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Stampede into Summer at the Brant County Canada Day Western Festival!

Billed as one of the largest inaugural events of its kind, the Brant County Canada Day Western Festival in Paris, Ontario is only a few weeks away and the excite- ment level definitely is escalating. “Five Days of Fun” from June 30-July 4 including a Professional Rodeo, a High School Rodeo, Nationally-sanctioned Barrel Races, a Barrel Racing Clinic by World Champion Troy Crum- rine, Concerts, Trade Shows, Vendors, Beer Tents and so much more, accentuating the Festival atmosphere that the Brant County Canada Day Western Festival promis- es deliver.

The anchor of the event is the Professional Rodeo presented by the award-winning Rawhide Rodeo Com- pany and sanctioned by the International Professional Rodeo Association and Ontario Rodeo Association. In late May, the IPRA Canadian Tour started in Lindsay, Ontario. As a preface to the type of Rodeo that fans will experience in Paris, it will feature RANK Bronc and Bull Rides and ever-blazing Roping Runs. In Lindsay, Rawhide Rodeo, an 8-time IPRA World Champion Bucking Stock Award Winner and 6-time IPRA Interna- tional Finals Rodeo Bucking Stock Award Winner, debuted a number of new acquisitions to the Canadian bucking stock herd, along with some of the proven “sta- ples”. The animal athletes showcased so much agility and intenseness that contestants were slammed into the ground and thrown into the air more often than one would make a qualified 8-second ride. Even the Junior Bulls bucked as rank as the professional bull riding bulls. Arena Records were broken in Lindsay in Bare- back Bronc Riding, and an 80-point Bull Ride (top per- centile) was scored as well.

One of the Feature Bulls of the 2010 Season is Rawhide Rodeo’s #MK6 Wired. In over 40 attempts since 2006, he has only been covered for a qualified 8- second ride once in Professional Rodeo competition in Ontario. They will try to break that streak at the Festival in 2010.

While the Brant County Canada Day Western Fes- tival is early in the 2010 Season, rodeo timed events will have Tiedown Roping in the forefront for IPRA Canadi- an featured events. At the first event of the season, Jarod Nooren of St. Thomas, Ontario roped and tied his animal in 8.1 - seconds, which is one of the fastest times in rodeo competition ever in Ontario, Canada (9.5 was the fastest time from 2009). The contenders will be chasing this time for a new fastest time of the year...per- haps a 7-second run will take place in Paris. Bulls, Broncs, Barrels, Roping, Wrestling and more...full professional rodeo in Paris, Ontario, but that is just a mere part of the Festival. High School Rodeo

contestants will compete in a separate rodeo for scholar- ship dollars in the aforementioned events and more. There will be 3 days of Barrel Racing for National Bar- rel Horse Association Canada points and Ontario Barrel Racing Association points. In addition, the NBHA and OBRA Barrel Racers will have the opportunity to quali- fy for the North American Barrel Racing Challenge where Team Canada and Team USA will compete against each other to determine who takes home the cov- eted “North American Golden Barrel” & $100,000! As announced earlier in the year, nightly entertain- ment will be covered by a Country Roots Open Mic Night & Country Dance Friday evening and CCMA Nominated Country Music Star Jamie Warren perform- ing LIVE in Concert Saturday Night.

More information and discounted advance ticket and VIP packages are available online at www.Brant- or by phone at 519-442- there for this Marquee equine and western action sport Festival.

Ontario Youth Team Tournament 25th Anniversary

Back in 1985, The Ontario Youth Team tournament was brought to the Paris Fair Grounds by John Green, Steve and Mary Schmitt, and Sharon Wright. Held in September, the shows were a one day event held in a ring in front of grandstand. Due to changes made to the fair grounds and the increased number of saddle clubs participating, the show was moved down into the Valley Rings and was extended to a two day show. The tournament has grown huge in size. The first show held in 1986 saw 10 teams competing and entries totalling 285. In comparison, it now hosts up to 26 teams and 657 entries. The Ontario Youth Team Tourna- ment is always held on the civic holi- day weekend with the 2010 dates being Sat. July 31st and Sun. August 1st.

The Valley Rings was renamed The John Green Valley Horse Rings in memory of John Green who passed away in March of 2009. John always dreamed of making the 25th anniversary a special show with sad- dles presented to the winners of the 3 divisions and silver Montana buckles for all first place winners. Before his

death, he thoughtfully requested that in lieu of condolence flowers, dona- tions be made to the Youth Team Tournament. Thanks to donations from from several businesses and a ladies night out fund raiser put on by Alice Stratford, there will be 3 sad- dles awarded this year as he wished. Organizers are still hoping they can raise enough money to get buckles, which means they are grateful for all donations they receive which will go towards reaching this goal. The tour- nament normally costs nearly $12,000 to put on but the anniversary extras will cost an additional $5,000 or so. New sponsors are more than welcome.

Participants who out grown the competitor role at the tournament often end up involved in other ways. Some of the kids showing now have parents who competed back in the beginning and come out to watch and give their support. The judge and ring steward for this year Todd Bai- ley and Ted Wright. Both showed at Youth Team Tournament when the first shows were held at Paris. Some of the former participants are now trainers and coaches and attend the

show with their students. The focus of this show has always been about having fun, practising good sports- manship and getting to know people from other Ontario saddle clubs. The teams cover a good part of the province, from up near Sudbury, down to the Niagara and across to the Windsor areas so there are lots of good people to meet.

Celebrations will include a BBQ supper and DJ for the evening in one of the halls at the fair grounds. If you are a previous participant of The Ontario Youth Team Tourna- ment, you are invited to attend this year’s anniversary celebration and visit with some old friends. Steve Schmitt is returning as the announcer this year. Jack Mattice will again be the gate man. Carol Tisdal will again be looking after ribbons and prizes, and you will find Megan Robertson, Nancy Wright and Sharon Wright hanging around the entry booth. “I am sure our fallen comrades, John Green, Mary Schmitt and Dianne Robertson will be watching from above to make sure we get it all together, says Sharon Wright. “See you at the show.”

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