College students make the grade at finals
Rodeo: HTA grads finish second in Edmonton
Wednesday, Apr 02, 2014 06:00 am
An Okotoks college student is a quick study at the school of hard knocks.
Sampson Moss finished second in the bareback at the Canadian Intercollegiate Rodeo finals in Edmonton March 28-30.
Not bad for a guy who didn’t get in the chutes until last October.
“I just started going to Olds College and on Tuesday nights, they have rough-stock practice,” said the 21-year-old Moss who is studying heavy-duty mechanics. “I talked to a couple of coaches and they convinced me to get on a couple of bareback broncs, and I liked it and I stuck to it.”
Moss got caught up in a numbers game at the finals on the weekend. Although he won two out of three go-rounds, he finished second to eventual champion CJ Davidson.
“On the first night, I got bucked off,” Moss said. “But on the second and third nights I ended up winning the go-rounds.”
He won those go-rounds with scores of 68 and 60, respectively.
“Overall, I lost by four points average to CJ Davidson for the weekend,” Moss said. “That’s second-place in Canada so I can’t complain.”
Davidson had two rides of 66 for a 132 total, four higher than Moss’s 128.
Moss also finished second overall in the year-end standings for the Canadian circuit. The rookie barebacker won the first rodeo he entered to start the college season last fall in Vermilion.
Moss will turn his attention to the amateur rodeo circuit after finishing his first year at Olds later this spring.
“I will probably do the FCA (Foothills Cowboy Association) or the CARA (Canadian Amateur Rodeo Association) this summer,” said Moss, a 2011 graduate of Holy Trinity Academy. “I hope to stick to it for the next few years. I am liking it and I think I am pretty good at it... Maybe I can start to put a couple of buckles on the shelf.”
Over a barrel
Barrel racing just runs in a Turner Valley area family’s veins. An 11-year-old mare happens to do a lot of running for that family.
Sasha Noval on board her 11-year-old mare Betty finished second at the collegiate finals.
“I have had her for two years and my sister (Shelby) had her for a year before me,” Noval said of Betty.
“Betty has a lot of attitude and sometimes she can be hard to deal with, but she always makes a good run and has a lot of heart. She will do her best no matter what.”
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Betty and Sasha turned in three solid runs in Edmonton.
“All I really wanted to do was have three clean runs because I knew if I did, they would be fast,” said the 19-year-old Sasha, a graduate of HTA.
“That’s what my goal was and it ended up working out for me.”
Noval, a second-year land agent student at Olds, won the first go-round with a time of 15.2 seconds.
She broke the 15.5 barrier all three nights. She was second at 15.4 the second go round and wound up fourth at 15.4 on the final go-round.
Jaycee Hawk won the championship and the season title. Noval was second in the season.
“I had a really good year and Betty ran really well,” Noval said. “We placed in every rodeo.”
Noval will return to the FCA circuit wherein she finished 10th at the finals last season.
“I will do FCA this summer and I would like to go to a couple of pro rodeos because my sister is doing that and it would be great to travel together,” she said.
Betty has placed at pro rodeos with Shelby in the past.
Sasha said the college circuit is ideal for keeping both horse and rider in tune for the long summer season.
“It is good to be able to ride your horse through the winter and rodeo all year it keeps her in shape,” she said.
For more information on the college finals go to cirarodeo.ca