All Stories Written by Dianne Finstad

Monday July 04th, 2022

22 Ponoka Stampede Rodeo Wrap 7

Ponoka may be considered a small town in Alberta, but it looms large in the western world for the world class rodeo it hosts. For the first time in three years, Ponoka Stampede Champions were crowned Sunday evening, making a big difference in the travel plans and lives of the winning contestants. He may come …


Saturday July 02nd, 2022

22 Ponoka Stampede Rodeo Wrap 6

Into every Ponoka Stampede, it seems, some rain must fall. It is, after all, early summer in central Alberta and there’s a reason the country is so green. So it was no surprise to long-time Ponoka fans when the taps burst forth for Saturday afternoon’s sixth rodeo performance. It wasn’t a shock to Caleb Smidt …


Friday July 01st, 2022

22 Ponoka Stampede Rodeo Wrap 5

Funny how a day can turn out much differently than you’d think. And there’s no better time than Canada Day at the Ponoka Stampede for such a turnaround. Dawson Hay came to the Ponoka Stampede mainly to support his friends who were riding, since he was nursing a sore quad muscle that’s forced him to …


Wednesday June 29th, 2022

22 Ponoka Stampede Rodeo Wrap 3

 The Ponoka Stampede has a motto – the Wild West of ’36 Lives On. Well, the new Wild West of 22 made a touchdown in Ponoka Tuesday afternoon. Rocker Steiner came to town. He’s an 18-year-old kid who grew up wakeboard skiing on the water, has flowing locks and a mischievous grin, and boy does …


Tuesday June 28th, 2022

22 Ponoka Stampede Rodeo Wrap 2

They call her Stevie Knicks and she’s one of the top bareback horses going down the rodeo road. Ty Taypotat had drawn the Macza Pro Rodeo superstar once before, but at the time he was sitting in the hospital with a couple of broken ribs and some blood in his lungs, so he had to …


Tuesday June 28th, 2022

22 Ponoka Stampede Rodeo Wrap 1

The chute gates cracked open to professional rodeo for the first time in three years at the Ponoka Stampede. Contestants were awfully glad to be back – roping, wrestling, running and riding for an increased purse of $55,000 in each major event. Opening night performers made the most of their turn, setting the bar high …