April 25th, 2018 ~ Vol. 89 No. 17
36th annual KRA Rodeo bucks into town
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Spring may have had a late start this year, but it hit just in time for the Kananaskis Pro Rodeo.

"It’s been such a darn terrible spring but you can’t do much about that, so come to the rodeo. You can’t get better entertainment per dollar anywhere else," says president of the Kananaskis Rodeo Association (KRA) Joe Trotz.

The KRA's 36th annual rodeo event is bringing back the crème de la crème of pro-rodeo for a weekend showcasing the talent of man and the grandeur of horse.

“People don’t realize that a lot of the same horses that are at our rodeo go to the Calgary Stampede, the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas and the Canadian Finals Rodeo. The best contestants and the best stock in the world are here," says KRA president Joe Trotz.

Some of the best horses in North America will be matched up with top rodeo contenders, including some Canadian and American champions.
"You can’t get a better show in North America, being this close to the action. You’ll get dirt in your face at our rodeo because you’re so close to the action. Our arena is small, and that's an advantage and disadvantage. We’d like if it could hold more people, but you’re right there. You can hear the horses grunt. At our rodeo, you’re part of the action,” says Trotz.
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All pro-rodeo events are back to compete the traditional major events like bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding, boy’s steer riding, team roping, tie-down roping, and barrel racing.

“What you’re really getting here is a first class radio in a small town,” says Trotz. “You won’t find a better rodeo anywhere in North America. The caliber of stock and cowboys here is the same as at the Calgary Stampede.”

Six-time Canadian Pro Rodeo Association Announcer of the Year Brett Gardiner is back to call the shots, and Dennis Halstead is coming back as rodeo clown/barrelman. Halstead has performed at the Calgary Stampede five times, and he has entertained audiences all around the world, as far as China and Australia.

Rodeo kicks off at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 27 at the Coleman Sportsplex and runs until that Sunday.

Throughout the three days of rodeo, there will be fun (and prizes) for the kids with mutton bustin’ and the bike ribbon sheep pull.

The Coleman Lions are holding their free pancake breakfast the morning of Saturday, April 28, followed by the junior and senior rodeo featuring local amateur athletes with barrel racing, pole bending, stake race, steer daubing, goat tying and team roping.
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The signature Kananaskis Rodeo Cabaret swings into step that evening with live music played by Donny Lee.

"Donny Lee is super fun and he plays at the two major party bars in Nashville. We figured if could fill a Nashville bar regularly, he’s going be a pretty good choice for the cabaret," says KRA director Sacha Anderson.
Before the rodeo begins on Sunday, a tribute will be paid to all first responders in the community.

To get in on the rodeo action or the Cabaret, tickets are available at the Hillcrest Miners Club, TELUS, the The Rose Peddler Flowers & Gifts and The Co-operators in Blairmore, the HUSKY gas station in Coleman and online at www.eventbrite.com.

“Rodeo weekend is always a super action packed event up at the Sportsplex. The volunteers have a great time putting on the event and we appreciate all the support from the community and the love they have for the rodeo," says KRA director Sacha Anderson.

For more information and to view a complete schedule of 2017 KRA Pro Rodeo events, visit www.kraprorodeo.com.
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April 25th, 2018 ~ Vol. 89 No. 17
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