The 2021 Calgary Stampede is half--way through competition, and two Peace Region cowboys saddled up for the first four days, winning some hard-earned cash after waiting two years for the chance to compete in Calgary. The 2020 Calgary Stampede rodeo events were cancelled last year.
Hudson's Hope cowboy Jake Watson and Fort St. John's Stephen Culling participated in pool A action in saddle bronc and steer wrestling, respectively, July 9 to 12.
Watson shot out of the gate strong in round one, July 9, finishing fourth with a score of 85 points, just a half point back of third, and 4.5 points back of first place. He won $2,500 for the ride, and won another $1,500 on Saturday, July 10, with a fifth place finish (83.5 points).
Unfortunately, Watson was bucked off each of the next two rounds, finishing Pool A in eighth, as he awaits the results from pool B to see if he'll advance to the finals later this week. Watson is currently ranked 26th in the PRCA world saddle bronc rankings, starting the season strong before cooling off a bit in June.
Culling had a similarly hot start in round one, taking down his steer in 4.7 seconds. His time was good for fifth place and a $1,500 cheque, finishing 0.7 seconds back of first place. However, Culling struggled the next three days, failing to record a time in rounds of two and four, and only recording a time of 6.8 seconds (eighth place) in round three on July 11. He finished at the bottom of Pool A.
Pool B competition began today, July 13. There are no Peace Region riders competing.
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