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Following his childhood ambition

With back-to-back successful rides at this year’s Dawson Creek Stampede, Tyrel Roberts is starting to make his climb in the pro rodeo world.
Charlie Lake saddle bronc rider Tyrel Roberts makes some last minute adjustments to his saddle ahead of two successful rides at the Dawson Creek Rodeo, Aug. 13, 2022.

Riding on the back of a bucking horse comes with a bit of history for Charlie Lake’s Tyrel Roberts.

“My dad actually used to ride broncs on the amateur circuit,” said the 21-year-old after successful back-to-back rides at this year’s Dawson Creek Stampede.

And, while it still might be a couple of years away, Roberts is starting to make his climb in the pro rodeo world.

With back-to-back successful rides August 13 in Dawson Creek, he’s beginning to get noticed.

Roberts was the top finisher in the novice saddle bronc division earning a score of 77.

Even more impressive - his 87.5 ride in the open division where he competed with some of the best in the business.

“The open calibre of horses are a little stronger, just cause those are the ones that are going to the Canadian Finals Rodeo and National (U.S.) Finals Rodeo,” he said.

“The young ones in novice are fun. They’re just learning how to buck,” said Roberts, who tied with Ben Andersen of Eckville, Alta., for second place in Dawson, resulting in a $2466.75 payout.

By being in both the novice and the open classes, Roberts is able to gain twice as much experience. That, however, changes after this year when he ages out and will only be able to compete in the open.

As the outdoor season begins to wind down, Roberts is ready to move up to the next level full-time next year.

He’s already proven he can buck with the big boys.

“I just remember watching the NFR on TV when I was a little kid. I told my dad that’s what I’m gonna do and here we are now.”

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