*Editor’s Note: This article fell by the way side as several big events surfaced. Consider this a little Throwback Thursday.
The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo is rodeo and the western industries Fashion Week. It’s there we spot the upcoming trends and see what’s a must have item for the following season. In keeping with last years fashion recap, I decided to highlight the trends in both the arena and at the shopping venues.
As far as the shopping venues went printed baseball tees, native print, serape and boot rugs took center stage. I’ll be the first to admit that I was pretty giddy with the baseball tees. They are a piece that can transition from winter to spring to summer to fall and back again.
Native prints and serape have been hot for the past few years. Nearly every booth was filled to the brim with these items.
For the second year in a row, Fallon Taylor was awarded the Jerry Ann Taylor Best Dressed Award. I don’t always agree with her outfit choices but I think there is something to be said for her decision to wear a helmet in a majority of the rounds at the WNFR.
Grey hats in the arena, shined through quite a bit brighter than last year, with a majority of the contestants donning one. A few more barrel racers branched out and took a hint (subtle hint) from Fallon Taylor’s ever colorful wardrobe and wore some Decked out Denim.
As far as tack sets went, fringe was prevalent. Running Roan Tack produced a gorgeous set for Christy Loflin to wear on pink night. Though we didn’t see it past the first barrel, the set was breathtaking none the less.
Buck-stitching, studs, rough-out leather and dark leather were hot, hot, hot and are my forecast-ed continuing must have items for 2015.
Wanna see or talk more about this year’s trends? Find me on social media, send me pins on Pinterest, or comment below. I promise I really read them and respond!
HOUSTON, Texas — Rodeo Houston kicks off tonight and 18 Canadians are competing this year, four of which start their three-day set tonight.
Those four include: Luke Creasy, Cody Cassidy, Curtis Cassidy, and 2014 Canadian Champion Tanner Milan.
The following contestants compete in the remainder of sets.
Super Series II
Kody Lamb, Orin Larsen, Jake Vold, Rylan Geiger, Tyrel Larsen, Steffanie Mather,
Super Series III
Jerermy Buhler, Levi Simpson,
Super Series IV
Clint Laye, Luke Butterfield,
Super Series V
Kyle Bowers, Dustin Flundra, Sam Kelts, Scott Schiffner.
Day one results: 76 points and out of the money for Luke Creasy while…
— Ted Stovin (@TedStovin) March 4, 2015
LETHBRIDGE, Alberta — The following is the draw for day one of the Bridge City Chrysler/LA Towing PBR Challenge at the Enmax Center in Lethbridge on Friday March 6th, 2015.
Thanks to everyone who sent in their picks! Check out the best ones below as well as my thoughts in a couple places.
Tickets for the first stop of the 2015 3D Bull Riding Tour are available via the Enmax Center website.
