Sep 28-29, 2018
Known as the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association's "last chance" finals, the Grass Roots Final in Calgary, Alberta, promises to be one of the most nail-biting events of the 2018 season.
Larsen Brothers On Record-Setting Mission En Route To Canadian Finals Rodeo
Sep 22, 2018
“It really would be something else for all three of us to make it to the CFR this year, because it’s never really happened I don’t think.” – CPRA Bull Rider, Kane Larsen.
Ever since brothers Tyrel, Orin, and Kane’s steer riding days were over, they went their separate ways in the rodeo arena and each chose a roughstock event of their own. Now, as the end 2018 Canadian Professional Rodeo Association season draws near, they could set a record if all three are able to qualify for the pinnacle event in rodeo north of the border: the Canadian Finals Rodeo.
“Orin’s had lots of success and I’ve had a little bit of a success and just having Kane be there would just be icing on the cake,” said Tyrel Larsen, who is heading to his second CFR this year and is a 2015 WNFR saddle bronc riding qualifier.
“It would just be kind of like back when we were riding steers together, you know? We all had the same idea, we all wanted to rodeo hard and it would feel like old times again.” - Tyrel Larsen.
“Old times” would mean a new record for the CPRA. After scouring the media guide and asking rodeo experts past and present, no one can remember a time when three siblings were able to pull off qualifying for CFR in three different events.
There’s still one final push that’s needed to make that happen, though. Brothers Tyrel and Orin are in the safe zone in their respective roughstock events, but youngest brother Kane is on the bubble and must survive that last two rodeos of the season - Hanna and Grass Roots - before he can complete the triple-threat of Larsens at the 2018 CFR.
The great news? He qualified for the Grass Roots Final where there is a possible $5,000 paycheck up for grabs if he can do well there, along with the support of his two brothers to get the job done.
Both of the elder brothers have competed on rodeo's biggest stages, but both agree that having the third brother there to compete at the CFR would make those accomplishments all the more special.
“I’ve been really fortunate to have a lot of great things happen in my career,” said Orin, who’s made two trips to the CFR and is heading to his fourth National Finals this December in Las Vegas. “To do it with your brother or one of your siblings, there’s nothing to really describe it.
“To help them get on and compete and to see them do their best, for me, it’s kind of an emotional thing, to see where we’ve come from and how hard we’ve worked to get to that point, I can't wait to hopefully do it again.”