COLORADO SPRINGS - The 2018 Colorado Pro Rodeo Association (CPRA) State Finals was held in Colorado Springs at the scenic Norris Penrose Event Center during the first weekend of this month.

Cowboys and cowgirls from across the state qualified for the finals through regular season rodeos.

Year-end championship titles were based on money won during the regular season and the finals combined. The CPRA Finals Average title was based off the aggregate time or score of the contestants in each of the three go-rounds.

Championship hardware included Scott Thomas trophy saddles to the year-end champions, and Shea Michelle gold buckles to the state finals average winners.

Competitions involved bareback riding, steer wrestling, tie-down roping, breakaway roping, saddle bronc riding, mixed team roping, open team roping, barrel racing, and bull riding.

David Streweler of Brighton won the CPRA State Finals Average title in the bareback riding. Steweler won every round over the weekend, with an aggregate score of 234.75, taking home the champion hardware and nearly $3,000. Streweler also cleaned house in the year-end standings with an impressive $17,000 in money won; over $12,500 more than his closest adversary.

The steer wrestling was extremely competitive with different winners in every performance, but Kyle Francis of Penrose placed consistently in the top four. Francis had a combined time of 23.9, resulting in the steer wrestling average title and over $1,300. Tait Kvistad of Ault won the year-end steer wrestling championship handily with over $8,500 in prize money.

In the tie-down roping, Fowler's Darnell Johnson was hard to beat winning two out of the three go-rounds, and turning in an aggregate time of 32.6. Johnson clinched the average title and over $2,300 in earnings. Brice Ingo of Boone defeated Johnson in the year-end title with nearly $7,500 in prize dollars.

Tacie Canfield of McClave was crowned the average breakaway roping champ with an aggregate time of 9.0, and over $1,600 in compensation.
Fowler's Chelsie Cranson won the year-end title by racking up nearly $9,000 in season profit.

Tyler Beebe of Bayfield was on top of his game, winning two of the three rounds, and defeating his nearest competitor by 30 points for the average title. Beebe ended the weekend with over $1,100 in award money, and second in the year-end standings. Denton Ward of Laramie, Wyoming, clinched the year-end title with over $11,000 in total earnings.

In the mixed team roping competition, Lydia Coe of Laramie won the aggregate race with a 23.2 on three head. Coe roped with Clayton Van Aken and won over $1,500 at the CPRA Finals. Teisha Coffield of Yuma walked away the year-end champion with over $11,700 in total profits.

In the open team roping, Cole Cooper of Sheridan and JW Borrego of Weston placed consistently in the top four at the finals. Cooper and Borrego were crowned the average team roping champion header and heeler, respectively. The team clocked an aggregate time of 20.0 on three. In the year-end standings, Clayton Van Aken took top honors on the heading side with nearly $8,000 in season money. JW Borrego was the year-end heeling champion, banking over $7,000.

Jenna Pruitt of Gering, NE., placed in the top two spots during every round of the barrel racing finals, winning two of the three. She was ultimately named the average barrel racing champion with a  52.47 on three runs. Jenna's sister, Nicole Waggoner of Pueblo West, won the year-end honors with nearly $9,000 in money won.

Finally, Cody Tesch of Berthoud walked away from the finals average and the year-end bull riding champion. Tesch covered two of his bulls throughout the finals and had a pair of top-two finishes. In the year-end standings, Tesch beat his closest opponent by $4,000.

According to the CPRA committee, the CPRA Finals takes place every year and has been held in numerous cities around the state. The top 12 contestants in each event compete for year-end and finals championship awards along with thousands of dollars in prize money.

Unlike other professional rodeo associations which consists of a grueling schedule, the CPRA is dedicated to cowboys and cowgirls who make a living outside of the arena.

"Most of our cowboys and cowgirls make their livings at regular full-time jobs during the week, but their heart belongs to the rodeo arena and the competition on the weekends," says the committee. "Members of the CPRA can have the best of both worlds - hold down their jobs, or go to school, while still having the opportunity to be a champion!"