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Saddle bronc rider K's Thomson on front page of Nov. 8, 2023 issue of Shootin' the Breeze.

November 8, 2023 – Shootin’ the Breeze

Special delivery for K’s Thomson

K’s Thomson of Lundbreck scored 84.75 for this ride on Special Delivery at Canadian Finals Rodeo in Red Deer last Thursday. See the story of his successful week on page 6. | CFR Photo by Chantelle Bowman

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K's Thomson, cowboy in red shirt, dark vest and hat, and fringed chaps, rides saddle bronc at CFR.

Special delivery for K’s Thomson

K’s Thomson returned to the family ranch from Canadian Finals Rodeo in Red Deer with a pocketful of winnings after solid rides in the saddle bronc event.

“I’m pretty happy with my performance. I had some good horses throughout the week,” K’s told Shootin’ the Breeze. “I really only had one ride I wasn’t happy with. It really wasn’t the greatest draw from that pen.”

The Lundbreck cowboy placed fourth in the opening round, earning 84.25 points, and followed that up with identical rides of 84.75 and an 86 during Saturday’s matinee.

The low point, however, came Saturday night on board Outlaw Buckers’ Comeback Red where K’s scored only 78.25, landing him last in Round 5.

“It really just didn’t go the way we wanted it to,” he said. “It really took me out of the average, me messing up that night.”

A third-place rebound in the final round Sunday, though, put the three-time CFR competitor back into the money, vaulting him into fourth in the CFR aggregate with just shy of $15,000 winnings last week and ninth in season earnings with $31,827.56.

Although he wouldn’t say it was the reason for his Saturday-night result, K’s has been working through a nagging knee injury, which he said was reaggravated earlier in the day in the fourth round.

A break in the rodeo schedule until January will, he said, give him a chance to heal.

 

Pig roast at wedding venue — the Cowley Lions Campground Stockade near Pincher Creek in southwestern Alberta.

 

Round-by-round results for K’s Thompson at CFR49:

Round 1

Fourth with 84.25 points on Big Stone’s Second Thoughts – $2,154.45

11th in total season earnings with $19,020.45

Round 2

Three-way tie for third with 84.75 points on Calgary Stampede’s Special Delivery – $1,915.17

Third in the aggregate with 169 points

11th in total season earnings with $20,935.62

Round 3

Fifth with 84.75 points on Big Stone Rodeo’s Xena Warrior – $957.53

Third in the aggregate with 253.75 points

10th in total season earnings with $21,893.16

Round 4

Fourth with 86 points on Big Stone Rodeo’s Give or Take – $2,154.45

Second in the aggregate with 339.75 points

10th in total season earnings with $24,047.61

Round 5

12th with 78.25 points on Outlaw Buckers’ Comeback Red

Fifth in the aggregate with 418 points

10th in total season earnings with $24,047.61

Round 6

Third with 86.25 points on Calgary Stampede’s Dandy Delight

Fourth in the aggregate with 504.25 points in six rides

Ninth in total season earnings with $31,827.56

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K's Thomson, cowboy in red shirt, dark vest and hat, and fringed chaps, rides saddle bronc at CFR.K’s Thomson of Lundbreck scored 84.75 for this ride on Special Delivery at Canadian Finals Rodeo in Red Deer on Thursday.

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.

 

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

 

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.

Cowboy wearing a red shirt, black hat and vest holds his right hand high in the air while riding a white bucking bronco

Shootin’ the Breeze – May 3, 2023

Ride ’em K’s

K’s Thomson of Lundbreck was first out of the chute in Sunday’s saddle bronc event at the Kananaskis Pro Rodeo, which ran all weekend in Crowsnest Pass.

Cowboy in black vest and chaps and brown cowboy hat riding dark-brown horse with rear legs kicking in the air

Thurston wins third CFR with record-setting ride

For the second time in less than 48 hours, a new CFR record was established in the saddle bronc riding at Canadian Finals Rodeo. This time, the record-setting performance took the rider, Zeke Thurston, to his third Canadian championship.

It was fitting that the Big Valley cowboy matched up with an  old friend to establish the new mark — OLS Tubs Get Smart, who was making  his final appearance in Canada prior to his well-earned retirement following the National Finals Rodeo next month.

The 93.25 score bettered the previous mark of 91.75 set Friday night by both Thurston and Kole Ashbacher (on Get Smart). 

“That was pretty special for me,” the 28-year-old superstar stated.

“That little horse has pretty well made my career. I don’t know how much money I’ve made on him but it’s a lot. I was getting half emotional when I was saddling him — he’s been amazing forever.” 

Thurston, who came into the finals in fifth place, amassed just shy of $50,000 for a total of $80,000 for the year.

The two-time world champion was almost unstoppable in Red Deer with three go-round wins, a second, a fourth and the aggregate win as wel, over six performances. 

The second-generation bronc rider acknowledged the importance of family in his pursuit of the rodeo dream.

