Local Cowboys have Wins at Calgary Stampede

Calf Roper Chance Thiessen

The caliber of a rodeo comes down to two things: the skill of the competitors and the quality of the horses, bulls and steers. The Calgary Stampede Rodeo features the world’s best competitors and animals July 5-14, 2024. Every afternoon at 1:30 p.m., cowboys and cowgirls face off in a furious display of skill and grit, with every win building towards Showdown Sunday, at the World’s Largest Outdoor Rodeo.

On his first trip to Calgary on Friday, July 5, Chance Thiessen, formerly of Hammon, Oklahoma, and his horse Rotel, were the first out and proved why they were there! They had a run of 7.4 and won $5,500. In the second performance, Chance had a 10.1 run, winning $1,000.00 and was sitting in third place overall in Pool A. Chance had a no-time in the third performance. He caught his calf, but the calf was jerked down, resulting in no-time, a rule at Calgary. Overall, he tied for fifth place.

Chance also recently won at the Cody Stampede with a 7.7 second run, earning him $8.000.00. Chance currently sets in the number thirteen spot in the Pro Rodeo World standings.

Bull Rider Trey Kimzey – Hirshman Photo

Trey Kimzey of Strong City, Oklahoma won the first round of Pool B Bull Riding on Monday, July 8, with a 83 point ride on Last Rights, earning him $12,375.00. Only two cowboys rode in the first performance of Pool B. Trey will compete again Tuesday and Wednesday. Trey cur rent ly is ranked number eight in the Pro Rodeo World standings.

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