Press Conference

The Kick-off

The kick-off Ponoka Stampede press conference, barbeque lunch and round of golf at Wolf Creek Golf Club will take place on TBA, 2023. Emceed by the well-known Stampede voice of Les McIntyre, sponsors, media, athletes, local dignitaries and the Ponoka Stampede Association Board will gather and introduce all the excitement of the 2023 Ponoka Stampede.

For more information on the kick-off Ponoka Stampede Press Conference please contact Blair Vold Ph# 403-783-0660


Dr. Lynn Phillips

Dr. Lynn Phillips is not only a Pro Rodeo announcer, he also wears many other hats. He is a physician, a cowboy poet, an artist and many other jobs. As a professional Rodeo Announcer he has been privileged to announce rodeos all across the United States and Canada.

Including being chosen as part of the announcing team at the National Finals Rodeo, the National Circuit Finals Rodeo, WPRA National Finals, Senior Tour National Finals, the AQHA World Show, the National Reining Horse Futurity and many of the most prestigious rodeos around the world including sharing the announcing duties here at the Ponoka Stampede with Les McIntyre.

Les McIntyre

Les McIntyre has been attending the Ponoka Stampede for 42 years. As a stable hand in the mid 70’s for the Willard and Nelson chuckwagon outfits,then as a wagon sponsor for the Ross Nelson outfit in the late 70’s.A brief stint as a wagon driver in the early 80’s prompted a career change in 1984 and has him in his 33’rd year as the official Voice of the World Professional Chuckwagon Association and for the last 9 years as the voice of The Calgary Stampede’s GMC Rangeland Derby. Also in his 24’th year as a Pro Rodeo Announcer and CPRA Gold Card member,Les has announced the Canadian Finals Rodeo 9 times and Twice has won the CPRA Announcer of the Year Award. Les is extremely proud to be a part of the Ponoka Stampede’s Rodeo announcing Team for the last 15 years and the Ponoka Stampede’s Pro Chuckwagon Announcer for over 20 years. Les describes the Ponoka Stampede as one of the best run organizations in all of Pro Rodeo in North America! Les and his wife Kelly reside near Lake McGregor, AB.

Dianne Finstad

Dianne Finstad is a familiar face and voice in Alberta's rodeo and farm communities. She spent over 30 years covering agriculture and rodeo from Red Deer through TV, radio and print, including the popular TV program called Makin' 8. Her rodeo coverage was acknowledged with the Bell Memorial Award for sports reporting from the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in 2018. Now working as a communications specialist, she does a variety of projects; ranging from writing agriculture stories, to hosting at conferences, to interviewing rodeo champions at places like the Ponoka and Calgary Stampedes. Dianne is a Board Director for Lakeland College and Red Deer’s Westerner Park. She grew up in southern Alberta, where her family has ranched for more than a century. Dianne brings an unparalleled wealth of media and communication skills along with passion and enthusiasm to the Ponoka Stampede Media Team. We hope you enjoy her daily Stampede Stories, highlight wrap-up videos, behind the chute interviews and announcing.

Gary J Gross

Gary is excited to be back behind the microphone at the Ponoka Stampede! Being born and raised near Ponoka, he is proud to announce his hometown show. Gary has over a decade of experience as a Professional Rodeo and Chuckwagon Announcer. He has announced rodeos from Fort McMurray, Alberta to Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is one of the announcers of the World Professional Chuckwagon Association and the WPCA World Finals. When not on the road announcing, Gary and his wife own and operate Four Seasons Clothing in Lac La Biche where they call home. Visit his website at


Shellie Scott

Shellie Scott is a professional photographer with both the WPCA & CPRA. Her fourth year with both organizations will be in 2017. Shellie works full time in the Oil & Gas industry as a Drilling Engineering Technologist and catches up with the WPCA/CPRA on the weekends. In her free time Shellie enjoys spending time with her dog Cooper and her Thoroughbred Jimmy, who races for Chanse Vigen. (Website)

Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

Photographer Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye can be seen in the thick of things capturing the action at the Ponoka Stampede for the local newspaper. But his love of photography, capturing peak action and unique perspective keeps him shooting all day. There's always something going on behind the scenes that catches his eye. Jeff looks for those dynamic shots that show what makes the Ponoka Stampede one of the greatest professional rodeos in North America.

It's the cowboys, cowgirls, top-notch contractors and behind-the-scenes folks who put together one heck of a rodeo that draws thousands every single year. Look for daily updates during Stampede on Jeff's Instagram and Twitter feeds - @jeffphotodude - to see what caught his eye this time. (

Covy Moore

Covy Moore of Calgary, AB made his start in the western event business at his hometown Airdrie Pro Rodeo. Since, Moore has worked the Calgary Stampede ten times, the Canadian Finals Rodeo five times, the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo three times with one appearance at the PBR World Finals. Moore got his start in the photography world through international motorosports and newspapers.

Today, Moore is making a living doing what he loves via freelance photography and contributions to, the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association, PBR in Canada accompanied by numerous other publications. (