RED DEER, Alberta – The Foothills Cowboys Association started their Cowboy Classic Finals off with a bang tonight at the Westerner Park in Red Deer. With a total payout of $100,000, the Finals draws some stiff competition and a great crowd. Cowboys and cowgirls worked all season long to get to where they were tonight.
The bareback was a three way tie between Tate Hartell, Justin Myers, and Branden Dillman. They each scored 72.5 and earned $750. Look for these three to battle it out in the next three performances.
In the Tie-Down Roping, Justin Heggie came out on top with a 9.3 second run. Justin’s older brother Jeff also earned himself a spot to the finals. The brothers demonstrated the type of try and hustle in the arena tonight that has led the Heggie name to become synonymous with winning in the FCA circuit.
Kole Ashbacher was the only young cowboy who stayed on in the Novice Horse Riding. The Saddle Bronc Rider managed to stay in the middle for 8 seconds which was good enough for 62 points and $1,000.
In the Boys Steer Riding, Coy Robbins rode for 75.5 points and $600. Right behind him was Cameron Brown with 74 points and $400.
It was a fast night for Steer Wrestlers. Coming out on top was Season Leader Glen Allen Nash with a blitzing 3.7 second run. Lance Fraser was a 4.2 and Jordan Ness turned in a 5.0 for his FCA Finals debut.
Junior Bull Rider Cylas Bigchild of Rocky Mountain House had his cheering section going wild when he managed an 82 point ride and first place. Landon Schmidt was the only other Junior Bull Rider to stay on with a 78.5.
The Ladies Barrel Racing was just as tough as expected with Skyler Mantler leading the pack when she clocked a 13.475. Bobbie Goodwin turned in a 13.559, Kendra Edey was a 13.661, and sneaking in for last hole and $250 was Stacey Ruzicka with a 13.695.
Ireland Edey claimed top spot in the Junior Barrel Racing with a 13.775 and earned herself $400.
The rank pen was out in the Saddle Bronc tonight and there were no qualified rides. It was a great night to watch bucking horses. Things are left wide open for the rest of the weekend and it should be interesting to see how tonight’s Calcutta auction turns out.
There is nothing more exciting for this media hand than seeing a tight race in the Team Roping. Tonight’s fast time was a 5.3. Which was followed by a 5.4, 5.5, and 5.6. Father and son duo Grady and Jeff Quam took home the $1,000 first place prize per man. The two are back with a vengeance after finishing last year’s finals as Reserve Champs. Second place went to Kyle Fecho and Lane Wolfe who pulled off his classic floater heel shot. Last year’s champions Katie Waterston and Kelly Buhler took third place and young guns Sloan Smith and Hayes Mcrae claimed fourth.
Possibly a high light of the entire night was Travis Maguire’s outstanding 85.5 point ride in the Bull Riding for first place. It’s not a rodeo until a Bull Rider throws their hat. Coming in second was Season Leader Austin Quiring with an 82.5 for $750. Third was Cory Perry with an 81 and fourth went to Dustin Glenn with a 75.
Stay tuned tomorrow for more updates on the FCA Finals. For more information and results, check out www.fcarodeo.com.