Saddlebronc rider Layton Green

Ponoka and area cowboys ready for the Cloverdale Rodeo

Jake Vold and Wacey Finkbeiner, plus Layton Green, among the big challengers this year


Top competitors from the international rodeo circuit will once again be making their way to Cloverdale, B.C. to compete from May 18th to 21st in saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, bull riding and ladies barrel racing.

The invitational format, which has earned the Cloverdale Rodeo international acclaim, continues to draw top names while elevating Cloverdale’s reputation for providing consistently challenging bucking stock. Two talented pools of competitors will compete in the four events from Friday to Sunday to qualify for the Rodeo Finals on Monday at 2:30 p.m.

“We’re extremely happy to have a number of talented rodeo athletes this year including World and Canadian champions.” says Mike MacSorley, General Manager, Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair. “They’re sure to put on a first-rate show for us here on the West Coast and provide our rodeo crowds of all ages with entertainment throughout the entire weekend right up and including the finals.”

The Cloverdale Rodeo has also confirmed the participation of a number of Canadian Champions in bareback, saddle bronc and ladies barrel racing events.

The ladies barrel race is sure to be a nail-biting competition again this year. Last year’s finals on Monday was decided by a split second, making it an exciting race for Rodeo fans and competitors. Savona BC resident, Carman Pozzobon fell just short of the Championship Title and finished less than a second after the champion.

She’ll be back again this year to fight for first place against Callahan Crossley from Hermiston, Oregon. Crossley, who was raised in a rodeo family, is back at the Cloverdale Rodeo for her fourth year.

In bull riding, hailing from Ponoka, and the leader from Pool B last year, Wacey Finkbeiner, will ride against three-time Cloverdale champion Steve Woolsey from Utah.

Caleb Bennett calls Tremonton, Utah home and won the Cloverdale Rodeo bareback riding title back in 2014. He’ll be vying for the title again this year alongside Jake Vold, the pride of Ponoka, Alberta. Jake is a three-time Canadian Bareback Champion and won the 2016 Cloverdale Rodeo bareback title.

In Saddle Bronc Riding, last years’ saddle bronc Champion Cort Scheer is back to defend his title and will compete against the 2017 Canadian Champion Layton Green.

The 2017 Cloverdale Invitational Rodeo Champions and 2017 Canadian Rodeo Champions are all invited back this year.

For a detailed schedule of event performances and competitors list, please visit

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