REGINA, Saskatchewan — The following are the results and highlights from round four of the 51st Canadian Cowboys Association (CCA) Finals held in conjunction with the Canadian Western Agribition at Evraz Place inside the Brandt Center in Regina, SK from November 28th, 2014.
Bareback: 1. Michael Tuck on Whiteline Rodeo’s Indian Giver, 77 points, $1,500; 2. Clayton Strutt, 76.5, $750; 3. Linden Woods, 75, $500; 4. (tie) Brady Bertram and Joe Courville, 73.5, $125 each.
Team Roping: 1. (tie) Tuftin McLeod/Scott McLeod and Clint Weston/Devin Wigemyr, 5.6 seconds, $1,125 per man; 3. Clay Brownlee/Tyler Paicu, 5.8, $500; 4. Kyle Chappel/Brady Chappel, 5.9, $250.
Saddle Bronc: 1. Wyatt Thurston on Francis Rodeo’s Tall Grass, 73.5 points, $1,500; 2. Rhett Fitzpatrick, 72, $750; 3. Ross Kreutzer, 71.5, $500; 4. Tyler Wilson, 63.5, $250.
Steer Wrestling: 1. Tim Kemp, 3.3 seconds, $1,500; 2. Lachlan O’Neill, 3.8, $750; 3. Jeremy Harden, 4.5, $500; 4. Landon Beardsworth, 5.1, $250.
Steer Riding: 1. Chanse Switzer, 77 points, $250.00; 2. Chad Hartman, 75, $187.50; 3. Arlan Lumgair, 73, $125.00; 4. Brady Resch, 69, $62.50.
Barrel Racing: 1. Jodi Doenz, 14.00 seconds, $1,500; 2. Jennifer Getz, 14.15, $750; 3. Colby Gilbert, 14.16, $500; 4. Kristen Pfefferle, 14.21, $250.
Jr. Barrel Racing: 1. Hallie Anderson, 14.33 seconds, $250.00; 2. Mardi Yarshenko, 14.55, $187.50; 3. Ashley Cleveland, 14.85, $125.00; 4. Kassidy Williamson, 15.06, $62.50.
Tie Down Roping: 1. Blair Smith, 10.6 seconds, $1,500; 2. Scott Sigfusson, 10.7, $750; 3. Wyatt Haynes, 10.9, $500; 4. Shawn Williamson, 11.0, $250.
Bull Riding: 1. Wacey Anderson on Prime Time Rodeo’s Good as Gold, 80 points, $1,875; 2. Steve Maddison, 74, $1,125; no other qualified rides.
The fifth and final round of the 2014 CCA Finals begins at 7:00pm inside the Brandt Center at Evraz Place on Saturday Night.
For full results, aggregate, finals leaderboards, tickets and more on the CCA, visit www.CanadianCowboys.ca
REGINA, Saskatchewan — The following are the results and highlights from round three of the 51st Canadian Cowboys Association (CCA) Finals held in conjunction with the Canadian Western Agribition at Evraz Place inside the Brandt Center in Regina, SK from November 27th, 2014.
Bareback: 1. Brady Bertram on Prime Time Rodeo’s Wingate, 77.5 points, $1,500; 2. (tie) Jason Hofer and Clayton Strutt, 76, $625 each; 4. (tie) Michael Tuck and Monty Koopman, 75, $125 each.
Team Roping: 1. Tuftin McLeod/Tuftin McLeod, 5.3 seconds, $1,500; 2. Clint Weston/Devin Wigemyr, 5.7, $750; 3. Teejay Boles/Stewart Kinley, 6.0, $500; 4. Tee McLeod/Tyce McLeod, 6.5, $250.
Saddle Bronc: 1. Rhett Fitzpatrick on Big Country Rodeo’s Spare Change, 83 points, $1,500; 2. Chase Bourque, 80.5, $750; 3. Rod Weese, 78, $500; 4. Wyatt Thurston and Kirk Thompson, 77, $125 each.
Steer Wrestling: 1. Lachlan O’Neill, 4.4, $1,500; 2. Tim Kemp and Kal Klovansky, 4.8, $625 each; 4. Devin Porter, 5.9, $250.
