Strathmore Stampede

Stories for us Canadians from Ted Harbin of www.twisTEDRodeo.com

Oklahoma City, OK: I’m not going to lie to everyone, I haven’t really taken the time in the last couple days to write anything for the site here. I wanted to put more together today but decided this would be the best way to go about it since these stories are some you might not have seen yet anyway. Another reason I can attribute to not writing much this past week is because of how great a host the City of Oklahoma City has been. This is a great town I must say, one of the best cities I have really ever been to.

As for today though, these pieces were written by Ted Harbin of www.twisTEDRodeo.com

If I haven’t already told you, Ted was the man responsible for bringing me to my first NFR as Media. Ted also joined Twitter recently so if you want to hear more from him find him under @twisTEDRodeo there.

Even more from Ted is the fact that the Cox Convention Center where I am this week for the National Sports Forum is the same building where the NFR took place from 1979-1984. It’s also where the AHL League Leading Oklahoma City Barons play hockey now which happens to be the farm team of the Edmonton Oilers. Oklahoma City is also the host of the RNCFR which will take place this March at the State Fairgrounds.

Until then though here are some stories from Ted. Let him know at his site if you liked them too!



EDITOR’S NOTE: This story appears in the January issue of Women’s Pro Rodeo News. Unfortunately the interview that I had hoped to do with Lindsay Sears a week after she’d won didn’t happen, but I hope we were able to tell a good story anyway.

For anyone who has ever been in the heated battle of competition, the pressure to win is incredible. To be successful, to win, is like bursting that bubble and feeling the air explode from it.

For the 15 cowgirls in the field of the 2011 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, the golden yellow chutes and blue fencing intensifies the pressure. The heat turns up as each lady prepared to take a shot at $17,885 each night and a chance to fasten a Montana Silversmiths gold buckle at the end of the 10-day marathon.

Lindsay SearsLindsay Sears is pictured to the right:

Nobody, however, realized how much pressure was on a tiny blonde from Nanton, Alberta, the only Canadian in the field of 119 contestants in ProRodeo’s grand championship event, held in the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

As she sprinted around the arena each night during the grand entry, Lindsay Sears was carrying the weight of a nation fanatical about rodeo, about champions. Donning the gold buckle earned three years prior, the 30-year-old cowgirl who spends a good portion of her time near Lubbock, Texas, knew much was expected of her.

To finish reading Ted’s story with Lindsay click over to: http://twistedrodeo.com/2012/01/28/sears-makes-memories-en-route-to-world-title/



OKLAHOMA CITY – Ash Cooper always fancied himself a world-class hockey player.

That’s what little boys dream about while growing up in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. And, truth be told, Cooper was pretty talented on the ice.

Ash "CrAsh" Cooper oftentimes wears stilts when he performs as a barrelman/funnyman, which is what he will be doing during the 2012 Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo, set for March 29-April 1 in Oklahoma City. Photo Caption. Courtesy twisTEDRodeo.com: Ash “CrAsh” Cooper oftentimes wears stilts when he performs as a barrelman/funnyman, which is what he will be doing during the 2012 Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo, set for March 29-April 1 in Oklahoma City.

“I was employed playing hockey, and at the same time, I was playing a high level of rugby,” said Cooper, an athlete turned rodeo clown who just worked the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas for the first time in his career this past December. “It was a huge honor for me to work the NFR. More than anything, for me, it was representing my country.

“I tried representing in hockey and didn’t make it, and I tried and rugby, and it didn’t happen. I had to settle for representing my country as a clown, but I’ll take it.”

You see, Ash Cooper has an alter ego, and his name is CrAsh; he’ll be part of the 2012 Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo, set for March 29-April 1 at Jim Norick Arena at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds. This is where the biggest names in the sport come to show off their talents, and Cooper will be in town to provide a little comedy relief and other entertainment options as the barrelman/funnyman.

- To finish reading this story click over to: http://twistedrodeo.com/2012/01/31/crashs-athleticism-is-entertainment/



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