The Calgary Stampede Ranch is bringing the buck to Canadian Finals Rodeo’s 40th anniversary edition at Northlands in Edmonton this week. A total of three dozen of the Stampede’s bucking stock stars are making the trip to Edmonton to give Canada’s top cowboys a ride for their Canadian championships money.
Half of a cowboy’s points in the rough-stock events are based on how strong the horse or bull bucks and how difficult they make it for the cowboy to hang on for the full eight seconds. Stampede bucking horses and bulls are renowned for being the best of the best for rodeo stock, with a long string of Canadian Championship and World Championship titles awarded to the Stampede Ranch over its 50-year history. Be sure to cheer on the Stampede bucking horses and bulls as they buck for points in a bid to add more championships titles to our record. The Canadian Finals Rodeo runs November 6-10 at Rexall Place in Edmonton.
To share more about our horses, the Stampede caught up with some of the world’s top cowboys earlier this fall, and had them describe what makes some of our top horses so unique and hard to ride. Check out these videos profiling a number of our top Stampede Star horses.
More about the horses in the videos above:
Stampede Warrior has a legitimate shot at being named the World Bareback Champion Horse for 2013. She is having a stellar year in 2013, including bucking Caleb Bennett to a 92-point ride to win the Calgary Stampede, and Jake Vold scored a 92 on Stampede Warrior to win the Ponoka Stampede just two weeks earlier. She is known for her great disposition and being quiet in the chutes, just waiting for her chance to explode into action the moment the chute gates open. She bucks consistently hard and cowboys know they can win money consistently. Stampede Warrior is looking to notch up more great performances this fall through B.C., Oregon and Washington in a bid to secure herself a trip to the NFR.
Twin Cherry exploded onto the pro rodeo circuit as a novice, including being chosen for the CFR last year at the young age of five years old. Now tearing up the circuit as a talented six-year-old with a bright future, Twin Cherry was named the Bareback Horse of the Stampede for her outstanding performance scores in her two trips to the arena. She started out the year as one of only three horses picked to go to the final shoot-out round at the Denver Rodeo in January of 2013. Cowboys approach Twin Cherry with extra respect, as her manners in the chutes have earned her a reputation as a smart, spirited and unpredictable mare, following in her spirited mother’s footsteps.