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Elliott Claims CFR Championship Title

By Kashly Schweer on 11/29/2016

Goodwell, Okla. — Several rodeo athletes make the long trek from the northern bordering country to attend college in rural Oklahoma. Canadian cowboys have experienced great success on not only the collegiate level in the United States, but also in the professional ranks. Many of these cowboys continue their rodeo careers in both countries.

Three former Oklahoma Panhandle State University cowboys, Jake Watson, Clay Elliott and Orin Larsen, returned to their home country for the Canadian Finals Rodeo in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Nov. 9-13. Additionally, Audy Reed, Texas-native, qualified for Canada’s big dance.

In the saddle bronc riding, Watson, Elliott and Reed were dominating forces throughout the six performances of rodeo action. Starting his first CFR with a bang, Reed scored 83.5 points to place second in the opening performance. Larsen also accumulated prize money in the bareback riding with an 83.5-point ride.

After failing to make the 8-second whistle during the first performance, Elliott came back with a vengeance on Thursday. The former College National Finals Rodeo Champion placed second with his 84.5-point ride.

Elliott’s dominance continued throughout Friday and Saturday where he claimed top honors with 86.75- and 83.25-point rides. He was joined by Larsen who duplicated the superior performance in the bareback riding, winning three performances in a row.

When the final curtain fell on Sunday, former Panhandle State cowboys accumulated $138,413.22 during the CFR. Elliott’s tally of $42,977.62 earned throughout the CFR combined with his regular season earnings made him the top saddle bronc rider in Canada for 2016.

Elliott, Watson and Larsen will have the opportunity to add to their 2016 success during the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Nev. Dec. 1-10.