Stampede kickoff

The Ponoka Stampede will have television coverage of rodeo events and the chuckwagons on Shaw cable channel 10 and StarChoice starting June 26. The Shaw television crew will be at the Stampede grounds for the whole day and the highlights will be shown starting at 9 p.m. for an hour and a half.

Announcer Les McIntyre hosted the Ponoka Stampede kick off press conference on June 23 at Wolf Creek Golf resort.

By Tiffany Williams


The Ponoka Stampede will have television coverage of rodeo events and the chuckwagons on Shaw cable channel 10 and StarChoice starting June 26. The Shaw television crew will be at the Stampede grounds for the whole day and the highlights will be shown starting at 9 p.m. for an hour and a half. The commentating will be done by Les McIntyre, Dr. Lynn Phillips and Brianne Hurlburt on Shaw.

President of the Ponoka Stampede Association Blake Butterfield says that all of the committee’s hard work is about to pay off. He says that as soon as the stampede is over they start planning for the next year and he is very excited for the stampede.

“It’s nice to see it. Everyone is a little nervous when it starts. You want to put on as good of production as you can. We want to entertain people to the fullest extent,” said Butterfield. “With a town the size of Ponoka, 30 per cent of the town volunteers and the town and county are all behind us. It’s really Ponoka’s rodeo. It’s not just the directors we just coordinate it.”

McIntyre hosted the kick off press conference at Wolf Creek Golf Resort on June 23 for more than 100 people. He said that one of the best things about the Ponoka Stampede is the calibre of stock.

“Everyone will walk away knowing that it is the best stock and rodeo in the world. It is the 8th Wonder of the World,” said McIntyre.

In the Ponoka Stampede Showdown Final on July 1 the crowd at will be able to watch Grated Coconut who was the PRCA bareback horse of the year for the second year in a row. The 10 year old stallion has won the award for the fourth time in the past five years.

On June 26 Rod Hay will be riding World Champion Saddle Bronc Horse Cool Alley from Kesler’s Championship rodeo stock.

“Those two horses have won more awards and are world class. It all ties together we get the top stock, prize money and we attract the top cowboys,” said Butterfield.

These are just two of the excellent stock that will be on display at the stampede. There will also be stock from the Vold Rodeo Co., Calgary Stampede, Northcott, Gerlitz, Franklin, B and S Livestock, Havens and Woodriver Ranch.

One of the top barrel racers in the world Lindsay Sears from Nanton was at the PSA kickoff. In 2007 at the National Finals Rodeo she won five go rounds and took home $119,254.80. She thinks that Ponoka is the best rodeo over the July 4 weekend and that the committee does a very good job of promoting the sport of rodeo.

“In Canada it is one of the biggest crowds. For barrels it is a challenge because the arena is more openand you have to deal with the weather because we deal entirely with ground conditions hopefully it will be fair conditions throughout,” said Sears. “Ponoka is a unique rodeo because of the setup. There is the longscore and it is set aside from the rest of the rodeo and the crowd really enjoys it as well.”

Sears who will be competing in nine different rodeos this week will be racing in the slack on June 25.

Greg and Cody Cassidy were also in attendance at the kick off and were looking forward to the stampede.

“Ponoka, they take care of their cowboys. They do everything the can to make it better for the cowboys. Some committees have had it the same for prize money year after year. Ponoka looks to add more each year,” said Cody. “The committee does a heck of a job, especially for the fans and it is more user friendly than some of the other big rodeos.”

The crowds at the Ponoka Stampede will also get to watch Cassidy’s steer wrestling horse of the year, Willy, for most of the performances. Cody will be competing in steer wrestling on June 30 and his brother will be in tie-down roping on June 26.

The Ponoka Stampede officially starts on June 25 with the pro rodeo starting at 7 p.m. The pro rodeo action will start at 1 p.m. from June 26 to July 1 and the showdown will be at 6:30 p.m. on July 1.

Just Posted

Ponoka’s on the CP Holiday Train stop coming in December

The train starts up Nov. 27 featuring performers Terri Clark, Sierra Noble and Kelly Prescott

Ponoka County fire crews handle second baler fire in 12 hours

Fire crews handled a baler fire just west of Gull Lake

Red Deer RCMP ask for assistance to ID suspect in indecent acts

The suspect exposed himself to a woman and made sexual comments to her

WCPS uses cannabis legislation to fully review drug, alcohol and tobacco policies

Cannabis is not permitted in schools; WCPS focused on providing education and support

Puff, puff, pass: Cannabis is officially legal across Canada

Alberta readies itself for cannabis sales with 17 stores (for now) and a new provincial website

Singer k.d. lang receives Alberta’s highest honour

Celebrated singer-songwriter k.d. lang received the Alberta Order of Excellence in Edmonton

Payette invites critics to ‘come and spend a few days’ with her

Governor General Julie Payette made her first official to B.C. back in March

Police say suspicious death of B.C. artist ruled a homicide

Patrick Zube Aylward’s body was found in a residence on a rural road outside of Seton Portage, west of Lillooet, B.C.

Temporary roads being built in areas affected by landslide in northern B.C.

Emergency Management BC news release says Disaster Financial Assistance is available to eligible residents of the Peace River Regional District who may have been affected by the landslides

‘Mom, I’m in trouble:’ Canadian faces 10 years for alleged graffiti

Brittney Schneider, another tourist caught spraying message on walls of Tha Pae Gate in Thailand

Feds consulting on national anti-racism strategy behind closed doors

Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez says people still face systemic racism in some communities

Pot sales down by nearly 70% on Day 2 of legalization in B.C.

Several products on BC Cannabis Store are still sold out

Colourfully named cannabis products appeal to youth, Tory health critic says

Conservative health critic Marilyn Gladu says the Liberal government needs to do more to ensure cannabis products available online are not enticing to young people

B.C. high school teacher faces sexual assault charges

A Mt. Boucherie teacher has been charged with child luring, sexual exploitation and sexual assault.

Most Read