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8's, 80's and rank-rank stock...great start to 2010 in Lindsay, ON

Sunday, 30 May 2010 23:37

For the 23rd consecutive year, Rodeo stampeded into the Kawartha's as Rawhide Rodeo kicked off the 2010 International Professional Rodeo Association Canadian Tour and Ontario Rodeo Association Season in Lindsay, Ontario.  The setting was the Lindsay Agricultural Society Fairgrounds, making this the 3rd year for Rawhide Rodeo in front of the "still new" grandstands.

Over the two performances, rodeo fans were treated to some of the best Professional Rodeo in Eastern Canada...with 8-second runs in the Tiedown Roping, 80-point Bull Riding scores and other huge runs and rides in all of the disciplines of the Sport.

Off the top, the animal athletes of Rawhide Rodeo were the superstars of the event.  The broncs were evenly split between veteran Bucking Horses and recently acquired colts.  The Bull pen had a few new faces, but mostly featured all of the finals selection herds...staples like #3 Superstar and #MK6 Wired.  After Saturday night's performance, there were only 2 qualified rides in the bronc riding events (Bareback and Saddle Bronc Riding combined for 8 "outs").  And the Junior Bull Riding string were far from the "slightly rank 'jump kicker's'", they all fired out of the chute and turned back in the latch...there were no qualified rides in the Junior Bull Riding.  Out of over 18 gates in the Bull Riding, there was one qualified ride.  Junior Bulls-Broncs and Bulls BUCKED!

The IPRA and ORA talent pool was as strong as their bovine and equine combatants.  World Champions, IFR Qualifiers, National Inter-collegiate Rodeo Finals Qualifiers, High School Rodeo Champions all took their turn calling for a gate as the entry numbers were massive, and everyone wanted to get a jump on the chase for the buckle in Professional Rodeo in Eastern Canada.

5-Time All-Around Champion of International Professional Rodeo, Shawn Minor of Camden, Ohio made a solid ride versus Rawhide Rodeo's #119 Ninja Turtle, the first time the horse had been bucked on Canadian Soil.  They were scored at 74 points in the Bareback Bronc riding for a brand new arena Record.  That rounded out Bareback Riding Saturday night.  A rematch ensued during the Sunday performance between St. Lin-Laurentide, Quebec's Christian Bilodeau and Rawhide Rodeo's #H26 Hitman.  One year to the day, these two rodeo stars set the arena record at 73-points.  Like deja vu, after another successful 8-seconds together, they were scored at 73-points again in 2010.  Finishing second, it still made for an exciting finish to rigging riding.

A long "strap" (barrier) played difficult in a majority of the timed events.  Though the Arena Record for Steer Wrestling was 4.6 in 2008, the closest they could get in 2010 was 6.3.  The 2009 IPRA Canadian Tour Champion and Finals Champion, Tim Kemp was the fastest bull dogger, to continue where he left off at the end of the 2009 season.

As mentioned earlier, the junior bulls went 8-0 against the Junior Bull Riders.  Of note is Rawhide Rodeo's #911...two direction changes and a huge belly-roll in less than 4 seconds...Junior Bull Riding will be tough in 2010!

Team Roping on the whole wasn't the strongest it has been.  42 teams entered, and a lot of No-Times.  Drew Carnes and Tim Buckenmeyer were 7.5 to win, though the flavour of the event was set Saturday Night when an IFR Bull Riding Qualifier and IFR Bullfighter placed second in the performance.  It showed that "it doesn't matter what kind of rowls are on your spurs..."  Raymond Postlethwait and Ryan Smith of Michigan and New York ended up in 6th overall with their 16.  With Erin, Ontario next on the Tour, at $1,000 added and over 50-teams, it would be safe to say team roping will heat up as the summer begins to sizzle.

The Fastest Event of Rodeo, Breakaway Roping was where the best roping was done, at least on Saturday.  Meagan DeWetering of Crediton, Ontario posted a 2.9 second run to win the Lindsay Rodeo and set a brand new arena record.  Beyond the 2.9...the rest were fast as well....2.9, 3.0, 3.5, 3.5 and 3.6 were the times paying off in the event.

