A huge three-day event overtook Ponoka’s Calnash Ag Event Centre last weekend, doling out thousands to some excellent riders and ropers.
The event was hugely succesful, attracting 254 teams.
The Super Six Team Roping competition, put on by T Squared Productions, featured a guaranteed $20,000 to the winning team roping pair in the No. 10 classification that competed on Aug. 10, but also included a $10,000 prize to the top pair in the No. 13 Six Shooter shootout on Aug. 11.
Keifer Grover of Endiang and partner Denim Ross of Botha managed to snag the big prize of the weekend, surviving the three preliminary runs against 200 other pairings and then being the fastest in the short go all in the same day.
Meanwhile, the No. 13 event was captured by the team of Jesse Hatala and Travis Gallais, each receiving $5,000 in prize money for their work in the six-round straight head shootout format. The No. 7 team roping competition, also held Aug. 10, was won by Jen Simmons and Bobby Mulligan.
The uniqueness of the event though really came on Aug. 9 with the Super Six Ladies Breakaway as well as the All Girls Team Roping Challenge.
This was one of the first times that these events were included in the overall weekend, not surprising though since these two events are growing in popularity and in available prize money.
Taylor Flewelling from Lacombe took off with the $1,500 first place prize in the breakaway after using two different horses to win first and second place in the first of two preliminary rounds, adding $450 to her winnings on the day.
Meanwhile that evening, the women continued to show off their excellent roping skills with Mikenna Schauer of Halkirk and Kendal Peirson from Wardlow each won $1,220 for their nearly four second victory — 50.23 seconds on four head.