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CPRA Members Shine at Winter Rodeos
Richmond Champion - 2018 Canadian BB ChampMarch 24, 2019 - As the long and lucrative winter rodeo season winds down, CPRA members find themselves well-positioned in several events as the spring and summer rodeos on the north side of the 49th parallel approach.

Manitoba bareback rider Orin Larsen parlayed a huge win at The American into a second place season standing as he sits on just over $80,000, less than $24,000 behind four-time World Champion, Kaycee Field. Current Canadian Champion, Richmond Champion (The Woodlands, Texas) occupies 4th place in the world standings leaderboard.

The steer wrestling standings have a distinct CPRA feel as reigning Canadian Champion, Scott Guenthner, leads the parade with $33,601 in the bank, good for 6th place on the world standings roster. The Provost, Alberta hand sits ahead of BC’s Stephen Culling, (winner of the aggregate at CFR 44) by less than $3000 while two-time Canadian titleist, Tanner Milan, is solidly in 10th place with $27,700 in earnings for the Cochrane dogger.

Former World Champion and Canadian Finals Rodeo qualifier, Hunter Cure of Holliday, Texas is 4th in the world steer wrestling standings with earnings of $42,800 while South Dakotan, Chason Floyd, (2012 Canadian Rookie of the Year) is in 8th place with $30,800 won.

And in the saddle bronc riding, a second place finish at Houston helped propel 2016 World Champion saddle bronc rider, Zeke Thurston, to third place in the world with over $71,000 in 2019 earnings to date, a total that keeps season leader, Ryder Wright ($102,200) in the Big Valley cowboy’s sights. Fellow Canadians Jake Watson (6th place, $44,900) and Dawson Hay (12th, $30,900) join Thurston in pursuit of coveted WNFR berths, come December. Watson, the Hudson’s Hope, BC bronc rider seeks his second trip to las Vegas while the youthful Hay is hoping for a first-time visit to the bright lights of Nevada.

The Ellensburg, Washington brother combination coming off their second CFR appearance—Riley Minor (header) and Brady Minor (heeler)—have exhibited their trademark consistency throughout the early month of the rodeo season and sit third in the world standings with over $46,000 won.

Reigning World Champion Wade Sundell, 2015 Canadian Champion Cody DeMoss and Isaac Diaz are also sitting in the top 15 and while their addresses are Iowa, Louisiana and Texas respectively, all three are CPRA card-holders and frequent visitors to Canadian rodeo venues. Thurston and DeMoss are sitting first and second at Rodeo Austin (Texas) that wraps up March 30.
Meanwhile among the competitors residing just outside the top fifteen in their respective events are Clint Laye (Cadogan, AB, 17th), saddle bronc rider, Kolby Wanchuk, (Sherwood Park, AB, 18th) and tie-down roper, Kyle Lucas (Carstairs, AB, 20th).

Stay tuned for “North of '49” rodeo action with the first full CPRA rodeo of 2019 - Broncs and Honky Tonks Spring Rodeo - in Medicine Hat, Alberta April 5-7.
Orin Larsen Wins THE AMERICAN
The AmericanMarch 4, 2019 - Just over a week ago, Inglis, Manitoba cowboy, Orin Larsen earned the San Antonio bareback championship. Yesterday the CFR-NFR qualifier won the Bareback Riding title and over $100,000 at the 2019 "The American". Orin was one of several CPRA competitors to make money at the iconic Arlington, Texas event.

* PRCA story here
Orin Larsen Among Rodeo Canada Members Cashing In at San Antonio

Orin Larsen - 2019 San Antonio Champ - Greg Westfall photoInglis, Manitoba’s Orin Larsen, spurred out a spectacular 92.5 point score on Frontier Rodeo’s Full Baggage in the championship bareback riding final at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo to pocket $29,500. 2019 marked the second time Larsen had won the iconic Texas event; the CFR-NFR qualifier was also the 2016 San Antonio champion.

