Stettler’s Tori Brower was crowned the Canadian goat-tying champion, as she scored the highest average among all the contestants.
Brower timed 7.5 in the first round to place second, 7.0 in the second round to win first, and 7.4 in the third round to place second again.
“With each round I got a bit nervous but I felt confident,” Brower said. “I knew I had the ability to win it, but it was my mental game that played a big factor. Going into the last round I was sitting first in the average by over two seconds so I knew that I had to have a solid run and to keep my goat tied.”
Leading up to the event, Brower has been practising everyday and rode her horse a lot to keep him in shape.
“I am fortunate to have my dad in my life who has always helped me with my mental game and making sure that if I had a bad run I could be mad but he has always said ‘there are gonna be days when things don’t go your way and that you can’t win every rodeo,’” Brower added. “I also have my sister-in-law Kobi Brower who won the national college finals in 2008 and also won the Canadian high school rodeo title two times. Ever since I began tying she has always been there to help me and I wouldn’t have won this without her help. If I knew what my goat was like, I’d call her and she’d tell me exactly what I needed to do, which also helped me win Canadian.”
Brower said that her goal this year is to be consistent, win season leader for her district, and also win the Alberta title.
“Of course my goal is also to win Canadian again,” Brower stated. “I’d just like to thank my parents for hauling me to all the rodeos and supporting me through the season. I’d also like to thank my sister-in-law Kobi Brower for always helping me and giving me tips.”