Down to the Final Four

Three World Professional Chuckwagon Association drivers – Kirk Sutherland, Kelly Sutherland and Jason Glass will be joined by aggregate winner and former longtime WPCA driver Neal Walgenbach in Sunday’s final. It will be the 4th appearance in the final for Kirk Sutherland, the 5th for Jason Glass, the 19th appearance in the final for Kelly Sutherland, the 4th for Neal Walgenbach. Gary Gorst missed the final by 11 one-hundreds of a second.

Kirk Sutherland - Will Draw First In Tomorrow's Calgary Stampede Final. Photo By Carol Easton

Day 9 also saw Kirk Sutherland, driving the Cam Clark Ford outfit, record the fast time of the night with a 1:14.68. Coming off barrel number 2 in semi-final heat number 8, Sutherland won top money by 65 one-hundreds of a second over Wayne Knight who placed 2nd for the night, followed by Kelly Sutherland, Jason Glass and Rick Fraser who filled out the top five for the night.

The finals from the Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby which will run at 8:00pm on Sunday, July 18.

~ Billy Melville

SUDDEN DEATH CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL HEAT (By Qualification Order)
Rank Driver Sponsor
1 Kirk Sutherland Cam Clark Ford
2 Kelly Sutherland Lucid/Lux Chuckwagon Team
3 Jason Glass Shaw GMC Chevrolet Buick
4 Neal Walgenbach Team YYC Calgary International Airport
Day 9 Results
Rank Driver Sponsor Total Time
1 Kirk Sutherland Cam Clark Ford 1:14.68
2 Wayne Knight Express Employment Professionals 1:15.33
3 Kelly Sutherland Lucid/Lux Chuckwagon Team 1:15.37
4 Jason Glass Shaw GMC Chevrolet Buick 1:15.38
5 Rick Fraser Heninger Toyota / Chickwagon! Foundation for Women 1:15.62
6 Léo Tournier Crescent Point Energy & Friends of the Mavericks 1:15.90
7 Neal Walgenbach Team YYC Calgary International Airport 1:16.09
8 Hugh Sinclair Airstream Heating & Air Conditioning 1:16.14
9 Gary Gorst RE/ MAX Realtors of Calgary & Area 1:16.20
10 Luke Tournier The Cowboys Posse & Royal Liquor Merchants 1:16.47
11 Tyler Helmig Pidherney’s From Start To Finish 1:16.72
12 Jerry Bremner Oak Environment Inc/Foothills Creamery 1:16.77
13 Chad Harden ATB Financial 1:16.84
14 Roger Moore Lynx Brand Fence Products 1:16.92
15 Buddy Bensmiller Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park 1:16.98
16 Troy Dorchester The Roadhouse Nightclub and Continential Imaging Products 1:17.40
17 Reg Johnstone Matco Financial Inc & MFI Group of Funds 1:17.42
18 Obrey Motowylo H & E Oilfield Services Ltd. 1:17.49
19 Barry Hodgson Calgary Food Bank Burnett, Duckworth & Palmer LLP 1:17.64
20 Vern Nolin Mayfair Diagnostics 1:17.72
21 Tim Haroldson Desjardins Financial Security 1:17.82
22 Layne MacGillivray Impact 2000 Inc. 1:17.85
23 Devin Mitsuing 1-800-Drywall 1:17.87
24 Mike Vigen Cell Bridge Communications Corp 1:18.15
25 Brian Laboucane The Mavericks 1:18.18
26 Grant Preece MaXfield Inc. 1:18.38
27 Jim Knight Talisman Energy 1:18.97
28 Grant Profit Thru Tubing Solutions 1:19.99
29 Kurt Bensmiller WestJet 1:20.89
30 Brian Mayan Bernie Brown’s Boot Hill Gallery 1:21.11
31 Mark Sutherland VisitCalgary.com 1:21.55
32 Troy Flad Canadian Tubular Services Inc. 1:24.39
33 Ray Mitsuing Friends of Heritage Park 1:25.48
34 Rae Croteau Jr. Stoney Nakoda Resort & Casino 1:27.28
35 Doug Irvine B & R Eckel’s Transport 1:33.16
36 Shane Nolin Bell 1:33.22

CS Heavy Horse Pull Results

Kris and Spike, the two-horse Springbank Belgians outfit owned by Dennis Weinberger of Cochrane, Alta., show winning form in pulling a 10,100-pound sled the full 14 feet on Friday night during the lightweight division final of the Calgary Stampede’s Heavy Horse Pull under the Big Top. Photo: Calgary Stampede

It was one of those did-you-know facts from the Calgary Stampede’s 2009 Heavy Horse Pull: Dennis Weinberger of Cochrane, Alta., was the bridesmaid in all three classes.

And, trust us, Weinberger was one of those who knew. Did he ever.

“Yeah, I realized it, and I wasn’t very happy. I was a very unhappy man,” said the owner and teamster of the Springbank Belgians outfit. “I had won at least one class in nine consecutive years. Last year, I got shut out. I went home and thought about it, and I thought, ‘You know what? I got complacent. And I paid for it.’

“So I said, ‘That’s it. If we’re goin’, we’re going to start training today, and we’re going to train for next year. We’re going to train as hard as we can, or we’re not goin’ at all.’ That was the plan the day after the Stampede ended last year.”

Well, 360-odd days of sweat and toil paid off in a big way Friday night, as the Stampede’s 2010 Heavy Horse Pull kicked off with the lightweight division final. Weinberger’s Springbank Belgians team of Spike and Kris, supported by Glover International Trucks, won the seven-team pull for a $3,000 winner’s cheque. The only team to successfully pull a 9,000-pound sled the full 14 feet, they also shouldered another 1,100 pounds just for show in front of a packed Big Top crowd.

