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Las Vegas, Nevada
December 10, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THREE WORLD CHAMPIONS FOR CANADA

Levi Simpson & Jeremy Buhler - 2016 World Team Roping Champions - Covy Moore photoIt might have been the greatest fifteen minutes in the history of Canadian Professional Rodeo.

For the first time ever Canadians have ridden away from the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo with three world titles. Levi Simpson and Jeremy Buhler in the Team Roping and Zeke Thurston in the Saddle Bronc Riding are all sporting the coveted gold buckles of World Champions.

Simpson from Ponoka (via Claresholm) and Buhler from Arrowwood had already made history when they became the first all-Canadian team to qualify for the WNFR. But that apparently wasn’t enough for the Alberta duo as they put together a 4.3 second run in the tenth and final go round at the Thomas and Mack Arena to split 1/2 and pick up a cheque of $23,480.77. That was good enough to take the team to the average title and a whopping $67,269.23 per man.

Put all that together along with the fact that some of the teams they were chasing struggled in the final round and the first-time qualifiers were World Champions—Levi with $249,133.31 in season earnings and Jeremy, sporting the most famous beard in rodeo, earning $258,311.13.

The talented twosome roped nine of ten steers, placed on seven, winning the first round and splitting first and second in two more including the critical tenth round. When the announcement was made, both cowboys were close to speechless, unlike the Canadian fans, both in the arena and back in Canada. The roar of approval was long and very loud.

Barrhead’s Kolton Schmidt, and American partner Shay Carroll, after winning the ninth go-round with the fastest time of the entire WNFR (3.6) took a no time in the tenth round.

The saddle bronc riding event follows team roping on the NFR program which meant that almost exactly fifteen minutes after Simpson and Buhler had laid claim to their title, Big Valley, Alberta cowboy, Zeke Thurston, climbed down in the chutes on the back of the Andrews Rodeo bronc, Fire Lane. The second generation qualifier, who came into the final round two points out of the lead for the average put together another solid ride for an 86 score to split 3/4 in the round and a cheque for $13,326.92. When Jake Watson posted 82.5 points and world leader/defending champion, Jacobs Crawley missed his horse out, Thurston vaulted to first place in the average and a season total of $265,449.45 to edge Crawley for the world title by just $2831.

Zeke Thurston - World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider“I wouldn’t trade it for anything,” the recently married Thurston grinned. “I just can’t believe it. It’s crazy. I had a good week. I started off a little slow but things picked up. Luckily I was able to stay on nine of them. I knew the only way I could beat Jacobs was if they got him down or they missed him out and that doesn’t happen very often with Jacobs. It just goes to show you that anything can happen.”

For Watson, the Hudson’s Hope, BC cowboy, the 82.5 on Frontier Rodeo’s Short Stop was enough to split sixth in the round and finish up second in the average. The twenty-three year-old had a brilliant WNFR in his own right, as he climbed all the way from 15th place going in to fifth place in the world standings.

The third member of the talented Canadian bronc riding trio, Canadian champion Clay Elliott, captured fifth place in the final round on Frontier Rodeo’s Delta Force to collect $6769.23. The Nanton cowboy finished up 11th in the world with season earnings of $139,759.79.

Jake Vold ended his Wrangler National Finals Rodeo almost exactly the same way he started with a sixth place finish, this time with an 84.5 score on J Bar J’s All Pink. In between the first and last rounds, Jake won three go-rounds and finished the WNFR with $165,339.75 in earnings to end up second in the world standings with $240,161.06.

Manitoba’s Orin Larsen who re-injured separated ribs in the first round of this Finals, finished strong - placing in the last five rounds including a go round win in round #8, and wound up third in the world standings with $219,372.59

That means that of the eight competitors who proudly rode for the maple leaf, there were three firsts (two in one event), a second a third and a fifth, and a total WNFR haul that exceeded one million dollars - making this group easily the most successful in Canadian rodeo history.

Tim O’Connell of Zwingle, Iowa won both the average and the world title in the bareback riding.

There was a Canadian connection in the Tie Down Roping as well as three time Canadian Champion Tyson Durfey, the Weatherford, Texas hand, roped his way to the world title with $212,445.46 to slip by the Brazilian Marcos Costa by less than $4,000. Riley Pruitt of Gering, Nebraska was the average winner.

Tyler Waguespack, from Gonzales, Louisiana, was the average winner and world champion steer wrestler as well as the Top Gun winner, emblematic of being the highest money winner of the finals.

