If they could hang on long enough, it was a good bet that cowboys on Stampede rough stock would end up in the money at the Canadian Finals Rodeo (CFR).
The Stampede Ranch trucked 31 horses and seven bulls – it’s AA Team – to the CFR in Edmonton, November 6-10, eager to match up the best of our best with the top cowboys in Canada for championship titles.
As the cowboys racked up money towards championships tallies, it was often Stampede stock carrying them to the pay window. Of the 53 bucking performances by Stampede stock, 32 of those were solid qualified rides. A full 75 per cent of those rides – 24 rides in total – Stampede horses and bulls carried the cowboys to a top-five finish to hit the pay window. In total, almost $142,000 was won by cowboys riding Stampede bucking stock, and the Stampede Ranch was presented with six nightly go-round buckles for five horses and one bull.
The statistics paint a great overall picture of the strength, consistency and high quality of each of the Stampede’s qualified CFR stock. Beyond the stats, each ride had its own story to tell. Here are a few highlight tales:
Bracken, Saskatchewan, cowboy Rylan Geiger is the new 2013 Canadian Saddle Bronc Champion, earned mostly on the back of Stampede horses. The Saskatchewan cowboy scored two consecutive first-placed go-round finishes – aboard stallion T-38 Timely Delivery on the Friday night with 88 points, and again the following day with an 85.25-point ride on K-52 Knife Money.
Knife Money’s sister, M-2 Mad Money and fellow Stampede mare R-19 Roll Over both earned go-round wins for New Mexico cowboy Taos Muncy. Roll Over scored 83.75 with Muncy in the second day of competition, while Mad Money earned him a tie for first place on the final Sunday go-round.
Bareback star Jake Vold from Ponoka had been out of commission since an injury at the Calgary Stampede in July, yet climbed aboard Stampede’s M-75 Muffled Cries on opening night for an amazing performance that scored 87.25 points. It was a ride to remember, and the top-scoring ride in all events for the night.
The Calgary Stampede is proud of the incredible performances of our 37 horses and bulls. We congratulate all of the cowboy competitors and stock contractors and especially our new 2013 CFR Canadian Professional Rodeo Association Champions. Looking forward to more great rides together in 2014!