Frontier Days Rodeo competitors save the best for last

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Maple Creek's Ross Kreutzer was the day one leader with a 75 pint ride aboard Boot Barn, but he eventually settled for a second place tie in the saddle bronc event during Frontier Days 2014 in Swift Current.

Being scheduled last resulted in a number of firsts at the Frontier Days Rodeo in Swift Current on June 27 to 29.

Winners in five different rodeo events were decided by late drawn competitors during the three day Canadian Cowboys' Association event.

Gerard Oversby from Wainwright topped the bareback field as the final competitor in the buck shuts. He enjoyed a 72 point ride aboard Naturally High to win $600. Maple Creek's Brady Bertram ended up in a second place tie after being the day one leader after holding onto Mile Marker for a 71-point ride. Monty Koopman from Consul also took home $445 for his runner-up 71-point ride aboard City Wages.

Jason Hofer of Tompkins took home fourth place prize money of $298 for an eight second ride on Valley City.

Tie Down Roping

Garrett Brownlee from Moose Jaw was the second final competitor in the tie down roping event, so he threw caution to the wind and ended up topping the field of 39 competitors. He had a 9.0 run to collect $1,117.

Ironically, he was the only tie down roper to beat the very first run of 9.7 seconds turned in by Layne Smith of Oak Lake, MB.

Tyce McLeod of Waldeck, the very last scheduled competitor, had a clutch 10.1 second run to earn a $680 payday.

Val Marie's Wyatt Hayes placed sixth in 10.8 second to win $388.

Tuftin McLeod from Waldeck placed eighth in 11.6 seconds to pocket $97.

Team Roping

Drawing the second final spot during Saturday's slack performance was the ideal spot for Tyler Cahoon and DJ Woodward from Alberta, as they broke the five second mark with a 4.9 second run to win rodeo top prize money of $2,898 in the team roping event.

Riley Hayes from Val Marie and Jeremy Harden from Copper Sands teamed up for a fifth place effort of 6.7 seconds to win $1,386 in the event which attracted a total of 55 team roping entries.

Glentworth's Calder Peterson also came up with a clutch last performer effort, winning the novice bareback event with a 66 point ride to claim $201.

Novice Saddle Bronc

The Novice Saddle Bronc title was also decided by the last competitor to enter the buck chute, with Chase Bourque from Pelly holding on for a 63 point ride to earn $239.

Steer Wrestling

The final competitor during Saturday's slack performance and the last entry in Saturday's regular performance tied for best in the steer wrestling event. Lachlan O'Neill from Coaldale, AB had a 4.5 second run in the morning, while Riley Hayes from Val Marie equalled that time during the afternoon run. The duo each won $1,025.

The final steer wrestler of the event, Kal Klovansky from Qu'appelle, placed fourth in 5.3 second.

Saddle Bronc

Brandon's Kirk Thompson was best in the saddle bronc event with a 79 point ride aboard Taken Chances on Saturday to win top prize money of $887.

Ross Kreutzer from Maple Creek was the day one leader with a 75 pint ride aboard Boot Barn. He eventually settled for a second place tie with Jeremy Harden of Copper Sands who also turned in a 75 point performance on Jail Break on Saturday.

Maple Creek's Mike Gordon tied for fourth place with a 71 point ride on Recharge.

Bull Riding

Lonnie West of Cadogan, AB collected $1,044 from the pay window in the bull riding for a 77 point winning ride aboard Hodge. The event produced only three qualifying rides from 26 competitors.

Ladies Barrel Racing

Crystal Christman from Alberta was the only competitor under 18 seconds in the ladies barrel racing event, with her time of 17.74 seconds during the slack performance earning her top money of $1,888.

Janet-Lynn Moen from Stewart Valley and Cali Yarshenko from Maple Creek tied for sixth with identical runs of 18.19 seconds to win $532. April Williamson of Mankota was eighth with an 18.20 second run.

Geographic location: Maple Creek, Val Marie, Swift Current Alberta Moose Jaw Oak Lake Coaldale Cadogan Stewart Valley

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