The Calgary Stampede has been a world-class operation for many years.
It might be getting better.
Beginning at 2:30 p.m. Central Time Sunday, the top 10 contestants in each event through nine straight performances have earned the right to compete for the $100,000. That’s pretty incredible.
What’s more incredible is the list of top names in the bunch. Take barrel racing, for example: Seven of the 10 cowgirls have played on the biggest stage of ProRodeo, the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, with world champs Lindsay Sears and Brittany Pozzi headlining the crew. Here’s the breakdown of others:
Steer wrestling: Seven of the 10 have been to the NFR, including world champs Lee Graves and Dean Gorsuch.
Bull riding: Four NFR qualifiers, eight PBR World Finals qualifiers (including Corey Navarre and Dustin Elliott, who have earned trips to both).
Saddle bronc riding: Six NFR qualifiers, including world champs Chad Ferley and Cody Wright.
Bareback riding: Nine NFR qualifiers, including world champions Will Lowe and Bobby Mote.
Tie down roping: Nine NFR qualifiers, including world champions Stran Smith and Fred Whitfield.
It might be worth noting the folks who didn’t make the final performance:
Trevor Brazile, Cody Ohl, Ryan Jarrett, Luke Branquinho, Jeff Willert, Justin McDaniel and Kelly Timberman. All those men have wear a PRCA gold buckle.
For those who can tune in, go HERE. It’ll be good watching.