With the start of the 2019 Canadian Finals Rodeo (CFR) in Red Deer just under two weeks away, the participants have been announced. Of those who qualified, 10 come from the Peace Region — four on the pro side, and six as part of the Rising Stars Junior Canadian Finals Rodeo. The rodeo runs from Tuesday, October 29 to Sunday, November 3, 2019.
Jacob Gardner, from Fort St. John and now based out of Dawson Creek, will compete in bull riding. He finished the Canadian Pro Rodeo season 10th in the bull riding standings, but as he has competed in both steer wrestling and bull riding, has earned $25,668.29. Gardner's earnings are the 18th most of all 109 riders who qualified for the CFR.
Jake Watson of Hudson's Hope qualified fourth out of 12 in saddle bronc riding. His $20,119.84 in earnings are good for 34th overall. Stephen Culling and Fort St. John and Clayton Moore of Pouce Coupe will both compete in steer wrestling. Culling qualified in 9th, while Moore finished in 11th. Culling took home $16,619.24 (160th most), while Moore won $16,113.32 (64th).
Joining the pro cowboys are five B.C. High School Rodeo Association (BCHSRA) North Region riders. Aspen Wollen of Baldonnel will compete in barrel racing, while Kolton and Carson Johnson of North Pine will compete in team roping.
From Dawson Creek, Zane Jones will compete in both saddle bronc and steer wrestling, with Jesse Jones taking part in saddle bronc as well.
Gracie Chapple, the current BCHSRA rodeo queen from Fort St. John, is one of three competitors in the Rising Stars Rodeo Queen Competition.
Last year, Ben Jackson, Tyrel Roberts and Wade Roberts all represented the BCHSRA North Region at the Rising Stars Rodeo.
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