RED DEER, Alberta — For Ponoka, Alberta bull rider, Wacey Finkbeiner, good things come in threes.
At his third Canadian Finals Rodeo, the 26 year old is three for three after mastering Outlaw Buckers’ Brahma Boots Chrome in meeting number three to the tune of 87.75 points and the round win.
“I’d been on him twice previously and he got the best of me both times so I’m pretty dang happy to get the best of him today,” the second generation talent smiled. “The two previous times I had him he’d go both ways and get me on the switch-back. He does that every single time and I knew that so as long as you’re riding around to the right and play catch-up back to the left, you’ll get a pretty good score on that bull.”
Finkbeiner earned a second place cheque opening night and round wins in performances two and three for a total of $28,890 to move to the overall lead in the bull riding. He also leads the aggregate with 261.5 points on three rides.
“I’m happy to be first, second or third,” he added. “It’s nice to win but as long as I get my bulls rode, I’m happy. I feel like it’s snow-balling in the right direction right now – hopefully I’ll keep it rolling and get a gold buckle come Sunday.”
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“I love Red Deer right now!”
The words were those of excited barrel racer, Callahan Crossley, after winning go-round three at CFR ‘45. The Hermiston, Oregon native moved to the overall lead courtesy of a smoking 13.569 second run – the fastest of the rodeo so far.
“It’s a really small arena and the first barrel comes fast. I felt like my horse was a lot snappier than the last two runs and it really came together tonight. Hopefully, it keeps going smoothly.”
Crossley’ rides 20 year old Brownie – the partner that carried her to reserve spot at the 2016 CFR.
“My Uncle (former NFR saddle bronc rider Butch Knowles’) family raised Brownie. He was a ranch horse until he was six. My Mom trained him and my older sister seasoned him. I got him when he was solid. He’s the only horse I’ve ever ridden at the CFR.” the young athlete explained.
Crossley’s Thursday night win gave her $28,890 in CFR earnings and the lead in the aggregate with a total time of 41.260 seconds on three runs.
The fourth performance of the Canadian Finals Rodeo runs Friday, November 2 at 7:00 pm. Complete results are posted at rodeocanada.com