Logan Hofer - 7.7 seconds to win Round 3 in the Tie-Down Roping. Photo by Mike Copeman.
Pro Rodeo Canada
November 13, 2015
For immediate release
IT’S NOT ABOUT LUCK ON FRIDAY THE 13TH
The last time a Canadian won the Canadian tie down roping championship was in 2009. But Magrath roper, Logan Hofer, is doing all he can to end the to end the long drought for north-of-the-border ropers. The six-time CFR qualifier won the Friday, the 13th round with a 7.7. The back to back wins (he was 7.5 on Thursday night) moved the second generation roper to first place overall.
"I had a pretty good calf tonight," Hofer noted, "and I knew if I if I roped him right, I'd be okay. My horse (Easy) handles bigger calves really well and we've got the bigger calves from here on so things should work out okay."
Hofer was especially happy that the back to back wins just might have punched his ticket to the Calgary Stampede. "The top five for the season go to Calgary and I think I've got that made which is always a bonus."
And in another event that has seen a fair amount of American domination in recent years, 22 time CFR qualifier, Deb Guelly, navigated the three barrel pattern 14.673 to win the round. The Okotoks cowgirl, who will be one of six Canadians heading to the Wrangler NFR in a couple of weeks, was making only her third run on a horse she borrowed for the CFR.
"The horse I’ve been running, Commander, doesn't handle these narrower pens well and I borrowed this horse (Sunny) from Bobbie Goodwin," Guelly said after the run." He's an older horse and really solid. Bobbie won Innisfail and Hanna this year on him. He'll make the same run every time and I'm happy to have him here."
The winning run moved the five-time Canadian champion to second place overall behind leader Nancy Csabay who continued her consistent CFR performance with a third place finish in the round. Csabay, with two second place finishes and tonight's third, leads Guelly by a margin of $15,000.
The saddle bronc riding was all about Cort Scheer, the Elsmere, Nebraska talent who rode the Calgary Stampede's money machine, Lynx Mountain, to a round winning 87.5. It was the second year in a row the two have met in Edmonton with the same result for the talented former Calgary Stampede champion, who was 88 for the round win a year ago.
"Horses like her are why we come up here," Scheer grinned after the ride. "You know that with every horse up here, especially in the TV pen that we saw tonight, you can win pretty much any time."
Scheer still trails the bronc riding leader, Cody Demoss, by $33,000. "I love the way he's riding," Scheer acknowledged. "I just have to keep riding at my best and see what happens."
Ponoka bull rider, Zane Lambert, of Ponoka made up more ground on season leader and defending champion Dakota Buttar of Kindersley, Saskatchewan, winning round three with a solid 86.25. The first place cheque moved the Manitoba native to within $3000 of the hard-riding Buttar. Lambert is also the only man to have covered all three bulls to date.
"I'd seen that bull (Calgary Stampede's Wounded Warrior) when Chad Besplug had him at Calgary and he had pretty much the same trip tonight."
Lambert's winning ride was one of only three successful attempts on the night. "That's not surprising with the eliminator pen. There were a lot of rank bulls out tonight."
On a night of oustanding bareback rides, Clint Laye of Cadogan, Alberta made the best ride of all. The Calgary Stampede champion who will head off to his first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, teamed up with the Bar C5 pinto, Black Feathers, for a spectacular 88 point ride and the $12,159.64 first place cheque. The win kept the twenty-two year-old in contention in a round that saw an 87.5 from season leader, Jake Vold, an 86 from Manitoba's Colin Adams, an 85.75 from CFR leader, Caleb Bennett and an 84.75 from Saskatchewan's Ty Taypotat.
In the Steer Wrestling, it was the three time Canadian champion, Cody Cassidy, who posted a blazing 3.7 to jump to the top of the leaderboard with a total of $45,956.662. The Donalda, Alberta bulldogger now has an $8500 cushion over Ontario born and raised Morgan Grant who was second in the round and season leader, Tanner Milan of Cochrane, Alberta.