Steer Riding: 1. Arlan Lumigar, 74 points, $250.00; 2. Chanse Switzer, 73, $187.50; 3. Chad Hartman, 72, $125.00; 4. Brady Resch, 70 $62.50.
Barrel Racing: 1. Colby Gilbert, 14.10 seconds, $1,500; 2. (tie) April Williamson and Josey Doenz, 14.18, $625 each; 4. Jennifer Getz, 14.20, $250.
Jr. Barrel Racing: 1. Hallie Anderson, 14.15 seconds, $250.00; 2. Ashley Cleveland, 14.40, $187.50; 3. Mardi Yarshenko, 14.71, $125.00; 4. Kassidy Williamson, 19.53, $62.50.
Tie Down Roping: 1. (tie) Vaughn Warken and Justin Bridgeman, 8.9 seconds, $1,125 each; 3. (tie) Jarod Nooren and Scott Sigfusson, 10.4, $375 each.
Bull Riding: 1. Steve Maddison on Prime Time Rodeo’s 3M Beef Supply, 83.5 points, $1,500; 2. Flint Vayro, 82.5, $750; 3. Wyatt Laughlin, 76, $500; 4. Ronny Delarue, 75, $250.
Monty Phillips won the CCA Finals Bull Fight by jumping Pank’s a Clown.
Round four of the 2014 CCA Finals begins at 7:00pm inside the Brandt Center at Evraz Place on Friday Night.
For full results, aggregate, finals leaderboards, tickets and more on the CCA, visit www.CanadianCowboys.ca
The following story courtesy of Ted Harbin and twisTEDrodeo.com
Pierce returns to rodeo elite, NFR
EDMOND, Okla. – Carlee Pierce and her family needed a breather from the rigors of the rodeo trail.
The Oklahoma cowgirl took it.
That was in June 2013, when Pierce was the third-ranked cowgirl in the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association’s barrel racing standings. Instead of chasing the world championship at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, she packed up her trailer and headed home.
“I took a break last year when I was on my way to a third consecutive NFR,” said Pierce, who was born in Alberta and raised in northwest Oklahoma. “I always said when my family was worn out with it, I’d stay home. After several months at home, everybody decided staying home and being ‘normal’ wasn’t exactly fun.
“This year I spent more time on the road with and without them with no expectations of making the NFR, so it turned into a successful year.”
Yes, it was. Pierce earned $90,431 through the regular season and heads to ProRodeo’s premier event next week No. 13 in the world standings – only the top 15 contestants in each event earn the right to compete at the NFR, set for Dec. 4-13 in Las Vegas. Now she will take a shot at the biggest play in the game with a purse of $6.375 million; go-round winners will earn $19,000 per night for the 10-round affair.
But it meant more time away from her family: husband, Steve; son, Kale; and daughters, Makala and Jacy.
“The rodeo trail hasn’t changed,” Pierce said. “It’s still a lot of hours and a lot of driving. It doesn’t bother me as much when my family goes, but when they were at home, it seemed like I was gone for years.”
Still, she took advantage. She had key wins through the season and collected a lot of checks, but her biggest two victories came in Red Bluff, Calif., in April and Hermiston, Ore., in August. She won both rounds and the two-run average title at both, pocketing $5,442 in California and $8,247 in Oregon.
That money went a long ways to helping her reach the goal of returning to the NFR, where she has excelled. In her first appearance in 2011, Pierce raced to two round wins while placing in three others to win $50,769. A year later, she earned $79,802 and finished the 2012 campaign as the reserve world champion with $204,322.
“Sometimes I ask myself the question, ‘Why do I rodeo?’ ” said Pierce, who earlier this year moved her family from Stephenville, Texas, to Edmond, though the Pierces will keep their Texas ranch. “I guess it is a passion I have. I can’t go one day without thinking about it, and I feel like I am so far from accomplishing all my goals in rodeo.”
She will have another chance in the City of Lights, where she plans to ride a couple of young horses inside the Thomas & Mack Center.
“I am running both of my girls in Vegas,” she said. “Tiny is 5, and Lolo is 6. Both are pretty green in the rodeo world, but I have faith in them, and I know this is a good experience in preparation for the 2015 season. I am really excited about how talented they are.”
