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Organizers happy with Airdrie Pro Rodeo success

By: Lucas Punkari

  |  Posted: Thursday, Jul 03, 2014 02:48 pm

Tyler Johnson of Didsbury looked pleased after he finished up the tie-down roping event at the Airdrie Pro Rodeo on June 30.
Tyler Johnson of Didsbury looked pleased after he finished up the tie-down roping event at the Airdrie Pro Rodeo on June 30.
LUCAS PUNKARI/Rocky View Publishing

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As the crowd filed its way into the Airdrie Pro Rodeo grounds on July 1 for the final day of the 2014 event, Airdrie Rodeo Ranch Association President Aaron Braham and Vice President Laurie Perry couldn’t help but smile about how well the 47th edition of the Airdrie Pro Rodeo went from June 27 to July 1.

“The support that we have had this year has been awesome, whether it’s from the cowboys, the volunteers, the sponsors, and the spectators,” Braham said.

“I think we’ve shown once again over the last few days why the Airdrie Pro Rodeo is not just one of the top rodeos in Alberta, but in all of Canada.”

“The crowds were good despite the bad weather that we had for the first couple of days,” Perry added.

“There were some real diehards out on the hill during the rain showers on Friday (June 27) and Sunday (June 29), and I really think it’s a love of rodeo that brings them out.”

When asked if there was anything that stood out from this year’s event, Braham said the improvements that were made to the pen and shoot areas Airdrie Pro Rodeo grounds allowed the show to move along faster than it had in the past.

“That was something that we wanted to improve in order to have our events go quicker and to not have as much downtime,” Braham said.

“Overall, I think those changes went well, but we will still take a look to see what else we can do to have things move quickly.”

Even though the 2014 event is still fresh in the minds of everyone who helped out, plans for the 2015 edition of the Airdrie Pro Rodeo are already being put into the place.

“I would say that we start thinking about what we can do for the next rodeo the day after the last one ends,” Perry said. “We will be taking a look at what went right and wrong during the course of the five days, and then we will start to put the wheels in motion for what will happen here in 2015.”

“There are a couple of exciting things that we have planned for next year, but nothing that we can officially announce yet,” Braham added.

“We don’t want to say anything before it happens in case it falls through.”

Next year’s Airdrie Pro Rodeo may also see a new president in charge of the event, as Braham is currently debating as to whether or not he will return for a fifth year at the helm.

“Originally, I was planning on stepping down, but I have been asked to come back and help out again next year,” Braham said. “So at the moment, I’m currently debating if I will return or let someone else take charge.”

“However, if they need me to help out in any way, I’ll do it,” he added.


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