One of the very popular wins took place in the barrel racing where 68 year old Oklahoma barrel racer, Mary Burger, hung on to win her second title with just a five thousand dollar margin of victory over first time qualifier Amberleigh Moore of Keizer, Oregon. Four time Canadian champion, Lisa Lockhart of Oelrichs, South Dakota won the average title with ten clean runs.

Calgary Stampede Rodeo's Xplosive Skies - Top Bareback Horse of the Wrangler NFR!And in the bull riding, it was Sage Steele Kimzey, the mega-talented Strong City, Oklahoma cowboy, making it back to back to back titles as he finished up with earnings of over $300,000 and a $24,000 margin of victory over fellow Oklahoman Breenon Eldred. Former world champion, Shane Proctor, of Grand Coulee, Washington won the bull riding average title.

Team roper Junior Nogueira was the All-Around champion with $231,728.33.

And congratulations to the Calgary Stampede as their 6 year old mare Xplosive Skies was named top Bareback Horse of the 2016 #WranglerNFR.

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PRO RODEO CANADA - 2016 NEWS RELEASES and ANNOUNCEMENTS


NEWS RELEASES / ANNOUNCEMENTS
JANUARY AUGUST
* CPRA Appoints Director of Marketing/Communications/PR * CPRA Information Update
FEBRUARY * Bruce, Camrose, Medicine Hat, Strathmore
* Pro Rodeo Loses Greg Kesler * High Prairie, Grimshaw, Irricana, Cochrane
* Chad Besplug Invitational Kicks Off Season * CPRA Announces Three Interim Board Members
* Chad Besplug Invitational In the Books * La Crete, Dawson Creek
MARCH * Cranbrook, Jasper, Pincher Creek
* CPRA Declines Latest CFR Proposal * Okotoks Pro Rodeo
* CPRA Announces Resistol Partnership AUGUST
APRIL * CPRA Information Update
* CPRA Welcomes Back Guy Weadick Memorial Rodeo * Bruce, Camrose, Medicine Hat, Strathmore
* Cinch Announced as Official Jean & Shirt of the CPRA * High Prairie, Grimshaw, Irricana, Cochrane
* Medicine Hat Broncs & Honky Tonks * CPRA Announces Three Interim Board Members
* Camrose and Coleman Rodeos * La Crete, Dawson Creek
* Wrangler Canadian Pro Tour Contract Renewed * Cranbrook, Jasper, Pincher Creek
MAY * Okotoks Pro Rodeo
* Drayton Valley Pro Rodeo SEPTEMBER
* Stavely Indoor Pro Rodeo * Armstrong, Merritt, Wrangler Shoot-Out
* InterContinental Hotels Group * CPRA Names Interim Operations Manager
* Falkland Stampede * Cinch Pro Series Final - Lead-up to CFR
* Grande Prairie Stompede * Regular CPRA Season Wraps Up
JUNE OCTOBER
* Hand Hills / Leduc / Wildwood * Cinch Pro Rodeo Canada Series Final
* Brooks and Lea Park Rodeo * Crazy Eights - Canadians Headed to 2016 WNFR
* Innisfail Pro Rodeo * Canadian Finals Rodeo Announcement
* High River, Sundre, Wainwright Rodeos NOVEMBER
JULY * K-DAYS Pro Rodeo Announced
* SharpEdge Official Equine Supplement of CPRA * #CFR43 Nov 9 Perf One Release
* Ponoka, Williams Lake and Airdrie Rodeos * CPRA - PRCA Agreement Extended
* Benalto, Coronation and Taber Rodeos * #CFR43 Nov 10 Performance Two Release
* Teepee Stampede * #CFR43 Nov 11 Performance Three Release
* Kinsella and Bowden Special Events Pay Off * #CFR43 Nov 12 Performance Five Release
* Saskatoon CFR Announcement * #CFR43 Nov 13 Final Wrap-Up
* Kennedy, Morris, Maple Creek, Bonnyville, Oyen * 2017 Agribition Pro Rodeo
AUGUST DECEMBER
* CPRA Information Update * Canadians Make History at WNFR - Round 1
* Bruce, Camrose, Medicine Hat, Strathmore * Canadian Stock Lights It Up in Vegas - Round 2
* High Prairie, Grimshaw, Irricana, Cochrane * Canadians Impressive in Round 3
* CPRA Announces Three Interim Board Members * Oh Canada - Round 4
* La Crete, Dawson Creek * Show Me the Money - Round 5
* Cranbrook, Jasper, Pincher Creek * Big Bucks Go North of 49 - Round 6
* Okotoks Pro Rodeo * Solid Night for Team Canada - Round 7
  * Half a Million and Counting - Round 8
  * Round Win For Schmidt/Carroll - Round 9
  * Three World Champions For Canada - Round 10



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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