November 3, 2019 | Red Deer, AB — The final day of the 46th Canadian Finals Rodeo was Gold Champions Day; as the competition was set to heat up, fans wore their best gold threads to be a part of the celebrations.
The morning’s charity breakfast, sponsored by Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce, tied in the gold theme nicely with guests filling up on fluffy golden waffles, berries and thick cut bacon. With donations going to support Habitat for Humanity, the grub was served up with the help of some special dignitary volunteers, including Minister of Culture, Multiculturalism & status of Women, Leela Aheer, Agriculture and Forestry and MLA Innisfail and Sylvan Lake, Devin Dreeshen, Minister of Education, Adriana LaGrange, and MLA Red Deer South, Jason Stephan. Over $3000 was raised over the week for five local charities; a big thank you to the sponsors and guests who made that number possible.
Rodeo goers by the hundreds took in the Cowboy Church presented by the Fellowship of Christian Cowboys and sponsored by Shine FM in the Parkland Pavilion.
Fans headed over to the Stockmens Pavilion stage at 11 am for the last Athlete Hot Stove of the week. It was a family affair as host Ted Stovin welcomed CFR46 Saddle Bronc competitors Logan and Dawson Hay, along side their father and legendary Saddle Bronc rider Rod Hay.
From 10 am to 1 pm, shoppers took the final opportunity to get their hands on unique, quality western products at the free CFR Trade Show.
Championship Sunday also marked the last day for rodeo fans to grab the remainder of the limited edition CFR event pins. Pin collectors headed to Team Roping & Bull Riding autograph sessions in the Exhibition Hall and Centrium lobby, respectively, for the chance to complete their set of eight. 2019 marked the return of the pin trading to CFR, which the event is looking forward to growing in the years to come.
Fans took up the chance to grab their Kubota raffle tickets, where they had a shot at winning a Kubota Z421 Zero Turn Mower, plus Yamaha acoustic guitars signed by CFR46 Cabaret headliners. Raffle tickets will continue to be on sale through the Agri-Trade Equipment Expo, November 6 – 8. Proceeds from the raffle will benefit the Ronald McDonald House Central Alberta; winners are to be drawn on November 10 at Westerner Park.
Hundreds of guests entered to win a massage chair, valued at over $9000, courtesy of Dynasty Spas; the draw was made on Sunday afternoon at Westerner Park, winner to be notified.
In partnership with the Mustard Seed, CFR wrapped up their Fill Your Boots campaign on the heels of #Socktober, with hundreds of sock donations made by rodeo goers.
Guests were adorned in gold metallic beads as they entered the Centrium for Performance #7. Around the concourse, you could find drinks poured into golden cups and shimmering soft serve ice cream topped with gold sprinkles.
CFR46 saw new and defending champions claim Canadian titles in the Westerner Park Centrium on Sunday afternoon.
Orin Larson secured his first Bareback Canadian title after 3 go-round wins in a row, Larson also won the aggregate and finished CFR46 with $80,578.34.
#1 man Zeke Thurston was red hot all year. Thurston won 2 go-rounds during CFR46 and broke the monetary record, of most money won in a single year by event, finishing with $110,785.68.
Defending Champions Scott Guenthner, Steer Wrestling, and Shane Hanchey, Tie- Down, claimed their titles once again for CFR46. Gunthner finished off the week with a total earning of $55,013.78 while Hanchey finished with $57,089.67.
In the Ladies Barrel Racing, Brooke Wills is the new Canadian Champion, Wills finished the week with $60,657.37. Matt Sherwood and Hunter Koch are the new Team Roping Canadian Champion, Sherwood finished with $74,616.07 while Koch finished with $74,728.86.
The Bull Riding saw a dramatic finish as Jordan Hansen and Edgar Durazo battled for the Canadian Title. Durazo was named the new Canadian Bull Riding Champion finishing his first CFR with $106,641.01 while Hansen won the aggregate finishing his week with $99,357.75.
The afternoon wrapped up with fans saluting the 2019 Champions as they were presented their buckles & saddles down in the dirt.
A big thank you to our presenting sponsor, RAM, alongside the Government of Alberta, all sponsors, 70 full time staff, 300 plus casual staff and the over 500 volunteers who made CFR46 possible. Join us for CFR47 at Westerner Park, November 3-8, 2020!
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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