“Stampede Warrior, that’s my favorite horse of all time!” Brody Cress couldn’t hold back his enthusiasm when talking to reporters after his high scoring ride on the well-known Calgary Stampede horse. It was his second big score on the big horse in a week, earning him the Saddle Bronc championship in Pendleton, Oregon, one of the largest and best rodeos on the professional circuit.
“I was very excited to have her again,” Cress told the East Oregonian newspaper. “You feel more comfortable, but with those great horses you never know what they’re going to do.” Even more unpredictable is another Warrior – Tiger Warrior. Known as an eliminator, only one cowboy managed a qualified ride on the Stampede stallion this summer. You can bet thousands of rodeo fans across North America took note, and so did the judges. Tiger Warrior averaged an incredible 45.8 points out of 50 through seven outs this season, bringing home top honours for best Saddle Bronc horse in Ponoka, Calgary and Pendleton.
He also carried Layton Green to the highest scored Saddle Bronc ride in the PRCA this year. To see the video of the incredible ride, click here.
Calgary Stampede ranch manager Tyler Kraft likens Tiger Warrior’s season to that of a top hockey player having a great season. “It’s just so sweet to see him hitting his prime,” Kraft says, adding, “He has such an unpredictable style, no one trip is the same.”
Now settled back with the larger herd at the Stampede Ranch under the care of Kraft and his team, Tiger Warrior, Stampede Warrior and the rest of the Stampede’s top performers are resting in advance of the Canadian Finals and National Finals Rodeos. While we wait to find out if they will be among the horses the competitors have selected for the two prestigious events, we are also looking forward to having the opportunity to once again showcase the Calgary Stampede brand to rodeo super-fans in Edmonton and Las Vegas.
The Calgary Stampede itself will be honoured this December in Las Vegas. Each year the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association recognizes rodeo industry contributors at its WPRA Star Celebration. We are proud to be the recipient of a brand new award in 2017, the WPRA’s Outstanding Rodeo Committee Partner. Already excited to be recognized for our partnership, the reasons for it are even more special to us. We will be receiving the award for “elevating the sport of rodeo, specifically barrel racing, for the attention to safety of the contestants and equine athletes and for the overall partnership shown over the years with the WPRA.”
To the WPRA, thank you. And to rodeo fans; watch for more big rides from our bucking horses in the months to come. Actually – make that years to come!