Barrel racing champ needs horse

Rodeo: Deb Guelly hoping to compete in Okotoks

By: Bruce Campbell

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

Deb Guelly, here competing in the 2012 Calgary Stampede, hopes to have a horse to run at the Okotoks Pro Rodeo this weekend.
Deb Guelly, here competing in the 2012 Calgary Stampede, hopes to have a horse to run at the Okotoks Pro Rodeo this weekend.
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barrel racing champion is not only on the outside looking in to qualify for the finals, she’s also looking for a horse.

“My horse (Scooter) is hurt and I am trying to find something to qualify for another CFR,” said Okotoks’ Deb Guelly. “I haven’t found anything yet, but of course, if I am going to get a horse it has to be capable of winning.”

Guelly may need a win or two in order to qualify for the Canadian Finals Rodeo, an event she has won five times in her career, as the former Deb Renger. She was 17th in the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association standings with $8,566 as of Aug. 26. The top dozen make the CFR, with the 12-hole currently held by Rebecca Paradis with $10,975.

Guelly didn’t run last week in Lethbridge, however she has signed up for the Okotoks Pro Rodeo this weekend and is in Friday night’s performance.

She said difficult conditions at rodeos on the Canadian rodeo circuit have put a strain on Scooter. Guelly has opted to rest the gelding for the remainder of the year.

Guelly hasn’t competed in her home-town rodeo for three years.

“Last year, I went to Ellensburg (Washington) and Armstrong and I had to turnout in Okotoks,” said Guelly.

Guelly added she has not ever had difficulties with the infield at the Murray Arena in Okotoks.

With only three more rodeos after the Labour Day weekend to qualify for the CFR, Guelly has to get on her horse quickly.

She has the chance to cash-in this weekend, as there are rodeos in British Columbia (Armstrong and Merritt) as well as Okotoks.

“It’s not like it is impossible for me to make the finals,” Guelly said. “But I have to find a horse that is capable of winning — obviously, I need some money.”

Guelly is trailing a few racers from the foothills area.

Turner Valley’s Kerilee Noval is in third-place with $18,051. She is not competing in Okotoks.

Okotokian Lisa Zachoda is sixth at $15,708. She will run Friday in Okotoks. The overall leader is Brittany Diaz at $31,646.

The Okotoks Pro Rodeo runs Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. Sunday’s performance is at 1 p.m.

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