The veteran Rocky Dallyn of Nanton, Alberta and partner, Clayton Hansen of Pendleton, Oregon got their Finals turned around with a 5.4 second winning run in the team roping after a pair of no times in the first two go rounds. Things changed at the top of the leaderboard as well as the top team, Justin and Brett McCarroll of Camrose, Alberta took a no time while round two winners, Roland McFadden and and Tyrel Flewelling won third in the Friday night round to move to the overall lead with $29,757.22 won and a $2500 lead over the McCarrolls. As the week progresses the aggregate total becomes important and McFadden and Flewelling sit second in that aggregate with a time of 25.9 on three head. Only the third place team of Levi Simpson and jeremy Buhler have been faster on three with their total of 20.3 seconds.
In the novice events, Ricky Warren of Hudson's Hope, BC rode Franklin Rodeo's 12 year-old gelding, Crazy Day Job to an 84 score, just one point shy of the arena record in the novice saddle bronc riding. In the novice bareback riding, season leader, Wyatt Gleeson, put some distance between himself and second place man Wyatt Maines with a 78 point winning ride on Xpensive Margie from the Calgary Stampede herd. And in the junior steer riding, the Irricana youngster, Luke Ferber, won the round with a 75 point ride to extend his lead atop the standings to $950.00.
The 2015 Pro Rodeo Canada Committee Person of the Year honour was awarded to Gillian Shields who chaired the Oldstoberfest Rodeo to a tremendous inaugural success.
The outgoing Miss Rodeo Canada, Katy Lucas, who served as a tremendous ambassador of the sport for 2015 passed her crown to Samantha Stokes, Miss Rodeo Grande Prairie Stompede who prevailed over three additional outstanding candidates to earn the title for 2016.
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The following are the results of the first performance of the Canadian Finals Rodeo (CFR) held at Rexall Place on Friday, November 13, 2015.
BAREBACK 1 Clint Laye, Cadogan AB, 88.00, $12,159.64; 2 Jake Vold, Airdrie AB, 87.50, $9,041.79; 3 Colin Adams, Deloraine MB, 86.00, $5,923.93; 4 Caleb Bennett, Tremonton UT, 85.75, $2,806.07; 5 Ty Taypotat, Regina SK, 84.50, $1,247.14
Total Season Earnings 1 Jake Vold, $66,765.83 ; 2 Caleb Bennett, $44,791.00 ; 3 Clint Laye, $37,462.17 ; 4 Ty Taypotat, $34,497.89 ; 5 Colin Adams, $32,276.08
STEER WRESTLING Steer Wrestling 1 Cody Cassidy, Donalda AB, 3.7, $12,159.64; 2 Morgan Grant, Didsbury AB, 4.0, $9,041.79; 3 Travis Reay, Mayerthorpe AB, 4.1, $5,923.93; 4 Straws Milan, Cochrane AB, 4.3, $2,806.07; 5 Tanner Milan, Cochrane AB, 4.4, $1,247.14
Total Season Earnings 1 Cody Cassidy, $45,956.62 ; 2 Morgan Grant, $37,315.08 ; 3 Tanner Milan, $37,260.66 ; 4 Travis Reay, $35,045.73 ; 5 Scott Guenthner, $33,709.61
NOVICE SADDLE BRONC 1 Ricky Warren, Hudsons Hope BC, 84.00, $1,200.00; 2 Keenan Reinhardt, Calgary AB, 80.50, $800.00
Total Season Earnings 1 Lane Cust, $10,961.64 ; 2 Keenan Reinhardt, $9,715.19 ; 3 Ricky Warren, $5,320.56