Several other Rodeo Canada connections were among the well-paid money winners at the home of the Alamo, including a trio of Albertans - Larsen’s fellow bareback colleague, Conner Hamilton ($12,250); bronc rider, Zeke Thurston ($18,250) and steer wrestler, Tanner Milan ($16,500). Reigning Canadian champion bareback rider Richmond Champion from The Woodlands, Texas finished up just a half point behind Larsen for a second place haul of over $22,000. Another Canadian titleist - three time and reigning tie-down champion - Shane Hanchey of Sulphur, Louisiana, captured his first San Antonio win and picked up $23,500 along the way while CFR qualifier and World Champion bronc rider, Wade Sundell captured the San Antonio title and earned $26,500 for his Iowa bank account.

A number of Canadian bucking horses lit it up at San Antonio as well. Go-rounds were won on Calgary Stampede buckers Soap Bubbles (2), Zulu Warrior (2), Youngstown Rocket, Welcome Delivery, Y U R Frisky, Xavier Joan and Xecutive News along with C5 Rodeo’s Oney and Makeup Face. Richmond Champion’s second place 92 point ride in the bareback riding finale was aboard World and Canadian champion, Virgil.

Photo cutline: Orin Larsen - 92.5 pt ride on Frontier Rodeo’s Full Baggage at San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo. Photo by Greg Westfall

For complete San Antonio results, head to

Canadians looking for San Antonio Rodeo Championships
Tanner Milan and Scott Guenthner - Greg Westfall photoSAN ANTONIO, TX (Feb. 20, 2019)

- by Susan Kanode and Lauren N. Sides for the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo

Canada was well represented at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo on Wednesday night.

As rodeo contestants have advanced through the bracket system at the 70th annual event, their hopes of winning the coveted San Antonio Rodeo buckle have either increased or been crushed. For a contingent that make their homes north of the border, their chances increased substantially. At the conclusion of Semifinals 1, six of the seven Canadians who competed had secured their spot in Saturday night’s finals.

A highlight of the competition was watching Tanner Milan, from Cochrane, Alberta and Scott Guenthner from Provost, Alberta take the victory lap around the AT&T Center after they had identical times of 3.3 seconds in the steer wrestling. They rode the same steer wrestling horse, and each did the hazing duties for the other competitor. Most importantly, the $4,500 added to their previous earnings got them both spots in the finals. They will be joined by Curtis Cassidy, from Donalda, Alberta.

One of the big money winners in this semifinals was Orin Larsen from Inglis, Manitoba. The bareback rider won the first round, finished second on Wednesday night and has total earnings of $14,500. Larsen won this rodeo in 2016 and would like to add another trophy buckle to his collection. Rising star Connor Hamilton qualified for the rodeo here for the first time this year. The former hockey standout is having a great time proving himself in the rodeo arena. He placed fourth on Wednesday earning $1,500, enough to get him to the finals here in fifth place.

Rounding out the Canadians was Dawson Hay from Wildwood, Alberta. The second-generation bucking horse rider won the first round on Tuesday night. On Wednesday night, he didn’t make it to the whistle, but the $5,000 that he got for his previous first-place finish gave him a total of $10,000 and he will be trying to win his first San Antonio buckle on Saturday.

Semifinals 2 starts Thursday night at 7 p.m. in the AT&T Center. Ten competitors in each of the events will be trying to add money to what they earned in the brackets and advance to Saturday night’s finals.

Cutline for above photo: Friends, traveling partners, competitors and fellow Canadians Tanner Milan and Scott Guenthner split the win in the second round of Semifinals 1. They each had a 3.3-second run, won $4,500 on Wednesday night and are headed to Saturday night’s championship finals. San Antonio Rodeo photo by Greg Westfall.

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Feb. 20, 2019) --- The following are results after the 17th performance of the San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo, the 14-time Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Large Indoor Rodeo of the Year.

Semifinals 1, Round 2, followed by Finals qualifiers --

Bareback Riding: 1, Tilden Hooper, Carthage, Texas, 89 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Yellowstone, $5,000. 2, Orin Larsen, Inglis, Manitoba, 86, $4,000. 3, Steven Peebles, Redmond, Ore., 85, $2,500. 4, Connor Hamilton, Calgary, Alberta, 82, $1,500. (Finals qualifiers) 1, Larsen, $14,500. 2, Hooper, $10,917. 3, Ty Breuer, Mandan, N.D., $9,750. 4, Steven Peebles, Redmond, Ore., $7,167. 5, Hamilton, $5,250.

