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Pro Rodeo Canada
August 23, 2016
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CSABAY MAKING LATE SEASON CHARGE

Nancy Csabay - 2016 Pincher Creek Pro Rodeo Champion - Jeremy Wombold copyrightFor reigning Canadian champion, Nancy Csabay, it’s all about balance.

“I had conflicting thoughts this weekend, for sure,” the Taber barrel racer admitted. “My ego was telling me to get some dollars made and get closer to making the CFR. But my heart was saying you do this because you love to do it. It’s not the end result but the journey that really matters.”
The diminutive cowgirl made the weekend work on both counts—cashing important pay cheques and enjoying the miles it took to win them.

“The best part of this weekend was having family with me,” she added. “My brother and his family came along and (husband) Tony was able to be with us as well so we did some camping, took the gondola ride up the mountain at Jasper and got to the hot springs too.”

Oh, and along the way, the second generation rodeo competitor collected $2609 in earnings with a dominating win at Pincher Creek and a second place finish at Cranbrook—important late-season results as the defending Canadian champion entered the weekend in 13th place in the standings, just one spot away from a Canadian Finals qualifying berth.

Csabay made a conscious decision three years ago to limit her rodeo schedule. “I’m only going to compete at the rodeos I like to go to. I’m just not hauling everywhere any more. My mare (Wicked) likes her pasture and I like being at home. So we’ll go to the ones we enjoy. For me it’s about memories not miles.”

That strategy paid off in spades in 2015 for the talented rider and trainer as she and a rested Wicked (Terribly Wicked/Like an Effort) dominated the CFR barrel racing event, winning the average, the Top Gun award (most money won by an individual competitor) and her first Canadian championship.

“I wonder sometimes if I had gone really hard last year if we would have done as well,” Csabay mused. “I can’t really answer that. All I know is it worked out really well and I’m not planning to change things.”

With only six regular season rodeos left in the season and not having clinched a CFR spot as yet, Csabay may have to go a little harder to take care of business. “I might have to go to Hanna and a few other events. We’ll just have to see.”

One place you can count on the likable 2014 Cowgirl of the Year to be is Calgary for the Cinch Pro Rodeo Canada Series Final—September 30/October 1. “I’ll be there for sure. “That’s where I clinched the season leader title last year. They have a really nice setup in that building and they treat us really well there.”

Clay Elliott & Outlaw Buckers' Lunatic Party - 2016 Pincher Creek Pro Rodeo - Roughstock Studio copyrightCsabay wasn’t the top money earner for the weekend. That honour went to Nanton bronc rider Clay Elliott who parlayed wins at Pincher Creek and Jasper and a fifth place cheque at Cranbrook into $2909 and a move up the standings in both Canada and the US. The weekend’s successes were highlighted by Elliott’s 84 point performance on the three time Canadian champion saddle bronc, Lunatic Party from Outlaw Buckers. “She’s a pretty special horse, that’s for sure,” Elliott stated. “Anytime you get on a horse like that you know good things can happen.”

Elliott is locked in a neck and neck race atop the Canadian standings leaderboard with Layton Green and south of the 49th parallel, the gifted twenty-two year-old moved closer to punching his ticket to his first WNFR as he moved to seventh place in the world standings.

Among the other top dollar earners this past weekend were the team roping duo of Travis Gallais and Devin Wigemyr as they reeled in $1734.06, a total that included Wigemyr’s first pro win as the pair topped the Jasper Pro Rodeo with a 4.5 second run. The productive weekend was important to the twosome as they entered the three-rodeo span with both guys flirting with that 12th and final CFR position. The brother combination, Logan and Keeley Bonnett kept pace with Gallais and Wigemyr with a $1556 haul to keep their CFR aspirations alive.

And back in the barrel racing, BC cowgirl Carman Pozzobon strengthened her hold on a CFR date. She went into the weekend sitting solidly in 7th place in the Canadian standings and helped her cause generating $2208 in earnings.

Another highlight of the weekend took place at Pincher Creek where Vanscoy, Saskatchewan steer wrestler, Dustin Walker, posted the fastest time of his career and of the Canadian rodeo season with a blistering 3.1 second run to capture the bulldogging title at the southwestern Alberta community.

