With fall season comes end of season for Canada’s Pro rodeo tours, culminating in the Canadian Finals Rodeo, held in Edmonton November 5 to 9.
After weeks enjoying the pastures of the Stampede Ranch near Hanna (pictured below), 36 top bucking stars will soon climb aboard the Calgary Stampede trucks for the trip north – rough stock horses and bulls who qualified for Canada’s pro rodeo finals through consistently strong performances all season long.
This combination of Canada’s top bucking horses and top cowboys is sure to add to some great performances to determine Canada’s champion cowboys and Canadian horses and bulls. The Stampede stars are definitely in the running for go-round buckles and possible some bronze.
In the saddle bronc event, 16 Stampede broncs will show their best at the CFR. This list includes Stampede Warrior (above), who has been astounding both north and south of the border in 2014, including a virtually-perfect 94-point ride with Cody DeMoss at Rodeo Houston to shatter the arena record that made headlines in Canada and abroad. You can see this amazing mare – sired by legendary Stampede bareback horse Grated Coconut – at the Friday night performance and again in the final Sunday round at the CFR.
Also on the broncs list are mainstay stars like Lynx Mountain (above) and Mad Money, the “delivery brothers” of Urgent Delivery and Timely Delivery, plus a host of rising stars, such as Weary Joke, Warped Logic and Wild Cherry.
A total of 13 bareback horses qualified for CFR this year. Exceptional stallion Special Delivery won the 2012 Canadian Bareback Horse of the Year and is in the hunt for the CFR Bareback Horse title this year after an exceptional season. He’ll be the one to watch Friday evening and Sunday afternoon.
Bareback mare Twin Cherry is also up for the ride north to Edmonton after a spectacular season, which included boosting Richard Champion to a $1.1 million win at the new All-American Rodeo at Arlington in January – rodeo’s richest-ever single day payout to a cowboy. Watch for this feisty mare on Thursday and Saturday evenings at the CFR.
Watch for other bareback stars, including Muffled Cries and Nightmare Rocket, both well-known stock highly anticipated by cowboys for great rides and consistently high scores. Up-and-coming stars making their mark include Simply Marvellous (pictured above), Wanaka Rocket and Unfortunate Carma, while mainstay bronc Licorice Baby promises a sweet ride for some novice cowboys.
Six Stampede bulls are bringing some serious brawn to Rexall Place, including top-billed Pawn Star and Low Life (pictured above). Rodeo fans will be thrilled to welcome back Classic Hit,Man in Black, Gator and Burn it to the Ground, bulls well-recognized in rodeo circles as tough competitors sure to give the bull riders and fighters a run for their money.