CALGARY, Alberta – Friday August 22nd’s Curtis Glencross Charity Roughstock Invitational is giving away a one-year lease of a 2014 Ram Truck to the winner of each event, courtesy of Mountain View Dodge. Canada’s top Bareback, Saddle Bronc and Bull Riders will all be in attendance competing against the top stock in our nation for their chance to drive away those new trucks along with their share of $5,000 in added prize money.
Glencross, forward for the Calgary Flames has made huge strides with his event in the previous two years.
“It’s kind of getting easier each year,” Glencross told a week before the event. “Mountain View Dodge is a sponsor of my own, the guys there wanted to come aboard and do as much as they could at the charity event so we ran a few ideas by them. They actually came to us and said they wanted to give a truck away to the winner of each event. That was kind of a shock to us.”
The trucks aren’t the only perk to Friday’s Roughstock at the Daines Ranch Rodeo Grounds North of Innisfail, AB.
“This year we had CCM and Reebock Hockey donate rolling riggin’ bags for all the guys. That’s a gift for the cowboys,” Glencross said. “It’s a good event for the cowboys. There’s no entry feeds to get in, just show up, get on, and now try to win a truck.”
In the past two years, Glencross and his crew have raised over $475,000 for the Ronald McDonald House and Hockey Alberta.
“A new thing with Hockey Alberta we started this year is the Glencross Legacy Fund. It gives back to grass roots minor hockey and families. It’s an application that goes to every Minor Hockey Association in Alberta. Each one can apply for a grant of up to $5,000.”
“None of it would happen without our sponsors and supporters though, we’ve got to thank our title sponsors, Penn West and the Calgary Flames; and our platinum sponsors ATB Financial and Mountain View Dodge,” Glencross finished.
Professional Saddle Bronc Rider and many-time Canadian Finalist, Jim Berry, of nearby Rocky Mountain House, AB has spent countless hours lining up the top contestants and stock for Friday’s event.
“It’s slowly getting better and better attracting better quality guys,” Berry said.
“In the bareback riding for we have Matt Lait, two-time Champion of the Glencross event and reigning Canadian Champion; Kyle Bowers; Cole Goodine, a good guy coming up; and Ky Marshall of nearby Bowden who’s having a good year sitting number two in Canada currently,” Jim noted.
Also on the card are Innisfail’s Cole Jamison, Dylan Bilton, Ty Taypotat, Danton Bersch, Clayton Bunney, Joe Fentiman, and Colin Adams. On the stock side of things in the short round, Outlawbuckers brings Ross River and American Trip. John Duffy’s Blue Jeans, Fire Water from Justin Twogood and Tonight’s Rocket from the Calgary Stampede are up to pick from.
“Myself, Denver Daines, Todd Herzog, Kyle Daines, Kyle Thomson, Rylan Geiger, Luke Butterfield, Adam Gilchrest, Dustin Flundra, Justin Berg, Sam Kelts, and Layton Green are entered,” said Jim. “The best of the best in the bronc riding have a shot at a truck. Over half the field is going to the CFR I believe.”
Lunatic Party, Devil’s Who and Quitten’ Time from the Outlawbuckers are in the short round along with Calgary’s Wild Cherry and Sticks of John Duffys.
In the bull riding, former champ Jordan Hansen is on the list along with this year’s Calgary Stampede $100,000 champ, Scott Schiffner. Steven Turner, Tyler Thomson, Jesse Torkelson, Garret Green, Ty Elliot, Dustin Thompkins, and Crawl Braithwaite will face bulls from Kelly Armstrong, Nansen Vold, Outlawbuckers and Todd Braithwaite in what’s sure to be an exciting bull riding.
Friday’s safety men include bullfighters Brett Monea and Scott Byrne along with pickup men Jason and Jeff Resch. Don’t forget three-time Canadian Pro Rodeo Announcer of the Year, Brett Gardiner calling the action.
Gates open at 5:00pm with the action getting underway at 6:00pm. Canadian country music recording artist Jason Blaine is featured on top of the hill in the cabaret ending the evening’s festivities.