Caleb Bennett - 85.25 points on Kesler Rodeo's 236 Star Burst - CFR Photo by Mike Copeman
Pro Rodeo Canada
November 11, 2015
For immediate release
THE BATTLE BEGINS – ROUND ONE OF THE 2015 CFR
"The only way to be the best is to beat the best."
Caleb Bennett, the Tremonton, Utah bareback rider made the comment right after his 85.25 point ride on the Kesler Rodeo Company's Starburst earned the win in the opening round of the 42nd Canadian Finals Rodeo.
"I know Jake Vold has been the best up here in Canada," Bennett acknowledged. "My job is to try to beat him in every round and give myself a chance to be the champion."
The matchup with Starburst was the third time Bennett and the Kesler mare had met one another. "I had her here the first time I came to the CFR back in 2013 and won second," the former Calgary Stampede champion commented. "And I had her in Vegas too; I think I won third there."
Second in the round was the Saskatchewan cowboy, Ty Taypotat, with an 84.5, just a quarter of a point better than three time Canadian champ, Kyle Bowers. Vold, the season leader, took home 4th place money.
Bennett's $12,159.64 meant that the hard-working Utah hand narrowed the gap by $10,000 between himself and Vold who netted $2806.07 in the round but still holds the lead by $22,000.
"With the money that's up here in Edmonton every one of us has a chance to win it," Bennett noted.
Normally having your regular mount in a timed event come up sore is a formula for a bad news story. But when the substitute horse is the Horse of the Year, the result might just turn out okay. And for 2013 High Point champion, Morgan Grant, the night was better than okay. Grant blitzed the field with a blistering 3.4 seconds for a go-round win that enabled him to vault to the lead in the Steer Wrestling standings while consolidating his hold on top spot in the High Point standings.
"It was the first time I've ever rode Tank," the Ontario-raised two event man grinned, "and he was outstanding." The thirteen year-old gelding is owned by Aneroid, Saskatchewan bulldogger, Dustin Walker, who also placed in the round--his 4.3 second run netting him a $2800 cheque.
And while Grant took a no-time later in the tie down roping, he considered the night a big success. "I've never had a good first night here before so this felt really good." Grant came into the CFR with a narrow $2000 cushion over the second place man, Riley Warren in the 2015 High Point race. The $12,000 plus payday expanded his lead to almost $13,000 as Warren managed only $1200 on the night with a fifth place finish in the tie down roping.
The horsepower issue came into play in a big way at the top end of the roping leaderboard as well, as defending champion, Matt Shoizawa of Chubbuck, Idaho set a new arena record with a blazing 7.0 second run, a tenth of a second faster than previous record holders, Murray Pole and Tyson Durfey. Shiozawa was quick to credit the calf he had drawn and his horse, a mare he calls Alotta, with the
fast start to his CFR.
"I definitely had one of the better calves and as for my horse, I rode her here in 2007 and then earlier this year I was just not doing well so I got back on her in August," Shiozawa commented." And I went from out of the NFR to in--in a month. To be honest that mare is a big part of where I am in this sport."
Tonight's record run marked the second year in a row the likeable Idaho cowboy won the opening round at the CFR. "Last year it really set me up for the week and I'm hoping this might be the same thing. You start thinking about the CFR in about August so it's really nice when things come together like they did tonight."
In the Bull Riding, Maple Creek, Saskatchewan cowboy, Jared Parsonage, made his first CFR appearance a memorable one, capturing opening night honours with an 86.5 point ride on last year's CFR Champion Bull, Vold's Proper Ripped. Season leader and reigning Canadian Champion, Dakota Buttar of Kindersley, Saskatchewan split 2/3 with 2006 Canadian Champion, Tanner Girletz of Bowden, Alberta.
BC cowgirl Julie Leggette posted the fast time with her 14.817 to top the field of twelve in the barrel race. Leggette came into the CFR in second place behind season leader, Nancy Csabay, and was able to close ground on the Taber cowgirl who finished second in the round. The dollar differential between the two front-runners is now just a slender $6000.
