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Calgary Stampede Day 8 wrap: Championship weekend is here

It’s the final two days of the 2023 edition of the Calgary Stampede and thus far the show hasn’t disappointed.

The weather’s stayed fine, the crowds have been manageable, and the fun hasn’t stopped. This weekend looks like it could be the perfect cap for the 10-day exhibition.

Attendance stayed firm on Day 8 at the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth, with 129,321 showing up on the grounds on Friday. That brings the aggregate up to 1,107,742.  Attendance started super strong, but can it finish even stronger?

There’s still a bunch to do this weekend – and let’s be honest, if you’ve been down to the grounds, you probably haven’t seen all there is to do anyway.

On Saturday, you can check out the AEW wrestling superstars, with their show beginning at 5 p.m. at the Saddledome (Tickets).  The Canadian National Miniature Horse Show goes at 11 a.m. and the International Livestock Auctioneer Finals will go at 11:30 today in the Nutrien Western Event Centre.

To top it off today, the Heavy Horse Pull goes at 7 p.m.

Of course, the live music entertainment continues, and here’s what’s on stage Saturday.

Nashville North

Tristan Horncastle – 4-5:45 p.m.
Mariya Stokes – 6-7:45 p.m.
James Barker Band - 10-11:30 p.m.
Drew Gregory - 11:59 p.m.-1:45 a.m.

Coca-Cola Stage

Mauvey - 12:30-1:15 p.m.
Ikky - 1:45-2:30 p.m.
Capozzi - 7:45-8:15 p.m.
Keys N Krates - 8:15-9 p.m.
NGHTMRE - 9-10 p.m.
Zeds Dead - 10:45-11:45 p.m.

The Big Four Roadhouse

Jory Kinjo - 4:45-8 p.m.
Koffee - 10:30-11:45 p.m.

For those who enjoy the late-night Stampede, you can always stick around for the fireworks. Here's a taste of the action from LWC's Aryn Toombs, with the photos accented by the smoky Calgary air.

Stampede Fireworks on Thursday, July 13, 2023. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Stampede Fireworks on Thursday, July 13, 2023. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY

Calgary Stampede Rodeo and GMC Rangeland Derby

The Bulls were as rank as ever on Friday, bucking eight of 10 riders. They’re going to have to hang on if some of them want a shot at the big payday on Sunday.

Chuckwagon driver Chanse Vigen continues to recover from a couple of penalty-hit nights to stay in the top three with Layne MacGillivray and Kurt Bensmillier, with the latter leading the way. It’s sure to make for a great final race come Sunday night.

Here’s the rest of Friday’s rodeo and chucks results.

Bull riding

7-Time World Champion cowboy Stetson Wright showed off his skills on Day 8 of the Calgary Stampede riding a bull named 2 Guns to an 85.0. Wright shared top spot in the round with Josh Frost. PHOTO BY SEAN LIBIN / FOR LIVEWIRE CANADA.
Frost, JoshRandlett UTBy the Batch85.00
Wright, StetsonMilford UT2 Guns85.00
Smith, GarrettRexburg IDRundownBO
Potter, MaverickWaxahachie TXHot TamaleBO
Mauney, J.B.Stephenville TXVertigo SpyBO
Kimzey, TreyStrong City OKEllensburg KickstandBO
Byram, ColtMound City KSDr. DoolittleBO
Benton III, TreyRichards TXBilly Big RiggerBO
Young, CreekRogersville MOJelly RollBO
Morris, LukaseyUnion City OKOut Of The BlueBO

Barrel racing

Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi continues to wo Calgary Stampede Rodeo fans in Ladies Barrel Racing. The Texas cowgirl took a commanding lead with a 17.17 second time and sits top of Pool C. PHOTO BY SEAN LIBIN / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Pozzi Tonozzi, BrittanyLampasas TX17.170
Johnson, WendaPawhuska OK17.200
Smalygo, LeslieSkiatook OK17.230
Briggs, JordonTolar TX17.240
Morgan, ShelleyCanton TX17.250
Kosel, SummerGlenham SD17.320
Allen, KellyStephenville TX17.350
Pinkston, LizStephenville TX17.350
Otto, MollyGrand Forks ND17.420
Graham, SydneyAbilene TX19.140

