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College students riding high
Several members of the Olds College Rodeo Club were riding high
at the annual Olds College Spring Fling Rodeo held at the College Riding
Arena from March 12-13.
Competing before capacity crowds at both performances the rodeo
attracted over one hundred competitors from universities and colleges in
Alberta and Saskatchewan. Sanctioned by the Canadian Collegiate
Rodeo Association, the rodeo is the last chance for many cowboys and
cowgirls to qualify for the Canadian Inter Collegiate Rodeo Finals being
held in Edmonton from March 31-April 3 at Rexall Place.
Points are awarded at each rodeo sanctioned by the CCRA and the
top ten competitors in each event qualify for the Canadian Collegiate
According to Lynn Jensen , Olds College Rodeo Club coach, the
final contestant list for the Canadian Collegiate
Rodeo Finals has yet to be completed but
he expects a prominent list of hands from Olds College will be
competing at the College Finals Rodeo.
Through the rodeo season, members of the Olds College Rodeo Club
have been holding weekly practices and attending rodeos. A vast majority
of the members have graduated through the National High School Rodeo
Association and have participated at rodeos sanctioned by the Lakeland
Rodeo Association, the Foothills Cowboys Association, the Chinook
Cowboys Association as well as amateur rodeos in Saskatchewan and
British Columbia. Still others have competed in the open competition at
rodeos sanctioned by the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association.
Jensen, now retired from the professional rodeo circuit, believes
the summer rodeos
attended by the members of the Olds College Rodeo Club assists them in
developing their skills, makes them more competitive and allows them the
opportunity of experiencing the hectic format of a professional or
As in any sport, the most successful athletes benefit from hard
work, a positive attitude and dedication and the Olds College hands have
maintained these standards in making the Olds College Rodeo Club one of
the best in Canada.
At the 2005 Olds College Spring Fling Rodeo, the hard work,
dedication and positive attitude were front and foremost as several
members were able to post their best performance of the year and walk
away with the
go-around event victories.
In the tie-down roping competition, Olds College calf roper,
Justin Bridgeman, won both go-arounds with times of 11 seconds and 13.4
seconds for an aggregate time of 24.4 seconds.
Olds College buldoggers dominated the steer wrestling as Jarid
Berglund won the first performance with a time of 4.5 seconds and Lane
Boisjil took Sunday's go-around in a time of 8.4 seconds.
In the opening go-around of the bareback event, Anthony Hodson
from the University of Alberta recorded 68 points. He improved his score
to 70 points in the second go-around to take the aggregate with 138
points on two head.
Setting the mark in the saddle bronc riding in the first
performance with a score of 60 points was Ryan Bumphrey, of Olds
College. A familiar name in rodeo, Luke Butterfield, won the second
go-around with a score of 75 points.
For the most part, the pen of bulls from Lawrence Pengally Stock
held the upper hand as very few cowboys covered their mount. Two Olds
College riders recorded the best scores as JJ Ditchuk spurred out 72
points in the first go-around with J.R. Pearce capturing the second
round on a score of 75 points.
Two different tandems of team ropers from Olds College won the
team roping as Ryan Bumphrey and Jordan Sonmor stopped the clock at 6.5
seconds in the first round with Shenna Murphey and Tyler Wilkinson
seconds in the second performance.
Racing around the barrels with the fastest times were two Olds
College riders Whitney Davis, 14.3 seconds, and
Nicole Safron with the best time of the rodeo 14.16 seconds.
Melissa Freeman, of Olds College, won the first performance of
pole bending in a time of 23.17 seconds while Dee Walker, of Lakeland
College, took the second round in a time of 22.5 seconds.
Two Red Deer College cowgirls were the fastest goat tying
contestants as Amber Oxtoby won the first event with a time of 9.1
seconds with Amy Turner winning the second round in a time of 11.3
Lightning fast times were posted in the Pole Bending as Melissa
Freeman, of Olds College, and Dee Walker, of
Lakeland College, recorded times of 23.17 seconds and 22.10
Interest in college rodeo remains strong in Central Alberta as both Olds College and Red Deer College attract the very best contestants graduating from high school.