NOVICE BAREBACK 1 Wyatt Gleeson, Sundre AB, 78.00, $1,200.00; 2 Tanner Young, Ponoka AB, 71.00, $800.00
Total Season Earnings 1 Wyatt Gleeson, $10,659.16 ; 2 Wyatt Maines, $8,097.64 ; 3 Tanner Young, $7,206.09
BOYS STEER RIDING 1 Luke Ferber, Irricana AB, 75.00, $750.00; 2 Grady Smeltzer, Claresholm AB, 74.00, $450.00
Total Season Earnings 1 Luke Ferber, $9,231.42 ; 2 Owen Berreth, $8,380.26 ; 3 Grady Smeltzer, $3,717.36 ; 4 Cauy Lawes, $3,373.34 ; 5 Dixon Tattrie, $3,237.90
TEAM ROPING 1 Clayton Hansen, Pendleton OR, $6,079.82 & Rocky Dallyn, Nanton AB, $6,079.82;, 5.4; 2 Clay Ullery, Two Hills AB, $4,520.89 & Kevin Schreiner, Medicine Hat AB, $4,520.89;, 5.7; 3 Roland McFadden, Vulcan AB, $2,961.96 & Tyrel Flewelling, Lacombe AB, $2,961.96;, 6.0; 4 Levi Simpson, Ponoka AB, $1,403.04 & Jeremy Buhler, Arrowwood AB, $1,403.04;, 9.7; 5 Kolton Schmidt, Barrhead AB, $623.57 & Dustin Searcy, Mooreland OK, $623.57;, 10.8
Total Season Earnings 1 Roland McFadden, $29,757.22 & Tyrel Flewelling, $29,757.17 ; 2 Justin McCarroll, $27,421.46 & Brett McCarroll, $27,421.48 ; 3 Levi Simpson, $23,700.08 & Jeremy Buhler, $23,700.07 ; 4 Brett Buss, $22,287.40 & Klay Whyte, $22,287.39 ; 5 Kolton Schmidt, $19,985.84 & Dustin Searcy, $12,837.02
SADDLE BRONC 1 Cort Scheer, Elsmere NE, 87.50, $12,159.64; 2 Cody DeMoss, Watervalley AB, 85.50, $9,041.79; 3 Jim Berry, Rocky Mtn. House AB, 83.25, $5,923.93; 4 Chuck Schmidt, Keldron SD, 82.75, $2,806.07; 5 Layton Green, Meeting Creek AB, 82.25, $1,247.14
Total Season Earnings 1 Cody DeMoss, $66,679.83 ; 2 Wade Sundell, $41,060.60 ; 3 Sam Kelts, $34,072.05 ; 4 Cort Scheer, $33,599.85 ; 5 Jim Berry, $31,822.81
TIE-DOWN ROPING 1 Logan Hofer, Magrath AB, 7.7, $12,159.64; 2 Rhen Richard, Roosevelt UT, 7.8, $9,041.79; 3 Riley Warren, Stettler AB, 8.5, $5,923.93; 4 Kyle Lucas, Carstairs AB, 8.6, $2,806.07; 5 Dean Edge, Rimbey AB, 9.0, $1,247.14
Total Season Earnings 1 Logan Hofer, $40,501.52 ; 2 Ryan Jarrett, $36,165.21 ; 3 Matt Shiozawa, $33,722.68 ; 4 Dean Edge, $30,711.72 ; 5 Rhen Richard, $29,493.28
LADIES BARREL RACING 1 Deb Guelly, Okotoks AB, 14.673, $12,159.64; 2 Braidy Howes, Metiskow AB, 14.769, $9,041.79; 3 Nancy Csabay, Taber AB, 14.839, $5,923.93; 4 Katie Garthwaite, Merritt BC, 14.854, $2,806.07; 5 Cayla Melby, Burneyville OK, 14.902, $1,247.14
Total Season Earnings 1 Nancy Csabay, $51,665.60 ; 2 Deb Guelly, $36,050.34 ; 3 Julie Leggett, $31,917.57 ; 4 Toni Dixon, $31,843.20 ; 5 Cayla Melby, $29,166.59
BULL RIDING 1 Zane Lambert, Ponoka AB, 86.25, $12,159.64; 2 Tyler Thomson, Black Diamond AB, 84.00, $9,041.79; 3 Dakota Buttar, Kindersley SK, 81.50, $5,923.93
Total Season Earnings 1 Dakota Buttar, $53,358.65 ; 2 Zane Lambert, $50,351.30 ; 3 Jared Parsonage, $44,794.28 ; 4 Tyler Thomson, $35,232.20 ; 5 Scott Schiffner, $33,720.24
ALL AROUND: 1. Josh Harden, $24,667.80; 2. Ky Marshall, $19,030.49; 3. Kyle Thomson, $15,662.06
HIGH POINT: 1. Morgan Grant, $52,786.87, 2. Curtis Cassidy, $42,992.81; 3. Tanner Milan, $39,535.93 4. Riley Warren, $38,353.62
Attendance for Friday, November 13, 2015 evening performance was 16,480