Calgary, AB: This fall Tanner Milan crossed his fingers and hoped the third time would be a charm as he went under the knife yet again to repair a torn knee. It was Hand Hills Lake rodeo where he did the damage for the last time, yet the 28 year old steer wrestler persevered and qualified for his 7th CFR before opting for surgery.
“They had to use some cartilage from a cadaver because of all the scar tissue in there,” says Milan, “I wanted it to work good so I asked if they maybe had an Olympic sprinter or something stored away that I could borrow from.”
Since the surgery Tanner has been diligent in pursuing his rehab and prepping for the summer ahead where he has qualified again to compete in the Calgary Stampede and as he points out
“I really couldn’t miss that one.”
The sound mantra of gym and work have been paying off thus far for the Cochrane cowboy as he’s shed close to 55 pounds. He also saved up enough money to buy a new hazing horse to haul along with his family’s 2011 CPRA steer wrestling horse of the year, Peggy.
As for his expected return date, Tanner hopes to get the go ahead for Grande Prairie when he sees his doctor again the middle of May. If not that he says he’ll for sure be ready come Innisfail.
The rest of Tanner’s crew have already been doing some damage so far this spring with brother Baillie being crowned Canada’s Ultimate Cowboy in March and good friend Rowdy Hays placing second in Camrose.
-By Wyatt Anton @useyerhead