Thursday, August 25, 2016

2016 Pincher Creek Pro Rodeo

C.Davis/T.Lucas -  The Canadian Professional Rodeo Association's 2016 Pincher Creek Pro Rodeo was held last weekend, August 18-21. The weekend began with the opening of the beer gardens and team roping on Thursday evening.  A kids Gymkhana was held Friday morning, and Friday was Tough Enough to Wear Pink day as the rodeo kicked into high gear.  It was damp on Thursday but the skies cleared by  Friday and the three main days of the event were held under bright blue sunny skies, perfect rodeo weather.

Flag girls

First of all, a tip of the hat to the Pincher Creek area cowgirls who worked hard every day of the rodeo, displaying sponsor flags and their superb horsemanship during the official opening ceremonies each day and at intermissions.

Sally Bishop
Intermission entertainment was provided by trick rider Sally Bishop, who wowed the crowds with her amazing four horse Roman Riding show. Bishop is a third generation rodeo and wild west performer, and is also a stuntwoman for film and television, performing in Suicide Squad, White House Down, Pompeii, Heartland, Flicka 2, and Once Upon a Time, to name a few.

4-H concession volunteers

The proceeds from the Pincher Creek Pro Rodeo concession and cabaret were donated to support The Junction: Pincher Creek and Area Food Bank. The concession booths were staffed with Junction, Food 4 Thought, 4-H, and other volunteers, and did a brisk business all weekend.

Concession volunteers

Kyle Thomson (C.Davis file photo)
Lundbreck area Saddle Bronc cowboy Kyle Thomson announced his retirement from competition after one final ride Saturday in front of his home crowd. According the the CPRA, "The former CPRA board member and 11-time Canadian Finals Rodeo qualifier captured four All Around titles and added a High Point title as well during a career that spanned seventeen years. Thomson is one of only a handful of Canadians to win the coveted Linderman Award (in 2012), the PRCA honour that goes to the top money earning cowboy competing in three events - at least one rough stock and at least one timed event."

Calf Scramble

The Windyview Mechanical Calf Scramble is a perennial favourite with the crowds, with many children competing to see who could capture the ribbons pinned to calves let loose in the arena, the winners taking home a brand new bicycle.

Other entertainments throughout the weekend included a pig roast dinner and the very popular Saturday evening cabaret, with music provided by Lethbridge cover band The Chevelles.


Sunday was Family Day, and appropriately began with Mutton Busting, another very popular event that features young children trying to hold on for 8 while riding rambunctious sheep. The Wild Ride featured several bronc riding cowboys dressed in costumes, including one very large chicken who erupted from the gate in an explosion of feathers and a guest appearance by Spiderman (Twin Butte's Call Marr).

The Wild Ride - an udderly ridiculous event

2016 CPRA unofficial results (updated Aug 21, 2016) for the 2016 Pincher Creek Pro Rodeo

Bareback riding: 1. Cole Goodine, 84.5 points on 83 Open Range, $1123.11; 2. Orin Larsen, 83.5, $929.47; 3. Linden Woods, 80, $735.83; 4. (tie) Gavin Derose, Dantan Bartsch, Michael Solberg and Pascal Isabelle, 78, $271.10 each

Steer wrestling: 1. Dustin Walker, 3.1 seconds, $1599.88; 2. Scott Guenthner, 3.7, $1391.20; 3. Josh Harden, 3.8, $1182.52; 4. Bo Anderson, 4.0, $973.84; 5. Tyson Willick, 4.1, $765.16; 6. (tie) Morgan Grant, Jesse Lawes, Jonny Webb and Brock Butterfield, 4.2, $265.85 each

Team roping: 1. Russell Cardoza/Dustin Bird, 4.1 seconds, $1253.96 each; 2. Klay Whyte/Brett Buss, 4.2, $1037.76; 3. Clint Buhler/Rocky Dallyn, 4.6, $821.56; 4. Spencer Rutherford/Denver Johnson, 5.0, $605.36; 5. Steele DePaoli/Kasper Roy, 5.3, $389.16; 5. Clay Ullery/Riley Wilson, 5.6, $216.20

Saddle bronc riding: 1. Clay Elliott, 84 points on Outlaw Buckers’ 508 Lunatic Party, $1256.69; 2. Lane Cust, 80.5, $1040.02; 3. (tie) Dustin Flundra, Josh Harden and Audy Reed, 80, $606.68 each; 6. Jim Berry, 77.5, $216.67

Tie-down roping: 1. Kyle Lucas, 8.5 seconds, $1556.64; 2. Morgan Grant, 8.7, $1353.60; 3. Stacy Cornet, 9.2, $1150.56; 4. Murray Pole, 9.5, $947.52; 5. Curtis Cassidy, 9.9, $744.48; 6. Virgil Poffenroth, 10.0, $541.44; 7. Riley Warren, 10.1, $338.40; 8. Dustin Mandel, 10.4, $135.36

Barrel racing: 1. Nancy Csabay, 15.291 seconds, $1465.70; 2. Carman Pozzobon, 15.328, $1256.31; 3. Lynette Brodoway, 15.532, $1046.93; 4. Kirsty White, 15.550, $907.34; 5. Callahan Crossley, 15.593, $697.95; 6. Taylor-Jane Shields, 15.617, $558.36; 7. Katie Garthwaite, 15.666, $418.77; 8. Cathy Grant, 15.702, $279.18; 9. Cranna Roberts, 15.754, $209.39; 10. Kendra Edey, 15.763, $139.59

Bull riding: 1. Brock Radford, 87 points on Outlaw Buckers’ 911 Two Dark 2 C, $1161.28; 2. Zane Lambert, 84, $961.00    * Ground split - $941.03 each

Novice bareback riding: 1. Lane Link, 72 points, $465.60; 2. Connor Hamilton, 71, $349.20; 3. Tanner Young, 70, $232.80

Novice saddle bronc riding: 1. Chance Barrass, 76 points, $527.68; 2. (tie) Kole Ashbacher and Chase Zweifel, 71, 329.80 each; 4. Cody Lane, 62, $131.92

Steer riding: 1. JW Hart, 80 points, $533.50; 2. Dixon Tattrie, 76.5, $400.13; 3. Dixon Tattrie, 76.5, $266.75; 4. Justin Maguire, 76, $133.38

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