While most of the cowboys were from Alberta, of course, there was a smattering from B.C. and Saskatchewan and even one from Ontario. There were a number of American cowboys there too with the biggest group in Tie-Down Roping. Highlights for me included seeing Scandia, Alberta's Alwin Bouchard take the Tie-Down Roping event so quickly and quietly, that a lot of people didn't even catch it! With a score of 8.1 he beat out Decatur, Texas' Tuf Cooper and Spanish Fork, Utah's Clint Robinson. Alwin wears glasses too!! I also whooped and hollered and clapped for Sierra Stoney as she took first place in Ladies Barrel Racing with a 14.53. I always cheer for Native cowboys and cowgirls--it's a lot harder for them to make it in the big circuits. And the best event was a demonstration of speed riding and shooting. A gal from Australia and 2 brothers from the USA put on the demonstration and it was fantastic. They are all world class, top winners in the event. I love target shooting ( my fave firearm is a good old 22) and if I may blow my own horn a little--am really good at it. But on a galloping horse firing a rifle with one hand!! Wow!! So exciting and pretty impressive.
Sitting so high up, it was hard to get good pictures and by the time I wised up and started taking videos, my camera was running out of juice. But here are some pictures and video from the evening.
|For the first time in the history of the Canadian Finals, the contestants were handed their back numbers in a special ceremony.|
|Coming off a bull!!|
|I just had to take a picture of the blond with several bird's nests and mops in her hair!!! What was she thinking? And has no one told her what her hair looks like? Eeeeee!!|
|The Miss Rodeo Canada 2011 Contestants|