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Tanner Milan, a cowboy wearing a black hat, reaches down to catch a steer as his horse runs alongside it, while another cowboy in a white hat rides alongside.

Tanner Milan and Eddie — A Powerful Partnership

Tanner Milan is on a heater, no doubt about it.
The two-time Canadian Steer Wrestling Champion is four-for-four to kick off the 2023 Canadian rodeo season after a weekend win at the Dawson Creek Spring Breakup, with a 4.4-second run that netted $2,243 for the Milan bank account.

The B.C. victory comes on the heels of winning the final two performances of the Maple Leaf Circuit Finals last fall in Regina, then chalking up top spot at the Medicine Hat Broncs and Honky Tonks event one week ago.

The 16-time CFR qualifier now sits number one overall in the Canadian standings, with over $8,000 won in the still young season.

His times over that four-win span are 3.6. 3.7, 4.1 and 4.4, which spells consistency, a quality that has been a hallmark of the brilliant Milan career.

“I don’t remember ever having a start to the season like this, that’s for sure,” Milan acknowledged.

 

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Of his most recent success, the 39-year-old from Cochrane said, “The steers were fresh there but mine had been run once for a no time so I had some good info on him. I got a good start and my brother Straws made a great haze and the steer was really good on the ground.”

It’s been a busy week for the affable Canadian as he and Chelsea [Moore] welcomed their second son into the world on April 18 — Kesler, baby brother to Standon Milan.

After a slow winter south of the 49thparallel that included an injured hamstring, which kept him on the sidelines for a month, Milan was glad to see his fortunes turn at the spring Canadian rodeos.

And he was quick to attribute a major portion of his success to Eddie, the gelding he acquired in 2020 from Canadian bulldogging legend, Lee Laskosky.

“They’d been team roping and barrel racing on him and he’d only run about 10 or 15 steers but, after the first steer I ran on him, I knew he was special and I knew I had to own him.”

Turns out Milan was right.

 

 

From the 2022 Canadian Finals to this weekend, cowboys have won over $200,000 on Eddie with the number-one-ranked steer wrestler in the world, Dalton Massey and outstanding Canadian dogger, Stephen Culling, along with Milan, padding their bank accounts on the buckskin.

For now, the top man in Canada would like nothing more than to keep the winning streak going. “I want to ride it as long as I can.”

Tanner Milan isn’t the only rodeo athlete with the hot hand. The brothers Schmidt, Tate and Kagen, kept their brilliant streak going as well.

Following up on their record setting (3.3 seconds) final run at the Maple Leaf Finals, the Barrhead team ropers were 3.8 seconds last week and 3.7 seconds in Dawson Creek this week ($1,750 each), making a trio of runs that border on the unbelievable.

Camrose bull rider Coy Robbins appears to be unstoppable, as he padded his lead at the top of the Canadian standings courtesy of an 87.5-point winning effort on the Calgary Stampede bull, 797 Night Walker, for $1,958.

For complete unofficial results go to rodeocanada.com.

This week the Canadian Professional Rodeo schedule sees rodeo athletes heading to Alberta’s deep south with stops at Taber on April 28-29, and Kananaskis Rodeo in Coleman April 28-30.

 

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.