Stettler Steel-Wheel Stampede rocks

Ride 'em

For the second year in a row, the rodeo arena at the Stettler ag grounds was soggy, but it was no deterrent for the cowboys and cowgirls who rode the horses and the bulls in what turned out to be a hugely successful Stettler Steel Wheel Stampede.

More than 350 contestants signed up to compete in saddle bronc, bareback, tie-down roping, barrel racing, steer wrestling, team roping and bull riding events in four performances, including the slack which took place Saturday morning.

Local and area cowboys put in a great effort with Stettler’s own Miles Pennington placing second in the bull riding event while Halkirk’s Norm Breen took the top spot in steer wrestling. Steve Lloyd of Alix also placed second in tie-down roping.

“Contestants were happy with the competition,” said Ted Nibourg, chair of the rodeo organizing committee.

“The stock was good and it kept the contestants on their toes and everyone did their best in the wet conditions and they ended up with their results by luck or skill.”

Nibourg was confident that the competition was good enough to encourage all to come back.

“They’ll be back next year,” he said.

An added feature to this year’s rodeo competition, the rodeo clown, was appreciated by all.

David Whitmoyer of Montana made the crowds laugh with his funny jokes, even at the expense of slightly hurting himself or taking a dip in the mud in the process.

Follow the results of the second annual Stettler Steel Wheel Stampede rodeo with the prize money won in brackets:

Saddle Bronc:

1- Coleman Watt ($1093)

2 – Mark Dempsey ($905)

3- Mark Elder ($716)

4- Casey Bertram ($528)

5-Tyler Gilchrist (($339)

Bareback:

1- Jake Vold ($960)

2- Monty Koopman ($794)

3-Kyle Rock ($629)

4- Brady Bertram ($463)

5-Ty Taypotat ($298)

Steer Wrestling

1- Norm Breen ($1206)

2- Dusty Walker ($1048)

3- Marty Jickling ($891)

4- Jeff O’Donnell ($734)

5-Matt Mailer ($576)

Team Roping

1- Brost/Cruthers ($2962)

2- Kmito/McCannel ($2576)

3- Trautman/ O Donnell ($2189)

4- Gallais/Depoli ($1803)

5-Rutherford/Buehler ($1416)

Tie-down roping

1- Levi Elford ($1713)

2- Steve Lloyd ($1490)

3- Glenn Hamilton (($1266)

4-Marc Perozac ($ 1043)

5-Matt Switzer ($819)

Ladies’ barrel racing

1- Bailee Switzer ($1925)

2- Dawn Goebel($1674)

3- Laurie Barton ($1423)

4-Laura Knittig ($1172)

5-Suzanne Depoli ($920)

Bull Riding

1- Mark Knudsen ($1280)

2- Miles Pennington ($1059)

3-Ovillan Lowry ($839)

4-Dakota Peterson ($618)

5-Logan Kadlec ((397)

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