All Stories Written by Dianne Finstad

Monday July 01st, 2019

Ponoka Stampede Day 7 Wrap

The Finals of the 2019 Ponoka Stampede will be memorable for more than just the un-July like weather conditions. As the top twelve rodeo contestants in all the major events battled for one of the four places in the evening showdown, driving rain and wind added to their challenge. While the rain stopped come Showdown …


Sunday June 30th, 2019

Ponoka Stampede Day 6

It’s never over til it’s over, and some contestants who thought they were in great shape for the 2019 Ponoka Stampede Finals may be making other travels plan, after Sunday’s final regular performance. In fact, in the barrel racing, half the field of qualifiers made the cut from Sunday’s performance. They were led by Emily …


Saturday June 29th, 2019

Ponoka Stampede Day 5

There are some things you can count on at the Ponoka Stampede. There’s bound to be the odd thunderstorm, like the one that punctuated perfectly the thundering herd as it entered the arena Saturday with some real live thunder and lightning. And there are a few cowboys that just seem to always excel when comes …


Friday June 28th, 2019

Ponoka Stampede Day 4

Parade day brought out the sunshine for the Ponoka Stampede, and the mud left from Thursday’s downpour began to quickly dry up. The steer wrestlers were definitely in a good mood, shaking up the leaderboard in the fourth performance. Montana’s Ty Erickson made the speediest bulldogging run of the Stampede so far, when he got …


Thursday June 27th, 2019

Ponoka Stampede Day 3

Payback can be sweet. Just ask Jacob Gardner. The Dawson Creek, BC cowboy had an appointment in Ponoka he wasn’t about to miss. Why was he so anxious for a mere eight seconds with a one-horned, nasty yellow beast by the name of Devour? “I got on that bull last year in Elnora,” explained Gardner. …


Wednesday June 26th, 2019

Ponoka Stampede Day 2

There are only a handful of rodeos in North America that use the ‘long score’ set up for timed event contestants, and the Ponoka Stampede is one of the most famous. Basically, it means both the competitors and the animal they’re matched up with hit the arena at a flat run, coming down a long …


Tuesday June 25th, 2019

Ponoka Stampede Day 1

There’s nothing like a little hometown magic to make a cowboy’s day. Especially when you were raised in a community where rodeo rules. Jake Vold is a bareback rider you can bank on to be in the Showdown Finals and he’s always pumped to roll into the familiar territory. Especially when he has a Kesler …


Monday June 24th, 2019

2019 Ponoka Stampede Preview

While the Ponoka Stampede is fiercely proud of the past and preserving the tradition of cowboys and rodeo, it also has great vision for the future and always moving Canada’s Largest 7-Day Pro Rodeo forward. Both directions are being celebrated as the 83rd edition of the Ponoka Stampede gets underway. The first performance is dedicated …