Barrel racer comfortable at home
Rodeo: Kendra Edey to compete in Longview this weekend
By: Bruce Campbell
| Posted: Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 11:08 am
Sometimes you have to return to the simpler things in life.
Barrel racer Kendra Edey has put her dream of chasing a Canadian Finals Rodeo title on hold as life has gotten more complicated, but that doesn’t mean she and her horses have stopped running the cloverleaf pattern on rodeo infields.
They will be in the Foothills Cowboy Association’s Longview Rodeo next weekend.
“I just wanted to do a handful of pro rodeos and I am doing a lot more Foothills (Cowboy Association) rodeos,” Edey said. “I have to stay closer to home.”
Rodeos don’t come much closer than Longview for Edey. She lives about 23km to the west at the famed Stampede Ranch, once owned by Calgary Stampede founder Guy Weadick.
“I am excited – I have never run in Longview because I have always been a full professional card holder,” said Edey who qualified for the Canadian Finals Rodeo in 2008 and 2009 atop Captain. “It’s nice to compete in your hometown rodeo.”
Edey started a new business a year ago, so now was the time to watch the pocketbook and focus on things at home.
“If I went to the pro rodeo, I would be driving to Morris, Manitoba – it’s about a 16-hour drive... I have been going hard for 10 years now and it is was just time to sit back and regroup in my own head.
“I would love to compete in the CFR again, but not this year.”
The horses seem to liking the junior circuit just fine as well.
“I am still running Captain, but mostly running Cat, his little brother this year,” said Edey while en route to a rodeo in Buck Lake. “I’m just kind of letting them take turns, but they are pretty happy to just stay home and be horses this year.”
There is nothing more fun for a horse than getting out there and run.
Captain and Cat’s speed and precision in turning barrels has Edey sitting in first-place in the FCA going into the Longview Rodeo.
She said the FCA is a notch or two below the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association, but it is still highly competitive with young rodeo competitors cutting their teeth on the amateur circuit as well as veterans who have dropped down like herself to slow things down a bit.
“It’s still very tough, it is comparable to pro rodeo,” Edey said. “It’s just a matter of how serious you want to take it... There are a lot of tough girls to race against.”
Some of those tough girls in Longview will include and Sasha Noval, who is in sixth place.
Noval, an Olds College student, is coming off a second-place finish on the Canadian college rodeo circuit.
Being close to home has allowed Edey to get her business under secure footing.
“I’m riding and training barrel racing horses. It’s been really good. I get to stay home and do what I love,” she said. “Yes, I have raced by quite a few of them and it’s great to see them do well.”
It’s not just the athletes on two feet who will be of high quality in Longview. The rough stock is supplied by Bruce Flewelling from Lacombe. The bulls will be T&T dynamite. They are coming from Black Diamond’s Tyler Thomson, the 2008 Canadian bull riding champion.
The Longview Rodeo is located just off Highway 22, approximately two kilometres north of the village.
The rodeo is in the heart of cattle country, with the rolling foothills and then the majestic Rockies to the west. It will run Friday at 6 p.m. and at 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The slack is Friday at noon.
The FCA’s Guy Weadick Rodeo in High River, which was rescheduled to this weekend due to poor weather in June, has been rescheduled again. That rodeo will go Aug. 22-24 at the High River Agricultural Society grounds.
For more information on the FCA go to www.fcarodeo.com