Edmonton Journal #CFR43 Roundup- Day One

Dustin Flundra takes part in the first go-round of the Saddle Bronc competition at the Canadian Finals Rodeo at Northlands Coliseum, in Edmonton on Wednesday Nov. 9, 2016. DAVID BLOOM / POSTMEDIA


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The following are the results of the first performance of the Canadian Finals Rodeo held at Northlands Coliseum on Wednesday.

Bareback Riding: 1 Jake Vold, Airdrie AB, 84.25, $12,324.47; 2/3 JR Vezain, Cowley WY, 84.00, $7,584.29; 2/3 Caleb Bennett, Tremonton UT, 84.00, $7,584.29; 4 Orin Larsen, Inglis MB, 83.50, $2,844.11; 5 Ty Taypotat, Regina SK, 83.00, $1,264.05;

Total Season Earnings: 1 Caleb Bennett, $43,181.71 ; 2 Jake Vold, $40,905.87 ; 3 Cole Goodine, $35,184.39 ; 4 Orin Larsen, $21,260.70 ; 5 Ky Marshall, $20,831.35

Steer Wrestling: 1 Tanner Milan, Cochrane AB, 3.6, $12,324.47; 2 Brock Butterfield, Ponoka AB, 3.8, $9,164.35; 3/4/5 Rowdy Hays, Rocky Mountain House AB, 4.2, $3,370.79; 3/4/5 Cody Cassidy, Donalda AB, 4.2, $3,370.79; 3/4/5 Derek Frank, Stony Plain AB, 4.2, $3,370.79;

Total Season Earnings: 1 Cody Cassidy, $38,289.94; 2 Tanner Milan, $31,158.68 ; 3 Morgan Grant, $24,825.43 ; 4 Brock Butterfield, $22,542.35 ; 5 Derek Frank, $20,706.81

Novice Saddle Bronc: 1 Kolby Wanchuk, Sherwood Park AB, 78.00, $1,200.00; 2 Dawson Hay, Wildwood AB, 76.50, $800.00;

Total Season Earnings: 1 Kolby Wanchuk, $7,365.71 ; 2 Dawson Hay, $5,747.00 ; 3 Chance Barrass, $5,105.50 ; 

Novice Bareback: 1 Lane Link, Maple Creek SK, 75.00, $1,200.00; 2 Tanner Young, Sylvan Lake AB, 68.00, $800.00;

Total Season Earnings: 1 Tanner Young, $8,808.42 ; 2 Lane Link, $8,074.89 ; 3 Danny Vandenameele, $4,907.33 ; 

Boys Steer Riding: 1/2 Dixon Tattrie, Youngstown AB, 80.00, $800.00; 1/2 Quinten Taylor, Parkland AB, 80.00, $800.00; 3 Luke Ferber, Irricana AB, 77.00, $400.00;

Total Season Earnings: 1 Luke Ferber, $5,778.18 ; 2 Quinten Taylor, $4,489.88 ; 3 Dixon Tattrie, $4,374.94 ; 4 JW Hart, $3,974.32 ; 5 Weston Davidson, $3,771.60

Team Roping: 1 Jeremy Buhler, Arrowwood AB, $6,356.49 & Levi Simpson, Ponoka AB, $6,356.49;, 4.5; 2 Brett McCarroll, Camrose AB, $4,726.62 & Justin McCarroll, Camrose AB, $4,726.62;, 4.9; 3/4 Klay Whyte, Airdrie AB, $2,281.82 & Brett Buss, Ponoka AB, $2,281.82;, 5.1; 3/4 Jacob Minor, Ellersburg WA, $2,281.82 & Garrett Rogers, Baker City OR, $2,281.82;, 5.1; 5 Riley Wilson, Cardston AB, $651.95 & Clay Ullery, Two Hills AB, $651.95;, 6.9;

Total Season Earnings: 1 Klay Whyte, $25,441.68 & Brett Buss, $26,946.05 ; 2 Jeremy Buhler, $20,786.35 & Levi Simpson, $20,519.78 ; 3 Shay Carroll, $20,106.41 & Kolton Schmidt, $20,568.95 ; 4 Riley Wilson, $18,507.74 & Clay Ullery, $17,100.30 ; 5 Brett McCarroll, $18,426.96 & Justin McCarroll, $18,426.96

Saddle Bronc Riding: 1 Jim Berry, Rocky Mtn. House AB, 84.00, $12,324.47; 2 Audy Reed, Sparman TX, 83.50, $9,164.35; 3 Luke Butterfield, Ponoka AB, 82.50, $6,004.23; 4 Dustin Flundra, Pincher Creek AB, 81.75, $2,844.11; 5 Layton Green, Meeting Creek AB, 79.00, $1,264.05;

