Calgary Stampede Rodeo – Day 1 Bareback

I was fortunate to be able to join a great group in the infield for the first day of the 2017 Calgary Stampede Rodeo (thanks Todd!).  It’s been a couple of years since I had a good opportunity to photograph down there.  Our seats were at the top of the infield which afforded a great view from above the chutes.  The bareback event was foreshadowed by the novice bareback riders and they had exciting rides.  Below, Lane Ferguson from Granum, Alberta rode Xotic Departure to the day win in the novice bareback event.

A little while later, the professional bareback riding got started.  Caleb Bennett and Up Ur Alley put up an 85.50 on the first ride.

Cole Goodine on Soap Bubbles went the full time as well but fell a little short of Caleb’s opening mark.


I’m always amazed watching both the cowboys and the horses – balance, power and speed on both sides of the contest.  All are world class and they did more than their share to help the Stampede to live up to its name as the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.

Richie Champion astride Twin Cherry won the Day 1 money with a score of 89.00.  The first image in this set shows Richie set up well on the horse during the winning ride.  Below, the pair explode out of their gate – setting the tone for a great ride.

6 responses

  1. You said it: amazed by both horses and riders. Breathtaking strength and near- acrobatic beauty that you captured.

    July 16, 2017 at 9:44 pm

  2. Mike Hohmann

    Amazing! It’s been decades since I’ve been to the Stampede. Gotta get back again… maybe next year! Thanks!

    July 16, 2017 at 10:58 am

  3. Wow, these photos are awesome!

    July 11, 2017 at 6:28 pm

  4. Although the third one has all these “pokies” I like this for the story that is being told, the event and the audience reaction.

    July 10, 2017 at 3:56 pm

  5. These are fantastic photographs, Chris!

    July 10, 2017 at 1:52 pm

  6. I have a friend in Calgary who just mentioned the Stampede recently. I know she’ll be happy to see these photos, as will another friend in Kansas who also photographs rodeos. It’s a real art, and these are splendid.

    July 9, 2017 at 7:07 pm

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