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AUGUST 2012 THE RIDER /11 Award Winning Holstein Rodeo’s 11th Year 1 2 3


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By Kelly Bowers.


Three out of the last four years Holstein Rodeo has been named Ontario Rodeo Associa- tion Rodeo of the Year, and 2012 offered another star-studded line-up of entertainment. July 13, 14 and 15th, they celebrated 11 Years of the Hol- stein Rodeo at A bar K Rodeo Ranch, just east of Mt. Forest. The Holstein Rodeo is hosted by the Egremont Optimist Club and presented by Robert’s Farm Equipment and Coors Light with Joe Scully filling the position of entertaining announcer. The 2012 Holstein Rodeo exceeded over 20,000 admissions in 4 days, including over 600 campers who paid a flat rate and rodeoed the weekend away.


Rodeo took place Friday night plus Satur- day and Sunday afternoons featuring some of the biggest names in International Professional Rodeo, and a multitude of Ontario Rodeo Asso- ciation Champions. Over two hundred competi- tors battled for the coveted Holstein Rodeo


Buckle, including the local flair with entries coming from across Ontario, the USA, and Brazil, all as part of the 2012 New Holland Pro- Rodeo Series.


As the saying goes , “It ain’t over till its over.”, and this was the case for the Holstein Rodeo. The sold out crowds were entertained by 3 days of very talented and close competition. There were no clear winners until the last rider rode. James Sullivan (16 years old and just moved up from Junior Steers last year) was so close to that Bull Riding Buckle he could taste it, but not quite close enough. James is expected to give the older guys a real run for the money in the seasons to come.


George Canyon who currently


A first time memorial award was presented to the winner of the Saddlebronc competition in memory of Dean Dobinson. It included a plaque and bonus cash of $300 donated by Steve Fisher and Kim Hester. Dean was a champion Saddle bronc rider and was a loved and respected mem- ber of the rodeo family who was tragically killed this year in a farm accident. The winner of this special award was Myles Houghston. The rodeo results are in and this is who came out on top. • Bare Back Bronc - Joe Courville , Illinois USA • Saddle Bronc - Miles Houston, Michigan USA • Bull Riding - AJ Vaal, Arthur Ont • Steer wrestling - Jim Griffin, Michigan USA • Tie Down Roping - Jarod Nooren, St Thomas Ont. • Team Roping - (Heading) Adam Plyer, South Carolina USA, (Heeling) Alex Brooks, South Carolina USA • Barrel Racing - Lisa Gray, Hillsburgh Ont. • Breakaway Roping - Terri Lee Dunk, Campbell- ford, Ont


• Junior Bulls - Jacob Moore, Lakefield, Ont • Junior Barrels - Samantha Gray, Caledon, Ont. Concert goers were dancing and enjoying the performances at the Country 93 stage for three nights in a row. Thursday, a smaller but attentive crowd of 600+ vendors and early campers enjoyed the timeless music of a leg- endary band, The Good Brothers with opening act, Wendell Ferguson. On Friday, the crowd was at near capacity for the jumping music of Canadian band, Marshall Dane and The Law fol- lowed up by another popular Canadian artist,


has two top ten hits playing on country radio sta- tions. Saturday night’s sold out show opened with talented local girl, Megan Morrison who’s new single “Little Black Book” is rising quickly on the country charts. Dean Brody (multiple CCMA trophy winner and 2012 nominee) rocked the stage to the delight of the crowd. For the 9th year in a row, the action in the pen also began on Thursday night with Team Penning. This event has become tremendously popular at The Holstein Rodeo. The contestant list has grown so long over the years that it pro- vides a full evening of family entertainment at no charge.


strokes used to shear a sheep while Alan Bram- ley performed the strokes according to Don’s direction. Impressive! It seems everyone was eager to give it a try as special guests Miss Cana- da, Melanie Williamson and Miss Teen Canada, Nikia Singh wanted some hands-on experience and both took a turn with the sheep, to the delight of the crowd and participants. Saturday was the big competition with seven judges including head judge, Dianne Bramley from NZ.


For the first time, the Ontario Farriers Association held a Farrier’s contest this year at the Holstein Rodeo with fourteen contestants. Mr. Stewart Bruce from Janetville, ON, a multi- ple time Canadian Farriers Team member acted as judge for the inaugural event. In the competi- tion, contestants begin by completing a series of forging classes in prescribed times, and are required to build specific shoes from scratch. They are judged on the quality of forging and whether or not theirs has all the elements described in the judges specimen shoes. Every- one collects points per class and the top 3/4 from each division go on to shoe live feet. Again, the work is done in a prescribed time and judged on quality! In the end, the winners were Vanessa Morency St-Pierre (Novice class) and Mario Leblanc (intermediate class) who both travelled 9 hours from Quebec to compete. The Open class winner was closer to home, Tom Barnett from Chesley, ON.


The OFA holds numerous clinics, con- tests,certifications throughout the year and an annual convention all to promote continuing edu- cation for the farriers here in Ontario. They look forward to holding another competition next year with even more participants.


Another new and yet traditional contest held at Hostein this year was a sheep shearing competition. On Friday there was demos includ- ing a blindfolded shearing demo. Don Metheral was blind folded as he described the proper


There were thirteen sheep shearing partici- pants in the open contest and four in the interme- diate class. Many were local as expected but some came from as far away as the USA, Aus- tralia and New Zealand . Emily Chamelin, from Maryland USA was the only female competitor and winner of the Intermediate class. The top four places in each class are as follows: Open Class 1. Alan Bramley, New Zealand, 2 .Don Metheral, Creemore, ON. 3. Alex Moser, Iowa, USA 4. Steve Mudford, Australia. Intermediate class; 1. Emily Chamelin, Maryland, USA. 2 - Gord Hannah, Hopeville, ON 3. Kim Lennox, Ayton, ON. 4. Neil Metheral, Creemore, ON.


Photos 1,6, 7,and 8 by Luxton Photography, www.luxtonphotography.com


Other photos by Kelly Bowers, The Rider


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