Scott Guenthner – Provost, Alberta ($102,750)
3-time WNFR qualifier
Scott Guenthner has had a lot on his mind while preparing for the Canadian Finals Rodeo (CFR) and the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
He set a goal of winning the Canadian title just like his father did. Scott accomplished that last year. His father, Ken, won it in 1981. Now he wants to win another one and of course, the ultimate in rodeo a gold buckle that says world champion steer wrestler.
In rodeo, timing is everything and the timing of the birth of Quade Guenthner couldn’t have been any better. Scott’s wife, Becky, was expecting their first child with a due date of Nov. 3, the last day of the CFR. They were making plans of how he could compete and get back for the birth of that baby. Instead, Quade arrived early and now Scott can concentrate fully on first the CFR, then the NFR.
He made quite a splash in his first two trips to Las Vegas to compete for rodeo’s championships. In 2017 he won $87,338 and finished sixth in the world standings. Last year he did even better, earning $108,224 and finishing the year in fourth place.
He has had the best season of his career and will start the NFR in third place with $102,750 in earnings. He had a decent winter picking up checks at the buildings, then came a win at Rodeo Austin in March. By the end of March, he had racked up $46,000 and was halfway to the NFR.
Scott graduated from Lakeland College with a degree in animal science technology, learning all he could to help with the family’s ranch. He had planned on going back to school and getting an agriculture economics degree, but when his mom, Dawn, was diagnosed with cancer it all changed.
Dawn lost that battle in 2012. Scott helped on the ranch and in 2013 joined the PRCA. In 2014 he was on track to win enough money for rodeo qualifications. Then in Salinas, California in July, he tore his pectoral muscle. He went back to Canada, had surgery, and took nine months off.
Coming back in 2015, he finished 36th in the world standings. He was ready for 2016 and has been among the top steer wrestlers since then. Canadians are ready for a world champion. It’s been 10 years since Lee Graves from Calgary walked across the stage in the Thomas and Mack to get the gold buckle. Scott is the only Canadian in the steer wrestling at this year’s NFR, so all the Canadians will be giving him their full support.