The Calgary Stampede’s top bucking horses and bulls are back home at the Stampede Ranch, after a big five days of competition at the Canadian Finals rodeo.

Calgary Stampede horses at rest on the Stampede Ranch
Calgary Stampede horses at rest on the Stampede Ranch

Thirty horses and seven bulls from the Stampede herd were selected by the cowboys to compete at the finals because of their ability to consistently deliver big scoring rides. They didn’t disappoint, with a number of standout performances.

Opening night of the CFR saw Mad Money carry Cody DeMoss to a winning 85 point ride in Saddle Bronc. Saturday afternoon she bucked again, teaming up with Wade Sundell for an 84.5 and a share of top spot.

Lynx Mountain is also known as a money machine in Saddle Bronc, helping Cort Scheer cash in during Friday night’s performance. They combined for 87.5 points and a win on the night. That’s just a half a point less than the two teamed up for a year ago at the CFR.  And Sheer, from Elsmere, Nebraska, was quoted as saying “Horses like her are why we come up here!”

Friday night’s bulls were an eliminator pen, with Zane Lambert’s ride on Wounded Warrior one of just three rides to last eight seconds. The judges scored them at 86.25 and Lambert earned more than $12,000 with the win.

After five days of tight competition, the Canadian champions were named on Sunday night. The Calgary Stampede is proud to sponsor the Novice Saddle Bronc, Bareback and Steer Riding events at the CFR.  Lane Cust continued his winning ways, taking his second consecutive CFR championship in Novice Saddle Bronc.The young Alberta cowboy has had a fantastic season, also winning the Novice Saddle Bronc championship at the Calgary Stampede, as well as the event in the 2015 Calgary Stampede Novice Tour.

Lane Cust awarded the 2015 Calgary Stampede Novice Tour Championship
Lane Cust being awarded the 2015 Calgary Stampede Novice Tour Championship for Saddle Bronc

Wyatt Gleeson is also celebrating a strong 2015, winning the Canadian Novice Bareback Riding Championship to accompany his Calgary Stampede Novice tour win. Boys steer rider Luke Ferber finishes up his season on a high note as well, with his first Canadian title.

CFR Champion Saddle Bronc Horse Tiger Warrior at the Stampede Ranch
Tiger Warrior, CFR Champion Saddle Bronc Horse, at the Stampede Ranch

The top stock was recognized in Edmonton as well, and the Calgary Stampede is excited to have Tiger Warrior named the Saddle Bronc horse of the CFR. He’s now taking a much deserved rest at the Stampede Ranch before heading off to the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas in December. Fourteen Stampede horses will be making the trip, the most from any Canadian stock contractor.