The Saddle Bronc Riders were blanked on Saturday Night...even the 2-time IPRA World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider was dusted.  Only one qualified ride was made in the Bronc riding...Alvinston, Ontario's Rod Weese, the reigning IPRA Rookie of the Year was 66 points versus Rawhide Rodeo's #829 Western Star.

The pen was huge in Lindsay, which made for a large barrel racing course.  Hillsburgh, Ontario's Lisa Gray had the fastest run of the weekend Saturday Night with a 16.036 second run.  Joanne Fisher, the reigning Ontario Finals Rodeo Barrel Racing Champion placed just behind her with a 16.245.

The reigning IPRA Canadian Finals Champion, Mickaela Cronin of Mitchell, Ontario was 16.805 in the Junior Barrel Racing, winning the event by almost a half a second over second place.

Tiedown Roping provided a smoke show in the sunshine on Sunday afternoon.  IFR Qualifiers, a former Reserve World Champion, a 10-time Ontario Champion and other talent waited for their moment to rope.  Jarod Nooren of St. Thomas, Ontario, the first cowboy from Ontario, Canada to qualify for the National Inter-Collegiate Finals Rodeo (also the second...qualified the same year as Morgan Grant of Granton, Ontario...two legendary Ontario High School Rodeo Champions from the 2007 and 2008 Classes) waited to Lindsay to make his boldest move in Ontario Rodeo.  A picture perfect, textbook like run that looked quick but didn't seem fast ensued.  Numbers on the watch...8.1 seconds...one of the fastest tiedown roping runs in Eastern Canada, happening at the first rodeo of the season...beauty.  But, as expected, the overall event was steep.  The top-three times were 10.0 or faster, and last "spot" for payout was an 11.5.

Bull Riding.  Wow.  18 Bulls were bucked out Saturday night...almost an entire performance worth alone.  Though many tried, only one was able to ride under the spotlights, as a two-time Rawhide Rodeo Extreme Tour Champion, Clinton Smith of London, Ontario posted a 73 versus Rawhide Rodeo's #504 Blue Duck.  15 more Bulls were bucked Sunday afternoon, and a few more qualified rides were posted.  One of the last to ride, Clayton, Michigan's Raymond Postlethwait (the Bull Rider who did well in the Team Roping earlier in the weekend) matched up against Rawhide Rodeo's #M4 Twitch.  The pair burst out of the chute and Twitch bucked and dived for about 20 feet into the arena and cranked into a spin as Postlethwait matched the bull move-for-move and spurred frantically as the 8-seconds neared an end with a spin into the cowboy's hand.  Judged, "just right", the crowd exploded as the score of "8-Zero, Eighty Points" boomed over the PA.

The 2010 Lindsay Rodeo was one of the best "opening rodeos" prolly ever for Eastern Canadian Rodeo...wrecks...wrecks...wrecks...smokin' runs and "wicked rides".  No matter what the fan's level of rodeo experience was, they were treated to some truly memorable moments of Professional Rodeo.

The big winners of the event, however, were the great people behind Camp Maple Leaf, an organization that offers those that wouldn't normally have the opportunity to go to summer camp, the chance to enjoy what many kids take for granted.  Their charity was the charity of choice for the Lindsay Benefit Rodeo presented by Rawhide Rodeo.

Next for the "Raw Crew" is Erin, Ontario, June 5th and 6th.  High School Rodeo @ 10am Saturday, Professional Rodeo 4pm Saturday and 3pm Sunday.  This will be a massive rodeo...try to take it all in (steak dinner and all!)

 

 

Thanks for making the Bobbi-Joe Buck and Doe a Success!

Thursday, 13 May 2010 09:09

On May 7th, 2010, carloads and truckloads of people assembled upon Flesherton, Ontario for the Buck and Doe for Bobbi and Joe.

Surprisingly, many people within the realm weren't sure what a Buck and Doe was!

Wikipedia defines a Buck and Doe as:

A stag and doe party, a hen and stag party, a buck and doe party, or a jack and jill party is a party and fundraiser for an engaged couple.