College rodeo club holding Alumni Rodeo
Former members of the Olds College rodeo club will be remembering
their good old days at the college this weekend.
Upwards to two hundred cowboys and cowgirls, all past members of
the Olds College rodeo club are returning to
Olds to participate in the annual Rodeo Club Alumni Rodeo on
Saturday Jan. 22, 2005 at the college riding arena.
action is expected to start at 2:30 p.m. and will feature the main
events of any college rodeo, saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, bull
riding, tie down roping, steer wrestling and team roping as well as
barrel racing, pole bending and goat
tying for the cowgirls.
Some of the current members of the rodeo club are also expected
to pay their entry fee for the popular rodeo.
"We're expecting approximately two hundred participants at
this year's alumni rodeo," said Olds College rodeo club coach, Lynn
Jensen, of Sundre.
"Several former members of the rodeo club are participating
professionally in Canada and the United States," Jensen said.
"Because the rodeo season in Canada doesn't start until
March quite a few former students register for this rodeo," added
Jensen, noting the rodeo gives them an opportunity to get the early
season crinks out of their way.
According to Jensen, recent college graduates are handling
themselves well in the professional ranks and this is a feather in the
cowboy hat for the college rodeo club.
"Most of our former members are either participating in
Canadian Professional Rodeo Association sanctioned rodeos or or on the
semi-professional rodeo circuit like Foothills Cowboys'
Association," Jensen added.
For the past few months members of the Olds College rodeo club
have competed in several rodeos scheduled by the Canadian
Intercollegiate Rodeo Association.
According to Jensen, several seasoned hands have won events at
Canadian college rodeos this season and they're an inspiration for the
Jensen indicated the veteran members of the club are invaluable
as they are always willing to assist the newer hands.
"Some of our members have never participated in a rodeo
before so the success of our older experienced
members is an inspiration to our younger competitors,"
"This year there is a lot of potential within the members
and I expect the majority of them to turn professional," Jensen
And Jensen indicated there is a lot of try within the members as
they are always willing to better themselves.
"If a member gets bucked off or fails to rope an animal they
are always eager to get another chance, an opportunity to prove to
themselves they can do it" Jensen said.
Besides learning the ropes of rodeo in an infield, most members
are studying the finer aspects of the sport as rodeo is a credited
course at the college this year.
Besides the rodeo, the club has scheduled a complete weekend of
activity as an awards banquet, dance and a silent auction are a part of
Rodeo fans are reminded the College Rodeo Club's spring rodeo is scheduled from March 12-13, 2005 at the college.
stars compete at Olds College rodeo
Judging from the performances of approximately one hundred
college hands at the Olds College Fall Classic Rodeo, the future of
rodeo in Canada is in good shape.
The annual rodeo hosted and organized entirely by the Olds
College Rodeo Club is one of the many rodeos sanctioned by the Canadian
Intercollegiate Rodeo Association and points accumulated by the
contestants count towards qualifying for the Canadian Intercollegiate
Finals Rodeo held annually in March. for the past two years, the Olds
College Rodeo Club hosted the annual year-end rodeo but according to
Olds College Rodeo Club Head Coach, Lynn Jensen, of Sundre, the CIRA has
not awarded the venue for the CIRA Finals Rodeo.
Right now, the venue for the CIRA Finals Rodeo is not important
to the contestants as the only thing foremost on their mind is competing
at the rodeos so they can rack up points for the year end finals
And more then likely, the qualifiers for the finals Rodeo will be
household names as the collegiate rodeo scene in Canada is rich with
second and third generation cowboys and cowgirls.
"This season, the Olds College Rodeo Club has several second
generation cowboys and cowgirls as members," said Jensen.
"Some of them come from families with a rich rodeo heritage
in Canada," added Jensen, noting he competed with some of the
parents of the college hands when he was competing professionally at
rodeos in Canada.
"On the other hand, we have club members who have never been
associated with the sport of rodeo until they joined the rodeo club at
Olds College," said Jensen.
According to Jensen, the Olds College Rodeo Club offers the best
of two worlds for members as they have the opportunity to participate in
rodeos as a contestant and produce rodeos they are competing in.
