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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 6, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta AO - 7HE LETHBRIDGE HERALD - Tuesday, February 6, 1973 Canadian cowboys meet test at rodeo finals Jiy GARRY ALLISON ol The Herald The 1973 rodeo season is already underway south of the border, but let us look back on the 1972 season-for a few moments. Canadians were represented in alt the events at last years National Finals rodeo in Oklahoma City with the exception of the steer wrestling. Mel Hyland of Surrey, B.C., came away with the world championship in the saddle bronc riding, heading a list of seven Canadian cowboys who finished in the top 15 in various events. The highest Canadian finisher, next to Hyland, was Ivan Dailies of Imvisfail who placed 4th in the saddle bronc event. Hyland pocketed $26,812 on his way to the world's tit'.e. While not Canadians, four contestants at the National Finals in the saddle bronc riding will be of particular interest to rodeo fans of this area. Former Canadian champion Marty Wood, now living in Colorado Springs, took eighth place in the world standings, quite an achievement for a man crowding 40. Darryl Kong, who originally hails from Australia but ro-deoed extensively on the Southern Circuit a few years back when he first came to North America, made his first appearance at the Finals and ended up the year in 11th spot. Two others familiar to Southern Circuit fans. Bobby Brown, the Adrian, Texas cowboy who married one of the Duce girls, and from Helena Montana, a bronc rider Marvin Joyce, also made the world standings. Brown placed 13th over - all while Joyce ended up in ninth spot. Marvin had a great National Finals as he won two go rounds and the average, marking 664 points on a total of It) head. Only one other contestant managed to stick atop all 10 of his broncs at the Finals, and that was veteran Bill Martinelli. Canadians showed up in the calf roping standings for the first time - not only did the two qualify as the first Canadians to make the Finals but both also are listed as the only Indians to compete in the roping at the Finals. Cardston's Jimmy Gladstone, while he failed to win a cent at the Finals, finished ninth over-all for his years effort while perennial Canadian all round great, Kenny McLean of Vernon, B.C., placed 15th. Four-time Canadian bareback king, Dale Trofctier of Calgary won one go round at the Finals and split second in another to finish the year in 12th spot. Dale, however, placed behind his arch rival on the Canadian circuit, Allan Thorpe of Ed-month. Allan found himself in eighth position at the close of tne big show in Oklahoma City. The 1972 Canadian bull riding king, John Dodds, came out on top in two go rounds at the Finals and also plared second in another and found himself listed as the Uth best bull tamer in the world. Another Canadian prominent at the National Finals, though not as a competitor but just as important, was stock contractor for the Southern Circuit, Reg Kesler. Reg trucked 11 head of stock, eight broncs and three bulls, to Oklahoma City, including the 1971 world champion bucking horse Rodeo News. Also included in the Kesler contingent was Hat Rack, Moonshine, Willie Rock, Dairy King and Blue Frost. Wayne Veld, stock cor/factor from DeWinton, Alberta and the Calgary Stampede, also furnished stock for the Finals. Void shipped 10 head to the finals including the great American Express and Necklace. The Cal-, gary outfit supplied seven broncs and one of those was the well known Cindy Rocket. Over 80,000 fans took hi the exciting Finals at Oklahoma City and saw 1972 all round champion Phil Lyne of George West, Texas compile a total of YAMAHA CYCLE'S FEBRUARY SNOWMOBILE CLEARANCE NEW YAMAHA SNOWMOBILES 2-GP 292 Reg. $1145 ........$ 995 1-SL 338 Reg. $1145 ........ $ 995 3-GP 338 Reg. $1295 ........ $1050 Yamaha Cycle Sales and Service 1519 3rd AVE. S. PHONE 328-6977 more than $60,000, earning a new record. Lyne also captured the calf roping laurels in 1972. The rodeos in Southern Alber- ta feature all the cowboys men- and Medicine Hat among tioned at one time or another, others. Make plans now to take including Lyne, who has earn- in a rodeo or two in '73, it's a ed money at Lethbridge, Taber lot of wild excitement. MARVIN JOYCE best at National Finals CARRY ALLISON photo Five-year water developement program incentive for Alberta-based cattlemen A f i v e-year water development incentive program for Alberta farmers w i t h livestock, or who are planning to go into livestock production, has been approved under the federal-provincial ARDA III Agreement. The federal and provincial governments will share equally in the cost of this $3 million program. Its purpose is to encourage farmers to expand their existing livestock operations or to diversify their farms to include livestock or livestock supporting activities such as forage crops. It is also envisaged that water development or expansion will make possible the application of labor saving devices on many farms, which, in turn, will facilitate additional livestock production, and that it will reduce input costs by facilitating the moderniza-ion and upgrading of the operation. The program's immediate objective is to improve the incomes of a large number of farm units in the province. In addition to the incentive grants, farmers will receive technical and advisory services from the provincial department of agriculture's engineering branch. To be eligible for a grant, the applicant must be able to show that he is a bonefide farmer who resides on his farm and that he has an economic need for water development or expansion for livestock production. He will also have to show that lie sella agricultural products and indicate the nature of his farming operation, his present water source and use, and his planned livestock program. The grant will cover 20 per cent of costs, up to a maximum of $500 per farm unit. It will include costs involved in establishing or developing a water source, pumping and pipeline systems, treatment systems, ditching for pipelines and well pits. The program is in effect now and will be in force for five years. It is being administered by the department of agriculture's engineering and home design branch. 'TRACTOR BATTERY SPECIAL' 10% OFF OUR REGULAR LOW PRICE ON ALL DIESEL BATTERIES FROM MAR. 1 TO APRIL 30, 1973 Will you need Batteries? ACT NOW! LETHBKIDGE BATTERY COMPANY 217 12th ST. B S. LETHBRIDGE ;