In Canada, a stag and doe, or buck and doe, is a wedding tradition popular in Southern Ontario.[1] The event is usually organized by the bridal party, but in some circumstances may also be held by the bride and groom before they are married, similar to a 'Jack & Jill.' It acts as a fundraiser for the wedding. Guests purchase entrance tickets and are entertained by draws, food and drink, music and fun and games. It is not a combined bachelor party and bachelorette party, or engagement party, as the primary focus is to raise money for the engaged couple ,[2] so their new life together is not started in debt. The intent of a stag and doe party is specifically to make a profit.[3] Often, people who may not be close enough to the engaged couple to warrant an invitation to the wedding or reception (especially in the case of a small wedding), will attend the stag and doe so as to be part of the overall wedding celebration. Hosting a stag and doe party does not preclude the couple from participating in other wedding-related parties,such as a bridal shower, bachelor party, bachelorette party, and so on.

In the United Kingdom, a buck and doe is a party where the families of the bride and groom raise funds for the upcoming wedding. Games like Crown and Anchor are used and people have to pay for beer in order to offset the costs of the wedding and honeymoon.

Thanks to everyone who endured the Monsoon-like weather, the hike up North (or down South, out East or away to the West), and made the night not only a success, but a great time as well!

Here are some of the pics from the big shin-dig.  Thanks to Sarah Wade Fawcett for taking the shots and posting.

 

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May 7th: Bobbi and Joe's Buck and Doe

Tuesday, 20 April 2010 03:32

A night of extreme partying!! Games, great music with the happy couple who will be wedd on June 4, 2010. Come out and help celebrate!

May 7th, 2010 starting at 9pm inside the Flescherton Kinplex in Flesherton, ON. Directions available here

Bobbi and JoeTickets are $7 in advance $10 at the door!! SO get them soon!!

Tickets available from:
Bobbi Fawcett
Joe Scully
April Fawcett
Taresa Fawcett
Rob Fawcett
Liz Wade - at Mother & Daughter Fitness
Harvey or Theresa Hutchinson - Hutchinson Automotive
Keith MacKinnon
Cadence MacKinnon

 

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If only I'd checked out www.SpeedWilliamsTeamRoping.com sooner!

Sunday, 21 March 2010 22:03

sw_logoThere's an old addage, "Don't call him a cowboy unless you see him ride..."  I call myself a "Cowboy".  I've won buckles for roping, back in the day I qualified for the National High School Finals Rodeo, and I've been in the field of qualifiers for the provincial finals here numerous times.  

This rodeo tenure of almost 30 years gave me the confidence to hop on a cold-backed horse.  Since our last encounter over 3 months prior, ol' horsey had sat in a pasture, living the life of luxury.  After pulling him from the pasture, brushing him almost spotless, I commenced to lounge him to get a little excitement out of him.  This turned into too much of a physical chore as he refused to lope on the line, and I didn't have the proper aids at my discretion.

After 10 minutes of the battle, I hopped aboard.  We trotted both ways a couple of times.  Finally, I asked him to lope.  He agreed, and loped roughly for half of the arena, I relaxed in the saddle, and then.... he flew up into the air like a rocket on his front end, kicked out with his back end at the climax and darted off the the right, while I went for the saddle horn, bounced off the cantle, looked at the ceiling and slammed into the ground.

Since that fateful night, I have been laid up.  Walking is a chore, and my torso is pretty locked.  It was during this time that I decided to watch some videos on www.SpeedWilliamsTeamRoping.com.  A website portal designed for Roping and Horse enthusiasts, it is chock full of highlight videos, training videos, insight videos and more.  Each clip also has commentary from the 8-time Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association World Champion Team Roper Speed Williams himself.  

After watching the 3 and 4 second runs at the George Strait Team Roping Classic I segued into the colt training videos.  During these, Williams makes note of the hot-walker behind the roping pen and shares the fact that he never gets on a cold-backed colt...they go on the hot-walker for a few hours first.  Eee...if only I'd have watched that video a week ago!!

There are quite a few free videos to check out, and if you become a paid subscriber you get access to all the videos and can even submit videos for critique.

Check out www.SpeedWilliamsTeamRoping.com when you get a chance...you never know what you might pick up (or what lesson will be driven home in my case...).

