Youngstown, Cessford students place high at Rodeo Finals

Youngstown local Dixon Tattrie makes top place after three rides during the Canadian High School Rodeo Finals in Merritt, B.C. Image courtesy of Canadian High School Rodeo Finals

Prairie Land Regional School Division (PRLD) had two shining stars take home big titles after the Canadian High School Rodeo Finals.

Dixon Tattrie of Youngstown and Kendal Pierson of Cessford made their way to Merritt, B.C. from July 26 to July 28.

Tattrie won first place out of all bull riders in Canada after coming in as an underdog.

Both him and Pierson qualified for the provincial finals under one of three districts.

The top five from the province head to the national finals and at first that did not include Tattrie as he never placed in the top five.

Since Manitoba didn’t provide riders simply because of the travelling distance,  Tattrie along with others were able to attend as wildcards to fill spots.

“It was quite exciting because I hadn’t been riding the greatest going into finals so it was a nice turn around to go from not riding very well to going three for three and winning it all. It was elating and kind of relieving to finally hit that stride,” said Tattrie.

Many aspects keep the sport of bull riding alive for Tattrie.

“It’s very exciting. That’s all there is to it like there is all the travelling and you get to hang out with friends and you’re doing it pretty much all year round even if you’re not doing anything you are training for it.

“There’s the adrenaline rush after you get off and there is all the excitement of if you make a good ride, the excitement of the crowd and friends are cheering for you and you know you just did something great,” he said.

Kendal Pierson of Cessford placed in a number of events during the Canadian High School Rodeo Finals in Merritt, B.C. including barrel racing, breakaway roping and goat tying. A highlight was winning Girls All Round Reserve. Image courtesy of Canadian High School Rodeo Finals

As for Pierson, she went to the finals with a few events to participate in.

She placed second in the breakaway roping, fourth in both the goat tying and barrel racing and won Girls All Round Reserve.

“For my first year of high school, it was really good for sure,” said Pierson.

“It’s pretty cool considering how tiny our school is and being able to go out there and do all of that for such a small town.

Pierson started moving towards a life of rodeo by the time she was fiveyears- old through roping clinics and began to enter rodeos once she hit Grade 5.

Tattrie is entering his final year of high school while Pierson is headed into Grade 10.

 

Terri Huxley

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