Nicolas Pouso, the young Uruguayan teamster who works for Stan Grad’s Soderglen Ranches outfit from Airdrie, Alta., finished second. His two Jane Grad-supported Belgians, Roy and Red, came up just seven inches short in their bid to pull a 9,000-pound sled the full distance, ending up with a 157-inch pull and a reserve champion’s cheque for $2,500. Ron Sebastian of Lumsden, Sask., placed third, his Ted Jansen-supported team of Ben and Trip hauling the 9,000-pound sled 103 inches for a $1,500 pay day.

Pouso was pleased with his runner-up spot, in light of the fact that Soderglen Ranches – which owns the Stampede’s heavyweight record – has never fielded a lightweight team.

“I’m happy with the horses. They tried all they could,” said Pouso, originally from Mercedes, Uruguay. “They just couldn’t get a better footing in the dirt, and started stumbling. It was a good try.”

This year’s Stampede Heavy Horse Pull, the richest horse pull in North America, has drawn teamsters from as far away asMichigan, Oregon, and Washington, with outfits primarily featuring Belgian and Percheron horsepower.

Lightweight teams are the only draft-horse duos that consistently pull three times their weight; during Spike and Kris’s final run, the factor was an eye-popping 3.397.

The action continues Saturday, July 17 at 7 p.m. under the Big Top with the final of the middleweight division, whose teams weigh a combined 3,001 to 3,500 pounds. The middleweight final will feature the debut of the Stampede Heavy Horse Pull’s first female teamster, Priscilla Tames of Vibank, Sask.

The heavyweight final, with teams tipping the scales at 3,501 pounds and more, closes out the three-night show on Sunday, July 18 at 7 p.m. under the Big Top.

Heavy horses have been part of Calgary’s annual agricultural fair for 125 years, dating back to the Stampede’s predecessor, the Calgary Industrial Exhibition. As a species, they’re the longest-running agricultural component of the Stampede and its predecessors, and the only livestock class consistently presented throughout that period.

Calgary Stampede Cutting Results

In a stunning reversal of fortune, defending champions Les (Hollywood) Timmons of Kamloops, B.C., and Smart Frele Cat laid down an eye-popping score of 230 on Thursday evening – and then watched as Lyons, the cutting guru from Grandview, Texas, and Thomas E Hughes upstaged that performance with a breathtaking 231 to win the Open division of the Calgary Stampede’s 38th annual Cutting Horse Competition under the Big Top.

Lyons, who has stacked up $3.5 million in career earnings through half a century of National Cutting Horse Association competition, stuffs another $8,822.40 in his Wranglers and wins his first Calgary Stampede championship buckle, to boot.

“My exact thoughts? Les had a helluva run . . . and I told the owner of the horse (Don Boone of West Columbia, Texas), ‘They pay second-place money here. I really think we need to try for second,’ ” recalled Lyons, who has won every major NCHA event in existence, including the Futurity, the Summer Spectacular, the Derby, and the World Finals. “He said, ‘That’s fine. Whatever you want to do.’ But after that first great cow, I said, ‘To heck with it, guys – I’m going for the win.’ This was one of those kind of runs that you dream about. I wouldn’t change any part of that run. I’m gonna tell you, it doesn’t get any better than that.”

Tom Lyons, fourth from right, of Grandview, Texas, won the Open division title aboard Thomas E Hughes during the Calgary Stampede’s 38th annual Cutting Horse Competition under the Big Top on Thursday night. Lyons won $8,822.40 and his first Stampede buckle. Photo: Calgary Stampede

Timmons, who’d won the 2009 Stampede cutting competition aboard Smart Frele Cat, had laid down the gauntlet with a dazzling run, as the pair befuddled a trio of bovines and got the Big Top crowd on its feet. He eventually earned a second-place cheque for $7,057.92 as reserve champ.

“The horse was good. I couldn’t ask for him to do any more. We cut good cows, and he was where he needed to be,” said Timmons, who earned his Hollywood nickname decades ago during cuttings at Vancouver’s Pacific National Exhibition (PNE). “That’s my first (230). The NCHA world record is a 232.

“But I’m still feeling happy about this particular show,” added Timmons, a multi-time Stampede Open champ who’s also the president of the Canadian Cutting Horse Association. “They used to have an aggregate award, and in a total score over three runs, I’ve still got a seven-point lead (over Lyons). We were marked at 225 the first go-round and had a 223.5 in the second. So my horse was super-consistent.”

The sport of cutting highlights the pure athleticism, instinct, agility and intelligence of the cutting horse. With horse-and-rider teams attempting to cut at least three individual cows out of a herd within 150 seconds, cutting has evolved into one of the most exciting equine events in North America. The Stampede’s four-day cutting competition, which began Monday, July 12 at the Okotoks Agricultural Society, is the sixth event on this year’s Mercuria/NCHA World Series, which has expanded to eight stops from its original four-city tour in 2009.

Because of the World Series’ involvement, the Stampede’s Cutting Horse Competition featured $25,000 in added money in each of the Open and Non-Pro divisions. The Open division featured a purse of $37,408, compared to $42,296 in Non-Pro.

Dustin Gonnet of Cayley, Alta., placed third in the Open division aboard Christanis Blue, owned by Ronald Patton of Nanton, Alta., with a 222 score that earned him $5,293.44. Will Nuttall of Red Lodge, Mont., had some rotten luck in Thursday’s championship round – he placed two entries in the final 11, but lost a cow each time to drop out of contention.

Dan Hansen of Nampa, Ida., holding reins at left, won his second Non-Pro division title in three years Thursday night on Woody Be Lucky at the Calgary Stampede’s 38th annual Cutting Horse Competition under the Big Top. The win was worth $9,988.80. Photo: Calgary Stampede

Dan Hansen of Nampa, Ida., later won his second Stampede Non-Pro title in three years on Woody Be Lucky, scoring 227 and earning a winner’s cheque of $9,988.80. Nuttall’s daughter Fallon was reserve champ with a 224 aboard Shortys Royal Blue, earning $7,991.04. “I was (NCHA Non-Pro) world champion on this horse in 2007,” said Hansen. “His barn name is Super Freak, because he’s big for a cutting horse. He’s kind of a freak of nature.”

