28 November 2015
By Ted Stovin
The top 16 contestants in each of the seven major rodeo events will battle for $100,000 at the inaugural Agribition Pro Rodeo next November in Regina, SK.
The event is the culmination of an agreement between the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association (CPRA) and Canadian Western Agribition (CWA) and will take place between November 21st and 26th, 2016.
“I am super excited for the new event and the exciting format,” said former PRCA Rookie of the Year award winner Todd Herzog. “This gives the fans an opportunity to see the best rodeo competitors that compete in Canada. I competed in Regina when there was a pro rodeo there, when I was a rookie, and it was one of the best rodeos of it’s time. I am very happy to see it come back to Regina and I sure hope that I have a successful season and qualify to compete there next November.”
Eight contestants make up the two pools, competing twice each over a span of four days.
“It can’t be bad. Things need to change if the young kids are ever going to make a go of it,” tie-down roper Al Bouchard said.
“I think it’s great the CPRA has its foot back into Regina!” barrel racer Rylee McKenzie said.
“Anytime there’s a new pro rodeo added to the season it’s a great deal,” two-time and reining Canadian Bareback Riding Champion Jake Vold added.
Canadian Western Agribition is Canada’s largest livestock exhibition and trade show. 2016 marks it’s 46th year of operation.