Good start for Southwest cowboys and cowgirls in North Battleford

Steven Mah
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Many of the Southwest’s top Canadian Cowboys’ Association rodeo competitors got their seasons underway at the North Battleford Kinsmen Indoor Rodeo. 12 Southwest cowboys and cowgirls were able to bring home money from the three-day event.

Mankota’s April Williamson had the top performance when she won Ladies Barrel Racing by outracing the 55-women field in 13.096 seconds for $1,126.

The Junior Steer Riding event was dominated by the Southwest, led by Maple Creek’s Hayden Briggs, who placed first with a 76-point ride for $226. Lancer’s Chad Hartman placed second with 74 points for $170. Hazenmore’s Chanse Switzer was fourth with 65 points for $56.

Leader’s Cody Resch was the third Southwest event winner when he topped Novice Saddle Bronco with a 70-point ride for $300.

Maple Creek’s Mardi Yarshenko placed second in Junior Girls Barrel Racing in 13.636 seconds for $236, just behind Bengough’s Ashley Cleveland.

Waldeck’s Scott and Tuftin McLeod continued their early season success with a second place finish in Team Roping in 6.6 seconds for $1,285. Tyler Paicu (Avonlea) and Brett Olson (Southey) won the event in 5.6 seconds to earn $1,552.

Piapot’s Casey Bertram used a 74-point ride on Lady Bug to place third in Saddle Bronc for $436. Kirk Thompson (Brandon) and Jeremy Harden (Regina) tied for top spot with 76-point rides to earn $608 each.

Maple Creek’s Bradley Bertram finished tied for third in Bareback with a 74-point ride on Big Shot for $252. Consul’s Monty Koopman was one point behind in fifth spot with a 73-point ride on 42 Below for $137. Buck Moen (Elrose) and Clayton Strutt (Brock) won the event with 76-point rides.

Mankota’s Shawn Williamson rounded out the Southwest money winners in fifth spot in Tie Down Roping in 15.3 seconds for $192. Rapid City’s Justin Bridgeman won the event in 10.2 seconds for $621.

North Battleford’s Cody Coverchuk won Bull Riding with 84 points on Snake Eyes. Davidson’s Scott Sigfusson topped Steer Wrestling in 6.3 seconds and Esterhazy’s Mason Helmeczi won Novice Bareback.

The CCA schedule will continue with the Big Valley Rodeo this weekend.

Organizations: North Battleford Kinsmen Indoor Rodeo, CCA, Canadian Cowboys' Association

Geographic location: North Battleford, Maple Creek, Bengough

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