A front row seat at the rodeo is always worth a little dirt in my lip gloss, and the Calgary Stampede’s top bucking horses and bulls were definitely kicking up the dust at the Strathmore Stampede this past weekend. Unable to make the finals on Monday, I knew I could still catch some great rides during the first performance on Friday. Lynx Mountain is one of our horses that cowboys can count on for a top score, and she did not disappoint. Josh Harden cashed in on her strength and consistency for an 85, putting him in a tie for first in Saddle Bronc and earning him trip to the finals on Monday.

Strathmore  Lynx Mountain
Pictured: Josh Harden riding Lynx Mountain.

It’s important for the Stampede to support rodeo in Strathmore. It’s the western way to be neighbourly and helpful, but our involvement is more than that. The Stampede believes strongly in growing the future of the sport in both rural and urban communities.

One of the ways the Stampede is focused on the future is through our yearly Novice Tour. The winners are always awarded their bronzes and buckles in Strathmore.

Strathmore Novice Award
Pictured: Barry McGrath (L) and Kynan Vine (R) handing out Novice Tour awards.

The Calgary Stampede Novice Tour program covers the entry costs and boosts the prize money for young athletes at six rodeos – Handhills, Lea Park, Innisfail, Ponoka, Calgary and Strathmore. Aside from their winnings at each rodeo, the competitors in Novice Saddle Bronc, Bareback and Boys Steer Riding are awarded points. The top point earner in each event is then recognized by the Stampede at the end of the Tour. We are proud to support young rodeo athletes as they gain experience and improve their skills.

We also love to see their big smiles. Speaking of smiles, mine is grit free –for now.