Richardson blazes to Spring Classic win
Matt Richardson's view of Camrose is starting to change.
The Old steer wrestler's impression of the Rose City was mostly formed while patrolling the blue-line for the Drumheller Dragons and the Drayton Valley Thunder of the Alberta Junior Hockey League during the Camrose Kodiaks' golden years between 2006-08. Very few teams enjoyed their visits to Camrose then.
If the 27-year-old bulldogger can throw down more 3.5 second runs that earn him $1,718.79 in one afternoon, he might just start enjoying his stay a bit more.
Richardson's time on Sunday afternoon was the best of the three-day Spring Classic Pro Rodeo at the Camrose Regional Exhibition.
"They were a pretty good club when we played against them there," he said. "Give me the win in steer wrestling, the win in hockey didn't come too often."
His ultra-quick time was a whole half-second quicker than Layne Delemont while Travis Reay and Colt Crawford finished tied at 4.2 seconds. Richardson has had a hot hand so far this season, finishing in a tie for first in Coleman this past weekend, while winning the first rodeo of the season in Medicine Hat. His time on Sunday, however, was the best of the early Canadian Professional Rodeo Association season so far.
He finished 40th on the circuit last year and is hoping to ride this start to an entry into the Canadian Finals Rodeo.
"It's probably been my best start," said Richardson. "It gets you started off, gets you some confidence and hopefully you can ride it out as long as you can."
Camrose saddle bronc rider Justin Berg is hoping to build some momentum off of this weekend's effort. His 79 Bright Lights on Sunday placed him seventh overall. He also finished third in Medicine Hat at the beginning of April.
"Two out of three is not a bad start," said Berg. "You ride what you draw good and if they're good horses you can place and if they're not, you still ride them and try to keep your momentum going."
Sam Kelts finished first ($1,521.28) in the event with a ride of 84.5 points on Calico Girl, Dawson Hay was second ($1,249.64) with an 84, and Lane Watt was third ($977.98) with an 82.5. Former world champion Zeke Thurston of Big Valley finished fourth ($706.32) with an 81-point ride.
Berg, 31, is now in his 11th year on the CPRA circuit. The Marwayne-raised bronc rider is plans on touring mostly north of the border this year, though he will travel into the U.S. for the odd rodeo with travelling partner Layton Green of Meeting Creek. His end goal is another trip to the CFR.
Jacob Stemo won the bareback event, riding Prairie Rodeo’s Barcelona City to 85 points and, $1308.48. Connor Hamilton finished second ($1,082.88) with an 82.5-point ride, and Seth Hardwick and Cole Goodine tied with 82 points for third ($744.48 each).
Logan Spady and Riley Warren won the team roping event in 3.9 seconds to earn $1335.04 each, while Brady Tryan and Dustin Bird finished second ($1,160.90) in 4.3 seconds, and Tristin Woolsey and Denver Johnson were third ($986.76) in 4.4 seconds. Camrose brothers Brett and Justin McCarroll in a three-way tie for fifth ($464.36) in a time of 5.1 seconds with Rocky Dallyn and Grady Quam, and Kash Bonnett and Tate Schmidt.
Scot Meeks was the fastest tie down roper, throwing down a 9.0 on Sunday to win $2,043.09 while Morgan Grant was second ($1,776.60) at 9.3 seconds and Ben Robinson third ($1,510.11) at 9.7 seconds.
Brett Wills was the quickest around the barrels in13.393 seconds and took home $2,199.60, while Rylee Shields was second ($1,869.66) with a13.433, and Diane Skocdopole was third ($1,539.72) in 13.448 seconds.
Zane Lambert won the bull riding competition with a ride of 87.5 points on Outlaw Buckers’ Bandera to earn $1,466.02, Michael Ostashek was second ($1.204.23) with an 87, and Jacob Gardner third ($942.44) with an 85.5.
Tristen Manning took first place ($368.60) in steer riding with a 77.5 effort, Dusty Golden second ($276.45) at 75.5 points, and Darrion Ference third ($184.30) with 71.5 points.
Up next on the CPRA circuit is Drayton Valley on this weekend.