She will need all the talent the two sorrel mares can muster. The NFR field is loaded with NFR regulars like Kaley Bass, Lisa Lockhart and Christy Loflin, as well as world champions Mary Walker and Sherry Cervi, the latter of who owns four gold buckles.
“The NFR is always the best of the best,” Pierce said. “I know there are some amazing horses in that mix. It’s definitely going to be a great horserace.”
That’s the way it should be when the world title is on the line. Pierce is about $65,000 behind Bass, the world standings leader from Kissimmee, Fla., but she can make up that ground quickly in Las Vegas. With the payouts so high, the Oklahoma cowgirl can catch the leaders in just four rounds.
It will take a lot of talent and a little bit of luck, but Carlee Pierce is ready for it all.
For more from Ted, visit www.twisTEDrodeo.com
REGINA, Saskatchewan — The following are the results and highlights from round two of the 51st Canadian Cowboys Association (CCA) Finals held in conjunction with the Canadian Western Agribition at Evraz Place inside the Brandt Center in Regina, SK from November 25th to 29th, 2014.
Bareback: 1. Brady Bertram on Big Country’s Whiskey Drummer, 80.5 points, $1,500; 2. (tie) Clayton Strutt and Linden Woods, 77, $625 each; 4. Monty Koopman, 75.5, $250.
Team Roping: 1. Kyle Chappel/Brady Chappel, 4.8 seconds, $1,500; 2. Scott Sigfusson/Lance Brown, 6.2, $750; 3. TeeJay Boles/Stewart Kinley, 6.4, $500; 4. Clint Weston/Devin Wigemyr, 6.7, $250.
Saddle Bronc: 1. Wyatt Thurston on Big Country’s Mud Pie, 76 points, $1,500; 2. Kirk Thompson, 75.5, $750; 3. Ross Kreutzer, 75, $500; 4. Mike Gordon, 68, $250.
Steer Wrestling: 1. Landon Beardsworth, 4.7 seconds, $1,500; 2. Tim Kemp, 4.8, $750; 3. Justin Kurtz, 5.2, $500; 4. Jordan O’Neill, 5.7, $250.
Steer Riding: 1. Brady Resch, 80 points, $250; 2. Hayden Briggs, 72, $187.50; 3. Arlan Lumigar, 71.5, $125.
Barrel Racing: 1. Angela Mastad, 14.20 seconds, $1,500; 2. Josie Doenz, 14.26, $750; 3. Colby Gilbert, 14.32, $500; 4. Karly Lanz, 14.37, $250.
Jr. Barrel Racing: 1. Hallie Anderson, 14.34 seconds, $250; 2. Ashley Cleveland, 14.47, $187.50; 3. Elizabeth Lukacs, 14.66, $125; 4. Mardi Yarshenko, 14.78, $62.50.
Tie Down Roping: 1. Blaine Switzer, 9.3 seconds, $1,500; 2. Blair Smith, 9.4, $750; 3. (tie) Jarod Nooren and Layne Smith, 9.6, $375 each.
Bull Riding: 1. Lane Morris on Big Country’s Hawaii, Five-O, $1,500; 2. Ronnie Delarue, 79.5, $750; 3. James Bouvier, 76, $500.
Daryl Thiessen took tonight’s bull fight to get back to tomorrow’s short go.
Round three of the 2014 CCA Finals begins at 7:00pm inside the Brandt Center at Evraz Place.
For full results, aggregate, finals leaderboards and more on the CCA, visit www.CanadianCowboys.ca
SUNDRE, AB—Third generation chuckwagon family, Rae, Allison, Cora, and Ava Croteau made the move to Sundre, AB from Bonnyville this past year to take over the JVS River Ranch.
“Growing up with my grandfather racing, we had a riding arena in Bonnyville. That’s the atmosphere I grew up til the age of thirteen. I team roped lots for about 3-4 years. You meet a lot of good people and meet their kids and to be around their families. Maybe that’s where this stemmed from,” Rae Croteau said, “We’re excited to be able to have a facility that we could host events, have clinics and provide the option for open riding.”