Total Season Earnings: 1 Jim Berry, $39,582.31 ; 2 Dustin Flundra, $33,174.61 ; 3 Layton Green, $29,755.75 ; 4 Clay Elliott, $27,708.00 ; 5 Luke Butterfield, $25,264.46

Tie Down Roping: 1 Alwin Bouchard, Scandia AB, 7.7, $12,324.47; 2 Rhen Richard, Roosevelt UT, 7.9, $9,164.35; 3/4 Matt Shiozawa, Chubbuck ID, 8.2, $4,424.17; 3/4 Logan Bird, Nanton AB, 8.2, $4,424.17; 5 Dean Edge, Rimbey AB, 8.3, $1,264.05;

Total Season Earnings: 1 Alwin Bouchard, $35,642.03 ; 2 Logan Bird, $28,258.50 ; 3 Rhen Richard, $25,107.57 ; 4 Matt Shiozawa, $21,509.55 ; 5 Lee Rombough, $19,762.72

Ladies Barrel Racing: 1 Callahan Crossley, Hermiston OR, 14.645, $12,324.47; 2 Katie Garthwaite, Merritt BC, 14.680, $9,164.35; 3 Nancy Csabay, Taber AB, 14.887, $6,004.23; 4 Kirsty White, Big Valley AB, 14.909, $2,844.11; 5 Cayla Small, Burneyville OK, 14.966, $1,264.05;

Total Season Earnings: 1 Callahan Crossley, $40,511.92 ; 2 Kirsty White, $33,039.42 ; 3 Katie Garthwaite, $24,042.34 ; 4 Jackie Ganter, $23,402.78 ; 5 Nancy Csabay, $23,344.82

Bull Riding: 1 Lonnie West, Cadogan AB, 87.50, $12,324.47; 2 Dakota Buttar, Kindersley SK, 87.00, $9,164.35; 3 Brock Radford, Dewinton AB, 83.50, $6,004.23; 4 Jared Parsonage, Maple Creek SK, 83.25, $2,844.11; 5 Tyler Pankewitz, Ponoka AB, 82.25, $1,264.05;

Total Season Earnings: 1 Dakota Buttar, $42,038.07 ; 2 Brock Radford, $38,844.36 ; 3 Lonnie West, $30,105.70 ; 4 Jordan Hansen, $26,359.88 ; 5 Tyler Pankewitz, $20,043.57

All Around: 1 Luke Butterfield; $27,659.38 2 Josh Harden; $20,611.64

High Point: 1 Morgan Grant; $41,417.71 2 Alwin Bouchard; $33,493.00

'She’s the quirkiest horse I’ve ever owned': Kirsty White's small horse with a big heart


Kirsty White competes in the ladies barrel race at the Canadian Finals Rodeo at Rexall Place in Edmonton on November 11, 2015. 


Kirsty White has always known her horse, Racey, was special.

Now, it appears everyone else knows it, too.

“My horse is very small,” White said of her 10-year-old ride. “Profile-wise, she’s not a very big horse. But she’s got a huge heart.

“I’ve always thought that. I trained her and I raised her and she always tries her butt off. She’s all heart.”

White’s competitors obviously agreed and voted Racey as the top barrel horsing race in Canada.

Seems fitting as the pair raced to the top of the standings this season, with $30,195 in winnings.

“From the very first time she was rode as a baby, she’s all in,” White said. “She’s one of those horses that gives everything she’s got.

“She’s really sensitive and she’s extreme. She’s an over-reactor. I commend her on her athleticism and her try but I won’t pretend her personality is sweet and easy going all the time.”

Winning the season-leader award is no small feat, especially in barrel racing.

“The last five or eight years, the Americans come up here because we have such great rodeos in the CPRA, so there’s some really tough girls and tough horses,” White said.

“They’re some of the best in the world, so it’s hard to get that season leader wrapped up.

“It’s satisfying when things come together like this.”

White used Racey as a six-year-old in 2012, just missing out on qualifying for the CFR by $19.

Since then, she’s made it in three of four years.

And it doesn’t seem to matter if she’s running in a big outdoor pen like the Calgary Stampede or a smaller indoor pen, Racey wants to run the pattern as quick as possible.

“Originally, she was more of a situation horse,” White said. “The indoor, smaller pens suited her better when she was younger.

“But this year she was really versatile so it doesn’t seem to matter.

“I made $7,500 at Ponoka and that’s a huge infield.”

White took home around $24,000 in her first trip to Rexall place in ’13. She’s hoping for a week more like that than the one she had in 2015.

“Last year, she got a virus about three weeks before Edmonton,” White said. “I probably should have just another horse there.

“I just didn’t go in hot. And there really isn’t enough days there to get momentum when you get there. You kinda have to have the momentum built going in. That’s how Edmonton is. (The champion) is usually whoever gets tapped off, and comes in strong and confident.”