Andrea Rudkin of Calgary, aboard Anita Steady Date, won her second straight Youth division title at the Calgary Stampede’s 38th annual Cutting Horse Competition under the Big Top on Thursday night. She captured the Bill Collins Youth Excellence Award. Photo: Calgary Stampede

For the second straight year, Andrea Rudkin of Calgary won the Bill Collins Youth Excellence Award as Youth division champion, with a 215.5-point ride sealing a three-round aggregate title. This time around, she earned the Stampede title on her own horse, six-year-old mare Anita Steady Date, which she’s owned for two months. “I get along with her great. She’s the smoothest horse I’ve ever owned, and she’s also the prettiest,” said Rudkin, 16. “She has a lot of heart, and she’ll show it even with the toughest cows.”

The NCHA’s popularity has gone international in the past few years, and that was evident again Thursday as a father-and-son team, Daniel and Benjamin Jaeggi of Geneva, Switzerland, advanced to the Non-Pro and Youth finals, respectively. Daniel, the founder of Mercuria Global Energy Solutions, the title sponsor on the NCHA’s World Series, finished sixth in Non-Pro with a 214 on Bobs Lucky Lady. Benjamin, 14, acquitted himself well on WR Bingo Lingo, earning a 213 in Thursday’s final to go along with earlier scores of 210 and 211 in only his second cutting show. The first was in the north of France earlier this year.

“I always wanted to do cutting. One day I woke up and I said, ‘It’s time,’” said Benjamin, whose sister Constance, 20, has shown in previous years at the Stampede’s cutting competition. “I like the contact between the horse and the cow. The feeling when he stops, when he runs . . . I love it.

“I was a bit scared at the beginning of the week,” added Benjamin, “but when I scored a 210, I was really happy. I told myself it’s for fun; why be scared?”

Heavy Horse Pull Action

The president of the Saskatchewan Barrel Racing Association has started to think big the past couple of summers . . . really big. And as a result, she’s making her Calgary Stampede debut this weekend at the annual Heavy Horse Pull competition under the Big Top.

Teams from as far away as Washington, Oregon, and Michigan will be competing in the Calgary Stampede’s annual Heavy Horse Pull on Friday, July 16, Saturday, July 17, and Sunday, July 18 under the Big Top. These gigantic horses, primarily Percherons and Belgians, can pull as much as three times their own body weight. Photo: Calgary Stampede

Tames, of Vibank, Sask., is the first female teamster in the history of the Stampede’s Heavy Horse Pull, having established her own Valhalla Horse Enterprises pulling team in 2009 after spending a couple of summers working for Jack Grad, also of Vibank, and setting the hook for his Bar G Bar Percherons pulling outfit. But she’s definitely no stranger to the equine species.

“It’s awesome. I’m having an absolute ball with this,” says Tames. “Anything I can do with a horse, I like to give it a try. I’ve jumped. I barrel race right now. I team rope. I’ve shown horses. I’ve been to Calgary for a 50/50 futurity. To try something new is always fun for me. I like challenges.”

Thursday night, at the Victoria Pavilion, the Heavy Horse Pull weekend officially kicked off with its ninth annual Team Auction, and all 22 entries found suitors as the auction pulled in a total of $39,300 in bids. The Springbank Belgian team of heavyweights owned by Dennis Weinberger of Cochrane, Alta., garnered the top bid, $4,100, from New West Truck Centres. Another Weinberger-owned Springbank Belgians team commanded the highest price in the middleweight division, at $2,300, from the Calgary Co-Operative Association Ltd. A team headed by Stan Grad’s Soderglen Ranches of Airdrie, Alta., and Randy Dodge of Albany, Ore., earned the top bid among lightweight rigs, at $2,300, from buyer Jane Grad.

This year’s Heavy Horse Pull has drawn rigs from as far away as Michigan, Oregon, and Washington, with teams primarily featuring Belgian and Percheron horsepower. Outfits compete in three classes based on the total weight of the two-horse team – lightweights from 2,400 to 3,000 pounds, middleweights from 3,001 to 3,500 pounds, and heavyweights tipping the scales at 3,501 pounds and up. The lightweights will kick things off Friday night, while the middleweights test their strength on Saturday and the heavyweights take centre stage on Sunday. The sled starts moving at 7 p.m. under the Big Top all three nights, as these brawny behemoths of the equine world pull as much as three times their own weight a distance of 14 feet.

Stan Grad’s Soderglen Ranches rig and its mammoth Belgian pulling duo of Jim and Ben, are back to defend their Stampede heavyweight title after setting an arena record in 2009 by pulling a 13,100-pound sled the full 14 feet. Bob McGowan of Lebanon, Ore., are hoping for a repeat in the middleweight division, while the lightweight division will see a new champion crowned.

Tames, who has pulled at Regina’s Agribition, will be trotting out her finest Percherons in the middleweight class on Saturday – Tim, a 10-year-old gelding weighing 1,736 pounds; and Pearl, a nine-year-old mare weighing 1,571 pounds.

“Last year, I pulled lights all year, but this year, I took off one of my older mares and replaced her with Tim, which puts us up in the middleweight class. No more training wheels – I’ve moved on to my two-wheeler, I guess,” Tames said with a laugh.

“I’m not in Calgary to win. I’m here to do my best. I mean, to win would be amazing,” added Tames, whose team earned $1,900 from Ted and Enid Jansen at Thursday’s auction. “But I’m coming in barefooted; my horses don’t have the special cleats. And I’ve only been pulling a year.”

Since it was established in 2002, the Stampede’s Heavy Horse Pull Team Auction has become an increasingly popular event for individual and corporate supporters, with attractive and affordable branding possibilities. The Heavy Horse Pull allows supporters a great opportunity at promotion, a unique venue for entertaining clients, and the chance to view some top-notch agricultural entertainment.