Starting out as an outrider in at the age of fourteen, Croteau started driving in the Canadian Pro Chuckwagon Association (CPCA) only three years later. In 2002 he made his way into the World Professional Chuckwagon Association (WPCA) to finish in the 18th spot. Rae’s top finish in the WPCA thus far was in 2005 where he ended the season fourth overall.
2014 was a banner year for the Croteau Chuckwagon Team, which Calgary Flames star Curtis Glencross is also a member, finishing fifth and earning a second place finish at the Calgary Stampede. In 2013, Croteau even made his way into the Thomas & Mack Center to kick off round eight of the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas for Canadian Night.
Home of Croteau Chuckwagon Team & Young Gunz Trick Riding Team, the facility, now coined the Raecer Arena, features an 80 horse capacity, 82’x 182’ heated indoor arena, 20’x 150’ indoor holding space, outdoor arena, 30 outdoor stalls, stock holding pens and plenty of trailer parking space for your next event or clinic.
Drop-in individual riding passes are available for $12/day, family passes for $160/month with $90 for each additional person. Clinic rentals and overnight stalls are also available.
The family has been working to improve the facility and incorporate new events. Roughstock chutes have been added thanks to the Ranchman’s sponsorship.
“All they had before was cutting and team penning. We are switching to more western lifestyle like team roping and rodeo events,” Croteau said.
This past weekend the facility hosted its first jackpot team roping of 200 teams. Paying $900 to win the open and $1,400 split among the other divisions.
“The open was pretty impressive to watch. Half the teams going to the CFR were here. There were a few 4.5 and 5 flat runs.”
Aside from the team roping events, Raecer Ranching Riding Arena offers a barrel racing series every two weeks rotating Tuesdays and Thursdays. A barrel racing clinic will be offered in December, be sure to check back for more information.
REGINA, Saskatchewan — The following are the night one results and highlights from the 51st Canadian Cowboys Association Finals held in conjunction with the Canadian Western Agribition at Evraz Place inside the Brandt Center in Regina, SK from November 25th, 2014.
Bareback: 1. Linden Woods on Whiteline Rodeo’s Spilled Perfume, 77.5 points, $1,500; 2. Monty Koopman, 75.5, $750; 3. Michael Tuck, 75; 4. Joe Courville, 74.5, $250.
Team Roping: 1. Blaine Switzer/Kent Drake, 6.2 seconds, $1,500; 2. Tyce McLeod/Tee McLeod, 6.7, $750; 3. Wyatt Hayes/Ashton Lehman, 6.9, $500; 4. Trebor Dunk/Jarod Nooren, 7.9, $250.
Saddle Bronc: 1. (tie) Casey Bertram on Rafter Anchor’s Double Vision and Rhett Fitzpatrick on Prime Time Rodeo’s Devil’s Promise, 78 points, $1,125 each; 3. Wyatt Thurston, 75.5, $500; 4. Ross Kreutzer, 74.5, $250.
Steer Wrestling: 1. Kal Klovansky, 4.9 seconds, $1,500; 2. Justin Kurtz, 5.6, $750; 3. Scott Sigfusson, 5.9, $500; 4. Tim Kemp, 6.2, $250.
Steer Riding: 1. Chanse Switzer, 78 points, $250; 2. Arlan Lumgair, 72, $187.50; 3. Bryce Shaw, 71, $125.
Barrel Racing: 1. (tie) Renie Schnitzler and Josie Doenz, 14.32 seconds, $1,125 each; 3. Karly Lanz, 14.55, $500; 4. Angela Mastad, 14.61, $250.
Jr. Barrel Racing: 1. (tie) Hallie Anderson and Mardi Yarshenko, 14.65 seconds, $218.75 each; 3. Chrissy Kielstra, 14.71, $125.00; Elizabeth Lucaks, 14.93, $62.50.
Tie Down Roping: 1. Jarod Nooren, 9.1 seconds, $1,500; 2. Vaughn Warken, 9.8, $750; 3. Shawn Williamson, 10.5, $500; 4. Wyatt Hayes, 11.0, $250.