End of an Era
Kyle ThomsonThe Pincher Creek Pro Rodeo was the final rodeo destination for five time Canadian champion Kyle Thomson, who made the last ride of his tremendous career during the Saturday afternoon performance. The former CPRA board member and 11-time Canadian Finals Rodeo qualifier captured four All Around titles and added a High Point title as well during a career that spanned seventeen years. Thomson is one of only a handful of Canadians to win the coveted Linderman Award, the PRCA honour that goes to the top money earning cowboy competing in three events—at least one rough stock and at least one timed event. The Lundbreck, Alberta cowboy won the Linderman in 2012.

Next stop on the Pro Rodeo Canada trail is Okotoks Pro Rodeo August 26-28.

 
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PRO RODEO CANADA - 2016 NEWS RELEASES and ANNOUNCEMENTS


NEWS RELEASES / ANNOUNCEMENTS
JANUARY JUNE
* CPRA Appoints Director of Marketing/Communications/PR * Hand Hills / Leduc / Wildwood
FEBRUARY * Brooks and Lea Park Rodeo
* Pro Rodeo Loses Greg Kesler * Innisfail Pro Rodeo
* Chad Besplug Invitational Kicks Off Season * High River, Sundre, Wainwright Rodeos
* Chad Besplug Invitational In the Books JULY
MARCH * SharpEdge Official Equine Supplement of CPRA
* CPRA Declines Latest CFR Proposal * Ponoka, Williams Lake and Airdrie Rodeos
* CPRA Announces Resistol Partnership * Benalto, Coronation and Taber Rodeos
APRIL * Teepee Stampede
* CPRA Welcomes Back Guy Weadick Memorial Rodeo * Kinsella and Bowden Special Events Pay Off
* Cinch Announced as Official Jean & Shirt of the CPRA * Saskatoon CFR Announcement
* Medicine Hat Broncs & Honky Tonks * Kennedy, Morris, Maple Creek, Bonnyville, Oyen
* Camrose and Coleman Rodeos AUGUST
* Wrangler Canadian Pro Tour Contract Renewed * CPRA Information Update
MAY * Bruce, Camrose, Medicine Hat, Strathmore
* Drayton Valley Pro Rodeo * High Prairie, Grimshaw, Irricana, Cochrane
* Stavely Indoor Pro Rodeo * CPRA Announces Three Interim Board Members
* InterContinental Hotels Group * La Crete, Dawson Creek
* Falkland Stampede * Cranbrook, Jasper, Pincher Creek
* Grande Prairie Stompede  



PRO RODEO CANADA 2015 NEWS RELEASES and ANNOUNCEMENTS ARCHIVE

NEWS RELEASES
FEBRUARY AUGUST
* CPRA Welcomes New General Manager * Strathmore-Abbotsford-Grimshaw-High Prairie
MARCH * La-Crete & Dawson Creek Stampede
* Mezei Wins Besplug Invitational * Cranbrook, Jasper & Pincher Creek
APRIL * Lethbridge Pro Rodeo
* Broncs & Honky Tonks Rodeo * Okotoks Pro Rodeo
* Camrose, Coleman & Dawson Creek SEPTEMBER
MAY * Armstrong & Merritt Rodeos
* Drayton Valley Rodeo * Medicine Lodge Fall Round Up
* Stavely Pro Rodeo * Oldstoberfest Rodeo
* Falkland Stampede * Hanna & Brooks Rodeos
JUNE OCTOBER
* Grande Prairie, Wildwood, Leduc, Hand Hills * Cinch Pro Rodeo Canada Series Final
* Lea Park, Rocky and Brooks Rodeos NOVEMBER
* Innisfail Pro Rodeo * CFR 2015 - Nov 11/1st Performance
* Wainwright-Sundre Rodeo * CFR 2015 - Nov 12/2nd Performance
JULY * CFR 2015 - Nov 13/3rd Performance
* Cowboy Christmas * CFR 2015 - Nov 14/5th Performance
* Benalto, Coronation and Taber * CFR 2015 - NOV 15, 2015 - FINAL
* Teepee Creek Stampede * CPRA Announces New Rodeo Administrator
* Kennedy, Maple Creek and Morris * Canadian Pro Rodeo Returns to Agribition
* Medicine Hat, Bonnyville, Bowden, Oyen, Cochrane, Bruce DECEMBER
* Wrangler National Finals 2015 Wrap-Up
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
MARCH - DECEMBER
* Greetings From New GM Dan Eddy
* The Communication Age and the CPRA
* New Rodeo Administrator Named
* Possible Re-Location of CFR
* Earl Bascom - Canada Sports HOF
* Jim Gladstone
* National Director of Sales Announced
* First Business Advisory Council Meeting
* 2015 Canadian Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame Inductees
* 2016 CPRA Rule Changes












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