Roping reunion

The Old Timers Team Roping event started the 72nd annual Ponoka Stampede on June 24 at the stampede grounds. The event saw 187 teams compete in three different categories: 40 plus, 50 plus and 60 plus. The roping started at noon and they were finished by 3:15 p.m. and that evening they had a supper provided by the Ponoka Stampede Association.

By Tiffany Williams

Editor

The Old Timers Team Roping event started the 72nd annual Ponoka Stampede on June 24 at the stampede grounds. The event saw 187 teams compete in three different categories: 40 plus, 50 plus and 60 plus. The roping started at noon and they were finished by 3:15 p.m. and that evening they had a supper provided by the Ponoka Stampede Association.

Organizer Dennis Pugh said that with the rainy weather they were down a few entries and they had one minor injury but other than that the day went quite well. Pugh who competed in the 50 plus division and was a rookie in the 60 plus division says that roping is his passion and he will never quit.

“The best part was all of us over 40 gentleman having a little play and the camaraderie. A lot of the men just come to watch and visit. They get to meet people they haven’t seen since last year,” said Pugh.

For Pugh he rode bareback professionally ‘a few years ago’ and has been team roping since the mid 1970s and enjoys carrying on the tradition.

“As we get older are proud of our tradition and western heritage. We want to keep it going as long as we can.”

This year the oldest competitor was Eddie Jensen who is 78 years old. The team roping reunion started in 1981 and before that there was an oldtimers rodeo.

The total prize money was $12,000 and the PSA added $800 to each category.

Forty plus results (82 teams)

Mel Coleman and Rocky Dallyn, 4.91 seconds and the team payout was $1,127

Chad Evenson and Bruce Robinson, 5.72 and $980

Jim Randle and Dwight Wigemyer, 6.25 and $833

Murray Linthicum and Scott McLeod 6.27 and $686

Fifty plus results (77 teams)

Barry Black and Don Depaoli, 6.59 and $1,348.50

Tom Glass and Dave Fraser, 7.46 and $1,116

Barry Black and Dave Fraser, 7.53 and $883.50

Mel Coleman and Dave Fraser, 7.92 and $651

Sixty plus results (28 teams)

Barry Black and Art Gallais, 7.91 and $880

Dennis Pugh and Art Gallais, 8.30 and $660

Jim Bailey and Calvin Stern, 8.76 and $440

Ed Knaga and Calvin Stern, 8.91 and $220

Just Posted

Rimbey RCMP members involved in pursuit, shots fired

Rimbey RCMP assisted other central Alberta detachments in significant arrests involving shots… Continue reading

Town to sign five-year policing agreement with Ponoka Stampede

The Town of Ponoka will go ahead with a five-year renewable agreement… Continue reading

Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre host Respect Day on May 24th

Event features BBQ, Country Pride line dancers, Indigenous drummers,dancers, and information booths

UPDATED: Ponoka RCMP arrest male on Canada wide warrant

UPDATE for Immediate Release: Collin James Courteoreille was wanted on a Canada… Continue reading

B.C.’s fight to regulate bitumen through pipelines to go to Canada’s top court

BC Appeal Court judges found B.C. cannot restrict bitumen flow along Trans Mountain pipeline

Driver of semi truck taken to Ponoka hospital after rollover

A semi truck rolled over on Hwy. 2, near the 604 junction… Continue reading

Scheer says it would take Conservatives five years to balance budget

Scheeraccused the Liberal government of spending $79.5 billion of previously unbudgeted funds

New airline regulations bring compensation for tarmac delays, over-bookings

Some of the new regulations will roll out in July, while others are expected for December.

Theresa May to quit as party leader June 7, sparking race for new PM

The new Conservative leader will become prime minister without the need for a general election

CMHC defends mortgage stress test changes amid calls for loosening rules

Uninsured borrowers must now show they could service their mortgage if rates rose two per cent

School bus crash in Edmonton sends 12 to hospital, 2 with broken bones

Alberta Health Services said there were no life-threatening injuries

Crews fight fire with fire to keep blaze from northern Alberta town

The wildfire now covers some 920 square kilometres

Supreme Court of Canada won’t hear Alberta murder appeals

Sheena Cuthill and her husband Timothy Rempel were found guilty three years ago of killing Ryan Lane

Most Read