Alix local becomes Canadian Breakaway Champion

Canadian Finals Breakaway Champion Bobbi Henderson of Alix, Alta. holds up her $17,000 cheque alongside “Papa Gord” Gord Nelson holding up her winning belt buckle on Sun. Oct. 24 in Claresholm, Alta. Photo by Roaming Vaquera Photography
Written by Terri Huxley

Canadian Finals Breakaway Champion Bobbi Henderson of Alix, Alta. holds up her $17,000 cheque alongside “Papa Gord” Gord Nelson holding up her winning belt buckle on Sun. Oct. 24 in Claresholm, Alta. Photo by Roaming Vaquera Photography

In the ‘Iron Man of Breakaway Roping’, Alix local Bobbi Henderson clinched the top spot on Sat. Oct. 23 in Claresholm, Alta. securing a $17,000 pay out.

With the help of her horse, Jimbo, and a strong support team along the way, Henderson was able to make it into the Top 4 after four elimination style rounds where the fastest move on.

The top four ropers include Henderson, Rylie Bondaroff (reserve champion), Kendal Pierson of Wardlow, Alta. (third) and Aubrey Ross (fourth).

Initially, the first three did not successfully catch, leaving all the pressure on Henderson as she was leading going into the final round with a 2.5 second catch in the Top 8.

She was able to catch, landing a 2.3 second time in the process.

“It was pretty overwhelming but pretty exciting too. At the start of the day I had no expectations to win it. I guess I didn’t think that it would actually happen because there was a lot of tough girls roping but it was pretty cool,” said Henderson.

“Like after I roped and I realized I won, all my friends were down at the gate with me.”

Henderson began roping at the age of 10 and has had several folks including “Papa Gord” Gord Nelson, Wade Meston and Lee White able to help out in her journey to success in the team roping and breakaway scene.

Her eight-year-old horse, Jimbo, came from the States originally owned by Jim Pollitt before changing hands to Lee White.

He was then sold to Henderson.

She has plans to go pro next year with the goal of qualifying for the Canadian Finals Rodeo in breakaway roping.

 

Terri Huxley

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Terri Huxley

Terri grew up on a grain farm near Drumheller, Alberta with an eye for the beautiful and uncharted. Living in such a unique and diverse area has helped her become the photographer and reporter she is today.

Coming from the East Central region getting this newspaper on her dinner table growing up, it helped her understand the community she now serves.

In May 2019, Terri was awarded Alberta Weekly Newspaper Association (AWNA) Canada's Energy Citizens Photographic Awards Sports Action – First Place as well as first for the same sports action image nationally with the Canadian Community Newspaper Association (CCNA). Fast forward to 2020, she has won second in the same category for the AWNA.