"When a student member leaves the Olds College Rodeo Club,
they have the opportunity of competing professionally at rodeos
or working on a committee producing the rodeos," added Jensen.
Planning for the annual fall rodeo held at the college commenced
in September and since then, the members were kept busy promoting and
organizing the rodeo, fund raising, securing a stock contractor,
registering the contestants, announcing and recording the scores of the
individual contestants in their respective disciplines.
"The Rodeo Club did an excellent job in organizing the rodeo
and everyone in the club should be congratulated for a job well
done," added Jensen.
Most of the contestants have rodeo experience as they have
participated in high school rodeos, amateur rodeos and some have
competed at professional rodeos.
Jensen indicated most of the reigning and previous Canadian
Professional Rodeo Association event champions got their start in the
sport at the high school or college rodeos.
Some present and former Canadian Professional Rodeo Association
champions have been a member of the Olds College Rodeo Club.
"There was a lot of potential at this year's rodeo,"
"These kids have a lot of desire, they work hard at trying
to improve their skills and most of them are very competitive, they're
doing good," Jensen said.
Winners of the various events at the Olds College Fall Rodeo
included, J.R. Pearce in bull riding, Todd Herzog in saddle bronc
riding, Carla Collins in breakaway roping, Kirby Johnson in barrel
racing, Jarid Burglund in calf roping and steer wrestling, Amber Oxtoby
in pole bending, Stacey Hannah in goat tying, Kevin Turner and Jordan
Sonmor in team roping and there was no qualified ride in bareback
club members competing at National Intercollegiate Finals Rodeo
Five embers of the Olds College Rodeo Club are competing at the National
Intercollegiate Finals Rodeo being held at Casper, Wyoming, from June
Canadian Men's All-around
Champion, Jarid Berglund, heads the Canadian contingent participating at
In the year end results released by the National Intercollegiate
Rodeo Association, Berglund finished second in the tie-down roping event
with 498 points.
According to Olds College Rodeo Club Coach, Dale Butterwick,
Berglund had an exceptional season participating on the Canadian
Intercollegiate Rodeo Association circuit.
"Jarid is a real good calf roper and has an excellent chance
at capturing the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association
Championship," said Butterwick.
"He has been a consistent roper all season and will
definitely be a contender at the National Championship Rodeo,"
Like all successful ropers, Berglund has a good roping horse and
they are a good combination. The horse was purchased from BJ Zieffle, a
former CPRA Steer Wrestling Champion, High Point Champion and Rookie of
the the Year in
"Jarid and his horse work real well together which is
important in calf roping," Butterwick said.
Meanwhile, team roper Kevin Turner rides into Casper as the
number one header. during the yearly rodeos, Turner racked up 370 points
and held a substantial margin to his next competitor.
Although Team Roping was not the most competitive event on the
Canadian scene this year, Butterwick feels Turner has an excellent
chance of capturing the National Championship.
"As long as Kevin can remain focused during the three go-arounds,
he has an excellent shot at claiming the championship," Butterwick
"Kevin and his partner are a very competitive team,"
Breakaway roper, Jody Yanke, finished in seventh place nationally
with 368 points and could be a "dark horse" in the national
Competition with in the Breakaway Roping is expected to be tough
but Butterwick believes Yanke will be very competitive.
"If Jody puts in three solid runs and is able to get a break
or two, she could win the event," Butterwick noted.
"Her roping has
been excellent all year and I believe she will do alright in
Casper," noted Butterwick.
Butterwick is not ruling out the chance Carla Rogers has in the
Ladies Barrel Racing. Rogers was the number one competitor in Canada and
placed seventh in the National standings.
"Because all the Ladies Barrel Racing in the United States
is held indoors, I think Carla has a distinct advantage because she is
used to the confined area of an indoor arena," Butterwick said.
"All of the events in the United States are held outdoors so
their competitors are not as comfortable running in an indoor
facility," Butterwick added.
Bull rider, Paul Lambrecht, has had a strong year taming critters
and his momentum in the latter stages of this season should carry on
"He (Lambrecht) has rode some rank bulls near the end of
this year so I
expect him to be a contender at Casper," Butterwick explained.
