Two or three recognizable names were on their game as the 2022 Canadian Pro Rodeo season started off in great shape throughout the end of the week.
Clint Laye, the dominant Canadian Bareback Riding Champion, refocused in 2021, winning the two stops as the CPRA started off its timetable. The Cadogan, AB cattle rustler rode Calgary Stampede’s Walleye Rocket for 86.5 focuses at the Dawson Creek Exhibition and Stampede’s Break-Up Spring Rodeo and consolidated that with a 82.5-point exertion on Duane Kesler’s Easy Money at Medicine Hat’s Broncs and Honky Tonks occasion to finish his heavenly end of the week, taking $3404.
However, it was 12 time Canadian Champion Curtis Cassidy who acquired good deals among contenders. The Donalda, Alberta two-occasion hand split 2/3 in the cow wrestling occasion at Medicine Hat for $1691 and added a 7/8 split for $388 in secure roping. Cassidy then, at that point, crossed the stones to get a third spot $1718 payday in the bull hounding at Dawson Creek to give him a money infusion of $3753 for his end of the week’s work.
For Laye, he could never have prearranged a superior beginning to the 2022 mission. “It was awesome,” he conceded. “I got on great ponies the entire end of the week and it felt truly extraordinary to make two or three in number rides.”
At Dawson Creek, it was a re-ride horse that gave the four-legged component to Laye. “I’d had Walleye Rocket once quite some time in the past and he was truly great at Dawson Creek. Furthermore, I’d been on Easy Money (his Medicine Hat draw) a couple of times previously. He’s been a great pony for quite a while.”
Laye brought up that his main need for 2022 is Canadian rodeo. “I need to focus on returning to the CFR and going after for another Canadian title,” he noted. “I might want to get to some Montana rodeos also and, obviously, my Calgary Stampede capability can open up a great deal of things for a shot at the WNFR.” (Laye has two NFR capabilities surprisingly and brought home the Calgary Stampede $100,000 championship in 2015.)
Meanwhile, for the third era ability, it’s farming and a functioning day to day existence with spouse Cassidy and their two young men, Cohen, 6, and Cayson, 2, that will keep the 28 year old cattle rustler occupied when he’s not on the rodeo trail.
Next up on the CPRA schedule are two Alberta occasions: Kananaskis Pro Rodeo in Coleman and the Drayton Valley Pro Rodeo. The two rodeos run April 29 through May 1.
For complete end of the week rodeo results, go to rodeocanada.com