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Rodeo Canada Talent Cashes in at Fort Worth
Stephen Culling - James Phifer photoFORT WORTH, Texas (February 9, 2019)

Fort St. John, BC steer wrestler Stephen Culling split the bull dogging title at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo as he put together three runs in 12.5 seconds to earn over $14.500 and climb to fourth in the World standings. The 2016 PRCA Rookie of the Year won the second go-round with a 3.3 second run en route to the win.

In the bareback riding, 2017 Canadian champion, Seth Hardwick - from Ranchester, WY - finished up third overall to win over $7000 while Cadogan, AB's Clint Laye won the second round with an 87 point ride for $3293.

Reigning Canadian tie-down roping champion, Shane Hanchey, also collected a third place cheque as he was 27.6 seconds on three runs for a tidy $11,737 payday. Carstairs, AB roper, Kyle Lucas, was sixth with 30.2 seconds on three runs for $8128. The Fort Worth results have moved Hanchey and Lucas to fourth and eleventh respectively in the World standings.

In the bronc riding, 2016 World champion, Zeke Thurston (Big Valley, AB) finished second overall with 255 points ($9600) on three head - leaving him just one point back of the champion, Sterling Crawley. Thurston sits seventh in the World standings. And in third spot in the bronc riding, third generation Mayerthorpe, AB hand, Dawson Hay, earned $5641 for third place with 253 points on three head; that total included Hay's 89 point winning ride in the short go.

Rounding out the roster of Fort Worth Champions were Ty Breuer in the bareback riding, Josh Clark (co-champion with Culling) in the steer wrestling, team ropers Adam Rose and Jett Hillman, reigning World Champion Hailey Kinsel in the barrel racing, Stering Crawley (saddle bronc riding), tie-down winner Marty Yates and bull riding Champion Foster McCraw.

2019 marked the 76th and final year of the Fort Worth Rodeo in its current home - the Will Rogers Collesium. Next year, the event moves next door to the new Dickies Arena and the Will Rogers Coliseum will host other equine and livestock events.

* Detailed Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo results here (courtesy of the PRCA)

South of '49 - CPRA Competitor Moves to Top of Steer Wrestling Pack at Fort Worth Rodeo
- by Susan Kanode for the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo

FORT WORTH, Texas (February 5, 2019)—Steven Culling might just be the competitor that is farthest from his home at this year’s Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo.

Culling, from Fort Saint John, British Columbia – 2,350 miles from the Will Rogers Coliseum – competed with all the other steer wrestlers during “slack” where he stopped the clock in 4.5 seconds. He went to other rodeos, then came back here and ran his second steer during the Tuesday matinee. He improved on his time significantly stopping the clock in 3.3 seconds.

He has made the fastest run of the 2019 edition of the rodeo so far, leads the second round and overall standings and is making plans to be back here on Saturday for the championship finals. And, he is hoping to keep winning and not make the trip home anytime soon. On Monday afternoon here, the high temperature was 77 degrees. Near his home, it was -15 and is expected to get colder.

Culling’s total time of 7.8 seconds moved ahead of Marcus Theriot and Jace Melvin who were tied for first place for the past week. Theriot, from Poplarville, Mississippi and Melvin from Fort Pierre, South Dakota, come from rodeo families. A win here would help any of the three qualify for their first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR).

In 2016, Culling earned the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association steer wrestling rookie of the year title. He left Fort Worth to compete at rodeos in Jackson, Mississippi and Belton, Texas. He is also a former College National Finals Rodeo qualifier and learned from his rodeo coach Stockton Graves. Graves is a former NFR steer wrestler who is head of the program at Northwestern Oklahoma State University at Alva. Culling has been doing his best to spend his winters south of the Northwest Territories. Continued his success here should bring his plan to fruition.

The first round of the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association barrel racing was completed on Monday night with Sydni Blanchard from Pueblo, Colorado, holding on to her lead. Riding Famous Heartbreaker, she stopped the clock in 16.22 seconds last Friday. The win netted her $5,175 and gives her the chance to run again.

