Rodeo closes out successful Strathmore Stampede

Monique Massiah, Strathmore Standard

Monday, August 3, 2015 9:31:53 MDT PM

Zeke Thurston tied overall in the saddlebronc competition with Chuck Schmidt.

The dust has settled after another successful rodeo at the Strathmore Stampede. The 2015 Strathmore Stampede and Heritages Days ran from July 31- August 3. The stands were sold out for the main event, the pro rodeo, as announcers Bob Tallman, Les McIntyre and Robin Ingram called out the names of our local cowboys and cowgirls as the winners became heroes each day.

The winner of the bull riding competition was Garrett Smith with a score of 88.5 on Buckington.

In saddle bronc competition first and second place were split between Chuck Schmidt and Zeke Thurston. Both scored overall 171.75 points.

“It feels great to win,” said Schmidt while receiving his championship buckle.

“I’ve come here a lot, it’s excellent,” said Schmidt. “This is one rodeo everyone should go to to compete.” Schmidt isn’t sure what he’ll do with his winnings. “I’m a rancher, so there’s always something to put money towards,” he said.

Erick Dublanko was the champion of the tie down roping competition with a final score of 17.2.

Kevin Schreiner and Clay Ullery were the champions in the team roping competition coming in with a final score of 11.4. In the bareback competition Caleb Bennett came away the winner on True Grit with a total score of 179.

“I love Strathmore. I was here four years ago and two years ago I didn’t place,” said Bennett. “It was good to come back. I wanted to win.”

“I was tickled pink with the horse I got. I couldn’t be happier,” he said.

When asked what he plans to do with his winning, Bennett said,“I’ve got a truck and house and have to pay bills just like everyone else. This is my job, so I’ll put the money in a bank account.”

Ted Gollaher was the winner of the steer wrestling competition with a final score of 9.2 points.

Carmel Wright was the winner of the ladies barrel racing competition with a time of 16.111 seconds.

Luke Ferber won the boys steer riding challenge and went home with a prize of $1,000.

Strathmore’s rodeo royalty were also crowned over the weekend. Former 2012 rodeo queen Becca Walters rode into the arena dressed in gold and red proudly carrying the Canadian flag, while she and 2015 queen contestants helped to herd livestock during the event. Ultimately Shayla Gerencer was crowned as the 2015 Strathmore Rodeo Queen and Jessica Craig as Princess.

Stock for this year’s rodeo was provided by Calgary Stampede.