That’s a wrap Canada. Ten days, three world titles, three WNFR titles, 16 go-round buckles and over $1 million USD taken home.
Last night classifies as the biggest celebration I have ever been a part of. I mentioned to Ted Stovin while it was all happening that this ranks “up there” in celebrations and even quoted it as the third biggest celebration I had been a part of.
But then I got thinking about that. While the Indy 500, or Daytona 500 or some of the biggest auto races this continent has to offer may have some massive celebrations, this one was so much more personal. I don’t know Levi Simpson, Jeremy Buhler or Zeke Thurston personally. My first full year of rodeoing was certainly filled with making friends with the steer riders, novice guys and the bull riding fraternity. But, these men represent our nation in a way that no other sport can. The 2016 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo will go down as the biggest, most emotionally charged and fun celebration I have ever been a part of, let alone been able to cover.
So in saying that, here are some of my favourite images from a couple hours of watching some fellow Canadians laugh, cry but most of all, beam with pride to remind the world why Canada holds the heart of rodeo.