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Bentley’s 40th annual August indoor rodeo sees entries climb

Excellent attendance for performances on both days

"Our entries were up over last year's numbers, and our attendance was excellent for both performances again," stated Jeremy Park, Bentley Rodeo Chairman, about Bentley's 48th Annual August indoor rodeo. "We had over 300 rides/runs compared to 285 last year."

The grand entry was carried out by the Electric Strides Drill Team form Red Deer.

The senior high point saddle, donated by the Town of Bentley, was won by Quintin Kozak from Sturgeon County who won tie down roping and team roping and placed second in 13-15 breakaway roping.

The junior high point buckle was won by Courtney Holtkamp of Rimbey who placed third in the 13-15 year-old breakaway roping and fifth in the 13-15 Barrels.

There were seven teams in the wild cow milking.

In bareback (with eight rides) James Spidell from Lac La Biche scored a 61 to capture first.

In saddlebronc (out of 13) Ron Boston won with a score of 62.

In bull riding (out of 28 rides) Brooke Starkey from Innisfail had a score of 72 to place first.

For the 13-15 steers (out of 20) Brandon Sahli from Red Deer scored a 70.

In 7-12 steers (from 11 rides) Dylan Conners from Bluffton, Brandon Tetz from Airdrie, and Matt Howard from Munson all tied for first with 68's.

A new event was ladies cow riding. Winning it (out of 8 rides) was Kim Arbuthnott from Strathmore. She won with a score of 64.

Out of 30 rides, Quintin Kozak from Gibbons won the tie down roping in a time of 9.71 seconds.

For the 7-12 breakaway roping (out of 17 rides) Kash Bonnett from Ponoka won in 2.68 seconds.

For 13-15 breakaway roping (out of 14) Quade Kozak from Gibbons won with a time of 2.2 seconds.

Winning the team roping (out of 39) were Quintin Kozak, the header, and Quade Kozak, the heeler, in 6.52 seconds.

In ladies barrels (out of 50) Sherry Andrew from Carbon had a time of 14.248 to capture first.

In the 13-15 barrels (from 19) Shayna Dyrland from Eckville had a time of 14.314.

In 7-12 barrels (from 29) Justine Elliott from Lacombe ran it in 14.402 seconds.

The kid's wild pony race had 11 teams over the two nights and all were winners.

The announcer was again Russ Finlay. Judges were Dennis Leis and Bob Pugh. Pick-up men were Travis Jordan and Lee White.

Bullfighters were Lane Stuckey and Brandon Dillman.

Stock was provided by Pengelley Rodeo, Pollitt Productions, and Michelle Lawton.

Hay came from the Bentley Colony.

Dirt Hauling was by Moore’s Backhoe Services and Ace in the Hole Ventures, and Livestock Hauling was by BT Bar Ranch (Allen & Janis Bickford). Tractor was courtesy Trent Baumbach.

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Every year some volunteers, sponsors, and/or supporters are recognized. This year the Sunset Hills Riding Club, Shirley Christiansen, and Lawrence Pengelley and Pengelley Rodeo were honored.

The Saddle Raffle winner was Jaynie Williamson from Rimbey, with the proceeds of over $2,000 going to Ronald McDonald House (Central Alberta).

A successful cabaret followed Saturday night's rodeo.

"As always, we had great support from the community, businesses and volunteers, to help make our rodeo another big success this year," said Park.

Approximately 75 volunteers worked together this year to do everything from hauling dirt and equipment and doing the set-up in the arena, to taking entries and doing the programs, to actually staging the two nights of competition, and then cleaning up the arena at the conclusion, plus running the beer gardens and cabaret.