Steer Wrestling: 1, Scott Guenthner, Provost, Alberta and Tanner Milan, Cochrane, Alberta, 3.3 seconds and $4,500 each. 3, Trevor Knowles, Mount Vernon, Ore., 3.5, $2,500. 4, Cody Devers, Balko, Okla., 3.7, $1,500. (Finals qualifiers) 1, Knowles, $9,750. 2, Milan, $9,000. 3, Curtis Cassidy, Donalda, Alberta, $8,635. 4, Jacob Talley, Keatchie, La., 4.0, $5,000.

Team Roping:
1, Kaleb Driggers, Hoboken, Ga., and Junior Nogueira, Presidente Prude, Brazil; and Tyler Wade, Terrell, Texas, and Billie Jack Saebens, Nowata, Okla.; 4.6 seconds and $4,500 each. 3, Joshua and Jonathan Torres, Ocala, Fla., 5.1, $2,500. 4, Charly Crawford, Prineville, Ore., and Patrick Smith, Lipan, Texas, 5.6, $1,500. (Finals qualifiers) 1, Crawford and Smith, $9,250. 2, (tie) Driggers and Nogueira; and Wade and Saebens; $8,250 each. 4, Luke Brown, Rock Hill, S.C., and Paul Eaves, Lonedell, Mo., $7,750. 4, Chad Masters, Cedar Hill, Tenn., and Joseph Harrison, Overbrook, Okla., $6,33.

Saddle Bronc Riding: 1, Jake Wright, Milford, Utah, 89 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Crazy Eyes, $5,000. 2, Bradley Harter, Loranger, La., 85, $4,000. 3, Sterling Crawley, Stephenville, Texas, 84, $2,500. 4, Jake Finlay, Goondiwindi, Australia, 83.5, $1,500. (Finals qualifiers) 1, Harter, $14,500. 2, Dawson Hay, Wildwood, Alberta, Canada, $10,000. 3, Spencer Wright, Milford, Utah, $8,250. 4, Jake Wright, $7,500. 5, Sterling Crawley, Stephenville, Texas, $6,250.

Tie-Down Roping: 1, Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas, 7.3 seconds, $5,000. 2, Adam Gray, Seymour, Texas, and Cody Huber, Albia, Iowa, 7.7 and $3,250 each. 4, Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif., 7.9, $1,500. (Finals qualifiers) 1, Haven Meged, Miles City, Mont., $10,000. 2, Cooper, $9,750. 3, Tyson Durfey, Brock, Texas, $8,000. 4, Gray, $7,250. 5, Seth Cooke, Milsap, Texas, $7,000.

Women’s Barrel Race: 1, Jessie Telford, Caldwell, Idaho, 13.88 seconds, $5,000. 2, Jimmie Smith, McDade, Texas, 13.97, $4,000. 3, Dona Kay Rule, Minco, Okla., 14.06, $2,500. 4, Callahan Crossley, Hermiston, Ore., 14.11, $1,500.
(Finals qualifiers) 1, Rule, $9,750. 2, Crossley, $9,250. 3, Telford, $8,750. 4, Smith, $7,750. 5, Nikki Hansen, Dickinson, N.D., 14.80, $6,500.

Bull Riding: 1, Koby Radley, Montpelier, La., 88.5 points on 4L & Diamond S Rodeo’s Monte Walsh, $5,000. 2, Joseph McConnel, Bloomfield, N.M., 86.5, $4,000. 3, Roscoe Jarboe, New Plymouth, Idaho, 76, $2,500. 4, Jeff Askey, Athens, Texas, 70, $1,500. (Finals qualifiers) 1, McConnel, $14,500. 2, Stetson Wright, Beaver, Utah, $12,500. 3, Radley, $8,250. 4, Jarboe, $7,750. 5, Askey, $5,875.

About the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo:
Established in 1949, the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, winner of the PRCA Large Indoor Rodeo of the Year for an unprecedented 14 consecutive times, has grown to be one of the largest and most prestigious single events in the city, with over 2 million visitors entering the grounds each year. The success of the organization is attributed to over 6,000 volunteers who give countless hours to the organization. With community, donor and volunteer support, the organization has donated over $198 million to the youth of Texas through scholarships, grants, endowments, auctions, a calf scramble program and show premiums. For more information, visit
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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