October 31, 2019 | Red Deer, AB —The third day of the 46th Canadian Finals Rodeo marked the half way point in the six-day celebration, and embraced the spirit of Halloween with a western twist.
Things got started early at 8 am in Agricentre East for the horsemanship portion of the Rising Stars Rodeo Queen Competition, sponsored by Shine FM. The five young ladies soaked up the last day of this first annual competition. The winning contestant will be crowned tomorrow afternoon at the MNP Rising Stars Junior Canadian Finals.
Guests headed over to the Prairie Pavilion for this morning’s pancake breakfast, sponsored by The Granary Kitchen. From 9 to 11 am, folks filled their plates with fluffy pancakes and heaps of bacon in exchange for donations to the Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter.
At 11 am a crowd quickly formed in the Stockmens Pavilion as guests pulled up a chair to listen to the Athlete Hot Stove. Ted Stovin with guests Al Bouchard, Jordan Hansen and Brett Monea chatted about their pro rodeo experiences.
The first-ever Canadian Finals Breakaway Competition kicked off at noon today in the Centrium. Top female Breakaway Ropers from across the nation competed for a spot in tomorrow’s finals, and the opportunity to be named the first Canadian Open Breakaway Champion. The finals take place tomorrow in the Centrium at 12 pm.
Rodeo goers filled the stands in Agricentre East for the first day of the Mel Hyland Horsemanship Clinic. Multi-Rodeo Hall of Famer Mel Hyland will demonstrating horsemanship skills, free of charge, once again tomorrow from 12-4pm in Agricentre East as part of the many on-site events happening during CFR 46.
Trade Show shoppers stayed entertained as kids and adults alike were welcomed to collect candy for Trade Show Trick-or-Treat. A costume contest for families, children and adults, who were judged by spectators’ applause for their opportunity to win prizes, courtesy of Master Mind Toys.
Alberta Country Music Award winning artist Cody Mack and local musician Dean Ray brought their acoustic sounds to the two entertainment stages throughout the day. Contestants and fans gathered in the Exhibition Hall at 3 pm for the final Fashion Show of CFR.
Contestants from Saddle Bronc, Junior Steer Riding, Novice Saddle Bronc and Novice Bareback sat for autograph signings as attendees gathered into the Centrium lobby ahead of Performance #3. Here, fans were able to get their hands on three out of the eight collectable CFR event pins.
Today’s opening ceremonies, presented by the City of Red Deer and Red Deer County, payed homage to the top Bucking Stock of the Year and Timed Event Horses of the Year. In true Halloween spirit, fans were delighted to see an equine friend don a custom glow-in-the-dark costume.
CFR45 Bareback Riding Champion Richmond Champion won his first go round today with a score of 88.25, while Ty Millar also won his first go round of the week with a time of 3.5 in Steer Wrestling. Team Ropers, Matt Sherwood and Hunter Koch tied the arena record with a time of 3.7. The record was previously held by Paul Eabes and Dustin Bird in 2012. and Mike & Brandon Beers in 2008.
It was the rookies who shone in Saddle Bronc and Tie Down Roping. Logan Hay captured his first CFR go round win with a score of 86.00 while Blair Smith also won in Tie Down roping with a time of 7.8.
Ladies Barrel racing saw a new go round winner as Angela Ganter took the lead with a time of 14.543. In the novice Lachlan Sheppard was crowned Novice Saddle Bronc Champion while Chett Deitz was crowned Novice Bareback Champion. The Junior Steer Riding has one more night to go with Season Leader Tristen Manning winning the night with a score of 70.00.
In the Bull Riding it was none other than Edgar Durazo, he is now 3 for 3 going into day 4 of CFR46. For a full list of results visit www.cfrreddeer.ca/rodeo/results/
Inside the Parkland Pavilion, Chris LeBlanc got guests in the groove before headliner George Canyon took to the TD Cabaret Stage. The CFR Cabaret, presented by Home Building Center, is all ages and free to attend with the exception of Corb Lund’s Saturday night show.
Tomorrow is Rodeo Royalty Day at CFR. Fans are encouraged to wear their finest purple attire, as purple is the colour of royalty. CFR will crown Miss Rodeo Canada and announce the 2019 Hall of Fame inductees.
About the Canadian Finals Rodeo
The Canadian Finals Rodeo is a world-class rodeo event that brings together the very best rodeo athletes and fans from around the world. From October 29—November 3, you can catch high energy performances from Canada’s top athletes in events like Bareback, Bull Riding, Steer Wrestling, Ladies Barrel Racing, and more. With 120 competitors and seven performances, including the Rising Stars Junior Canadian Finals Rodeo.
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