Armstrong, BC: With a minimum of $20,000 paid out in each of the events, and money now counting towards the Professional Rodeo Cowboy’s Association standings, this year’s Wrangler Canadian Rodeo Tour Finals is sure to be an exciting and eventful part of the 2012 Canadian Professional Rodeo Association Season.
If a person is to win the Long Go of competition along with the Short Go and Average, they can take home about $5,744 in prize money of that $20,000 added. That could mean a ton to a lot of people currently in a fight to get to November’s Canadian Finals Rodeo.
Action got underway last night and these are your leaders along with some videos of their rides or runs for your enjoyment.
- Kelli Tolbert, 16.262 seconds
- Lee Ann Rust, 16.363
- Nikki Steffes, 16.449
- Brittany Fleck, 16.482
Kelli Tolbert is currently 19th in the Canadian Pro Rodeo Standings but only $2,000 out of the 12th and final spot. Winning the Long Go pays $2,072. If it hold up she could be headed to the CFR this November.
- Matt Lait 81 on CSS65 Shadow Warrior
- (Tie) Logan Hodson 80.75 on CSR8 Rythm Bell
- (Tie) Austin Foss 80.75 on CSR20 Risque Elsie
- Jake Marshall 80 on CSF34 French Wake
Matt Lait is currently third in the CPRA Standings with over $18,000 won. A win here could catapult him up to $25,000 on the year.
- Gabe Ledoux, 3.9 seconds
- Dallas Frank, 4.5
- Straws Milan, 4.9
- Trygve Pugh, 6.3
Gabe Ledoux is in the mix in the PRCA for a World Title. He’s a bit behind in the CPRA at 27th in the Canadian Standings but could make his way into the top 12 with a win here in Armstrong.
- Sam Kelts 84 on CSL124 Loganberry
- Chuck Schmidt 83.5 on CSP-51 Peigan Warrior
- Adam Gilchrist 82.5 on CSL40 Lynx Mountain
- Dusty Hausauer 81.75 on CSL7 Luxurious Bubbles
Millarville’s Sam Kelts is ranked inside the top 20 in the PRCA World Standings and wanting to get to the NFR this year for his first time after a very unfortunate wreck last September. Kelts is fourth in the CPRA and should move up with another solid ride like this in the Short Go.
- (Tie) Rhen Richard & Jake Cooper, 5.3 seconds
- (Tie) Clay Ullery & Riley Warren, 5.3 seconds
- Curtis Cassidy & Baillie Milan, 7.0
- Clint Weston & Kyle Lucas, 10.7
There’s a tie for the Team Roping lead and it may or may not hold. Rhen Richard and Jake Cooper made a nice run here. Rhen is eleventh in the Canadian Standings and looking to get back to his second CFR. Unfortunately the camera didn’t work how it should have for Clay and Riley’s run.
Tie Down Roping
- Clif Cooper, 8.4 seconds
- Stetson Vest, 9.1
- Curtis Cassidy, 9.3
- Riley Warren, 9.4
Clif Cooper currently sits second in the Canadian Standings and is likely to make another return to the NFR. A win here could push him past Shane Hanchey for the lead.
- Ty Pozzobon 88.5 on CS819 Man in Black
- Beau Hill 84.5 on CS895 Sweet Emotion
- Tanner Byrne 84 on CS868 Everything Cowboy
Ty Pozzobon won about $10,000 in Tulsa, OK a couple weeks ago. Pozzy is now winning again in Armstrong and headed back to Oklahoma. This time to Thackerville for hopefully at least another $10,000 or more. Sunday morning he will hop on another plane to head back to BC for the Short Go on Sunday Night where he could win another $5,700. Not a bad weekend when you are riding like this.