Adam Gilchrist, Brady Bertram, and Kate Beierbach – three Maple Creek rodeo athletes who finished as champions in the Canadian Cowboys Association Finals 2021 in Swift Current during an action-packed weekend.
Gilchrist’s performance in saddle bronc and steer wrestling earned him the title of top All Around Cowboy, while Bertram picked up 76.5 points on Half Crow on Sunday to win top honours in bareback.
It was a continuation of Bertram’s good form this year.
In August, he took top spot in bareback at the Herbert Stampede with 73 points on View Master for $1,275. Earlier, he opened the season with a first-place showing at the Ag Society Rodeo in Arrowwood, Alberta, claiming $756 after riding Detroit City for 77 points.
Meanwhile, Kate Beierbach finished her final run at the weekend in 17.10 seconds to win the CCA Finals title in junior girls barrel racing.
It has also been a good year for Beierbach. In July she won the junior barrel racing (16.2) at the 113th Murraydale Picnic and Stampede.
The CCA Finals Rodeo, involving more than 90 competitors from the CCA, is seen as a showcase for top-notch cowboys, cowgirls, rough stock and equine athletes.
It took place between Friday, September 24 and Sunday, September 26 at Magnus Newland Arena, Kinetic Park.
The rodeo featured eight major events: saddle bronc, bareback, tie down roping, steer wrestling, ladies barrel racing, team roping, breakaway roping, and bull riding. There were also junior and novice events.
As well as four rodeo performances, the weekend’s activities included a trade show.
Unfortunately, a scheduled rodeo cabaret was cancelled, with tickets fully refunded, owing to new COVID-19 guidelines.
The CCA Finals involved a partnership between the City of Swift Current, CCA, and Swift Current Agricultural & Exhibition Association.
Last year’s event was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.