Front Row Left to Right:
Janice Wirsta - Treasurer, Marina Rasmussen - 2nd Vice-President, Stephen Cholak - President, Jamie Ehret - 1st Vice-President & Deb Cholak - Secretary

Back Row Left - Right
Dianna Walgenbach, Tyler Young, Brad Quinton, Justin Vaage, Russell Gallelli, Scott Anderson, Tyler Bullick, Tim Riley

President - Stephen Cholak  
Show & Sale Committee

1st Vice President -Jamie Ehret
Farmfair Committee  

2nd Vice President – Marina Rasmussen  
Awards Committee & Scholarship Committee

Treasurer - Janice Wirsta 
4H Committee

Secretary – Deb Cholak
All committee's

Tyler Bullick  
Farmfair Committee  

Dianna Walgenbach
 Promotions Committee



Scott Anderson
4H Committee

Tim Riley - BC
BC Committee

Russ Gallelli 
Alberta Select Committee

Tyler Young
Bull Congress Committee

Brad Quinton
Summer Tour Committee

Justin Vaage
Summer Tour Committee

Kasey Phillips - CCA

Travis Foot - CCA

Rod McLeod - CCA





Alberta Select Bull Show Entry - Click here

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Click here to view FarmFair International Divine Divas & Show Book (PDF)



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Alberta Select Bull Winners

Champion Pen of 3 Bulls was two sons of CCC WC Redemption and a son of TR PZC Mr Turton 0794, exhibited by Prairie Cove Charolais, Bashaw.

Reserve Pen of 3 was a pen from McLeod Livestock, Cochrane with a son of SCX Jehu 233E, a son of LT Patriot 4004 and a son of RBM Fargo Y111. 

PCC Husk 218K, a January 16th son of CCC WC Redemption, from Prairie Cove Charolais

Reserve Champion Oakstone Warrant 12K From Oakstone Land & Cattle Co. 

ACA Award Winners

ACA Booster of the Year Award 2022  
MNP, Red Deer, AB

ACA Purebred Breeder of the Year 2022
Footprint Farms - Travis & Nicole Foot & Family, Esther

ACA Pioneer Award 2022
Frank & Ruth Pratt, High Prairie, AB 

ACA Commercial Breeder of the Year 2022

Davediuk Farm, Beaverdam, AB
ACA 50 Year Breeder Awards 2022

2022 - LeeMar Charolais - 
Established in 1966, The Martin Family, Parkland County, AB

2022 - Prairie Cove Charolais - 
Established in 1967, The Bullick Family, Bashaw, AB

2022 - Charworth Charolais - 
Established in 1969, The Shuttleworth Family, Balzac, AB



ACA Purebred Breeder of the Year 2021
Rawes Ranches - John & Myrna Rawe & Philip & Marie Harty & Family

ACA Purebred Breeder of the Year 2020
Turnbull Charolais - Curtis & Nanette Turnbull & family

ACA Booster of the Year Award 2021  
Hi-Hog Farm & Ranching Equipment - Doug Bidulock

ACA Booster of the Year Award 2020  
Innisfail Auction Mart, Daines Family

    ACA Pioneer Award 2021
    Radke Brothers - Helmut, Ed, Fred, Raymond, Elmer & Ben Radke & family

ACA Pioneer Award 2020
Fieldberg Family - Harold & Tish Fieldberg & family

ACA Commercial Breeder of the Year 2021
Dave & Arlee Shand

ACA Commercial Breeder of the Year 2020
Sunderland Hog Farms - Myron & Donna, Dale & Christine, Delmer & Karla Sunderland & family

ACA 50 Year Breeder Awards

    Rudiger Ranch - Established in 1959 The Rudiger Family

    Acadia Ranching -  Established in 1959 The Good Family

    Maple Leaf Charolais -  Established in 1961 The Stewart Family

    Valanjou Charolais -  Established in 1968 The Lusson Family 

    Snake Valley Farms -  Established in 1969 The Vaage Family 




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Click on the cover above to view the new breeder directory or
click here to download the pdf file 

ACA Summer Tour

Please register with Deb at 780-267-8280 or  

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Congratulations to our Farmfair International Grand & Reserve Champions 

BRCHE Berkly Ann 8507 PLD ET, sired by M&M Outsider 4003 PLD, with her Miss Prairie Cove Cays 159J heifer calf at side, owned by Prairie Cove Charolais, Bashaw & Cays Cattle, Kinistino, SK was selected Grand Champion Female at Farmfair International.