Clint Johnson vs. Boot Strap Bill – “Clint rides great and we have seen him lots north of the border. Boot Strap Bill also rides great. Look for a great solid ride. Stub your toe he will buck ya off but ride at the caliber Clint does and its a day off 86 points and another one for Clint,” – Tanner Girletz
“My long go picks are Beau Hill, Scott Schiffner and Tyler Thomson. These guys have been around so long I actually rode against them. So I’m going “team old guys!” – Derek Adams
“On the short go there are a few nice young bulls to look for. Stillwater (from the Two Bit Nation) and Red Mile, these two bulls look to have a bright future in the short round and will be very exciting to watch,” – Skyler McBride
March 6th, 2015 – Lethbridge, AB: Enmax Center
|2||Todd Chotowetz||LZYR836||I’M A PUNK||R|
|3||Budd Williamson||BS035||SHEEP CREEK||R|
|4||ALT 1||LZYR737||CHINA WHITE||L|
|5||Beau Hill||BS050||ATTITUDE DUDE||L|
|6||Dakota Louis||BS060||NO REFUND||L|
|7||Justin Lloyd||BSK2||SUGAR SMACK||R|
|8||Derek Kolbaba||CSB43||REAL DEAL||R|
|9||Aaron Roy||BS045||SEVEN DUST||L|
|10||Chad Besplug||B2126||JUKE BOX HERO||L|
|11||Dakota Buttar||CSBA84||BOOSTER JUICE||R|
|12||Roscoe Jarboe||HOGS887||BIG N RICH||R|
|13||Edgar Durazo||B2017||SLOW LANE||L|
|14||Tanner Byrne||B2176||SMOOTH SAILING||L|
|15||Tim Lipsett||HOGS030||DESPICABLE ME||R|
|16||Zane Lambert||BC/AR935||ANGRY MUSIC||R|
|17||Scott Schiffner||HOGS918||GOING STEADY||L|
|20||Jesse Flett||BC/AR115||SILENCE REIGN||R|
|21||Lachlan Richardson||SKRI0818||BOB MARLEY||L|
|22||Dusty Ephrom||OB081||NEARLY DEPARTED||L|
|24||Jordan Hansen||2BIT907||MAMBO #5||R|
|25||Adam Jamison||OB080||YOUR SO VAIN||R BACK|
|28||Tyler Pankewitz||VR/P/R126||SNORTING WHISKEY||R|
|29||Tyler Thomson||VR/P/R124||TWEEDLE DEE||R|
|30||Ty Elliot||VR/P/R909||STRANGER WITH CANDY||L|
|3||HOGS81||AXIS OF EVIL||L|
Pro Rodeo Canada
March 2, 2015
For immediate release
Mezei Wins Besplug Invitational
The night didn’t start the way Devon Mezei had hoped.
The Big Valley bull rider was first man out in the long go-round of the second annual Chad Besplug Invitational Bull Riding and his bull went down just as the gate opened, necessitating a re-ride.
But when the dust settled at the Claresholm Agriplex a couple of hours later, Mezei’s night turned out just fine as the six time Canadian Finals Rodeo qualifier turned in a spectacular 90 point ride on the 2014 Bull of the CFR, Vold Rodeo’s Proper Ripped, to emerge as the CBI 2015 champion.
That short go performance coupled with the 83 score Mezei posted on his long go re-ride bull (173 points on two) provided a one and a half point cushion for Mezei in the 2015 CPRA rodeo season’s inaugural event. Warburg’s Jesse Torkelson, who won the long go round with an 88 score was 171.5 on his two rides. Garret Green of Meeting Creek caught third spot with a 170.5 point total.
“I couldn’t have had a better start to the season,” the veteran bull rider noted just minutes after his winning ride. “You think about what Dakota Buttar did after winning here last year and you feel pretty good about a win like this.”
Mezei was alluding to the fact that Buttar, last year’s Besplug Invitational champion, used the quick start to his 2014 season to take a lead he seldom relinquished en route to winning his first Canadian title.
“I was actually thinking about hanging it up after last year,” Mezei admitted, “but I kind of re-discovered my love for bull riding over the winter and decided to go all out this year and see what happens. Not being at the Calgary Stampede or at the CFR last year—that wasn’t a lot of fun.”
Mezei hadn’t seen a lot of Proper Ripped prior to their Claresholm meeting. “I knew he was Bull of the Finals and I know what that meant,” Mezei acknowledged. “And he was really tough. I was worried pretty well through the whole ride but usually with bulls like that, your body just takes over and does what it’s supposed to do. At least that’s what you hope for and that’s the way it worked out tonight.”
“Devon made a fantastic ride—one of the best I’ve seen in a long time,” Besplug, the event producer and two-time Canadian title-holder commented as another massive, and very satisfied crowd made its way from the building. “And a 90 score is always something really special.”
Mezei and his wife Kayla are expecting their first child in July and trips to Calgary and Edmonton would add to what will already be a special year for the Mezeis.
The win put a total of $3634.40 in Mezei’s Wranglers but he was very clear that winning an event as important as the CBI was as big a deal as the money.
