There were multiple events on Saturday including steer wrestling at the Daines Ranch Pro Rodeo near Innisfail. (Photo by Ian Gustafson/ Advocate staff)

There were multiple events on Saturday including steer wrestling at the Daines Ranch Pro Rodeo near Innisfail. (Photo by Ian Gustafson/ Advocate staff)

Daines Ranch Pro Rodeo showcases variety of talent in front of sold out crowd

Some local talent qualified for championship Sunday

The 61st Daines Ranch Pro Rodeo lived up to the hype on Saturday putting on a show in front of a sold-out crowd.

The legendary local rodeo hosted cowboys and cowgirls of the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association on Friday and Saturday with the championship finals Sunday.

Among central Albertan competing was Ponoka’s Brock Butterfield who took home the best score of the night in steer wrestling posting a 4.5 second run. That time held up on championship Sunday and Butterfield collected a $1,924.65 cheque.

After taking some time off from rodeo because of the pandemic and work-related commitments, Butterfield is getting back into the swing of things this season.

He said it has been a tough start to the year up until his flawless run Saturday evening.

“It takes one good run and then you get some confidence. I got a pretty good horse that I get to ride,” he said.

Since the season began he’s been travelling all over Alberta including Dawson Creek and Medicine Hat to compete. He said he’s back and ready to win but got himself ready for Saturday competing the night before in Stavely, Alta.

“Steer wrestling is a lot of a team game and you can’t do it by yourself you need horses and help. You got to be a team player or else you’re not gonna have many guys in your corner. It’s tough, in rodeo you got to learn to lose before you win because in rodeo It’s a funny thing we lose a lot more than we win,” he said adding he received that advice a long time ago.

He said in his impressive run he got the start he wanted. Multiple steer wrestlers had a tough night missing their steers off the start.

“There’s a few things I probably could have done to put some polish on the run but I’m happy with just you know trying not to beat yourself that old saying so that’s where I’m at,” he added.

Ty Typotat put up the top ride in the bareback, posting a 90-point run on C5 Rodeo’s 999 Cimmaron. Cole Davison and Kolton Schmidt landed in the money with a 4.6 second run in the team roping. Lucas Macza posted an 89-point run on C5 Rodeo’s 3CH Stargazer, while Ty Harris collected the top prize in tie-down roping, on a run of 8.4 seconds. Jessica Telford was the top barrel racer with a 15.88 second run.

Jared Parsonage earned a win in the bull riding with a 90.5-point run on Sonny Clearsky’s 715 Chester. He edged out Wyatt Gleeson who posted an 89 and Edgar Durazo who had an 88.

Jade Kenney won breakaway roping in 2.1 seconds, Jaret Cooper won the novice saddle bronc and Jhett Wheeler was the top prize winner in steer riding.

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