Special Delivery delivers at CFR46

RED DEER- Day two of the Canadian Finals Rodeo Was Military & First Responders Day.

Thousands of CFR guests donned red poppies in support of those who serve our country.

On the rodeo infield, Cole Goodine was making up for lost time.

A foot injury kept the Carbon, Alberta bareback rider sidelined for over half of the 2019 season, but once he cracked back out, he didn’t miss a beat.

He’s off to a solid start at his sixth straight CFR.

Goodine rode the Calgary Stampede’s outstanding 13 year old stallion, Special Delivery, to 86.25 points to win the second go-round and better position himself in the standings.

“When I saw the draw last night, I was pretty excited,” the second generation cowboy grinned. “Special Delivery is one of my favourite draws. He’s big and strong. He’s wild and has a big mane. Everything about him is cool. When I saw I had him, I knew I had a chance.”

Goodine came into this year’s Finals in seventh spot with $21,607 in regular season earnings.

Last night’s go-round win ($10,530) moves the 25-year-old into a second place tie in the aggregate standings and fifth overall with $32,137 in total earnings.

The bareback riding event is suddenly wide open after season leader, Caleb Bennett from Montana was bucked off.

Other round winners included Edgar Durazo who won his second straight bull riding go-round.

The first ever Mexican-born CFR qualifier recorded an 87.75 point ride on last year’s bull of the year, the Calgary Stampede’s -201 Night Moves.

2017 Canadian steer wrestling champion, Jason Thomas bounced back from an opening night 14.0 second run with a blazing 3.6 second time.

Saddle bronc rookie, Kolby Wanchuk marked 85.5 points aboard Outlaw Buckers’ W42 Comeback Red for the round win.

Team Ropers, two time world champion, Matt Sherwood and CFR first timer, Hunter Koch, enjoyed a 3.8 second run while 15 year old Taylor Manning topped the barrel racing field with a 14.456 second run.

Texan, Ty Harris, made his first CFR cheque a good one with an 8.0 in the tie-down roping.

In the novice events, which wrap up today, the round wnners were Chett Deitz in the bareback riding and K’s Thomson in the saddle bronc – both with 76.5 point scores.

Griffin Koester marked 75 to claim top spot in the junior steer riding.

CFR performance number three takes on a Halloween theme at 7 p.m. this evening at Westerner Park.

(With file from story by Barb Poulsen – CPRA)