Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 27, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Thursday, LETHBRIDQE HERALD-11 Three years of hard work have paid off in spades By GARRY ALLISON Herald Staff Writer The Alberta High School Rodeo Association has come a long way since its inception three years ago. Alberta cowboy Greg Butterfield became the first Canadian to ever win an international high school championship last year when he captured the steer wrestling event at Ogden, Utah. In only two complete years of operation they boast one international champion, and a fourth place finisher in the bareback, Ken Butterfield. Blaine Marr of Twin Butte also derived a rodeo scholarship at Casey, Wyoming as a result of his performance at the finals. Overseen by John Loree of Claresholm, the association now enjoys the prestige accredited to a major power in high school rodeo. Gordon Prusky of Strathmore is the secretary- treasurer and vice-presidents are Wilf Boisjoli of Calgary, Doug French of Nanton and Gordon Zahursky of Arrowood. Anne Davies of Midnapore looks after trophy donors and the queen contest. The Alberta High School circuit highlights the five major rodeo events, team roping and cutting horse competition for the boys and barrel racing, pole bending, breakaway roping and cutting horse competition for the gals as well as the queen contest. The association was organized three years ago with professional cowboy Lynn Jensen being one of the main driving forces behind its organization. Harold and Pearl Mandeville played an integral role in its origin as did Gordon Prusky, Claresholm's Ed Jensen and Ann Davies. JOHN LOREE People like renowned rodeo announcer Warren Cooper give freely of their time and talents to the association and stock contractors assist by operating on a gate percentage basis rather than a flat fee. Each individual rodeo club that sponsors a rodeo does so at its own risk and expense. Membership is open to students enrolled in grades nine through 12 with an age limit of 20, and members must maintain a 50% average in their school work. Sportsmanship, honesty, courtesy and goodwill are an intricate part of the organization and the rodeos are set up to avoid conflict with school attendance. High school competition provides education in eyery-day world showing the students the need for physical fitness and how to cope with the emotional pressures and social values of the world outside of school. The student membership is annually. No money is paid contestants at rodeos throughout the year or at the finals. The competitors receive trophies and merchandise, donated by various supporters of the high school sport throughout the province. This years, however, the Alberta all-around cowboy and cowgirl will receive an all expense paid trip to the National Finals in Toman, Wisconsin, sponsored by L-K Ranches, Bassano and Canada Rides magazine The highlight of the Alberta season will be the finals rodeo slated for Pincher Creek this Saturday and Sunday. Only the top five competitors in each event at every individual rodeo qualify for the finals. The top three competitors in each event at the finals earn the right to be on the Alberta team heading for Toman. The Alberta High School Rodeo queen will also be making the trip south to compete for the Miss High School Rodeo title of North America. The Tomah finals, August 5-11, will be grand scale operation with three rodeo arenas operating simultaneously. Approximately contestants will be present driving over 500 camper units, pullin horses and sharing the area with hundreds of horses, calves, steer and bulls from the bucking stock supplied. The finals is a two go round affair with saddles, merchandise and scholarships as prizes. The all-around boy and girl will receive a car. The show is an impressive, colorful affair with the grand entry featuring teams from each state and B.C. and Alberta charging though the arena with wild abandon, each trying to outdue the previous one. The Finals site works on a rotation basis and new- member Alberta will host the show in 1979. The judges at the Finals are RCA professionals and the stock is the highest calibre, with many being veterans of the professional National Finals rodeo. The Calgary Stampede will feature the circuits top 15 bareback and saddle bronc riders during their two morning children's performances July 5 and 12. The top eight from these two performances will compete at the Saturday morning roundup July 13. At stake is a buckle in each event and a purse of High school rodeo is of great benefit to the youth of this province, helping to build character and offering a wholesome form of recreation. TARGET MASONRY SAWS Matic 20 uses 18" and 20" blades 7' cutting depth with 18 blades; 8' depth with 20 blades Cutting depth is doubled by reversing material Quickie Saw Blades Specially Reinforced -OX-HS' Extra-High Saeed Abrasive Blades provide faster cutting on Masonry Concrete Metal. FOR RENT at Broncos will play 70 games 10 of them against Tigers By PAT SULLIVAN Herald Sports Editor Earl Ingarfield, coach and assistant general manager of the Lethbridge Broncos of the Western Canada Hockey League and general manager Bii! Burton attended last week's league meetings and came away pleased. You might even say they came away somewhat more than pleased. "We're happy with the way things said Ingarfield Wednesday a day after his return from the coast. The meetings were held in Victoria. According to Ingarfield the rest of the 12-team league gave the locals a warm greeting and welcomed them into the league. The Broncos were formerly the Swift Current Broncos but were transferred to Lethbridge and will play their home games out of the Sportsplex. The Broncos will remain in the eastern division of the league, however, says Ingarfield, this year there is a balanced schedule. "We play 70 games, 35 at home-and a like number on the he said. Broncos play 10 teams three times at home and three away. "But we plav Medicine Hat 10 times five in each he added, "that should help build an exciting rivalry, don't you Of their 35 games the Broncos will be at home 14 Sunday's at seven; eight Friday's at six Tuesday's at eight, four Wednesday's at two Thursday's at eight (one of the Thursday dates is Boxing Day and may be an afternoon encounter) and on Saturday night. ONLY ONE DAY LEFT... TOMORROW IS YOUR LAST DAY! TO PAY YOUR CITY TAXES City Property Taxes are now due and must be paid paid by p.m. Friday, June 28th or a penalty of 1% per month (July to 2% for November and 2% for December will be assessed on all overdue taxes. It is to your advantage to take care of your taxes now! CITY Of LETHBRIDGE Ingarfield pointed out that the club would have liked more Saturday night dates but Sunday's have proven popular throughout the league. "And how's this for a home smiled Ingarfield. "We open at the Spprtsplex, Sunday Oct. 6 against the Regina Pats defending Memorial Cup champions." Meanwhile, the Broncos also announced the names of three more Lethbridge products who will be invited to training camp in September. Brad Cox was obtained earlier from the protected list of the Tigers and joining him at camp will be Bernie Syrenne and Bruce Small. All three were teammates on the Lethbridge Longhorns last year. As well. Mike Boychuk of the Midget Elks will also be given every chance. Cox is a forward, having been converted from defence while Syrenne is a left handed shooting left winger and Small a centre iceman who also shoots left. Boychuk plays centre and shoots right. Ingarfield is hopeful at least one of the locals can make it with the Broncos. It will be a challenge but who knows. Ticket sales have been going good with over 800 season passes already purchased. "People are thinking hockey a little bit, at quipped Ingarfield. "That's always good to see, especially in June." World series for the gals WILLIAMSPORT, Pa.