"If he draws some good bulls down there he has a chance at
winning it all," noted Butterwick.
Butterwick noted it has been a very good season for members of
the Olds College Rodeo Club and he is proud of every person involved
with the club.
In conjunction with the Calgary Stampede, Olds College will now
award a scholarship to an up and coming cowgirl or cowboy from the high
school ranks enrolled at the college.
"We are very pleased to be a
partner with the Calgary Stampede in awarding the Bill Kehler
Memorial Scholarship to a deserving member of the Olds Rodeo Club,"
To hone their rodeo skills several Olds Rodeo Club members will
be participating in professional and amateur rodeos during the summer
"Every year the rodeo program at the college becomes more
popular and I expect it will continue to grow," concluded
College Rodeo Club claims Canadian team championships
It was a crowning weekend for the Olds College Rodeo Club as it
claimed team championships at the Canadian Intercollegiate Rodeo
Association Finals Rodeo held in Olds this past weekend.
Due to outstanding efforts by all the hands participating under
the Olds College Rodeo Club banner, the club captured overall team
championships in the Women's and Men's categories as well as individual
honors in the team roping and tie-down roping events.
In the tie-down roping competition, Jonathan Morrison picked up
points on all three days finishing with 110, twenty more than his
nearest rival, Tyler Wilkenson with 90 points. Morrison flanked his two
calves in 25.01 seconds with rounds of 12.18 and 12.83 seconds.
Morrison then teamed up with Jesse Finnerty to capture the team
roping event. They teamed up for 120 championship points
with runs of 14.06 seconds, 7.67 seconds and 11.75 seconds for a
combined time of 33.48 seconds. They were the only team ropers to post
times on all three head. Their nearest competition, the team of Colby
Simpson and Justin Ameel netted 80 points with times on
two head, 8.42 and 12.67 for a combined time of 20.01 seconds.
Stacey Williams captured first place in two events, goat tying and
break-away roping. In the break-away roping, Williams picked up 140
championship points with runs of 3.83, 4.7 and 2.89 seconds for a
combined time of 11.47 seconds. Meanwhile in the goat-tying she picked
up 140 points and had an overall time of 27.49 seconds with go-arounds
of 7.8, 9.42 and
The quickest lady around the barrels in the ladies barrel racing
was Roz Edge with a combined time of 47.893 seconds and 120 championship
Casey Crandall won the pole bending event with 130 championship
points and a combined time of 66.47 seconds on three runs.
Saddle bronc rider, Nate Horner, put together rides of 62, 74 and
67 to capture the event with a combined score of 203 and 110
Only two riders covered all three mounts in the bareback event
with Anthony Hodson claiming top honors with 110 points and a combined
score of 213 points. The other rider to post three scores was Mark
Fuller with a total of 192 points and 70 championship points.
The bulls of Pengally
Rodeo held the upper hand during the tree rounds as only one rider, Paul
Lambrecht, had a qualified ride. As the last bull rider to open the
chutes, Lambrecht only needed a scored ride to claim the championship.
"Because of injuries, the bull riding event was a way down
in numbers this year," said Olds College Rodeo Club Coach, Dale
Although the total registration was down from last year's
Canadian Intercollegiate Finals Rodeo, Butterwick indicated most of the
top competitors registered with the Canadian Intercollegiate Rodeo
Association were in attendance at the year-end championship rodeo.
"I was really happy with the rodeo this year," said
Butterwick, noting it was very competitive in all events.
"Every member of the Olds Rodeo Club should be commended for
their hard work in putting this event on," added Butterwick.
Besides competing in the rodeo, members of the Olds College Rodeo
Club were responsible for handling all aspects of putting the rodeo on.
For many, competing and organizing the rodeo was part of their rodeo
studies at the college.
"This is the first year a credited course in rodeo was
offered at Olds College and I believe all members of the Olds Rodeo Club
taking this course were impressed with it," added Butterwick.
"Although the number of contestants participating at the
various rodeos throughout Western Canada were down this season, it was
successful," concluded Butterwick.