A name that may be new to the lower 48 and the NFR roster is a standing Canadian staple. Carman Pozzobon not only has qualified for her first-ever NFR, but she also captured the coveted number one back number in Canada to be worn at the Canadian Finals Rodeo in Red Deer, Alberta. After a Canadian championship in 2017, Pozzobon qualified for the winter rodeos (such as Fort Worth, Denver, and San Antonio) and decided to make a run at the NFR. Competing at 58 rodeos, Pozzobon was able to earn $86,946.59 and secure 15th in the world standings.
All of Pozzobon’s 2018 season earnings were made on one single mare, Ripn’ Lady, better known as “Ripp”. Ripp is a 2010 mare by Canadian stud, Frenchs Hula Guy, and out of Bijou Betali (Eli Betastreak x Zacks Beta). Over the past three years, Ripp has won at the futurity and derby levels, qualified for the semi-finals of the RFD-TV’s The American, won a Canadian Finals Rodeo championship, won many other pro rodeos, and has now qualified for the National Finals Rodeo. Every check made by Pozzobon this year was on board Ripn’ Lady and Ripp will be Pozzobon’s main mount at the CFR and NFR. Ripp was also voted 2018 Canadian Professional Rodeo Association’s “Barrel Horse with the Most Heart”.
Along with Ripp, Pozzobon will also be hauling TammysLittleParadise “Lulu” and Rimes Girl “Rimey” to both finals. Both Lulu and Rimey were trained by Pozzobon and are by the same stud as Ripp, Frenchs Hula Guy.
Q & A with Carman:
Do you travel with any pets other than your horse?
Yes, I have three mini heelers: Taz, Camo and Three.
What were your most memorable rodeos this year?
The most memorable would be the winter rodeos in TX, Calgary, the American, Strathmore, and Cloverdale. There’s a lot of great ones so it’s hard to pick.
What was your game plan qualifying for your first NFR? How did you decide where to enter?
Well it’s been a plan since I was young so I’ve had to work my way up through different horses and selling some to keep going down the road. Once I decided to finally keep Ripp we set the goals to win Canada to get qualified for the winter rodeos. Then hit those and came home sitting good so she was able to have a bit of a break before we started again in Canada. I took advantage of where she excels to stay in the standing and kept her feeling great for the bigger weekends so it all paid off in the end.
How does it feel to have earned the #1 back number for the 2018 CFR?
It feels great. I know my Dad really wanted it, so when I stepped away from Canada for those last two weeks, I was a little worried it would slip away but we hung on and achieved that as well. I’m super happy we got it.
What are your thoughts heading into your first ever NFR?
Don’t even know where to start. Lots of excitement and very excited to have all the prep done and just be running down the alley to see how Ripp loves it. I think it’s the perfect set up for her. I definitely just want to live in the moment with it all to take in that all our hard work has paid off to get to reach our goal.
What are your favorite Classic Equine products?
Do you have any advice for someone hoping to follow in your footsteps one day?\
To never sell yourself short. Just keep pushing through, stay focused on the end goal and you will achieve it. Helps to set stepping stones to achieve the end goal.
The 2018 Canadian Finals Rodeo will be held Monday, October 29 thru Sunday, November 4 with rodeo performances running Tuesday thru Sunday. We wish all competitors the best of luck at this always prestigious event!