Morgan Grant takes part in the steer wrestling event during the 42nd Canadian Finals Rodeo at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alta., on Friday, Nov. 13, 2015. Codie McLachlan/Edmonton Sun/Postmedia Network
Not a winner but good enough to hang on … from brother to brother … shooting to the top … even with a win, still a mountain to climb
BY DAVE 'CRASH' CAMERON, EDMONTON SU
- Back to back on bareback … like father (someday, maybe) like son … ropin’ in the lead on Day 2 … chasin’ the title
- Tie-down roper Scot Meeks making music on the side
- Young Morgan Grant has already made a name for himself at Canadian Finals Rodeo
- Canadian Finals Rodeo fans gather in Edmonton to revel in rodeo spirit
- Yukon Jack: Enough with the silly western garb for CFR!
Bareback Riding: Clint Laye, 88 pts - C5 Rodeo's Black Feathers
Steer Wrestling: Cody Cassidy, 3.7 secs
Novice Bareback Riding - Wyatt Gleeson - 78 pts
Novice Saddle Bronc Riding - Ricky Warren - 84 pts
Boys Steer Riding - Luke Ferber - 75 pts
Team Roping - Rocky Dallyn/Clayton Hansen - 5.4 secs
Saddle Bronc - Cort Scheer, 87.25 pts - CS Lynx Mountain
Tie-Down Roping - Logan Hofer - 7.7 secs
Barrel Racing - Deb Guelly - 14.673 secs
Bull Riding - Zane Lambert - 86.25 pts on CS 125 Wounded Warrior
They are comin’ at you.
When you’re the defending champ in any sport, you know it.
Jake Vold knows it.
The Ponoka bareback rider came into the 42nd Canadian Finals Rodeo not only as the 2014 titleist, but as the season leader. In fact, Vold’s $48,994 was the highest of all the competitors.
It makes him a target and it’s quickly shown that there’s some snipers in the field.
“I definitely needed that,” he said of his 87.5 on American Thumper on Friday night. “These guys are coming on hard. So I just keep pickin’ away. It makes it good. Everyone is riding good and it makes it a lot of fun, actually.”
It was crucial because that score usually banks you winning money. It didn’t Friday. Clint Laye’s 88 put that straight.
“I’ve always thrived off of that, seeing guys going all 88, 90 points,” said Vold. “That’s what gets my motor running. And it’s always kind of been my style, you know, try to win first every time. Not very conservative!”
Vold’s been watching the points, you can’t NOT.
“A little bit. What you can. It goes past pretty quick. Being in the back, there’s ususally there’s a couple of guys already out before I even get loaded in, so I’m cinchin’ my rigging, watching a couple of buddies’ (rides), bull at the same time. Just trying to keep the heart rate down. Not get too excited.
“We’ve all been talking, this could be one of the toughest years ever.”
Laye agreed, wholeheartedly. The 22-year-old out of Cadogan is heading to Vegas for the NFR in December.
“I think it’s the toughest bareback ridin’ the Canadian Finals has ever had. A lot of young guys, a lot of the older guys. There’s been some big scores this week. And there’s going to be more.”
It was something of personal rivalry for Laye, drawing C5’s Black Feathers.
“I’ve seen that horse since I was 16 years old. I’ve wanted a shot at it for the longest time and finally got it.
“Anything over 85, that’s a huge score. You (want to) keep ridin’ that all week, keep (going) off that ride.”
It was a first-time ride for Vold, too.
“But I’d seen him about three times over the summer and everybody got an 87 on him.”
It helped him keep a healthy lead. Vold, Laye and Caleb Bennett — who launched out with wins in the first two rounds — and Ty Taypotat are the four that have scored in all three rounds.
Vold sits at $66,765, Bennett $44,791 and Laye $37,462 with Saturday’s double-money up up for grabs.
One Cassidy to another.
Big bro’ Curtis wins on Thursday. Cody will take Friday.
“We’re always happy when one of us is winning,” said Cody. “But it’s always better if I’m winnin’ instead of him!”
Cody’s 3.7 jumped him ahead of defending champ and leader Tanner Milan, $45,956 to $37,260. (Morgan Grant’s 2nd-money 4.0 also slipped him past Milan at $37,315.
“Tomorrow’s a big day,” said Cassidy of the matinee-evening two-round day. “They all are important, but that’s the most. So if you can get to the right end of the cattle and things can go your way, you can do some damage.
“As far as staying in the average, that part of it is done for me. The pressure’s off! So I don’t have to worry in respect to that, other than to knock the barrier and try and throw them quick as I can every round.”
Winning back-to-back rounds can do that for you: Logan Hofer’s 7.7 following Thursday’s 7.5 shot the Magrath roper to the top. His $40,501 goes over Ryan Jarrett’s $36,165, after the Oklahoman no-timed last night. Rhen Richard took second money with a 7.8. The first CFR for season leader Scot Meeks hasn’t started as hope with Friday’s 10.3 keeping him away from the pay window so far.
CHUTE SHOTS: Cort Scheer’s 87.5 on Calgary Stampede’s Lynx Mountain won the Saddle Bronc money, but Cody DeMoss remains the mountain to climb. His 85.5 on Vold’s Pedro was second. DeMoss starts Saturday at $66,679 to Wade Sundell’s $41,060 … Clayton Hansen and Rocky Dallyn stuck a 5.4 for Team Roping money … Deb Guelly moved into 2nd with a 14.839 Barrel run … Zane Lambert’s 86.25 on Wounded Warrior was the Bullride of the night out of the ‘rank’ pen.