Fall Fair concludes on Championship Sunday

The Wrangler Canadian Pro Rodeo Tour continued culminated on Sunday afternoon, with bull riding providing lots of thrills – and more than a few spills – as the final rodeo event. The unofficial results have Garrett Green from Metting Creek as the winner of the bull riding event with a final score of 86.5.

Pouce Coupe’s own Clayton Moore finished first in the steer wrestling event with a final time of 3.8 seconds, earning him just under $1,500. He also finished in the cash in the tie down roping event.

For a complete list of results of the rodeo events, go online to www.rodeo canada.com.

The rodeo was followed by the Kids Wild Pony Race, which featured many comical moments as teams of young, up-and-coming rodeo stars tried to tame and mount lawless ponies with very mixed results.

Before the chuckwagon races got underway, the audience in the grandstand was treated to a performance by Cassie Horner and Shelby Cummings – the Crazy Cowgirls Trick Riding Team – considered two of the best in the world. The duo amazed the audience with their death-defying, acrobatic stunts.

As part of their ongoing support of the Children’s Wish Foundation, the trick riders granted two lucky young girls their wish to hang out with them for the day and learn about horses and trick riding, and then take part in the performance that evening. Lauren Konashuk, 8, from Bonanza, Alta., joined her hero, Horner, for a lap around the infield (Konashuk is the brunette featured in the slideshow), while Shelby Corr, 5, from Fort St. John performed with her mentor, Cummings.

The Western Chuckwagon Association wrapped up with its final four heats that evening. Driver Sean Debolt and the team of Catwauk Compression were the winners of the $5,000 “Dash for Cash” final heat with a time of just under one minute and 20 seconds. The win has them in first place in the WCA GM Pro Tour Placings with 16 points.

For a complete list of results, log on to www.westernchucks.com.

The races continued with the final nine heats of the World Professional Chuckwagon Association’s “Battle of the North.” In the $10,000 Dash for Cash final heat, driver Rick Fraser and the team of Hellfires Suppression Services just edged out competitor Kelly Sutherland and the team from Knelsen Rock Products Ltd. by barely half-a-second with a time of 1:17:11. Fraser and his team were also the winners of a brand new Dodge Truck as the aggregate winners from the five days of races with a total time of 5:06:58 and 199 points.

Results from the races can be viewed at www.wpca.com.

There was plenty of action going on yesterday elsewhere on the fairgrounds as well. The light horse events continued that afternoon with the English disciplines, including jumper stakes (featured in the slideshow). Sarah Michel, Miss Grande Prairie Stompede 2011, and Brittany Meen, Miss Teepee Creek 2011, were on the grounds meeting and greeting with fans before their performance in the Grand Entries to open the rodeo and chuckwagon events. (Michel is pictured in the slideshow posing with fans Olivia Greek, 2, and mom, Richelle Greek, alongside her trusty steed, 11-year-old quarter horse, Durango.)

All these and many more events made for a wonderful finale to a great Fall Fair weekend.