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Canadian Finals Rodeo: Round 1 highlights

Canadian Finals Rodeo: Round 1 highlights
Logan Hay took first in saddle bronc and Lundbreck cowboy K’s Thomson fourth after the first round of Canadian Finals Rodeo action.
Logan Hay took first in saddle bronc and Lundbreck cowboy K’s Thomson fourth after the first round of Canadian Finals Rodeo action.
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Logan Hay rides Elvira to win Round 1 of the saddle bronc competition at Canadian Finals Rodeo in Red Deer on Nov. 1.
IMAGE: Chantelle Bowman
Logan Hay rides Elvira to win Round 1 of the saddle bronc competition at Canadian Finals Rodeo in Red Deer on Nov. 1.

Canadian Finals Rodeo: Round 1 highlights

November 2, 2023
November 2, 2023

Canadian Finals Rodeo kicked off Wednesday in Red Deer, with a number of southwestern Alberta athletes on the program, including local saddle bronc rider K’s Thomson.

Thomson put $2,154.45 in his pocket last night as a Round-1 payout. The 24-year-old Lundbreck cowboy placed fourth with an 84.25-point ride on Big Stone’s Second Thoughts. This is his third time at CFR after finishing the season in 11th place with earnings of $16,866.

A time of 9.5 seconds was good enough for Nanton’s Logan Bird to take home $2,154.45 and fourth spot in the first go-round of tie-down roping. He comes to CFR sitting second at the end of the season based on winnings of $34,621.

Ty Taypotat of Nanton and Pascal Isabelle of Claresholm placed fourth and 11th, respectively, in the first round of bareback riding.

Taypotat won $957.53 for his 83-point ride on Calgary Stampede’s Zulu Warrior, adding to winnings of $28,553, which saw him finish the season in fourth spot.

Isabelle came into CFR ranked ninth for earnings of $20,250, but a score of 77.75 on Vold’s Mucho Dinero wasn’t good enough for a round-one payday.

Bradi Whiteside of Longview earned $2,154.45 for a fourth-place time of 13.88 seconds in ladies barrel racing on Wednesday. She finished the season seventh in barrels with winnings of $19,242 and sixth in breakaway roping with $14,116.

Kylie Whiteside of Longview, who also competes in both events, qualified for CFR on a ninth-place finish in breakaway roping with a season total of $12,138.

With only three go-rounds of breakaway roping at CFR, be ready to watch for the Whiteside sisters along with Jenna Dallyn and Lakota Bird of Nanton, and Shayla Biever of Claresholm in those performances on Saturday and Sunday.

Hayden MacKay of Nanton had no time for his effort in junior steer riding on Wednesday. He earned his CFR spot with winnings of $4,511.69 for the year. Junior steer riding wraps up Saturday afternoon.

 


 

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Logan Hay, cowboy in dark shirt and vest and light hat, rides saddle bronc at CFR.

Logan Hay rides Elvira to win Round 1 of the saddle bronc competition at Canadian Finals Rodeo in Red Deer on Nov. 1.

Strong first night for Logan Hay

Canadian Finals Rodeo media release

Logan Hay got the monkey off his back on night one of the Canadian Finals Rodeo. The third-generation bronc rider marked an impressive 85.75 points on Vold Rodeo’s 52 Elvira to top the field in a performance that saw the competitors take on the eliminator pen.

“I’ve never got a score in the first round at CFR in the three years I’ve been here,” the Wildwood, Alta., cowboy said.

“The first time was first-year jitters, then some bad luck honestly the next two. This year I knew I had one of the harder horses in there; she’s not easy. You have to go all or nothing as she bucks off a lot of people. All the guys had their hands full tonight. There wasn’t an easy one in there. A lot of guys stubbed their toes who don’t normally do that. I got by a tough one and I’m glad it worked out.”

Tonight’s performance was a re-match for the young athlete as he earned top honours on the same horse at the Strathmore Stampede earlier in the season.

