Cochrane rodeo brothers compete in Airdrie Pro Rodeo
By: Lucas Punkari
| Posted: Monday, Jul 07, 2014 11:38 am
It’s not often that the Milan brothers of Cochrane are able to compete on the same day at the rodeo.
However, Baillie, 32, Tanner, 30, and Straws, 27 all found themselves lined up in the chutes for the steer wrestling competition on June 30 at the Airdrie Pro Rodeo.
“We do a lot of the same events, but it’s very rare that we are all competing on the same night,” Tanner said.
“Usually one or two of us might be on the same day, but because of our schedules, we hardly all show up together.”
“This rodeo is only 12 miles from our home in Cochrane, so it’s pretty neat for all of us to be here competing on the same day, and to have all of our friends and family come out and support us,” Baillie added.
The Milan brothers, who have been involved with rodeo as long as they can remember through their father and current Canadian Professional Rodeo Association (CPRA) President Murry Milan, have spent the last few years around Canada and the United States competing in steer wrestling events.
“Straws and Tanner are doing the majority of the running around here at the moment through the United States,” Baillie said. “I tend to stick with more of the Canadian events myself right now, as that works best for me and my schedule.”
“Tanner and I have been pretty much on the same schedule since January,” Straws added.
“We went down to the States to get the year started, and then after that we’ve pretty much been around every rodeo since then from Wyoming to Alberta.”
While a normal week might see driving to and from competitions in places such as Livingston, Montana and Taber, Alberta, Tanner admits that competing in the Airdrie Pro Rodeo is always a big deal.
“It sort of feels like a hometown rodeo for us,” said Tanner, who was the Canadian Rodeo Finals steer wrestling champion in 2012. “We know a lot of the people that come out here to watch the action, and this is a great opportunity to hang out with people that we don’t get to see on a regular basis.”
Tanner was the leader when it came to the Milan family in the steer wrestling event at this year’s Airdrie Pro Rodeo, as his run of 3.9 seconds put him in a tie for third place in the final standings with Donalda, Alberta cowboy Cody Cassidy.
“I had a steer that I knew and I felt I was going to have a pretty good run going in,” Tanner said. “I felt like I made a decent run, and it ended up being good enough to finish up fairly high, so I was happy with that.”
Baillie and Straws, however, both found themselves outside of the top 10 as their runs came in at the 4.5 second mark.
“I had a steer that I didn’t really know a whole lot about, but I was still happy with how I did,” Baillie said.
“It’s not going to win anything, but it was still a solid run.”
“I didn’t like my steer at all,” Straws joked. “I knew it was going to be a tough run, but that’s rodeo and the luck of the draw is a big part of things, and hopefully I’ll be able to get on a bit of a role here.”
Straws, who was the lone Canadian competitor at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas in December 2013, is currently taking part in the Calgary Stampede steer wrestling competition, which he won in 2011.
“I’m excited about taking part in that event again,” Straws said. “At this time of the year, all of the competitors are trying to get themselves in a bit of a groove before Calgary, and I’m hoping that I’ll be able to get into the zone for that week.”
The Calgary Stampede rodeo competition concludes on July 13.