Rodeo finalists from across Canada flocked to the 2024 Canadian College Finals Rodeo held in cooperation with the Brooks Silver Sage Agribition Society in Brooks, Alta. 

The event ran from Friday, May 17 - Sunday, May 19 at the Silver Sage Community Corral and featured the top 12 competitors in each event, with music after the first performance.

Tori Hansen, long-time rodeo enthusiast from just outside of Swift Current, was proud to compete in poles at the Canadian College Finals Rodeo as part of the Southern Alberta Team.

"I've been doing rodeo since I could walk and talk," she said. "It's important to me because there's not a whole lot of chances to do rodeo in college in Canada, I feel, compared to the US.

"It's fun to be a part of because it's very student-led." 

Hansen noted that she didn't do as well as she'd hoped and was running a different horse she hadn't worked with, as her horse had sustained an injury only a week prior.

"There's a series of college rodeos throughout the year that are all the schools in Canada that are part of the Canadian Collegiate Rodeo Association," added Hansen. 

The rodeo showcased 10 events including barrel racing, tie-down roping, saddle bronc, bull riding, and more. 

In addition to a performance on each of the three days beginning at 6 p.m., there was a tradeshow and an official after-party on Saturday evening.
"Getting to know a lot of people because it's my first year in university, it's just a great environment to be around and everyone's supportive," said Hansen when asked if there were any highlights from her experience.