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Stampede Penning Results

There are long odds . . . and then there’s a 182-to-one shot.

That’s what two Calgary Stampede rookies, and an old chuckwagon outrider from another era, were facing this week as they saddled up for the Stampede’s 10 Class Team Cattle Penning Competition, presented by Calfrac Well Services.

But after four rounds, and an agonizing wait while the final five teams took their best shot, the team of Fort Saskatchewan’s Will Hanson, Sherwood Park’s Preston Fleming, and Brian Cardinal of Millet, Alta., was basking in victory’s glow Saturday evening at The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.

In saddle, from left, Will Hanson of Fort Saskatchewan, Alta., Preston Fleming of Sherwood Park, Alta., and Brian Cardinal of Millet, Alta., emerged victorious during the Calgary Stampede’s 10 Class Team Cattle Penning Competition at the Scotiabank Saddledome. The trio split a winners’ cheque of $22,263. Photo credit: Calgary Stampede

“Fabulous. Amazing. A lot of people had a lot of luck, but we had to work for everything we got,” said Fleming, who rode 19-year-old quarter-horse mare Blaze. “We never did get lucky. We had to pull every (cow). No gimmes.

“It was just a really consistent effort from a real strong team.”

Class 10 is perennially the largest division in the Stampede’s team penning event, and this year was no different. In all, 182 teams kicked things off with two preliminary rounds on Wednesday at Okotoks Agricultural Society, with the top 20 advancing to Saturday’s action at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

Cardinal, Fleming, and Hanson stood ninth of 20 teams entering the fray Saturday, and laid down a pair of solid runs – 39.12 seconds in that third round, and then 35.57 seconds in the 10-team final – to stake a claim on the championship with an aggregate time of 140.44 seconds on 12 head of cattle. And when the five teams ahead of them in the standings missed their final chance to nail down the title – three scored a no-time, one settled for a time on two head of cattle, and a fifth stopped the clock too late, at 44.76 seconds – the trio was finally able to start whooping it up.

Cardinal, Fleming, and Hanson split a winners’ cheque of $22,263, and collect those coveted handtooled, gold-and-silver Stampede buckles. The only team from the final quintet to lay down a time on three head – Tyler Daniels of Lethbridge, Dave Harker of Coaldale, Alta., and Troy Terry of Taber, Alta. – ended up as reserve champions, finishing about eight seconds back at 148.21 and collecting a runner-up cheque of $14,842.

“We were just hopin’ that our time could stick,” said Hanson, who celebrated aboard six-year-old quarter-horse gelding 538. “We felt that (the final five) had an easier herd coming in, so all we could do was hope and pray. It’s all you can do.”

A total of 182 teams battled for a prize pot of more than $74,000 in the Calgary Stampede’s 10 Class Team Cattle Penning Competition, which concluded at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Saturday evening. Photo credit: Calgary Stampede

Team Cattle Penning, a race against the clock, gives a team of three riders on horseback 60 seconds to separate three specifically identified cattle from a herd of 30 and direct them into a 16-foot-by-24-foot pen at the opposite end of the arena.

Teamwork is key, with all three riders working in harmony to cut out the correct cattle and drive them to the pen.

The Stampede’s team penning event draws competitors from across the western half of North America, with 492 teams registering this year for about $225,000 in cash and prizes in four divisions over four nights of action at the Saddledome. Saturday’s purse exceeded $74,000, including that winner’s share of $22,263.

Hanson and Fleming might have been Stampede debutantes, but Cardinal knows Stampede Park like the back of his hand. More than 30 years ago, while based in Spirit Lake, Alta., Cardinal rode the Half Mile of Hell as an outrider in the GMC Rangeland Derby.

“This is beyond my wildest dreams,” said Cardinal, who shared Saturday’s victory with his nine-year-old quarter-horse gelding Willy. “I was an outrider here in 1977 and ’78, and I wondered how I would ever get back here to earn a buckle from the Stampede.

“You could call this a blessing in disguise. I couldn’t ask for a better finish.”

Two more classes remain in the 2011 Stampede’s team penning competition. The third round and final in the Open class – the highest calibre of competition at the Stampede, in terms of horse and rider skill and experience – are slated for Sunday, July 10, while the third round and final of the 7 Class are scheduled for Monday, July 11. Start time both days is 5:30 p.m. at the Saddledome.

