CFR Day Two Salutes Military & First Responders

October 30, 2019 | Red Deer, AB — Day two of the 46th Canadian Finals Rodeo (CFR 46) , presented by RAM, was Military & First Responders day. Thousands of CFR guests donned red poppies in support of those who serve our beautiful country.

The day started off at 9 am for the Charity Pancake Breakfast sponsored by Westerner Park. Contestants, exhibitors, and fans alike raised money for the Red Deer Firefighters Children’s Charity in exchange for their spot in the all-you-can-eat breakfast line.

The dust was kicked up in the Centrium first thing this morning for the Bucking Horse Futurity. Congratulations to their Top Horse Buckle winner for high point horse, Jarrett Jackson and his #408 bay paint filly marking 86 points. Jarrett also won the Top Remuda with his 2nd team with an aggregate score of 244 points. Their Top Cowboy with a score of 83 points on Barcode Buckers #573 Dark House was Pascal Isabelle. For full results please visit: https://www.cfrreddeer.ca/news-media/

Following the morning’s Barrel Racing Autograph session in the Trade Show, the first-ever CFR Fashion Show drew in a great crowd while showcasing the Rising Stars Rodeo Queen contestants’ modeling skills.

The show contained sets featuring trendy clothing and accessories from some of the CFR Trade Show exhibitors. The second and final fashion show of CFR takes place tomorrow at 3 pm in the Exhibition Hall and will showcase a brand new outfits from world-class western exhibitors.

In partnership with the Red Deer Regional Airport, CFR kicked off their 2019 Rodeo Acts of Kindness campaign in a big way. As a result of the Airport’s social media contest, CFR was able to provide 20 well-deserving local families with the full rodeo experience. The packages included tickets to a CFR rodeo performance, a parking pass, CFR swag and more; families were privately nominated through the Airport’s Facebook page.

From 4:00 – 6:30 pm, fans celebrated Military & First Responders day inside the CFR Cabaret, presented by Home Building Centre. Warrant Officer Kevin Pierce and 4 honourary members of the Canadian Armed Forces were present at the Pre-Rodeo Party, along with a display of the Howitzer artillery gun. Members of the 24 Red Deer Air Cadet Squadron encouraged guests to enter their raffle in support of their group, where they had an opportunity to win an autographed Ryan Nugent-Hopkins jersey, hat and hockey stick.

Ahead of Performance #2, eight of the CFR 46 Team Roping contestants signed autographs for fans in the Centrium lobby. Folks also collected their limited edition CFR 46 event pin, as this served as the first opportunity for pin collectors to get a hold of the exclusive Team Roping pin.

The second Performance of CFR kicked off at 7 pm sharp with a special opening ceremonies, presented by the City of Red Deer and Red Deer County. A standing ovation was given to injured bull rider, Klayton Lakevold, who was backed by all twelve of the CFR Bull Riding qualifiers. Guests were asked to stay standing for First Responders & Military personnel as members of the 78 Field Battery were introduced. RCMP Sgt. Halwa joined his daughter, Kennedy Halwa, for a special signing of O’ Canada.

It  was a night of firsts for these contestants! Bareback rider, Cole Goodine capturing his first go round of the week with a score of 86.25.  Jason Thomas  won Steer Wrestling with a time of 3.6, while Matt Sherwood and Hunter Koch won Team Roping with a time of 3.8.

Tie Down roper, Ty Harris captured his first go around of the week with a time of 8.0, while CFR45 Runner up Taylor Manning won her first go round with a time of 14.456.

And for the second night in a row Edgar Durazo takes home the buckle for Bull riding with a score of 87.75. To see full list of results from performance #2 please visit: www.cfrreddeer.ca/rodeo/results/

Following the rodeo Performance, guests gathered in the Prairie Pavilion for the Buckle Presentations before heading over to the Cabaret for the evening’s live musical performances. Legend of George Jones warmed up the crowd before Bobby Wills rocked the TD Cabaret stage.

Tomorrow, CFR is embracing Halloween with a western twist for the third day of the national event. Fans are encouraged to arrive in costume and trick-or-treat through the Trade Show with over 50 participating exhibitors, and enter in the Costume Contest at 4 pm.



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.

For more information please contact:

Ashley Nelson
Marketing & Communications Assistant Manager
P   403.309.0205
E   anelson@westernerpark.ca


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