‘Back in the Saddle’ parade kicked off Stettler Steel Wheel Stampede

Jennifer Chernishenko
ECA Review Reporter

The 4th Annual Stettler Steel Wheel Stampede, held on August 17-19 at the Stettler and District Agricultural Grounds, was again successful this year. Co-chair of the stampede committee Tana Nixon said “The weekend went super, we couldn’t have asked for more beautiful weather to rodeo. Gorgeous evening, sunny days, slight breeze – can’t beat that!”

A parade, with a theme of “Back in the Saddle,” kicked of the weekend. This year the honourary parade marshalls were Vic Stuckey and the Stuckey family. As the Stuckey’s have had close ties to rodeo since 1931 and Vic himself was involved since 1948, this honour seemed appropriate.
Friday evening had the first rodeo performances of the weekend. Crowds filed in to see the roughstock and timed events, as well as the intermission show put on by the Ladies of the Heartland and the antics of rodeo clown Tyson Wagner. Following the rodeo on Friday was a performance by the Tim Hus band.
In downtown Stettler on Saturday morning there was a pancake breakfast. Also that morning were the slack rodeo performances.
On Saturday evening people again headed to the arena to watch another rodeo and after that, people were invited to listen to the band Domino.
Another pancake breakfast was held Sunday morning which was followed by a cowboy church service. That afternoon was the last rodeo.
After all the great performances, the final winners could be determined.
Saddle bronc: Jake Watson from Hudson’s Hope, B.C.
Bareback: Monty Koopman from Medicine Hat.
Bull riding: Brent Cann.
Steer Wrestling: Josh Harden from Big Valley.
Tie down roping: (three-way tie) Riley Warren from Stettler, Jesse Popescul from Glentworth, SK and Sam Taypotat from Whitewood, SK.
Ladies barrel racing: Robbi Nace from Rockglen, SK.
Team roping: Clay Ullery from Two Hills and Riley Warren from Stettler.
Novice bareback: Wyatt Maines from Maple Creek, SK.
Novice saddle bronc: Lachlan Marshall from Qu’Appelle, SK.

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