pandaHAUS Rodeo Latest Sports App from Calgary Developers

Last December, Steve van Zutphen, Core Platform CEO and founder, announced the development of a new app for skiers that Olympic medallist Jan Hudec demonstrated to his friends in the ski-racing world at the World Cup at Lake Louise.

Created by Core division pandaHAUS, its success caught the attention of other sports. Team member Daniel Lefebvre was asked if a similar type of app could connect people within the international show-jumping community.

This past March, pandaHAUS Equestrian app was launched at a show-jumping event in Wellington, Fla., that was downloaded by over 10,000 enthusiasts within the first three weeks.

It is being promoted by some of the world’s finest riders, including Eric Lamaze and Olympic champion Rodrigo Pessoa, and they are excited about the opportunity the app allows them to give back to the equestrian community.

People using pandaHAUS Equestrian can show their appreciation for their favourite stars by tapping on their photos/videos to record points. The accumulated points are then donated to young people in their sport.

Pessoa recently ran a contest to pick a winner at a show-jumping event and a young girl won a $5,000 saddle thanks to the rider’s points total.

Now Lefebvre and his team are upgrading it to also include horse lovers in dressage, polo and other events. And there are many other sports on the pandaHAUS radar.

Lefebvre has been calling on his sporting friends to discuss development of more apps.

After serving in the Canadian Airborne Regiment, he was coach of the Canadian Olympic biathlon team and went on to work for Own the Podium at the Vancouver Olympics before joining WinSport in Calgary, where he was a director and created the WinSport Academy.

His friendship with Hudec brought him to pandaHAUS, and it was while attending an event in Las Vegas he was asked, “Why not an app for rodeo?”

He needed a lead ambassador and after demonstrating how it could benefit his sport, Canadian bull riding champion Cody Snyder eagerly took on the task and is busy promoting pandaHAUS Rodeo with his friends during the Calgary Stampede.

Fifteen professionals on the rodeo circuit became ambassadors in its first week of trials, including famed rodeo clown Flint Rasmussen, and a number of country music singers have already posted their profiles.

It will be officially launched at a Professional Bull Riders event in Nashville next month, but already a former champion from Australia has declared he will be a strong promoter in his home country.

And Synder says the app was very well received by contestants and watchers at a recent bull-riding exhibition at Predator Ridge Golf Club.

The free app will connect many of the 19-million rodeo followers around the world, establishing a dedicated network for the cowboy culture. They will enjoy feeds from the professionals they follow and also a technical component in which competitors can be in touch with trainers, equipment providers, animal medicine, Cowboy Church, sports media, and even buy and sell stock or a horse — directed to only those interested in rodeo; although plans are to expand pandaHAUS Rodeo to cover all aspects of the western style of living.

Snyder is also very appreciative of the powerful app that allows users to zoom in on photos and videos and is most interested in the point system that will allow users to give back to their sport.

Lefebvre says pandaHAUS is creating a charitable fund to support athletes in need and kids who have financial difficulties to participate.

Skiing, equestrian and now rodeo — what’s the next sport to get its pandaHAUS app?

Cody Bring PBR Bullbustin Back to Swift Current

World Champion Bull Rider Cody Snyder will bring the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) to Swift Current. It’s the Swift Current Cody Snyder PBR Invitational Bull Riding coming to the Credit Union i-plex.

This is not a rodeo; it’s the Toughest Sport on Earth!  All for one price you will witness first-hand the best bull riders in the world as they take on the rankest bulls on the planet followed immediately by the “Cabaret” in the curling rink. Don’t miss all of the action as one of the biggest bull-riding events ever to hit Saskatchewan rocks Swift Current for one night only.

“Not only is the PBR a tremendously exciting sporting event and entertainment spectacular,” commented Cody Snyder, “but holding it in Swift Current in May is a great way to celebrate spring and to kick off the start of what looks to be a banner year”.

Canada’s current #1 ranked bull rider Aaron Roy (Asquith, SK); Tyler Thomson (Black Diamond, AB),  PBR Canada season leader; reigning Canadian PBR Champion Beau Hill (West Glacier, Mont.); PBR World Finals Champion Luke Snyder (Raymore, Missouri); plus many other top professional bull riders are among the 25 riders participating.  The event begins at 7:00 p.m. The cabaret held in the curling rink begins immediately following the bull-riding event.

This event will also feature world class bulls from six of Canada’s top stock contractors, including the 2009 & 2010 Canadian Bucking Bull of the Year Slash (Tumblin’ Dice). Also up for grabs at the Swift Current PBR Invitational is over $15,000 in prize money.

