Picture this – Ponoka. July 1. Ponoka Stampede short round final four.

The magic of the night was Jake Vold, the hometown hero… Lined up in the Bareback event…. Last guy to go in the finals… The sun was setting on a beautiful hot night, the stands were full, not a seat to be found.

Jake is riding the Calgary Stampede’s S-66, Stampede Warrior. Her bloodlines run deep, with past champion blood of NFR, CFR champion mother F-51 Fearless Warrior and six-time world champion father, G-65 Grated Coconut.

The chutes open and Stampede Warrior fired out and did what she was bred to do – bucked hard and high. Jake, one of Canada’s top bareback riders, was up to the challenge. He marked a 92-point ride, decisively winning the Ponoka Stampede and scoring one of the best rides of the seasons so far in Canadian pro rodeo.

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The crowd went wild. The horn sounded and Jake slipped to the ground with the help of the pickup men. Stampede Warrior pranced around the arena with the air of pride and satisfaction in every stride.

Ironically enough, this was the dream night that Jake had already described on our website.

In Jake Vold’s biography for his upcoming Stampede appearance, he listed Stampede Warrior as his dream draw, with the Ponoka Stampede as his favorite event, since it’s his hometown.

His biography reads – “Jake is a three-time CFR qualifier and was the 2011 Reserve Canadian Bareback Champion. His favourite draw would have to be the Calgary Stampede’s own ‘Stampede Warrior’ and his favorite rodeo is his home town, Ponoka Stampede. Jake’s hobbies are training colts, hunting and fishing.”

What a perfect kick-off to the summer to see these two great athletes perform to their best. We’re looking forward to seeing great things from both Jake and Stampede Warrior at this year’s Calgary Stampede.