For successful bidders, the Heavy Horse Pull advertiser’s package includes passes to watch their teams during competition from a private VIP section under the Big Top, signage on the horses during competition, stall signage in the barns, and an exclusive party in the Victoria Pavilion alongside the horses after the main events.

“It’s a great opportunity to get up close and personal with these horses,” said Bill Nelson, chair of the Stampede’s Heavy Horse Pull committee. “We’ll take your picture with them. We’ll tour you through the barns. They’ll go to your corporate functions. You come to the cocktail receptions every night and rub elbows with them.

“It’s an overall great Stampede experience at a very reasonable price,” added Nelson. “And the teamsters we get from all over North America are real first-class, entertaining characters.”

Heavy horses have been part of Calgary’s annual agricultural fair for 125 years, dating back to the Stampede’s predecessor, the Calgary Industrial Exhibition. As a species, they’re the longest-running agricultural component of the Stampede and its predecessors, and the only livestock class consistently presented throughout that period.

Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby Day 7

Rick Fraser - Tops On The 6th Run In Calgary. Photo By Paul Easton

Day 7 was another perfect day at Stampede Park and saw 3-time Calgary Stampede sudden death finalist Rick Fraser, driving the Heninger Toyota / Chickwagon! Foundation for Women outfit posted the top time of the night with a 1:15.08.

Coming off barrel number 1 in heat number 9, Fraser won his second day money for the week by 16 one-hundreds of a second over yesterday’s day money winner Brian Laboucane. Kelly Sutherland, Jerry Bremner and Kirk Sutherland rounded out the top 5 for the night.

Neal Walgenbach continues to hold onto the lead the overall aggregate with a 6 day aggregate time of 7:43.80. He is followed closely by 3-time Calgary Stampede champion Buddy Bensmiller with Jason Glass, Kirk Sutherland, Kelly Sutherland, Rick Fraser, Gary Gorst, and Mark Sutherland making out the top after five runs.

The aggregate winner will be declared after 8 nights on Friday, July 16, and the top 8 in the aggregate on that day will go into “Semi Final Saturday.” The top 4 times from heats 8 and 9 on semi final Saturday on July 17 will go into the sudden death championship final heat. The winner of the final heat will be declared the 2010 Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby Champion.

The chuckwagon races from the Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby which will run at 8:00pm every night.

Billy Melville

Day 7 Results
Rank Driver Sponsor Total Time
1 Rick Fraser Heninger Toyota / Chickwagon! Foundation for Women 1:15.08
2 Brian Laboucane The Mavericks 1:15.24
3 Kelly Sutherland Lucid/Lux Chuckwagon Team 1:15.60
4 Jerry Bremner Oak Environment Inc/Foothills Creamery 1:15.83
5 Kirk Sutherland Walsh Wilkins Creighton 1:15.91
6 Vern Nolin BKDI Architects 1:16.07
7 Tyler Helmig Pidherney’s From Start To Finish 1:16.08
8 Mark Sutherland VisitCalgary.com 1:16.15
9 Léo Tournier Myers Norris Penny& Friends of the Mavericks 1:16.22
10 Troy Dorchester Lafarge Northwest Division 1:16.30
11 Grant Profit Thru Tubing Solutions 1:16.32
12 Buddy Bensmiller Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park 1:16.37
13 Jason Glass Shaw GMC Chevrolet Buick 1:16.40
14 Tim Haroldson Petro Tranz 1:16.41
15 Chad Harden ATB Financial 1:16.70
16 Luke Tournier The Cowboys Posse 1:16.78
17 Neal Walgenbach Team YYC Calgary International Airport 1:17.00
18 Roger Moore Lynx Brand Fence Products 1:17.04
19 Jim Knight Ziegler’s Oilfield Consulting Ltd. 1:17.07
20 Doug Irvine B & R Eckel’s Transport 1:17.20
21/22 Brian Mayan Bernie Brown’s Boot Hill Gallery 1:17.38
21/22 Hugh Sinclair Airstream Heating & Air Conditioning 1:17.38
23 Barry Hodgson Calgary Food Bank – Freehold Royalty Trust 1:17.42
24 Gary Gorst RE/ MAX Realtors of Calgary & Area 1:17.49
25 Rae Croteau Jr. Stoney Nakoda Resort & Casino 1:17.55
26 Reg Johnstone Matco Financial Inc & MFI Group of Funds 1:17.56
27 Ray Mitsuing Friends of Heritage Park 1:17.69
28 Obrey Motowylo H & E Oilfield Services Ltd. 1:18.06
29 Troy Flad NBC Technologies Inc. 1:18.42
30 Shane Nolin Bell 1:18.75
31 Grant Preece MaXfield Inc. 1:22.33
32 Layne MacGillivray Impact 2000 Inc. 1:22.41
33 Kurt Bensmiller WestJet 1:22.54
34 Devin Mitsuing Noralta Lodge 1:23.20
35 Mike Vigen Cell Bridge Communications Corp 1:27.60
36 Wayne Knight Express Employment Professionals 1:31.54
6 Run Aggregate Standings
Rank Driver Sponsor 6 Run Total
1 Neal Walgenbach Team YYC Calgary International Airport 7:43.80
2 Buddy Bensmiller Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park 7:44.72
3 Jason Glass Shaw GMC Chevrolet Buick 7:44.83
4 Kirk Sutherland Cam Clark Ford & Ranchman’s Cookhouse & Dancehall Inc. 7:45.62
5 Kelly Sutherland Lucid/Lux Chuckwagon Team 7:45.99
6 Rick Fraser Heninger Toyota / Chickwagon! Foundation for Women 7:46.15
7 Gary Gorst RE/ MAX Realtors of Calgary & Area 7:46.23
8 Mark Sutherland VisitCalgary.com 7:47.61
9 Troy Dorchester The Roadhouse Nightclub and Continential Imaging Products 7:47.85
10 Brian Laboucane The Mavericks 7:48.45
11 Vern Nolin BKDI Architects 7:48.84
12 Grant Profit Thru Tubing Solutions 7:48.89
13 Luke Tournier The Cowboys Posse 7:50.17
14 Roger Moore Lynx Brand Fence/Stephen’s Fine Homes 7:50.51
15 Jim Knight Border City Oilmen 7:50.74
16 Ray Mitsuing Diamond’s Sports Grill – Mesa/Heritage Park 7:51.83
17 Chad Harden ATB Financial 7:51.94
18 Shane Nolin Bell 7:53.29
19 Brian Mayan Bernie Brown’s Boot Hill Gallery 7:54.21
20 Grant Preece MaXfield Inc. 7:54.32
21 Doug Irvine B & R Eckel’s Transport 7:54.49
22 Kurt Bensmiller WestJet 7:54.64
23 Layne MacGillivray Impact 2000 Inc. 7:55.03
24 Obrey Motowylo H & E Oilfield Services Ltd. 7:55.48
25 Rae Croteau Jr. Stoney Nakoda Resort & Casino 7:55.61
26 Jerry Bremner Oak Environment Inc/Foothills Creamery 7:55.73
27 Tyler Helmig Pidherney’s From Start To Finish 7:57.23
28 Tim Haroldson 1525423 Alberta Ltd. 7:58.55
29 Barry Hodgson Friends of the Calgary Food Bank 7:58.58
30 Reg Johnstone Matco Financial Inc. 7:58.82
31 Mike Vigen Cell Bridge Communications Corp 7:59.93
32 Troy Flad BNL (1997) Ltd. 8:01.02
33 Devin Mitsuing 1-800-Drywall 8:01.85
34 Léo Tournier Friends of the Mavericks 8:03.11
35 Hugh Sinclair Airstream Heating & Air Conditioning 8:08.78
36 Wayne Knight Express Employment Professionals 8:13.10

Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby Day 8

Jason Glass is one of eight drivers making it to tonight's Rangeland Derby Semi-Finals.

The final eight have been set for Semi Final Saturday at the 2010 Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby Championship. Neal Walgenbach, Jason Glass, Kelly Sutherland, Kirk Sutherland, Buddy Bensmiller, Brian Laboucane, Gary Gorst and Mark Sutherland will all go into Semi Final Saturday looking to emerge as one of the final four in Sunday’s $150,000.00 sudden death championship final heat where the winner will be crowned the 2010 Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby Champion and walk away with $100,000.00. Troy Dorchester missed the semi finals by 98 one-hundreds of a second of a second, with Grant profit back another 15 one-hundreds of a second and placed 10th overall.

Neal Walgenbach, driving the Team YYC Calgary International Airport outfit, and along with outriders Rory Gervais, Dustin Gorst Jamie Laboucane, Brian Mayan and Eddie Melville captured the Richard Cosgrave Memorial Award symbolic of the Calgary Stampede Aggregate Winner. Sutherland posted the best 7 run time of 8:58.16, and won the aggregate by 77 one-hundreds over 2-timeAggregate Winner Jason Glass in 2nd place overall, with Kelly Sutherland, Kirk Sutherland and Buddy Bensmiller filling out the top 5 overall. Rick Fraser who was in the top 8 at the start of the day hit a barrel and fell out of the running. It is the first time that Neal Walgenbach, a 3-time finalist has won the Calgary Stampede Aggregate Title, and it happened in what will be his final Calgary Stampede.

Day 8 also saw Brian Laboucane., driving The Mavericks outfit, record the fast time of the week with a 1:14.26. Coming off barrel number 4 in heat number 1, Laboucane won top money by 64 one-hundreds of a second over 1998 Calgary Stampede finalist Wayne Knight, with Jason Glass, Luke Tournier and Kelly Sutherland filling out the top five for the night. It was the 2nd time in three days that Brian Laboucane won the day money and also the second career day money at the Calgary Stampede for Brian Laboucane as well.

