2008 Beechy Western Days

Kory Ginnis won the Brian Claypool Memorial Buckle donated by Ellen Claypool-Marquis and Claypool's Boot and Jean. Presentation is by June Rush on behalf of the Claypool family.



Despite a late harvest which kept some spectators and volunteers away, early reports indicate a successful weekend for the 41st annual Beechy Western Days. The event kicked off with the High School rodeo on Friday and a teen dance in the evening. The High School rodeo concluded with the second performance on Saturday. The Canadian Cowboys Association approved rodeo saw the long go round running Friday and Saturday evenings. The top ten contestants in the major events, and the top six in junior barrel racing, returned for the finals on Sunday. The western dance Saturday night with music by Bakersfield and a roast beef supper following the rodeo performance on Sunday completed the busy weekend.

Not exactly new, as it was a part of some early rodeos, was the Wild Pony Race. It proved to be one of the highlights and an event that we will see included in future years. The pony contractor, Duane Ashbacher, matched ponies to kids to make for a fair contest.

First place in the bareback riding went to Monty Koopman who posted identical scores of 75 on Neck Tie in the long go and on Sunspot in the short go. Stacy Cornet led the field of 43 tie down ropers with a total of 17.4 seconds on his two calves. Saddle bronc rider James Darmody went into the finals in the middle of the pack with a 69. He connected with Power Supply to score 75. His combined marks (144) were identical to the total for Rylan Geiger on two head and they split top spot.

Denver Hoff’s 4.4 seconds was the fastest long go time in the steer wrestling. His unsuccessful run in the finals cleared the way for Jason Pollock to come out on wop with 9.6 seconds on his two steers. Randy Wedhorn and Tyler Quam won the event with the most entries, team roping. Dustin Walker and Travis Reay were best in the long go with a 5.1. Their miss in the finals put Wedhorn and Quam in an average win despite the one-heel penalty.

The bulls won the long go allowing only seven cowboys to come back to the finals. That trend continued with only 2 qualified rides in the Sunday performance. Kory Ginnis won the long go with an 85 score, and that, combined with 79 on Paper Cut, kept him in the lead to win the short go and the average.

The only event for the ladies had 39 entries and 24 junior barrel racers. Like her husband Stacy in the tie down roping, Lisa Cornet won both go rounds to lead the pack with a total of 25.14 seconds. Logan Klatt came into the Sunday finals in second spot, improved on her time and emerged the average winner for the juniors.

In the novice events, Bryan Shepard won the bareback riding and Jesse Ogilvie led the field in the bronc riding. We were fortunate to have Becky Anderson, a reporter for Prairie Post, in attendance on Sunday. She pretty much summed it up with her opening paragraph in the October 3, 2008 issue of the paper: “After 41 years of success, the only explanation the Beechy Western Days rodeo committee could attribute it to is simply community support.” Check out Becky Anderson Photography © elsewhere on this site for photos of the action.

For complete results of the rodeo, go to www.canadiancowboys.ca

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