The #1 man in both the Canadian and world standings in the saddle bronc riding is also now #1 on the CFR leaderboard courtesy of his 85 point ride on Calgary Stampede’s dependable Mad Money. Cody DeMoss of Heflin, Louisiana was another cowboy willing to heap praise on the horse he'd drawn.
And in the team roping it was two time Canadian champion, Levi Simpson of Ponoka on the heading side teaming up with Arrowwood, Alberta heeler Jeremy Buhler to best the field for a blazing 4.9 and the round win. The smoking run jumped the duo into the thick of a race where over half the field still has a legitimate shot at the title.
And in the junior events, season leader, Wyatt Gleeson of Sundre was the top gun in the novice bareback riding with a 76.5. Defending champion Lane Cust padded his lead in the novice saddle bronc riding with a 73 while in the junior steer riding Luke Ferber of Irricana, Alberta inched into the overall lead with his round winning 78 point ride.
The second performance of the 42nd Canadian Finals Rodeo kicks off at 7:30 pm Thursday evening at Rexall Place in Edmonton.
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The following are the results of the first performance of the Canadian Finals Rodeo (CFR) held at Rexall Place on Wednesday, November 11, 2015.
BAREBACK 1 Caleb Bennett, Tremonton UT, 85.25, $12,159.64; 2 Ty Taypotat, Regina SK, 84.50, $9,041.79; 3 Kyle Bowers, Drayton Valley AB, 84.25, $5,923.93; 4 Jake Vold, Airdrie AB, 83.00, $2,806.07; 5 Clint Laye, Cadogan AB, 82.75, $1,247.14
Total Season Earnings 1 Jake Vold, $51,800.11 ; 2 Ty Taypotat, $32,003.61 ; 3 Caleb Bennett, $29,825.28 ; 4 Kyle Bowers, $29,201.73 ; 5 Colin Adams, $26,352.15
STEER WRESTLING 1 Morgan Grant, Didsbury AB, 3.4, $12,159.64; 2 Justin Miller, Neepawa MB, 4.0, $9,041.79; 3 Travis Reay, Mayerthorpe AB, 4.2, $5,923.93; 4 Dustin Walker, Aneroid SK, 4.3, $2,806.07; 5 Curtis Cassidy, Donalda AB, 4.9, $1,247.14;
Total Season Earnings 1 Scott Guenthner, $33,709.61; 2 Tanner Milan, $28,530.66 ; 3 Morgan Grant, $28,273.29 ; 4 Justin Miller, $26,710.07 ; 5 Travis Reay, $26,315.73
NOVICE SADDLE BRONC 1 Lane Cust, Bluffton AB, 73.00, $1,200.00
Total Season Earnings 1 Lane Cust, $10,161.64 ; 2 Keenan Reinhardt, $7,715.19 ; 3 Ricky Warren, $4,120.56
NOVICE BAREBACK 11 Wyatt Gleeson, Sundre AB, 76.50, $1,200.00; 2 Wyatt Maines, Maple Creek SK, 71.50, $800.00
Total Season Earnings 1 Wyatt Gleeson, $9,459.16 ; 2 Wyatt Maines, $7,297.64 ; 3 Tanner Young, $5,206.09
BOYS STEER RIDING 1 Luke Ferber, Irricana AB, 78.00, $900.00; 2 Grady Smeltzer, Claresholm AB, 76.50, $540.00; 3 Dixon Tattrie, Youngstown AB, 69.50, $360.00
Total Season Earnings 1 Luke Ferber, $8,331.42 ; 2 Owen Berreth, $7,630.26 ; 3 Grady Smeltzer, $3,357.36 ; 4 Dixon Tattrie, $3,297.90 ; 5 Cauy Lawes, $2,923.34
