November 1, 2019 | Red Deer, AB — Day four of the Canadian Finals Rodeo, sponsored by RAM and the Government of Alberta, was dubbed Rodeo Royalty Day. The crowning of Miss Rodeo Canada and announcement of the 2019 Hall of Fame inductees prompted guests to sport their best purple attire for the day.
This morning’s on-site charity breakfast, sponsored by EQUS, raised funds for Aspire Special Needs Resource Centre. Rodeo goers filled up on French toast, sweet maple syrup and savory ham from 9 to 11 am in the Prairie Pavilion before taking on the jam-packed day ahead.
History was made as the first-ever Canadian Finals Breakaway Champion was named in the Centrium dirt at CFR46. Congratulations to Kendal Pierson of Wardlow, AB who took home the 2019 championship title, alongside a historic cash payout of $19,200.
It was a day of firsts, as the first annual Rising Stars Dummy Roping Championship took place in the Prairie Pavilion at noon sharp. Youth ropers fought for a spot in the championship round at the World Championship Dummy Roping in Las Vegas this December. Congratulations to our following Champions. Kooper Kusler for 6 and under, Rance Coates for 7-9 year olds, and Kayl Hankins for 10—12 years old.
There was double the Hot Stove action today in the CFR Tradeshow. At 11 am, Ted Stovin welcomed contestants Jacob Gardner, Scott Guenthner and Clayton Moore. Shoppers then pulled up a seat at the Stockmens Pavilion stage at 2 pm for the Rising Stars Hot Stove. Nine year old trick rider, Piper Yule, sat down along side Rising Stars competitors Beau Gardner and Dixon Tattire for a chat with Stovin.
Meanwhile inside Agricentre East, guests were soaking up new skills from Noon to 4 pm at the last Mel Hyland Horsemanship Clinic of CFR46.
From 4 to 6:30 pm, guests enjoyed the royal treatment at the Pre-Rodeo Party inside the Parkland Pavilion. Fans were greeted by rodeo royalty themselves; Miss Rodeo Canada 1959 Phylis Dahl, Benalto Rodeo Queen and Miss Rodeo Sundre were there to give guests a warm welcome. The ladies got glammed up for the night with the help of hair stylists from MC College. Attendees commemorated the evening by posing with On The Mark Production’s free photo booth before heading over to the Centrium lobby for Tie-Down Roping Autographs & pins until 6:30 pm.
The 2019 Canadian Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame Inductees were honoured tonight; Bob Phipps, 1979 Canadian Bull Riding Champion, Leon Laye, 1998 Canadian Steer Wrestling Champion, Rod Hay, 8 time Canadian Champion Saddle Bronc Rider and the late Dr. Gary Harbin in the builder category represented by his son Bruce and daughter Carrie Burks and Franklin Rodeo’s great bareback horse 527 Blue Ridge represented by Shane Franklin and Charlene. Dale Butterwick and Jim Lawerence were recognized as Legends of Rodeo with Darrell Paulovich posthumously as the very first recipient of the Award of Distinction. For full details on the Canadian Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame please visit their website: www.canadianprorodeohalloffame.org/2019
The first-ever Rising Stars Rodeo Queen was crowned this afternoon. Sadie Henn was honoured to not only take home the title but also to be down in the dirt for the Saturday afternoon performance to present the winning buckles to the Rising Stars Junior Canadian Finals go-round winners.
This evening also marked the end of the Miss Rodeo Canada Competition, as Alicia Erickson, 2018 Ponoka Stampede Queen from Trochu, AB was crowned Miss Rodeo Canada 2020 on the dirt during Performance #4. At 9:30pm, fans headed to the Crowning Reception held in the Lookout Room to witness contestant speeches and awards.
CFR performance #4 go round winners were Orin Larson with a score of 87.50 in the Bareback and CFR45 Champion Scott Guenther with a time of 3.7 in Steer Wrestling. Defending Junior Steer Riding Champion Tristen Manning has reclaimed his title for CFR46 with a score of 70.0.
In the timed event end, there was a tie for 1st place in the Team Roping as a time of 4.6 was shared between Clay Ullery and Riley Warren and Justin and Brett McCarrol. In Tie Down Roping Ty Harris tied the CFR record with a time of 7.0.
#1 man Zeke Thurston won his second go round of the week with a score of 87.25 in Saddle Bronc, while Brooke Wills won her first go round in Ladies Barrel Racing with a time of 14.223.
The Bull Riding saw a new go-round winner as Jordan Hanson received the highest score this week with 90.25.
Buckle Presentations, sponsored by Marshall Construction, took place in the Prairie Pavilion at 9:30 pm. Next door in the CFR Cabaret, Calgary-based country music singer Lauren Mayell pumped up a packed house for the Canadian country-rockers The Road Hammers as they shook up the TD Cabaret Stage.
Tomorrow’s theme is Around The World Day for the second last day of CFR46. Fans are encouraged to showcase their patriotism by sporting their home country’s colours as CFR celebrates the sport of rodeo on an international level.
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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