The Wildhorse Round Up
My apologies Rodeo fans! Immediately after the Powassan Smoke n Spurs Festival, I jumped on an airplane to the west to stunt coordinate a show.
So, better late than never to re-cap an event as successful and of the magnitude of the Smoke n Spurs Festival.
The rain hampered Friday night performance. Needless to say the stands weren’t full but they were pretty good all things considered.
It would have been nice to have a packed house to watch the outstanding rodeo action but, c’est la vie. The ground held up beautifully and the cowboys and cowgirls came to git ‘er dun.
Saturday and Sunday were both packed to capacity. With the New Holland Elite Series Championship and qualifications for the MBRP Hi-Performance Sunday Showdown on the line, there wasn’t a contestant present that didn’t have their game face on.
In the bareback riding, Pascal Isabelle set the tone on the old campaigner Bay Day who has found his new groove in the bareback riding. The new kid on the block, Reginald Lecourt, made a really great ride on 48 All Star but both men would be denied the championship by the renowned Illinois riggin’ rider Joe Courville. Gino Perron made a super bronc ride on our steady old bucker WS 531 Kamora and Rod Weese followed closely behind on WS561 Fancy Trick. The top four were rounded out by Pete Hallman and Marc Maher.
Cody Mousseau won the Tie Down in 9.5 and picked up a fourth in the dogging with a 4.5. Tyler Foster won the dogging with a 4.2. Between Cody, Tyler Rod and Brandon it was a tough bulldogging!!
The barrels saw Terri Robertson from Michigan pull the win in 16.12 and Barb Millar was right behind her with 16.20. Barb’s travelling partner Linda Carter was only 2/10s behind her to round out the top three with less that 4/10s between them. Who doesn’t love a pressure cooker?
Cody Mousseau and Brian Doner won the Team Roping and $1345 each followed by Ken Doner and Glenn Middlebrook.
Third went to Dave Doner and Greg Hickey. I guess they probably had steak on the Doner’s Sunday night. Taylor Dunk pulled her first New Holland Elite Series win in 18.9 in the junior barrels and Samuel Titley finally broke the ice in the steer riding after a series of second place finishes most of the summer. Amanda Orr was the winner of the series in the breakaway and stayed on form to win the rodeo, as well.
The story of the weekend for me was Tyson Kimmet and Cody Heal. I’ve always had a lot of confidence in these are two kids and they are turning into a pair of bull riding fiends. Tyson made a rank 80 point ride on WH624 Purple People Eater. “Purp” has only been rode two other times in the last two years. That is a big, strong hard bucking bull and Tyson had to channel his inner warrior to get him rode. Bottom line is, HE DID! Seconds later his travelling partner and buddy Cody Heal jumps out there and twists ol’ 401 Sugarfoot for 75 points.
A really nice bull ride Cody. It’s great to see you guys coming into your own. However, Nicholas Brien is a Quebec boy who’s been lighting it up all year on our tour. The bull riding is never decided until this guy is done. Nicholas jumped in between the two Ontario boys with a great bull ride on WH443 G-Force. Last but not least for the series was our perpetually smiling cowgirl Chelsea Keller from Michigan. Chelsea scooped the pole bending in 24.34. We love to see cowgirls like her at our rodeos. That wrapped up the New Holland Elite Series for the 2013 season.
We moved into the Hi-Performance Showdown Sunday sponsored by The Garage performance parts and accessories and MBRP performance exhaust. I can’t really put into words the level of competition that this format produced. When you have one chance to win it all, you have to relax and focus. It’s like no other format. The competition was unreal but the story of Sunday was the ties between travelling partners and friends Tyler Foster and Rod Weese. These two cowboys showed us what “toeing the line” is all about. Not only did they tie with stellar 3 second bulldogging runs but they tied in the saddle bronc riding, too. Tyler ended up winning both tie breakers but in fairness to Rod, the bronc riding was a drawing contest. And, not to discredit Tyler! He capitalized on the opportunities that were presented. It was an awesome day of rodeo!
The Hi-Performance Showdown Champions were as follows:
- BB: Joe Courville on WM18 Twin Blue
- SB: Tyler Foster on WS14 Boot Hill
- BR: Nicholas Brien
- TD: Ross Scully
- SW: Tyler Foster
- LBR: Barb Millar
- TR: Jeremy McCulligh and Trevor Dunk
- LR: Tamara Weese
- JBR: Lexi McLeish
- JSR: Jonathan Catto
- PB: Billy Jo Peidl
Thank you cowboys and cowgirls for an awesome rodeo season!
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