A cowboy is unseated by a bronc at the Cranbrook Pro Rodeo on August 19.

Cranbrook Pro Rodeo wraps up 26th year

The Cranbrook Pro Rodeo was packed with crowds and cowboys from August 17 to 19.

The Cranbrook Pro Rodeo has wrapped up its 26th year, and organizer Dallas Mackie said it was another great weekend.

“We had really great weather, excellent crowds and great cowboys,” she said.

Mackie couldn’t pick out just one highlight for the whole weekend, but said she was happy things went smoothly for the entire three days. She estimates about 1,800 people came through the gates, and the crowd was rivaled only by the number of cowboys that took part this year.

“We had massive entries,” she said.

This year there was one local barrel racer, which Mackie said doesn’t happen all that often. The rodeo is a stop on the professional circuit and is slated towards the end of the season.

On the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association circuit, every dollar earned counts as a point towards qualifying for the Canadian Finals Rodeo in Edmonton. That event is coming up from November 7 to 11 in Edmonton and only the top point earners qualify.

With Cranbrook’s event being so late in the season, participating cowboys often need every point they can get.

“It’s an important stop,” Mackie said. “This is one of the last stops.”

This year one participant celebrated a milestone. Shelby Cummings has been performing her trick riding at the rodeo for the past 10 years. Now 21, Cummings began her Cranbrook Pro Rodeo career when she was just 10 years old.

“She’s been here every year since,” Mackie said. “She’s an awesome trick rider.”

Cummings has a local connection, too. Her grandparents still live here and her Mom grew up in the Cranbrook area.

Mackie said once again the rodeo had a great collection of sponsors and volunteers – some of which have been participating in all 26 years of the rodeo.

“That’s what makes the rodeo work,” she said.

Volunteers account for the majority of the workforce at the rodeo whether they are selling tickets, running the concession or working with the animals behind the scenes.


Just Posted

Mount Baker Senior Girls victorious in eighth annual ‘Wildfire Classic’

Cranbrook firefighters, high school basketball team put on entertaining show on Thursday night

Mount Baker Jazz Bands triumphantly return from Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival

The Mount Baker jazz band and vocal jazz band have returned triumphantly… Continue reading

Gould fined, sentenced to probation, community service

Man charged with theft, using fradulent cheques, sentenced in Cranbrook after guilty plea.

City signs fire protection agreement with Fort Steele Heritage Town

Five-year deal will use Cranbrook firefighters to protect heritage structures.

Large Cranbrook neighbourhood to be affected by water shutoff Tuesday night

Broad swath of Cranbrook will be under boil water notice Wednesday, following water system replacement

The East Kootenay Regional Science Fair sends four winners to Ottawa

Paul Rodgers The East Kootenay Regional Science Fair took place on Friday,… Continue reading

College Business students win at competition

A team of College of the Rockies Business Management students were big… Continue reading

Anti-pipeline protestors block Kinder Morgan tanker near Seattle

Protest was spurred on by the 28 anti-Kinder Morgan activists arrested in Burnaby

Some surprises in new book about B.C. labour movement

“On the Line” charts history of the union movement back to the 1800s

B.C. cyclist races to first win of the season in New Zealand

Casey Brown captures Enduro title by more than two minutes at Crankworx Rotorua

Ontario starts its own dumpster fire

You’d think, having a living example of the fool-hardiness of electing a… Continue reading

CrossWalking: Showing our love for the City

Rev. Yme Woensdregt On Good Friday again this year, Christians from different… Continue reading

Notorious Russian troll farm also took swipes at Canadian targets

Targets included oil infrastructure and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Cirque du Soleil aerialist dies after fall during Florida show

Longtime performer fell while performing in VOLTA

Most Read