Three Southwesterners top CCA Finals

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Mardi Yarshenko

Mankota’s Shawn Williamson won his fourth Tie Down Roping CCA Finals Championship in Regina on Saturday. Williamson was a model of consistency at the Finals with five qualified rides, placing in the top four in four of the five performances. He led from start to finish after jumping out to an early lead and never looked back.

Williamson had previously won the Finals in Tie Down Roping in 2009, 2005, and 2002.

He had led the Budlight Standings this season with $9,760 in earnings heading into the Finals.

Williamson opened the Finals on Tuesday with the fastest time of the day in 9.6 seconds. He took a commanding lead in the competition Wednesday when he posted the fastest time of the Finals in 7.9 seconds. Williamson followed up Thursday in 9.4 seconds and placed third. He was shutout of the money on day four but tied for third on the final day in 10 seconds flat to clinch another Finals championship, 40 Championship Points ahead of Davidson’s Scott Sigfusson.

Swift Current’s Blaine Switzer was fourth in Tie Down Roping with 90 points and $2,250 in earnings. He tied for second on day one in 9.7 seconds, was third on day four in 9.8 seconds and tied for fourth in the final day in 10.4 seconds.

Maple Creek’s Nolan Jans picked up points in four of five days in Junior Steer Riding to win the championship. He was first on Tuesday (71.75), second on Friday (71.5) and Saturday (73.5), and fourth on Thursday (67) to total 150 Championship Points and $1,145.

Hazenmore’s Chanse Cutler was second in Junior Steer Riding with 100 points and $812. He finished first on day five (74) and third on the opening day (71.25). Maple Creek’s Brady Resch finished fifth overall with 60 points and $750 in earnings. He placed first on day two (68.5) and was third the next day (67.75).

Young Mardi Yarshenko was the third Southwest competitor to win the CCA Finals. The Maple Creek cowgirl placed first or second on all five days in Junior Girls Barrel Racing to easily take top spot with 210 Championship Points. She was first on day three (14.37 seconds) and day four (14.48) and then placed second on Tuesday (14.86), Wednesday (14.38) and Saturday (14.59) to earn $1,312.

The four-year CCA Finals reign of Dannielle Knudsen came to an end in Ladies Barrel Racing. The Stewart Valley cowgirl finished second with 120 points, 25 back of Rockglen’s Robbi Nace for top spot. Knudsen was second on day two (14.01 seconds), third on day one (14.37) and day five (14.12) and fourth on day four (14.38) to collect a total of $3,000.

Stewart Valley’s Janet-Lynn Moen finished tied for seventh in Ladies Barrel Racing with 20 points and $500. She was fourth on Wednesday in 14.22 seconds and fourth again on Saturday in 14.20 seconds. Maple Creek’s Kerry Maynes also qualified for the CCA Finals but was unable to crack the top-four in any of her five attempts.

Piapot’s Brady Bertram finished fourth overall in Bareback with 60 Championship Points for $1,500. His best showing was on day two when he was third with a 79.25 score. He also placed fourth on Tuesday with a 74.5-point ride and on Thursday with a 74.75. Cessfold, Alberta’s Clayton Bunney won the event with 160 points for a $4,000 prize.

Maple Creek’s Ross Kruetzer finished fifth overall in Saddle Bronc. He was third on day one with a score of 76.75 and on day two with a 74.75. He also placed fourth on Friday with a 74.25-point ride to win $1,500 over five days. Maple Creek’s Shelton Udal had three qualified rides but was unable to crack the top-four at the Finals. Eckville Alberta’s Jake Brown won Saddle Bronc with 150 Championship Points to earn $3,750.

It was a tough week for the defending Finals champion Team Roping duo of Tuftin and Scott McLeod. The Waldeck pairing were unable to register a time in the first three days before finishing out of the money Friday despite a 5.5-second time. They got on track Saturday, finishing second in 4.9 seconds for $750 and placed eighth out of 11 teams overall. Kyle and Brady Chappel, roping out of Moose Jaw, won Team Roping with 130 Championship Points and took home $3,250.

Shamrock’s Kevin Turner teamed up with Levi Elford to tie for fourth spot overall in Team Roping. Their best run came on day three when they finished second in 5.6 seconds. They also placed third on Wednesday in 8.0 seconds and fourth on the final day in 5.4 seconds.

Shaunavon’s Tanner Allemand represented the Southwest in Bull Riding but was only able to come up with one qualified ride in an event that was clearly won by the bulls. He scored a 76.75 on day two but tied for fifth, just missing out on the money. The 11 cowboys were only able to produce 13 eight-second rides on 55 attempts over the five days in Regina. Manor’s Teagan Hodgeson won Bull Riding with 110 points, just edging out Mayfair’s Dusty Lehmann.

Organizations: CCA Finals, Canadian Cowboys' Association

Geographic location: Maple Creek, Regina, Stewart Valley Bareback Alberta Moose Jaw

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