Miss Prairie Cove 110J, sired by TR CAG Carbon Copy 7630E ET, owned by Prairie Cove Charolais as the Reserve Grand Champion Female. 


Grand Champion Bull was HRJ Holy Water 55H, sired by HRJ Dirty Harry 603D, owned by Johnson Charolais



Reserve Champion Bull was PCC Bearcat 108J, sired by BRCHE White Bear 8505 PLD ET, owned by Prairie Cove Charolais.


Prairie Cove Charolais & Kemp Farms won the Divine Divas Grand Champion Pair of Heifers. Miss Prairie Cove 110J, sired by TR CAG Carbon Copy 7630E ET & Miss Prairie Cove 145J, sired by M&M Outsider 4003 PLD


Springside Farms & Peter Peters where the Divine Diva's Reserve Champion Pair of Heifers. SOS Desirae PLD 141J & PJP SOS Beyond Words 21J


Prairie Cove Charolais Wins Supreme Female
BRCHE Berkly Ann 8507 PLD ET, sired by M&M Outsider 4003 PLD, with her Miss Prairie Cove Cays 159J heifer calf at side, from Prairie Cove Charolais, Bashaw & Cays Cattle, Kinistino, SK was Supreme Champion Female in Edmonton, November 13th at Farmfair International.


Top five in the Supreme Bull Show
HRJ Holy Water 55H, from Johnson Charolais, Barrhead, AB made the top 5 in the Supreme in Edmonton, November 13th at Farmfair International


2021 Board of Directors

Front Row Left to Right:
Janice Wirsta, Jamie Ehret, Marina Rasmussen, Bob Burla, Tyler Bullick, Scott Anderson, Will Winsnes

Back Row Left-Right 
Dianna Walgenbach, Luke Marshall, Stephen Cholak, Stephen Johnson, Tracee Vikse  

Missing: Ken Hinsburg & Deb Cholak  


Alberta Select Sale, AGM & Bull Shows

Springside, Alton Century/Flat Valley Win ACA People ’ s Choice Single Bull Show

SOS Pandemic 168H, a son of SOS Apex 139F PLD, from Springside Farms, Airdrie & Alton Century Farms, Lucknow, ON was chosen as this years People’s Choice Champion Bull at the Alberta Select single bull show, December 11th, Red Deer, AB. The Reserve Champion of the 34 bull entry show was FVC Hank 7H, a son of PCC Kentucky Rain 836F, shown by Flat Valley Cattle Co, Hilda.


Flat Valley/Springside Farms Win ACA People ’ s Choice Pen of 3 Bull Show

The People’s Choice Champion Pen of 3 Bulls at the Alberta Charolais Select Show and Sale, December 12th in Red Deer, AB were 3 sons of PCC Kentucky Rain 836F, exhibited by Flat Valley Cattle Co, Hilda. The Reserve Champion Pen of 3 was a pen from Springside Farms, Airdrie with a son of Winn Mans Chavez 826Y and 2 sons of SOS Apex 139F PLD. There were 10 pens shown.

Alberta Select Sale 2020

December 4, 2020

Re: AB Select 2020

The ACA has been diligently working on how to safely host the Annual AB Select Sale, Annual Meeting and Bull Futurity event in the extreme circumstances we are currently facing. After many sleepless nights, consultations and hours of planning, we have received approval to host the event with several modifications to the original concept.

This year we will only be able to have ‘essential’ core business events as part of our Select weekend. Our Annual meeting will be postponed until we are able to safely meet in person again. We plan to update our membership on key business items online after the Select, but prior to the end of 2020. Watch for details in the next short while. This also means we will be unable to hold our Annual Banquet and Awards ceremony. We have selected a worthy candidate for each of the four awards and will share their stories with you in the near future. We will wait to present these awards in-person to give each recipient appropriate recognition when we are through this pandemic.