Billy Melville

2010 RICHARD COSGRAVE MEMORIAL AWARD (TOP AGGREGATE WAGON – 7 RUNS)
TEAM YYC CALGARY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Neal Walgenbach – Driving
Rory Gervais, Dustin Gorst Jamie Laboucane, Brian Mayan and Eddie Melville – Outriders
Day 8 Results
Rank Driver Sponsor Total Time
1 Brian Laboucane The Mavericks 1:14.26
2 Wayne Knight Express Employment Professionals 1:14.90
3 Jason Glass Shaw GMC Chevrolet Buick 1:15.10
4 Luke Tournier The Cowboys Posse & NCI Construction 1:15.22
5 Kelly Sutherland Lucid/Lux Chuckwagon Team 1:15.26
6 Neal Walgenbach Team YYC Calgary International Airport 1:15.36
7 Doug Irvine B & R Eckel’s Transport 1:15.70
8 Grant Profit Thru Tubing Solutions 1:15.79
9 Mark Sutherland VisitCalgary.com 1:15.94
10 Kirk Sutherland Calgary Archives Inc. 1:16.10
11 Obrey Motowylo H & E Oilfield Services Ltd. 1:16.11
12 Mike Vigen Cell Bridge Communications Corp 1:16.26
13 Rae Croteau Jr. Stoney Nakoda Resort & Casino 1:16.35
14 Ray Mitsuing Diamond’s Sports Grill – Mesa 1:16.56
15 Troy Dorchester The Roadhouse Nightclub and Continential Imaging Products 1:16.68
16/17 Jim Knight Raider Well Servicing Ltd. 1:16.92
16/17 Layne MacGillivray Impact 2000 Inc. 1:16.92
18/19 Léo Tournier Cathedral Energy Services & Friends of the Mavericks 1:17.09
18/19 Reg Johnstone Tesla Exploration Ltd. 1:17.09
20 Gary Gorst RE/ MAX Realtors of Calgary & Area 1:17.11
21 Buddy Bensmiller Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park 1:17.32
22 Vern Nolin Mayfair Diagnostics 1:17.36
23 Tyler Helmig Pidherney’s From Start To Finish 1:17.38
24 Devin Mitsuing 1-800-Drywall 1:17.39
25 Jerry Bremner Oak Environment Inc/Foothills Creamery 1:17.40
26 Barry Hodgson Calgary Food Bank – Penn West Energy Trust 1:17.51
27 Tim Haroldson Desjardins Financial Security 1:17.63
28 Hugh Sinclair Airstream Heating & Air Conditioning 1:17.72
29 Chad Harden ATB Financial 1:18.01
30 Kurt Bensmiller WestJet 1:18.20
31 Shane Nolin Bell 1:18.37
32 Troy Flad Olympic Trust Company 1:18.98
33 Rick Fraser Chickwagon! Foundation for Women/Heninger Toyota 1:20.65
34 Roger Moore Stephen’s Fine Homes Ltd. 1:23.32
35 Brian Mayan Bernie Brown’s Boot Hill Gallery 1:23.92
36 Grant Preece MaXfield Inc. 1:25.69
7 Run Aggregate Standings
Rank Driver Sponsor 7 Run Total
1 Neal Walgenbach Team YYC Calgary International Airport 8:59.16
2 Jason Glass Shaw GMC Chevrolet Buick 8:59.93
3 Kelly Sutherland Lucid/Lux Chuckwagon Team 9:01.25
4 Kirk Sutherland Cam Clark Ford & Ranchman’s Cookhouse & Dancehall Inc. 9:01.72
5 Buddy Bensmiller Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park 9:02.04
6 Brian Laboucane The Mavericks 9:02.71
7 Gary Gorst RE/ MAX Realtors of Calgary & Area 9:03.34
8 Mark Sutherland VisitCalgary.com 9:03.55
9 Troy Dorchester The Roadhouse Nightclub and Continential Imaging Products 9:04.53
10 Grant Profit Thru Tubing Solutions 9:04.68
11 Luke Tournier The Cowboys Posse 9:05.39
12 Vern Nolin BKDI Architects 9:06.20
13 Rick Fraser Heninger Toyota / Chickwagon! Foundation for Women 9:06.80
14 Jim Knight Border City Oilmen 9:07.66
15 Ray Mitsuing Diamond’s Sports Grill – Mesa/Heritage Park 9:08.39
16 Chad Harden ATB Financial 9:09.95
17 Doug Irvine B & R Eckel’s Transport 9:10.19
18 Obrey Motowylo H & E Oilfield Services Ltd. 9:11.59
19 Shane Nolin Bell 9:11.66
20 Layne MacGillivray Impact 2000 Inc. 9:11.95
21 Rae Croteau Jr. Stoney Nakoda Resort & Casino 9:11.96
22 Kurt Bensmiller WestJet 9:12.84
23 Jerry Bremner Oak Environment Inc/Foothills Creamery 9:13.13
24 Roger Moore Lynx Brand Fence/Stephen’s Fine Homes 9:13.83
25 Tyler Helmig Pidherney’s From Start To Finish 9:14.61
26 Reg Johnstone Matco Financial Inc. 9:15.91
27 Barry Hodgson Friends of the Calgary Food Bank 9:16.09
28 Tim Haroldson 1525423 Alberta Ltd. 9:16.18
29 Mike Vigen Cell Bridge Communications Corp 9:16.19
30 Brian Mayan Bernie Brown’s Boot Hill Gallery 9:18.13
31 Devin Mitsuing 1-800-Drywall 9:19.24
32 Troy Flad BNL (1997) Ltd. 9:20.00
33 Grant Preece MaXfield Inc. 9:20.01
34 Léo Tournier Friends of the Mavericks 9:20.20
35 Hugh Sinclair Airstream Heating & Air Conditioning 9:26.50
36 Wayne Knight Express Employment Professionals 9:28.00

Calgary Stampede Poster Unveiled

“I wanted an image that celebrated the long-standing relationship between the Treaty 7 First Nations and the Calgary Stampede,” says Casey. “I saw Nikkole Heavy Shields dancing at the 2010 Indian Princess pageant and immediately knew what I wanted my first poster to capture the beauty, the elegance, the tradition, the life and the spirituality of her dance.”
The very first Calgary Stampede in 1912 included over 2,000 native people of the Treaty 7 First Nations who received special permission to gather off their reserves. The IndianVillage gathering has continued ever since and has remained an important opportunity for the Treaty 7 First Nations to reinforce, celebrate and share their cultures. The stunning image of an aboriginal dancer is meant to evoke the meaningful relationship between the Calgary Stampede and the Treaty 7 First Nations.
Casey said he was pleased to work with Zach who has displayed his work at the Stampede’s western art showcase continuously for 33 years. “I asked Vilem to create a painting that reflected the passion, pride and energy that I saw in Nikkole’s dance which is such a wonderful expression of First Nations’ culture.”
Zach’s oil paintings, sculptures and pastels have placed him among the elite of western artists. Earlier this year he was inducted into the Western Art Show Hall of Fame.
“The poster creation process was collaborative,” says Zach. “Like piecing together a puzzle, we created an image inspired by the dancer that captures the beauty of the tradition.”
Zach has captured the beauty and moment in this traditional dance in the 2011 Calgary Stampede poster.

Miniature Horse Action

Yes, it’s possible to change horses in midstream. Just ask Louise Locke.

More than two decades ago, Locke was wandering through the Calgary Stampede’s Agriculture Barns with her eldest daughter Kim, when they stumbled upon a stable’s worth of pint-sized equine packages.