White rides and trains barrel horses for a living and has been at it for more than two decades.

Now she has a chance to cap off what has been a dream season with a championship buckle.

“I feel super fortunate to go there and have an opportunity to run for that money,” White said. “But no butterflies really.

“I’m just so proud of (Racey) and what she’s accomplished this year.

“My year has already been so fantastic so I just feel so lucky.”




Crash Cooper keeps crowds laughing at CFR

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Published on: November 9, 2016 | Last Updated: November 9, 2016 9:14 PM MST

Crash Cooper takes part in the Canadian Finals Rodeo at Northlands Coliseum, in Edmonton on Wednesday Nov. 9, 2016. Photo by David Bloom Photos off CFR for Thursday, Nov. 10 publications. BLOOM, DAVID / POSTMEDIA


Ash Cooper is to rodeo what Max Patkin was to baseball.

Patkin was known as the Clown Prince of Baseball, travelling throughout North America entertaining crowds for 51 years before passing away in 1999.

Crash Cooper, as he’s known in rodeo circles, has been travelling throughout North America entertaining rodeo crowds for the past two decades and is holding court at his 13th Canadian Finals Rodeo, which began Wednesday at Northlands Coliseum.

“I love the crowd, it’s the best crowd and all year I look forward to it,” Cooper said. “It’s kind of funny that there are so many people that have the same seats and they come year after year in the same seat, and I’ve actually watched kids grow up at the Canadian Finals Rodeo. It’s definitely the fans and it’s all the best cowboys and the best stock in Canada, and it’s also the best rodeo, so I wouldn’t miss it.”

Cooper, 43, who hails from Senlac, Sask., plays the role of the ringmaster and has been doing it to an adoring public for years. He’s been named Comedy Act of the Year on the Canadian rodeo circuit nine times and got his start as a bullfighter, protecting riders.

“I didn’t plan on being a bullfighter, I’m not sure many people do,” Cooper said. “I played hockey and rugby when I was young and I was just looking for the roughest sport there was, and I thought the bullfighters were the roughest thing going and so I tried it. I just thought I was going to try it and that would be the end of it.

“But I got to liking it and I started doing it some more and I was kind of doing it full time. Then I just progressed into being the entertainer. So it was kind of by accident, I guess.”

Cooper attended bullfighting school when he was 19 and developed a comfort level around bulls. He’s still comfortable being in the arena near bulls, but now leaves the fighting to younger men while he concentrates on entertaining the crowd.

Recently he’s had his son, Jinks, 6, join him in the arena for his opening act, but does not want him stepping into clown shoes one day.

“I have much higher aspirations for him than to be a clown,” Cooper said. “Especially these days when clowns are actually getting a bad rap. He’s performed a couple of times with me at the Canadian Finals in openings, but that’s about it. I certainly would not advise him to follow my path. I’m 43 and my body is feeling it. It looks not too bad on the outside, but on the inside it’s a mess.”

Comedy runs in Cooper’s family and made a natural transition to entertaining after his bullfighting career. As he explains it, Cooper’s job is to fill in the gaps during the cracks throughout the rodeo and does it very well. He could still step in and help the bullfighters in a pinch if need be.

“It’s not always easy, anyone can be funny running around with their buddies or whatever, but you have to be funny on cue and often, you don’t know when you’re cue is,” Cooper said. “Sometimes something happens and you have 20 seconds, then it’s not so easy. People don’t realize that. My job is to help make the rodeo performance seamless, so if there is a problem in the performance, I try to cover it up.”

Cooper attends anywhere from 10 to 30 rodeos in a year, although that number was down this year as he spends time with Jinks (a name of Scottish descent, meaning a quick and sudden change of direction) and daughter Jesse, 4. He’s also an artist who runs a gallery in his hometown and is a fulltime rancher.

“This year is the least amount I’ve done probably since I’ve started,” Cooper said. “I’ve just had a lot of things going on at home. And I’ve got the two little ones now and I just wanted to be at home a little bit more. I think next year, I’ll probably do a few more.”

While he still loves the rodeo circuit, Cooper is not sure how long he’ll continue to be an entertainer.

“I never thought I’d still be doing it now,” he said. “But when you’re a clown, it really doesn’t bode that well on a resume for any other job. You kind of got to stick with what you know. I’ll keep doing it as long as I’m having fun, and maybe more importantly, as long as other people are still having fun because of what I do.”

Like most attending the CFR, Cooper is happy to see the event staying in Edmonton beyond this season. It had been scheduled to move to Saskatoon before a new two-year extension was negotiated.

“I was on a roller coaster of emotions for a while trying to follow it,” Cooper said. “I just had to quit following it and let it play out after a while. There was talk about it going to Saskatoon, which was closer for me, but I’ve been 13 years in Edmonton and this is part of my life now.”