• Alicia Erickson

September 2019- Jaden Holle

Just like that October is here, snow has fallen, and the sun has set on the 2019 regular season.

I began the month in Armstrong, British Columbia for the Armstrong IPE & Stampede and home of the Finning Pro Tour Finals. Evening performances under a setting sun with the midway in the background…it was a perfect way to spend a summer night. When the tally was complete, these athletes came out on top as your 2019 Finning Pro Tour Champions:

BB: Caleb Bennett

SW: Scott Guenthner

TR: Clay Ullery and Riley Warren

SB: Ben Anderson

TDR: Haven Meged

LBR: Justine Elliott

BR: Edgar Durazo

Next I headed to Red Deer for the Media Conference in anticipation of the Canadian Finals Rodeo. Can you believe CFR 46 is just a few short weeks away? I met some of the Miss Rodeo Canada contestants and heard about some exciting changes to this year’s finals. There will be so many exciting things happening on Westerner Park including the Rising Stars Junior Canadian Finals and Queen competition, free cabarets, Canadian Finals Breakaway and more. Make sure you check out www.cfrreddeer.ca/events-page for a comprehensive list of everything going on. But most importantly, make sure you get those rodeo tickets.

I continued to be spoiled with the beauty of our country on my drive to the Medicine Lodge Fall Roundup. It was a small but mighty rodeo complete with Duffy stock and a passionate rodeo committee. If you have never been to Medicine Lodge make sure you add it to your calendar for next year. Thank you for having me.

Oldstoberfest took place September 13th and 14th in Olds, Alberta. The World’s Only Bavarian Rodeo produced by C5 Rodeo. The CPRA handed me the reins for their social media channels for the whole weekend. If you missed it, make sure to head to @prorodeocanada on Instagram and click on “Jaden” under highlights to see my full takeover. Once again, thanks to my good friends and sponsor C5 Rodeo for an experience I won’t forget.

Next I found myself in Brooks for the Dallas Sunstrum Memorial Rodeo. It was great to be in Brooks once again, this time at an indoor rodeo. I was honoured to be a part of one of the last rodeos of the season, and it was so special to do so in the memory of Dallas, son of Bruce Sunstrum of Big Stone Rodeo Company.

My last event of the month (and the last rodeo of the regular season) was the Hanna Indoor Pro Rodeo. It was all down to this rodeo as contestants on the “bubble” tried a last ditch effort to solidify their spot in Red Deer. Steer Wrestler Ty Miller was sitting thirteenth after his win in Brooks. With a 3.7 second run, Ty took home not only the Hanna championship, but also his first trip to the Canadian Finals Rodeo since 2010.

Thank you to Hanna Indoor Pro Rodeo committee and Queen Allivia Sauer for showing me around town and treating us visiting royalty to Tim Horton’s as we rode through the drive-thru on horseback!

As the season comes to an end, I would once again like to thank each and every rodeo committee that has included me in their event this year. I have made so many memories and cherish each rodeo I have been privileged to attend.

Results are in, season leaders will soon be declared and the top 12 contestants in each event will be heading to Red Deer for the 46th Canadian Finals Rodeo. Congratulations to all of the qualifiers, and to the seven Canadians who will be headed to the National Finals Rodeo in Vegas this December. Orin Larsen, Clint Laye, Scott Guenthner, Zeke Thurston, Jake Watson, Dawson Hay and Jordan Hansen.

Once again, make sure you get your tickets to CFR. And keep an eye out for Miss Rodeo Canada contest events that will be happening all week in Red Deer as well.

In just one month, Miss Rodeo Canada 2020 will be announced. However, this is not good-bye yet. You are all stuck with me until after the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Vegas!

Until next time, stay warm and I will see you at the CFR.

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