For two local rodeo up and comers, the Canadian Rodeo Finals has always been a bucket list item.
From Nov. 9-13 in Edmonton, Fort St. John’s own Stephen Culling, a steer wrestler who’s always been close but never quite gotten a spot at the big dance, competed against the best rodeo stars in Canada.
Culling may not have had his best performance over the five-day event, with his best time coming on Wednesday at 5.8 seconds.
He told the Alaska Highway Newsthis summer in Dawson Creek after he had all but secured his spot in the finals rodeo, that he would be pretty nervous come show time.
“This will be my first year going so it’s a big year. I’m sure my heart will be beating pretty good my first one there but it’s still no different than every other one you go to. Just same thing,” he said.
Culling earned $18,142 on the rodeo circuit this season.
Hudson’s Hope native Jake Watson had a little more success than Culling, finishing second on day four of the finals rodeo with a score of 83, just .25 points behind day winner Clay Elliot. That was the only ride of all six performances that Watson managed to post a score over 80.
Watson earned $30,264 this season and $15,168 of that at the Canadian Finals Rodeo.