“I don’t actually remember wanting to be a rodeo cowboy, I just always was one,” Thurston said with a smile.

“I watch my little boy — he’s a year and a half old — and all he wants to do is buck and ride things, and I was probably the same way. I have a great family supporting me and that’s  been really important.” 

Steer wrestling

Another three-time champion was crowned at this CFR as Provost cowboy Scott Guenthner  earned his third steer wrestling title in five years.

Guenthner, who was named Cowboy of the Year earlier in the week, placed in four rounds and was second in the aggregate, earning $24,000 at CFR to add to his regular season earnings of $50,000.

The aggregate winner was two-time Canadian champion Tanner Milan, who finished third overall — right behind Stephen Culling. 

Bareback

A popular win at this CFR was Ty Taypotat’s first-ever bareback riding title after several near misses in recent years.

Taypotat, runner up for the title one year ago, turned in a spectacular 90.25 point performance on the Calgary Stampede’s world champion bareback horse Xplosive Skies in Sunday’s final round. 

“I saw the draw last night about midnight and I’m not gonna lie, I got pretty nervous,” Taypotat  admitted. That horse got me the last time I got on her.”

The Nanton, cowboy (originally  from Saskatchewan) enjoyed a consistent week with two firsts, two seconds and a third, along with the $14,000 aggregate win, to total $50,000 in CFR earnings and $89,757 for the year. 

“I’ve been doing this a long time,” Taypotat added. “This is my 10th Canadian Finals, so I’m pretty darn excited to walk away with it, especially riding against the best bareback riders in the world.” 

Ladies barrel racing

It came down to the final performance in the ladies barrel racing and it was five-time CFR qualifier Taylor Manning who claimed the title.

The 18-year-old from Edson maintained the composure and consistency she demonstrated all week on the final day, with another solid run, made even more amazing by the fact that her horse, Bringin the Bling, is only five years old. 

“This morning I rode and worked on a few things with Bling but when I ran, I just tried to keep the barrels up,” Manning said.

“I’m really proud of my horse,” she added, “She’s only five and I was able to run her all five days.” 

Manning placed in five of six rounds (with a first go-round and aggregate title win) to pocket over $40,000 at the Finals.

Canadian and World Rookie of the Year, and Canadian season leader Bayleigh Choate, who came into CFR $18,000 ahead of Manning, finished in second spot. 

Team roping

It was the brother combination of Dawson and Dillon Graham who prevailed in the team roping event for their first Canadian championship.

The Wainwright cowboys had twice previously been season leaders. only to come up short at the CFR. This time around they started the week with two second-place efforts and a round-win before cooling off.

They were, nevertheless, able to hold off the hard-charging veteran duo of Clint Buhler and Brett McCarroll who finished  $8,000 back. 

Bull riding

The closest race of this CFR was in the bull riding, where Maple Creek, Sask., cowboy Jared Parsonage prevailed for his second-consecutive Canadian title.

It was anything but easy for Parsonage as Camrose bull rider and rookie CFR competitor, Coy Robbins, mounted a valiant  challenge for the crown by riding five of six bulls and winning the aggregate.

Parsonage earned over $22,000 at the Finals for a year-end total of $81,900. The margin of victory was a slender  $,1300. 

Tie-down roping

The only non-Canadian winner at this year’s CFR was San Angelo, Texas, tie-down roper Ty Harris. 

Competing at his second Finals, Harris overcame a no-time in the second round, putting together a first, a second, two thirds and a fourth en route to the victory.

Harris collected $33,000 in Red Deer for $60,500 total earnings — a $9,000 advantage over runner-up, Kyle Lucas.

The 2021 champion, Riley Warren, was this year’s aggregate winner. 

Ladies breakaway roping

Ladies breakaway roping, in only its second year as part of the Canadian Finals, saw 12 women competing, with Wardlow’s Kendal Pierson emerging as winner for the second time.

A former national high school champion, Pierson had to come from behind after relinquishing her season lead in the first of three rounds. She fought back with a pair of 2.0-second runs, and when Longview cowgirl Bradi Whiteside missed her final calf, the deal was sealed for 18-year-old Pierson. 

All Around titles

Granum roper Wyatt Hayes earned the men’s All Around title, while Kylie Whiteside of Longview won the first-ever women’s All Around award.

Novice awards

Blake Link of Maple Creek, Sask., won the novice bare back championship, while Innisfail’s Colten Powell earned the novice saddle bronc win. 

Nash Loewen, a 14 year old from Winfield won the junior steer riding event.

Stock awards                                      

A couple of repeat winners from the Macza Pro Rodeo highlighted this year’s CFR Top Stock awards — OLS Tubs Stevie Knicks in the bareback riding and, of course, OLS Tubs Get Smart in the bronc riding.

Duane Kesler’s Chester was selected top bull of the Finals. 

For complete results, go to Rodeo Canada.