TEAM ROPING 1 Levi Simpson, Ponoka AB, $6,079.82 & Jeremy Buhler, Arrowwood AB, $6,079.82;, 4.9; 2 Garrett Rogers, Baker City OR, $4,520.89 & Jacob Minor, Milton-Freewater OR, $4,520.89;, 5.4; 3 Justin McCarroll, Camrose AB, $2,961.96 & Brett McCarroll, Camrose AB, $2,961.96;, 6.8; 4 Clint Weston, Cardston AB, $1,403.04 & Travis Booth, Calgary AB, $1,403.04;, 8.3; 5 Clay Ullery, Two Hills AB, $623.57 & Kevin Schreiner, Medicine Hat AB, $623.57;, 10.9
Total Season Earnings 1 Justin McCarroll, $24,459.49 & Brett McCarroll, $24,459.51 ; 2 Brett Buss, $22,287.40 & Klay Whyte, $22,287.39 ; 3 Roland McFadden, $20,715.43 & Tyrel Flewelling, $20,715.38 ; 4 Kolton Schmidt, $19,362.27 & Dustin Searcy, $12,213.45 ; 5 Steele DePaoli, $17,944.40 & Roy Kasper, $17,944.39
SADDLE BRONC 1 Cody DeMoss, Watervalley AB, 85.00, $12,159.64; 2 Wade Sundell, Coleman OK, 83.75, $9,041.79; 3/4 Cort Scheer, Elsmere NE, 83.25, $4,365.00; 3/4 Layton Green, Meeting Creek AB, 83.25, $4,365.00; 5 Kyle Thomson, Lundbreck AB, 81.25, $1,247.14
Total Season Earnings 1 Cody DeMoss, $54,831.97 ; 2 Wade Sundell, $32,018.82 ; 3 Jim Berry, $25,898.88 ; 4 Layton Green, $25,425.32 ; 5 Sam Kelts, $21,912.41
TIE-DOWN ROPING 1 Matt Shiozawa, Chubbuck ID, 7.0, $12,159.64; 2/3 Alwin Bouchard, Scandia AB, 7.5, $7,482.86; 2/3 Ryan Jarrett, Comanche OK, 7.5, $7,482.86; 4 Shane Hanchey, Sulphur LA, 7.9, $2,806.07; 5 Riley Warren, Stettler AB, 8.5, $1,247.14
Total Season Earnings 1 Matt Shiozawa, $33,722.68 ; 2 Ryan Jarrett, $33,359.14 ; 3 Scot Meeks, $26,303.43 ; 4 Alwin Bouchard, $24,453.91 ; 5 Dean Edge, $21,981.72
LADIES BARREL RACING 1 Julie Leggett, Kamloops BC, 14.817, $12,159.64; 2 Nancy Csabay, Taber AB, 14.834, $9,041.79; 3 Tony Dixon, Millarville AB, 14.844, $5,923.93; 4/5 Kendra Edey, Longview AB, 14.860, $2,026.61; 4/5 Gaylene Buff, Westwold BC, 14.860, $2,026.61
Total Season Earnings 1 Nancy Csabay, $36,699.89 ; 2 Julie Leggett, $30,670.42 ; 3 Kendra Edey, $27,489.07 ; 4 Taylor Jacob, $26,182.25 ; 5 Tony Dixon, $25,919.27
BULL RIDING 1 Jared Parsonage, Maple Creek SK, 86.50, $12,159.64; 2/3 Dakota Buttar, Kindersley SK, 85.00, $7,482.86; 2/3 Tanner Girletz, Cereal AB, 85.00, $7,482.86; 4 Zane Lambert, Ponoka AB, 83.25, $2,806.07; 5 Jordan Hansen, Okotoks AB, 78.75, $1,247.14
Total Season Earnings 1 Dakota Buttar, $47,434.72 ; 2 Jared Parsonage, $40,429.28 ; 3 Jordan Hansen, $29,904.43 ; 4 Zane Lambert, $29,149.87 ; 5 Adam Jamison, $28,171.91
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, $43,745.08, 2. Riley Warren, $31,182.55; 3. Curtis Cassidy, $30,833.17 4. Tanner Milan, $30,805.93
Attendance for Wednesday, November 11, 2015 evening performance was 14,586.