The 2017 Canadian Rank Mini Pony Peewee Champion is a six-year-old from Grande Prairie.
Ryder Topolinski (pictured) took top spot over the weekend in Edson. He beat out 13 other kids, many of whom were older than him. The peewee division is for six to eight-year-olds.
“I was on my side a few times,” Ryder said.
According to Ryder’s mother Jodi, he was both the youngest and smallest in the field.
On top of that, you can only begin competing once you are six years of age. Ryder started participating in competitions just this year, where others had one or two years of experience on him.
As a result of taking home the buckle, he will now have the chance to compete at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas this December, and says he’s “excited” about it.
Jodi says, from the moment they arrived in Edson, there was no doubt in her son’s mind that he was going to win.
“He saw the buckle when we got there, and he told me ‘mom, I’m bringing home that buckle and I’m going to hold that trophy’. And I told him ‘well, there’s some tough kids, some ranked horses, you’ve got to work really hard’. And he’s like ‘I don’t care, I’m bringing home that buckle’. Come Sunday, he brought home that buckle.”
The National Finals Rodeo gets underway on December 7 this year.