EDMONTON, AB – November 9, 2014 – “I knew I had to win the round.” The words were spoken by Tanner Milan as he described the moments before making a 3.5 run that clinched the second title for the likable Cochrane steer wrestler.
“My brother (hazer Baillee) slapped me on the back and told me to go for it. And that’s what I did.”
The run carried Milan to a $2600.00 margin of victory over sophomore bull dogger, Justin Miller of Neepawa, Manitoba who had to content himself with the aggregate title and a CFR pay cheque of just over $43,500.
The win was Milan’s second as he claimed the championship back in 2012. And like he did the first time around, Milan pulled a red shirt out of his closet for his final run. “I knew I was wearing a red shirt the first time I won so I figured I’d better wear one again today.”
While the money differential was close in the steer wrestling, it was nowhere near as tight as in the saddle bronc riding where Hastings, Minnesota bronc rider Tyler Corrington edged fellow American Cort Scheer by just $230. The difference was Corrington’s 86 point go-round winning ride aboard C5 Rodeo’s Lights Out while his traveling buddy, Sheer managed only a fourth place finish in the round with 79.75.
“I didn’t actually know I had won until they (CFR officials) told me to go to the tunnel for the Champions presentations.” The final round win capped off a week that saw Corrington add two seconds, a third, a three-four split as well as second in the average en route to the victory.
Steffanie Mather of Medicine Hat, Alberta became the first Canadian to win the barrel racing championship since 2010. She and her gelding, Buck, powered their way to a first, two seconds and three thirds, along with the aggregate title, to give the second time finalist a $20,000 margin over season leader Britany Diaz of Mandan, North Dakota.
Ponoka, Alberta’s Jake Vold was the only champion to secure his title before the final performance began. The four time CFR qualifier, who is headed to his first WNFR in December, had a slow start to the week, but picked up two firsts to add to his $40,002 in regular season earnings for a total of $63,621 and the gold buckle.
Chubbuck, Idaho tie-down roper, Matt Shiozawa has made four trips north to the CFR. This year, his perseverance paid off as he enjoyed a stellar year coming into the finals as the overall season leader with $25,394 in earnings. Two firsts, a share of second and second in the average netted the talented roper $65,062 as he held off challenges from Curtis Cassidy, Clint Robinson and Morgan Grant.
The team roping finale proved to be extremely close as well as Ponoka’s Levi Simpson won for the second time, this year with Pueblo, Colorado heeling partner, Ryon Tittel. The pair withstood the challenge of last year’s heading champion Kolton Schmidt and four time title holder Rocky Dallyn to secure the championship
In the bull riding, Kindersley, Saskatchewan’s Dakota Buttar, who celebrated his 22nd birthday during Thursday’s second round of the CFR, continued his season-long domination with a $47,000 finals performance. Two firsts, two thirds and the average win carried Buttar to a decisive $21,000 cushion over second place finisher and 2008 Champion, Tyler Thomson.
Other CFR winners were Ky Marshall in the all around race, Curtis Cassidy, with his eighth high point title and young cowboys, Lane Cust in the novice saddle bronc riding, Dantan Bertsch in the novice bareback riding and Coy Robbins in the steer riding.
Top stock awards for the finals went to the Calgary Stampede in the bareback riding for Unfortunate Carma, Outlaw Buckers’ celebrated saddle bronc, Lunatic Party and Vold Rodeo Company’s bull, Proper Ripped.
EDMONTON, AB – The following are the results of the sixth and final performance of the Canadian Finals Rodeo (CFR) held at Rexall Place on Sunday, November 9.
BAREBACK (2014 CFR earnings to date) 1. Matt Lait, Cayley, AB, 87.75, $11,809.44; 2/3. Kyle Bowers, Calgary, AB, 87.25, $7,267.35; 2/3. RC Landingham, Pendleton, OR, 87.25, $7,267.35; 4. Luke Creasy, Brownfield, AB, 86.00, $2,725.26; 5. Dusty LaValley, Bezanson, AB, 85.50, $1,211.22.
Total Season Earnings 1. Jake Vold, $63,621.72; 2. Matt Lait, $58,567.40; 3. Kyle Bowers, $44,492.47; 4. Dusty LaValley, $44,055.02; 5. Ty Taypotat, $35,567.22.
Canadian Champion: Jake Vold, Airdrie, AB
Champion Horse: Unfortunate Carma, Calgary Stampede
CFR Aggregate Winner: Matt Lait, Cayley, AB.
STEER WRESTLING (2014 CFR earnings to date) 1. Tanner Milan, Cochrane, AB, 3.5, $11,809.44; 2. Curtis Cassidy, Donalda, AB, 3.8, $8,781.38; 3. Dustin Walker, Vanscoy, SK, 3.9, $5,753.32; 4. Justin Miller, Neepawa, MB, 4.0, $2,725.26; 5. Clayton Moore, Pouce Coupe, BC, 4.6, $1,211.22.
Total Season Earnings: 1 Tanner Milan, $64,618.90 ; 2 Justin Miller, $62,023.53; 3 Curtis Cassidy, $48,923.36 ; 4 Jesse Lawes, $43,178.78 ; 5 Cody Cassidy, $40,204.47.
