After eight years competing at the Canadian Finals Rodeo (CFR), Rimbey tie-down roper Dean Edge has something to show for his efforts.
Edge won the go-round on the last day of the CFR Nov. 9 at Rexall Place in Edmonton to a crowd of thousands of rodeo fans. He was starting to wonder if he was ever going to do well at the CFR. “I was starting to get scared of it actually.”
“It’s more like a ‘Finally’ feeling and a weight off your shoulders,” he added.
He says the experience is like a big reunion for cowboys but competition is still tough no matter what. Earning the go-round win on the last day has boosted his confidence and broken a barrier that Edge has been trying to get past for many years.
Missing only two Canadian rodeos and performing well at the ones he did attend helped Edge get to where he is today. He joked he’d rather be at rodeos than getting hay fever on the farm.
“Where I live it’s so easy to get to the rodeos,” said Edge.
He feels CFR organizers put on a great show and competing against 11 other ropers throughout the week brings quality challenges. He added with many National Finals Rodeo (NFR) competitors coming up to Canada for bigger rodeos – such as the Ponoka Stampede and the CFR – helped improve the quality of tie-down ropers.
Knowing he has the skills to make it at the CFR, competing for a spot at the NFR in the United States is a different challenge. He suggests a competitor has to be prepared to go for the long haul and deal with losses and wins.
Edge says competitors should expect to make $60,000 to $70,000 to make the NFR, but that’s what they need to pay for all their costs as well. “So you go to the NFR broke even.”
“But it’s gotta be such a better sporting event,” added Edge.
He feels if a cowboy does make it to the United States they also have a better opportunity to garner corporate interest and gain sponsors. Edge was recently sponsored by a company called Gemini.
“That’s what we need to get ahead (with) trucks and trailers and horsepower,” said Edge.
He is grateful for all the support from family and fans.