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Kananaskis Pro Rodeo wrap-up
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
Kananaskis Pro Rodeo
ROBERT THOMAS
Pass Herald Reporter
“Sure was a big one, the old rodeo,” Corb Lund wrote in his song “The horse I rode in on.”
This past Kananaskis Pro Rodeo was a big one according to Joe Trotz, founder and organizer of the event.
“We filled the seats Saturday night; we had to turn people away. Friday, was about 90 per cent, and 95 per cent on Sunday.”
The rodeo is one of the best in the circuit said Trotz. Nowhere can someone get so close to the action, with world class stock and cowboys.
“We had a really good show. You can’t get a better show in North America than what happened in our arena in Coleman. That’s a fact, you ask anyone. When you have world class horses and bulls that go to the National Finals Rodeo and the Canadian Finals Rodeo, along with some of the best athletes in the world it is second to none,” said Trotz.
Planning the event is a year long affair said Trotz, with many people involved. Many hours are dedicated to getting the event just right for the benefit of all that attend.
“It was a great success, everyone involved in every aspect of the event and all the volunteers deserve a pat on the back, it is hard to do.”
The event takes months of planning and lots of hard work, everything from getting sponsors to laying dirt in the arena. All is done by volunteers and the Trotz family.
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“The hardest part is finding enough sponsorship to put the rodeo on. It takes $ 110,000 to put on the rodeo, so that’s the big thing is having the finances to put it on,” said Trotz.
The rodeo does not change much year to year, but Joe would like to make it bigger and better. He doesn’t want to compromise the quality of the rodeo, just get bigger.
“We will have new entertainment, probably a new band on Saturday night. A lot of the kids come here for the entertainment so we try to do something new every year. You can only do so much,” Trotz.
All said and done there was seven first place winners in the rodeo. Dustin Flundra won in Saddle bronc, with an 84.5 point ride. Jake Void won the bareback riding, with a 86.5 point ride. Dakota Buttar won the bull riding scoring an even 86.
Kyle Lucas won the tie down roping event with a time of 8.2 seconds. Clayton Moore won the steer wrestling, he scored a time of 4.2 seconds.
The ladies barrels event was won by Deb Guelly, she had a time of 13.24 seconds, winning by a hundredth of a second. Travis Gallais and Kevin Schreiner won the team roping.
For information on the next rodeo you can go to www.kraprorodeo.com
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