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Calgary Stampede Day 7 wrap up: Riders, drivers battle for championship spot, attendance down

They’ll break the one-million mark in attendance sometime Friday morning, but it’s going to take a huge Calgary Stampede weekend to break any records.

The weather was cool and a bit windy – along with the smoke – and that put a bit of a cap on Thursday’s attendance numbers. The smoke could stick around a bit for today as well.

Thursday’s attendance was 100,974, bringing the total to 978,421 so far.

If you weren’t down there, you likely missed the crowning of the Top Dog award. We’re not talking about those furry, four legged folks that lick your face when they’re happy. It’s the good, old-fashioned Midway hot dog, and the new Pickleback Dog from Lil Hot Dog captured the win in that round of the Best New Food on the Midway competition.

Things are still trending ahead of recent years for attendance and with decent weather in the forecast there’s still an outside chance a record is set.  There’s still plenty of time and lots of things to do this weekend as you make your mark on Calgary Stampede 2023.

This weekend you can hit the Western Oasis, which has a variety of original western art from across North America. While you’re there you can listen to local music and have a quick bite to eat along with a glass of wine. You can find more information on that here.

There’s always great entertainment at the Calgary Stampede, and this year, they’ve outdone themselves in attracting top musical acts from a variety of genres.

Here’s what’s happening on stage Friday:

Nashville North

Mariya Stokes – 4-5:45 p.m.
Tristan Horncastle – 6-7:45 p.m.
Sacha - 9:30-10:15 p.m.
Eli Young Band - 10:45-11:59 p.m.
Drew Gregory - 11:59 p.m.-2:15 a.m.

Coca-Cola Stage

Le Ren - 12:30-1:15 p.m.
Shred Kelly - 1:45-2:30 p.m.
Talk - 8-8:45 p.m.
Mt. Joy - 9:15-10:30 p.m.

The Big Four Roadhouse

Jory Kinjo - 4:45-8 p.m.
DJ Pauly D - 10:30-11:45 p.m.

Calgary Stampede Rodeo and GMC Rangeland Derby

Did you know this year marks the 100th year of the chuckwagon races? They honoured the Calgary Stampede’s big event all throughout this year’s Stampede, and there’s a chance Friday for visitors to meet some of the top drivers in the sport.

They’ll have a meet and greet in the Brandt Agriculture Zone in the Ag building from 11 to 11:45 a.m.

Plus, there’s no mistaking the feel of championship weekend at both the rodeo and the chuckwagon races. The day money is nice, but that big payday on Sunday is the real motivator in this competition. Cowboys and drivers will be battling it out for their chance at the Calgary Stampede title on Sunday.

Here are the results from Thursday’s Day 7 action.

Barrel racing

On Day 7 of the Calgary Stampede Rodeo, the first day of Pool C, Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi (Lampasas, TX) turned in the top time of 17.16. PHOTO BY SEAN LIBIN / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Pozzi Tonozzi, BrittanyLampasas TX17.160
Briggs, JordonTolar TX17.260
Smalygo, LeslieSkiatook OK17.290
Otto, MollyGrand Forks ND17.340
Morgan, ShelleyCanton TX17.470
Kosel, SummerGlenham SD17.610
Pinkston, LizStephenville TX17.630
Johnson, WendaPawhuska OK17.690
Allen, KellyStephenville TX22.140
Graham, SydneyAbilene TX22.640

Bull riding

Creek Young (Rogersville, MO) drew Afraid to Nod on Day 7 and finished in top spot after scoring 88.0. PHOTO BY SEAN LIBIN / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY.
Young, CreekRogersville MOAfraid to Nod88.00
Byram, ColtMound City KSWarning Shot85.50
Frost, JoshRandlett UTPositively Banging85.00
Kimzey, TreyStrong City OKSelling Dreams83.00
Wright, StetsonMilford UTNaughty Kisher82.00
Smith, GarrettRexburg IDShotgun Carma78.50
Morris, LukaseyUnion City OKTactical ErrorBO
Potter, MaverickWaxahachie TXCheap ThrillsBO
Benton III, TreyRichards TXAlameda SlimBO
Mauney, J.B.Stephenville TXSky FallBO