Tickets will go on-sale to the General Public at 9am March 16. Prices starting at $25.00 plus s/c, and can be purchased at The Stable or by calling 1-306-773-1509 x 1, on line at http://tickets.scbroncos.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=2.

For more information about PBR Canada, please visit www.pbrcanada.com or contact Rhonda Snyder at 403.938.5255 (rhonda@bullbustin.com).
 
PBR is the premiere bull riding organization in the world, boasting athletes from the United States, Mexico, Australia, Brazil and Canada. One of the fastest growing sports in the country, the PBR’s events air weekly on TSN2, VERSUS, NBC, CBS and FOX. For more information on Professional Bull Riders, please visit www.pbr.com or contact Sara Broun at 719.242.2800 (sbroun@pbrnow.com).  
Join the PBR on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TeamPBR and Twitter at twitter@teampbr

About Professional Bull Riders, Inc. (PBR):
More than 100 million viewers tune in each year to the PBR on Versus, NBC, CBS and on television networks around the world. With approximately 400 hours of prime time programming annually, the PBR ranks among the most prolific sports on air. The PBR attracts nearly two million live event attendees each year to its marquee Built Ford Tough Series and the PBR Touring Pro Division. More than 1,200 PBR bull riders compete every year in approximately 300 PBR sanctioned competitions in the United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada, and Mexico. The PBR was nominated as 2010 Sports League of the Year at the Sports Business Journal Sports Business Awards alongside the National Football League, National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball

For more on PBR, please visit www.pbr.com, www.teampbr.com, www.pbr.tv, www.myspace.com/teampbr, www.twitter.com/teampbr or www.pbr.com/worldfinals/.

Shaw Charity Classic

 CLICK ON PICTURE FOR VIDEO: luge athlete Sam Edney and bull rider Cody Snyder team off at the Shaw Charity Classic as it gets into the Stampede spirit by hosting its annual Shootout at the Meadows at the Canyon Meadows Golf Club.

 CLICK ON PICTURE FOR VIDEO: luge athlete Sam Edney and bull rider Cody Snyder team off at the Shaw Charity Classic as it gets into the Stampede spirit by hosting its annual Shootout at the Meadows at the Canyon Meadows Golf Club.

While the Shaw Charity Classic has quickly made a name for itself as a world-class sporting event that gives back to the community, the competitors who’ve shown up to play this “closest-to-the-pin” contest coined “The Shootout in the Meadows” have some impressive charitable credentials of their own.

“I cherished my time here,” explains former Calgary Flame Curtis Glencross of his seven years as a Flame. Today, he’s busy with charity work off-season that includes his annual Glencross Invitational Roughstock rodeo (Aug. 20 and 21 in Innisfail), which has raised more than $750,000 over the last three years for the Red Deer Ronald McDonald House.

Glencross, who played last season for the Washington Capitals and is a free agent as of July 1, says it’s important to give back to the local community that has treated him and his family so well.

“Any time I can help out, I can, and I do like to golf,” says the 32-year-old father of three who played in the Shaw Charity Classic last year.

For Snyder, the last two decades since retirement have been all about promoting his beloved sport and giving back to the community. His Cody Snyder’s BullBustin’ production company has staged more than 200 professional bull riding events across the country; his charity bull-riding events, such as the Ranchman’s Renegade Charity Bull Bustin’ (June 30 to July 1 at Ranchman’s on Macleod Trail), have raised more than $1.5 million for local charities.

“I know where these guys are coming from,” he says of the hosts of the Shaw Charity Classic, which raises funds for more than 20 youth-based southern Alberta charities. “They’re mixing great sport and entertainment with great benefit to the community.”

On this day, organizers also announce more top-notch players to the already stellar player lineup, including Craig Stadler (1982 Masters), Bob Tway (1986 PGA Championship), Scott Simpson (1987 U.S. Open), Jeff Sluman (1988 PGA Championship), Mark Calcavecchia (1989 British Open), Corey Pavin (1995 U.S. Open), and Mark Brooks (1996 PGA Championship).

Unfortunately, Snyder’s skill in the bull riding ring doesn’t save him when he and Edney go head-to-head on a shot destined for a putting green about 135 yards away. The young luger’s shot goes farther and closer to the hole, knocking the tough cowboy out of contention in just the first round of action.

“It is what it is,” he says after the quick elimination, adding that getting thrown off an angry, 680-kilogram bull hurts more, in every way. “It was fun trying — and for a good cause.”

vfortney@calgaryherald.com