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On the Road with the McLeod Brothers

Tuftin & Tyce McLeodJune 12, 2019 l Airdrie, AB

While Waldeck, Saskatchewan (just 10 miles northeast of Swift Current) isn’t exactly next door to many CPRA rodeos, the team roping McLeod brothers make the miles regularly to compete… and do so very successfully.

“We accomplished our goal of making the CFR in our rookie year,” explains Tuftin. “And we’re planning to try to get there again this year.”

Header, Tuftin (McLeod) who just celebrated his 24th birthday last weekend pairs up with 22 year old younger brother and heeling partner, Tyce, to make for a tough set of CPRA ropers. So far this year, the brothers split the win at Falkland and enjoyed placings at Grande Prairie, Leduc and Rocky Mountain House to be just inside the top ten in overall Canadian standings.

The upcoming Innisfail-Bonnyville Rodeo Canada weekend will see the pair, along with younger brother Tee (who’s been roping with Trey Gallais this spring), travel to both venues and three semi-pro events.

Covering two associations makes for busy times.

“We’ll go to Bonnyville Pro Rodeo slack Friday morning, Innisfail Pro Rodeo Saturday afternoon, and fit the CCA shows in over the weekend too.”

Among 2018 successes, which included winning the Finning Pro Tour, Tuftin and Tyce placed at both Innisfail and Bonnyville.

“Heading into the weekend knowing we placed at these rodeos last year can help a guy’s confidence,” Tuftin acknowledges. “You’re going to like that rodeo more, and hopefully do well again.”

Despite the geographical challenges of rodeoing from Saskatchewan, it’s not the miles that McLeod sees as the biggest obstacle in finding success in the rodeo arena.

“Miles don’t really bother us,” he grins. “We have pretty big trucks that let us stretch out and get a good sleep. The biggest struggle is having and keeping good horse power. Everyone going is talented… great horse power can make a big difference.”

Tuftin rides 13 year old Cactus, the 2018 CPRA Heading Horse of the Year while Tyce goes down the road on a seven year old gelding, Dundee.

“It takes a few years to make a good horse,” Tuftin explains. We usually buy started horses that are no more than six years old, then take them to the roping pen. I have a new young gelding from Kevin Turner in Shamrock, SK that I’m working on right now as well. He’s bred to run. I’m going to try to haul him to the CCA rodeos this year, then in a year or two, start bringing him to pro rodeos as well.”

When they’re not on the rodeo trail, the brothers stay busy around home. Tuftin as an electrical apprentice and Tyce as a farrier. (Tee just completed his second year of College in Hobbs, New Mexico.) Follow the brothers as the 2019 season progresses at rodeocanada.com

 
UPCOMING WEEKEND RODEO DETAILS
  InnisfailInnisfail Pro Rodeo - June 14-16, Daines Ranch - Innisfail, AB
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4 performances: June 14, 7 pm, June 15, 1:30 pm & 7 pm, June 16, 1:30 pm
- Free slack performance - Thursday, June 13, 11:00 am
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details/ticket info at www.innisfailprorodeo.com
- Innisfail Pro Rodeo Draw
 
     
  BonnyvilleBonnyville Pro Rodeo - June 14-15, Bonnyville, AB
- 2 performances: June 14 & 15 at 6:30 pm
- Free slack performance - Friday, June 14, 8:00 am
- details & ticket info at https://bonnyvilleagsociety.com/rodeo/
- Bonnyville Pro Rodeo Draw
 
     



 
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