Manitoba AG EX boasts increased participation

Small Manitoba Finals Rodeo crowd on Thursday grew to lively Westoba Place for Saturday night’s competition as annual agricultural show and sale closes for another year.

The Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba closed the 2018 Manitoba AG EX Sunday with solid attendance and an increased number of exhibiters and cattle.

The Manitoba AG EX ran Oct. 25 to 27 at the Keystone Centre, with the Manitoba Rodeo Cowboys Association’s Manitoba Finals Rodeo (MFR) running alongside the event Thursday through Saturday. The smallest of three annual Provincial Exhibition events in the city was deemed a success, with boosted participation surrounding the three national cattle breed shows added to the exhibition’s schedule.

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“And the horse show components stay strong and, of course, and the MFR rodeo finals are always an exciting event,” Kristjansson said two days after the end of the event. “From one end of the Keystone Centre to the other, we had happy people showing their livestock and doing what their families love to do. The cattle and horse sales that were part of AG EX were very well attended and prices were strong.”

Although the MFR audience was thinner for the opening night of competition on Thursday, the crowd grew through Friday and Saturday evening. Meanwhile, the daytime horse and cattle shows, which were free to attend, hosted solid attendance numbers, Kristjansson said.

Through the past four years, the AG EX’s cattle show has grown from about 300 head to more than 800, with exhibitors coming from across the country. The Manitoba Super Horse Futurity gave out more than $30,000 in cash and prizes, while the superhorse sale averaged just over $2000 per foal.

“While we wouldn’t say that the AG EX directly tees up the upcoming Royal Manitoba Winter Fair, we do learn from all of our events and are consistently looking for ways to improve and keep relevant in the entertainment industry,” Kristjansson said.

The 2019 Royal Manitoba Winter Fair is scheduled to take place at the Keystone Centre March 25 to 30.

Manitoba Finals Rodeo results

The Manitoba Rodeo Cowboys Association closed out its 2018 season schedule with the MFR, hosting more than 90 of the year’s best rodeo competitors in nine events; bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, junior steer riding, junior barrel racing, ladies barrel racing, team roping and bull riding.

The final results for the events broke down as follows:

  • Bull riding (first, second, third): Chanse Switzer, Hasenmore, Sask., 240 points; T.J. Loeppky, Central Butte, Sask., 180 points; Tyson Salmon, Stonewall, Man., 40 points.
  • Bareback riding: Bailey Plaisier, Oak Lake, Man. 190 points; Linden Woods, Maple Creek, Sask., 140 points; Kyle Johnson, Bemidgi, Minn., 100 points.
  • Saddle bronc riding: Colt Smith, Okotoks, Alta., 190 points; Tyler Winters, Oak Lake, Man., 170 points; Brodie Dinwoodie, Brandon, Man., 60 points.
  • Junior steer riding: Cody Fitzpatrick, Glen Ewen, Sask., 140 points; Kade McDonald, Melville, Sask., 130 points; Tanner Skene, Prince Albert, Sask., 100 points.
  • Ladies barrel racing: Day 1, Laura Stokes (Austin, Man.), Chloe Crossley (Moosomin, Sask.) and Jennifer Getz (Balgonie, Sask.); Day 2, Molly Kelleher (Onanole, Man.), Bailey Briere (Mankota, Sask.) and Erin Hagan (Virden, Man.); Day 3, Kelleher, Hagan and Dawn Rae Gray (Kola, Man.).
  • Junior girls barrel racing: Day 1, Logan Resch (Maple Creek, Sask.), Lily Wilson (Maple Creek, Sask.) and Cassie Peake; Day 2, Kaybree Zunti (Unity, Sask.), Resch and Cassidy Gordon (Maple Creek, Sask.); Day 3, Gordon, Resch and Zunti.
  • Steer wrestling: Day 1, Charlie King (Virden, Man.), Travis Munro (Townsville, Aust.) and Alistair Hagan (Virden, Man.); Day 2, Munro, Scott Harris (Stonewall, Man.) and Loeppky; Day 3, Devon Porter (Solsgirth, Man.), Justin Miller (Neepawa, Man.) and Harris.
  • Team roping: Day 1, Adrian McKerchar and Scott McLeod, Ron Gillis and Matt Switzer, and Cody Kelly and Clint Kelly; Day 2, Dustin Cromaty and Jeff Eberts, Gillis and Switzer, and Kade Peake and Ory Brown; Day 3, McKerchar and McLeod, Gillis and Switzer, and Lonnie Brown and Shane Brown.
  • Tie-down roping: Day 1, Shawn Williamson (Mankota, Sask.), Justin Bridgeman (Binscarth, Man.) and Matt Switzer (Yorkton, Sask.); Day 2, Williamson, Switzer and Roger Dunham (Souris, Man.); Day 3, Shane Brown (Virden, Man.), Williamson and Kevin Dunham (Souris, Man.).
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