The Bull Show portion of the event has been deemed not essential and will not occur this year. However, we will still haveseveral bulls on display and will ask each of you attending to cast a ballot for the best bull calf and best pen of bulls in the barn. As an added feature, we will be videoing all bulls in attendance and will put together a video featuring these bulls for anyone to view at anytime. With no Farmfair or Agribition this year, this will be the only showcase of a variety of programs from across Alberta to select your next herdsire from.

The Select Sale will proceed as advertised. We have an extremely strong offering this year. Cattle will be on display and available for viewing beginning at noon on December 11 in Red Deer. You will have plenty of time to view the sale offering and the bulls on display at your leisure on Friday or Saturday. The sale will be hosted online on DLMS so you can watch and bid from the comfort of your home. The ACA has a very strong commitment to our youth and as such has decided to continue offering any 4-Her who exhibited a Charolais influenced project a $1,000 credit in the AB Select 2020 sale. We will allow qualified 4-Hers to utilize their credit online through DLMS if they choose for this year. Further details are available on our website. We will once again have our popular ‘$10,000 Pick of the Barn’ tickets available for $100 prior to the sale. Contact any Board member for your chance to win a sales credit or your choice of herdbulls on display!

There will be plenty of room at the Westerner to keep everyone safe. If you plan on attending in person on either December 11 or 12, we will have several safety precautions in place. In order to accommodate social distancing, we will be in both the East and West pavilions at the Westerner. When you arrive at the event, you will be asked to sign a waiver. The waiver will inform you of the risks associated with entry into the event and ask a few basic questions regarding your health. This will also allow us collect required contact tracing information we require for Alberta Health Services. Everyone attending the event will be required to fill out a waiver and parents will be asked to fill out waivers for minors. No-touch temperature checks will be utilized and symptom screening will be done prior to your entry. This is done to ensure everyone in attendance is healthy and is added protection and insurance for everyone attending. Red Deer currently has a mandatory face covering bylaw in effect. This means either face shields or masks must be worn in the facility.We will provide masks or face shields upon entry. We will have several sanitization stations throughout the facility. We encourage people to utilize these stations to accommodate proper hand hygiene practices. We will ask everyone to maintain physical distancing between cohorts. We know you haven’t seen your friends and fellow breeders for quite some time but please be respectful of this rule and keep some space between yourselves when discussing business. Finally due to the new guidelines sent out by AHS, we are unable to have any meals or bar service on-site this year. We all look forward to the banquet and pre-sale lunch each year but unfortunately this year this is not plausible so plan meals accordingly.

We would love to see you this year at the event! We have taken all protocols that are available to us to keep everyone safe for the duration of the event. With the added square footage of the second pavilion, we do not anticipate any issues with occupancy for the duration of the event. We felt it was necessary for us to inform everyone of what to expect prior to attending and thank you for your understanding and compliance with our safety protocols. If you are feeling unwell before coming to the event, please stay home this year to help keep everyone safe.

If you are feeling uncomfortable attending in person, feel free to watch the sale online on DLMS from the comfort of your home. If you need any help evaluating any lots, we have an extremely competent sales team on site at your disposal and a host of consignors more than happy to answer any questions. We should have the video of the display bulls online shortly after the event so watch for that as well!

I hope to see you in Red Deer next week!

Stephen Cholak
President – Alberta Charolais Association


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ACA Select Pen of 3 Rules & Single Rules

ACA Entry Form & Alberta Select Sale 2020

ACA Booster of the Year Award 2018  
Debbie Cholak, Lamont, AB 

ACA Purebred Breeder of the Year 2018 
Eric, Sheryle, Scott, Kayley, Justin & Harrison Anderson (Sugarloaf Charolais)

Pioneer Award 2018  Duane Parsonage 

ACA Commercial Breeder of the Year  2018 
Duane, Marie, Arden & Tami Barstad (Norway Valley Farms) 


ACA Photo Contest
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Commercial Photo Contest
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ACA Pioneer Award 2019, Bruce & Mary Bamford, Hawkview Charolais 