Canadian Champion: Tanner Milan, Cochrane, AB
CFR Aggregate Winner: Justin Miller, Neepawa, MB
TEAM ROPING (2014 CFR earnings to date) 1. Rhen Richard, Roosevelt, UT, $5,904.71 & Jeremy Buhler, Arrowwood, AB, $5,904.71, 3.7; 2. Bryce Palmer, Milton-Freewater, OR, $4,390.68 & Jacob Minor, Milton-Freewater, OR, $4,390.68, 4.0; 3. Roland McFadden, Vulcan AB, $2,876.65 & Tyrel Flewelling, Lacombe AB, $2,876.65, 4.3; 4. Braidy Davies, Medicine Hat AB, $1,362.63 & Chase Simpson, Claresholm AB, $1,362.63, 4.6; 5. Travis Gallais, Red Deer AB, $605.61 & Kevin Schreiner, Medicine Hat AB, $605.61, 5.0.
Total Season Earnings 1. Levi Simpson, $42,459.52 & Ryon Tittel, $42,459.48; 2. Kolton Schmidt, $40,685.73 & Rocky Dallyn, $42,122.27; 3. Justin McCarroll, $33,509.44 & Brett McCarroll, $33,509.46; 4. Travis Gallais, $31,305.47 & Kevin Schreiner, $30,933.22; 5. Rhen Richard, $29,825.53 & Jeremy Buhler, $36,274.08.
Canadian Champion: Levi Simpson, Ponoka, AB & Ryon Tittel, Pueblo, CO
CFR Aggregate Winner: Justin McCarroll, Camrose, AB & Brett McCarroll, Camrose AB
SADDLE BRONC RIDING (2014 CFR earnings to date) 1. Tyler Corrington, Hastings, MN, 86.00, $11,809.44; 2. Rylan Geiger, Bracken, SK, 84.75, $8,781.38; 3 Jim Berry, Rocky Mtn. House AB, 83.50, $5,753.32; 4. Cort Scheer, Elsmere NE, 79.75, $2,725.26.
Total Season Earnings 1. Tyler Corrington, $78,667.82; 2. Cort Scheer, $78,429.17; 3. Rylan Geiger, $70,686.81; 4 Dustin Flundra, $43,593.67; 5. Jim Berry, $38,107.61.
Canadian Champion: Tyler Corrington, Hastings, MN
Champion Horse: Lunatic Party, Outlaw Buckers Rodeo
CFR Aggregate Winner: Cort Scheer, Elsmere, NE
TIE DOWN ROPING (2014 CFR earnings to date) 1. Dean Edge, Rimbey, AB, 7.7, $11,809.44; 2/3. Matt Shiozawa, Chubbuck, ID, 7.8, $7,267.35; 2/3. Clint Robinson, Spanish Fork, UT, 7.8, $7,267.35; 4. Lee Rombough, Sexsmith, AB, 8.0, $2,725.26; 5. Riley Warren, Stettler, AB, 8.9, $1,211.22.
Total Season Earnings 1. Matt Shiozawa, $65,062.42; 2. Curtis Cassidy, $52,907.93; 3. Clint Robinson, $47,341.89; 4. Morgan Grant, $47,144.16 ; 5. Randall Carlisle, $39,467.99
Canadian Champion: Matt Shiozawa, Chubbuck, ID
CFR Aggregate Winner: Curtis Cassidy, Donalda, AB
LADIES BARREL RACING (2014 CFR earnings to date) 1. Sydney Daines, Red Deer County, AB, 14.376, $11,809.44; 2. Nancy Csabay, Taber AB, 14.415, $8,781.38; 3. Steffanie Mather, Medicine Hat, AB, 14.602, $5,753.32; 4. Britany Diaz, Mandan, ND, 14.633, $2,725.26; 5. Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, SD, 14.766, $1,211.22.
Total Season Earnings 1. Steffanie Mather, $79,274.37; 2. Britany Diaz, $59,784.96; 3, Sydney Daines, $59,014.83; 4. Julie Leggett, $34,017.37; 5. Tara Muldoon, $31,840.09.
Canadian Champion: Steffanie Mather, Medicine Hat, AB
CFR Aggregate Winner: Steffanie Mather, Medicine Hat, AB
BULL RIDING (2014 CFR earnings to date) 1. Scott Schiffner, Strathmore, AB, 87.75, $11,809.44; 2. Tyler Thomson, Black Diamond, AB, 85.75, $8,781.38; 3. Dakota Buttar, Kindersley, SK, 85.50, $5,753.32; 4. Tyler Pankewitz, Ponoka, AB, 85.00, $2,725.26.
Total Season Earnings 1 Dakota Buttar, $82,809.67 ; 2 Tyler Thomson, $61,519.14 ; 3 Chad Besplug, $60,609.60 ; 4 Tyler Pankewitz, $53,622.15 ; 5 Scott Schiffner, $42,186.03
Canadian Champion: Dakota Buttar, Kindersley, SK
Champion Bull: Proper Ripped, Vold Rodeo
CFR Aggregate Winner: Dakota Buttar, Kindersley, SK
ALL AROUND CHAMPION: Ky Marshall
HIGH POINT CHAMPION: Curtis Cassidy
TOP GUN: Cort Scheer
Attendance for Sunday, November 9, performance was 15,677. Overall attendance at the 2014 Canadian Finals Rodeo was announced at 90,049.
About the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association: The Canadian Professional Rodeo Association (CPRA) with it’s headquarters in Airdrie, Alberta, is the sanctioning body for professional rodeo in Canada. The CPRA sanctions over 50 events annually with a total payout exceeding $5.1 million. Join us for the 41st edition of the Canadian Finals Rodeo (CFR) November 5th to 9th, 2014 in Edmonton, Alberta at Rexall Place, our association’s premiere event. For more information please visit RodeoCanada.com or call (403) 945-0903. Follow us on Twitter, or like our page on Facebook, and watch the action on YouTube throughout the year.