“It’s always good to get the first one under your belt. It’s good for your confidence.” Hay added. Among the casualties on the night was three-time and reigning World and Canadian Champion Zeke Thurston who bucked off Calgary Stampede’s Cloudy Skies.

 

 

In the ladies barrel racing event it was 17 year old rookie, Blake Molle from Chauvin, Alta., who turned in the winning time – a 13.78-second run on her gelding Mercy. The tough roster of barrel racers enjoyed a strong first out with half of the runs under 14 seconds.

The first performance steer wrestling lead was shared by three men: North Dakota cowboy Riley Reiss and Albertans Ryan Shuckburgh and Ty Miller, all in at a solid 3.9 seconds.

In the bareback riding, 2019 Canadian Champion Orin Larsen teamed with Duane Kesler Championship Rodeo’s Knockout for 86 points and the $9,335 cheque. The round win moved the Inglis, Man., cowboy into the early lead overall.

On a night when the team ropers as a group struggled, the combination of Tee Mcleod and Brady Chappel – both Saskatchewan athletes – took the round win with a 4.3-second run. The victory was doubly productive for Mcleod who moved to the lead in the All-Around race.

Tie-down roping saw Wimborne, Alta., cowboy Jason Smith earn top money with an 8.3-second run on Moon, Canadian Tie-Down Horse of the Year.

 

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And 2019 Canadian Champion bull rider Edgar Durazo was flawless in covering last year’s Bull of the Year, Duane Kesler’s Alberta Prime Devils Advocate. Durazo marked 89 points to move closer to season leader Coy Robbins who bucked off in the round.

In the novice bareback, season leader Chase Siemens won first with a 77.5 effort while defending novice saddle bronc champion Colten Powell was 72.5 to win his event in the first performance.

Brodi Beasley was awarded 82.5 points to claim the junior steer riding win in performance one.

And 2006 Canadian Bull Riding Champion and youth rodeo coach Tanner Girletz was presented with the prestigious Cowboy of the Year award sponsored by Legend Rodeo. Congratulations, Tanner!

Go to rodeocanada.com for Canadian Finals Rodeo results. Check out www.cfrreddeer.ca/ for additional event details.

CFR ’49 performance two kicks off at 6 p.m. on Nov. 2 at the Peavey Mart Centrium, Westerner Park in Red Deer. If you cannot attend the event, sign up to follow the action on The Cowboy Channel.

 

 

Aerial view of the Cowley Lions Campground on the Castle River in southwestern Alberta

 

Canadian Finals Rodeo kicked off Wednesday in Red Deer, with a number of southwestern Alberta athletes on the program, including local saddle bronc rider K’s Thomson.

Thomson put $2,154.45 in his pocket last night as a Round-1 payout. The 24-year-old Lundbreck cowboy placed fourth with an 84.25-point ride on Big Stone’s Second Thoughts. This is his third time at CFR after finishing the season in 11th place with earnings of $16,866.

A time of 9.5 seconds was good enough for Nanton’s Logan Bird to take home $2,154.45 and fourth spot in the first go-round of tie-down roping. He comes to CFR sitting second at the end of the season based on winnings of $34,621.

Ty Taypotat of Nanton and Pascal Isabelle of Claresholm placed fourth and 11th, respectively, in the first round of bareback riding.

Taypotat won $957.53 for his 83-point ride on Calgary Stampede’s Zulu Warrior, adding to winnings of $28,553, which saw him finish the season in fourth spot.

Isabelle came into CFR ranked ninth for earnings of $20,250, but a score of 77.75 on Vold’s Mucho Dinero wasn’t good enough for a round-one payday.

Bradi Whiteside of Longview earned $2,154.45 for a fourth-place time of 13.88 seconds in ladies barrel racing on Wednesday. She finished the season seventh in barrels with winnings of $19,242 and sixth in breakaway roping with $14,116.

Kylie Whiteside of Longview, who also competes in both events, qualified for CFR on a ninth-place finish in breakaway roping with a season total of $12,138.

