Luke Gee was the bigger winner on Saturday at A Night At The Ranch bull riding event, collecting a $10,000 check after posting an 84-point ride on Hot Roddy Road in the long go. (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)

WATCH: Third annual A Night at the Ranch continues to raise awareness and funds for mental health

A unique rodeo tradition continues to gather steam at the Daines Rodeo Grounds in Innisfail on the second weekend in May.

In the third year of A Night At The Ranch, bull riders from across the world came together to support the cause and battle for cash in the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association standings.

Proceeds raised from this year’s event went to support Canadian Pro Sports Medicine and Smiles Thru Lindsay, a charity that collects funds in honour of Lindsey Moore. Moore took her life at age 22, and the foundation is designed to support those suffering from mental illness through high impact programs.

“Rick and Cindy (Moore) are just amazing people. They’re so passionate about their cause, helping everybody else and preventing what could happen,” said committee member Gillian Grant, who organizes the event with Kyle Daines and others.

“We’re happy they’re supporting mental health and making the future a little bit brighter for some people. It’s neat to see. It’s a little bit overwhelming when we get everybody together and talk about it.”

That draws a direct connection to last year’s cause, as the 2017 event raised money for the Ty Pozzobon Foundation. Pozzobon, who won the inaugural event in 2016 took his own life in January 2017 at age 25.

“Kyle (Daines) and I met and we talked about it,” said Grant. “We got Ron MacLean the first year and Ty won it. Last year we were cleaning up the grounds and we found Ty’s glove that he signed for one of the bull riders’ kids.We had the date planned before what happened (to Ty). It’s all really played out and it’s crazy how it’s all woven and we feel like there’s somebody else out there making sure what is happening is supposed to be happening and we’re just excited to be a part of that.”

Grant said the goal this year was to raise between $8,000 and $10,000 this year. She believes they should easily reach that goal.

The event expanded in 2018, adding a bucking horse challenge on Friday and for the first time, the prize money won by the best bull rider counts towards earning a spot in the Canadian Finals Rodeo in Red Deer and the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.

Luke Gee was the bigger winner on Saturday, collecting a $10,000 check after posting an 84-point ride on Hot Roddy Road in the long go. No bull rider registered an eight-second ride in the championship round.

Red Deer’s Ashton Sahli won in the junior bulls with a 79.5-point ride.

Grant added they’ll definitely make sure the event continues to be an annual one.



Email sports tips to Byron Hackett

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

 

Red Deer’s own Ashton Sahli won in the junior bulls A Night At The Ranch bull riding event in Innisfail with a 79.5-point ride. (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)

Just Posted

Sunshine means open umbrellas at Ross Street Patio

Red Deer’s downtown public patio is open for the season

Five people charged in drug investigation

Red Deer RCMP seize drugs and guns

READER PHOTO: Heavy police presence in Morrisroe

Some Morrisroe residents were alarmed to see police officers with heavy rifles… Continue reading

Notley to skip premiers conference so she can focus on pipeline deal

EDMONTON — There won’t be any fireworks between the premiers of Alberta… Continue reading

WATCH: Ellis Bird Farm open for summer

There is something magical about the Ellis Bird Farm located outside of… Continue reading

Black bear kills dog that jumped out car window in Jasper National Park

JASPER, Alta. — A black bear is being watched in Jasper National… Continue reading

Watch: Videos of two shrieking lynx posted by Ontario couple go viral

An Ontario man who shot a viral video of two lynx shrieking… Continue reading

Royal wedding sermon on ‘love’ was about more than the marriage of Harry and Meghan

The sermon delivered at Saturday’s royal wedding was about the love shared… Continue reading

That ‘American Idol’ season finale twist was a stroke of evil genius

So now that “American Idol” airs on a Disney property … was… Continue reading

Rare tiger cub dies at N.B. zoo after being born with health issues

MONCTON, N.B. — Staff at a New Brunswick zoo are mourning the… Continue reading

Toronto Maple Leafs lose Lamoriello, Hunter as executives leave roles

TORONTO — The fallout from the Toronto Maple Leafs’ front office reshuffle… Continue reading

The ‘King of the Commode’ seeks an heir to his thrones

ALAMO HEIGHTS, Texas — FOR SALE: One tiny kingdom, with many thrones.… Continue reading

School victims honoured at Billboard Awards; Janet, BTS shine

The 2018 Billboard Music Awards paid tribute to the students and teachers… Continue reading

Most Read


Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month