Saddle bronc

It was a good return to the Calgary Stampede Rodeo for Chase Brooks (Deer Lodge, MT) as he finished in top spot of Pool C after an 86.5 trip aboard The Ritz. PHOTO BY SEAN LIBIN / FOR LIVEWRIE CALGARY
Brooks, ChaseDeer Lodge MTThe Ritz86.50
Andersen, BenRocky Mtn House ABAloha Margie83.50
Cook, LoganAlto TXConcrete Cowboy82.50
Ashbacher, KoleArrowwood ABLunatic Party81.50
Macza, LucasHigh River ABCanadian Trip80.00
Wright, StuMilford UTEasy Margie80.00
Pollock, MitchWinnemucca NVConman80.00
Brown, HoustonMiles City MTGood Vibrations79.00
Hay, DawsonWildwood ABEager AjaxBO
Newman, SageMelstone MTExotic WarriorBO


Kody Lamb (Sherwood Park, AB) leads the Calgary Stampede Pool C Bareback event after turning in an 84.5 ride on Mucho Dinero on Day 7. PHOTO BY SEAN LIBIN / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Lamb, KodySherwood Park ABMucho Dinero84.50
Champion, RichmondStevensville MTPrincess Warrior84.00
Goodine, ColeCarbon ABZip Code83.00
Larsen, OrinInglis MBHalf Moon82.50
Berry, LeightonWeatherford TXRenegade Rex81.50
Broussard, TaylorEstherwood LABuckwheat81.00
Sonnier, KadeCarencro LASeptember Skies79.50
Miller, BradleeHuntsville TXFishy Alibi79.50
Feild, KayceeGenola UTElectric Soot78.00
Petersen, SamHelena MTWhite Hawk76.00

Tie-down roping

Shane Hanchey (Sulphur, LA) returned to the Calgary Stampede Rodeo to kick off Pool C on Day 7. Hanchey led the day with a 7.7 second time. PHOTO BY SEAN LIBIN / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Hanchey, ShaneSulphur LA7.7
Cox, BlaneStephenville TX8.3
Herrin, HunterApache OK8.9
Harris, TySan Angelo TX10.4
Lucas, KyleCarstairs AB19.1
Murphy, MaconKeatchie LA19.9
Solomon, CoryPrairie View TXNT
Cooper, TufDecatur TXNT
Milligan, TylerPawhuska OKNT
Henry, KincadeMt Pleasant TXNT

Steer wrestling

JD Struxness leads Pool C in the Steer Wrestling event after Day 7 of the Calgary Stampede Rodeo. The Minnesota bulldogger finished with a 3.6 second run on Thursday. PHOTO BY SEAN LIBIN / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Struxness, JDMilan MN3.6
Brown, JesseBaker City OR3.8
Eldridge, DakotaElko NV4.2
Jorgensen, StetsonBlackfoot ID4.3
Parrott, RowdyMamou LA4.4
Irwin, KyleRobertsdale AL4.7
Anderson, BridgerCarrington ND5.1
Cure, HunterHolliday TX7.6
Culling, StephenFort St John BCNT
Lord, EliSturgis SDNT

GMC Rangeland Derby

Chanse Vigen chuck wagon racing in heat 9 at the Calgary Stampede on Friday, July 7, 2023. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY

Results from Day 7

1Chanse VigenSubsurface Corporation1:10.930001:10.9300
2Mark SutherlandCanadian Fiber Optics1:10.970001:10.9700
3Darcy FladAll North Consultants1:11.370001:11.3700
4Kurt BensmillerGrey Eagle Resort & Casino1:11.410001:11.4100
5Ross KnightMobSquad1:11.600001:11.6000
6Jamie LaboucaneFortinet Security Solutions1:11.730001:11.7300
7Rae CroteauAllied Vessel Fabrication1:11.820001:11.8200
8Chad FikeSummit Fleet1:12.000001:12.0000
9Preston FaithfulNatural Law X Global1:12.060001:12.0600
10Codey McCurrachDarby Lee Level Playing Field1:12.080001:12.0800
11Layne MacGillivraySpray Lake Sawmills1:12.190001:12.1900
12Obrey MotowyloZulu1:12.210001:12.2100
13/14Jason GlassBirchcliff Energy1:12.640001:12.6400
13/14Kirk SutherlandShaw GMC1:12.640001:12.6400
15Doug IrvineVisitLethbridge.com1:12.900001:12.9000
16Evan SalmondDe Havilland Aircraft1:13.490001:13.4900
17Chance BensmillerEllisDon1:13.670001:13.6700
18Troy DorchesterAveva1:12.800011:13.8000
19Kris MolleGraf Mechanical1:13.110011:14.1100
20Todd BaptisteRed Pheasant Cree Nation1:11.580031:14.5800
21Cody RidsdaleO'Chiese Investment & Business Centre1:14.790001:14.7900
22Jordie FikeFriction Tool Solutions1:14.820001:14.8200
23Wade SalmondDe Havilland Aircraft1:12.440031:15.4400
24Dallas DyckPrecision Contractors1:12.830031:15.8300
25Mitch SutherlandNuwave Industries1:12.220051:17.2200
26Danny RinguetteZero Hungry Kids1:13.480051:18.4800
27Vern NolinBalance Foundation/Geminus Acquisition and Management Inc1:14.900051:19.9000

Aggregate times going into the weekend

1Kurt BensmillerGrey Eagle Resort & Casino8:20.560008:20.5600
2Layne MacGillivraySpray Lake Sawmills8:23.740008:23.7400
3Chanse VigenKMA Construction Inc.8:17.750078:24.7500
4Rae Croteau Jr.Cinch Oilfeild Hauling Ltd8:24.090028:26.0900
5Jamie LaboucaneCowboys8:23.350038:26.3500
6Mark SutherlandFriends of Sutherland Racing8:25.540018:26.5400
7Ross KnightMobSquad8:26.710008:26.7100
8Darcy FladThe CanWagon8:27.100008:27.1000
9Kris MolleGraf Mechanical Ltd.8:27.000018:28.0000
10Chad FikeSummit Fleet8:23.270058:28.2700
11Obrey MotowyloBuckles and Bulls Brands Inc.8:24.320058:29.3200
12Jason GlassBirchcliff Energy Ltd8:29.680008:29.6800
13Codey McCurrachPCL & Partners8:24.630078:31.6300
14Kirk SutherlandShaw GMC8:27.920058:32.9200
15Troy DorchesterCam Clark Ford8:32.630018:33.6300
16Evan SalmondDe Havilland8:33.800008:33.8000
17Wade SalmondDe Havilland8:27.260088:35.2600
18Preston FaithfulNatural Law X8:30.250068:36.2500
19Doug IrvineLethbridge Lodging Association8:36.900008:36.9000
20Danny RinguetteThe Brakemen Foundation8:32.150058:37.1500
21Mitch SutherlandCross Country Canada Supplies and Rentals8:26.2500128:38.2500
22Vern NolinSemerra8:35.110058:40.1100
23Jordie FikeTronic Data Inc.8:36.000058:41.0000
24Chance BensmillerEllis Don8:36.940058:41.9400
25Dallas DyckRiversdale Resources Ltd.8:31.4900138:44.4900
26Todd BaptisteSore Oilfield8:31.6200158:46.6200
27Cody RidsdaleO'Chiese Business Centre8:38.7400108:48.7400