Ian Gustafson

Big Valley’s Zeke Thurston had a record-setting run of 93.25 on Saturday that pushed him ahead to become the 2022 saddle bronc CFR champion at the Peavey Mart Centrium. (Photo by Ian Gustafson/ Advocate staff)
Big Valley’s Zeke Thurston had a record-setting run of 93.25 on Saturday that pushed him ahead to become the 2022 saddle bronc CFR champion at the Peavey Mart Centrium. (Photo by Ian Gustafson/ Advocate staff)
Zeke Thurston, of Big Valley, Alta., is set to defend his title at the Canadian Finals Rodeo, which begins Wednesday. (File photo by The Canadian Press)

Big Valley’s Zeke Thurston ready to defend CFR title

The CFR in Red Deer begins Wednesday

Zeke Thurston, of Big Valley, Alta., is set to defend his title at the Canadian Finals Rodeo, which begins Wednesday. (File photo by The Canadian Press)
Stettler’s Beau Cooper had the fastest run of the evening during the first round of tie-down roping Wednesday night at Canadian Finals Rodeo at the Peavey Mart Centrium. (Photo by Ian Gustafson/ Advocate staff)

Stettler’s Beau Cooper posts fastest time at first-ever CFR

The 21-year-old won 2021 rookie of the year

Stettler’s Beau Cooper had the fastest run of the evening during the first round of tie-down roping Wednesday night at Canadian Finals Rodeo at the Peavey Mart Centrium. (Photo by Ian Gustafson/ Advocate staff)
Lacombe’s Brady McKinlay won the Alberta Men’s Amateur Championship earlier this summer. (Submitted photo/ Alberta Golf)

Lacombe golfer wins three straight U.S. college tournaments

Brady McKinlay completes incredible run

Lacombe’s Brady McKinlay won the Alberta Men’s Amateur Championship earlier this summer. (Submitted photo/ Alberta Golf)
Zachary McCord runs downfield during a football game playing for the Stettler Wildcats. (Photo submitted by McCord family)

Stettler mourning the loss of local football star

Zachary McCord, 17, passed away last week

Zachary McCord runs downfield during a football game playing for the Stettler Wildcats. (Photo submitted by McCord family)
Lacombe's Morgan Bateman holds the plaque after becoming a world champions in the World Wake Surfing Association. (Photo submitted by Morgan Bateman)
Lacombe's Morgan Bateman holds the plaque after becoming a world champions in the World Wake Surfing Association. (Photo submitted by Morgan Bateman)
Spittin Chiclets podcast personality and former professional hockey player Paul Bissonnette signs a bottle of Pink Whitney for a fan at Wine and Beyond Red Deer on Friday. (Photo by Ian Gustafson/ Red Deer Advocate)

Paul Bissonnette stops in Red Deer during Spittin Chiclets tour

The expedition was a way to meet fans

Spittin Chiclets podcast personality and former professional hockey player Paul Bissonnette signs a bottle of Pink Whitney for a fan at Wine and Beyond Red Deer on Friday. (Photo by Ian Gustafson/ Red Deer Advocate)
The Bareback riding event had the crowd on it’s feet at times during the Ponoka Stampede on Wednesday. (Photo by Ian Gustafson/ Advocate staff)
The Bareback riding event had the crowd on it’s feet at times during the Ponoka Stampede on Wednesday. (Photo by Ian Gustafson/ Advocate staff)