“My daughter fell in love with miniature horses right then and there. At that, I’d never even heard of them, or seen them, and my reaction was: ‘How absurd is this?’ ” recalled Locke, who lives just outside Calgary, at this week’s 30th annual Canadian National Miniature Horse Show, hosted by the Stampede. “But once we bought one from our neighbours in Bearspaw (Merv Giles and his Circle J Ranches outfit), I was surprised to find out to what extent they are a ‘real horse.’ ”

“I come from a big-horse background. I still love to ride; my favourite avocation is cutting,” added Locke. “But I’ve been so impressed by what an all-around, genuine performance horse the miniature is. They’re incredibly versatile and useful. And I’m also surprised by how many serious horsemen feel the same.”

Versatile and useful, 67 miniature horses from Alberta and B.C. congregated at this year’s Calgary Stampede for the 30th annual Canadian National Miniature Horse Show, which wrapped up Tuesday in the Agriculture Barns. Photo: Calgary Stampede

The four-day Canadian National show, sanctioned by the American Miniature Horse Association and held in the Agriculture Barns, wrapped up Tuesday and featured 67 horses entered in a wide array of classes, including hunter/jumper, obstacle, halter, in-hand jumping, roadster, pleasure driving, log drag and more.

Of course, if the Lockes hadn’t entered the world of miniature horses – which max out at 34 inches tall –they wouldn’t be able to tell the tale of the Amazing Bunny Brothers. All three minis are the offspring of the late Martin’s Bunny, formerly owned by Circle J Ranches, and have gone on to great success in the show ring under the Lockes’ Hurricane Hill Miniatures banner.

Their first purchase, Circle J Buster Bo, earned a pair of reserve championships in obstacles at the American Miniature Horse Association’s world championship, among other achievements. Its brother, Circle J Champ’s Li’l Chief, was a Canadian National grand champion in senior gelding at the 2009 Canadian National. And on Sunday, another chapter was added to the tale when the third brother, Circle J Bunanza – a hunter/jumper specialist who’s earned plenty of accolades at the AMHA worlds – was named this year’s Canadian National grand champion in senior gelding. Circle J Champ’s Li’l Chief, a “phenomenally well built horse,” says Locke, was also used by Giles as a sire before he was gelded, and one of his offspring, Circle J Duchess, won Hurricane Hill Miniatures another Canadian National title in 2009, as grand champion in the senior mare class.

“The Giles drove around North America for quite a while, looking for horses that they’d like to get (a breeding program) started with,” said Locke. “They found a few horses that were way ahead of their time in terms of quality . . . and it shows.”

After collecting four Canadian National class titles and two reserve championships in 2009, Locke’s minis scooped up a few more awards at this year’s show.

FirstKnight’sHotChildintheCity, owned by K.C. Pappas’s First Knight Miniatures of Calgary, was named Supreme Halter Horse, or overall champion, of the 30th annual Canadian National Miniature Horse Show at the Calgary Stampede on Tuesday. Photo: Calgary Stampede

On top of Circle J Bunanza’s win, Imprint Gold Denali won a Canadian National grand champion class title in senior stallion, and HCM War Paints Feelin Groovy was a Canadian National reserve champ in both country pleasure driving horse and roadster driving horse.

Tuesday afternoon at the Northern Lights Arena, during the pinnacle of the 2010 Canadian National, FirstKnight’sHotChildintheCity, owned and bred by Calgary’s K.C. Pappas of First Knight Miniatures, was named Supreme Halter Horse, the overall champion of this year’s show.

First Knight Miniatures also saw FirstKnightsQuantumOfSolace win a Canadian National class championship in junior stallion, while FirstKnight’sStridersSolidGold was reserve champion in the same category. First Knights American Idol, the Supreme Halter Horse at the 2009 Canadian National, was named this year’s grand champion in the junior gelding class.

The 30th anniversary Canadian National show attracted breeders and enthusiasts from across Alberta and British Columbia.

“Miniature horses were originally bred to pull trucks out of coal mines in England. They are phenomenally strong, and can pull almost three times their weight,” said Bud Klasky, chair of the Stampede’s Miniature Horse committee. “They’re not just pets; some people use them as working animals on farms. They’re also very docile, very tame, and they’ll respond to training of any kind.”

Other Canadian National grand champions were named as follows: WCR Regalaire, owned by Dawn Labine’s Little L Acres of Millet, Alta., in both roadster driving horse and single pleasure driving horse; WCR Catmandu, also of Little L Acres, in country pleasure driving horse; First Knights Angel of Music, owned by Strathmore’s Cindy Hunter, in senior mare; and Smokey Mountain Indian Magic, owned by Calgary’s Dale Crocker, in classic pleasure driving horse.

Other Canadian National reserve champions were: Imprint Dustys Denim Blues, owned by Patricia Bricker of Blackie, Alta., in single pleasure driving horse; Ramblin Ranch Fast Forward, owned by Christine Tilleman of Airdrie, Alta., in junior gelding; RFM Best Bets Lady Sierra, owned by Colin and Marj Brown of Wetaskenau, Alta., in senior mare; Labine’s WCR Catmandu in senior stallion; Circle J Dezigner Genes of Circle J Ranch in senior gelding; and Circle J Charizma, owned by Peggy Tilleman of Airdrie, in classic pleasure driving horse.

CS Rangeland Derby – Day 6 Results

After inclement weather cancelled the races for day number 5 and will shorten the Rangeland Derby to 9 days of running, some fine racing was seen on day 6 of the Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby. For the first time in his career, Brian Laboucane, driving The Mavericks outfit posted the top time of the night with a 1:15.38.

Brian Laboucane - 1st Time Day Money Winner On NIght 6 In Calgary. Photo By Fred Vidiuk.

Coming off barrel number 2 in heat number 1, Laboucane won the day money by 39 one-hundreds of a second Jason Glass who placed second for the night. Buddy Bensmiller, Mark Sutherland and Rae Croteau Jr. rounded out the top 5 for the night.

Neal Walgenbach continues to lead the overall aggregate with a 5 day aggregate time of 6:26.80. He is followed closely by 3-time Calgary Stampede champion Buddy Bensmiller with Jason Glass, Gary Gorst, Kirk Sutherland, Kelly Sutherland, Rick Fraser and Mark Sutherland making out the top after five runs.