“This is one of the best organized and produced events of the year and Chad’s a really good friend so that makes this extra special,” Mezei concluded.
And it makes his game plan for 2015 just a little easier to accomplish. That game plan is “to go as hard as I can until I’ve got the CFR made, then to ease off a little at that point.” Winning the first event of the season is the perfect first step and momentum builder for a rider who has made consistency his trademark throughout his very successful career.
For complete results of the Chad Besplug Invitational Bull Riding, go the CPRA website at rodeocanada.com
* Next stop on the Pro Rodeo Canada 2015 calendar is the Broncs and Honky Tonks Spring Indoor Rodeo in Medicine Hat, Alberta April 10-12.
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‘MERICA — Nine Canadians made $5,000 or more towards qualification to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo this week in the PRCA at rodeos in Texas and Arizona. One team of ropers even passed the $10,000 mark in the same span.
That team, Levi Simpson and Jeremy Buhler chalking up $10,761 between San Antonio, TX ($8,483) and Scottsdale, AZ ($2,378). As San Antonio hasn’t been added to the standings yet, it’s safe to say they will be inside the top 15 once the money is tallied.
Money wise, Tyrel Larsen of Manitoba made the next biggest move adding $9,561 in winnings between San Antonio ($5,489) and a third place finish in Tucson, AZ ($4,072). At this point he’s 28th in the world standings but should also move into the top 15 in the world.
Ride wise first and money wise second, Zeke Thurston set a new arena record in Tucson with a 90 point score on a WNFR horse from the Butler’s called Killer Bee. You can watch that ride in the highlight video on the Everything Cowboy Facebook page or at 52:00 minutes into the video fro the live stream courtesy of the Wrangler Network. For the win in Arizona, Thurston brings home $5,790 and another $3,350 from San Antonio, moving his total for the week up to $9,140 to leave him 15th in the world at press time. Layton Green is currently 16th while Dustin Flundra, who picked up $5,283 from San Antonio and a second place finish in Tucson behind Thurston, sits 32nd.
Fellow bronc rider Clay Elliot had another big weekend finishing as the reserve champion in San Angelo, TX for $4,287. A second place finish at the Champions Challenge event in Scottsdale, AZ pushed his earnings to $7,303 on the week. Elliot, already fifth in the world, should move up a spot or two once the standings are updated.
Bareback rider Luke Creasy placed three times this week between the Scottsdale rodeo, Champion’s Challenge and San Antonio for $5,341. On Facebook this morning he was excited to post he’s currently second in the world but the money from San Antonio has yet to be added in.
Matt Lait made a big jump all the way up to 16th in the world with his $7,046 from a reserve championship in Tucson breaking the ice this winter for the 2013 Canadian Champion. Orin Larsen, brother of Tyrel Larsen added $8,768 to his 2015 campaign from San Antonio. He should jump into that top 15 later today as well. Clint Laye made a move in San Antonio worth $5,703. It comes at a good time for Laye as he was not ranked in the top 50 before. Canadians Ty Taypotat and Jake Vold sit 17th and 24th respectively at this time.
In the steer wrestling, Matt Mousseau and Morgan Grant were shut out this week but still sit sixth and 31st respectively in the PRCA world standings.
Other notable winners from the last week in February and first day of March include: Clayton Moore, $4,491 from San Antonio; Tanner Milan, $3,885 from San Antonio; Jake Watson, $2,292 from San Angelo; Layne Delemont, $1,781 from Tucson; Cody Cassidy and Luke Butterfield, $1,711 from San Antonio; Colin Adams, $1,710 from San Antonio; Kyle Bowers, $1,425 from San Antonio; Sam Kelts, $1,141 from San Antonio; Logan Hofer, $1,003 from Scottsdale; Logan Bird, $788 from Scottsdale; Kody Lamb, $570 from San Antonio; Murrar Pole, $251 from Scottsdale and Carman Pozzobon, $232 from Scottsdale.