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Fifteen-year-old Ty solely competes in team roping (l), while his younger brother Lane is a five-event junior high cowboy, shown here wrangling a steer in chute dogging.

The life of a working cowboy

Nykoliation brothers Ty and Lane are living the lifestyle of lariats and horses

Real ranches, rodeos and cattle drives aren’t just preserving the frontier spirit, they’re actively practising it. Much the same can be said for a couple of young cowpokes, living the dream on the escarpment carved out in the western region of Manitoba. The Nykoliation family of Crandall has been cattle ranching for over 40 years,

Stephanie Colli capped off a stellar season within the Heartland Rodeo Association at the 2018 Finals in Grunthal.

Hamiota cowgirl sets sights on world championship

One of two Canadians competing among world’s top 60 breakaway ropers in Las Vegas

Four years ago, Stephanie Colli of Hamiota suffered a rodeo accident while competing in Alberta. She injured her neck and shoulder, resulting in the paralysis of some of the muscles in her back and right shoulder. Against all odds, the 28-year-old has battled back. Coming off a stellar 2018 season of Heartland Rodeo Association (HRA)


Designated rodeos allow younger students to participate instead of just watching.

Manitoba Little Buckaroo rodeos

Kindergarten to Grade 5 division now a part of high 
school association

Striving to keep interest of the sport of rodeo at the forefront and ensure its future, the Manitoba High School Rodeo Association continues to offer events geared to the younger ages. Designated rodeos allow students in kindergarten to Grade 5 to participate instead of just watching from the rail. The Manitoba Little Buck­aroo (MLB) rodeos

young bull rider

Stonewall student is an all-around cowboy

Tyson Salmon has developed a work ethic through involvement in the MHSRA

Developing a work ethic through high school rodeo, Tyson Salmon, a Stonewall Collegiate student, has been involved in the Manitoba High School Rodeo Association (MHSRA) since 2009. He has impressed family and friends in becoming an all-around cowboy. As a rough stock competitor he has competed in bull riding, and in timed events — tie-down

Clay Bergeson of Onanole won the steer-wrestling event.  PHOTO: DARRELL NESBITT

Selkirk hosts high school rodeo finals

Daily competition just one aspect of weekend

Six senior high school students from western Manitoba and just over the Saskatchewan border involved in the Manitoba High School Rodeo Association, were named event winners at the provincial finals held in Selkirk in June. Daily competition is solely one aspect of the weekend, as families come together for prom and awards, as well. In


girl tying a goat in a rodeo

Rookie year in MHSRA

Binscarth junior high student looking forward to all it has to offer

Cassie Peake, a Binscarth junior high student involved in rodeo, definitely feels she was born a cowgirl. She started riding at the age of three, and attended cattle-branding get-togethers at a young age. Initiating her membership within the Manitoba High School Rodeo Association (MHSRA) last fall in Russell, Peake is following in her brother Kade’s

Passionate about Rodeo

Quietness may be a trait of a young Oak River, Manitoba girl, but only until you get her talking about the sport of rodeo. Nine years ago, Hanna Kristjanson enjoyed the company of her first pony, Miss Kitty, and started leisurely riding at the age of four. Prior to becoming an avid rodeo cowgirl, she

Build a Cowboy

The Manitoba High School Rodeo Association (MHSRA) is among the groups promoting the “Build a Cowboy” program, which is geared to newcomers to the sport of rodeo, who have an interest in becoming a rough stock cowboy — bareback, saddle bronc and bull riding. Male students interested in becoming an eight-second cowboy had their opportunity


All For One, And One For All

Ryan Miller of Neepawa, Manitoba is involved in a family tradition competing in the sport of rodeo. He has not only gained plenty of knowledge competing at the high school level, but the wisdom passed down by his father and mother, Neil and Brenda, along with older brother Justin, has made him a better cowboy.

Living A Cowboy’s Dream

By riding trails, checking cows on a community pasture, or competing in a rodeo arena, a Miniota teenager is living his ideal life. Aaron Lee owes a lot of his success and drive for the cowboy way to a special adult in his life – Zane Fredbjornson, manager of the Wallace PFRA Community Pasture. “Drawn