   

Round 2 Recap of the 2010 IPRA Canadian Finals Rodeo

Saturday, 13 March 2010 04:14

Under the Friday Night Lights, the qualifying contestants of the 2010 International Professional Rodeo Association Canadian Finals Rodeo waged battle inside of Go-Round #2 or the Championship Round of the inaugural event.
Completing the field of 60 contestants in 78 qualifying positions were the best from over 800 contestants at all 27 IPRA Canadian Rodeos.
Though the competition was solid in most events in the first round, the entire field of contenders was trying to make it count in the final round inside the "Pride Seeds Arena" / Agriplex at the London Western Fairgrounds in London, Ontario, Canada.
In efforts to accomodate contestants that had qualified for both the IPRA Canadian Finals Rodeo and the IPRA National All-Region Finals in Montgomery, Alabama, a small handful of competitors didn't compete in the spotlight in front of the Western Fair Farm Show crowds...but before departing London Thursday Night racing for a 5:30am flight in Dayton, Ohio, some of the contestants vying for titles at both events had left numbers to contend with.
Such a contestant was Shawn Minor of Camden, Ohio. The 6-time IPRA World Champion Bareback Bronc Rider and 5-time IPRA All-Around World Champion had won the first-go with a 76, and scored a 75 on Rawhide Rodeo's #47 Big Buford to lead the Aggregate with 151 on 2.  It would take some big numbers to unseat him, and the closest that they could get was an identical 151 on 2-head.  Ste. Barbe, Quebec's Pat Legault, a former Rawhide Rodeo Extreme Tour Finals Champion in the same arena (London Western Fair Agriplex) posted the highest score of the IPRA Canadian Finals in the Championship Round, following a 77-point ride aboard Rawhide Rodeo's #198 Corona.  Legault and Minor would both win the 2010 IPRA Canadian Finals Rodeo.  The 2010 Canadian Series Champion was Mirabel, Quebec's Roger Lacasse, who was absent from the 2010 IPRA Canadian Finals Rodeo.  Had it not been for the tie, Minor would have won the Series as well.  The elite 8 qualifiers in Bareback Bronc riding showed why they were the best in Eastern Canada...7 of the 8 posted atleast one qualified ride over the two rounds, while 5 of the 8 covered both broncs.
The 2006 IPRA All-around Rookie of the Year, Eric Maisonneuve of Val Des Monts, Quebec won the first round with a 13.4 in Tiedown Roping, and led the Aggregate by one-tenth of a second over Cody Mousseau of Aylmer, ontario.  In the second Round, Mousseau roped first, posting a 14.0.  The math would be simple for Maisoneuve...tie with a 14.0 to win the 2010 IPRA Canadian Finals. However, after a body catch, he would throw his hands up (to signal completion of the run) at 17.1.  The winner of the Championship Round was Jason Thomson of Rockwood, Ontario, a 10-time Ontario Rodeo Association Tiedown Roping Champion, with a 12.6.  That made Mousseau rise as the first ever IPRA Canadian Finals Champion with 27.6 on 2...winning the aggregate by 3.0 seconds.  Holding a commanding lead going into the IPRA Canadian Finals Rodeo was former 2-time International Finals Rodeo Qualifier Ross Scully of Rockwood, Ontario.  Though we wasn't able to make any points at the 2010 IPRA Canadian Finals Rodeo, he still ended the year as the Canadian Series Champion.
Into Junior Bull Riding, 2 of the 3 finalists covered in the first-go, however, only one would last 8-seconds in the championship round.  Chris-Tuff Daoust covered Rawhide Rodeo's #742 Mike Johnson Express for 73-points, the highest score of the 2010 IPRA Canadian Finals Rodeo in Junior Bull Riding, and to end with 143 on 2-head.  The Les-Cedres, Quebec junior bull rider walked away with the buckle and all of the championship round money.  Season Leader, Shelby Pattison of Acton, Ontario retired the Canadian Series Champion after being "blanked" at the IPRA Canadian Finals Rodeo.
