Stettler’s Taylor Cholach ran on Spider, to win the Alberta Junior High School Rodeo Provincial Championship in pole bending, this past weekend in Olds.
Among all the contestants from Stettler and area, Cholach was the only provincial winner, although some of the other participants placed within the top three.
“I felt pretty pressured the first day, especially seeing I was on a new horse,” said Cholach. Faced with the dilemma of riding a new horse, Cholach was too focused to worry about the result, which was not a bad thing as it turned out, and she won third place on her first run.
“My second run was more comfortable and relaxed, and we won the go round,” Cholach added. “And that was our best run, and it was super exciting!”
Cholach didn’t know she was leading when she went for her third run, which took away any expectation she would have had.
“I wasn’t expecting anything, I just thought whatever happens, happens,” Cholach said. “But, it was a good run, making us win third place, and leading to the provincial win.”
Alberta High School Rodeo District 2 Provincial Qualifiers
With the high school provincials happening this weekend in Olds, from June 2 to 4, here’s a list of all the qualifiers.
Among the boys are, Beau Cooper (Grade 11 at Wm. E Hay, Stettler) – tie down roping and team roping (header with Cooper Resch); Luke Skocdopole (Grade 12 at Wm. E Hay, Stettler) – steer wrestling, tie down roping and team roping (header); Evan Spady (Grade 12 in Gus Wetter School, Castor) – steer wrestling and team roping (heeler); Hayden Warren (Grade 10 in Wm. E Hay, Stettler) – team roping (header with Cole Warren) and tie down roping; Cooper Resch (Grade 9 in in Wm. E Hay, Stettler) – team roping (header with Beau Cooper); and Cole Warren (Grade 9 in Big Valley School) – team roping (heeler with Hayden Warren.)
Among the girls are, Hailey Leoppky (Grade 10 in Wm. E Hay, Stettler) – goat tying; Madelyn Schauer (Grade 12 in Gus Wetter School, Castor) – girls’ high point leader, barrel racing (season leader), team roping (heeler with Mikenna Schauer), goat tying, pole bending and breakaway roping; Mikenna Schauer (Grade 10 in Gus Wetter School, Castor) – runner up high point leader, barrel racing, team roping (header with Madelyn Schauer), goat tying, pole bending and breakaway roping; Hallie Erion (Grade 11 at Gus Wetter School, Castor) – breakaway roping; Tori Brower (Grade 10 in Wm. E Hay, Stettler) – goat tying and pole bending; Anna Lauweryssen (Grade 11 in in Wm. E Hay, Stettler) – goat tying and breakaway roping; Jamie-Lee Spady (Grade 11 at Gus Wetter School, Castor) – pole bending (season leader) and breakaway roping; Keeley Grover (Grade 10 home schooled) – pole bending; and Taiga Thorsteinsson (Grade 9 home schooled) – qualified but not competing in girls’ cutting and girls’ working cow horse.