All Stories Written by Dianne Finstad

Monday July 01st, 2024

24 Ponoka Stampede Wrap 7

The Ponoka Stampede roster of champions has plenty of newcomers, as the 88th edition drew to a close on Canada Day. A pair of them were even rookies! Weston Timberman of Columbus, MT is one of them. Although it was his first time ever to Ponoka, the second-generation bareback rider had heard many a story …


Sunday June 30th, 2024

24 Ponoka Stampede Wrap 6

Leave it to some wily veterans to rise to the occasion and secure themselves a spot in the rich Monday Finals of the 88th Ponoka Stampede. Take for instance, steer wrestler Cody Cassidy, who lives not far away, at Donalda. He’s part of a family legacy in the event, with his father Greg having one …


Saturday June 29th, 2024

24 Ponoka Stampede Wrap 5

The horse he’d drawn for the 88th Ponoka Stampede was appropriately named – Cracking the Till. If there was ever a cowboy who knows the winning combination in saddle bronc riding… it’s Zeke Thurston. With career earnings well in excess of two million dollars, four World Championships, four Canadian Championships and three Ponoka Stampede titles …


Friday June 28th, 2024

24 Ponoka Stampede Wrap 4

Chase Dougherty didn’t know what kind of bull he’d drawn for his first ever appearance at the Ponoka Stampede. But the Oregon cowboy soon found out when he got behind the chutes. “Coming up here, I don’t know a lot of the Canadian bulls,” says Dougherty. “I know they’re all so good. Everybody told me …


Thursday June 27th, 2024

24 Ponoka Stampede Wrap 3

Champions don’t let rainy days deter them. That was certainly evident during a third performance of the 88th Ponoka Stampede. The afternoon started with just a drizzle, which eventually turned into a downpour. However, that didn’t dampen the desire of some veteran competitors to qualify for the July first Finals, which features the top 12 …


Wednesday June 26th, 2024

24 Ponoka Stampede Wrap 2

The busiest cowboy at the Ponoka Stampede finds himself on the leaderboard after making the most of his multiple opportunities Wednesday afternoon. Riley Wakefield took over the lead in the tie-down roping after adding a solid 9.1 second run to his morning 8.1 second run, during the second day of action at the 88th edition …


Tuesday June 25th, 2024

24 Ponoka Stampede Wrap 1

The sport of rodeo is far from predictable. Witness the opening night of the Ponoka Stampede, when all eyes were on the storybook matchup of bareback riding sensation Rocker Steiner and the world’s most famous horse, C-5’s Virgil. The two share the world record 95 mark from when they met in Montana two years ago. …