Team Roping was all about "Redemption" on Friday night.  One night and one round previous, only one of the eight qualifying teams posted a time...9.2 plus 5, plus 10...a few more would catch in the Championship Round.  However, as the winning team from the first round, Jason Thomson and John Scully of Rockwood, Ontario missed their heading loop on their run, it was wide open for the field to with the IPRA Canadian Finals Rodeo on a "Best-on-one" scenario.  Recieving his 2nd buckle of the night...Cody Mousseau of Aymler, Ontario along with veteran partner and multi-Ontario Rodeo Association Champion Mark Coulson of Sterling, Ontario roped their steer the quickest with a 7.0 to win the Round and the Aggregate and the first ever IPRA Canadian Finals Rodeo Championship.  The Season Leaders were still able to walk away with the Series Championships, though.  Jeremy McCulligh of Fergus, Ontario and Stewart Cahill of Strathroy, Ontario are the first Canadian Series Team Roping Champions.
In the "Fastest Event of Rodeo" Breakaway Roping, 2.9 was the fastest time from Thursday Night.  As they went through the Order, Paige VanWesterop of Lakeside, Ontario posted a 3.7 to set the bar.  There were quite a few empty loops and Gold Buckle Dreams dashed.  From the 3 Cowgirls with an opportunity to 2 for 2, only one would be able to rope to perfection.  Briana Ewart, the "Kenilworth Kid" from Kenilworth placed second in the Championship Round with a 4.1, but combined with her 2.7 plus 10 (second Barrier Penalty) in the first round, she would win the 2010 IPRA Canadian Finals Rodeo being the sole to get both calves caught.  For the Series Championship...Ewart was ranked third going into the Finals, jumped to 2nd after the first-go round, and following the 2nd in the 2nd go and 1st in the Aggregate, also won the Canadian Series Championship.
The Rawhide Rodeo Company is known for its elite championship bucking stock, including 8 IPRA World Titles for Broncs and Bulls and 6-International Finals Rodeo Titles for Broncs.  At the 2010 IPRA Canadian Finals Rodeo, the Broncs in the Saddle Bronc Riding showed the crowd on-hand what Rawhide Broncs were capable of.  Though all 8 qualifers were able to cover one bronc, only one would be able to cover both.  First off, in the Championship Round, Luc Cloutier, the Season Leader by a long shot won the Round with an IPRA Canadian Finals Rodeo highest score of 75 versus Rawhide Rodeo's #663 Smooth Sailing.  The Go-Round win was just a ton more points to give him the Canadian Series Championship.  Returning to perfection, the only rider to cover both was Shawn Minor of Camden, Ohio.  Minor had won the first round with a 74.  During his 2nd Round ride, he was scored 69-points versus Rawhide Rodeo's #111 Painted Desert.  On top of this, Minor was awarded a re-ride opportunity...but declined.  Though the conversation between Minor and the judges wasn't overheard, it could be guessed that riding 5 broncs in one day (as he was a combo-finals contestant in Bareback and Saddle Bronc Riding) would pay a huge toll ontop of the Road Trip, Flight and four more broncs waiting in Alabama.  The gamble paid off...being the only one to cover 2, he won the 2010 IPRA Canadian Finals Rodeo Championship in Saddle Bronc Riding as well.
Shelby Pattison of Acton, Ontario was the top Barrel Racer at the 2010 IPRA Canadian Finals Rodeo.  After just recieving her buckle for winning the 2009 ORA Year-end Championship in Barrel Racing two weeks earlier, she cleaned up in Barrel Racing in London.  She won both go-rounds.  The first round with a 15.413, almost 5-hundredths of a second over second place, and won the second round with a 14.826, by over 0.11 seconds over second place.  But for the 2010 IPRA Canadian Finals Rodeo Championship, her 30.239 on 2 gave her the win by 0.393 over second in the Aggregate.  The newly crowned IPRA Barrel Racing Rookie of the Year, Sindy Laliberte of Valcartier, Quebec won the Canadian Series.  Her biggest payday at Ste. Tite, Quebec totalling $10,760.35 was enough to give her the overal series win by over $11,200.  Laliberte was absent from the 2010 IPRA Canadian Finals Rodeo competing in Montgomery, Alabama.
Also sweeping the go-rounds and aggregate in Barrel Racing was Junior Barrel Racer Mickaela Cronin of Mitchell, Ontario.  The 2009 Ontario Finals Rodeo Champion Junior Barrel Racer is now the 2010 IPRA Canadian Finals Rodeo Champion Barrel Racer.  Her first-round time was the fastest time of all of the barrel racers in the first round, senior and junior combined at 15.397.  Her second round time as a low 16 to win the Championship Round by 1.2 seconds.  She won the Aggregate by 5.304 over second place on her fast barrel horse.  Placing second in the Aggregate was Tamara Weese of Alvinston, Ontario.  Weese lead the standings going into the IPRA Canadian Finals Rodeo, and placed 2nd in the 1st round, 3rd in the 2nd round.  Adding in her aggregate money as well, Weese becomes the Canadian Series Champion junior barrel racer.
4.6 was the fastest time from the first round in Steer Wrestling at the 2010 IPRA Canadian Finals Rodeo.  Deep in the order, Lucknow, Ontario's Luke Drennan would put together a 4.0 which would ultimately win the championship round for the cowboy, though the field would chase him.  Stephan Daoust, Les Cedres, Quebec posted a 4.5, 2-time IPRA World Champion Matt Mousseau had a 4.6 and almost everyone else were in the low 5's (seconds).  Having a stellar finals was Kitchener, Ontario's Tim Kemp.  The 2-time ORA Year-end Champion Steer Wrestler was 4.6 to win the First Round and 5.2 to place deep in the second round.  His total of 9.8 on 2 gave him the 2010 IPRA Canadian Finals Rodeo win by 2.3 seconds.  Adding more accolades to the Tri-City cowboy was that his finals showing was just enough to surpass the season leader to emerge as the Canadian Series Champion as well.
Rounding out the event finally was Bull Riding.  It was an uber-exciting round of Bull Riding in the Championship Round.  Lucknow, Ontario's Luke Drennan was leading the Aggregate with 79-points on one from the First Round.  The 2009 ORA Year-end and Finals Champion Bull Rider had one thing standing in his way...Rawhide Rodeo's #36P Wingman.  Though Wingman had only an 8-2 record for a 75% Buck-off percentage in 2009....one of those buck-offs was Drennan in Leamington, Ontario in August of '09.  The rematch was the flavour of the Bull Riding.  Almost as fast as it started, Drennan was bucked off a second time from #36P.  Drennan claimed he was fouled, and the suspense climaxed as he was awarded a re-ride versus Rawhide Rodeo's #TN Top Notch.  That would wait until the end of the section.
Not to be outdone, one of the top Bull Riders of the past few years, Luke McCoag of Port Rowan, Ontario  "threw down" a 78-point ride versus Rawhide Rodeo's #4017 Banana Split.  He then sat with 151-on 2.  St. Lin, Quebec's Eric Isabelle then nodded for Rawhide Rodeo's #9P Spyder Monkey, and they too were scored at 78 to tie for the lead of the Championship Round.
Then, back to Drennan's Re-ride.  There would be no "what-if's" or speculation.  Last to ride and needing to be 73-points to win the 2010 IPRA Canadian Finals Rodeo.  A crack of a latch, three big jumps followed by an airborne 180 (degree turn and #TN Top Notch dashed Drennan's Gold Buckle Dreams by throwing the rider before the buzzer.  That left Luke McCoag standing as the only Bull Rider to ride both bulls, the tied win of the Championship Round, the 2010 IPRA Canadian Finals Rodeo Championship and the Canadian Series Championship as well.
On paper, the event was to be the most electric finals in Eastern Canada's history.  In reality, it lived up to the expectation with rank-rank stock and high-calibre contestants.  Whether sitting in the grandstand or behind the bucking chutes in the Agriplex, the feeling was surreal.  The first-ever IPRA Canadian Finals Rodeo was intense and the battle for supremacy and the gold buckles was a fantastic ride for spectator, crew and contestants alike.
Round 1 Recap Available here
Official results available at www.RawhideRodeo.com or www.IPRArodeo.com (in the next couple of days...the offices are closed for the IPRA Canadian Finals Rodeo and IPRA National All-Region Finals respectively)