Bull Riding: 1. Kory Ginnis on Battle River’s Slippery Sam, 81.5 points, $1,500; 2. Wyatt Laughlin, 79, $750; 3. Lonnie West, 76.5, $500; 4. (tie) Flint Vayro and Wacey Anderson, 75.5, $125 each.
Round number two of the CCA Finals starts at 7:00pm on Wednesday November 26th, 2014 inside the Brandt Center.
LAS VEGAS, Nevada — LIVE HD coverage of the 2014 Wrangler NFR will be broadcast in Canada through CBS Sports Net carriers Rogers, Bell Aliant, Cogeco, SaskTel, Canadian Cable Systems and Ontario Inc.
This coverage increases from the 2013 Wrangler NFR coverage which appeared exclusively on Rogers. According to the Shaw Cable guide in Calgary, Sportsnet One coverage starts on Thursday, December 4th at 9:30pm MST and moves to 8:00pm MST on Friday December 5th through the 13th.
At 20 years old, Medicine Hat resident, Alex Hanson is headed to her first Canadian Cowboys Association Finals, which begin November 25th in Regina, Saskatchewan. This was Hanson’s second season competing in the CCA, and it was the year she decided to go hard. Boy did it pay off!
Alex won Kindersley, Pilot Butte, Foremost, and the Short Go at Virden. She placed at Eston, Central Butte, Coutts, Arrowwood, Swift Current, Writing on Stone, Consul, Virden, Stettler, and Beechy (Also Taber Chinook Rodeo and Gleichen FCA) ending the season with $11,349.43 & finishing 2nd in the 2014 CCA Standings.
Alex didn’t grow up running barrels like many girls usually do. She started out riding English and competed in Show Jumping in 2003. Within two years she left the black velvet helmet for a cowboy hat and boots, and her love of barrel racing began. She ran at the ABRA Finals as a junior and was always in the 1D with her mare ‘Pepper’. Eventually Alex decided to run at the Border Country rodeos, and some of the close to home Chinook rodeos before deciding to hit up the CCA.
What you do for work?
I work Monday to Friday as an Administrative Assistant at a land surveying company, Midwest Surveys. They’ve been super supportive and accommodating when I have to take off early during my rodeo season. You just learn to juggle the Saturday and Sunday perfs as best you can and hit the Friday night performances when it works!
What is Pepper’s background? How is she bred?
When I first got her she was just going to be a good, solid horse to ride as I had out grew my pony. I started fooling around with her on some barrels and haven’t looked back since. She has had no professional training. We just had tips and tricks from various people over the years. Growing up and learning everything with her has been the most rewarding thing I’ve done. Pepper is a grade mare with no “top notch” bloodlines.
How long have you been running Pepper?
This year was the 9th year I’ve had Pepper and been running barrels on her. We hit a slump in 2010 when she had hip problems but thanks to Bev Stuber, we got her back feeling 110% and I’ve been lucky that she has stayed sound since!
What is your favourite rodeo you attended this year? I would have to say Virden. When you head that far from home you always hope to do well. Pepper and I were in a bit of a slump for a few weeks before that, and Virden was a turnaround point for us. It was my first time out there and all I heard was how big of a show it was. Finishing the weekend with Pepper running the fastest time of the rodeo in the short round was an incredible feeling for me.
What did you do differently this year, than years before?
Pepper is my everything. She’s hands down the most fun horse I’ve ever rode. I took her to FITT Equine for a couple weeks to go swimming in March. That was a huge help in getting her ready for the season. I just had it in my head that I had to do everything I could to keep her in the best shape possible. I’ve stayed persistent and determined with her despite little setbacks. The day I got her I could barely keep her loping a circle and it took three years for her to pick up her right lead. She’s come such a long way. We just work together well!
I like knowing what keeps a person motivated through out their season, what kept you going?
After winning the third rodeo of the season I was ecstatic! I kind of thought it was just luck since the other two rodeos that weekend didn’t go as well. Winning Pilot Butte a couple weeks after completely shocked me! After that I knew I had to try to keep it up and I would make it to finals. My little mare has so much try and when she would run her heart out at every rodeo, it made me realize how lucky I am! I also had the best travelling partners and “pit crews” to get Pepper in the arena. The miles put on are always better with good company, and I truly believe I had the best! I was always reminded to stay positive, don’t stress, and have fun! That was a big part of what kept me going!
