Virden's rodeo stars packed the house

Local winners and top bull riders

Prime Time Rodeo’s rough stock proved to be tough. Top ranked Canadian competitor Aaron Roy took on the challenge, winning the buckle (83 points) on B51 Spit Fire; TJ Loeppky was second (81).

They were the only two cowboys who could ride these bulls for the eight seconds. 
Virden was rodeo central last weekend, attracting cowboys and cowgirls throughout Western Canada, the U.S., and Australia. Some 30 local names were on the program for Friday and Saturday’s events.
Lonnie Brown, Chair of the Western Committee was very pleased with the weekend competition and crowds.
In the long go results, Virden’s Alistair Hagan took home the Steer Wrestling buckle, pinning his steer in 5.06 seconds.
Christine King of Deleau won Ladies Barrel Racing with a time of 13.651.
In Junior Barrel Racing Kaybree Znunti of Unity Sask won (13.938 seconds). Seven local girls also ran.
Junior Steer Riding saw Cody Fitzpatrick of Glenewen, Sask. score 70 points. Miniota’s Ashten Hawtin stood 4th with 66 points.
The Saddle Bronc event finished with a four-way tie of 73 points: Kirk Thompson (Oak Lake), Tyler Winters (Douglas), Coleman Watt (Hardisty Alta.) and Mark Redmond (Wilcox, Sask.).
Team Ropers Tuftin and Tyce McLeod of Waldeck Sask. caught their calf in 5.76 seconds.
Tie Down Roping: Shawn Williamson of Mankota, Sask. won (9.07 sec.)


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Sunday's Championship events brought back either top 10 competitors or top six for rough stock events.

Over all, about 15 local competitors came back to Sunday’s Championship. Steer Wrestling: Justin Miller (Neepawa) won (4.49 sec.); Virden’s Lonnie Brown stood second (5.60 sec.) and Terrance Vodon (5.67 sec.) third.

Tie-down Roping: Saskatchewan cowboy Shawn Williamson won (10.17 sec.); Ory Brown finished second (10.99 sec.).

Winters and Thompson came back to win the Saddle Bronc event scoring 79 and 78, respectively.

About 265 entries entertained a big crowd Friday night and a capacity crowd on Saturday evening. SundayShoot-out drew a light crowd to end a very full Virden Indoor Rodeo & Wild West Daze four-day weekend of activities.



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