September 2018 Diary
Updated: Oct 16, 2018
With only seven Canadian rodeos remaining in the 2018 season, the race is tight and too close to call, as contestants continue to vie for one of the 12 positions at the Canadian Finals Rodeo. Armstrong Rodeo has always been a favourite stop for cowboys, and when a new sponsor joined the Pro Rodeo Canada family this year, the rodeo became even more desirable. This spring, Armstrong was announced as the final stop on the Canadian Finning Pro Rodeo Tour and the host rodeo for the Finning Tour Finals. Canadians dominated the Finning Tour Finals with the following contestants securing the top spot; Zeke Thurston (SB), Ty Taypotat (BB), Cody Coverchuk (BR), Kyle Lucas (TDR), Stephen Culling (SW), Carman Pozzobon (LBR), Denver Johnson (TR Heading), Tristin Woolsey (TR Heeling).
Even though I love being a prairie girl, I always enjoy driving through areas that are heavily populated with trees! After leaving the mountains, I was fortunate to head back to the beautiful and scenic area of Edson for the one-day Medicine Lodge Rodeo. After a full day of activities which started with a pancake breakfast and children’s activities, rodeo fans were treated to a 4.3 second team roping run by former Canadian and World Champions Levi Simpson and Jeremy Buhler.
I’ve always heard that Pendleton is a bucket list rodeo, and after spending sometime there I can see why! This rodeo is performed on a grass field featuring the legendary Pendleton run in the timed events and mammoth wooden chutes for the rough stock events. It was exciting to watch former Canadian and World Champion saddle bronc riders, Clay Elliott and Zeke Thurston, complete a team roping run on the grass!
After the “Let er Buck” Rodeo in Pendleton, I hoped on an early morning Northern flight, which ended up being a 14-hour trip, to head to the World’s only Bavarian rodeo produced by C5 Rodeo. After weathering the heat down South, it was a bit of a shock to return home to SNOW! Despite the cooler evenings, crowds were entertained with top notch rodeo stock, Bavarian flag girls, an oompah band, daily concerts and a whole lot of lederhosen! Not only is C5 Rodeo one of Canada’s top stock contractors and rodeo producers, but they are also a major sponsor for Miss Rodeo Canada. If you get a chance, be sure to check out my beautiful maple leaf tooled saddle co-sponsored by C5 Rodeo and Lammle’s.
On September 21 and 22, I was in the southern part of the province and a bit closer to home as I attended the Dallas Sunstrum Memorial Rodeo at Brooks. It was great to see so many familiar faces from home watching the rodeo. I would like to give a special thank you to trick rider, Piper Yule, for providing me a horse to use at the Brooks Rodeo. I’ve ridden Piper’s horse at a few rodeos this year and I’ve always enjoyed him, but this rodeo was even more exciting as Piper let me follow her into the fire during her rodeo performance.
The stakes were high for the September 27-30 rodeo weekend. I started my travels in Calgary at the Grassroots Finals, where every cowboy becomes a mathematician, to determine their positioning on the CFR roster. The weekend concluded at the Hanna, Alberta for the final rodeo in the 2018 season. I must admit, I arrived at Hanna with mixed emotions as it was exciting to see how the Canadian Rodeo Standings would shuffle out, but I can also now see my year as Miss Rodeo Canada coming to an end. I have such an amazing year, with so many wonderful experiences, and I thank you all for being a part of it.
Visit http://rodeocanada.com/standings.htm for an update of all event standings and CFR contestant lists. I look forward to seeing everyone in Red Deer for the 45th Canadian Finals Rodeo!
Miss Rodeo Canada 2018