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K's Thomson, wearing a red shirt and black cowboy hat rides saddle bronc on a brown horse with black mane at the Pincher Creek Pro Rodeo.

Local saddle bronc’er in tough at Canadian finals

K’s Thomson is making a return to the Canadian Finals Rodeo this week after breaking the Top 12 barrier to qualify for the prestigious event. After missing the cut last year, the Lundbreck cowboy has earned a spot in the saddle bronc event.

A seasoned cowboy, he’s been home for the last couple of weeks working on the family ranch. Maybe a bit of a diversion from nerves?

“No, not really,” he says. “I wasn’t nervous at my first [CFR] two years ago. You do get a bit excited — you’re riding some really good bucking horses for a lot of money.”

The 24-year-old professional rodeo athlete is looking forward to the event.

K’s finished 11th in the saddle bronc division, earning just under $17,000 on the Canadian Pro Rodeo circuit. He’ll be up against some stiff competition including one of his travelling partners, Ben Andersen of Eckville, who took top spot on the tour with $50,300 and change.

“I’m probably watching the horses more, watching how they buck. I try not to worry about the other guys. There’s nothing you can do about them. Just do your job,” says K’s. 

“I’m really hoping I can win a couple of rounds, get a good chunk of money. Ideally, go out of there with 30 or 40 thousand.”

He’ll have the chance to climb on a bucking horse up to six times during the week, depending on his first five finishes.

Like any athlete in the off-season, albeit only a couple of weeks long, he’s trying to follow a routine to prepare himself. He’s trying to eat healthy and stay fit and, of course, riding a lot of horses.

“I think it really helps me being at home,” K’s says.

The Canadian Finals Rodeo takes place Nov. 1 to 5 at the Centrium in Red Deer.

 

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K's Thomson, wearing a red shirt and black cowboy hat rides saddle bronc on a brown horse with black mane at the Pincher Creek Pro Rodeo.

K’s Thomson pushes for Top 12 season finish

K’s Thomson is a difficult person to get ahold of. Then, again, cell reception on the back of a bucking horse might have something to do with it.

And, when he’s not in the saddle, you’ll likely find the well-known local bronc rider heading down a darkened highway or hopping a plane to some far-off rodeo.

Now 24, the Lundbreck cowboy is completing his third year on the pro rodeo circuit and he’s still having fun.

“Lot more fun than doing something else,” he jokes.

One of K’s top finishes this season was on Aug. 19 in Pincher Creek when he tied fellow Albertan Chance Barrass for second with an 82-point ride, a $1,000-plus earning.

“A pretty fun day, but a little more pressure when it’s your hometown. My dad was actually a chute boss,” says K’s. “Had a pretty good horse, had a good chance. Probably should have won the rodeo to be honest with you, but I kind of messed up on the ride a bit.”

Heading into this past weekend, K’s was 13th overall in the Canadian Pro Rodeo’s saddle bronc class, with the top 12 advancing to Canadian Finals Rodeo in Red Deer in November.

Is he feeling any pressure?

 

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“No, not really. There’s two guys ahead there that don’t have the rodeo count, so I would actually be, like, 11th but the only thing is, it’s me and Quinton Taylor and Logan Hay,” K’s says.

“The three of us are all fighting for the last two spots and they’re both guys that I travel with, along with Ben Andersen. We travel together all year.”

Andersen, as of press time, sat atop the leader board, while Hay was eighth and Taylor, 14th.

CFR is set for Nov. 2 to 6 in Red Deer.

While historically, like most pro athletes, cowboys would have an off-season to heal and rest up, rodeo has become pretty well a year-round sport.

Oct. 1 is the start of the 2024 season.

“Might go to Newtown (North Dakota) or maybe one or two in October, but then I got to get home. I have some colts waiting for me that I need to get going on,” says K’s. 

“Hopefully, then, go to Arizona and win some rodeos down there.”

After undergoing hip surgery last season and then suffering both a knee injury earlier this year and a lower body injury, cowboys don’t like to talk about, he’ll need to find the time to heal.

After all, the process starts all over again in just a few short weeks, but I’ve heard it’s a lot more fun than doing something else.