Lo­cal trick riders head­ing to North Amer­i­can Cham­pi­onships

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A group of rodeo trick riders from the area will be rep­re­sent­ing Canada in Las Ve­gas next month in the North Amer­i­can Cham­pi­onship.

A team of 15 riders from Canada will be head­ing to Ve­gas for the com­pe­ti­tion from De­cem­ber 5-7. Among them are four riders from the ru­ral vicin­ity of Drumheller.

Macken­zie Jensen, 13, of Rock­y­ford, Jayana Hale, 11, of Dorothy, Shelby Burns, 17, of Bas­sano and Piper Yule, 6, of Ward­low are on the team. Bella Da Costa, 12, of Stony Plain also rounds out the con­tin­gent.

“It is about the same time the Na­tional Fi­nals Rodeo is held,” ex­plains par­ent Rox­Anne Hale.

While the North Amer­i­can Cham­pi­onships have been held for a num­ber of years, the Cana­dian Trick Rid­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (CTRA) is only a cou­ple of years old. To qual­ify, the girls com­peted in Ed­mon­ton dur­ing the Cana­dian Fi­nals Rodeo, Sun­dre, Athabasca, The Cal­gary Stam­pede, Rock­y­ford and Teepee Creek. At these com­pe­ti­tions, they earn points to qual­ify. The cham­pi­onships were held in Lloy­d­min­ster on Au­gust 19 and 20.

“I have only been trick rid­ing for 2 1/2 years but I am so

Elaine Still­ing, George and Elsie’s daugh­ter and old­est child said, “Though they have faced hard times, mom and dad man­aged to stay to­gether through it all.”

When Elsie was preg­nant with their third baby, she was di­ag­nosed with po­lio. She was ad­mit­ted to the Drumheller Hos­pi­tal for one month un­til the baby was born, Then was trans­ferred to Ed­mon­ton where Elsie spent an­other five months in the po­lio ward. Baby Humphrey was cared for by ex­tended fam­ily dur­ing the day.

George would spend ev­ery evening with Elsie and money was de­plet­ing.

“I got a job with a man whose wife was in the same ward as Elsie. He was good enough to give me a job at the trailer man­u­fac­tur­ing place. I worked there dur­ing the day and lived at Elsie’s aunt and un­cle’s to care for the baby at night.”George said, “I would go and visit Elsie very night.”

Other than the six months spent in Ed­mon­ton, George and Elsie raised their fam­ily in Delia.

“We lived in town be­cause it was bet­ter for the kids and me.” Elsie said, “George drove about 1 mile or so ev­ery­day to do the farm­ing and to milk the cows.”

“I also drove school bus to make a few more dol­lars. The only re­gret I have is that I wasn’t there much be­cause I was work­ing so much,” George said.

Elsie re­sponded, “I think it’s very im­por­tant to stay home with the kids while they are young but it is just as im­por­tant to sup­port your fam­ily.”

When asked what the secret to a suc­cess­ful mar­riage is, George said, “If you’re not go­ing to try, don’t even get mar­ried. You have to keep try­ing, you can never give up and you have to work at things.”

Elsie said, “Be pre­pared to put up with a lot. You both have to be will­ing to give and take.”

George said, “It’s been a rough life but a good life.”

pho­tos sub­mit­ted

Macken­zie Jensen, 13, of Rock­y­ford per­forms a One Foot Stand. She is part of a team of trick riders head­ing to Last Ve­gas for the North Amer­i­can Cham­pi­onships.

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