CCA Finals field finally set
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
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