Do you use any ‘alternate therapies’ like Back on Track to keep your horse going down the road?
She has a Back on Track blanket and the Quick Wraps. I believe that was a big part of her staying in such good condition going down the road, as well as her monthly trips to Bev Stuber to get readjusted. She also has Soft Ride boots that were a lifesaver on the long trips and stalling overnight. Best purchases I made hands down!
What were your own must haves while heading down the road this season?
The positive support is the one thing I have learned I can’t go without! Any time I started to doubt myself, Brittni would shake that out of my head so quick! She was such a big part of my successful summer and the best travelling partner I could’ve asked for. We quickly learned that we couldn’t hit the road without Smarties and our “Rodeo Music Playlist”. Oh! ….and duct tape. That became a weekend essential as well!
What kind of bit, saddle and pad do you use?
My bit is made by Dave Elliot. It’s a long shank twisted mouth piece with a roller in it. She seems to really like it and work well in it. Why change a good thing right?! I ride in a Pozzi Pro. I wouldn’t ride in anything else anymore! And I use the Turn and Burn CorrecTOR pad with it on Pepper. Its light weight and the inserts are great as she grows and develops more or less muscle.
What are you most looking forward to heading to your first CCA Finals?
Going from rodeo to rodeo you get so close to everyone. I’m so excited to be there with so many close friends and I just want to be there and take it all in. I’m so happy I can run my little mare there and I’m so proud of her quick little legs for getting us there. My parents and other friends and family are making the trek out to Regina to cheer us on! I couldn’t have got where I am without them! Excited doesn’t begin to describe my feelings toward that week!
I am really looking forward to seeing how the CCA Finals go for Miss Alex!
Check out www.Everything-Cowboy.com for nightly results of the CCA Finals.
* all photos provided by Alex
CALGARY, Alberta — It’s been a month since I’ve spent a weekend here in Calgary and tomorrow I’m headed to Regina for the CCA Finals. Last Saturday at the PBR Canadian Finals in Saskatoon I crossed the 100 perf mark on the year and it was easily the best one all year so far.
With five left in Regina and ten in Las Vegas, the year is almost over. At this point I might not get started until mid February, but that’s alright, we’ve got a fun winter ahead!
Speaking of the NFR first off though, I haven’t read anywhere yet that Sportsnet is airing the NFR nightly. Based on skipping ahead on my Shaw Cable today it looks like the time spots are being held open but it says To Be Announced at this point. I sent them the tweet below and an email asking but haven’t got an answer yet.
If any of you have any information on this I’d be glad to hear it! Thanks in advance.
— Ted Stovin (@TedStovin) November 23, 2014
Back to here in Calgary, I went to Ranchman’s last night as we usually do here when in town, and found this trophy near the entrance.
— Ted Stovin (@TedStovin) November 23, 2014
We are already in the planning process for the event to say the least and looking for your suggestions. When works best for you all date wise? At this point I’m personally thinking either the weekend before Christmas or else the first week in January. February or March may work too but by then we already get into a number of others.
Send your suggestions to me at Ted@Everything-Cowboy.com or in a comment below. Let me know if you want to play in the game too as we’ve got to fill up the teams and get people confirmed asap.
Speaking of those other events in March, we are proud to announce that we are bringing back the Back on Track Canadian Cowboy Ski Race presented by Ranchman’s on March 21st in Lake Louise, AB!
Stay tuned to the Cowboy Ski Race tab here on EC for details as they are confirmed. One we have already confirmed is the kick off party at Ranchman’s on Thursday March 19th. Book some holidays, time off or flights to get yourself here. It’s going to be a heck of a time once again.
Last but not least, I want to thank Flint Rasmussen for having me on his show, Outside the Barrel, on RURAL RADIO SiriusXM Channel 80 on Friday and Sunday. I always enjoy the conversations we have, especially the big picture thinking. Make sure to catch his show every day at Cowboy Christmas in the Las Vegas Convention Center during the NFR.
Have a great week everyone! I look forward to hearing your thoughts and suggestions on these events and look forward to seeing you all somewhere along the way!
All the best,