Posts tagged “bareback event

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.


A Hard Ride: one cowboy’s fight at the Calgary Stampede

This is a visual story detailing one cowboy’s 8 second battle with a horse named Buck Wheat on Thursday afternoon at the Calgary Stampede.

The cowboy’s name is Matt Lait and he hails from just north of Calgary in Balzac, Alberta.  He rode the beast for full time and scored in the middle of the pack on the day.  However, the expressions by both the man and the horse throughout the ride made for an entertaining series.  Matt’s face displays how demanding this event is on concentration and how punishing it is on the human body.  Click on each to see a frozen moment within that 8 second ride.