About Edmonton Pro Rodeo
From September 22-23, the best rodeo athletes from across North America will descend upon the Edmonton EXPO Centre on the last stop of the season before the Canadian Finals Rodeo.
The Edmonton Pro Rodeo is a partnership between C5 Rodeo and Explore Edmonton; is sanctioned by the CRPA, PRCA, and WRPA; and is a qualifying stop on the official Canadian rodeo schedule.
It is now also part of the SMS Pro Rodeo Tour where contestants will compete to take home a part of the overall purse of $65,000.
ABOUT C5 RODEO
Providing services to events at over 40 locations world-wide, C5 Rodeo Co. is recognized in the world of rodeo for their innovative approach to rodeo production and award-winning world-class stock. Home to one of the largest bucking horse supplier and breeding programs in North America, C5 Rodeo operates out of Lac La Biche, Alberta, and Helena, Montana which span just over 12,000 acres combined.
Garrison Panzer, 24 years old from Stillwater, OK, has spent his whole life immersed in the sport of rodeo. He followed his rodeo judge dad and grandad around since the day he was born, competed in the National Little Britches Rodeo Association from 5-18 years old, and started his professional rodeo career the summer of 2015.
His passion for rodeo has extended to more than just announcing and music directing, even though his year is fairly evenly split between the two, most recently he has taken on the role of rodeo production manager. Garrison’s love for the western lifestyle and all events encompassed by it reflects no matter where he travels or what job he holds when he gets there.
MISS RODEO CANADA
Jayden Calvert was crowned Miss Rodeo Canada 2022 at the Canadian Finals Rodeo on November 5, 2021. Jayden is a 23-year-old cowgirl from Drayton Valley, Alberta where she calls the MT Bar Ranch home. She raises purebred, and Speckle Park influenced cattle alongside her parents and two younger brothers.
Growing up, Jayden was extensively involved in the 4-H program as both a horse and beef member. She showed horses in a variety of disciplines and exhibited beef cattle at junior and open livestock shows. Jayden occupies her free time by giving back to 4-H and other agricultural youth programs as a volunteer. She graduated from the University of Alberta in 2021 with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture degree with a major in Animal Science. Jayden is excited to return to a career in the agriculture industry after completing her year as Miss Rodeo Canada!
SHELBY PIERSON SPECIALTY ACT
Shelby is a 22 year old trick rider from Southern Alberta. For the past 13 years, Shelby has taken her fast-paced, high-energy act to professional rodeos all across North America. One of Shelby’s greatest accomplishments was being named the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association Contract Act of the Year in 2018 & 2019. Shelby is also a 3X Canadian Trick Riding Champion, and in 2015 she traveled to Australia as apart of Team Canada where she was crowned the Australian Trick Riding Champion.
Shelby is best known for her unique and quick styles of vaulting, which is recognized at events across North America. When not trick riding, Shelby enjoys roping, training horses, and helping out on her family’s cattle ranch.
Eight-time Alberta Country Music Award (ACMA) nominee Karac Hendriks has a number of shows booked (including those delayed due to COVID-19) and is currently working on new music. Based on his single of the same name, “Karac Hendriks: This Road Is Mine” is a concert experience about his life growing up in east central Alberta. Karac and his band showcased at the Manitoba Arts Network and the Alberta Arts Touring Alliance conferences, with a number of concerts being booked in communities throughout Canada by Sakamoto Agency. As well, Karac will soon be releasing a series of singles produced by SOCAN Award-winning songwriter and producer Troy Koko.
Jump on the bus after the rodeo to see Karac at Cook County Saloon the official afterparty of the Edmonton Pro Rodeo.
Rodeo events 101
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Bareback riding is one of the most physically demanding events in rodeo. A bareback rider sits directly on a bucking horse, with only his own rigging to hang onto. As the horse comes out of the chute, the cowboy’s feet must be above the break of the horse’s shoulders. He holds his feet up at least through the horse’s first move, usually a jump, then spurs the horse on each jump, matching the horse’s rhythm and showing control rather than flopping around. He may not touch the horse, his equipment or himself with his free hand. If the ride lasts eight seconds, two judges award up to 25 points each for the cowboy’s “exposure” to the strength of the horse and his spurring technique and up to 25 points each for the horse’s bucking strength and moves.
