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Photos: Calgary Stampede rodeo, chuckwagon Day 1 wrap up

The Calgary Stampede opened up the 2023 edition with a bang, setting an opening day record for Day 1 visitors.

There were 164,939 people that went through the gates on Friday, setting a new record and inching closer to a Calgary Stampede one-day record.

Day 2 is sure to be another good one, with warm temperatures and virtually no chance of rain. Be sure to take precautions while you’re out there and drink lots of water and seek shade when you’re on the grounds.

The Calgary Stampede rodeo, complete with its new format, burst from the gate Friday, as they now have three pools with three days of competition. Previously it was two pools with four days of competition. So, there's no holding back.

Plus, it was the start of the ever-exciting GMC Rangeland Derby, with the top chuckwagon drivers vying for a spot in the final race and the big payday next Sunday night.

Here's a look at the day's action courtesy of Aryn Toombs and Sean Libin.


Tim O'Connell kicked off the action of the 2023 Calgary Stampede setting the bar high with an 87.0 trip aboard Shadow Warrior, winning the first round of the Stampede's Bareback event. Photo by SEAN LIBIN / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
O'Connell, TimZwingle IAShadow Warrior87.00
Laye, ClintCadogan ABSpecial Delivery86.00
Landingham, RCHat Creek CAWitless Margie84.00
Biglow, ClaytonClements CAZulu Warrior83.50
Reiner, ColeBuffalo NYBigtimin Houston82.50
Bennett, CalebCorvallis MTYesterdays Delivery82.00
Kramer, BenMax NDArbitrator Joe82.00
Pelke, NickMondovi WICinchy Whitney81.50
Clements, MasonSpanish Fork UTBucking Knight80.00
Breuer, TyMandan NDYou See Me80.00

Saddle Bronc

Leon Fountain emerged as the top Saddle Bronc rider at Calgary Stampede Rodeo's opening round. Fountain rode Business Girl to an 86.50. Photo by SEAN LIBIN / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Fountain, LeonCorona NMBusiness Girl86.50
Thurston, ZekeBig Valley ABY U R Friskey85.50
Garrett, ShortyEagle Butte SDBaby Kibitz83.00
Brennan, DamianInjune AUSergeant Whitney81.50
Holman, LeftyVisalia CABirch Bubbles78.50
Fleet, ParkerAxtell TXRedon Acres78.00
Sanford, RyderSulphur LAYukon Rambler77.50
Wright, SpencerMilford UTZoaria Hills68.00
Cress, BrodyHillsdale WYZastron AcresBO
Diaz, IsaacDesdemona TXDaunting NewsBO

Bull Riding

JC Mortenson scored 84.5 aboard Jack O Lantern (DK 752) on the first day of the Calgary Stampede bull riding. Photo by SEAN LIBIN / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Mortensen, JCPaulden AZJack O Lantern84.50
Teel, CodyKountze TXTrapped82.50
Holston, TreyFort Scott KSLast Rights81.00
Woodward, JestynCuster SDCaptain Jack80.50
Reiste, TrevorLinden IAHandsome Devil73.00
Schott, ChanceMclaughlin SDWolf BaitBO
Davis, CooperJasper TXChesterBO
Buttar, DakotaEatonia SKDevils AdvocateBO
Swearingen, DaylonPiffard NYJack The RipperBO
Askey, JeffAthens TXHaunted HotelBO

Tie-down Roping

Riley Pruitt competed in the opening day of Calgary Stampede Tie Down Roping action. Photo by SEAN LIBIN / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Otero, MichaelLowndesboro AL7.6
Costa, MarcosIretama PR8.4
Cooper, BeauStettler AB8.5
Jongbloed, ZachIowa LA8.6
Webb, RileyDenton TX8.7
Shiozawa, MattChubbuck ID9.2
Smidt, CalebBellville TXNT
Hale, TrevorPerryton TXNT
Yates, MartyStephenville TXNT
Pruitt, RileyGering NENT

Steer Wrestling

Massey, DaltonHermiston OR4.7
Brunner, TannerRamona KS5.5
Devers, CodyPerryton TX5.5
Graves, StocktonAlva OK6.1
Tavenner, DirkRigby ID7.5
Payne, DonStephenville TX9.5
Allen, TuckerOak View CA10.2
Cassidy, CurtisDonalda AB15.8
Branco, StanChowchilla CANT
Guy, NickSparta WINT

Barrel Racing

Lisa Lockhart turned the barrels in 17.580 seconds to secure the top spot on Day 1 of the Calgary Stampede Ladies Barrel Racing. Photo by SEAN LIBIN / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
613Lockhart, LisaOelrichs SD17.580
621Routier, JessicaBuffalo SD17.650
602Beisel, EmilyWeatherford OK17.670
605Crowther, MargoNorth Fort Meyers FL17.720
629Winkelman, SaraBig Lake MN17.990
625Spielman, ShelbyPonoka AB18.030
617Mowry, KassieDublin TX22.640
608Hillman, SteviWeatherford TX22.640
627Whiteside, BradiLongview AB22.940
630Winn, SissyChapman Ranch TX25.020


Chanse Vigen chuckwagon racing in heat 9 at the Calgary Stampede on Friday, July 7, 2023. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
1NJamie LaboucaneCowboys1:11.4300   1:11.4300
2AAChanse VigenKMA1:11.5200  1:11.5200
3CKurt BensmillerGrey Eagle Resort & Casino1:12.1000  1:12.1000
4/5OLayne MacGillivraySpray Lake Sawmills1:12.3000  1:12.3000
4/5DRae CroteauDynamic Capital & Custom Truck1:12.3000  1:12.3000
6JDarcy FladBroda Group1:12.3600  1:12.3600
7YMark SutherlandFriends of Sutherland Racing1:12.4300  1:12.4300
8HChad FikeSummitt Fleet1:12.6300  1:12.6300
9VEvan SalmondDe Havilland1:12.8400  1:12.8400
10WWade SalmondDe Havilland1:13.1000  1:13.1000
11/12XKirk SutherlandShaw GMC1:13.2700  1:13.2700
11/12RObrey MotowyloShel-Bar Electronic Industries1:13.2700  1:13.2700
13QKris MolleGraf Mechanical1:13.3500  1:13.3500
14MRoss KnightMobSquad1:13.4300  1:13.4300
15ETroy DorchesterGrayhawk Wealth1:13.7000  1:13.7000
16UDanny RinguetteGenesis Aviation1:13.7300  1:13.7300
17KJason GlassBirchcliffe Energy1:13.7600  1:13.7600
18FDallas DyckNorthback1:13.8000  1:13.8000
19ZMitch SutherlandCross Country Canada Supplies and Rentals1:11.9100  1:13.9100
20SVern NolinSemera1:14.2400  1:14.2400
21BChance BensmillerEllisDon1:14.3200  1:14.3200
22PCodey McCurrachWestern Electircal Management1:12.6100   1:14.6100
23ATodd BaptisteSummit ESP1:13.6200  1:14.6200
24GPreston FailthfulNatural Energy Law1:14.6600  1:14.6600
25LDoug IrvineVisitLethbridge.com1:15.3600  1:15.3600
26TCody RidsdaleO'Chiese Investment & Business Centre1:13.4700  1:18.4700
27IJordie FikeTronic Data Inc.1:14.0100   1:19.0100
Rae Croteau races the inside line during the GMC Rangeland Derby at the Calgary Stampede on Friday, July 7, 2023. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Mark Sutherland races to victory in his heat during the GMC Rangeland Derby at the Calgary Stampede on Friday, July 7, 2023. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY