CCA Fi­nals field fi­nally set

The Southwest Booster - - SPORTS -

After months of com­pe­ti­tion across the prairies, a to­tal of 22 rodeo con­tes­tants from the South­west have qual­i­fied for the Cana­dian Cow­boys’ As­so­ci­a­tion Fi­nals in Regina later this month.

A to­tal of 22 ath­letes from the South­west fin­ished in the top-10 of the re­spec­tive events, in­clud­ing Val Marie’s Wy­att Hayes and Swift Cur­rent’s Blaine Switzer, who both qual­i­fied in Tie Down Rop­ing and Team Rop­ing.

The strong­est con­tin­gent head­ing to the Fi­nals will be in Bare­back with six South­west cow­boys among the top-10, in­clud­ing the top three fin­ish­ers in the sea­son stand­ings.

Con­sul’s Monty Koop­man led all Bare­back cow­boys with $10,099 this sea­son, fol­lowed by sec­ond-place Brady Ber­tram, the Maple Creek cow­boy who won $8,594 this sea­son. Swift Cur­rent’s Linden Woods placed third with $7,668 to earn a spot at the Fi­nals. They will be joined by Tomp­kins’ Ja­son Hofer and Maple Creek’s Lane Link as well.

Two of the top three qual­i­fiers in Sad­dle Bronc are from the South­west this sea­son. Maple Creek’s Ross Kreutzer placed sec­ond with $11,319 to fin­ish sec­ond be­hind Bran­don’s Kirk Thomp­son. Pi­apot’s Casey Ber­tram placed third in Sad­dle Bronc with $10,966. Maple Creek’s Mike Gor­don is also in the 11-man Sad­dle Bronc field after plac­ing 10th in the sea­son stand­ings.

The Bull Rid­ing field will fea­ture two South­west cow­boys this year. Maple Creek’s Quin­ton Bock leads the way after plac­ing third in the sea­son stand­ings with $3,780. Suc­cess’ JC Cur­ley has also earned a spot at the Fi­nals in Bull Rid­ing.

The Tie Down Rop­ing field will fea­ture three South­west rop­ers, led by Wy­att Hayes after he placed third with $6,976. Swift Cur­rent’s Blaine Switzer will be mak­ing yet another Fi­nals ap­pear­ance after plac­ing fifth with $6,745. Mankota’s Shawn Wil­liamson has also earned another trip to Regina in Tie Down.

The Team Rop­ing com­pe­ti­tion will be full of South­west cow­boys. Waldeck’s Scott McLeod and Tyce McLeod have both earned their way to the Fi­nals as heel­ers. Waldeck’s Tuftin McLeod and Tee McLeod will both be there as head­ers and will be joined by Blaine Switzer and Wy­att Hayes.

Two South­west Bar­rel Rac­ers fought their way through a crowded field to earn spots at the Fi­nals. Maple Creek’s Colby Gil­bert placed third in the sea­son stand­ings with $11,349 and will be joined by Mankota’s April Wil­liamson, who was 10th.

Hazen­more’s Chanse Switzer is the de­fend­ing Fi­nals cham­pion in Ju­nior Steer Rid­ing and won the reg­u­lar sea­son with $3,055. He will be joined by sec­ond-place Brady Resch out of Maple Creek and fourth place Hay­den Briggs out of Maple Creek.

Mankota’s Kas­sidy Wil­liamson is the de­fend­ing Fi­nals cham­pion in Ju­nior Girls Bar­rel Rac­ing and fin­ished this sea­son in fourth spot to earn a re­turn trip to the Fi­nals. Maple Creek’s Hal­lie An­der­son led all rid­ers with $4,587 this sea­son. She will be joined by sec­ond-place Mardi Yarshenko, also out of Maple Creek.

The CCA Fi­nals will take place in Regina from Novem­ber 25-29 dur­ing Cana­dian Western Agri­bi­tion. Swift Cur­rent's Linden Woods

will be one of six South­west cow­boys com­pet­ing in Bare­back

at the CCA Fi­nals later this

month.

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