Saddle bronc

Alberta's Dawson Hay turned in an 86.0 score ride aboard Yuppie Bubbles on the 8th day of the Calgary Stampede Saddle Bronc event. PHOTO BY SEAN LIBIN / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Hay, DawsonWildwood ABYuppie Bubbles86.00
Macza, LucasHigh River ABAmbitious Bubbles83.50
Wright, StuMilford UTYo Yo Marble83.00
Cook, LoganAlto TXKitty Whistle83.00
Andersen, BenRocky Mtn House ABBlack Jack82.00
Pollock, MitchWinnemucca NVDouble D79.00
Ashbacher, KoleArrowwood ABBlue Chip78.00
Brooks, ChaseDeer Lodge MTCloudy Skies78.00
Brown, HoustonMiles City MTKilling TimeBO
Newman, SageMelstone MTMysteryBO


Kaycee Feild (Genola, UT) and Black Feathers took top spot of Day 8 at the Calgary Stampede in the Bareback event scoring an 87.0 point ride. PHOTO BY SEAN LIBIN / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Feild, KayceeGenola UTBlack Feathers87.00
Broussard, TaylorEstherwood LAShe-La86.00
Lamb, KodySherwood Park ABFancy85.00
Larsen, OrinInglis MBXceptional Margarita83.00
Champion, RichmondStevensville MTLonely is the Night83.00
Miller, BradleeHuntsville TXExpose Not82.50
Goodine, ColeCarbon ABSaturn Rocket81.50
Petersen, SamHelena MTZip Tie80.50
Sonnier, KadeCarencro LASheer Ice80.00
Berry, LeightonWeatherford TXCracking The Till79.00

Tie-down roping

Tie Down roper Kyle Lucas (Carstairs, AB) sits top of Calgary Stampede's Pool C after turning in a 7.6 second run on Friday July 14, 2023. PHOTO BY SEAN LIBIN / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Lucas, KyleCarstairs AB7.6
Murphy, MaconKeatchie LA8.7
Harris, TySan Angelo TX9.2
Cox, BlaneStephenville TX9.6
Solomon, CoryPrairie View TX10.8
Cooper, TufDecatur TX12.3
Henry, KincadeMt Pleasant TX15.7
Herrin, HunterApache OKNT
Hanchey, ShaneSulphur LANT
Milligan, TylerPawhuska OKNT

Steer wrestling

Steer Wrestler Jesse Brown took the honours on Day 8 of the Calgary Stampede Rodeo with a blazing 3.3 second run. PHOTO BY SEAN LIBIN / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Brown, JesseBaker City OR3.3
Culling, StephenFort St John BC3.7
Struxness, JDMilan MN4.0
Parrott, RowdyMamou LA4.0
Cure, HunterHolliday TX4.4
Lord, EliSturgis SD4.5
Eldridge, DakotaElko NV4.5
Anderson, BridgerCarrington ND17.3
Irwin, KyleRobertsdale ALNT
Jorgensen, StetsonBlackfoot IDNT

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
1Chanse VigenKMA1:11.030001:11.0300
2Layne MacGillivraySpray Lake Sawmills1:11.680001:11.6800
3Kurt BensmillerGrey Eagle Resort & Casino1:11.750001:11.7500
4/5Ross KnightMobSquad1:11.810001:11.8100
4/5Kirk SutherlandShaw GMC1:11.810001:11.8100
6Codey McCurrachWestern Electrical Management1:12.090001:12.0900
7Darcy FladISL Engineering1:12.180001:12.1800
8Obrey MotowyloShel-Bar Electronic Industries1:12.280001:12.2800
9Dallas DyckNorthback1:12.290001:12.2900
10Mark SutherlandPidherney's1:12.530001:12.5300
11Chad FikeSummit Fleet1:12.790001:12.7900
12Preston FaithfulMeguinis Enterprises1:13.220001:13.2200
13Jordie FikeTronic Data Inc.1:13.410001:13.4100
14Mitch SutherlandConquip Incorporated1:13.700001:13.7000
15Doug IrvineVisitLethbridge.com1:13.870001:13.8700
16Jason GlassBirchcliff Energy1:14.150001:14.1500
17Troy DorchesterIndian Resources Council1:14.300001:14.3000
18Chance BensmillerEllisDon1:14.510001:14.5100
19Evan SalmondDe Havilland Aircraft1:13.580011:14.5800
20Cody RidsdaleStunt Nations1:14.610001:14.6100
21Vern NolinRanchmen's Club of Calgary1:14.650001:14.6500
22Wade SalmondDe Havilland Aircraft1:10.950051:15.9500
23Rae CroteauTekh Group Inc.1:11.140051:16.1400
24Todd BaptisteSore Oilfield Services and Maurice Law1:13.460051:18.4600
25Jamie LaboucaneTom Valentine and Family1:12.650071:19.6500
26Danny RinguetteCanteen Canada1:13.5400101:23.5400
27Kris MolleGraf MechanicalNT0NT