Canada’s Timed Event Challenge – The Cinch Spring Thaw

PONOKA, Alberta — It can be argued which events in rodeo are the most exciting or the fan favorites. What can’t be denied is the success of the Professional Bull Riders and the fact that they have a consistent product each week on the Built Ford Tough Series.

Rodeo across the board is very inconsistent format wise with performances ranging from an hour and a half at some to many hours at other venues. Some events and formats work in certain areas however overall we still don’t have that top level tour to contend with other major sports.

When we are in the entertainment business, production is key. Production is what Trevor Jones and Tyrel Flewelling and their organizing crew brought into Saturday evening’s Cinch Spring Thaw Timed Event Challenge at the Calnash Ag Event Center.

Hosted on the mic by four-time Canadian Pro Rodeo Announcer of the Year Brett Gardiner with sound by Vold Audio’s Jeff Sharp and trick riding by Shelby Cummings, the short go of the Cinch Spring Thaw was a well-run show. Starting at 7:00pm with an opening ceremonies better than most rodeos I’ve been to recently, having this performance allowed for a crowd to gather and watch an event in a two and half hour package.

Featuring many of the top professional timed event specialists in Canada, NFR, CFR qualifiers, and Canadian Champions, it was refreshing to see. Not many people are willing to watch a low energy jackpot that might run all day where with this performance people came, drank, and stayed for the dance. It was great to see.

With a total payout of $84,166 in 2014, this year’s event’s total is not yet official however header Brett Buss was the top money earner raking in over $2,800 on the day. See below the evening’s highlights and results.

 

Official results from the Cinch Spring Thaw Timed Event Challenge at the Calnash Ag Event Center on March 27th and 28th, 2015.

Tie Down Roping
Long go: 1. Cody Brett, 8.6, $316; 2. Virgil Poffenroth, 9.1, $237; 3. Stacy Cornet, 9.2, $158; 4. Randy Smith, 9.3, $79.
Short go: 1. Randy Smith, 9.1, $316; 2. Tyler Johnson, 9.6, $237; 3. Shane Smith, 10.2, $158; 4. Virgil Poffenroth, 10.5, $79.
Aggregate: 1. Randy Smith, 18.4 on two runs, $632; 2. Virgil Poffenroth, 19.6, $474; 3. Tyler Johnson, 20.2, $316; 4. Shane Smith, 20.6, $158.
Event winner: 1. Randy Smith, $1,027 in winnings.

Barrel Racing
1D
Long go: 1. Rene Leclerq, Flit, 17.607, $453; 2. Marci Laye, Hope, 17.621, $394; 3. Madelyn Schauer, Gambler, 17.641, $335; 4. Lana Bohnet, Possy, 17.721, $276; 5. Rene Leclerq, Jazz, 17.754, $217; 6. Rene Leclerq, Gem, 17.860, $158; 7. Marissa Epp, Lucy, 17.862, $98; 8. Mackenzie Loren, MS K, 17.866, $39.
Short go: 1. Lana Bohnet, Possy, 17.776, $436; 2. Marci Laye, Hope, 17.868, $327; 3. Mackenzie Loren, MS K, 17.960, $219; 4. Marissa Epp, Lucy, 18.003, $110.
Top earner: 1. Rene Leclerq, $828.
Event winner: Lana Bohnet, $712. (17.776)

2D
Long go: For results visit the Spring Thaw Facebook Page.
Short go 1. Megan Ganser, Huffy, 18.174, $436; 2. Kenda Butterfield, Stoney, 18.249, $327; 3. Candice Boxma, Lucky, 18.352, $219; 4. Dee Jay Reid, Rosie, 18.410, $110.
Event winner: Megan Ganser, $889.

3D
Long go: For results visit the Spring Thaw Facebook Page.
Short go: 1. Penny French, Drifter, 18.804, $436; 2. Pam Havens, Harley, 19.048, $327; 3. Jarvis Lafrance, Turnip, 19.149, $219; 4. Kristen Cutknife, Ginger, 19.674, $110.
Event winner: Penny French, $830.

Jr. Barrels
1D
Event winner: Shaylee McMann, Dandy, $229. (17.669)

2D
Event winner: Lacey Barrage, Wren, $229. (18.237)

3D
Event winner: Jessica Fitzhenry, Harlee, $192. (19.290)
For full results visit the Spring Thaw Facebook Page

Steer Wrestling
Long go: 1. Ty Miller, 4.3, $322.00; 2. Johnny Webb, 4.5, $241.50; 3. Coleman Kohurst, 4.7, $161.00; 4. Baillie Milan, 5.0, $80.50.
Short go: 1. Rowdy Hays, 4.8, $322.00; 2. Craig Weisgerber, 5.0, $241.50; 3. Johnny Webb, 5.3, $161.00; 4. Matt Richardson, 6.1, $80.50.
Aggregate: 1. Johnny Webb, 9.8 on two runs, $644; 2. Rowdy Hays, 10.8, $483; 3. Matt Richardson, 11.5, $322; 4. Harley Cole, 12.8, $161.
Event winner: Johnny Webb, $1,046.50.

Team Roping
#12
Long go: 1. (tie) Tyler Johnson/JC Davies and Jesse Thompson/Don DePaoli, 5.4, $319.45 per man; 3. Tyler Johnson/Thomas Kaiser, 5.5, $182.54; 4. (tie) Rolly Thompson/Steve Thiessen and Brian Willoughby/JC Davies, 5.8, $45.64.
Short go: 1. Jesse Thompson/Don DePaoli, 9.7, $501.99 per man; 2. Luke Skocdopole/Monty Gertner, 12.0, $410.72; no other qualified runs.
Aggregate: 1. Jesse Thompson/Don DePaoli, 15.1 on two runs, $730.16 per man; 2. Luke Skocdopole/Monty Gertner, 18.2, $547.62; 3. Tyler Johnson/JC Davies, 5.4 on one run, $365.08; 4. Tyler Johnson/Thomas Kaiser, 5.5, $182.54.
Event winners: Jesse Thompson/Don DePaoli, $1,551.60 per man.

Open
Long go: 1. (tie) Lane Wolf/Ty Gordon, Brett Buss/Klay Whyte and Braidy Davies/Trent Tunke, 4.3, $410.72 per man; 4. Justin McCarroll/Brett McCarroll, 4.6, $136.91.
Short go: 1. Brett Buss/Chase Simpson, 4.2, $547.62 per man; 2. Brett Buss/Klay Whyte, 5.0, $410.72; 3. Justin McCarroll/Brett McCarroll, 5.4, $273.81; 4. Clint Buhler/Brett McCarroll, $136.91.
Aggregate: 1. Brett Buss/Klay Whyte, 9.3 on two runs, $794.05 per man; 2. Brett Buss/Chase Simpson, 9.5, $657.14; 3. Justin McCarroll/Brett McCarroll, 10.0, $520.24; 4. Clint Buhler/Brett McCarroll, 10.5, $383.33; 5. Lane Wolfe/Ty Gordon, 14.4, $246.43; 6. Braidy Davies/Kevin Schreiner, 19.2, $136.91.
Event winners: Brett Buss/Klay Whyte, $1,615.49 per man.
Top earner: Brett Buss, $2,820.25.

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