Chris Davis, Pincher Creek Voice
The dust has long settled on the 2012 Pincher Creek Pro Rodeo, and what a weekend it was! Here are some of the highlights we haven't already covered over the last week.
|Niki Flundra's "Freedom Reins" exhibition|
C. Davis photo
Niki Flundra and her freedom riding students
Niki Flundra brought her award-winning heart-warming show back home to Pincher Creek, performing all three days of the rodeo for an enchanted audience. Her spotlight Freedom Reins event was further brightened by the addition of young cowgirl Charlee Edge on Saturday. Charlee is the daughter of bull rider Denton Edge. Other Flundra students also performed over the course of the weekend, demonstrating one thrilling trick after another. Mountainview's Marlee and Taylor Jacobs, Emily Peebles, Onoway's Katie Conolley, and Dana Jenkins all took a spin in the spotlight to the unbridled appreciation of the crowds.
Niki Cammaert-Flundra dances with horses at the Pincher Creek Pro Rodeo (2011)
Also, pick up a copy of Canadian Cowboy Country, which has a very good in-depth article about Niki Flundra, and even includes one of our pictures from last year's appearance at the Pincher Creek Pro Rodeo.
Locals in the Canadian Pro Rodeo standings (Source: www.rodeocanada.com):
Dustin Flundra of Pincher Creek is currently the 5th ranked Saddle Bronc rider in the Canadian Pro Rodeo Finals standings, so far pocketing a cool $21,327.94.
Kyle Thomson of Lundbreck is right behind Flundra in the Saddle Bronc Finals standings, sitting at 5th with $16,999.09 in his saddlebags. Thomson is the #1 All-Around ranked cowboy, adding $22,279.44 to that take. That's some serious pocket flash.
Novice Steer Rider K's Thomson is ranked 5th, taking home a respectable $2,711.15.
Nina Smith of Pincher Creek is currently ranked 26th in Ladies Barrel Racing.
Bobby Peters of Pincher Creek is currently ranked 39th in the Bareback event.
Randy Smith of Pincher Creek is the 28th ranked in TR Header.
There are 8 more Canadian Pro Rodeos this season before the big final event in Edmonton , which runs from November 7 - 11. This weekend there are rodeos in Airdrie and Lethbridge.
|Kids Calf Scramble|
C. Davis photo
Kids love the Calf Scramble. Windyview Mechanical upped the ante this year and gave out 8 bikes to the 2 kids from each of 4 heats that managed to snag a ribbon attached to a quick-hooved calf.
Other stories from the 2012 Pincher Creek Pro Rodeo:
Cluck Cluck Chicken Run held during Pro Rodeo
Eric Dublanko Makes August move in Canadian Pro Rodeo homestretch
Chelsea Stokke crowned Miss Rodeo Pincher Creek 2012
Young equestrians demonstrate their skills at 2012 Family Fun Gymkhana
Pincher Creek Pro Rodeo Team Roping Results