Triple Crown! CFR – Round 3

The moon was bright, the stars were twinkling and it was an almost-full house at the Centrium in Red Deer as the cream of the crop of rodeo fans gathered for Round Three of the Canadian Finals Rodeo. There were two major crownings in the air — and the first was the freshly-crowned 2022 Miss …

Empty Saddles ~ Dale Ernest Leschiutta

Dale Ernest Leschiutta 1948 – 2021 Dale contributed much to the world of Canadian pro rodeo in a variety of roles. After a career in aviation and retiring as an Air Canada Captain, Dale then served as President of the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association from 2006-2012, worked as the CPRA General Manager from 2011 to …

Empty Saddles ~ James Dodds

James Dodds, Lacombe, Alta. 1946 – 2021 Jimmy grew up on the family ranch south of Ponoka, and after a career as a professional bull rider, he worked in off-shore oil drilling for 30 years. After retirement, he returned to Ponoka, horses and the western lifestyle he loved. Each year at the Ponoka Stampede, Jim …

Making of a (New) Legend

There’s a new name in rodeo, and they’re riding in on the Kesler’s 70+ year breeding program. This past spring, the Kesler family’s multi-award-winning rodeo livestock was purchased by Rowland “Roy” Brewin of Rowland Seeds, a third-generation farmer near Taber, Alta. The deal includes 325-plus bucking horses, roughly 75 rodeo bulls and the stock contractor …