstrong, Merritt
* Medicine Hat Broncs & Honky Tonks * Oldstoberfest

* Hanna, Brooks

* CPRA Announces New Rodeo Administrator * Grass Roots Final
* Tofield Bull Bash OCTOBER
* Camrose & Coleman Rodeos * ProRodeoTV to Livestream Canadian Finals Rodeo
* Drayton Valley Pro Rodeo * CFR44 Performance One
* Stavely Indoor Pro Rodeo * CFR44 Performance Two
* CPRA Welcomes IHG For Another Year * CFR44 Performance Three
* Falkland Stampede * CFR44 Performance Five
JUNE * CFR44 Champions Declared
* Grande Prairie, Leduc, Hand Hills, Wild Wood DECEMBER
* Brooks, Lea Park, Rocky Mountain House * WNFR Round 1 Release
* Innisfail Pro Rodeo, Big E Round-Up * WNFR Round 2 Release
* Wainwright, Sundre, High River * WNFR Round 3 Release
JULY * WNFR Round 4 Release
* Airdrie, Ponoka, Williams Lake * WNFR Round 5 Release
* Benalto, Coronation * WNFR Round 6 Release
* Teepee Creek Stampede * WNFR Round 7 Release
* K-Days, Morris, Kennedy * WNFR Round 8 Release
* Oyen, Medicine Hat, Bowden, Maple Creek, Pollockville, Bruce * WNFR Round 9 Release
  * WNFR Round 10 Release
  * Little Fletch the (WNFR) Tie-Down Horse
  * NFR Cowboys Hit the Ice in Vegas


Finning Ram Rodeo

Troy Fischer Silverworks
Becker Buckles

Pro Rodeo Canada contact information
Copyright Canadian Professional Rodeo Association - All rights reserved.

Home Schedule Results Standings Sponsors Members Fans Media CFR Maple Leaf Circuit Links Contact
  - Entry Calendar   - Finning Pro Tour   - Member Forms   - Releases - Canadian Champions      
    - Maple Leaf Circuit   - Member Login   - Animal Welfare - Past Champions      
      - Rookie Standings   - Rule Book   - Rodeo News/PRC Insider - Award Donors      
      - Winston Bruce Series   - Board of Directors   - Media Guide        
      - Kenton Randle Series