Clayton Moore has been steady at Canadian Finals Rodeo 46 and it’s paying off.
The Pouce Coupe, B.C. had his third straight top-five finish in the steer wrestling Friday, moving him into the top spot in the aggregate with 17.3 seconds over four performances. He’s picked up $18,090 at the CFR this week and is within striking distance of season leader Jason Thomas.
“I’m excited about it, my mare is working really good, it’s her first trip here and she’s treated us good this year. I just hope I pick two more good ones and keep my head on a swivel,” Moore said.
The veteran was fourth with a 4.5-second run Friday and said he’s just been trying to stay even keel throughout the week in Red Deer.
“I’ve been here nine times now, I guess the news wore off a little bit,” he said with a chuckle.
“It’s still a lot of fun and still glad to be here.”
As for what the former Canadian champion needs to do to pick up another buckle Sunday?
“I’m just going to make a game plan depending on what I draw and if I’ve got something that I can place in a round on I’ll do it, if not, I’ll maintain where I’m at and play my game,” Moore said.
Scott Guenther of Provost won the round with a 3.7-second time and is also hot on Thomas’ heels for the overall lead.
The junior steer riding wrapped up and for the second straight season, Tristen Manning captured the buckle. The 15-year-old from Yellowhead County was the only junior to ride all four cows this week and capped it off with a 78-point ride Friday for the highest single-round score of the event.
“That was my fifth time getting on that cow. I knew it pretty well. That was a normal trip, she’s pretty good,” Manning said.
“You can’t read cows, because they switch it up every time. You just have to ride jump for jump.”
He won the season standings by collecting almost $12,185.58 and won by almost $7,000 over the nearest competitor.
“I tried to get myself hungry to win it. Take it one at a time and do the best on each one,” he said of the season.
“My experience from last year helped me a bunch, I wasn’t as nervous.”
In the bareback, veteran Orin Larsen grabbed his first-round win of the week with an 87.50 on Outlaw Buckers Buckwheat. He moved into the CFR aggregate lead, while Richie Champion still holds the overall lead.
Brooke Wills, in her first CFR, had the fastest time of the entire CFR Friday, racing to a time of 14.2 and a win in round four. Lacombe’s Justine Elliott still leads the season earnings at $48,951.17 and is fifth on the aggregate.
Texas cowboy Ty Harris tied an arena record in the tie-down roping with a 7.0-second trip. Cody McCartney leads the aggregate and Haven Meged still leads the overall standings.
Big Valley’s Zeke Thurston won his second round of the CFR Friday, putting up an 87.25 on Calgary Stampede’s Zaka Kibitz. He improved his total earnings on the year to $82,030.68 and $25,020 for the CFR this week.
The final event of the evening turned out to be a thriller for the packed house. Edgar Durazo posted an 88.25-point ride on Vold Rodeo’s White Tie as the second last competitor and look to half a CFR record for round wins locked up. Ponoka cowboy Jordan Hansen topped him with the final ride, turning in a 90.25 on Outlaw Buckers Blackstone After Party to win the round. Hansen sits at $65,202.75 in total earnings, well back of Durazo’s $87,336.01.
Alicia Erickson, of Ponoka, was crowned Miss Rodeo Canada during the intermission.
The Rising Stars event is set for 2 p.m. Saturday, with the regular performance at 7 p.m. Sunday’s final is at 2 p.m.