Canadians take on National Finals Rodeo

Zeke Thurston of Big Valley, Ab. takes a victory lap around the Westerner Park arena after winning the Sunday final’s day money during the Canadian Finals Rodeo (CFR). He scored high after a fantastic ride on Kesler Rodeo’s ‘Copper Cat’ on Sunday, Nov. 4. ECA Review/File Photo

Team Canada came to play at the 60th annual Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) in Las Vegas these past two weeks.

On Night 3, Scott Guenthner of Provost, Ab. tied for third place with Hunter Cure after making an identical time of 4.10 seconds.

Night 6, Dec. 11., Donalda’s Curtis Cassidy claimed the top spot for making a time of 3.60 seconds again while Guenthner tied for sixth place with Will Lummus.

Night 8, the Provost cowboy snagged third place with a time of 4 seconds flat.

The next night he split third place with Tyler Pearson, making a run of 4.10 seconds.

Guenthner placed seventh overall in the average for steer wrestling, taking home a cheque for $94,403.84 while Cassidy placed 14th, earning $82,346.16 in Sin City.

Big Valley’s Zeke Thurston made waves at the Wrangler NFR, proving Alberta has its fair share of champions.

After the first few performances of consistent third to fifth place finishes, Thurston was bucked off New West Rodeo Productions’ Black Sun on Sunday, Dec. 9 (Night 4).

He was able to bounce back on Night 6 as he scored 89.5 points on Powder River Rodeo’s Miss Chestnut. This first place win was tied with Cort Scheer.

Contestants of the Canadian Finals Rodeo
(CFR) competed for their respective day money on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018. The
45th annual event began in Red Deer in the Westerner Park for a full six days of
competition, trade shows, breakfasts, and crownings. Above: Scott Guenthner of
Provost, Ab. successfully takes down his steer during the steer wrestling portion of the CFR. ECA Review/ /File Photo

Round 9, Fri. Dec. 14 was the night Thurston continued to shine taking the top spot after scoring a solid 90 points on Andrew Rodeo’s horse, Brutus.

Overall, the young cowboy made $149,403.85, finishing third in the Average.

A well-known stock contractor that supplied livestock to the event was none other than the Calgary Stampede.

Y U R Friskey was given a high score of 86.5 for Cort Scheer’s ride in Night 1.

Carman Pozzobon of B.C. was Canada’s highest ranking athlete as she won the Barrel Racing aggregate title.

The Wrangler NFR took place from Thurs. Dec. 6 to Sat. Dec. 15 making for a powerful 10-Day performance.


Terri Huxley

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