2014 Heritage Ranch Rodeo

Geoff Hoar on San Storm Chex “Reno”. Their win in the Ranch Horse Competition was one of the most inspiring stories of Farmfair. Photo by Natalie Jackman/have-dog.com

Congratulations to Geoff Hoar, Greg Hoar, Riley Harvie, Jordan Richardson and Carson Richardson of the San Emideo Ranch Corp, Innisfail, Alta., who were each awarded a set of custom spurs crafted by silversmith Richard Brooks for their first place win at the Heritage Ranch Rodeo held in Edmonton during Farmfair.

Second place went to Russell Cattle Company from Maple Creek, Sask., who each received bits fabricated by silversmiths Kelly and Tayte McRae; third place went to Crow Ranches, Thorsby, Alta., who each received leather cowboy duffle bags made by Andy Fadeeff and Steve Mason.

Top Bronc Rider was Mike Nelson of the Northfork Grazing Co-op, Lundbreck, Alta., who received leather cuffs crafted by Andy Fadeeff.

Geoff Hoar of San Emideo won Top Working Cow Horse with a spectacular run that saw a major equipment malfunction when one rein broke near the beginning. Raised and trained by Geoff, his mare, San Storm Chex (aka Reno) never missed a step and continued on, circling the steer both ways, making a perfect stop and facing up when Geoff roped the steer — all with only one rein and very little “help” from Geoff.

“I thought to myself, we’re going to have to wing it now,” says Geoff. “I trained her, so I thought, hopefully you know your job. She sure did,” he said. “I was pretty proud of her.”

Said judge Peter Swales, “It took me a couple of moments to realize the rein snapped. I’m confident I picked the right one to win; that horse is broke.” Geoff was awarded a handcrafted bosal by braider Wayne Bevan.