Saddle bronc rider Layton Green manages to hang on for an eight-second ride during the fourth performance at the Canadian Finals Rodeo last year at the Peavey Mart Centrium. (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)

Saddle bronc rider Layton Green manages to hang on for an eight-second ride during the fourth performance at the Canadian Finals Rodeo last year at the Peavey Mart Centrium. (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)

Dates confirmed for 2022 CFR in Red Deer

The 48th running of the Canadian Finals Rodeo will take place from Nov. 2 to 6 at the Peavey Mart Centrium.

The Canadian Professional Rodeo Association made the announcement Tuesday while outlining the rest of its schedule for the 2022 spring and summer season.

“We are excited to welcome everyone back for the 48th anniversary of the Canadian Finals Rodeo, our fourth-year hosting here in Red Deer,” said Mike Olesen, CEO of Westerner Park in a release.

“Not only do we see the best contestants in the country competing for the top prize in a national championship, but central Albertans and visitors alike also take in everything Red Deer has to offer, generating over $30 million in economic benefit for our local restaurants, retailers, and the community at large.

“The authentic western lifestyle lives strong here in our community, and we invite you to come to celebrate the sport of rodeo and western culture with us in November.”

In just three weeks, fans will see the first stops of the year with pro rodeos in Dawson Creek, B.C., April 22-­23 and Medicine Hat, April 22-­24.

There will be events in Rocky Mountain House (June 9-12), Innisfail (June-17-19), Ponoka (June 27- July 3), Bowden (July 16-17).

“We have 55 events on the schedule to date, including a strong Pro Tour line-up, a full slate of Maple Leaf Circuit rodeos and some special events as well,” said CPRA General Manager Jeff Robson. “It’s a real testimony to the resilience of our sport and our committees to see the effort going into bringing back these events.”

There will be one or more rodeos almost every weekend right through to the end of September. New to the 2022 schedule is a saddle bronc event in Gleichen in mid-June, the addition of the historic Raymond Stampede on the July long weekend and the Rockyford Rodeo in late July.

Both Dawson Creek Exhibition and Stampede Spring Rodeo and the Lethbridge Pro Rodeo (held during Whoop-Up Days) are returning after a few years’ hiatus.