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Steer wrestling demands coordination between two mounted cowboys – the contestant and a hazer who controls the steer’s direction – and their horses. The cowboys back their horses into the box on each side of the steer. When the contestant nods, the chute gate opens and the steer gets a head start before the cowboys start to chase him. As the steer wrestler draws even, he dismounts from his horse, which is moving at perhaps 30 miles an hour. He grasps the steer’s horns and digs his boot heels into the dirt to slow down the 500- to 600-pound steer. Then he wrestles the steer onto its side; when all four legs point in the same direction, the clock stops. Times vary widely depending on the size of the arena.
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Team ropers work as partners: one header and one heeler who move in precise coordination. They and their horses start in the “box.” When the header nods, the chute gate opens and the steer gets a head start. The header throws the first loop, which must catch the steer’s head or horns, protected by a horn wrap. Then the header dallies – wraps his rope around his saddle horn – and moves his horse to pull the rope taut, changing the direction of the steer. That gives the heeler the opportunity to catch both of the steer’s hind legs with his own rope; most heelers try to time their throws to catch the legs when they are in the air. After the catch, the heeler also dallies, to stop the steer. When the ropes are taut and both horses face the steer, the time is recorded. Times vary widely depending on the size of the arena.
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In rodeo’s classic event, the saddle bronc rider sits on a specialized saddle – it has no horn, and the stirrups are set forward. In the chute, the cowboy adjusts his grip on the rein and perhaps the horse’s position. When the gate opens, his boots must be above the breaks of the horse’s shoulders. After the horse’s first move, usually a jump, the cowboy begins spurring in long, smooth strokes, in sync with the horse’s jumps – legs straight when the bronc comes down, toward the back of the saddle at the top of the jump. His only handhold is a six-foot braided rope; his free hand may not touch his equipment, his body or the horse. If the ride lasts the required eight seconds, it is scored by two judges – one on each side – who assess difficulty and control. Each judge awards up to 25 points for the cowboy’s performance and up to 25 points for the animal’s performance, for a potential of 100 points.
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To start this sprinting event, the tie-down roper and his horse back into the box; the cowboy carries a rope in one hand and a “piggin’ string” in his mouth. When the cowboy nods, the chute opens and the calf gets a head start. The cowboy throws a loop over its head; his horse stops and pulls the rope taut while the cowboy jumps off, dashes down the rope, lays the calf on the ground and uses the piggin’ string to tie any three of its legs together. Then he lifts his hands to show he is finished, and the field flag judge drops a flag to stop the clock. The horse is trained to keep the rope taut until the cowboy remounts and moves the horse toward the calf, giving the rope slack. If the calf’s legs stay tied correctly for six seconds, it’s a qualified run and the time stands.
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Barrel racing is just that – a race against time in a cloverleaf pattern around three barrels set up in the arena. A rider can choose to begin the cloverleaf pattern to the right or left. The time begins when the horse and rider cross the predetermined start line and stops when they come back across the same line. Each run is timed to the hundredths of a second, making every fraction of a second count. (Starting in 2012, Canadian rodeos now time to the thousandth of a second.) Each tipped-over barrel adds a five-second penalty to the time. Although barrel racing is one of seven events common to many PRCA-sanctioned rodeos, it is administered by a separate organization, the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association, which produces its own online media guide.
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Bull riding is rodeo’s most dangerous event. In the chute, the bull rider settles on the bull’s back, wraps his braided rope around the bull’s girth, then loops the rope around his hand and back into his palm so he can grip it tightly. When he nods, the gate is opened and the bull lunges out of the chute. Spurring is optional – the primary goal for the cowboy is to stay on for eight seconds without touching himself, his equipment or the bull with his free hand. The cowboy will be scored highly for staying in the middle of the bull, in full control of the ride. If the ride lasts the required eight seconds, it is scored by two judges who assess difficulty (the bull’s spinning, jumping and kicking, lunging, rearing and dropping, and side-to-side motion) as well as the cowboy’s degree of control. Each judge awards up to 25 points for the cowboy’s performance and up to 25 points for the animal’s performance, for a potential of 100 points.
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Breakaway roping is a rodeo event that features a calf and one mounted cowgirl. The breakaway roper is behind a taut rope fastened with an easily broken string which is fastened to the rope on the calf. When the roper is ready she calls for the calf and the chute man trips a lever opening the doors. The suddenly freed calf breaks out running. When the calf reaches the end of his rope, it pops off and simultaneously releases the barrier for the roper. The roper must throw the rope in a loop around the calf’s neck. Once the rope is around the calf’s neck, the roper signals the horse to stop suddenly. The rope is tied to the saddle horn with a string. When the calf hits the end of the rope, the rope is pulled tight and the string breaks. The breaking of the string marks the end of the run. The fastest run wins.
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