Wacey Finkbeiner - James Phifer photoThe barrel racers with the 70 fastest times in the first run compete again here through the Saturday matinee. Their times will be added together and the 12 with the best totals will advance to Saturday night’s finals.

The World’s Original Indoor Rodeo® continues on Wednesday with performances at 2 and 7:30 p.m. The FWSSR wraps up this coming Saturday, February 9.

* Detailed Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo results here (courtesy of the PRCA)


The Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo’s preliminary one night January 24 $100,000 extreme team rodeo competition saw a tight race between teams representing eight of North America’s most historic and prestigious rodeos with Team Rodeo Houston taking the team title for the fifth consecutive year.

2018 Canadian Champion bull rider, Wacey Finkbeiner scored 85.5 in the preliminary round (the only rider to gain a score). Finkbeiner, who needed to ride his bull to win for Rodeo Houston, did so in style. The Ponoka, Alberta cowboy rode New Star Pro Rodeo’s bull, Sox, for 90 points to put the 'Team Rodeo Houston' on top and earn the $10,000 event championship.

Photo cutline for above bull riding photo - Canada’s Wacey Finkbeiner scores 85.5 on Smith, Harper & Burriss’s bull Oh Brother during the first round of the $100,000 Rodeo X in Fort Worth. Finkbeiner then scored 90 on New Star Pro Rodeo’s Sox to win the bull riding championship and secure the team title for Rodeo Houston. FWSSR photo by James Pfifer

Timber Moore - Mike Copeman photoA little further north, 2013 Canadian Tie-Down Roping Champion, Timber Moore hit the winner's circle at the recently concluded Rodeo Rapid City with an 8.6 second run on the 2016 PRCA/AQHA Horse of the Year, Colonel (back from the DL), to collect $4394.

The six-time WNFR qualifier from Aubrey, Texas, missed the trip to the Thomas and Mack Arena in Las Vegas in 2018 with Colonel out for much of the year with an injury but the duo is back together to kick off 2019 and Rapid City could be the precursor to a whole lot of big-time money runs for Moore who is the cousin of 2013 Canadian Steer Wrestling Champion, Clayton Moore.

* Complete Rapid City Rodeo results here (courtesy of the PRCA)
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Clint Laye - copyright Dan HubbellCanadian Professional Rodeo Association members made their presence felt at the recently completed National Western Stock Show and Rodeo in Denver, Colorado.

In the bareback riding, Cadogan, Alberta’s Clint Laye topped the field. Laye finished third in the first round and split 2-4 in the Finals to capture the aggregate title with 252.5 points to edge Saskatchewan’s Dantan Bertsch who finished just a point back in second spot. And recently crowned Canadian Champion, Richmond Champion of Dublin, Texas, split 3/4 with fellow Texan, Steven Dent. Laye, Bertsch and Champion took home $8601, $7479 and $7971 respectively. Laye posted an 86.5 in the Finals in the Calgary Stampede’s Added Money, the same horse that carried Richmond Champion to a first go-round win with 88 points.

Also turning in notable performances at the Denver show were Alberta bronc riders Kolby Wanchuk and Zeke Thurston with Utah’s Spencer Wright taking top spot with 254.5 on three head and bulldogger Harley Cole of Okotoks, AB who won the second round and qualified for the short round as Montana’s Ty Erickson claimed the title. And, four time Canadian Champion barrel racer Lisa Lockhart (Oelrichs, South Dakota) started her year strongly - earning $6351 courtesy of a share of 8th in the second round, 2nd in the Finals and 3rd in the average (46.21 seconds on three runs).

Other Denver champions included current World Champion header Clay Smith who hails from Broken Bow, Oklahoma and partner, Jake Long (Coffeyville, Kansas), who roped in 13.9 seconds on three head, good for top spot. National WesternAdditional winners included another Kansas hand, tie down roper, Cooper Martin was a speedy 26.2 seconds on three runs; Texas barrel Racer Jennifer Sharp who navigated three cloverleaf patterns in 45.89 seconds; while in the bull riding it was Morgan Mills, Texas cowboy Brody Yeary who totaled 248.5 for his three rides and the title.

* Full Denver results here
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