CALGARY, A.B. – Several riders representing the BC Peace Region at the Calgary Stampede have had some great success in the past few days.
Jake Watson and Ricky Warren are both from Hudson’s Hope, and are competing in the Novice Saddle Bronc and Open Saddle Bronc respectively. Watson qualified for the Stampede after finishing as the Saddle Bronc champion at the 2016 San Antonio rodeo, and is also a returning rider after competing in the Novice Saddle Bronc at the Stampede last year. Warren most recently finished first in the novice Saddle Bronc competition at the Grande Prairie Stompede. Pouce Coupe resident and 2013 Canadian Steer Wrestling champion Clayton Moore is also in competition this week.
After four days of competition, Watson currently sits in 2nd place in the Pool A standings, riding back-to-back 84.0’s while riding Dark Side and Big Muddy on Sunday and Monday. Watson also scored an 81.0 riding Nickles & Dimes on Friday, before Double Vision bucked him off on Saturday. Watson currently sits at $11,500 in winnings after four days of competition. Ricky Warren won’t be able to repeat his Final 6 performance from last year’s Saddle Bronc. Warren has his first ride on Monday, and got bucked off about halfway through the eight-second ride.
In the Steer Wrestling competition, after recording no time on Friday Clayton Moore got a bit of redemption on Saturday with a 13.6-second time in the Steer Wrestling. After again recording no time on Sunday, Moore improved dramatically on Monday night with a time of 4.0. He still sits in last place in the Steer Wrestling ‘A’ Pool.
With files from the Calgary Herald: http://calgaryherald.com/sports/rodeo-chucks/stampede-saddle-bronc-rookie-hits-pool-a-payday