In Photos: Canada’s Cowboys at the 2016 WNFR

Words – Ted Stovin

Images – Covy Moore

LAS VEGAS, Nevada — The last time there were eight Canadians competing at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, it was 1999.

Our team going includes these eight Cowboys, 42 animal athletes in the bucking stock category and now entertainer Dennis Halstead as the alternate barrelman. We can’t forget about the timed event horses either.

In addition, Covy Moore has to be recognized for his work this year. You’ve seen his work here, on the PBR Monster Energy Canada Tour and beyond. This post focuses on some of his fantastic work showing off Team Canada before the WNFR which starts on Thursday.

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Orin Larsen of Inglis, MB at the 2016 Canadian Finals Rodeo from above. Larsen leads all Canadians into the 58th Wrangler NFR with $138,296 only $40,000 out of the first spot in the world. (Covy Moore/CovyMoore.com)




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Jake Vold stands proud in the grand entry at the Calgary Stampede. Vold makes his second WNFR appearance in 2016 entering the race in tenth place with $74,821 earned so far. Even though he’s back by $102,000 with the rounds paying over $26,000 a night it’s not over until the last horse is bucked. (Covy Moore/CovyMoore.com)

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Kolton Schmidt of Barrhead, AB makes his first appearance at the 2016 WNFR roping with partner Shay Carroll of La Junta, CO. Schmidt is fourth of all headers with $96,147 only a rounds worth of dough out of first. (Covy Moore/CovyMoore.com)




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Jeremy Buhler of Abbotsford, BC (L) and Levi SImpson of Ponoka, AB (R) are the first All-Canadian team of team ropers to qualify for the WNFR. Simpson is 14th of headers with $63,133 in regular season earnings while Buhler is 12th of the heelers having earned $72,311 to date. (Covy Moore/CovyMoore.com)

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Zeke Thurston of Big Valley, AB has done almost everything most bronc riders want to do in his career already and he’s only 22. Thurston already has two $100,000 checks from the Calgary Stampede and another $50,000 from RodeoHouston, finishing second for the world rookie of the year award in 2015. Thurston tied the knot with Jayne Lauweryssen in October and ranks fourth coming into his second WNFR with $105,046. (Covy Moore/CovyMoore.com)




Clay Elliott (Covy Moore/CovyMoore.com)

Clay Elliott of Nanton, AB qualifies for his first WNFR in the eighth spot in the world standings with $80,048 in earnings on the year. Elliott’s biggest win of the year came in Houston back in March, that check not included in his PRCA earnings. (Covy Moore/CovyMoore.com)

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Jake Watson of Hudson’s Hope, BC is the WNFR’s northern-most qualifier in 2016. He’s not the most northern Qualifier ever though as Pink Mountain, BC’s Daryl Mills hails from another two hours further towards the north pole. Watson qualified for his first trip to Vegas by a mere $260. (Covy Moore/CovyMoore.com)




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