Photo: Bobby Peters - 2015 IPE and Stampede (Armstrong, BC) ©Jeremy Wombold
Pro Rodeo Canada
September 29, 2015
For immediate release
Bobby Peters knew what was at stake. Without a cheque from at least one of the final two rodeos of the Pro Rodeo Canada season, his Canadian Finals Rodeo dream would be over.
“During the week I felt quite a bit of pressure,” admitted the 27-year-old, Pincher Creek, AB bareback rider. “But by the time the weekend rolled around, I was pretty calm.”
Peters started off the weekend with a 79.5-point ride Friday night on C5 Rodeo’s Blue Jeans at the Hanna Indoor Pro Rodeo in Hanna, AB, which was good for a three way split of top money. He then marked an 84.5-point score at the Dallas Sunstrum Memorial Pro Rodeo in Brooks, AB the next night on Big Stone Rodeo’s Hombre to split first there.
“Colin Adams and I were the first guys out on the first night in Hanna,” began Peters. “We were lucky the scores held up. I wasn’t even sure I was going to get a cheque.”
“I don’t like to check my draws too early but when I saw I had Hombre in Brooks, I knew I could relax. I’ve seen that horse for 3 or 4 years now but it’s always one of my buddies getting on him. He’s the real deal when it comes to bucking horses.”
The $1,867 won from both stops was enough to bump the four-year pro inside the top ten of the Pro Rodeo Canada Series standings, giving him a berth into this weekend’s Cinch Pro Rodeo Canada Series Final at the Agrium Western Event Centre in Calgary.
“All I can do is keep putting myself in a position to go to the CFR,” offered Peters, who has $10,754 in earnings so far this season to sit 14th in the Pro Rodeo Canada bareback standings. “I just need to do good at this (Pro Rodeo Canada Series) final and see what happens.”
“This Final is awesome. I think it’s great the money won counts towards the CFR. It gives guys who go hard all year, but need just a little bit more to qualify, a chance.”
2009 Canadian saddle bronc champion, Chet Johnson used the weekend to put himself in contention for another title shot. The Wyoming cowboy jumped to 10th in the Canadian standings after an 84-point, rodeo-winning ride on Big Stone Rodeo’s Big Muddy in Brooks and a 2nd place finish in Hanna for a $1,899 weekend. Johnson was waging two battles for a CFR spot. Not only did he move inside the top 12 of the Pro Rodeo Canada standings, but he also became the fifth American bronc rider eligible for the Canadian Finals, the maximum allowed under CFR qualification rules.
And a small $129.72 cheque won by four-time Canadian All-Around champion, Kyle Thomson in Brooks may have the biggest implication come November. It was Thomson’s third bulldogging cheque of the season, making him eligible for a crack at a fifth buckle. He joins bareback rider, Ky Marshall as all-around contenders with a spot secured at the CFR. Bronc rider, Josh Harden has the necessary qualifications but will need to win money this weekend in Calgary to book a trip to Edmonton.
Other big winners last weekend included tie-down roper, Rhen Richard ($2,113); bullrider, Tim Lipsett ($2,005 – which included a 90 point ride on the previously unridden Girletz bull Moto Moto, at Hanna); team ropers, Steele DePaoli/Kasper Roy ($1,533 each), steer wrestler, Tanner Milan ($1,492), barrel racer, Kendra Edey ($1,199) and two-event cowboy, Curtis Cassidy ($1,166 TDR, $811 SW).
Large Canadian Contingent Las Vegas Bound
Six Canadians have qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo from December 3-12 at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas. The contingent includes bareback riders, Clint Laye of Cadogan, AB and Orin Larsen of Inglis, MB; steer wrestler, Tanner Milan of Cochrane, AB; barrel racer, Deb Guelly of Okotoks, AB, and saddle bronc riders Zeke Thurston of Big Valley, AB and Tyrel Larsen of Inglis, MB. Two of the qualifiers, Tyrel Larsen and Deb Guelly, needed dramatic final ‘weekend of the season’ performances to move into the PRCA’s ‘top 15’. It’s the largest field of NFR qualifiers from Canada since 2008 and is the first qualification for all but Guelly, who makes her sixth appearance in Las Vegas