Ben Robinson throws his rope hard to try and make a quick catch on a calf during the Spring Thaw Roundup last weekend at the Calnash Ag Event Centre.

Ben Robinson throws his rope hard to try and make a quick catch on a calf during the Spring Thaw Roundup last weekend at the Calnash Ag Event Centre.

Spring Thaw Roundup sees growing numbers

Competition was fierce last weekend at the Calnash Ag Event Centre during the Spring Thaw rodeo roundup.

Competition was fierce last weekend at the Calnash Ag Event Centre during the Spring Thaw rodeo roundup.

The weekend brought timed-event rodeo-action to Ponoka and despite wintery conditions, cowboys and cowgirls brought their A-games to the ag centre. Organized by Trevor Jones and Tyrel Flewelling, the event is a kick-off to spring and the rodeo season.

The second annual Spring Thaw Roundup appears to be growing, explained Jones. On Saturday the ag event centre hosted 163 barrel racers, 104 team ropers, 43 calf ropers and 36 steer wrestlers.

“I think every year it’s just going to increase,” explained Jones.

He said the sponsors were pleased with the turnout despite inclement weather.

“That’s the most important thing, the sponsors,” said Jones. “Without them you couldn’t really do that (event).”

Over the course of the weekend, including team roping on Sunday, Jones said 600 teams competed. With amateur rodeos starting to line up for the season, he feels the Spring Thaw Roundup is an ideal start for cowboys and cowgirls.

Open team roping results

Sunday average #14

First – Kenton Fawcett and Kody Potts

Second – Dustin Round and Klay Whyte

Third – Grady Quam and Clint Brower

Fourth – Kenton Fawcett and Mark Flynn

Saturday average open:

First and second – Clint Buhler and Brett McCarroll. Travis Gallais and Brett McCarroll

Third – Travis Gallais and Rocky Dallyn

Fourth – Grady Quam and Todd Gallais

Fifth – JT Robinson and Chad Robinson

Sixth – Cash Bonnett and Keely Bonnett

Tie down roping

Average:

First – Eric Dublanko

Second – Kirk Robinson

Third – Dale Skocdopole

Fourth – Cody Brett

Steer wrestling results

Average:

First – Harley Cole

Second – Cody Cassidy

Third – Lane Delmont

Fourth – Josh Harden

Ladies barrel results

1D:

First – Lana Bohnet

Second – Kerri Babcook

Third – Jessie Vandenbroek

Fourth – Steff Mather

2D:

First – Jamie Harden

Second – Rene Leclerq

Third – Wendy Playfair

Fourth – Dee Butterfield

3D:

First – Corleen Leclerq

Second – Trish Friis

Third – Helen Naslund

Fourth – Whitney Lynch