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Shane and Lonnie Brown in action at the 2018 CCA Finals Rodeo in Swift Current, Sask.

Virden brothers share cowhand traditions

Shane and Lonnie Brown like nothing more than teaching a greenhorn to handle a rope

Shane and Lonnie Brown, of Virden, believe in sharing ranch traditions with anyone who is interested. Putting that in action has become an annual event at their team roping clinic where they share their passion for roping and horsemanship skills with youth. April 13 and 14 saw 24 eager participants, ranging from age five to

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)


Four-year-old Slone Brown helps his father in the ring during a roping demonstration at the 2018 Royal Manitoba Winter Fair.

Winter fair clinics look to pass the torch on horse skills

Attendees got the ABCs of how to ride and rope properly from local experts during the 2018 Royal Manitoba Winter Fair

Shane Brown grew up on rodeo. A self-described third-generation cowboy, Brown was raised on his family’s ranch watching his father rope before entering competition himself. His family has been a stalwart supporter of the sport, often pitching in behind events like the Virden Indoor Rodeo, Manitoba Calf Roped Unlimited Finals, and other roping competitions. He

Stran Dunham has a passion for goat tying.

Manitoba student enjoying rodeo

Stran Dunham credits his parents 
for his love of the sport

Stran Dunham — a rookie in the Junior High division of the Manitoba High School Rodeo Association (MHSRA), had his excitement for ropes and rodeo carved into him, thanks to his parents, Sheena and Kevin Dunham of Souris. His mom was among the first high school rodeo competitors from Manitoba to cross over into Saskatchewan

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

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


Humane Society Protests Rodeo Calf Roping

“We police ourselves quite well, in my mind.” – JIM PIPPOLO, CPRA When the Manitoba Stampede and Exhibition held its 46th annual rodeo in Morris last week, there was one group that wasn’t cheering for the cowboys. The Vancouver Humane Society is campaigning to ban calf roping (also called tie-down roping) from rodeos across Canada.

Much Talent At MHSRA Finals

The Manitoba High School Rodeo Association showcased athletic talents at the provincial finals last month in Hamiota. Rough stock champions were Landon Lockhart, Brandon – bull riding; Orin Larsen, Inglis – bareback; and Kane Larsen, Inglis – saddle bronc. Tanner Rutten of Redvers, Sask. who rodeos on Manitoba soil was the champion in tie-down roping