Ten Canadians Qualify for 2022 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo
EDMONTON, Alberta (October 7th, 2022) – It can almost officially be stated who will be heading to the 2022 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR) in Las Vegas from December 1st to 10th. With some returning qualifiers as well as first time qualifiers, the largest number of Canadian saddle bronc riders will be heading to Vegas this year.
In the saddle bronc riding there will be six Canadians competing at the WNFR. Leading the pack in the sixth spot with $143,838, is two-time world champion Zeke Thurston. This will be Thurston’s eighth qualification of his career. Most recently, Thurston took home the championship at the last Canadian pro rodeo of the season, Edmonton Pro Rodeo where he was 90 points on C5 Rodeo’s A11 Oney where he walked away with $2,789.92.
Making his first trip to the WNFR in the seventh spot with $139,440 is Logan Hay. Hay has had an outstanding season having won Calgary Stampede, breaking the world record at the Hard Grass Bronc Match in Pollockville with a 95.5 ride, and now making it to his first WNFR. Hay also had success at the Edmonton Pro Rodeo finishing in the third spot with $1,793.52 after an 86 point ride.
Behind Hay in the eighth spot with $138.993, is newlywed Layton Green. Green earned an early advantage in the season after winning the Ponoka Stampede and most recently won the Washington State Fair Rodeo in Puyallup where he walked away with $13,000.
In the 10th spot with $131,136, is Kolby Wanchuk. With a huge win at the Pendleton Round-Up, he earned himself $1,462 in the first round and $1,650 in the finals with a 90 point ride on The Black Tie from the Sankey Pro Rodeo & Phenom Genetics stock.
Making his first, and well deserved WNFR appearance, in the 12th spot is Kole Ashbacher. Ashbacher hustled at the last few rodeos to secure his spot and has earned a total of $117,543 this season. Before the season ended Ashbacher won the Madison Pro Rodeo (IN) with an 86 point ride and walked away with $3,263, he also placed fourth at the Omaha River City Rodeo (NE) where he won $1,251.
Finally, finishing in the 14th spot with $111,718 is the second Hay brother, Dawson Hay. Hay also had success at the Pendleton Round-Up where he placed second in the finals and walked away with $1,250. This will be Hay’s third WNFR.
In the bareback riding after a tight battle and a last minute shot to make his eighth trip to the Thomas and Mack, Orin Larsen made every last rodeo count and will be in the 12th spot with $111,659. Some of these final earnings come from the Cumberland County Fair Rodeo (ME) where he walked away with $729. He also placed fourth at the Young Living’s Last Chance Rodeo (UT) where he earned $1,406. Larsen also had success at the Pendleton Round Up winning $5,379.
In the bull riding we have another first time WNFR qualifier. Heading into the finals in the 11th spot is the number one bull rider in Canada, Jared Parsonage. Parsonage has won $112,314 this season.
On the timed event end we will see two Canadians in Vegas. In the team roping, heeler Jeremy Buhler will be heading to his fourth WNFR with his partner Rhen Richard. Buhler has won $100,214 this season putting him in the eighth spot. Richard heads into the finals in the seventh spot with $99,278.90.
In the breakaway roping we will witness Shelby Boisjoli coming into the seventh spot with $64,150.06. This is Boisjoli’s second trip to the WNFR in the breakaway roping.
The 2022 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo takes December 1-10 at the Thomas and Mack Centre in Las Vegas, NV.