ACA Purebred Breeder of the Year 2019, Spruce View Charolais, Lakusta Family 

ACA Commercial Breeder of the Year  2019, Steve & Betty Saruga, 
Alliance, AB 

ACA Booster of the Year Award 2019, Don Good, Vermilion, AB

Congratulations to McLeod Livestock of Cochrane, AB for Grand Champion Bull Raindance 996G

Congratulations to Triple M Farms of Claresholm, AB for Reserve Champion MMM Lincoln 953G

Congratulations to Prairie Cove Charolais, Bashaw, AB for Grand Champion Pen Of Bulls

Congratulations to McLeod Livestock of Cochrane, AB for Reserve Champion Pen Of Bulls



  • Congratulations to our 2019 Player's Club Champion PCC Brewitt 929G exhibited by Prairie Cove Charolais.
    Sponsored By: Bow Valley Genetics 

    Champion Pair of heifer calves goes to Prairie Cove Charolais.
    Sponsored by: Davis Rairdan International


    Champion Female: BRCHE Berkly Ann PLD ET exhibited by Prairie Cove Charolais and Cays Cattle.

    Reserve Female: Elder's Design 928G exhibited by Elder Charolais 


    Champion Bull: CML Copyright 714E exhibited by: McLeod Livestock and Nelson Hirsche Purebreds.

    Reserve Champion: SVY Bojangles 829F exhibited by Serhienko Cattle & McAvoy Charolais.


Front Row Left to Right:
Tracee Vikse, Luke Marshall, Stephen Cholak, Stephen Johnson, Dianna Walgenbach

Back Row Left-Right 
Rod McLeod, Ken Hinsburg, Marina Rasmusen, Tyler Bullick, Scott Anderson, Bob Burla

Missing: Deb Cholak 


Lakeview Charolais 


K-Cow Ranch


Sugarloaf Charolais 

Alberta Charolais Summer Tour June 29, 2019 

The Alberta Charolais Summer Tour is taking place this year in northern Alberta.
This is a very exciting tour the ACA host that gives everyone a chance to see premium quality cattle at 3 different farms in Alberta.

Our first stop we will be touring Lakeview Charolais, with guests Good Anchor Charolais, Misty Hill Charolais and XXX Farms Breakfast at the farm
Our second stop we will be touring K-Cow Ranch with guests Sherwood Farms and Popular Bluff Lunch at the farm
Our third stop will be touring Sugarloaf Charolais with supper at the farm

There will be 2 bus’s leaving at 8:00 AM from Pomeroy Inn & Suites Vermilion
Address: 4111 51 St, Vermilion, AB T9X 1J5
Phone: (780) 853-3066
There is a block of rooms booked under the Alberta Charolais Associations
Please contact The Pomeroy to reserve your room.

We hope to see all of you there!

Please register with Deb Cholak at 780-267-8280 or

Please check back for more information or visit our facebook page!

Pioneer Award 2018  Duane Parsonage 

ACA Purebred Breeder of the Year 2018
Eric, Sheryle, Scott, Kayley, Justin & Harrison Anderson (Sugarloaf Charolais)

ACA Commercial Breeder of the Year  2018 

Duane, Marie, Arden & Tami Barstad (Norway Valley Farms) 

ACA Booster of the Year Award 2018 
Debbie Cholak, Lamont, AB 

Congratulation to Sugarloaf Charolais & Creedence Charolais for Grand Champion Bull
& to Legacy Charolais for Reserve Champion Bull at the Alberta Select Bull Show!!!

Congratulations to Legacy Charolais for Grand Champion Pen of 3
and to Springside Farms for Reserve Champion Pen of 3 at the Alberta Select Bull Show!

Players Club 2018 Champions

Congratulations  goes to Springside Farms who won the $50,000 at Players Club Champion Bull Calf Futurity, on November 8th in Edmonton at Farmfair International 2018. SOS Apex Pld 139F, sired by LT Ledger 0332 P was the bull winning the vote count from over 45 participants judging, with 28 bull calves being shown in six splits.
SELLING AS LOT #1 in the Alberta Select Sale December 7th at 1:30 at the Western in Red Deer, AB 
Sale will be on DLMS 
Pair of Heifer Calves Champion

Congratulations  goes to  Prairie Cove Charolais who won the $10,000 at the Pair of Heifer calves in the National Charolais show on November 9th in Edmonton at Farmfair International 2018. Miss Prairie Cove 806F & 810F are flush mates by TR PZC Mr Turton 0794 ET out of the Miss Prairie Cove 407B female.


