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Riley Warren heeling a calf on horseback at Rimbey Rodeo

CPRA Spring Season Kicks Off in Rimbey

The 2024 Canadian Professional Rodeo Association calendar year officially took flight on the weekend at West of the 5th Pro Rodeo in Rimbey, where a portion of the event proceeds were donated to STARS. And for veteran timed-event hand Riley Warren, it was a nice start to what he hopes will be a bounce-back year after a disappointing 2023 campaign.

The holder of four Canadian titles (three High Point and the 2021 Tie-Down Roping championship), Warren teamed up with header Nick Teixeira for a 4.5-second, $1,567 win in the team roping and followed that up with a third-place $1,071 cheque (behind winner Kirk Robinson) in the tie-down event. It was exactly the start to the season the Sundre cowboy was looking for.

“It’s been a long time coming since I had a win in the team roping,” the veteran cowboy chuckled, “like two years.”

 

 

It was a first-time rodeo get-together for the pair, with Teixeira recently taking up residence in the Mossleigh area from his home province of British Columbia. “Nick ropes good; I don’t really know yet what my (partner) plans are for this year. But it was a nice win either way.”

One thing Riley Warren is very certain about is his goal for the 2024 season. “I’d like to get back to the CFR in both events, that’s number one and obviously season leader is nice to get if a guy can have some big hits through the summer. And, of course, winning Canada is always on your mind.”

Like the man in the saddle, both horses Warren rode — Jag for his heeling horse and Mona in the tie down roping—are veterans. The sharp-eyed horseman scooped up Jag at a horse sale in 2017 and was heeling on him in a matter of weeks ,while Mona is an 18-year-old mare that has carried the talented horseman to a number of CFRs.

 

Riley Warren heeling a calf on horseback at Rimbey Rodeo

 

 

Other highlights at Rimbey:

Nicholas Patterson took top honours in the bronc riding with an 87 score ($789) on Duffy Rodeo’s Bay Moon (Dyllan Duperron won second on the same horse)

Bareback rider Jacob Stemo making a successful return to competition after a yearlong hiatus—his 80.5 was good for second behind event winner Chett Deitz

Rookie bull rider Grady Young enjoyed his first pro win, an 84-point effort on Duffy’s Smooth Off for $789 (plus $1,185 in ground money as the second-generation talent was the only guy to make the eight-second horn)

Kirk Robinson, 9.0 seconds for the tie-down win and $1,635.60

Chelsea Moore’s 14.84 barrel racing run prevailed for $1,046

Ryan Shuckburgh topped the steer wrestling field with a 4.0 for $1,324

 

 

Meanwhile a little further south

Several CPRA-affiliated competitors had profitable sojourns to various PRCA rodeos. Dawson Hay was on his game once again, collecting $5,170 at Austin, TX, courtesy of a third-place 86.5-point ride in the finals.

Young bronc rider Cache Shellenburg also picked up a third-place cheque ($1,323), this one for his 79 point ride at Cave Creek, Arizona and at the other end of the arena Makayla Boisjoli’s 2.6-second breakaway roping run netted her $1,703.

A couple of Canadians cashed at Waxahachie, Texas. Tie down roper Kyle Lucas was second with an 8.5-second run to pick up $1,866 while Strawbs Jones’ bigtime 87-point effort earned him $1,330. And at the Watford City, North Dakota, Extreme Bares and Broncs, Logan Hay rode to 84 points and $1,451.

Next up for CPRA action is Medicine Hat’s Broncs and Honky Tonks Spring Rodeo April 19-21, and the Spring Break-Up Rodeo in Dawson Creek, BC, April 19-20.

For complete unofficial results and a schedule of other 2024 events, head over to rodeocanada.com

 

Cowboy Riley Warren dismounts from his horse while roping a steer

Rodeo veterans show the way

Riley Warren knew that success at the Dawson Creek Stampede was critical if the veteran two-event hand wanted to salvage what has been a disappointing season to date. And the 33-year-old former Canadian champion did exactly what he needed to do, posting an 8.9-second run for $2,508.

The win gives the three-time high-point winner just over $9,000 for the season, leaving him still in an unfamiliar spot — well back of the twelve qualifying Canadian Finals Rodeo berths.

‘I’ve done pretty good at Dawson Creek in the past, placed a few times and split the win there with Keely Bonnett in 2017,” Warren reflected. “They hadn’t won much on that calf, but I got a really good start and I think that was the difference.”

“I’ve been riding a younger horse this year, Jag; he’s an 11-year-old gelding I was team roping on before,” Warren said.

“He runs hard and really stops — I’d like him to be the horse I ride through the second half of my career. Obviously, he’s not as seasoned or as solid as Peso (Logan Bird’s Horse of the Year) right now, but I think he’s got that kind of talent.”

 

 

Warren noted as well that the Dawson Creek win was doubly huge because it came at an SMS Equipment Pro Tour rodeo with the points counting toward the upcoming Tour Finale in Armstrong, B.C.

“With two more tour rodeos to go, if a guy could do something at those, that Tour Finale could be a game changer. I’ve broken the barrier this year for probably 5,000 and had calves get up for another five,” the 11-year pro noted.

“Yeah, some bad luck for sure and you just can’t stub your toe anymore. The roping is tougher now than it was a couple of years ago. There’s a bunch of young guys that just rope so well.”

All that said, Warren is excited about where he’s at.

“I know I’m still a ways back as far as getting to the CFR, but there’s no reason I can’t give myself a chance to get back in the hunt,” he said. “I’ve got momentum and confidence on my side.”

 

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

 

Another veteran timed-event cowboy, Morgan Grant, also enjoyed success on the weekend as the Didsbury, Alta., cowboy topped the field in the Dawson Creek steer wrestling with a 4.2-second run to take home the $2,216 winner’s cheque.

The win was critical for the three-time high-point champion as he was 13th in the bulldogging standings, just outside the 12 men that will travel to CFR in Red Deer in November.  

 

Wedding banquet view of wedding venue — the Cowley Lions Campground Stockade near Pincher Creek in southwestern Alberta.

 

Saddle bronc rider Dawson Dahm continued his string of recent successes as he put up a solid 83.5 score on Duffy Rodeo’s 10 Bootilear to emerge victorious at the second CPRA weekend rodeo at the Rimbey Pro Rodeo and add $940 to his season’s earnings, keeping the Duffield, Alta., hand in the top five in the Canadian standings.

See Rodeo Canada for complete unofficial results.

CPRA athletes continue down the rodeo trail later this week with three stops: Maple Leaf Circuit events Pincher Creek Pro Rodeo and Cranbrook Pro Rodeo, Aug. 18 to 20, and a new addition, the British Columbia Northern Exhibition in Prince George, Aug. 17 to 19.

 

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