Calgary Stampede competitors to watch — Matt Lait

Alberta cowboy admits to having a soft spot for a classic card game

CBC News Posted: Jun 27, 2015 5:00 AM MT Last Updated: Jun 27, 2015 5:00 AM MT


Alberta's Matt Lait competes in bareback at the Calgary Stampede (Mike Copeman/Calgary Stampede)

Ask Matt Lait about the origins of bareback riding as a rodeo sport and he can only speculate.

'It's a very prestigious event and not very many guys get to go. You usually consider yourself pretty lucky to be in it.' - Matt Lait

"I have no idea, some crazy guy?" jokes Lait about the cowboys who once worked the range. "I always wondered, you know. It probably came from more of a sitting around, betting each other thing to see if you could ride some horse with nothing but just a rigging."

Lait was born in Bow Island, Alta. and grew up in the Medicine Hat area. 

At the age of 32, he will be appearing in his tenth Calgary Stampede. He has won some money over the years, but never the big prize in bareback.

Lait hopes this will be his year to take home the $100,000 cheque. And if he does, he will be the first Alberta cowboy to win the Stampede title in bareback since 2007.

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