The Stampede will be webcasting all events being held in the Scotiabank Saddledome and the Big Top this year. Visit http://ag.calgarystampede.com/saddledome-ustream-2011 for live streaming of Saddledome action, and http://ag.calgarystampede.com/big-top-ustream-2011 for events under the Big Top.

Living the Life

The Alberta Team Cattle Penning Association began their 2010 season April 17/18 at the Thorsby Arena. See the story in the June issue of Western Horse Review. Photos by Bonnie Romanuik.

April 17 Open class winners Benny Wurz, Bonna Labrecque and Lucille Chisan.

April 17 #5 Class winners Kathy Thompson, Kristina Doblanko and Debbie Stewart.

April 17 #10 Class Winners Skylar Hanson, Ernie Wurz and Lucille Chisan.

April 17 #7 Class Winners Preston Fleming, Debbie Stewart and Murray Skippen.

Results:

Thorsby Team Penning

Placing /Riders/ Aggregate Time/Team Payout

Open Class

Sat. April 17, 2010

1) Lucille Chisan/Bonna Labrecque/Benny Wurz/1.1175/$1,382.54

2) Joan DeRudder/Gail Middagh/Ed Palsat/1.1448/$987.53

3) OJ Frankish/Len McCullough/Danny Smoole/1.1477/$790.02

Sun. April 18, 2010

1) Connie Bureau/Roger Bureau/Chris Smith/1.2242/ $1,431.05

2) Deana Edwards/Gerry Filewich/OJ Frankish /1.493/$1,022.18

3) Chris Smith/Corrine Smith/Danny Smoole /1.3364/$817.74

10 Class

Sat. April 17, 2010

1) Lucille Chisan/Skylar Hanson/Ernie Wurz/1.928/$1,311.19

2) Stacie Doyle/Deana Edwards/Carmon Reich /1.1799/$936.56

3) Kelly Feth/Len McCullough/Cody Yanosik/1.2368/$749.25

Sun. April 18, 2010

1) Gerry Filewich/Cody Yanosik/Lloyd Zelisko/1.1332/$1,311.19

2) Roger Bureau/Wendy Dwemychuk/Cody Yanosik/1.2375/$936.56

3) Deana Edwards/Andy Shepard/Marvin Wurz/1.2730/$749.25

7 Class

Sat. April 17, 2010

1) Preston Fleming/Murray Skippen/Debbie Stewart/1.2523/$1,800.70

2) Gary Babcook/Mandy Miller/Richard Miller/1.2687/$1,286.21

3) OJ Frankish/Debbie Stewart/Bruce Wade/1.2928/$1,028.97

Sun. April 18, 2010

1) Vic Abel/Dave Edwards/Jim Sheldon/1.3132/$1,765.73

2) Preston Fleming/Murray Skippen/Debbie Stewart/1.3367/$1,261.24

3) Doris Barsness/Ione Smoole/Grace Young/1.3638/$1,008.99

5 Class

Sat. April 17, 2010

1) Kristina Doblanko/Debbie Stewart/Kathy Thompson/1.2391/$681.82

2) Gary Babcook/Rick Meston/Robert Poissant/1.3787/$487.01

3) Michelle Barsness/Kathy Thompson/Lori Vestby/1.4460/$389.61

Sun. April 18, 2010

1) Sheilagh Chilibeck/Kezia Robinson/Terry Sargent/1.4140/$681.82

2) Steven Gilbert/Ken Gilmet/Brian Riehl/1.5890/$487.01

3) Dave Edwards/Jim Sheldon/Lori Vetsby/2.2016/$389.61

Kilobar Breeze

  • Sire’s Registered Name: WW Doctor Baily
  • Dam’s Registered Name: Easter In Entwistle
  • Owners: Preston And Christine Fleming

Pedigree Stats on Stallion:

  • Breed: American Quarter Horse
  • Year Foaled: 1999
  • Color: Dun

Breeding Information:

  • Live Cover: Yes
  • Live Foal Guarantee: Yes
  • Shipped cooled Semen: No
  • Frozen Semen: No
  • Breeding Fee: $400.00
  • Chute Fee: $150.00
  • Mare Care: $7/day
  • Other:

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