The aggregate winner will be declared after 8 nights on Friday, July 16, and the top 8 in the aggregate on that day will go into “Semi Final Saturday.” The top 4 times from heats 8 and 9 on semi final Saturday on July 17 will go into the sudden death championship final heat. The winner of the final heat will be declared the 2010 Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby Champion.

The chuckwagon races from the Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby which will run at 8:00pm every night.

~ Billy Melville

Day 6 Results
Rank Driver Sponsor Total Time
1 Brian Laboucane The Mavericks 1:15.38
2 Jason Glass Shaw GMC Chevrolet Buick 1:15.77
3 Buddy Bensmiller Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park 1:15.78
4 Mark Sutherland VisitCalgary.com 1:16.05
5 Rae Croteau Jr. Stoney Nakoda Resort & Casino 1:16.14
6 Gary Gorst RE/ MAX Realtors of Calgary & Area 1:16.46
7 Jim Knight X-Treme Oilfield Technology 1:16.60
8 Grant Profit Thru Tubing Solutions 1:16.61
9 Kirk Sutherland Discount Car & Truck Rentals 1:16.71
10 Mike Vigen Cell Bridge Communications Corp 1:16.78
11 Tyler Helmig Pidherney’s From Start To Finish 1:16.86
12 Devin Mitsuing Noralta Lodge 1:16.91
13/14 Neal Walgenbach Team YYC Calgary International Airport 1:16.94
13/14 Ray Mitsuing Diamond’s Sports Grill – Mesa 1:16.94
15 Roger Moore Lynx Brand Fence Products 1:17.24
16 Rick Fraser Chickwagon! Foundation for Women/Heninger Toyota 1:17.46
17 Vern Nolin Mayfair Diagnostics 1:17.54
18 Tim Haroldson Delta Hotels and Resorts 1:17.64
19 Layne MacGillivray Impact 2000 Inc. 1:17.70
20 Troy Flad Superior Propane 1:17.80
21 Barry Hodgson Friends of the Calgary Food Bank – AltaGas 1:17.92
22 Léo Tournier Country Hills Golf Club & Friends of the Mavericks 1:18.01
23 Shane Nolin Bell 1:18.04
24 Troy Dorchester Lafarge Northwest Division 1:18.10
25 Kelly Sutherland Lucid/Lux Chuckwagon Team 1:18.18
26 Jerry Bremner Oak Environment Inc/Foothills Creamery 1:18.22
27 Grant Preece MaXfield Inc. 1:18.23
28 Obrey Motowylo H & E Oilfield Services Ltd. 1:18.24
29 Reg Johnstone Calfrac Well Services Ltd. 1:18.48
30 Kurt Bensmiller WestJet 1:18.51
31 Brian Mayan Bernie Brown’s Boot Hill Gallery 1:18.66
32 Luke Tournier The Cowboys Posse & Country 105 1:18.68
33 Hugh Sinclair Airstream Heating & Air Conditioning 1:18.91
34 Doug Irvine B & R Eckel’s Transport 1:18.99
35 Chad Harden ATB Financial 1:19.03
36 Wayne Knight Express Employment Professionals 1:26.82
5 Day Aggregate Standings
Rank Driver Sponsor 5 Day Total
1 Neal Walgenbach Team YYC Calgary International Airport 6:26.80
2 Buddy Bensmiller Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park 6:28.35
3 Jason Glass Shaw GMC Chevrolet Buick 6:28.43
4 Gary Gorst RE/ MAX Realtors of Calgary & Area 6:28.74
5 Kirk Sutherland Cam Clark Ford & Ranchman’s Cookhouse & Dancehall Inc. 6:29.71
6 Kelly Sutherland Lucid/Lux Chuckwagon Team 6:30.39
7 Rick Fraser Heninger Toyota / Chickwagon! Foundation for Women 6:31.07
8 Mark Sutherland VisitCalgary.com 6:31.46
9 Troy Dorchester The Roadhouse Nightclub and Continential Imaging Products 6:31.55
10 Grant Preece MaXfield Inc. 6:31.99
11 Kurt Bensmiller WestJet 6:32.10
12 Mike Vigen Cell Bridge Communications Corp 6:32.33
13 Grant Profit Thru Tubing Solutions 6:32.57
14 Layne MacGillivray Impact 2000 Inc. 6:32.62
15 Vern Nolin BKDI Architects 6:32.77
16 Brian Laboucane The Mavericks 6:33.21
17 Luke Tournier The Cowboys Posse 6:33.39
18 Roger Moore Lynx Brand Fence/Stephen’s Fine Homes 6:33.47
19 Jim Knight Border City Oilmen 6:33.67
20 Ray Mitsuing Diamond’s Sports Grill – Mesa/Heritage Park 6:34.14
21 Shane Nolin Bell 6:34.54
22 Chad Harden ATB Financial 6:35.24
23 Brian Mayan Bernie Brown’s Boot Hill Gallery 6:36.83
24 Doug Irvine B & R Eckel’s Transport 6:37.29
25 Obrey Motowylo H & E Oilfield Services Ltd. 6:37.42
26 Rae Croteau Jr. Stoney Nakoda Resort & Casino 6:38.06
27 Devin Mitsuing 1-800-Drywall 6:38.65
28 Jerry Bremner Oak Environment Inc/Foothills Creamery 6:39.90
29 Tyler Helmig Pidherney’s From Start To Finish 6:41.15
30 Barry Hodgson Friends of the Calgary Food Bank 6:41.16
31 Reg Johnstone Matco Financial Inc. 6:41.26
32 Wayne Knight Express Employment Professionals 6:41.56
33 Tim Haroldson 1525423 Alberta Ltd. 6:42.14
34 Troy Flad BNL (1997) Ltd. 6:42.60
35 Léo Tournier Friends of the Mavericks 6:46.89
36 Hugh Sinclair Airstream Heating & Air Conditioning 6:51.40