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Pro rodeo returning to Macleod on July 16-17

Jordi Odney of Fort Macleod will compete Sunday in the Chinook rodeo at Fort Macleod Midnight Stadium Agriplex.

For the first time in a decade, the Fort Macleod Agricultural Society will host a pro rodeo at Midnight Stadium.
Chinook Rodeo Association members will compete Saturday and Sunday, July 16-17 at Midnight Stadium Agriplex.
Junior barrel racer Jordi Odney of Fort Macleod is excited about the chance to compete in her home town.
“We work there a lot,” 16-year-old Jordi said. “I’m definitely sure we are going to do well. Every time we run there we’ve done well. I’m looking forward to another good run.”
Jordi will saddle Snippy, an 11-year-old quarterhorse, to compete in the 1 p.m. draw Sunday, July 17.
Jordi and Snippy have been enjoying an excellent year to date.
They won the Wild Rose finals in Taber last March, and have been placing consistently in the top five at Chinook rodeos.
Jordi is fifth in junior barrels in Chinook standings with $229 in earnings.
Last month Jordi and Snippy topped 56 other barrel racers at an open event at Fort Macleod Midnight Stadium.
Snippy is a former Canadian reining champion Jordi and her family bought 2 1/2 years ago from Kim and Lisa Smith of Fort Macleod.
The Smiths trained Snippy for barrels and the horse made a smooth transition to the new sport.
“He just likes to run,” Jordi said. “When he gets in the gate you can feel it.”
Jordi credits Snippy for the success she is enjoying in her third year as a barrel racer.
“He’s my best friend,” Jordi said. “He makes up for my mistakes. I can’t be a barrel racer without him and he can’t be one without me.”
It took some time for horse and rider to build trust and forge the strong bond they enjoy now.
“If there’s no bond you’re not going to do well,” Jordi said.
The rodeo’s first performance is from 6-9:30 p.m. Saturday, July 16.
Action resumes at 10 a.m. Sunday, July 17 with the slack, followed by a regular performance at 1 p.m.
The Chinook Rodeo Association is a non-profit organization formed in 1968 by volunteers in southern Alberta.
Chinook rodeos are now sanctioned in more than 50 communities in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia, with participants from these three provinces as well as from Montana.
As of July 9 leaders in the Chinook money standings are team roping header, D.J. Woodward, $1,478; team roping heeler, Ty Cahoon, $1,478; bareback, Revee McCormack, $1,923; saddle bronc, Brady Dinwoodie, $758; bull riding, Ben Forster, $648; steer wrestling, Blake Newton, $1,937; calf roping, Kirk Robinson, $1,705; ladies barrel racing, Bailey Hughson, $1,927; breakaway roping, Jolene Selk, $189; junior barrel racing, Jodi Doenz $703; steer riding, Cooper Zur, $321
To qualify for finals in October each year, and depending on the competition event, the contestants must compete in a minimum of three to five so-called “mother” rodeos. The Chinook rodeo in Fort Macleod will be a “mother” rodeo.
The Fort Macleod Agricultural Society is seeking sponsorship to assist with costs involved in putting on the the rodeo.
Donations will pay for ambulance service, announcers, judges, timers, stock contractors and the general operation of the rodeo.
The agricultural society has established three levels of sponsorship including platinum, $1,000 and over; gold, $500 to $999; silver, $250 to $499; and bronze, any amount up to $250.
Event sponsorship donations of $300 will provide purse and prizes for bull riding, saddle bronc, bareback bronc, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, team roping, break-away roping, barrel racing, pole bending and goat tying.
Cheques can be made payable to: Fort Macleod and District Agricultural Society, P.O. Box 1183, Fort Macleod, TOL OZO.

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