Twisting to barrel racing crown

Rodeo: Okotoks' Riley Greene fastest at Guy Weadick Days

By: Remy Greer

  |  Posted: Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014 06:00 am

Riley Greene guides Twister around a barrel at the High River Guy Weadick Memorial Rodeo on Aug. 24. Greene, from Okotoks, won the barrel racing competition in a time of 18.3 seconds.
Riley Greene guides Twister around a barrel at the High River Guy Weadick Memorial Rodeo on Aug. 24. Greene, from Okotoks, won the barrel racing competition in a time of 18.3 seconds.
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Championship Sunday lived up to the moniker at the Guy Weadick Rodeo in High River.

The Sunday performance turned into a big payday at the richest paying rodeo on the Foothills Cowboys Association circuit as four winners rose to the occasion on the last day of competition including Okotoks’ Riley Greene in ladies barrel racing.

“It was very important, money is great,” Greene said with a laugh. “We haven’t really been running as well as I would like to with all the cold and hot (weather) my horse has gotten sick quite a few times and made our runs not what I would like.

“It was really nice to get out there, make a good run and win some money again.”

Entering competition in sixth place in a crowded barrel racing leaderboard, Greene all but assured herself a spot in the FCA finals in Red Deer.

Greene rode her decade-long riding partner Twister to a run of 18.3 seconds on a soggy infield at the High River Ag Society grounds.

“That first barrel was set right in the middle of where all that water gathered in the ‘pen, but my horse, he took it great,” said Greene. “We’ve never really ran in mud, he seems like he’s taking it really well. We’ve ran quite a few pens this summer.

“I didn’t think I did (have it), but with the way the announcer was talking I felt like I was either close to whatever was winning it or I had passed her.”

The rookie on the FCA circuit, from Texas and living with Okotoks-based fiancé and the tour’s leading heeler Cole Robertson, has looked anything but inexperienced with wins in Water Valley and Crossfield this season.

“I’m having so much fun up here,” said Greene, who previously competed in high school and college rodeo in Texas. “Being a part of the organization has been quite an honour.”

With only next weekend’s Cochrane Rodeo on the docket prior to the Cowboy Classic Rodeo, Oct. 10-12 in Red Deer, Greene is nearing the finish line with a great shot at top-spot.

“I’m hoping to get another win or high placing out of it and finish in the top and win rookie this year,” she said. “Just make it the best I can.”

Greene wasn’t the only competitor to take home some green on Sunday.

Strathmore’s Austin Quiring rode Rain Dance to a score of 75 to win the bull riding event while Ponoka’s Scott Auclair and Bashaw’s Dallas MacDougall truly saved the best for last in winning the team roping as the last team to show.

In steer wrestling, Okotoks’ Riley Westhaver lead after two days almost held up before a surge of swift Sunday times placed him back in fourth place. Calgary cowboy Jessie Acton pulled off a brilliant 4.6 second run to earn the title.

Elsewhere, Red Deer County’s Kelsey Koenning and Calgary’s Keenan Reinhardt were co-winners in the saddle bronc while Branden Dillman of Sherwood Park was top-dog in the bareback.

For more information on the Foothills Cowboys Association go to fcarodeo.com


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