Congratulations to 2018 National Charolais Champions & Reserves!

 goes to KAYR Land and Cattle, Elder’s Charolais, Sharodon Farms, Thomas Ranch & Polzin Cattle
Sharodon Double Vision 1D, sired by Cedardale Zeal 125Z 

Congratulations  goes to Serienko Cattle Co., Palmer Charolais, Leddy Cattle & Polzin Cattle 
SVY Taurus 711E, sired by HRJ Crowd Favourite 515C

 goes to  Prairie Cove Charolais & Cay’s Cattle 
BRCHE Berkly Ann 8507 ET, sired by M&M Outsider 4003

Congratulations  goes to Daines Cattle and O’Neill Livestock
ONL Miss Allie 6D, sired by JIL Thunder Roll 69Z with her Reese Duke 299D heifer calf at side


ACA News Letter 2018 & AB & BC Breeders Directory Information 

ACA Booster of the Year Award
2017  Bow Valley Genetics

ACA Commercial Breeder of the Year  2017 Jim and Bernadette Spearin

ACA Purebred Breeder of the Year 2017

Wade & Sherry Meakin (Wrangler Charolais Farm) Westlock, AB 

Pioneer Award 2017 Gord Rattray   (awarded posthumously)
2018 Board of Directors

Front Row Left to Right:Bob Burla, Kyle O’Neil, Stephen Johnson, Stephen Cholak, Tracee Vikse, Marina Rasmusen, Dianna Walgenbach 
Back Row Left-Right Luke Marshall, Rod McLeod, Tyler Bullick, Scott Anderson, Jon Wright 
MISSING: Wyatt Daines, Jocelyn O'Neill & Deb Cholak 


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‘Players Club ’ Elite Breeder’s Bull Calf Futurity 2018
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2018 Summer Tour

Turnbull Charolais


Nelson Hirsche Purebreds


Coyote Flats Charolais 









The AB Select was another HUGE success!!!!

Congratulations to Circle Cee Charolais & Saddleridge Charolais for People's Choice Champion with CEE RETZ Class Act 57E and to Vikse Family Farms for Reserve People's Choice Champion with Vikse Quick Start 107E! 

CEE RETZ Class Act 57E

Vikse Quick Start 107E 





Congratulations to BOB Charolais for Champion Pen Of 3

BOB Charolais


Reserve Pen of 3 bulls was won by McLeod Livestock! 

McLeod Livestock

Congratulations to Leroy & Donna Martin of Leemar Charolais for being 50 years in the Charolais breed!!! 


Farmfair International 2017 

2017 Board of Directors

Front Row Left to Right:
Marina Rasmusen, Stephen Cholak, Stephen Johnson, Kyle O’Neil, Tracee Vikse, Tyler Bullick

Back Row Left-Right
Rod McLeod, Luke Marshall, Scott Anderson, Wyatt Daines, Chad Bouchard, Bob Burla, David Prokuda

Congratulations Lusson Family for 50 Years in Charolais

The grass at Valanjou Ranch is belly high and green, and the Charolais cows grazing through are white.

This is the picture Henri Lusson envisioned when he emigrated in 1951 from the Anjou region of France to northern Alberta to become a rancher in northern Alberta.

Henri and Odette Lusson started the farm at Clyde, north of Edmonton, with some Hereford cattle. However, they wanted to produce bigger, meatier carcasses, so they started to use a Charolais bull in 1964.

In 1967, Henri bought a dispersed herd of 30 registered Charolais, the year their son Phillipe was born.

Of their eight daughters and two sons, Phillipe would take over in 1993 and run about 100 registered Charolais while his brother, Jean-Marc, has a commercial operation nearby.

Phillipe was a young boy when five females and a French bull named Gascon arrived in 1970. Most of the herd can trace back to that sire.

“I remember when he came. It was kind of a big event, a bull from France,” said Phillipe. “It was big money back then. It was craziness with Charolais in the early ’70s. A quarter of land around here was $6,000 an acre and they were buying calves for $6,000.”

