The Calgary Stampede’s roughstock are enjoying the fall colours back at 22,000 acre Stampede Ranch, enjoying well-earned downtime after another successful rodeo road trip along the west coast.
The Stampede’s bucking bulls performed well at an Extreme Bull Riding event in Ellensburg, Washington a few weeks back. When the dust settled on the night, it was Calgary Stampede Bulls – 7, Cowboys – 0. A few days later during the Ellensburg Pro Rodeo short round finals, a couple of Stampede bulls again took centre stage, especially Low Life, the well-respected bull that carried Parker Breding to a second-place finish with a ride that scored at 85 points.
Low Life stepped it up again at the Washington State Fair in Puyallup, winning the championship title ride for Texas cowboy Cody Teel with a score of 83 points.
(Low Life, pictured above, performing during the 2014 Calgary Stampede)
Not to be outdone by their bovine travelling mates, the Stampede’s Born to Buck horses picked up the pace in their performances. Star horse Special Delivery teamed up with reigning Calgary Stampede bareback champion Kaycee Field of Utah to buck out an 87-point ride for the title. The spirited stallion and son of legendary Grated Coconut has enjoyed a stellar year (see past rodeo blog posts) and continues a strong run that’s expected to take him right to the top of the CFR and NFR.
(Special Delivery, pictured above during the Calgary Stampede 2014)
For the first time, the Calgary Stampede was the prime stock contractor for this year’s Pendleton RoundUp in Oregon. The stock didn’t disappoint, with a number of great performances, including newcomer mare Unfortunate Carma winning the halter for the Best Bareback Horse of the rodeo. Her fellow travel-mates made tracks as well in the saddle bronc event, with Lynx Mountain kicking out an 86-point ride with Tyrell Smith, Stampede Warrior scoring 87 with Cole Ellsere and even Timely Delivery surprising the crowd by besting cowboy Cody DeMoss in a rare buck-off for the top bronc rider. Bull rider Rosco Jarboe got into the money aboard Stampede bull Classic Kit for an 85-point ride in the bull riding event finals.
With a successful tour behind them, the Stampede stock retraced their steps back from the coast to their home on the open ranges near Hanna, Alberta. They’re hanging out there for weeks, enjoying the open pastures and the company of the full 600-head herd.
Soon, the select stars will gear up for the big performances of the year, at both the Canadian Finals Rodeo in Edmonton in mid-November and to Las Vegas sunshine in December for the National Finals Rodeo. At both events, they’ll give the continents best cowboys a ride for their money as the cowboys battle for championship titles, prize money, and the chance to quality for the Calgary Stampede in 2015.
Stay tuned for word on which horses to watch for when the final stock choices are made, later this fall.