Calgary Stampede Daily News Briefing – Saturday, July 8th, 2017

Rodeo, Chuckwagon and Agriculture Competition Results:

Full rodeo results here.

Chuckwagon Racing:
Full GMC Rangeland Derby Results can be found here.

What’s happening today


Coca-Cola Stage

Theory of a Deadman
9 p.m.

Nashville North

Drew Gregory
8 p.m. – 9 p.m.

The Dungarees
10 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Jason Greeley
12 a.m., 1 a.m.

Canadian Cowgirls – New this year to Stampede, the proud and patriotic Canadian Cowgirls Rodeo Drill Team have a presence in the arena that will bring you to your feet. Flags will be proudly flying in the wind, while the sound of heavy thundering hooves accompanies music. These Canadian ladies can be found all 10 days on the grounds! 11:30am-12:30pm – Scotiabank Saddledome

World Stock Dog Championship – The dogs that take part in this competition are agile and intelligent. Each dog has to move three sheep through a challenging course and into a pen at the end. 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. – Agrium Western Events Centre

Team Cattle Penning Competition Open Class – A team of three riders on horseback have 60 seconds to separate three specifically identified cattle from a herd of 30. 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Scotiabank Saddledome

Daily Agriculture exhibits highlight

Light Horses committee is showcasing different breeds of light horses at work and play. The light horses are here during all 10 days of Stampede. The Light Horse committee has multiple events running every day.

1:30pm – 2:15pm Light Horse Feature
3:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. Light Horse Demo
6 p.m. – 7 p.m. Northern Lights Arena

For more detail, contact

Also happening today

Cowboy Up Challenge, Scotiabank Saddledome, 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Axe Throwing, Midway Unleashed, Open daily

Swine Showcase, Agrium Western Events Centre, Event Level, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m

Interesting Stories

Mark Sutherland tops opening-day action at GMC Rangeland Derby

The most decorated driver in chuckwagon history is saying goodbye this week. But Friday, in opening-day action at the GMC Rangeland Derby, it was Kelly Sutherland’s son who stole the show. Mark Sutherland, racing in the fourth heat, posted a time of 1:12.31.

Full story

Texan takes top spot in 14 class Team Cattle Penning Championships

When the prize money at the Calgary Stampede enters record-breaking territory, even riders from Texas will make the trek north, despite having 11 horses in tow.

The journey paid off to the tune of $27,737 for Louie Saggione III of New Boston, Texas. Saggione and his teammates, Erin Hill (Temecula, Calif.) and Gary Naughton (Grand Ridge, Ill.) took top spot in the 14 Class Team Cattle Penning Championships Friday at the Saddledome.

Full story

Hot temperatures, hot action on day one of the Calgary Stampede Rodeo

The temperatures were sizzling and so were the performances in the opening round of action at the Calgary Stampede Rodeo. With more than $2 million up for grabs during the ten days of competition, contestants know they need momentum on their side.

Full story

Other Results:

Friday’s Midway Food Winner:

The 2017 Best BBQ on a Bun on the Stampede Midway award goes to Prairie Smoke & Spice BBQ for their BBQ Beef Brisket sandwich. All of their BBQ sauces are house-made and gluten free, so make sure to check them out the next time you’re at Triple B! Special thanks to CBC’s Doug Dirks, Julie Van Rosendaal and Ellie Gilchrist for helping with the judging! Check them out on Twitter at @Prairie_smoke’s.

Attendance Results:


Stampede attendance Friday, July 7, 2017: 115,235
Previous daily record set in 2012: 108,455
Same day for 2016: 90,887

Cumulative attendance for 2017: 152,188

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