CRUNCH TIME - From left

Flewelling looking to make strong final push for CFR

Meanwhile, the CINCH Pro Rodeo Canada Series Final starts Friday

BY ZACHARY CORMIER

Lacombe Express

This isn’t a position that Tyrel Flewelling is used to being in. Normally, the three-time Canadian champion team roper has a spot at the Canadian Finals Rodeo in Edmonton locked up before the last weekend of the Canadian Pro Rodeo Association calendar.

This year, however, Flewelling and his roping partner Roland McFadden are heading into the CINCH Pro Rodeo Canada Series Final in Calgary the final rodeo of the year before CFR this weekend with one goal in mind to qualify for the finals.

“It’s definitely a different position. Last year we were going in in third place, so we didn’t have to worry about it at all,” said Flewelling, who picked up his third Canadian championship as a heeler at last year’s CFR.

Only the top 12 cowboys from each event qualify for Canada’s richest weekend. At the time of writing, Flewelling is in 11th and is just $450 above the cowboy in 13th place. This is going to be close.

“It’s a real big weekend. You know to make the Canadian Finals, it all comes down to the last weekend of the year and I’m just thankful that I qualified for these CINCH Finals in Calgary and it gives me one last chance to make the Canadian Finals in Edmonton,” said the Lacombe product.

A slow start to the year and a disappointing month of June at major rodeos put Flewelling and McFadden in a deep hole early in the season.

“Ever since Ponoka in the middle of June we were struggling but then in July we had a pretty good month and we placed in almost every rodeo we went to,” Flewelling said, adding that August was pretty good to them as well.

Despite that, though, Flewelling and McFadden still didn’t find themselves in the top 12. But a cheque in Armstrong , B.C. at the start of September and cheques in the final four open rodeos of the season last weekend in Merritt, B.C., Brooks, Medicine Lodge and Hanna finally helped to push them into a CFR qualifying position.

“We’re fortunate to be in the position that we’re at after doing so poorly at the big rodeos.”

Luckily, the duo were good enough at some of the smaller rodeos to qualify for the CINCH Finals, which don’t count any of the CPRA’s seven big-money events such as the Ponoka Stampede and the Wainwright Stampede.

Now the trick will be to make enough money this weekend to hold on to at least 11th place.

“We’re trying to practice everyday this week before we go down there. We’re preparing to try and win some money because it’s kind of coming down to the last weekend of the year and at least we’re in a position where we still have a chance to win,” Flewelling said.

The two cowboys won’t be going into the annual last chance rodeo blind. Last year they won the event at the Agrium Western Events Centre.

“We were fortunate enough to win the event in Calgary last year, so I’m hoping that that’s a little bit of good luck for us this year and maybe we can have continued success up there this year.”

As for what happens after this weekend’s rodeo, Flewelling said he’s not looking that far ahead.

“I don’t want to jinx myself or anything. I just want to try and make it to (Edmonton) first. First things first I’ve got to qualify for it, so I’m just focused on the Calgary finals right now.”

The CINCH Pro Rodeo Canada Series Final gets underway on Friday night at the Agrium Western Events Centre in Calgary with any earnings counting towards the Canadian standings.

zcormier@lacombeexpress.com

 

Just Posted

Generals overcome hot goalie to lead series 2-0

Nolan Huysmans scores OT winner in Game 2

Property owners asked to review their 2018 assessments

More information is available online at www.lacombe.ca/living/taxes-assessment

Central Alberta artist explores the cycles of Alberta through sculpture

Robin Lambert’s commentary on the province’s fragility is on at the MAG until March 18th

Cow Patti Theatre Company hits the mark with Here on the Flight Path

Shows run through to March 11th at the Lacombe Golf and Country Club

CFL stars highlight this years LAPA Gala

Adarius Bowman, Charleston Hughes coming to Lacombe

WATCH: Red Deer celebrates one year out from 2019 Canada Games

Community gathers at Great Chief Park to commemorate Games milestone

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Students head to Florida capital to press for gun law change

Young protestors are joining a grassroots movement against gun violence in the wake of last week’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida

Liberals look at use-it-or-lose-it parental leave for dads

Liberals looking at creating a use-it-or-lose-it leave for fathers, Trudeau says

Three-car pile-up on Northstar Drive and 58th Street

No injuries reported at Thursday afternoon incident

Fred Rogers, America’s favourite neighbour, celebrated in 2018

The golden anniversary of America’s favorite neighbor is being celebrated with a PBS special next month

Toddler breaks leg after boot sucked into escalator at Vancouver airport

A Calgary woman is reminding parents of the dangers of escalators after her toddler’s foot was stuck in one and he broke his leg

Moose creates uber Canadian Olympic moment

A Calgary man shares a truly Canadian moment on Twitter of a Moose enjoying the Olympics

Trudeau announces two-way $1 billion investment deal with India

Some of India’s biggest companies to invest more than $250 million in Canada in the coming years

Most Read