Dustin Flundra riding L-14 Lush Margie. Photo by Armstrong IPE and Fiona Green
With the end of the 2016 Canadian Pro Rodeo Wrangler Tour, comes the beginning of great things at the 2017 Calgary Stampede. The tour wrapped up this past weekend in Armstrong, BC with five of the top competitors earning themselves an invitation to next year’s rodeo in Calgary. Each year at the end of the Wrangler tour, we invite the winners in Bareback, Saddle Bronc, Steer Wrestling, Tie Down and Bull Riding to join us at the Stampede the following season.
The crowd–nearly 5,000 strong–at the Armstrong Interprovincial Exhibition and Stampedewas treated to a number of great rides in the Wrangler Tour Shootout. It was Jake Vold coming out on top in the Bareback Riding, clinching the coveted invitation to the Calgary Stampede. His winning ride was an 87.5 on our Stampede horse, Licorice Baby. Among the others joining him for a share of the $2 million dollar pay-out in Calgary next July are a couple of past Stampede Champions, Dustin Flundra in Saddle Bronc, and Matt Shiozawa in Tie Down Roping. Dakota Buttar captured the Bull Riding title and Cody Cassidy, the Steer Wrestling. They can all breathe a sigh of relief now, knowing they have secured a position for next year’s Stampede Rodeo.
Callahan Crossley claimed her first Wrangler Tour Championship and a $2,500 cheque helping her push for the CFR. Meanwhile in the team roping Brett Buss in the heading and Clay Whyte on the heels took top honors in the Wrangler Tour Standings.
As the Stock Contractor for the Armstrong IPE, we were thrilled with how our Calgary Stampede horses and bulls performed over the weekend. Tim Lipsett came out on top in the Bull Riding with an 88 on our Uptown Funk, and Orin Larson captured the win in Bareback thanks to an 85.5 on You See Me. In Saddle Bronc there was a tie for top spot with Audy Reed on Outlaw Bucker’s Lunatic Party sharing the win with Jim Berry on Calgary’s Wiggle Lizzard.
All in all it was a great weekend of rodeo in Armstrong with near record attendance and some awesome professional rodeo action. If you would like to see more photos from the Wrangler Tour Shootout, check out the Armstrong IPE’s Facebook page.