The late, hazy days of summer are anything but lazy for the Calgary Stampede Ranch bucking stock and ranch staff. During a six-week period from the beginning of August to early September, the Stampede horses compete on the northwest rodeo run through Washington, Oregon and British Columbia.

The Calgary Stampede hits the road in the first few days of August with 48 horses and a handful of bulls for these late-season rodeos. Touring with so many animals enables the Stampede Ranch to provide enough stock for rodeo while scheduling plenty of rest days in pastures for each animal between competitions.

Top bucking stock is a big draw for the cowboys –  half of a cowboy’s score comes from how well the horse or bull performs.

Hermiston, Oregon

The first NW stop in Hermiston, Oregon, was a tremendous success for Stampede horses, which carried cowboys to the top spot in both bareback and saddle bronc events. Clint Lay scored an 86 mark to win the bareback event aboard T-5 Till I C U. Brad Harter rode L-40 Lynx Mountain to an 88 to win saddle bronc.

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Canby, Oregon

For the first year, the Stampede contracted stock to Canby, Oregon, which meant less travel time for the horses and exposure to a new audience. The horses competed well, with Wes Stevenson winning bareback on T-17 Twin Cherry, and Bradley Harter scoring 88 points on K-52 Knife Money to win the saddle bronc event.

Twin Cherry

Bremerton, Washington

It was a triple win for the Stampede horses at the next rodeo in Bremerton, Washington – a long-time mainstay in the Stampede’s NW rodeo run. Brother cowboys tied for first place in the saddle bronc event aboard Stampede horses; Jacobs Crawley paired up with T45 Tonight’s Rocket and Sterling Crawley rode S-67 Steel Alloy, both pairings scoring 87 points. Stampede’s L-36 Licorice Baby gave cowboy Ryan Gray the win in the bareback with an 85-point ride.

Ellensburg, Washington

Just up the road in Ellensburg, Washington, Stampede horses took centre stage in the bareback event, carrying cowboys to first in both the opening round and finals. Richie Champion scored  88 points on K-17 Kauai Coconut to win the opening round. Seth Hardwick picked up the final round win, scoring 87 points on S-83 Special Delivery.

Special Delivery

Puyullup, Washington

In nearby Puyullup, the top of the scoreboard was littered with Stampede stock. Bareback rider Kaycee Field won the first round with an 87 score on K-17 Kauai Coconut. Stampede horse T-29 Trail Dust paired up with Steven Peebles to score 85 in the semi-finals. In the saddle bronc event, Jake Wright took the first round with 82 points on L-67 Loadstone Jade, and Wade Sundell won the finals, scoring 84 points on T-38 Timely Delivery.

Timely Delivery