This year’s Steel Wheel Stampede did not see many local cowboys in winning performances, with only Stettler’s team roping duo Mark Flin and Rolly Thomson securing top spot at the event with a time of 4.7 seconds on Saturday, June 11 along with Riley Roy of Strathmore and Wyatt Erickson of Okotoks who clocked in the same time.
In third place for the event was Travis Gallais of Red Deer and Devin Wigemyr of Brooks with 4.8 seconds.
In spite of the rain and dark clouds hanging low with possible thunderstorm, the bleachers were filled on both Friday and Saturday nights with rodeo fans and supporters as Stettler held its eighth Steel Wheel Stampede event with a full house.
The tie down roping event was won by Tuftin McLeod of Waldeck, SK in 9 seconds, while local cowboy Stettler’s Steve Thiessen secured the second spot with 9.1 seconds, and in third spot with 9.2 seconds were Chad Gulick of Wetaskiwin and George Marcenko of Rockglen, SK.
Kole Ashbacher of Arrowwood won the saddle bronc event with a score of 83, followed by Chad Thomson of Black Diamond with 79 and Cole Scott of Kamloops, BC with 78.
Daniel “Strawbs” Jones of Duffield took the bareback event with 81, in second place with 79 were Buck Moen of Elrose, Monty Koopman of Consul, SK and Cohen Collins of Regina, SK, while in third place with 71 were Brady Bertram of Maple Creek, SK and Lane Collins of Arden, MB.
Cody Ballard of Wilcox, SK won the top spot at the bull riding event with 81, followed by Aaron Meyn of Red Deer with 78 and Lachlan Slade of Regina, SK with 74.
Daniel Tober of Oxbow, SK won the steer wrestling event in 4.5 seconds, followed by T.J. Loeppky of Central Butte, SK with 4.9 seconds and Bryce Kulbacki of Red Willow with 5 seconds.
Nicole Pana of Wood Mountain, SK won the ladies barrel racing with 17.51 seconds, followed by Kristen Geiger of Brooks with 17.68 seconds and T.K. Lawrence of Williston, ND USA with the same time of 17.68 seconds.
Among the novice bareback event, Calder Peterson of Glenworth, SK came in first with 65 and Lane Ferguson of Granum came in second place with 58, while in the novice saddle bronc event, J.B. Moen of Elrose, SK secured top spot with 65 and K’s Thomson of Lundbreck came second with 59.