It’s an exciting time in rodeo with the Canadian Finals just days away, and many of the Calgary Stampede’s best horses will play a key role in determining the 2015 Canadian Champions in Saddle Bronc and Bareback.

Special Delivery competing at the Calgary Stampede
Special Delivery competing at the 2015 Calgary Stampede

30 horses are travelling from the Stampede Ranch, near Hanna, to Edmonton for the CFR. Ranch Manager Tyler Kraft has been working hard with his team to make sure the stock is in top form for the rodeo. That includes making sure hooves are trimmed and vaccinations are up to date.  It also means making sure the horses, like any elite athlete, are getting the proper workout before heading into competition.

“They tend to stand around more in the colder months,” says Kraft “to help keep them active and in peak condition, we get on saddle horses and take them for about a four mile jog every day.”

Reckless Margie competing at the 2015 Calgary Stampede
Reckless Margie competing at the 2015 Calgary Stampede

When a Canadian championship is on the line, riders are looking for horses they know can put up big scores. Lynx Mountain, Tiger Warrior, Special Delivery and Reckless Margie are just a few of the horses Tyler Kraft has been asked to bring to Edmonton.

“The cowboys vote, so it’s their choice of our top stock,” explains Kraft, adding “they are all looking for horses they can win first place on.”

The 2015 Canadian Finals Rodeo begins Wednesday, November 11 and wraps up on Sunday, November 15.

 SADDLE BRONC RIDING – CFR 2015
PEN #1: WEDNESDAY EVENING & SATURDAY AFTERNOON
BRAND NAME CONTRACTOR
N-7 NUTTY CHAMPAGNE CALGARY STAMPEDE
M-2 MAD MONEY CALGARY STAMPEDE
S-15 SERGEANT WHITNEY CALGARY STAMPEDE
PEN #2: THURSDAY EVENING & SATURDAY EVENING
BRAND NAME CONTRACTOR
G-49 GROSS BEETLE CALGARY STAMPEDE
T-16 TEXAS CHERRY CALGARY STAMPEDE
M-64 MATA FACT CALGARY STAMPEDE
T-65 TIGER WARRIOR CALGARY STAMPEDE
S-91 SHOSHONE MOUNTAIN CALGARY STAMPEDE
X-55 XENA WARRIOR CALGARY STAMPEDE
PEN #3: FRIDAY EVENING & SUNDAY AFTERNOON
L-40 LYNX MOUNTAIN CALGARY STAMPEDE
S-66 STAMPEDE WARRIOR CALGARY STAMPEDE
T-77 TOKYO BUBBLES CALGARY STAMPEDE
U-1 UNTIL KAMLOOPS CALGARY STAMPEDE
X-9 XPLOSIVE SKIES CALGARY STAMPEDE
X-89 XAVIER JOAN CALGARY STAMPEDE
SPARES
BRAND NAME CONTRACTOR
W-1 WEEKEND DEPARTURE CALGARY STAMPEDE
W-74 WEARY JOKE CALGARY STAMPEDE
BAREBACK RIDING – CFR 2015
PEN #1: WEDNESDAY EVENING & SATURDAY AFTERNOON
BRAND NAME CONTRACTOR
T-19 TOOTSIE ROLL CALGARY STAMPEDE
T-25 TURKISH WHISKEY CALGARY STAMPEDE
PEN #2: THURSDAY EVENING & SATURDAY NIGHT
BRAND NAME CONTRACTOR
S-77 SOAP BUBBLES CALGARY STAMPEDE
R-16 RUM FLAVOURED CALGARY STAMPEDE
T-29 TRAIL DUST CALGARY STAMPEDE
PEN #3: FRIDAY EVENING & SUNDAY AFTERNOON
BRAND NAME CONTRACTOR
W-34 WANAKA ROCKET CALGARY STAMPEDE
S-83 SPECIAL DELIVERY CALGARY STAMPEDE
S-65 SHADOW WARRIOR CALGARY STAMPEDE
R-82 RECKLESS MARGIE CALGARY STAMPEDE
SPARES
BRAND NAME CONTRACTOR
P-65 PRINCESS WARRIOR CALGARY STAMPEDE
NOVICE BAREBACK PEN #3: FRIDAY EVENING
BRAND NAME CONTRACTOR
X-14 XPENSIVE MARGIE CALGARY STAMPEDE
X-40 XCEPTIONAL MARGARITA CALGARY STAMPEDE
X-2 XRATED DANCER CALGARY STAMPEDE