The cattle were crossed with Canadian stock to create three-quarters and seven-eighths breeding until they were eventually considered purebred at 15/16. Some breeders preferred to stay with the full French, meaning the cattle trace directly from France.

The Lusson family continued the full French program with regular imports of semen from France.

“All through the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, all the way through, we always used full French bulls, even on our purebred cows,” Phillipe said.

“After 50 years they all look full French.”

The French cattle are differentiated with a red ear tag.

The family actively showed cattle in the steer and breeding herd divisions at events such as Farmfair in Edmonton. They have won grand and reserve steer championships at Farmfair with buckskin cattle.

Over time Charolais were adapted to Canadian conditions and tastes. The cattle became taller and less meaty, but in his opinion that is not what the top end commercial beef producers want.

Many bull buyers ask for low birth weight calves, but he feels producers are giving up performance.

“It is like they lost the art of crossbreeding. It is simple and you can gain 100 pounds,” he said.

Phillipe also became an active exporter in the late 1990s until the discovery of BSE in Canada, when borders slammed shut and markets collapsed.

“From ’98 to ’03 I exported every year to Mexico. I was selling my females,” he said. “It was smooth sailing for five years, then bam, May 20 and I lost my Mexico market overnight,” he said.

He got a job on highway construction and in late 2005 he hurt his back and was incapacitated for two years.

Recovery was slow, but the Charolais breed is enjoying a renewed popularity, and he is starting to export live cattle again.

The efforts of 50 years were recognized when the Alberta Charolais Association presented Valanjou Charolais with the 2016 purebred breeder of the year award. This recognizes people who work to promote the breed and produce quality cattle.

Henri and Odette Lusson were recognized by the Alberta association in 2007 with the Pioneer Award for their contribution to the establishment of the Charolais breed in the province. Henri died in 2009 and Odette died last year.

Phillipe, a single father, has three children. The oldest daughter, Emilie, is 23 and working on a master’s degree in history at the University of Ottawa. The second daughter, Dante, is studying science at the University of Alberta, and his son Mateo is 15 and still at home. All were active in 4-H and showing cattle.

ACA SUMMER TOUR - June 30, 2017





"Congratulations to Panylyk Farms for winning the Pen of 5 and Pen of 10 heifers at the recent North Central Livestock Customer Appreciation Day and Pen show at Clyde, AB. The ACA is proud to support events such as this and is even more proud of great producers like the Panylyk Family who incorporate quality Charolais bulls in their top quality commercial programs"
  • Congratulations to Sugar Loaf Charolais for winning the Alberta Select Single Bull Futurity at the Alberta Select Bull Show and to McLeod Livestock for reserve champion!

    Sugarloaf Charolais

    McLeod Livestock

  • Congratulations to Johnson Charolais for winning the pen of 3 & McLeod Livestock as reserve pen of 3!

    Johnson Charolais

    McLeod Livestock

  • Congratulations to Luke Marshal for winning pick of the barn credit! 
    Luke’s pick was:  (HRJ Doctor Jones 612D from Johnson Charolais)
  • Congratulations to Lexi Wirsta & Olivia Graves for winning 4-H Draw for the Sullivan blowers!
  • Congratulations to Marshall Prokuda & Paydon Kaiser for winning the 4-H sale credits in the Alberta Select Sale!

2016 Awards
ACA Purebred Breeder of the Year 2016 - Click here to view writeup

Philippe & Rae Lusson & Family (Valanjou Charolais) Clyde, Alberta

    Cordel andMandy Griffiths, (C+M Ranching) Cessford, AB

ACA Pioneer Award  2016 - Click here to view writeup

Keith and Cheryl Altwasser (Altwasser Charolais) Lumby, BC

ACA Booster of the Year Award 2016
Balzac Meats (Rod & April Mcleod & Family)   Balzac, AB


Front Row Left to Right:
Sven Jensen, Stephen Johnson, Stephen Cholak, Kyle O’Neil, Tracee Vikse, Kristina Prokuda

Back Row Left-Right
Rod McLeod, Marina Rasmusen, Wyatt Daines, Chad Bouchard, David Prokuda, Tyler Bullick


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