With only three go-rounds of breakaway roping at CFR, be ready to watch for the Whiteside sisters along with Jenna Dallyn and Lakota Bird of Nanton, and Shayla Biever of Claresholm in those performances on Saturday and Sunday.

Hayden MacKay of Nanton had no time for his effort in junior steer riding on Wednesday. He earned his CFR spot with winnings of $4,511.69 for the year. Junior steer riding wraps up Saturday afternoon.

 


 

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Logan Hay, cowboy in dark shirt and vest and light hat, rides saddle bronc at CFR.

Logan Hay rides Elvira to win Round 1 of the saddle bronc competition at Canadian Finals Rodeo in Red Deer on Nov. 1.

Strong first night for Logan Hay

Canadian Finals Rodeo media release

Logan Hay got the monkey off his back on night one of the Canadian Finals Rodeo. The third-generation bronc rider marked an impressive 85.75 points on Vold Rodeo’s 52 Elvira to top the field in a performance that saw the competitors take on the eliminator pen.

“I’ve never got a score in the first round at CFR in the three years I’ve been here,” the Wildwood, Alta., cowboy said.

“The first time was first-year jitters, then some bad luck honestly the next two. This year I knew I had one of the harder horses in there; she’s not easy. You have to go all or nothing as she bucks off a lot of people. All the guys had their hands full tonight. There wasn’t an easy one in there. A lot of guys stubbed their toes who don’t normally do that. I got by a tough one and I’m glad it worked out.”

Tonight’s performance was a re-match for the young athlete as he earned top honours on the same horse at the Strathmore Stampede earlier in the season.

“It’s always good to get the first one under your belt. It’s good for your confidence.” Hay added. Among the casualties on the night was three-time and reigning World and Canadian Champion Zeke Thurston who bucked off Calgary Stampede’s Cloudy Skies.

 

 

In the ladies barrel racing event it was 17 year old rookie, Blake Molle from Chauvin, Alta., who turned in the winning time – a 13.78-second run on her gelding Mercy. The tough roster of barrel racers enjoyed a strong first out with half of the runs under 14 seconds.

The first performance steer wrestling lead was shared by three men: North Dakota cowboy Riley Reiss and Albertans Ryan Shuckburgh and Ty Miller, all in at a solid 3.9 seconds.

In the bareback riding, 2019 Canadian Champion Orin Larsen teamed with Duane Kesler Championship Rodeo’s Knockout for 86 points and the $9,335 cheque. The round win moved the Inglis, Man., cowboy into the early lead overall.

On a night when the team ropers as a group struggled, the combination of Tee Mcleod and Brady Chappel – both Saskatchewan athletes – took the round win with a 4.3-second run. The victory was doubly productive for Mcleod who moved to the lead in the All-Around race.

Tie-down roping saw Wimborne, Alta., cowboy Jason Smith earn top money with an 8.3-second run on Moon, Canadian Tie-Down Horse of the Year.

 

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And 2019 Canadian Champion bull rider Edgar Durazo was flawless in covering last year’s Bull of the Year, Duane Kesler’s Alberta Prime Devils Advocate. Durazo marked 89 points to move closer to season leader Coy Robbins who bucked off in the round.

In the novice bareback, season leader Chase Siemens won first with a 77.5 effort while defending novice saddle bronc champion Colten Powell was 72.5 to win his event in the first performance.

Brodi Beasley was awarded 82.5 points to claim the junior steer riding win in performance one.

And 2006 Canadian Bull Riding Champion and youth rodeo coach Tanner Girletz was presented with the prestigious Cowboy of the Year award sponsored by Legend Rodeo. Congratulations, Tanner!

Go to rodeocanada.com for Canadian Finals Rodeo results. Check out www.cfrreddeer.ca/ for additional event details.

CFR ’49 performance two kicks off at 6 p.m. on Nov. 2 at the Peavey Mart Centrium, Westerner Park in Red Deer. If you cannot attend the event, sign up to follow the action on The Cowboy Channel.

 

 

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